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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
Newsletter - Eclipse News: August 21, September 18, October 2, 1942; March 5, March 26, May 21 & 28, 1943; June 16, October 6, 13 & 20, 1944; February 9, September 28, 1945; May 1948.NewsletterA0101
From the Eclipse Machine Company to the Indiana Brass Co, dated August 1, 1918 on company letterhead.LetterA02
Manual - Bendis Eclipse Drive, for Electric Starters Automatic Engaging and Disengaging, no date.BookletA03
Catalog - The Eclipse Machine Company, 1914-1915 for bicycle and motorcycle parts.CatalogA0401
Booklet - Brief History of the Eclipse Machine Division, 1883-1953. (2 copies)BookletA0402
Brochure - Bedix Eclipse Machine Division Welcomes You, contains general information and a map of the facility.BrochureA0403
Catalog - Eclipse Bicycle Company, 1898.CatalogA0404
Booklet - Welcome to Open House, Bendix, October 2, 1957.BookletA0405
Booklet - Airborne Raday Systems: Type RDR - 1, by Bendix, 1955.BookletA0406
Handbook for Salaried Employees, Bendix Aviation Corporation, Eclipse - Machine Division.HandbookA0407
Program - Award of the Flag of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance and the Navy "E" Pennant to Bendix Aviation Eclipse Machine Division, September 25, 1941.ProgramA0501
Program - Award for Excellence in War Production to All Employees of the Eclipse Machine Division, Bendix Aviation Corporation, September 01, 1942.ProgramA0502
Newsletter - Eclipse News: January, June-July, September 1954; January, February, March, April, May, June-July 1955; January, February, March, May, November 1956.NewsletterA0601
Newsletter - Eclipse News: March, October, November, December 1957; January, February, March, June-July, August-September, October-November-December 1958; January-February, March-April, July-August, November-December 1959.NewsletterA0701
Newsletter - Eclipse News: January-December 1960; January-December 1961; January-December 1962; January-February 1963.NewsletterA0801
Newsletter - Eclipse News: January-February 1964; March-April, May-June 1965. NewsletterA0901
Memorial Program for the unveiling of momument to Edward Joseph Dunn, July 9, 1940.ProgramB0101
Photograph of a letter signed by employees on the resignation of T. W. Tinkham, General Manager November 17, 1945,PhotographB0102
Velum booklet that contains a resolution of sympathy for the death of Edward Joseph Dunn, presented by the Directors to his widow, October 28, 1927.DocumentB0103
Card announcing the death of Edward Joseph Dunn.AnnouncmentB0104
Folder is labeled J. C. Ferguson Testimonial, May 18, 1933 and contains copies of newspaper clippings and other documents from a visit made by Mr. Ferguson.FolderB0105
License Agreement between Vincent Bendix and the Eclipse Machine Company dated May 1, 1920.AgreementB0201
Agreement between the Eclipse Bycycle Company and the International Association of Machinists dated February 19, 1898.AgreementB0202
Folder contains newspaper clippings, like a scrapbook, of articles regarding the Bendix/ Eclipse Company from the 1920s.DocumentsB03
Folder contains newspaper clippings, like a scrapbook, of newspaper artilces on the Eclipse Bicycle Company prior to the 1920s.DocumentsB04
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