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Here's a freeze-frame from the television series 'Call The Midwife'.

This takes place in East London in the 1950's.

At this particular moment, an overworked and slightly overwrought

husband has come home to his 'any day now' pregnant wife.

But he's a great guy, and has brought a present for his two young

sons to let them know that they're not forgotten, no matter what.

Would these be considered 'Steelies' by marble-playing kids?

Or are they ball-bearings any way anyone looks at it? ( :

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At the risk of being boring for most normal

people, I feel obligated to add this 'for what it's worth'.

Just did a 'search' for ball-bearings, hoping to find out

just how large they're made. I guess I was thinking that

it would be pretty neat if gun turrets in large naval vessels

rotated on bearings the size of bowling balls, and that the

grease guns for these were built to hold 50-gallon drums

of the stuff.

Haven't found out yet, but did learn that apparently the

things that most of us think of as "ball bearings" are more

properly called "bearing-balls". Technically speaking, a

"ball-bearing" is a device that houses multiple "bearing-balls".

There's another even more common situation very similar to this.

I'll be happy to share it if at least a dozen of you write in

requesting it passionately! I'll shut up now. :rolleyes:

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At the risk of being boring for most normal

people, I feel obligated to add this 'for what it's worth'.

Just did a 'search' for ball-bearings, hoping to find out

just how large they're made. I guess I was thinking that

it would be pretty neat if gun turrets in large naval vessels

rotated on bearings the size of bowling balls,

lol, The load these things can take doesn't mean they need to be huge. Back in the day (ie: a schoolday, on the playground) a childhood friend traded a bunch of marbles for the biggest steely I've seen so far. Must have been around 2". Later that day he arbitrarily threw it at the ground on one of the soccer fiels and the thing sunk in to the grass/soil so far it took forever to get it back out again.

Still don't know what it was for, at that size. I think they were made in a sintering process, which is kind of neat

There are some real high speed bearings out there that are actually ceramics instead of steel

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Hunting for the bike shop article to see if I just imagined it and found a page full of marble news which mentioned that 1/2 inch was a popular size for steelies in 1928 ... fwiw.

And the auto salvage guy donated 24 steelies for tourney prizes. Said they were valued at 6 cents each.

Another stray, useless, tangential thought ... I don't know how it would have been calculated or paid to him ... but didn't Martin Christensen retain the right to part of the profits for steel balls made after he sold his patent for making them, back around 1900? It was said he only sold 80% of the patent. I can't remember if I've seen anyone explain how that arrangement worked. But it secured his family's financial future before he started on his marble making venture.

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