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Weymann Fabric Bodies

Weymann Fabric Bodies is a patented design system for fuselages for aircraft and superlight coachwork for motor vehicles. The system used a patent-jointed wood frame covered in fabric, it was popular on cars from the 1920s until the early 1930s as it reduced the usual squeaks and rattles of coachbuilt bodies by its use of flexible joints between body timbers. The system when used on cars provided quieter travel, improved performance because of the body's light weight. Fabric provided the framework sharp corners. Supporting metal corner-inserts were employed to smooth corners and the fabric could be finished with layer upon layer of hand-sanded paint, called Tôle Souple, giving the impression of polished metal panelling. Introduced to the market in 1921, Weymann's bodies fell out of popularity within a decade; the Weymann system comprises an ultra-light wood framework with special metal joints so that timber does not touch timber. Small metal panels are inserted between the fabric and the framework to make rounded external corners.

Straining wires are fitted to hold the doors in shape when they are stressed by acceleration or bumps. The frame is covered with muslin over chicken wire with a thin layer of cotton batting used to span large open areas and over this a top layer of fabric a pigmented synthetic leather, is placed. Any exposed joints in the fabric are covered with aluminium mouldings; the seats are fixed directly to the chassis. Passengers were therefore in direct contact with the mounted engine. Where the market permitted some isolation was provided by luxuriously sprung passenger-seating topped with inflated pneumatic cushions. For the luxury market it further encouraged the development of inherently smoother multi-cylinder engines in place of sixes and eights and, too late for Weymann, the introduction of flexible engine mounts and better chassis suspension systems in place of primitive leaf springs. J Gurney Nutting of Chelsea, assured purchasers of his Weymann bodies, including The Prince of Wales: Absolute silence As durable as any other body Withstands rough roads and speed No squeaks, rattles, or draughts Absence of drumming and rumbling Lightness increases operating economy and speed Most luxurious Perfect comfort in any weather Less expensive than coachbuilt composite bodies of similar quality Easily cared for Easy to wash and clean Easily repaired in case of accident The system was invented by Charles Weymann.

An early portrait may be seen in the archives of FLIGHT magazine. Weymann's Paris coachbuilding business was located at Carrossier Weymann, 20 rue Troyon and their elegant and luxurious Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Hispano-Suiza, etc. bodied limousines and cars bore the label Les Carrosseries C. T. Weymann, 18-20 rue Troyon, Paris. Daimler had always built their own bodies though as usual in that period to suit customers they provided a large number of chassis to external coach builders. In the second quarter of 1924 Daimler began building Weymann flexible framed fabric bodies for their "natural silence, the entire absence of drumming and all those attributes which make for comfortable long-distance touring with a minimum of fatigue". Seats were Dryad basket-chairs of wicker button-quilted in Bedford cord. Daimler chose to name its Weymann bodies Construction Z; the licensing company which provided customers with permits to make Weymann fabric bodies for fitting to chassis was based in Paris. Weymann that he received payment for around 70,000 bodies.

Licensed manufacturers included: Weymann Motor Bodies limited, founded in England in 1922 with the first licences issued in 1923 to, amongst others, the Rover Company. In 1925 a move was made into actual body production as well as licensing and the Cunard coachbuilding company based in Putney, South London, was purchased; the enterprise was a success and a move was made to larger premises at what had been the Blériot aircraft factory, Addlestone near Weybridge, England. By 1930 the company had turned its attention to bus body construction and in 1932 became part of the Metro Cammell Weymann organisation. Weymann American Body Company of Indianapolis, USA Carrozzeria Touring, Milan Lombardy Italy and its own development, Superleggera. See detail in Wikipedia en français From a joint advertisement by the following Makers of Genuine Weymann bodies, placed by Weymann Motor Bodies Limited, 47 Pall Mall, London, SW1 Body-on-frame Spaceframe Monocoque Senior, John A; the Weymann Story: Part One - 1923-1945.

Venture Publications. ISBN 1-898432-36-8. Coachbuilt Weymann American webpage, including numerous technical illustrations, the following references to Weymann bodies: May, 1927 issue of MoToR. Voisin C7 under restoration

John P. Harris

John Paul Harris was a Pittsburgh businessman and politician who opened the world's first theater devoted to showing Motion pictures. Harris' work in the entertainment industry began at Harris Comedy and Specialty Co. a company run by his father that produced vaudeville shows. In 1897 Harris Comedy and Specialty Co. showed Pittsburgh's first motion picture. On June 19, 1905, Harris and his brother-in-law, Harry Davis opened a small film theatre on a Smithfield Street storefront in Downtown Pittsburgh; the theatre, known as the Nickelodeon, was the first devoted for the exhibition of movies. In addition to owning theaters, Harris held shares in two National League baseball clubs. From November 15, 1910 to December 17, 1910, Harris served as the principal owner of the Boston Doves. Following his sale of the Boston club, Harris purchased interest in the Pittsburgh Pirates. Harris was involved in politics. From 1922 until his death he represented the 45th District in the Pennsylvania State Senate; the Harris Theater in Pittsburgh is named in honor of Harris.

