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My girlfriend and I bought this blower at an antique shop with the intent of restoring it to use. In trying to look up the manufacturer so I could watch some youtubes, I noticed we had stumbled on an oddity or rarity of some sort. Note how it looks almost exactly like a Champion No. 40, but lacks a couple characteristic curvy bits and the obvious complete lack of "Lancaster" anywhere on it. Nowhere I've looked (mostly google), and no one I've asked (a couple of librarians, a historian, and a couple facebook groups) seems to have any information on it. The Athens Hardware Company absolutely had the manufacturing capability to make their own case and probably even to make a Champion knockoff. I'm pretty convinced it's a Champion #40 rebranded other at Champion or at Athens Steam Company for Athens Hardware Company. I took these 6 pictures of different parts. Can anyone look at their Champion No. 40 and confirm for me that it is the same? Thanks, Keith
At the Athens forge meeting a lady mentioned there was a guy who sold steel in/or near Athens, AL. Don't know how many people from the Athens meetings frequent these boards but if anyone has some recommendations it'd be helpful. She mentioned that he was open on Saturdays for a few hours. Thanks, Brian