View Full Version : Passing the torch

01-06-2016, 06:01 PM
A friend of mine had his grandfather pass away and he was a machinist in his day. The family asked me to help clean out the workshop in the backyard and take whatever I wanted. The place had already been picked over by other family members but I did find some scrape steel, bronze, aluminum, and copper to take. A couple buckets of nuts and bolts nobody wanted and I spotted this on the wall. Its cardboard and still indecent shape. Im not sure of the age and I will have to goggle the steel company to see if they are still in business. I thought it was cool and I will hang it in my shop in memory of him.
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae266/ncjeeper-1/DSCF1135_zpsxzvgjcw7.jpg (http://s978.photobucket.com/user/ncjeeper-1/media/DSCF1135_zpsxzvgjcw7.jpg.html)

01-06-2016, 07:17 PM
It's hard to read, but the company is Edgcomb Metals, now operating as Macsteel Service Center on Memory Lane in York, PA, about 35 miles N of me:


The URL for their website redirects to Kloeckner Metals:


The poster predates 1991, when the 301 area code for MD became 410:


I didn't know about the 667 area code, which is the same as my exchange.

And it is later than 1963, when zipcodes were introduced:


01-06-2016, 08:21 PM
Nice old chart. There is no standard color codes for steel and each vendor had their own colors.

Zahnrad Kopf
01-06-2016, 08:47 PM
Nice old chart. There is no standard color codes for steel and each vendor had their own colors.

Toolznthings nailed it. Every vendor has their own. Years ago, they would send them for the asking ( and oft times so many times it was annoying ) but nobody does it any longer. Costs money donchaknow. Some still have them on their web site, downloadable as a PDF a customer can save and print. Sign of the times. No pun intended, but appreciated all the same. :) That's a good keepsake you have.