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#159746 - Thu Nov 12 2009 08:23 PM Blackmer pump Question
Esse's Garage Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 28 2007
Loc: Janesville, Mn. 56048
I am Posting this Question along with Pictures for Roger Loupias.

Here is Roger Question.......

"A good friend gave this to me today and of course I know just a little about it. I looked in my Sim book and he has just one image of the Blackmer pump. He list it as a( Big Boy) 1927 but its not my model. I googled the maker and got no images only that Robert Blackmer was the creator of the first vane pump like this one back in the 1880's and is still making pumps today. Anyone with an idea of the circa would be appreciated and or some triva. I know the pump handle seems to move the impeller and you have to rotate the brass nozzle on top, a half turn to remove it from the Y fitting..................Thanks, Roger "





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#159777 - Thu Nov 12 2009 10:23 PM Re: Blackmer pump Question [Re: Esse's Garage]
Jack Sim Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 10 2000
Loc: St. Louis, MO, USA
You have an example of the Blackmer Rotary pump. They started making them in 1903. These pumps were used to pump both gasoline and oils, even paint and varnish. They were also used to pump water from underground gas tanks.
I have a 1928 Blackmer catalog, and none of them have a meter on them, so I would say your pump was made after that date.
Without looking this up, I believe I remember that Blackmer also made pumps for visible pumps.
My catalog shows about 50 Rotary pumps, but only five of them are small, most are large commercial pumps.
One more thing, in 1931 Blackmer pumps were used by the U.S. Government at Wright Field and the Fairfield Depot, outside Dayton, to fuel all the 672 Army planes parked there.

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#159787 - Fri Nov 13 2009 12:21 AM Re: Blackmer pump Question [Re: Jack Sim]
Roger Loupias Offline
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Registered: Sun Feb 15 2009
Loc: Reno, Nevada
Thank you, I got a better idea now what I might have. I intend to restore this and my question now is , do these have any more value or demand as far as collectors go. How would you rate this item as far as desireable? Thanks for your thoughts. Roger

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#159827 - Fri Nov 13 2009 10:50 AM Re: Blackmer pump Question [Re: Roger Loupias]
gasoildude Offline
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Registered: Mon Nov 29 2004
Loc: Oneida IL USA
Just my opinion from what I have seen there are few people that collect these styles of pumps. I like them personally since they are so simple & practical smile
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#159899 - Sat Nov 14 2009 12:45 AM Re: Blackmer pump Question [Re: gasoildude]
Jack Sim Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 10 2000
Loc: St. Louis, MO, USA
Just my opinion, but I wouldn't waste my money or time restoring this. There are too many much more desirable (as you asked) things out there that deserve being restored than this.

I have repeated this 100s of times.

Restore a Wayne 60, put it in front of your garage, a friend comes over and says "What a great looking gas pump."

Restore this Blackmer, put it in front of your garage, a friend comes over and says "What is that out in front of your garage?"

As Gasoildude says: "Just my opinion."

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