1933 – Willie the Robot – Andrew Bober (American)

Popular Mechanics May 1949

WILLIE the ROBOT
WILLIE is a dapper little citizen of Hammond. Ind., with a leer in his eye and a stomach chock full of wires and gears. He's a robot, the mechanical child of Andy Bober. If you ever meet Willie, there's any number of things he may do. He introduces himself politely, puffs a cigarette, answers your questions, walks, dances, turns in any direction, sings, plays a horn or harmonica and even aims and fires a pistol. Bober has worked 15 years on Willie. He won't reveal all his secrets. but explains that electrical impulses from the control box travel along a cable, up one of Willie's legs and into coils in his body. Willie hears through microphones in his ears and answers questions through a loudspeaker installed in his stomach.

Above. Willie smiles bravely with his shirt peeled back so his creator can marke some minor adjustments. Below, tho robot pauses for a light during a stroll around the room. Below, left Bober operates dopper mechanical man by remote control from switch box.

(Source: Modern Mechanics and Inventions, March 1934).

The above article is dated from 1933, and also shows Bober spelt as Baber.

The above article from The Hammond Times19 Mar 1934 p16.


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8 Responses to “1933 – Willie the Robot – Andrew Bober (American)”

  1. debbie Says:

    Noticed watchmaker article was recently posted,
    Mr.Bober is great uncle wondering were newest article was found

  2. cyberne1 Says:

    Source is “modern mechanics and inventions” magazine march 1934.

  3. SHARON BOBER (MCCARTHY) Says:

    THIS IS MY GRANDFATHER HE ALSO MADE A WOMAN AND A BOY IN A HIGH CHAIR. THEY SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME WHEN I WAS A CHILD IF HE IS DEBBIES GREAT UNCLE PLEASE E MAIL ME I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE. SHARONMCCARTHY96@YAHH.COM

  4. SHARON BOBER (MCCARTHY) Says:

    IF ANY OF ANDREWS RELATIVES SEE THIS PLEASE E MAIL ME. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ALL OF US. I WAS NOT AWARE OF HE HAD A BROTHER

  5. Debbie Church-Obmann Says:

    My Grandpa–(Mom)was also great with magic tricks–a fabulous carpenter, and real estate magnet. We were too young to understand all that we could have learned from him. I understood him to be a quiet SHEIK OF HAMMOND, he lost his wife when she was only 28.

  6. Fritz church, grandson Says:

    I saw many shows with all three robots working, I wish there was a video somewhere. He was also working on a clock that would wind it self by wind currents in the house. In his later years he worked as a cabinet maker for Pulman Coach railroad cars.

  7. Shirley Bober Bodnar Says:

    I am the oldest granddaughter of Andrew Bober. My father, Walter (Butch) was his oldest son. Grandpa was a man of many talents. Besides being a watchmaker, he also owned a Butcher shop. People referred to my dad, as the butcher's boy,so the name Butch became his nickname. I probably knew Grandpa better than the other kids, being that I was one of the oldest. If any cousins want to contact me, I'm on Facebook.

  8. Sally Bober Bradley Says:

    Grandpa Bober lived with us for a while when. I was young. The other two robots where named Eleanor and Billy. I Also remember how grandpa entertained us with his Majic tricks.