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The Toolemera Press
Wilmington, NC
Independent Publisher, Historian of early crafts, trades and industries
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Letterhead: W. O. HICKOCK. Eagle Works, Improved Book Binders Machinery, iron and Brass Foundries, Wood Turning, Ruling Machines, Steam and Gas Fitters Supplies, General Machine Works, Keystone Cider Mills, Keystone Feed Cutters. Harrisburg, Pa, U. S. A., April 16, 1886. To: New Urbana Wine Co... "Gentlemen: Have you old Dry... Continue reading
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Trade Catalog: ALBUM VAN SCHAVEN EN GEREEDSCHAPPEN: Rabots et Outils - Planes and Different Tools: JOS. HARM, Vijzelstraat 120, Amsterdam. c1900. (judging by the Stanley Planes offered). This catalog of planes, braces, saws and bench equipment is tri-lingual in Dutch, French and English. Tools shown are primarily Dutch, followed by... Continue reading
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Trade Catalog: C. HAMMOND & SON, EDGE TOOLS AND HAMMERS, OGONTZ, PA., U.S.A., 1910. A full line catalog of the hatchets, axes, and hammers offered by the famous C. Hammond & Son. If you find a Hammond hammer, hang on to it and use it. They made some of the... Continue reading
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Manuscript: Correspondence H.Hale, Plane Manufacturers, to The Providence Tool Col, 1854. New Haven, Apil 7, 1854 Providence Tool Co. Gents We are in want of some Plane Irons Which we should like to have you send to us providing you will sell them low as other makers Please send us... Continue reading
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Trade Catalog: JOHN H. GRAHAM & CO. FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY CATALOGUE, ESTABLISHED 1870. C1920. 112 Chambers Street and 95 Reade Street, New York, U.S.A.. Also offices world wide. Interesting expandable catalog containing a variety of sections covering hand tools, shop equipment, gardening, hardware, etc. For this PDF, I have included only... Continue reading
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Letterhead: GOODNOW & WIGHTMAN, Tools & Hardware. 176 Washington Street, Boston. May 10, 1883. Although this letterhead lacks an addressee, it came from the same group as the next two Millers Falls related letterheads. This is a request for repair and alterations to two vises, to be shipped to Gay... Continue reading
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Envelope & Letter: GAGE TOOL CO., Vineland, N.H., April 30, 1897. Envelope and letter from P. S. Gage to his Father, John Gage. Apparently the Gage family was having problems paying their water bills. The letter from P. S. Gage to his father is presented in four parts for legibility.... Continue reading
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Ad Cover: John S. Fray & Company, 1894. Makers of Spofford Braces and Tool Handles. I guess that at the time, they felt the need to advertsise their tool handles more than the Spofford Brace. Continue reading
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FORD BIT CO. Holyoke, Mass. c1896-1900. Yes, this catalog really is that yellow. A nice catalog from one of the lesser known auger bit companies. A great piece of printing design work too. One of the best examples of the "Eastlake" style of late 19th Century graphic design. Download FordbitCat1896 Continue reading
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Booklet: Falcon Pope Planes. Pope Industries of Adelaide, South Australia, manufactured metal planes under the Falcon brand. Courtesy of Jeremy Kriewaldt Download Falcon Planes (1) Continue reading
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Billhead: EMMERT MFG. CO. Universal Vises. Waynesboro, PA. Feb. 10, 1904. Simple, basic graphic billhead with two engravings of the Emmert Universal Vise. Sold to Indiana University, one #4 Machinist Vise. $10.00. Continue reading
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Billhead: EAGLE SQUARE MFG. CO. MANUFACTURERS OF CARPENTERS' SQUARES AND BORING MACHINES. South Shaftsbury, Vt., May 4th, 1912. Estimate from F. L. Mattison for filing a saw. This billhead notes "House building materials and brush handles of all kinds" are sold in addition to their well known carpenters squares. From... Continue reading
