American Yesterday

By: Eric Sloane

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Book Details: 128 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, Dover Publications


This book, a compilation of engrossing facts and anecdotes illustrated with the author's own pen, captures the living legacy of America as seen in "the things that were." A fitting companion volume to American Barns and Covered Bridges, recently reprinted by Dover, the present book, according to author Eric Sloane, explores "our national attic of vanishing ways and obsolete occupations." He suggests that while many antiquarians may bypass the careers of dowsers, tithing-men, sawyers, nailers, plumbum-men (plumbers), barber-surgeons, sellmongers, fence-viewers, and other old-time artisans and craftworkers, he delights in describing their livelihoods. He speaks lovingly of the people who spent much of their lives creating wardrobe closets, foot stoves, church pew armrests, featherbed patter paddles, charcoal burners, an English phaeton, a giant hogshead, a drover's sleigh, a windowsill sundial, and other items of long ago. Sloane is credited with "doing gallant service, preserving records of the ways and the means of the forefathers who got along well with the resources now long forgotten" (Springfield Republican). An immensely enjoyable book, American Yesterday will enchant anyone who takes pleasure in reading about the past and views its artifacts as part of a rich national heritage. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1956. 96 black-and-white illustrations.
128 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, Dover Publications


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A compilation of engrossing facts and anecdotes vitalized by author Eric Sloane's own pen, this book captures the living legacy of America as seen in "the things that were." According to Sloane, American Yesterday explores "our national attic of vanishing ways and obsolete occupations." Impressed by the artistry and sturdy realism of pioneer builders, he takes genuine delight in exploring the unique careers of barber-surgeons, dowsers, tithingmen, sawyers, nailers, plumbum-men, and a great variety of artisans, illustrating the activities, customs, and things created by the people who made their living in "antique ways."
Sloane, a devoted student of early Americana, speaks lovingly of the people who spent much of their lives creating wardrobe closets, foot stoves, church pew armrests, grindstones, featherbed patter paddles, charcoal burners, English phaetons, giant hogsheads, drovers' sleighs, windowsill sundials, and other items of long ago.
Credited with "doing gallant service, preserving records of the ways and the means of the forefathers who got along well with the resources now long forgotten" (Springfield Republican), Eric Sloane has written an immensely enjoyable book that will enchant anyone who takes pleasure in reading about the past and views its artifacts as part of a rich national heritage.

Title: American Yesterday

Author: Eric Sloane

Categories: Life & Times,

Publisher: Dover Publications:

ISBN Number: 0486427609

ISBN Number 13: 9780486427607

Binding: paperback

Book Details: 128 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, Dover Publications

Seller ID: 427609