July 2020

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 of them was to some extent dependent upon the other and both of them are only a memory. It is true …

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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 this black vegetable fuel played in the history of this great country? Without charcoal we might even now be paying taxes …

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The Bath Tub Hoax

From The Chronicle Vol. 2, No. 5, June 1938By Joseph E. Sandford [Mr. H.’ L. Mencken, to whom I sub­mitted the following article for his com­ments, has written me as follows: “So far as I am concerned you are certainly quite free to print the enclosed. I have read it with great interest and amusement.”] …

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