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  • #16
    Originally posted by jimcaher View Post
    Yup. Seems like just a few years ago at MSU. Clear picture in my mind. Two Universals, green rubber floor and a speedbag platform at either side of the room opposite the mirrored wall. One with a crank, the other you had to push up manually. I think that it was the latter that you "fixed" with wooden matchsticks.
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    HA!! Yes, constantly fixing the swivel holes with match sticks. Do you remember when Bill (Superfoot) Wallace was teaching Karate in the mat room next door, and would come in an "tell us" to knock it off, we were disturbing his class... ( but he did ask nicely, while his foot tickled my face. They really smelled too, but I didn't tell him). I think that was during the time that him and Doc were writing their book together.
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    • #17
      Photos of clean up

      I wanted to post some photos while I was cleaning it up. I am still trying to pin down the manufacturer and the approximate year. I know it is the Narragansett design but it does not have the decorative Narragansett Machine Company logo in the center. I know Everlast purchased Narragansett in 1966 so it could be made by Everlast but it is definitely different then what they show in their 1994 catalog. If anyone has some information I would love to hear it.
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      • #18
        The letters on the casting, NGECO seem too close to NarraGansett Equipment COmpany to be a coincidence. I find no reference to the company ever being called that, but in ads they refer to the high quality of Narragansett Equipment. Seems like a short cut that some foundry took, maybe after the Everlast takeover?

        I just snagged a 1945 Narragansett Physical Fitness Equipment catalog, when it arrives I'll see if it has your platform and pass along any good info.

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        • #19
          [QUOTE=Johnny O;31167]I wanted to post some photos while I was cleaning it up. I am still trying to pin down the manufacturer and the approximate year. I know it is the Narragansett design but it does not have the decorative Narragansett Machine Company logo in the center. I know Everlast purchased Narragansett in 1966 so it could be made by Everlast but it is definitely different then what they show in their 1994 catalog. If anyone has some information I would love to hear it. ...WOW that platform looks great johnny O, And you got that thing for a great price man your lucky. sure wish i could get ahold of one or one like zaza's man he's got a great platform too. i hate you guys that find these old platforms LOL can't wait to see it action johnny O ...ralph

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          • #20
            zaza's platform

            btw hey zaza do you think you could post up some close up photos of your platform here so i can drool at it :-) ...ralph

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            • #21
              Originally posted by ventanakaz View Post
              btw hey zaza do you think you could post up some close up photos of your platform here so i can drool at it :-) ...ralph
              Did you see these?
              http://www.speedbagforum.com/forums/...php?albumid=84
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              • #22
                thanks zaza that gave me a drool factor of #10 :-)...ralph

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                • #23
                  Here is the 1945 Narragansett Machine Company catalog page for speed bag equipment. The quality of the photos in this catalog is not very good, but to me it looks like your platform.

                  Interesting catalog. The company was 76 years old at this point, little did they know they would be bought out and slam dunked into oblivion not much further on down the road.
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                  • #24
                    Paranday, thanks for your help.

                    My platform is absolutely this design. There are really only two differences that I see: My drum is about 1” thick with thicker support pieces of wood above. It looks like even in this 1945 model, Narragansett was still putting their decorative logo in the circular opening in the center of the platform. My platform has the circular opening but no logo. I am thinking that my platform is either right before they sold to Everlast or sometime shortly after (most likely the later). It would be interesting to see a Narragansett catalog from the mid 60s and an Everlast catalog from the late 60s and early 70s. Anyone know where I could find these?

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                    • #25
                      Dutchman, do you have any of the catalog pages that Johnny O mentions that could be scanned and posted? Seems to me these catalogs are very hard to find.

                      Here's a 1932 catalog for sale titled,

                      The World Over It's Everlast for Boxing Equipment: General Catalog No. 30.

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                      • #26
                        I'm afraid that I don't have anything that goes back that far. I once had a lead on a sporting goods store that had been in business in one location for forty years back in the mid 1970's. By the time I actually got there they had moved to a new location and forty years worth of paper had wound up in the dumpster

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                        • #27
                          NMW, which is the catalogue in the post above, was pretty much out of business by the early-mid 1950s. The same folks who owned Everlast bought them and they became Narragansett Gym Equipment and replaced the stylized NMW logo with a stylized NGE logo. The logo was then dropped altogether when they marketed as Everlast. At least this is what I have pieced together from the corporate documents on the Missouri Department of State website and a few logic leaps. May be off a year or two hear or there.

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                          • #28
                            Bag Man,

                            From the research I have done, I think you are right on the money. I would still like to get ahold of a NGE catalog from the early 60s. My platform is all cleaned up and ready to go. just waiting for renovations at the MMA gym where it will hang. I will post some photos when it is back in action.

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                            • #29
                              I for one have never seen a NGE catalogue.

                              Can't wait to see the pics.

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