Category: Publications

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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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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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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...

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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...

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The Bath Tub Hoax

From The Chronicle Vol. 2, No. 5, June 1938 By Joseph E. Sandford [Mr. H.’ L. Mencken, to whom I sub­mitted the following article for his com­ments, has written me as follows: “So far...