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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
Advertisement for the Bendix Corporation, explaining the name change to Bendix Aviation.DocumentB1014
Spreadsheet entitled: Net Number of Carburators Shipped Per Month, 1911-1981.DocumentB1015
Letter to the Production and Maintenance Employees and Plant Guards, no date from the General Manager regarding the Union.DocumentB1016
Copy of a blueprint of the Bendix Aviation Corporation "Eclipse Machine Division" Elmira Heights, N.Y. complex dated Feb. 14, 1928.DocumentB1017
Eclipse Machine Company letterhead, 1920.DocumentB1018
From Vincent Bendix to Mr. James Watson dated June 29, 1918 regarding patents for the Eclipse-Bendix Drive.LetterB1019
Newspaper article from the Star-Gazette & Advertiser entitled: Major Events in Elmira: 1864-1964.ArticleB1020
Mission Statement for the Motor Components Division.DocumentB1021
From The Eclipse Bicycle Co to Gibson & Woodward dated Dec. 31, 1895 regarding advertising.LetterB1022
Biography of A. P. Fontaine, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, The Bendix Corporation.DocumentB1023
Biography of Malcolm P. Ferguson, Chairman, Finance Committee, The Bendix Corporation.DocumentB1024
Document entitled: Training of Industrial Workers at Eclipse Machine Division, 1946.DocumentB1025
Document entitled: Memories or "Thinking Out Loud".DocumentB1026
Magazine article entitled: The Golden Year and 150,000,000 Starter Drives by M.D. Griswold.ArticleB1027
Copy of a newspaper article from the Tulsa Daily Business Journal & Legal Record dated Monday, June 6, 1983 entitled: Facet Enterprises on Firm Ground.ArticleB1028
Historical information on Bendix products that were used in the Moon Landing, July 1969.DocumentsB1029
Magazine article entitled: Playboy Interview: Al Goldstein: a candid (ugh!) conversation with the outrageous editor of "screw".ArticleB1030
Program for an "Award of the Flag of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordance and the Navy "E" Pennant to Eclipse Machine Division of Bendix Aviation Corporation, September 25, 1941.ProgramB1101
List of Dept. 9 - Carburator Engineering Personnel, December 9, 1957.DocumentB1102
List of Engineering Personnel, October 31, 1958.DocumentB1103
List of Engineering Personnel, February 9, 1959.DocumentB1104
Engineering Department Assignments, January 14, 1963.DocumentB1105
List of Department 15 Personnel, no date.DocumentB1106
Letter from M.P. Whitney to Thomas E. Byrne of the Chemung County Historical Society, dated January 7, 1957 regarding a summary of Eclipse Activities. Attached are documents outlining Eclipse Activities.DocumentsB1107
Company advertising booklet entitled: Bendix Aviation Corporation.BookletB1301
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