Monday, June 8, 2015

Keuffel and Esser - NYC

In yesterday's post I teased you with a tidbit of information linking this NYC building with Montreal's Expo '67. So here's the connection...

The Keuffel and Esser building pictured here was the showroom and headquarters for the company of the same name, founded in 1867, and manufactured drafting instruments and supplies. They also carried drawing materials and surveying instruments.  It was in 1893 that this building was completed at 127 Fulton Street, an 8-story building in the Renaissance Revival style. The company occupied it until 1961.

In the 1920's they began to make slide rules, something every engineering student and engineer used and owned, until the 1970's when calculators made them obsolete. Now pay attention, because here comes the Montreal connection... in the 1960's Keuffel and Esser opened an office in Montreal and became one of the main suppliers to the big engineering firms in the province. So, guess whose engineering instruments were used to for the construction activities, to build the highways and prepare for Expo '67?

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