Originally Posted by retrowagen
I'm imPRESSed by this thread!
I believe here in the States, presses for wood racquets were by and large wooden assemblies.
And yes, 'Birmal' is short for Birmingham Aluminum Limited, the manufacturer of that early metal frame (amongst other things).
While we're mangling names, it bugged the heck out of me when my Dad would pronounce Aluminium that way. I later realized that HIS father likely pronounced and spelled it that way, given his lifespan from the late 1800s until the 1930s. Dad was a wee lad when the name was 'officially' changed to Aluminum in the States; but I reckon his dad pronounced it the early/Euro way.
Back to the presses, the Zephyr was quite popular in central South Carolina in the '70s, presumably because of its compact design(that would fit INside many racket covers). We kept them in the shop until the late '70s and I would imagine they were still somewhat popular for a couple more years.