Namesakes: manufacturers

For this post, I present examples of manufactured items that bear the name condor.

Were these names inspired by the Andean condor, California condor, both, or something else?

To document the names, I show images of artifacts that I have gathered.

First is an aircraft gyroscope manufactured by “Condor Pacific Ind. of California”:

01a Gyro - entire

A logo on the gyroscope appears to have been inspired by a wing:

01b Gyro - logo

UD Trucks of Japan produces a model named condor. I do not own such a truck but I do have a toy version and the box it came in:

02a Truck - toy02b Truck - box

Next is the instruction plate from an aerial work platform. The 4th and next-to-last bullet points refer to the device as a condor:

03 Aerial work platform - instructions

This patch is for a German manufacturer of polymers:

04 Compounds

Another item of German manufacture is a set of drafting tools. Here is one that is stamped “condor” (just to the right of the 2 screw heads):

05a Drafting tools - tool

The case for these drafting tools has an Native American-styled logo:

05b Drafting tools - logo

As the drafting tools case is marked “West Germany”, these tools must be at least 30 years old.

Finally, here is a thoroughly-tarnished brass bicycle horn, minus its rubber bulb:

06a Horn - entire

This horn also carries Native American-styled logo that is very nice:

06b Horn - logo

Perhaps the California-manufactured gyroscope owes its name to the California condor. The German manufacturers are likely to have been thinking of the Andean condor. But more research is needed to know how the condor name came to be associated with the 6 items above.

For more examples of condor as a namesake, see the posts Namesakes: aircraft and Namesakes: plants. Additional examples of the commercial use of the condor name may be found by clicking on BUSINESS under POST TOPICS (somewhere on this page, depending on your device).