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1 Antique Garden Tools and Accessories

Schiffer Publishing

Price: 39.95 USD



2 Antique Mining Equipment & Collectibles

Schiffer Publishing

Price: 29.95 USD



3 Cradle to Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines

Price: 27.50 USD

The Tools that Built America, Alex W. Bealer

4 The Tools that Built America
Alex W. Bealer
224 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, Dover Publications
Great appeal for woodworkers at all levels of expertise
Over 200 drawings and photographs of early hand tools
Must reading for lovers of antique tools and enthusiasts of Americana
This is the fascinating story of early American woodworking, as told by a master craftsman. Author Alex Bealer enthusiastically describes and clearly illustrates a wide array of implements used by frontiersmen, among them various kinds of axes, saws, planes, hammers, and the adze. Such delicate tools as calipers, bevels, and lathes employed by the cabinetmaker and furnituremaker are characterized and portrayed as well. All are shown as they were actually used in colonial times and as they are still employed by many woodworkers.
Unabridged republication of the work originally published by Barre Publishing, Barre, Massachusetts, 1976.
Price: 11.95 USD

Out of This Furnace, Bell, Thomas

5 Out of This Furnace
Bell, Thomas
424 pages, paperback / softcover, University of Pittsburgh Press
Our all-time bestselling title, this classic and powerful novel spanning three generations of a Slovak immigrant family has been adopted for course use in more than 250 colleges and universities nationwide. Out of This Furnace, first published in 1941 by Little, Brown, and long out of print, is Thomas Bell's most compelling achievement. Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family - the Dobrejcaks - still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment. The novel begins in the mid-1880s with the naive blundering career of Djuro Kracha. It tracks his arrival from the old country as he walked from New York to White Haven, his later migration to the steel mills of Braddock, and his eventual downfall through foolish financial speculations and an extramarital affair. The second generation is represented by Kracha's daughter, Mary, who married Mike Dobrejcak, a steel worker. Their decent lives, made desperate by the inhuman working conditions of the mills, were held together by the warm bonds of their family life, and Mike's political idealism set example for the children. Dobie Dobrejcak, the third generation, came of age in the 1920s determined not to be sacrificed to the mills. His involvement in the successful unionization of the steel industry climaxed a half-century struggle to establish economic justice for the workers. Out of This Furnace is a document of our ethnic heritage and of a violent and cruel period in our history, but it is also a superb story. The writing is strong and forthright, and the novel builds constantly to its triumphantly human conclusion.

About Author
Thomas Bell grew up in the steel-mill town of Braddock, Pennsyvania, enduring the hardships that faced his Slovak family and learning the agonies of life dominated by the mill. He wanted desperatedly to be a writer. Although he had little formal education, over the years he developed a self-taught style of simple vigor and extraordinary clarity. Eventually he published six novels and won national acclaim.
Price: 15.95 USD

COAL MINERS' WIVES: Portraits of Endurance, Carol A.B. Giesen

6 COAL MINERS' WIVES: Portraits of Endurance
Carol A.B. Giesen
188 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 1995, cloth, 5˝x8˝, 188pgs, cloth, University Press of Kentucky

"Reveals the extreme danger coal miners face in the workplace and the stress that mining families face because of it."—Kirkus Reviews
Price: 17.96 USD



7 Scottish Goldsmiths, 1600 - 1800
David Dobson
1998, 51/2x81/2, paper, alpha., 49 pp, Heritage Books

Price: 7.50 USD



8 Scottish Schoolmasters of the Seventeenth Century
David Dobson
1998, 51/2x81/2, paper, alpha., 40 pp, Heritage Books

Price: 6.00 USD

Colonial Craftsmen and the Beginnings of American Industry, Edwin Tunis

9 Colonial Craftsmen and the Beginnings of American Industry
Edwin Tunis
159 pages, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
The vanished ways of colonial America's skilled craftsmen are vividly reconstructed in this superb book by Edwin Tunis. With incomparable wit and learning, and in over 450 meticulous drawings, the author describes the working methods and products, houses and shops, town and country trades, and individual and group enterprises by which the early Americans forged the economy of the New World.
In the tiny coastal settlements, which usually sprang up around a mill or near a tanyard, the first craftsmen set up their trades. The blacksmith, cooper, joiner, weaver, cordwainer, and housewright, working alone or with several assistants, invented their own tools and devised their own methods. Soon they were making products that far surpassed their early models: the American ax was so popular that English ironmongers often labeled their own axes "American" to sell them more readily. In the town squares a colonist could have his bread baked to order, bring in his wig to be curled, have his eyeglasses ground, his medicine prescription filled, or buy snuff for his many pocket boxes. With the thriving trade in "bespoke" or made-to-order work, fine American styles evolved; many of these are priceless heirlooms now--the silverware of Paul Revere and John Coney, redware and Queensware pottery, Poyntell hand-blocked wallpaper, the Kentucky rifle, Conestoga wagon, and the iron grillework still seen in some parts of the South. The author discusses in detail many of the trades which have since developed into important industries, like papermaking, glassmaking, shipbuilding, printing, and metalworking, often reconstructing from his own careful research the complex equipment used in these enterprises.
The ingenious, liberty-loving artisans left few written records of their work, and only Mr. Tunis, with his painstaking attention to authentic detail and his vast knowledge, could present such a complete treasury of the way things were done before machines obliterated this phase of early American life.