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The only image of it's kind that I have come across, this is a small cabinet card size photograph of a glass engraver at his work station. Unknown company or locality. A fascinating period image of a little researched profession. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Toolemera Press
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An original price list of joiners tools, manufactured by John J. Bowles of Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut. Bowles is listed as having worked from 1838-1843 as a plane maker and maker of joiners tools. Continue reading
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Trade Flyer: MECHANICS' TOOLS MANUFACTURED BY DOUGLASS MANUFACTURING COMPANY, ALSO, EXCLUSIVE MANUFACTURERS OF COOK'S PATENT BORING IMPLEMENTS. Warehouse, 45 & 47 Chanbers Street, New York. May 1st, 1873. Not really a catalog, this four page flyer was apparently mailed to holders of the catalog in an attempt to clarify misrepresentations... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Envelope: HENRY DISSTON & SONS INCORPORATED OF WASHINGTON, 144 SECOND STREET, SAN FANCISCO, CALIF. 1931. To: The Norton Company, Worcester, Mass. Obviously the Norton Company was possessed of discernment when it came to selecting their tools. Packaging: Tag: MECHANICS PRICE LIST. DISSTON HAND SAWS. KEYSTONE SAWS MADE BY DISSTON. c1950.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Copeland & Co. Plane Manufacturers 1856: Courtesy of the D'Elia Tool Museum is this correspondence between Copeland & Co., Plane Manufacturers and the Providence Tool Company. Dated March 7 and March 16, 1856, it appears that cash flow problems were as common in the 19th Century as they are today. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Newspaper Advertisement: JOHN CONGER. Cast Steel Edge Tools. The National Advocate. New York, Tuesday Morning, April 13, 1819. No. 1928. Vol. VII. "Cast Steel Edge Tools; The subscriber respectfully informs his friends (sic) and the public...and he humbly solicits the aid of all who may feel themselves willing to encourage... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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PRICES OF PLANES, MADE AND SOLD, For HOME CONSUMPTION & EXPORTATION By JOSEPH CLARK, PLANE-MAKER, NEAR THE NUN-GATE NEWCASTLE, REGULATED BY THE TRADE AUG.. 1816 This fascinating price list from an early 19th Century British planemaker comes to us courtesy of the Tyne & Wear Archives Service. Found through the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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THE PROPERTY OF HERMON CHAPIN, HARTFORD, CON, MAY 12TH, 1826. His personal, signed copy of - The Cabinet Of Arts, or General Instructor in Arts, Science, Trade, Practical Machinery, The Means of Preserving Human Life and Political Economy, embracing A Variety of Important Subjects. By Hewson Clarke, Esq., of Emmanuel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Catalog: William Hunt & Sons, The Brades Steel Works Ltd., Near Birmingham, offices, London England, 1941. Courtesy of Alisdair Dowson comes this catalogue of iron and steel goods made for the British Trade as well as for export, worldwide. Primarily a price list, there are names in here that I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Trade Catalog: BOYNTON'S IMPROVED PATENT LIGHTENING SAWS. NEW YORK. E. M. BOYNTON, SOLE PROPRIETOR AND MANUFACTURER. No. 80 Beekman Street. 1872. A delightful little catalog by the celebrated E. M. Boynton, skewering Disston and all comers as to their claims regarding saws in general, and addressing the clear superiority of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Trade Card: BOGMAN & VINAL, Dealers in Builders' Hardware, Carpenter's Tools, Nails, Lead, Zinc, Sash Weights, &c. No. 7 Dock Square, Boston. c1875. Nice, clean letterpress trade card incorporating no less than 3 fonts and 5 font sizes. For the time period, a very restrained design. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Receipt: BIRMINGHAM PLANE MFG. CO.. Birmingham, Conn. Oct. 22, 1889. Receipt for Henry H. Myers to settle payment due. If you look closely, this receipt has a graphic image of three chickens, a few chicks and two roosters? Continue reading
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