Eric T. Vogel Documents Related to Loewy Hydropress Inc.
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Eric Theodore Vogel was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1906 to Arnost and Emma Vogel. He trained and worked as an engineer in Czechoslovakia, but became more famous as an amateur jazz trumpet player in a dixieland combo playing at the "Cafe" in Brno. He was arrested and imprisoned by the Nazis in various concentration camps including Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. He was ordered to form a band with Pavel Lipensky in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. This band appeared in the camp's cabaret review known as the Karussell ("Carousel"). The band was led by a famous jazz musician Martin Roman and named the "Ghetto Swingers." The group performed over 50 times especially during June and July 1944. Following a visit by the Red Cross, the camp Kommendant was instructed to make a propaganda film showing the "Ghetto Swingers." Later the same group of musicians also performed with Fritz Weiss's "Jazz-Quintet-Weiss." Thirteen of the sixteen musicians who performed in these bands were murdered in the camps. Vogel escaped Auschwitz concentration camp during a transfer to Dachau by jumping from a train. He eventually came to the United States and was employed by Loewy-Hydropress as a draftsman but was promoted to a position as a designer and later as a senior design engineer in charge of material handling. Vogel contributed to the development of the efficient material handling devices on modern metal extrusion presses. He also worked on the design of other hydraulic press components and valves, also had troubleshooting assignments in the field. As an inventor, he collaborated with Otto Hammon and Max Hampl?. He held U.S. Patent 3084810 "Rotatable Die Changer" April 9, 1963, E. T. Vogel et al U.S. Patent 3116833 "Horizontal Extrusion Press," U.S. Patent 3116839 "Billet Loading Apparatus," January 7, 1964, Canadian Patent 680020 "Billet Loading Apparatus," February 11, 1964. He left Loewy Hydropress Division of the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation in 1960 when the company moved its offices from New York City to Philadelphia. He then worked for Loma Machine Mfg. Co. Inc. as well as Concast Incorporated both in New York. While his day job was as an engineer, he performed at night with his trumpet in various clubs in New York City. He is included on the album New York City 1955-1958. He also coached Gertrude "Trude, Trudy or Traute" Kleinova (1918-1976), a world champion table tennis player for Czechoslovakia in 1935 and 1936. She too survived Auschwitz concentration camp where her first husband Jakob Schallinger was killed. Eric and Trudy came to the United States in 1948. Eric became a naturalized citizen in 1954 and his birth date of 1906 is on his U.S. naturalization certificate No. 7351607. Both Vogels are buried in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The collection consists of correspondence, technical drawings, pamphlets and photographs featuring the names Loewy-Hydropress, Loma Machine Manufacturing Company and Concast Incorporated distributed in five folders.
The materials are arranged by subject and chronologically within the folders.
The collection was donated to Lehigh University's Special Collections by Felicita Bidegain, Felicita Egre, Ruth Ann Fernandez and Todd Allen January 14, 2019.
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Eric Theodore Vogel's naturalization petition No. 515382
No Date -- six instruction items for stereo equipment; "Stand-Up Fiddler, in Prague, Evokes a Lost Era" newspaper article about Otto Sattler.
