Taylor, Carl 1972-10-26

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Carl Taylor, inventor and machinist, discusses the history and development of educational equipment production in his Brownwood laboratory.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Carl Taylor

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 26, 1972

Location: Garland, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour 25 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Traces origin of educational laboratories in Brownwood (1931), Building an instrument to accommodate "fixations" in reading skills, Mechanical aptitude cited, Finding financial assistance for the invention, Testing the instrument for its practical application, Further developments related, Activities involved in establishing production and markets for the reading instruments, Expanding markets into the optical business, Obtained a contract with American Optical Company, Provisions of contract discussed, Reviews production scheduling problems.

Tape 1, Side 2: Further production problems reviewed, Responsibilities and legal conflict with American Optical Company, Reasons for liquidation of the local company, Move to Garland mentioned, Work on opaque projector and farming equipment cited, Taylor family careers reviewed, Loss of patent to American Optical recalled, Relates method of acquiring McGraw-Hill stock.

Tape 2, Side 1: Discussion of educational background and collection of a technical library, Describes publication of simplified guides to shop work, Various descriptions of laboratory equipment made, Lists products now being manufactured in laboratory, Early business records mentioned, Brownwood Laboratories Company discussed.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1931-1972

Bulk Dates: 1931-1972

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