Vintage 1930's Marco Airpump, Marco Water Pump, and Jewel External Filter
Thought I'd share my recent acquisition, a Marco Model A air pump and a Marco F10 external filter. I collect and restore Jewel aquariums from the 1920's-30s and I have a Jewel catalog from 1937 that has a page devoted to these two items so I know it would have been an accessory to my late Model 90 Jewel tank. Once the tank is restored I'll photograph everything hooked up so you can see what high tech was nearly a century ago.
The Marco Model A air pump is uncommon but I wouldn't call it rare, the filter on the other hand is. I've never seen one in this pristine condition with all its components, instructions, and original box. I've only ever seen one other and it was just the tank. The tank looks like a tall narrow Metaframe with metal hangers built in to hang it on the back of the tank. The instructions talk about some type of crystals that were part of the filter material as well as charcoal and "angel hair" which was fiberglass. The air pump was hooked up to a small plastic tube that went to the bottom of the riser tube. It would've had large bubbles but there's mention of using an airstone in the instructions which wasn't included with the filter. I'm amazed that the plastic tubes survived all this time as well as the rubber bulb which was used to start the siphon.
I've included photos of the filter, instructions, and air pump as well as the page from my Jewel catalog. I have the filter set up per the instructions except not hanging on an aquarium or having any airline attached.
Last edited by davrx; 09-25-2020 at 05:33 AM.
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