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Cretors Popcorn in the wild

Demoman

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06/13/2014
I found this cretors popcorn machine the same place where we got the Minnesota giant carcuss. We walked through a wooded area behind the barn to a scrap pile to look for steam parts. From a distance it looked like an old wood cook stove so I ignored it. Getting closer I could not believe what I saw in the brush! The owner said his dad traded for this to get the engine and rolled the cart out back. Too bad he didn't have the engine. Then he said "I have the engine at home up above in the shop". His dad was making the engine to resemble a case 65 engine and had fabricated a rod and flywheel and crank to look like it. That was all he wanted it for. We made a deal on it all and did the best we could to get it out with a skid loader. It had a giant rats nest that filled it. When I cleaned it out the handle and pop off valve were in the bottom. It is a little rough but maybe there are some wheels and other parts out there. If nothing else it was a great find and neat to look at
 

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cyberbadger

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11/13/2013
Very Nice find.

I've seen Cretors steam engines (not the boiler or full chassis - just the engine). I've seen videos about movie theaters and how Cretors brought popcorn to movie theaters. I also worked at a modern movie theatre in highschool.

So the engine rotated the pan or agitator to prevent burning of the popcorn kernels?

Was steam from the boiler used to heat the pan as well?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cretors#1880s_through_1890s

-CB
 

K.O'Connell

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07/13/2019
Wow, what a great find. Would love to see this as a project on the TV series American Restoration.
 

Andrew Mackey

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05/14/2017
You probably could buy a new machine for what they would charge to restore toe original!
Andrew
 

K.O'Connell

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07/13/2019
You probably could buy a new machine for what they would charge to restore it to original!
Andrew
True, but I like watching them tear things apart and put it back togther like new. I think an interesting project like this would make it on the air. They've done a popcorn machine before, but never one this old and powered by a steam engine. Anyone have a picture of this model from a catalog?
 

David

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02/27/2019
Anyone have a picture of this model from a catalog?
Here is a picture of a restored wagon like the one found in the wild. Also, a link and pictures about restoring a Cretors engine, and a picture of an original boiler.

http://www.cedesign.net/steam/cretors-d.htm

If the serial number plate is still with the engine, Cretors has all the records, and can tell you where it was sold to originally.

There is an outfit in Kansas that restores these machines and offers parts, but they aren't cheap.

David
 

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LAKnox

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01/15/2016
A few years ago, I believe an all-original, restored Cretor's cart sold for somewhere north of $100,000, so it's an eminently desireable project.

Lyle
 

Demoman

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06/13/2014
David - The nice picture you attached is close but mine has the galvanized canopy over the top of the engine. There is a photo of it on the ground. There was a little wool frame left and some hinges still attached where the popper was. I can't imagine a collector not seeing any value to this even in the 70's but I was told he rolled it out back and that was it
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Brian Lynch

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07/13/2019
I've got an 1940 Cretors A1 wagon. Love the tasty popcorn it makes. I have done peanuts in it and they were 1st class. Mine runs the corn pan and peanut roaster with the steam engine. Gas fire is the cooker for both. I've got pix of it around here somewhere.
 

Bill Hudson

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Hi,

I am new at this site so hope I do the photo attachment right.

I believe this is the same model as in the wild or at least near to it.

I have many more pictures of various parts of this cart.

I am building a model of a 1910 Cretors horse drawn popcorn wagon.

Bill
 

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LukeSte

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07/17/2019
pretty early in the year to have the find of the year, demoman!! sweet! bet the popcorn will be even sweeter. congrats.
 

K.O'Connell

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07/13/2019
I was wondering what the U-shaped metal device was and discovered from a picture on Model Engine Maker, that it is a towing handle.
 

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