Month: August 2020

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 is right around the corner and then we will begin the progression to a new season and we hope progress on …

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Craftsmanship and Art in an Early Tool Chest

The following is excerpted from The Chronicle Vol. VI, No. 2, April 1953 By W. Parker Crutchfield “The man who built that must have been a bach­elor ” announced a lady tourist who was seeing the eight­eenth century cabinet· maker’s tool chest on exhibition at the Ayscough Shop in Colonial Williamsburg. She looked admiringly and …

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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 call them “whatsits” for obvious reasons, i.e. “what is it?” I have several sources in the office to look through including …

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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 1702 the streets of Copenhagen were widely lighted by lanterns, very much like those in Holland. The latter city refused to …

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