What's NEW

Here are the most recent additions to the collection.  If you are a return visitor, this will be where the items rediscovered or newly identified can be found.  In a month or so, these will be moved into the main record by region and date.  There are more items gathered and provided by interested people to be scanned and included, so check back often.   Links are provided for a quick connection to the relevant time period.   

1:  Due to the strange times we are living in, the 2020 Olympics are not being held.  But Brush has always enthusiastically sought business in Japan including supplying lighting (1885) to the Emperors Palace in Tokyo.  In January 1995 hosted by President of the UK's Board of Trade Sir Michael Heseltine, the Brush Group were prominent members of a UK Department of Trade & Industry Mission to Japan.


Then Managing Director Bill Petrie was interviewed regarding recent contracts secured from the region and expectations for many opportunities in the future.  At the time of the mission Brush representatives based in Singapore were visiting Japan regularly.  New contract awards were secured which supported opening a full time agency in Tokyo.

Large motors, frequency changers (for dockyard use), oil production platform electrical systems as well as large generators for turbine drive were supplied during the following years.


2:  From the "Turbines from Finspang" history book published in 2013, a very interesting image is presented.  In 1913 Brush were licensed by Svenska Turbinfabriks AB Ljungstrom (STAL) company to build the Ljungstorm designed steam turbines in Loughborough for central power  station production. Here is a photo of the original Ljungstrom order book which shows the first three orders for turbines were all for Brush projects - two for Willesden Power Station in London.  These equipments lead the way for Brush to supply many cities across the UK with their first electric power systems.  Soon, every major town had its own power station this before the electric grid was connected across the UK.  Loughborough got its own power stationin 1914 and one of the Brush built original Ljungstrom turbines is preserved at Leicester Museum of Technology at Abbey Road Pumping Station.

STAL joined with ASEA, then Asea Brown Boveri and eventually became part of the worldwide Siemens Electric Power group.

1995 Jan - Brush Trade mission to Japan.jpg
Finspang - Ljungstrom first Order book_0
Brush-Ljungstom ST at Abbey Pump Museum
Loughborough Power Station - 1947

3:  There's a lot of wind energy out there - if only we can capture it !  One of the first electrical generating windmills was running in 1880, designed and built by Charles Brush, set up in the back yard of his Cleveland home.  This video shows the same illustrations you can find on the front cover from the 1890 Scientific American magazine.   You can also check out the Brush Windmill page here.

Brush windmill 1880

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Brush-Ljungstom ST at Abbey Pump Museum.