The John P. Harris Film Society, Point Park University's cinema club, is named after Harris


InDinero is an accounting software and services company designed to help small businesses manage their finances. Founded in 2009 by Jessica Mah, Andy Su, Andrea Barrica, inDinero first launched to the public in 2010 after graduating from the startup incubator, Y Combinator; as of September 2018, inDinero had raised nearly $10 million in equity funding, had a roster of nearly 30 investors, made two acquisitions. Jessica Mah started the initial development of inDinero at age 19 after meeting her cofounder Andy Su at UC Berkeley, their inspiration came from realizing that peers in their entrepreneurship club knew how to run a business, but didn't know anything about the finances.inDinero's product first launched on an invitation-only basis in August 2010. The product was marketed as the “ for small business”. The first iteration of the software featured a real-time dashboard with financial tracking and forecasting, including a cash runway gauge, still at the core of the product in 2019.

InDinero launched transaction and receipt matching in October 2011, after bringing in more than 20,000 businesses that were generating 5 million transactions per month on its platform. Due to early customer feedback, inDinero added a service component to their business several years adding accounting and tax services alongside the cloud platform. In 2013 they opened an office in the Philippines to support this growth. Further growth and availability of talent lead the company to open an office in Portland, OR in 2015, which doubled in size over the following year and became the company's headquarters. Upon graduating from Y Combinator in August 2010, inDinero gained angel attention. InDinero closed a $1.2 million seed round the following month, which consisted of investments from Intuit’s David Wu, Yelp’s Jeremy Stoppelman, YouTube’s Jawed Karim. In February 2013, inDinero received the largest of a three-fund investment from FundersClub in their initial investment in enterprise software companies.

Two years in February 2015, inDinero closed its largest funding round, a Series B round worth $7 million. On May 8, 2018, inDinero acquired San Jose-based firm tempCFO; this move added CFO services to inDinero's offering, enabling them to work with a customer from early stage through to exit. On February 1, 2019, inDinero acquired a second company, mAccounting, an Indianapolis-based accounting and tax firm. Official website

Hans Conrad Schellenberg

Hans Conrad Schellenberg was a Swiss botanist and agronomist. Schellenberg was born in Hottingen, he studied at the Eidgenössische Polytechnikum Zürich and the University of Berlin, where he was a student of botanist Simon Schwendener. Afterwards he worked as an assistant at the seed control station in Zürich and as a teacher at the Agricultural School-Strickhof in Oberstrass, he obtained his habilitation for botany at the Polytechnic in Zürich, where from 1908 to 1923, he served as a professor of agronomy. His primary focus was in the areas of plant pathology and agricultural botany, being credited with furthering the development of grain farming in Switzerland, he was the author of significant works on fungal plant diseases. He died in Zürich, aged 51. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der verholzten Zellmembran, 1895. Graubündens Getreidevarietäten: mit besonderer Rücksicht auf ihre horizontale Verbreitung, 1900 – Graubünden cereal varieties. Der Blasenrost der Arve, 1904 – Blister rust and the Swiss pine.

Untersuchungen über den Einfluss der Salze auf die zunächst. An der Erbsenwurzel, 1906 – Studies on the influence of salts on growth direction of roots, etc. Die Brandpilze der Schweiz 1911 – Smut fungi of Switzerland

Frederick Wilding

Frederick Wilding played first-class cricket for Canterbury in the 1880s and 1890s. He played tennis and was a noted athlete. Wilding was born in Montgomery and gained his experience as an athlete in the west of England, he and his wife, Julia Wilding emigrated from Herefordshire, England, in 1879. Wilding became a well-to-do lawyer in Christchurch, New Zealand, was appointed a King's Counsel in 1913, their house, "Fownhope" in St Martins, had two tennis courts, an asphalt winter court and a summer grass court. He founded Wilding Park, today the largest tennis centre in Canterbury, he won the New Zealand doubles title five times between 1887 and 1894 with his partner Richard Harman. Their son Tony Wilding, was a world champion tennis player, played cricket for Canterbury, but was killed in action during the First World War, their daughter Cora Wilding was an artist and outdoor enthusiast, founded the Youth Hostel Association of New Zealand in 1932. He died, aged 92, in Christchurch on 5 July 1945, was buried at Bromley Cemetery

Sir Robert Vaughan, 2nd Baronet

Sir Robert Williames Vaughan, 2nd Baronet was a Welsh landowner and Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons for 40 years from 1792 to 1836. Vaughan was the eldest son of Sir Robert Howell Vaughan, 1st Baronet, of Hengwrt and educated at Jesus College, Oxford, he succeeded his father on 13 October 1792, inheriting the 12,000 acre Nannau estate and the Hengwrt estate. He married Anna Maria, the daughter of Sir Roger Mostyn, 5th Baronet, of Mostyn and Gloddaeth, Caernarvonshire on 23 September 1802. Vaughan was elected MP for Merioneth in 1792, holding the seat continuously through 14 Parliaments until 1836, he was appointed High Sheriff of Merionethshire for 1837–38. Vaughan died in 1843, he left his estates at Nannau, Hengwrt and Ystumcolwyn to his son, the last time they would be in the common ownership of one person. "VAUGHAN, Sir Robert Williames, 2nd bt. of Nannau Hall, nr. Dolgellau, Merion". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 9 March 2013. Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Robert Vaughan