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The Stanley Companies Pictorial Promotions Circa 1860-1960

Excerpted from The Chronicle Vol. 62 no. 2, June, 2009 by Roger K. Smith Brief History of the Stanley Company In 1858, the Stanley Rule & Level Company was formed by the consolidation of the rule business of A. Stanley and Company with the level and try square business of the Hall & Knapp Company, …

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A Field Guide For Leonard Bailey’s Victor Block Planes

by Paul Van Pernis After a series of ever more contentious disputes, Leonard Bailey left The Stanley Rule & Level Company in 1874 to strike out on his own in the tool-making business. Within weeks, he set up shop in Hartford, Connecticut, as Leonard Bailey & Co. and started to produce his Victor line of …

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The Nicholson Family – Joiners and Toolmakers

Excerpted from The Chronicle Vol. 36 No. 2, June 1983 by Ann Wing Francis Nicholson, of Wrentham, Massachusetts, is probably the best ­known American planemaker. Much information about him has appeared in The Chronicle of The Early American Industries Association. He apparently was the first to engage in the plane­making trade in Anglo-America. His son, …

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The Hasher

Excerpted from The Chronicle Vol. XI no. 4, December 1958 by Laurence A. Johnson Recently I was browsing through several old copies of the Wolcott New York, Lakeshore News, and I ran across an advertisement in the October 22, 1874 issue for “The Great American Meat and Vegetable Cutter.” This is shown in figure 1. …

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