Well boys, 1956 Shop Class was just delivered to my driveway.
This Colchester Student Lathe was, until today, in a shop in the Bronx, run and used by the original owner. It’s in perfect condition and ready for another 60 years use in son’s new shop.
New in 1956, this was $4300. Today new they cost a kings ransom so this is a find and a real a joy to behold……
I pronounced it lathe, to rhyme with bathe. Others say it’s pronounced lath to rhyme with bath. If you are over 60, you are likely to be able to tell me which pronunciation is correct.
The school I went to taught shop to the boys and they LOVED the time to create something, to learn a skill, to be guys, just guys, and to hear the stories from the shop teacher (who was affectionately Three Finger Louie, a shop accident I guess! Oops.) Too bad kids aren’t taught Shop anymore, and HomeEc too for that matter. Both have a place in real life after school and both teach a usable skill to make a living.
I’ll see if I can get Mr. EOS to take a photo to post here of what he crafted in shop as a kid. Don’t hold your breath!