Author: Megan Fitzpatrick

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The Slaughtering Roll

Excerpted from The Chronicle Vol. XIX No. 2, June 1966 Editor’s note: Do not read this article if you’re squeamish. by Mary Earle Gould Villages of the early years commonly had a tannery, a...

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The Papermaker’s Hand Mould

Excerpted from The Chronicle Vol. IV no. 4, October 1951 By Harrison Elliott A somewhat simple and ingenious contrivance is the paper mould used in forming each sheet separately by the hand process for...

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On Heating a Bake Oven

Excerpted from The Chronicle, Vol. II, no. 1, January 1954 The following passage is taken from Chapter 5, Article 3 of Le Parfait Boulanger (The Perfect Baker), by M. Parmentier, Paris, I778, and has...

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Saw Hammers

Excerpted from The Chronicle, Vol. XIX, no. 2, June 1966 By R.D. Morris The four hammers in fig. 1 are saw hammers and are often mistaken for file maker’s hammers. These, as well as...

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The Humble Hod

Excerpted from The Chronicle, Vol. II No. 14, June 1940 By Joseph E. Sandford About two thousand two hundred years ago, the Greek comic poet Diphilus wrote a comedy called The Brick-Carrier. Only two...

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Tin Plate and the Tinker

Excerpted from The Chronicle, Vol. 4 No. 2, April 1951 by Gillian W.B. Bailey Although the manufacture of tin plate had -long been a monopoly of Bohemia, about 1620 the industry spread to Saxony...

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Cider Making in the 1870s

Excerpted from The Chronicle,  Vol. 29 No. 2, June, 1976 By Daniel B. Reibel Apples were a favorite fruit of American farms. The trees would grow anywhere and they did not require a great...