About Author
Edwin Tunis was a well-known artist, illustrator, and muralist. His work has appeared at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Society of American Etchers, National Academy of Design, and Victoria and Albert Museum. Colonial Living won the 1958 Thomas Alva Edison Foundation Children's Book Award. His other books include Colonial Living and Weapons, are also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.

"Of great interest to historians of technology including blacksmiths . . . Tunis's work is a useful overview of tools and processes in the hand-craft era and the beginning of the industrial revolution . . . With their well-balanced blend of text and drawings they provide an interesting sampling of colonial craft practices, as well as a delightful 'flavor of the times.' We [blacksmiths] should all become familiar with this widely read book."--John Austen, The Newsletter of the Blacksmiths' Guild of the Potomac
Price: 21.95 USD

A Museum of Early American Tools, Eric Sloane

10 A Museum of Early American Tools
Eric Sloane
128 pages, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4, paperback, Dover Publications
This absorbing and profusely illustrated book describes in detail scores of early American tools and the wooden and metal artifacts made with them. Informally and expressively written, the text covers bulding tools and methods; farm and kitchen implements; and the tools of curriers, wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, coachmakers, loggers, tanners, and many other craftsmen of the pre-industrial age. Scores of pen-and-ink sketches by the author accurately depict "special tools for every job," among them a hollowing gouge, hay fork, cornering chisel, apple butter paddle, boring auger, mortising chisel, a holding dog, hauling sledge, winnowing tray, reaping hooks, splitting wedge, felling axe, propping saw horse, and other traditional implements. Sure to be prized by cultural historians, this volume will delight woodcrafters interested in making their own tools and thrill general readers with its store of Americana. Unabridged republication of the edition originally published by Funk & Wagnalls, Inc., New York, 1964. 184 black-and-white illustrations.
Price: 8.95 USD

Versatile Physicians II, Fillmore Buckner

11 Versatile Physicians II
Fillmore Buckner
Heritage Books, Inc

Price: 41.00 USD

Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest, Linda Carlson

12 Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest
Linda Carlson
288 pages, 6 x 9, 61 illus., notes, bibliog., index, paperback, University of Washington Press
2004 Washington State Book Award Finalist
"Company town." The words evoke images of rough-and-tumble loggers and gritty miners, of dreary shacks in isolated villages, of wages paid in scrip good only at price-gouging company stores, of paternalistic employers. But these stereotypes are outdated, especially for those company towns that flourished well into the twentieth century. In Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest, Linda Carlson provides a more balanced and realistic look at these "intentional communities."
Drawing from residents' reminiscences, contemporary newspaper accounts, company newsletters and histories, census and school records, and site plans, Carlson looks at towns in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. She examines how companies went about controlling housing, religion, taxes, liquor, prostitution, and union organizers. This vibrant history gives the details of daily life in communities that were often remote and subject to severe weather. It looks at the tragedies and celebrations: sawmill accidents, mine cave-ins, and avalanches as well as Independence Day picnics, school graduations, and Christmas parties. Finally, it tells what happened when people left - when they lost their jobs, when the family breadwinner died or was disabled, when the mill closed.
An ample selection of illustrations, most never previously published, broadens the appeal of this lively and well-researched book.

About Author
Seattle consultant Linda Carlson has written or contributed to several books on business, including Services Marketing, The Publicity and Promotion Handbook: A Complete Guide for Small Business, and nine job-search guides. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, she has a special interest in company towns and social histories.

