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Allis-Chalmers Mystery Photos

I am a volunteer at our county historical society, and we were donated a couple photos that have/may have ties to Allis-Chalmers. One photo is marked that it is an AC tractor axle. The other I am not sure of. It appears that these were both military contracted projects. I hope someone reading this will… Continue reading Allis-Chalmers Mystery Photos

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Forgotten Industrial Giant: The Allis-Chalmers Story – The American Business History Center

I stumbled across this article that was published two years ago. I know my fair share about AC, but I learned a few more facts from this article!   Our business history articles often focus on the consumer products and services industries with which we all interact – from auto companies to department stores.  Yet… Continue reading Forgotten Industrial Giant: The Allis-Chalmers Story – The American Business History Center

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Allis-Chalmers Betatron Lab

  Every now and then I learn something new about Allis-Chalmers. One of those new tidbits I have recently discovered is the betatron lab the company had at the West Allis Works. Last year I had the opportunity to step inside this old testing lab and see some of the equipment left behind. The machine was essentially… Continue reading Allis-Chalmers Betatron Lab

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AC Drafting Table

About 6 years ago I had the opportunity to acquire an awesome piece of AC history that I couldn't pass up. We restored a Farmall M for an implement dealership, and the gentleman who set up the restoration said he had a piece of Allis-Chalmers history I might be interested in. He showed me these… Continue reading AC Drafting Table

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West Allis Works Building Directory

I've assembled a list of the buildings at the WAW that I was able to find. A big thanks to the West Allis Historical Society! If you have not been to the West Allis Historical Society, I highly recommend you pay them a visit to see more of their AC collection.    

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Pioneer Power- Chapter 1

I recently acquired a book published by Allis-Chalmers in 1942. This book covers the history of the firm and products since 1847. Instead of scanning this book, which could damage it, I will transcribe each chapter in a series of blog posts. Forward: The following pages tell a story about this company's growth that covers… Continue reading Pioneer Power- Chapter 1

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AC Farm Brochures

I have a little collection of Allis-Chalmers farm equipment brochures sitting on my bookshelf. So I thought that I would take an hour out of my day (literally) and scan just two of the dozen or so that I have. One is on the hay making equipment the company manufactured, and the other is about… Continue reading AC Farm Brochures