1940 Popular Science
I was looking at the Google archive of Popular Science Magazine today, and in the September, 1940 issue I found an article titled "The Home Workshop". And on the first page of the article is a man happily un-crating his brand new South Bend Lathe! I happened to notice a 5 digit number (either 97443 or 97993) handwritten on the side of the crate. Sure enough, according to Steve Wells' database, that is a valid serial number for a new 1940 lathe. One wonders if that is a self portrait - and if it indeed shows a real shipping crate for a 1940 lathe....
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