Darling Valve - Williamsport, PA
Part 2

  "DARLING" (19??-1969)
At some point the company name cast onto the barrel was changed simply to "DARLING".
  • While the early model designations are still unclear to FH.O; beginning in 1950 the model designation "B50B" was cast onto the barrel in relatively small lettering (the model name referring to the first year this model was introduced). And in 1962 the similar looking "B62B" was introduced.
  • Most of these vintage hydrants are of a 1 piece barrel design. However, 2 piece barrel hydrants can be also be found. Both are shown below grouped together by size.
  • On some hydrants the V.O. size is cast in large lettering on the front of the hydrant; whereas other (likely later) hydrants have the size cast on the back of the barrel in equally large lettering. This location is noted below with each photo description.
  • 1272
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 1956
    Location: Ed M. collection
    Photo: 2001, E. Masminster
    0926
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 2 pc., dated 1964
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    1741
    Model: B50B HP
    Noz: 2x 2" ext. gated
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 1963
    (back view 1741b)
    Note: 12 bonnet bolts
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: 2002, J. Anderson
    1892
    Model: (none cast)
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 1953
    Location: Mike V. collection
    Photo: 2003, M. Vacanti
    0168
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 1956
    (back view 0168b)
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: 2002, J. Anderson
    0167
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 19??
    Photo: E. Kennedy
    1879
    Model: (none cast)
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., not dated
    Location: Jeff K. collection
    Photo: J. Kaminski
    2052
    Model: (none cast)
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 5"
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., 1950
    Location: Jeff K. collection
    Photo: J. Kaminski
    1880
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 1957
    Location: Jim S. collection
    Photo: J. Kaminski
    2085
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 4" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 2 pc. w/4 pc. traffic flange clamp, dated 1962
    Location: Jeff K. collection
    Photo: J. Kaminski
    0992
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 19??
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    0995
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 19??
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    2396
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 19??
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: J. Kaminski
    2480
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., 1950s era
    Location: Private collection
    Photo: J. Kaminski
    2395
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 3x 2"
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 19??
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: , J. Kaminski
    1463
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: ? pc., dated 19??
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    0338
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 2x ~3"
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 19??
    Photo: 2000, T. Ingalsbe
    0289
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 2x 2" ext. gated
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 19??
    Photo: T. Ingalsbe
    0997
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 3x 2"
    Size: 5" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 19??
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    1464
    Model: (none cast)
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 5"
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., undated
    Location: Jeff K. collection
    Photo: 2004, J. Kaminski
    0996
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 5"
    Size: 5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 19??
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    1793
    Model: (none cast)
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 5" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., not dated
    Location: Eugene N. collection
    Photo: 2003, E. Newbry
    1265
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 5" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 1960
    (back view 1265b)
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: 2001, J. Anderson
    2397
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4.5", all on the same plane
    Size: 4.5" V.O. (front)
    Barrel: 1 pc., 1967
    Location: Private collection
    Photo: J. Kaminski
    2381
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4.5"
    Size: 5" V.O.
    Barrel: 2 pc. conventional flange
    Location: Private Collection
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    1267
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 5" V.O.
    Barrel: 2 pc. w/4 pc. traffic flange clamp
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    2499
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 5" V.O.
    Barrel: Quick Fix traffic flange
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: J. Kaminski
    1268
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 5" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 1955
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    1785
    Model: B50B HP
    Noz: 2x 2" ext. gated, plus monitor outlet
    Size: 5" V.O.
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 1967
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: 2002, J. Anderson
    1465
    Model: ??
    Nozzles: 3x 2" (2 ext. gated), 1x 5"
    Size: ~5" V.O.
    Barrel: ? pc.
    Location: Massachusetts
    Photo: 2001, J. Kaminski
    1617
    Model: B50B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4" female
    Size: 5" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 1 pc., dated 1967
    Location: Pottsville, PA
    Photo: 2002, Ed Frey
    1617b
    Close-up of female pumper nozzle, apparently a local specification. Hydrants with these nozzles are being converted to Storz.
    1749
    Model: B62B
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: 5" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 2 pc., dated 19??
    Location: Jim S. collection
    Photo: 2002, J. Kaminski
    1270
    Model: B62B
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 5" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 2 pc., dated 19??
    Location: Ed M. collection
    Photo: 2001, E. Masminster

      "DARLING" MARK 60 model
    This model is listed separately from the rest of the "DARLING" hydrants above because it is recognizably different ... it has a very short upper barrel.
    1266
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 5" V.O. (back)
    Barrel: 2 pc., dated 1960
    (back view 1266b)
    Location: Avon, MN
    Photo: 2001, J. Anderson


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