In celebration of Snips’ 80th anniversary this year, we are bringing back Turning Back the Pages. Longtime readers may remember an occasional department with the same name when Edward Carter published the magazine, and we also ran it during our diamond anniversary in 2007. A look at the stories and news items that appeared in past issues from the same month, it will run throughout the rest of 2012.

Many of our readers who attended the recent Chicago convention of the National Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Association certainly had their eyes opened by a speech given by A.T. Atwill, president of Quaker Manufacturing Co., manufacturers of oil-burning stoves.

Atwill took the warm-air industry to task for trying to sell warm-air heating installations on price alone instead of selling the advantages of such installations. He also warned that poor heating installations were hurting the industry, making many prospects turn to stoves or space heaters. He said that as a result, the stove industry, through intensive selling drives, has more installations throughout the country than the furnace industry.

“The heating stove is a lowly product of the heating industry… but I have come to be very proud of my association with the heating stove industry, particularly the oil burning space heater industry, because they have been the best merchandised product that the heating industry has ever known,” Atwill declared.

Quoting from the Bureau of Census of the Department of Commerce of the United States, Atwill stated that 30 years ago 51 percent of the American homes were stove heated. Today that figure has risen to 58 percent.

“There are only 14 states in the United States in which more than half of the homes in the state are heated with central heating plants. All of those states are in the North. In not one of the Southern or Western states are anywhere nearly half of the homes heated with central heating plants,” Atwill said.

— “A.T. Atwill explains why heating stoves still outnumber warm-air installations in this country,” September 1947 Snips, page 41.


On our recent trip into the southland it was a pleasure to meet and renew acquaintance with Dan Sheridan, who represents Engel Equipment Inc., on machinery sales in Florida.

Among other things he said it was most gratifying to see the way the trade in his area was indicating an interest and taking on the popular Engel “Coiline” equipment.

He said one of the most recent purchases of one of these Coiline machines was made by E.C. Goldman Inc., of Winter Park, Fla. He said that if we went anywhere close to Winter Park in our trip around Florida, he thought we would be interested in the unusual way the Goldman people handled the installation of their new machine.

So when we were in Winter Park, we went over to the Goldman sheet metal shop and were given permission by Eldon Goldman to look over the way the installation of this equipment was handled. Goldman is one of the noted sheet metal firms in the South and has long been active in the Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Florida.

The Goldman shop has plenty of room and is equipped with an overhead crane to bring the material for the various jobs to their respective machines. When the Coiline machine was put in, it was decided that instead of resorting to the usual practice of hoisting the coil of steel the Coiline equipment uses at the machine, it would be better to have the crane pick up the coil of steel and bring it over to where it was needed on the Coiline machine.

— News from the Southern States, September 1969 Snips, page 30.


The Northamerican Heating & Airiconditioning Wholesalers Association (NHAW) annual fall convention will be taking place Dec. 2-4, at the Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles.

Those members and associate members involved in the distribution of metal sheets, sheet metal accessories and sheet metal machines and tools, and the manufacturers of these products, have expressed considerable interest in bringing back the pre-convention dinner of the group to the successful event that it has been in the past.

A little historical background. Representatives of this group of people years ago had their own association, known as the National Association of Sheet Metal Distributors. They met during the annual meeting of the National Wholesale Hardware Association. As the hardware marketing methods changed, this group of sheet metal distributors and manufacturers felt that their niche in the industry blended better with the NHAW organization.

So, about 20 years or so ago, they merged in with NHAW. In order to keep the relationships of the sheet metal group together, they started holding dinners on the Saturday preceding the NHAW fall convention. In the past few years, the group has dwindled, as a result of mergers, people leaving this part of the industry, or simply retiring or passing away.

— Editor’s Page, September 1990 Snips, page 14.