Pumps like these are still used in the U.S. I believer the Amish still use them, at least the more conservative groups do, so you may want to research the Amish culture. And I’m sure pumps like these are probably still used in poor, rural areas, like the Appalachian mountains.
Pictures would be great. My e-mail that is listed in my profile works.
So far I have still not found very much historical information regarding the first uses of these pumps, nor their original designers/manufacturers. From my understanding, these are still used in many third world countries as a primary means for well water retrieval. Unfortunately, I am unable to find any solid facts stating the origin and history of any of them.
Surprisingly, the Internet is not “all knowing”. In other words, if you haven’t already done so, you may have to go to the library. I would search for information on water wells, hand pumps (Google does have images on these), history of plumbing, and history of farming.
You gotta give me more credit than that. But I understand your concern.
I have looked in a few libraries for everything you can imagine relating to these kinds of pumps. The problem I am having is getting specific information regarding the type of pumps distrubuted and who manufactured them in an effort to determine which pumps are the most common.
This post was also intended to get first hand knowledge from people who might have past knowledge of these pumps, be it world travels, visits to public parks, amish towns, etc.
Okay, so I had this vague memory of water pump on a hike I went on at some local park that is now considered historical. Unfortunately, I named the folder “Walk October 9, 2002” so I don’t know the name of the park. I took two pictures of it, one a full shot , the other a close up on the spigot There is some more writing on the bottom of the pump, and a patent number on the handle, if you would like me to send you full sized copies of the photos, just let me know (they’re big files, so I wouldn’t send them without your say-so).