"This remarkable survey of life in the company towns of the Pacific Northwest and their significance to the economy of the region makes an important contribution to the social history of the West. Here Carlson identifies over a hundred full-blown company-owned towns, where, in most cases, the company provided all the housing, stores, schools, recreational facilities, law enforcement, and even ministers. Her well-written story reveals paternalism at both its best and its worst." - James B. Allen, author of The Company Town in the American West

"Carlson has put together an entertaining and insightful portrait of these long-gone communities that played such an important role in the development of the Pacific Northwest. It's well worth reading." - Washington State Grange News

"The result of Carlson's considerable research is a valuable study of life in company towns in all its basic variations...This book is a fascinating and highly useful study of community building in the American West." - The Western Historical Quarterly

"[A] fascinating human account of small town ingenuity and community spirit. Erudite in its analysis, yet easy to read, it's just what you'd want to find in a history book of any kind." - Washington State Magazine

Table of Contents
When the Boss Built the Town
Bunkhouses, Tent Houses, and Silk Stocking Row
Who Lived in Company Towns?
When the Dinner Bell Clanged
Education in the Company Town
Religion in the Company Town
Baseball, Bowling, Bands, and Bridge Tournaments
The Importance of the Company Store
Forty Miles from Nowhere
Getting the News in Company Towns
When the "Dead Whistle" Blew
Depression and World Wars
Fame - Even If Fleeting
The Paternalistic Company Town Boss
When the Town Shut Down
The Bottom Line
Price: 22.50 USD

The Shortest Dynasty: 1837-1947, Michael Gaines

13 The Shortest Dynasty: 1837-1947
Michael Gaines
(2002), 5˝x8˝, paper, index, biblio., illus., Heritage Books, Inc
This is the story of Robert Portner, a history of his brewing company and the tale of his beloved Annaburg. Robert Portner was a millionaire brewer who lived in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and often spent his summers in Manassas, Virginia. He owned several of the biggest breweries in the South at the time. Born March 20, 1837 in Rhaden, Prussia, he came to America in 1853 and started his legacy. He married Anna von Valaer in 1872 and they had 13 children. He began his career working in a grocery store in New York, and eventually became one of the foremost businessmen in the country. When he died in 1906, Portner’s estate was worth $1.9 million. The author chronicles the fascinating events of the Portner family, their trials and triumphs. He gives us an in-depth look into the brewery business and the many innovations that Robert Portner helped create, including his invention of what is believed to be the first air-conditioning system in the U. S. We see how his empire crumbled when Prohibition swept the country. We also visit Annaburg, Robert's beloved summer home in Manassas, which he designed for himself and his family. Annaburg was probably the first fully air-conditioned home in the country; its grounds included a dairy, deer park and a man-made lake, complete with swans. The author tells us the history of the many buildings Robert Portner built in and around Washington, and how they have fared since his death. After reading the wonderful stories and poring over the many pictures, the reader will undoubtedly feel like a member of the Portner family. Also included is a bibliography and full name index.
Price: 21.95 USD

Riders of the Pony Express, Ralph Moody; illustrated by Robert Riger; Maps by Leonard Derwinski.

14 Riders of the Pony Express
Ralph Moody; illustrated by Robert Riger; Maps by Leonard Derwinski.
184 pages, illus., maps, paperback, University of Nebraska Press
Prior to the Civil War, the fastest mail between the West Coast and the East took almost thirty days by stagecoach along a southern route through Texas. Some Californians feared their state would not remain in the Union, separated so far from the free states.
Then businessman William Russell invested in a way to deliver mail between San Francisco and the farthest western railroad, in Saint Joseph, Missouri-across two thousand miles of mountains, deserts, and plains-guaranteed in ten days or less. Russell hired eighty of the best and bravest riders, bought four hundred of the fastest and hardiest horses, and built relay stations along a central route--through modern-day Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada, to California.
Informed by his intimate knowledge of horses and Western geography, Ralph Moody's exciting account of the eighteen critical months that the Pony Express operated between April 1860 and October 1861 pays tribute to the true grit and determination of the riders and horses of the Pony Express.

About Author
Ralph Moody (1898–1982) is the author of Come on Seabicuit! as well as the Little Britches series about a boy's life on a Colorado ranch, all available in Bison Books editions.

“[A] vivid portrayal of the courageous, hard-riding men who braved hazardous terrain, foul weather, and hostile Indians to carry the mail via Pony Express.”—Booklist. “No boy or girl (or adults either) will want to lay down this play-by-play account of each rider's ‘stint.’ . . . The many vivid drawings and the clear and detailed maps add much to the effective demonstration.”—San Francisco News. “A true adventure story in which the period comes alive.”—San Francisco Chronicle.
Price: 12.95 USD

Spiked Boots: Sketches of the North Country, Robert E. Pike , foreword by Helen-Chantal Pike

