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Carl Adams Baer Silk Mill Notes 1912-1922

Identifier: SC MS 0193

Scope and Contents

This document is a three-ring binder 14 cm x 18.5 cm x 3.5 cm. The binding is very poor; all that remains is part of a binding in soft brown leather with a pocket stamped in black ink “Property of General Electric Co. Schenectady, N.Y. If this book is lost finder will please return it to the above address.” The contents attached to the metal rings are many pages of typed and printed pages of information regarding textile mills and allied interests in the United States. The first “page” had typed on cardstock “Textile Mill Data Book No. 75 If this book is lost, finder will please return to the Mill Power Dept. of the General Electric Co., 84 State St.., Boston, Mass. Charged to C. A. Baer 1330 Pine St., Philadelphia - Philadelphia Office.” Part of this typed information is crossed out in pencil. A few handwritten notes in ink are scratched on this page “Bleckley – Kussler? Stewart Silk Co. C?? 1631 consigned SCS 5 -1800-2202 Reg. No. 92164. There are eleven folded blue lined sheets of three-hole punched sheets 14 cm x 21.5 cm titled “Water Tube Boilers,” along with six printed items: three copies of a printed photo of textile machinery and three copies of a printed figure titled “Horse Power Curves” noted as Fig. 7. – Test on Silk Spinning Frame (there is also a blue print page 21 cm x 27 cm of this image).

Also with the binder are three blueprints 21 cm x 27 cm folder into quarters: Horse Power Curves Atwood Silk Spinning Frame, Style “C” – 200 spindle First Time Spinning, Twisting Single Silk. 50 Turns per inch – 13 ½ inch dia. Pulley Driving Spindle Belt. 1 1/32” Whorl. Baer, Cooke and Co. Engineers. Phila., Pa. at lower right corner. This blueprint has no three-hole punches.

Horse Power Curves from tests taken at Stewart Silk Co. Easton PA. July 24, 1916

Atwood Silk Spinning Frame Gear Ratio 42/36 – 4 D.P. Motor Rating BSS-610-4-7.5 1800/900 CR 110/220 v #1,013,544 Standard “C” style frame – 200 spindle-First Time Spinning, Twisting Single Silk. 50 Turns per inch. 13 ½” dia. Pulley driving Springle Belt. 1 1/32” Whorl. At bottom of blueprint left to right: Approved J.P. Catlin Date 7/29/16 Retraced Jan-23-17 C-44051.

Horse Power Curves showing effect of adding extra idlers from tests taken at Lehigh Valley Silk Mills Williamsburg, PA. Jan. 17 – 1917. Atwood 8c frame. Second time spinning. Frame #6. 200 spindle – gear ratio 32/23 Motor Rating. BSS 610 – 4 - 7.5 – 1800/900 C.R. 110/220 #1,018,548 12” dia. Pulley driving spindle belt. 1 1/32” whorl. At bottom of blueprint: Approved J.P. Catlin Date Jan – 23-1917 C-4408. On the back of this blueprint faintly stamped in red:

“This print is property of General Electric Company is loaned subject to return upon demand upon the express condition that it is not to be…”


  • Creation: 1912-1922


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Biographical / Historical

Carl Adams Baer (b. 1884?-d. ~1971-76) entered Lehigh with the Class of 1908 in Electrical Engineering. During his career he had established his own engineering firm C.A. Baer and Co. in Philadelphia. Around approximately 1919 he took on Merritt Todd Cooke as a partner to establish Baer, Cooke and Co. Engineers. Philadelphia, Pa. He ended his career as a consultant for the District of Columbia. Merritt Todd Cooke (b. 1884) graduated in 1908 from University of Virginia in Electrical Engineering. He worked for General Electric at Schenectady from 1909-1913 and at the Philadelphia office 1913-1914. He became a member of the C.A. Baer and Co. in 1919 as an industrial engineer. Baer, Cooke and Co. was located in the Fuller Building in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1922.


1 Volume, 14 cm x 18.5 cm x 3.5 cm.

Language of Materials



Interesting insight into the workings of textile machinery specifically of local Lehigh Valley silk mills. There were many silk mills in the early 20th century in the Lehigh Valley.


No semblance of order; there are no consecutively numbered or alphabetized pages and no index. Begins with typed information on blue graph pages: Common Babbit Bearing Set. Ball Bearing Set.

Continues with Result of Test. Ball Bearing Set 20 H.P. Spindle Spreads.

Series of printed pages titled General Electric Company Oct. 5, 1915 Industrial Control Handbook CR 3900 Drum Type Reversing Switches

Etc. for a multitude of notes and information regarding textile machinery.

The notes range in date from 1912 to 1922.

Immediate Source of Acquisition



No additions anticipated.

Related Materials

Who’s Who in Engineering, Volume 1, ed. John William Leonard, Winfield Scott Downs, M.M. Lewis; St. Martins Press, 1922

Physical Description

1 Volume, 14 cm x 18.5 cm x 3.5 cm.


Finding Aid of the Carl Adams Baer Silk Mill Notes 1912-1922
William Ying
September 30, 2013
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