I got an email from a gentleman awhile ago asking me about an antique welder – a vintage model 75D Dynamic brand welder with a casing made out of wood. He explained what he knew about it, sent me some pictures of it, and asked if i had some more information on it. Unfortunately I didn’t. As a matter of fact, I’d never seen nor heard of one before. And there didn’t seem to be anything useful that I could find when i searched for it.
As luck would have it, I found a couple of advertisements for this welder in some old magazines. These magazines were from the early 40’s, 1942 and 1944, so I’m going to assume that this welder was for sale from the late 1930’s until sometime in the 1940’s. That’s just a guess though. If anyone knows the exact time frame, please feel free to correct me.
It appears that the Dynamic Super Charged model came first. The ad from 1942 shows this model, and the cost of $19.75. It seems strange that they changed the name from Super Charged to just a plain old Dynamic Welder. To me at least, it seems that the Super Charged version should have been the next logical progression as the original model was refined and the output increased. But, i digress.
His welder is a Dynamic Super Charged welder. The ad from 1942 is that model, and it sold for $19.50 Looking at the faceplate data from the pictures that he sent to me, the first digits are often the year of manufacture. Since his welder’s serial number starts with 039, it could be that his welder was manufactured in 1939. I think that’s a pretty reasonable guess.
One thing that I found interesting is that the welder in 1944 cost a whopping $23.50! Using an online calculator that I found for determining the value of money over time;
In 2008, $23.50 from 1944 is worth:
$287.48 using the Consumer Price Index
Imagine that, $287 for a machine that you could use to earn a living right out of the box. Not a bad investment at the time!
It came with everything you needed to start welding – rods, hood, cables, stinger, and a handy instruction manual that would allow even the greenest beginner to begin making high-grade welds immediately in iron, steel, brass, bronze, and other materials. There was even a 10 day trial offer. What more could you want for $23.50?
I’ve included the full text of the ad for a couple of reasons. The first is that even when you click on the above image for the full size image, it’s still kind of hard to read. Especially for those of us with eyes that aren’t as good as they used to be. The second reason is because I love the cheesy ad copy they used in it. You can also see some pictures of a real Dynamic Welder that were sent to me. Enjoy!
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“Now I am equipped for all kinds of welding and before I go further I must say It’s the greatest portable outfit for welding any man could ever wish to own. I wouldn’t sell mine for the cost of plenty welders I have seen which were very high in cost but not in convenience. You may put me on file as a booster of your wonderful welding product.”
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DYNAMIC WELDER CO. 13 EAST 23rd ST. AL
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