15 Spiked Boots: Sketches of the North Country
Robert E. Pike , foreword by Helen-Chantal Pike
288 pages, paperback, b & w photographs, Countryman Press / W.W. Norton & Co., Inc
In the days of log drives on the rivers of New England, whenever a riverman was killed on the drive, his comrades hung his spiked boots on a tree to mark the spot. As a youth, Robert Pike spotted such a pair of boots, and from that moment was born his lifelong fascination with the colorful history of the New England logging industry.
The dozens of tales Pike collected are narrated here by "Old Vern," a cantankerous backwoods character. Here are legends and wild anecdotes of the loggers and rivermen who worked in the woods and on the Connecticut and Androscoggin Rivers, plying their romantic, dangerous trade in the early part of this century.
Although Pike was a respected scholar and historian and the author of many books, Spiked Boots is the one he wanted to be remembered by. The Countryman Press edition features a new foreword by Helen-Chantal Pike, who grew up hearing her father's tales as bedtime stories.

"No one ever wrote better than Robert Pike about the lumberers, river drivers, teamsters, two-fisted brawlers, rum runners, and all-purpose rapscallions of northern New England. Spiked Boots is a sheer delight to read and re-read-a North Country classic." —Howard Frank Mosher, author of Disappearances
Price: 14.95 USD

Coercion, Contract, and Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century, Robert J. Steinfeld

16 Coercion, Contract, and Free Labor in the Nineteenth Century
Robert J. Steinfeld
342 pages, 1 line diagram 3 tables 2 maps, Cambridge University Press
This book presents a fundamental reassessment of the nature of wage labor in the nineteenth century, focusing on the use of sanctions to enforce wage labor agreements. Professor Steinfeld argues that wage workers were not employees at will but were often bound to their employment by enforceable labor agreements, which employers used whenever available to manage their labor costs and supply. Modern free wage labor only came into being late in the nineteenth century, as a result of reform legislation that restricted the contract remedies employers could legally use.

"...the book is a major accomplishment...It is an important work that belongs in the library of anyone studying labor history, the economic history of the nineteenth century, or modern employment and labor law in either the United States or the United Kingdom." Industrial and Labor Relations Review

"...ambitious...detailed and impressive..." Law and History Review

"[There is] much concrete information and much food for philosophical thought in this book, one that both requires and rewards concentrated reading effort." Journal of American History

"Steinfeld does an admirable job with I^Coercion, Contract and Free Labor. It will enrich those interested in labor relations and stimulate further research." EH.NET

"Readers interested in grasping the development of labour law and the ideas and economies in which it was entwined will find this volume of great use...his work offers an important analysis of 19th century labour law." Labour

"It offers particularly effective demonstration of how legal frameworks, by definig such basic matters as contract and property, have historically constitued--as well as merely regulated--labor markets." Journal of the Early Republic

Table of Contents
Introduction: free wage labor in the history of the West@# Part I. American Contract Labor and English Wage Labor: The Use of Pecuniary and Nonpecuniary Pressure:@# 1. 'Free' contract labor in the United States: an anti-essentialist view of labor types I@# 2. 'Unfree' wage labor in nineteenth-century England: an anti-essentialist view of labor types II@# 3. Explaining the legal content of English wage labor@# 4. Struggles over the rules: the Common Law Courts, parliament, the people, and the master and servant acts@# 5. Struggles under the rules: strategic behavior and historical change in legal context@# 6. Struggles to change the rules@# 7. Freedom of contract and freedom of person@# Part II. 'Free' and 'Unfree' Labor in the United States: 8. 'Involuntary servitude' in American fundamental law@# 9. Labor contract enforcement in the American north@#Conclusion
Price: 27.99 USD



17 Life in a Three-Ring Circus, Posters and Interviews
Sharon L. Smith, Stephen J. Fletcher
79 pp • © 2001 • cloth , Indiana Historical Society Press
From ringmasters to clowns, animal trainers to trapeze artists, Indiana's long association with the circus industry is highlighted in Life in a Three Ring Circus: Posters and Interviews. The book features full-color posters from the Society's collection and oral histories from Hoosiers who participated in life under the big top.
Price: 9.96 USD

History of the American Steam Fire-Engine, William T. King

18 History of the American Steam Fire-Engine
William T. King
160 pages, 8 x 11, paperback, Dover Publications
Over 100 rare illustrations depict more than 70 antique fire engines with steam-powered pumps-from the very first one, built in 1829, up to the end of the 19th century. The royalty-free illustrations include pictures of Braithwaite's "Comet," built for the King of Prussia in 1832; the Manhattan No. 8 of New York City, built by Lee & Larned; the Hurricane No. 13 of Philadelpia, by Chapman; the Northern Liberty, No. 8, of Boston, constructed by Jucket & Freeman; and many more. The text for each engine provides detailed information on cost, construction, water capacity, and other data.
Price: 14.95 USD


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