R. D. Wood & Co.
The exhibit of R. D. Wood & Co. of 400 Chestnut street, Philadelphia, Pa., was located in the southwest corner of Machinery hall and attracted much attention, especially from superintendents of water-works, gas works and chief engineers of fire departments. The space, 25 x 60 feet, allotted to this company by the department of machinery was much too small to show their extensive lines of manufacture to an advantage. Considering this, the tasteful exhibit reflects with much credit to the designer.
At the west end of the exhibit was a cast-iron’water pipe, measuring six feet inside diameter, weighing 18,000 pounds. It was used as a tunnel, and hundreds of people passed through it daily. There was also a two-inch cast-iron pipe made by this company in the year 1842, having been in the ground and in actual service for fifty years, and, from all appearances, is in about as good condition as when put into service, which shows conclusively that there is no limit to the life and durability of cast-iron water and gas pipe.
There was also a large collection of special castings, known as “ short specials,” weighing about half what ordinary specials do. Besides these pipes was a full line of Eddy gate valves, made by this company, from one and a half inches to thirty inches. These valves are very heavy and well made. The indicator valve post ’attracted the ‘attention of mill, factory and insurance men. They are especially designed for use with water valves connected with fire service in mill and factory yards. This post shows plainly to every passer-by whether the valve is open or shut. It avoids the delay of hunting for a flush gate box hidden under snow or chips, or the delay of opening a frozen gate box cover.
The exhibit of Mathews patent fire hydrants at the World’s Fair was unlimited. The word “ Mathews” can be seen on every hydrant in fire service at. the White City. Resides having nearly 500 of the double valve type in fire service, there is a duplicate of the Mathews hydrant furnished by the company at Milwaukee, Wis.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; Detroit, Mich.; Chester, Pa.; St. Paul, Minn.; Pullman, III.; Portland, Me.; Concord, N. II.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Portsmouth, N. II.; Anniston, Ala.; Atlanta, Ga.; Norfolk, Va.; Wilmington, Del.; Rochester, N. Y.; Ogdensburg, N. Y.; Oil City, Pa.; Atlantic City, N. J.; Tampa, Fla.; Mobile, Ala.; Stockton, Cal.; Fernandina, N. Y.; Nashville, Tenn.; Cumberland, Md.; Columbus, O.; Philadelphia, Pa,; Tacoma Wash.; South Norwalk, Conn.; Galveston, Tex.; Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Plattsburg, N, V’.; Cleveland, O.; Bellows Falls, Vt.; Bismarck, Dak.; West Superior, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Duluth, Minn., and the United States Government at Fort Snelling, Fort Sheridan, Fort Logan and Fort Keogh.
There was one hydrant exhibited with a water crane attachment for filling sprinkling carts, which is a very interesting invention.