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    I recently was able to obtain an interesting piece of airbrush history. I was hoping to learn more about it but I’m having a difficult time finding anything online.

    It’s a Cesco Color-Dabber Compressor model E-Z.

    Anybody know what decade this is from?
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    Interesting, so far all I can find out is that it was made around 1949 or shortly before that, it came supplied with its own spray gun, I would assume you don't have that? It was advertised in a publication called "Popular Science" in February 1949, it is listed as "a Cesco product" but was up for sale by The Board Company, Evanston Illinois, probably imported by them from Italy.
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    Wow thanks. That is great information!
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    You're welcome, things like this get me curious :) I also found a company called Cesco which were in America but they didn't start as a company till 1973 so way too late to have anything to do with this.

    Is there a patent number anywhere on it?, if not that would rule out it being an American product.
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    I saw that newer Cesco company in my search also. No, no patent number on the compressor. It does have a sticker :)

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    So it's obviously not American made, anything from around that time in the USA would have had either the patent number or "Pat pending".

    I found one for sale on eBay that showed 6 photos including the underside and there were no markings there either so I'm assuming it was imported from Italy, I don't think it was intended for airbrushing, it's name and description suggests it was for touching up small damage on cars or bikes.
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    If you wanna go really nuts you can go to sears archive site, find the list of libraries with microfilm sears catalogs archived and start hunting.
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    Wow you are a good researcher! Awesome
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    Eh, I was going off of what Malky found
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    Can you imagine using this thing though.....I'm picturing 20-30 seconds of pumping with your foot to fill about a 1liter tank to 50psi and spraying for about 3 seconds.
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    lol I've been looking around here and there some more but there seems to nothing but adverts to find, the absence of actual information makes me think this was something that didn't sell well and came off the market fairly quick.

    Would have been the ultimate silent compressor though;)
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    Purely conjecture but I imagine it may have been more popular in post-war Italy where electrical power may have been much more of an issue?
    Probably could get it cheap too so naturally the importers tried.
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    I think I will hook up some hoses and let you know. It actually pumps air still.
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    You mean you haven't done that yet? ffs, we've been slogging hard all day while you just sit there and stare at the damn thinglol
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    Haha. Let me see what I can figure out..
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    Ever try this.... ?
    going by the math i'm thinking about 20sec from 50-20psi with a brush. It was probably more like ten with its original sprayer.

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