Early American Industries Association Blog

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EAIA Today

We are nearing the end of summer here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It is hot, humid and we suffer from occasional showers and downpours which seem to run right off. But September...

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Baby Walkers

Excerpted from The Chronicle, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 1960 by Edward Durrell Perhaps you could not call a baby walker a tool but it certainly isn’t a toy and I am sure in...

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‘Whatsits’

By John Verrill, Executive Director, Early American Industries Association One of the pleasures of working in the EAIA office is getting frequent requests to identify tools whose purposes are unknown to the inquirer. We...

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Street Lighting

Excerpted from The Chronicle, Volume III, No. 17, October 1948 By Bertram K. Little The 18th century brought great advances in street lighting both abroad and for the first time in this country. By...

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The Bygone Cobbler

Excerpted from The Chronicle, Volume III, No. 10, March 1947 By Jared Van Wagenen The community tanner and cobbler have disap­peared together. Both of them represented the same phase in our industrial development; each...

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The Black Arte

From The Chronicle Volume XII, No. 1, March 1959 by Eloise Stedman Meyers When you broil that juicy steak over a charcoal fire in your backyard, have you ever thought what an import­ant part...

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The Bath Tub Hoax

From The Chronicle Vol. 2, No. 5, June 1938 By Joseph E. Sandford [Mr. H.’ L. Mencken, to whom I sub­mitted the following article for his com­ments, has written me as follows: “So far...

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The Secret Joint Hinge

From The Chronicle, Volume  3, No. 1, July 1944 By Rudolf Hommel A close study of old houses in eastern Pennsyl­vania revealed that up to the period of the Revolu­tionary War door hinges were...