1953 black and white 25 x 20.5 cm photograph of model of Loewy 50,000 ton Forging Press (on reverse) "This photograph is the property of LOEWY CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. …. Copyright 1952
1955 -- two calculation sheets "Wall Thickness of Hydr. Cylinders-For Internal Pressure-I, -II ST 301 and ST 302
1959 Jul 10 Loewy-Hydropress Billet & Disc Handling Devices Twin Billet Loader & Billet Support Ass'y, drawing No. CH-42953
1959 August 27 Collapsible Billet Loader Sheet 1 (2 copies) and Sheet 2 1959 Oct 20 Loewy-Hydropress Billet & Disc Handling Devices Billet Table & Dummy Block Lifter Assembly Drawing No. CH 43054
1959 Oct 20 Loewy-Hydropress Billet & Disc Handling Devices Discard Receiver & Elevator Ass'y - Part II Drawing No. CH-43056
1960 Feb. 2 Loewy-Hydropress Discard Remover Actuated by Lateral Movement of Die Slide New York City Inventor: Eric T. Vogel
1960 Apr 7 Loewy-Hydropress Collapsible Billet Loader (Self Erecting) Drawing No. CPH 253611 (see preliminary drawings Aug 27 1959)
1960 Apr 12 Loewy-Hydropress Outlet Guide for Piercer Mill Schematic II Drawing No. CPH 253607
1960 Apr 14 Loewy-Hydropress Outlet Guide for Piercer Mill (Layout)Drawing No. CPH 253606
1960 May 6 Loewy-Hydropress Quick Stem Removal II (colored) Drawing CPH253639 (three preliminary drawings not titled but look like this)
No Date: 6 black & white photographs measuring 20.5 x 25 cm large machinery with Loma New York, N.Y. on machines: no ID #, LOMA #1849, #1852, #1931, #1933, #1937
1961 Sept 14 New York, N.Y. Disclosure Drawing - Extrusion into Inert Gas -- Inventor: Max Hampl -- Inventor: Eric T. Vogel (2 copies)
1962 August 15 New York, N.Y. Horizontal Casting Machine with Rotating Furnace for Quick Change of Casting Program (2 copies)
1963 June 5 New York, N.Y. Run Out Table for Dry or Immersed Extrusion Disclosure Drawing -- Inventor: Eric T. Vogel (3 copies)
1964 June 29 Loma Machine Mfg. Co. Inc. Continuous Casting Machine General Assembly Side View -- Sheet No. 4327-SP; Front View Sheet No. 4328-SP
1965 Sep 22 -- Concast Incorporated New York City, N.Y. Straightener-Entering Roller -- Drawing No. E- Layout
1966 Jan 17 Concast Incorporated New York City, N.Y. Gap Control System for Cooling Plates
1961 July 31 from Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation (Philadelphia) to Eric T. Vogel re: Case 1.031 papers have been mailed to Patent Office typed letter and handwritten note from Eric Michelson and 2 drawings - see Patent 3,116,833)
1963 April 9 E.T. Vogel "Rotatable Die Changer" U.S. Patent 3,084,810
1964 Jan. 7 E.T. Vogel et al (Inventors Eric T. Vogel, Otto Hammon) "Horizontal Extrusion Press" U.S. Patent 3,116,833
1964 Jan. 7 E.T. Vogel "Billet Loading Apparatus" U.S. Patent 3,116,839 and six pages of drawings illustrating apparatus
1964 Feb. 11 "Billet Loading Apparatus" Eric T. Vogel, Elmburst, Long Island, New York, U.S.A. Granted to Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation Canadian Patent No. 680,020
1970 February 26 "Simple Mechanical-Hydraulic Mold Level Control" for slab Molds Vickers Steering Booster Boron Nitride or Similar Material New York, Inventor: Eric T. Vogel
March 19 New York "Dummy Bar Head with Fully (semi) Automatic Separation Device for Beam Blank, Billet or Bloom Casting Machines" Inventor: Eric T. Vogel
1959 ASA Y32.3 "Graphical Symbols for Welding" The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
1960 August "Hydraulics & Pneumatics" The Magazine of Fluid Power
1963 October "Machine Tool and Die Industries" The Ohio Knife Company Cincinnati
1964 November "Graphic Science Design for Design"
1965 May 15 "Hard rider with a feel for timing - Irving Rossi, promoter of continuous steel casting" Business Week, p. 188-192.
1966 USASI Y14.5 "Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Engineering Drawings" The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
1969 American Iron and Steel Institute. "The Continuous casting of beam blanks at the Algoma Steel Corporation, Limited" by G. S. Lucenti, 47 pages.
No Date: Heppenstall Suggested Slitter Knife Clearance Chart Marform - The New Metal Forming Process (brochure - on back cover illustration of Loewy Construction Co. Inc. hydraulic press