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Collection TitleMC 07 Eclipse Machine CompanyCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards
Date Completed:June 1, 2007

The Eclipse Machine Company-The Eclipse Bicycle Company was founded on August 12, 1895.  Around 1889, the company stopped producing bicycles and started specializing and produced the Bell Hub Bicycle Brake, which it manufactured until 1903.  On December 19, 1902, the company changed its name to the Eclipse Machine Company.  The company's focus shifted again in 1914, when it began manufacturing parts for automobiles, including the Bendix Drive, as well as equipment for airplanes during WWI.

In 1928, the Bendix Corporation acquired the Eclipse Machine Company and it became part of Bendix Aviation in 1929. In 1938, they changed names again, this time to Eclipse Machine Division, as it was now a division of Bendix.  During WWII, the division manufactured time fuses as well as fuel pumps for B-29s.

In 1960 Bendix Aviation changed its name to The Bendix Corp.  In 1966, Eclipse became officially known as the Motor Components Division. In 1974, Motor Components became a part of a new company, Facet Enterprises, Inc., which it is still a part of today.

Extent1 linear foot

The Eclipse Machine Company Collection contains newsletters, company booklets, advertising historical information for the company.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
History and Potential of the Eclipse Machine Division of Bendix Aviation.DocumentsB0501
Brochure for Bendix Capabilities, Bendix Aviation Corporation, Eclipse Machine Division, Elmira, NY.BookletB0502
Report with the first section entitled: Peacetime Employment, Floor Space and Production.ReportB0601
Photograph of a group of people attending a dinner event dated 1939.PhotographB0602
Poster entitled: Manpower.PosterB0603
Eclipse in World War II by Roger H. McGrath.ReportB0604
U.S.O. Benefit Ball, Grotto Park, Elmira, September 5, 1942.ProgramB0605
Christmas Card from Bendix to its employees, no year.CardB0606
Folder contains newspaper clippings, like a scrapbook, of articles regarding the Bendix/ Eclipse Company from the 1930s.DocumentsB07
Welcome to Open House, October 2, 1957, Bendix/ Eclipse Machine Division, Bendix Aviation Corporation.BookletB0801
Where Ideas Unlock the Future: The Story of the Bendix Corporation, by A. P. Fontaine, 1967.BookletB0802
Eclipse - 1883 - 1953.BookletB0803
The Golden Year and 150,000,000 Starter Drives by M.D. Griswold.ArticleB0804
Newspaper article dated October 14, 1975 entitled: Bendix Drive honors Abrasives instllation.ArticleB0805
Newspaper article, from the South Bend Tribune dated Sunday, April 23, 1973 entitled: The high-flying days of Vincent Bendix: Paunchy, party-loving inventor works hard and plays hard as South Bend's last tycoon, by Phil Ault.ArticleB0806
Magazine article entitled: Bendix: Brainy and Bothered by William B. Harris.ArticleB0807
Forbes Business and Finance Magazine, March 15, 1957: Bendix Aviation's Ferguson: a time to make haste slowly.MagazineB0808
Annual Sales and Income - Motor Components Division (Eclipse Machine) for 1930-1974.DocumentsB0901
History of Eclipse Machine during World War II.DocumentsB0902
History of the Eclipse Machine Division, 1942.DocumentsB0903
Activities of the Eclipse Machine Division, Bendix Aviation Corp., During World War II.ReportB0904
From M. O. Whittney dated January 29, 1958 regarding the rough manuscript of the part that Eclipse played in Chemung County in WWII. Attached is a copy of the rough draft.MemoB0905
History on the Motor Components Division, what used to be Eclipse Machine Company.DocumentB0906
Where Ideas Unlock the Future: The Story of the Bendix Corporation by A. P. Fontaine, 1967.BookletB0907
Facet - New York/ North Carolina Two-Plant Team Concept Becomes Reality.DocumentB0908
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