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1916 Rice Elevator, Oregon
In 1916, a one cylinder 15 horsepower Fairbanks Morse gas engine powered all the machinery at the Rice Elevator. To start the engine there was a petcock on top of the combustion chamber that they would open and pour in a little ether (starting fluid). This also served as a compression release. Then they would put one foot on the spoke of the flywheel and give it a hard push and hoped it would start. This was very dangerous and some died from this starting method.
Photo by the light of a full moon.

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f3.5, 20s, ISO800, 18mm, Tripod

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