Early American Industries Association Blog

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Butter Churns

Excerpted from The Chronicle, Vol. II, No. 10, June 1939 By William S. Sprague A churn has been defined as “a ves­sel in which milk or cream is agitated to induce the separation of...

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A Brickyard in New England

Excerpted from The Chronicle Vol. 32, No. 2 (June 1979) By Daniel B. Reibel This little scene, frozen in time be­tween 1895 and 1900, shows a part of the operation of a brickyard in...

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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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James Wilson, Pennsylvania Chairmaker

Excerpted from The Chronicle, Vol. 32, No. 4, December 1979 By Donald L. Tuttle and Joyce Baudin, Illustrations by Linda Scharf-Jones Chairmaking in small shops in eastern Pennsylvania reached its peak shortly after the...

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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...