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At least one of the Atlas catalog covers, No. 26, was drawn by the eccentric gentleman artist Arthur C. Radebaugh whose advertising work was also commissioned by Coca-Cola, Dodge and Chrysler. From the late 1930s until the 1960s he known for his futuristic air-brush illustrations, Motor, Fortune and Saturday Evening Post magazine covers and a weekly syndicated cartoon strip "Closer Than We Think", a humorous send-up of technology and invention. Eventually forgotten (and for many years his type of work derided) his reputation was revived as the significance of his contribution to graphic illustration was realised in the closing years of the 20th century. Examples of his art can be seen here: http://www.palaceofculture.org/radebaugh.html   and http://www.palaceofculture.org/
Atlas catalogs were, until the late 1930s, always of an interesting design with artistic covers, a wealth of detailed information, profusely illustrated and with a simple chronological numbering system. Most were titled "
Atlas Equipment" or "Atlas Modern Shop Equipment" the known exceptions being  No. 31 "Atlas Lathes" and No. 30 "The New Atlas Shaper". The catalogs continued to be published during the Second World War, but only in limited numbers - though separate editions for drills, shapers, millers and lathes were also issued. If readers can help with either pictures of catalogs not featured within these pages, or information about other Atlas Catalogs, the writer would be pleased to hear from them.
This page shows covers from the early 1930s through the (unfortunately long-lasting and ubiquitous) "green" editions of 1950s to the final publications of the 1960 and 1970s. There are two covers per page; all are at high resolution and can, when downloaded, be printed out to produce a good quality image.
If you have cover pictures from different catalogs that you would like to contribute, please do get in touch.

The earliest-known edition of the Atlas lathe catalog  - circa 1931-2

Undated but circa 1933/34
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Catalog No. 15 undated but circa 1935

Catalog No. 26 (dated 1936-7) by the eccentric gentleman artist Arthur C. Radebaugh whose advertising work was also commissioned by Coca-Cola, Dodge and Chrysler. From the late 1930s until the 1960s he was known for his futuristic air-brush illustrations on the covers of Motor, Fortune and Saturday Evening Post magazine and a weekly syndicated cartoon strip "Closer Than We Think," a humorous send-up of technology and invention. Eventually forgotten (and for many years his type of art derided) his reputation was revived in the closing years of the 20th century as the significance of his contribution to graphic illustration techniques was realised. Examples of his art can be seen here: http://www.palaceofculture.org/
Click here for a very high resolution image of this cover that is suitable for printing out to A3 or larger



Catalog No. 28 dated November 1937

Although undated this lathe catalog was posted in the same envelope as one for the June, 1938 edition of the No. 30 "Shaper" sales folder

1939 - the first catalog to carry a number that matched the year of publication

The 30th Anniversary (1911 - 1941) edition featured the newly-introduced horizontal milling machine.

By 1945 the cover was utilitarian in appearance - supply of machine tools for the domestic market was still limited by wartime restrictions

The special 1947 catalog devoted exclusively to the newly-introduced screwcutting gearbox model

The prosaic, unimaginative cover of the catalog as issued from 1950. This was to remain unaltered through several different editions.

Cover of the first "new-model 12-inch" Atlas lathe catalog 1958

Circa 1967

And finally - 1972



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