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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Posted by
Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 24 January 2013 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

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Human ingenuity never ceases to amaze me, and that ingenuity is never more apparent than in contraptions like this old generator. Here, we see the entire engine that runs the generator along with the huge wheel on the right side that the belt from yesterday's image rides on. And there's plenty of whatchmacallits for both Denny and Kate in there as well. :-))

This concludes the series of the old generator turned display piece inside the Conway Corporation building in downtown Conway, Arkansas. I won't be posting an image tomorrow, so I'll say now to have a wonderul weekend, and I'll see everyone again on Monday.

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Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice tight composition Jason, have a good weekend

24 Jan 2013 7:03am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good details
well done

24 Jan 2013 7:24am

Loukas from Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece

Again a very imprseeive machine

24 Jan 2013 8:15am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

You are so right about human ingenuity, there are always people thinking up new ideas to make things work. Nice capture.

24 Jan 2013 8:20am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Magnificent series from the great industrial age! Have a good weekend, Jason.

24 Jan 2013 8:47am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Spectacular machine and nice photo, Phil

24 Jan 2013 9:23am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful photo of the machine !

24 Jan 2013 9:41am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

La machine à remonter le temps!!! Splendide traitement. Bonne journée.

24 Jan 2013 10:07am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Agreed.. Great shot

24 Jan 2013 10:46am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nice viewpoint on this proper bit of machinery. No throwaway society in those days

24 Jan 2013 11:05am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

La Nature invente sans arret depuis le début du monde. L'homme est à son image...:) superbe.

24 Jan 2013 11:12am

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

I have my fill of whatchmacallits I will die happy!!
Thank you Jason have a wonderful weekend look forward to your return.

24 Jan 2013 11:25am

@Kate: Ha ha - glad I've fulfilled your lifelong desire to see more whatchamacallits than you ever could've imagined in one place. ;-) Thanks much, Kate!

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!
so beautiful frame, lights & detail!

24 Jan 2013 12:18pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

very steampunk, I love it !~

24 Jan 2013 12:22pm

@Phil Morris: Yes, indeed - I need to find more stuff like this to photograph. Glad you dropped in for a look at this photo, Phil. Hope you're doing well. :-)

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Zum Abschluss der Serie noch eine wunderbare Aufnahme. Jason, ein schönes Wochenende.

24 Jan 2013 12:41pm

tataray from france, France

Très complexe pour moi... :))
Mais des détails incroyables. Belle composition.

24 Jan 2013 12:46pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice industrial shot !

24 Jan 2013 12:59pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Très beau! une belle lumière!

24 Jan 2013 1:27pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

It is remarkable to view the complexity of these machines and beyond that, to the ingenuity of a human mind to come with this stuff, as you point out. This series is outstanding !!

24 Jan 2013 1:44pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is a gigantic engine! Great shot.

24 Jan 2013 1:47pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Wonderful, this machine is very impressive and huge. Superb composition and a beautiful photo. Great shot.
I wish you a good weekend.

24 Jan 2013 2:57pm

Mandar from Kudal, India


24 Jan 2013 3:07pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very impressive machinery in an attractive tight frame! what i like about those old contraptions is that one had some idea of how they worked, how one part fit in with the others ... something i can't do with electronic gadgets any more ... have a nice weekend, you two !!!

24 Jan 2013 3:46pm

Antoine from France

Bonjour Jason. Superbe photo d'une ancienne machine avec une belle texture. Ces vieilles machines étaient très robustes. Je vais te souhaiter de passer une très bonne soirée. Amcialement Antoine.

24 Jan 2013 3:50pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

I am non mechanical, but this image tickles my contraption fancy. It looks like it makes all kinds of fun sounds too: crank, greee, screech, pop, clunk, know? How marvelous is the locic and "thingamajiggy" brilliance of the mind of man. That word comes from magic, I bet.

24 Jan 2013 4:01pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I wonder if i could use this bad boy to power some heating for my house!!! I'm freezing!

24 Jan 2013 4:19pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle machinerie et iamge fantastique vue quelle machine superbe.

24 Jan 2013 4:30pm

Rafael from North Miami, United States

Excellent industrial shot !

24 Jan 2013 5:44pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Excellent point of view to see all the pipes and twists to this machine!

24 Jan 2013 6:44pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great PoV captured here to show the generator in action with all of its intricate parts! Beautiful warm colors and lighting captured in this compo!

24 Jan 2013 7:23pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States


24 Jan 2013 9:00pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Ha ha - you always give me a good laugh, Denny. Thanks much for the compliments. :-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Amazing! I like all the wheels and pistons and everything else. Amazing how these things work. I feel the same way looking under the hood of a car! Totally confused but amazed! Great image!

24 Jan 2013 9:54pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous composition and tones. great photo

25 Jan 2013 12:37am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great angle displaying all the mechanics that go into this beast; fantastic photo!

25 Jan 2013 12:58am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great series Jason, I'm enjoying the look around this place. Do they still run it now and then?

25 Jan 2013 9:19am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

j'adore regarder tes anciennes machines

25 Jan 2013 9:21am

destani from mashhad, Iran

Beautiful photo of the machine !

25 Jan 2013 3:37pm

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Fantastic serie Jason, I like !

26 Jan 2013 12:24pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great light captured! Impressive machine!

29 Jan 2013 4:22pm

Olivier Rault from Bayeux, France

Belle composition, j'aime beaucoup le rendu de la photo, sublime !

19 Apr 2013 6:05am