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Gary Roberts
North Carolina
Bookman, Ephemerist, Antiquarian, Retired Librarian
Interests: antiquarian books, vintage, ephemera, antique tools, art pottery, interesting old stuff, libraries, publishing, independent publishing
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Textbook of Swedish Home Sloyd by Anna Peterson Berg 1926 ISBN: 9780989747714 Download SAMPLETextBookOfSwedishHomeSloydBerg Paypal Direct Purchase. $20.00 Free Shipping Worldwide US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale orders quoted. Book Depository Free Shipping Worldwide Amazon Trade Paperback: 126 pages Publisher: The Toolemera Press (July 28, 2013) Language: English ISBN-13: 9780989747714 Product... Continue reading
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Introduction To Woodworking 1920: Woodwork Tools And How To Use Them & Woodwork Joints: How They Are Set Out, How Made And Where Used. ISBN: 9780989747752 Download IntroductionToWoodworking1920Sample Paypal Direct Purchase. $26.00 Free Shipping Worldwide US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale orders quoted. Book Depository: Free Shipping Worldwide Amazon Trade Paper:... Continue reading
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E. L. Parker & Co. Tinners' Tools & Supplies, Baltimore 1868 ISBN: 9781087812373 Buy Direct Paypal $24.00 USD Free Shipping US, UK, AU, EU Wholesale quoted Book Depository Free Shipping Worldwide Amazon (Affiliate Link) Trade Paperback: 172 pages Publisher: Toolemera Press (October 21, 2019) Language: English ISBN: 9781087812373 Product Dimensions:... Continue reading
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Posted 6 days ago at Toolemera Press
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Shoji & Kumiko: 85 Vintage Designs Buy Direct From The Toolemera Press $22.00 USD via Paypal, Free Shipping US, UK, EU, AU Wholesale quoted Book Depository: Free Shipping Worldwide Amazon (an Affiliate link) Shoji & Kumiko: 85 Vintage Designs Shoji: A Japanese screen or sliding door used to partition living... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Courtesy of Andrew Beelen, member of the Facebook group Rhykenology, shared this interesting H. Chapin sash plane: Listed in the Bliven & Meade catalog as a Self-Regulating Screw Arm Handled Sash Plane, it is in truth a double boxed handled sash plane, non-regulating. The heel is stamped Wm. McK. Perry... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph. Cyanotype Print C. BITTNER, WOODSVILLE, PRINTER. Interesting image of a turn of the century printer. As this is an oval cyanotype print, my guess is that it was a trial printing of an image to be used in a magazine or book. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph Labeled: Bremer, Ilion, N. Y. c1890. A very unusual group photograph of print shop workers. Judging by the clothing and the type of image, my guess is c1890. I asked Toby Hall of the EAIA to take a look at this image in order to identify the people and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card Three Shipwrights. At least that is my current guess. The photograph came from the New Jersey coast. These three fine looking gentlemen are wearing matching coveralls, spiffy hats and holding the tools of their trade. The gent on the left is holding a mallet and what appears... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Cabinet Card print of Full Plate Tintype Shipwrights, Ship Hull. Location - New England c1880? The small right angle black areas at the bottom two corners of this print indicate that this was originally a full plate TinType. Someone saw fit to make an Albumen print at Cabinet Card size.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card Shoe Factory, Assembly Floor. c1885. When I found this image, it was in even worse shape. Lots of gentle cleaning and the image came up to snuff. This is one of those great 'spur of the moment' images that contains a wealth of information. If you know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card LEATHER OR HARNESS SHOP INTERIOR. Cabinet Card. Judging from the bales of leather on the floor and the pile of what appear to be either belts or harness straps... this is the shop of leather workers of some sort. How's that for an educated guess? Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card KISTLER, IOWA MILLWORK SHOP. Cabinet Card. All I know is that this was labeled Kistler, Iowa. "Father". I don't know which one is Father. This looks like a millwork shop to me. There's a heavy commercial surface circular sander, bandsaw, table saw, lathe and one mitre box... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card SHINGLE MAKERS ?. Cabinet Card. Perhaps the photographer had had too much to drink that afternoon? The workers and the shack all decided to lean over at the same time? My guess is that these fellows are shingle makers, judging by the form of drawknife they are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Carte de Visite MAN HOLDING LUMBER RULE. CDV. What the well dressed lumber yard employee wears to work. From the photography shop of Napoleon Sarony, 680 Broadway, N. Y., a particularly famous photographer. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Stereoview NORWEGIAN UP & DOWN GANG SAW MILL. c1910. Stereoview, A particularly interesting view of a turn of the century Norwegian gang up and down, or vertical saw mill.The card itself is actually quite bowed due to the effects of humidity and the expansion of dissimilar materials. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Tintype SAWMILL. Quarter plate Tintype. My guess is c1870. Although fairly damaged by corrosion and other suface degrading, this is still a fascinating image. I beleive this is a steam driven sawmill. It's very unusual to find a closeup of a sawmill. Most often, tintypes and cabinet cards of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Real Photo Post Card 7 WOODWORKERS SITTING IN A HUGE PILE OF WOOD SHAVINGS. c1904-1918. One of my favorite Real Photo Post Cards. I examined the image under magnification but could not make out what they made. There is a stack of cut lumber in the outside shed, a man... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card Pattern Shop. c1890. Cabinet card. There is an incredible wealth of detail in this one card. At some point in time the photograph was remounted on plain card stock, making it a little difficult to pinpoint the date. Judging by the electrical wiring and the bicycle, my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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3 MEN HOLDING FOUNDRY PATTERN RAMMERS. CDV . Hand tinted CDV of three men holding long handled rammers. A rammer was the tool used to compress the sand in the mold box. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph: Cabinet Card HOOD & HADLEY PATTERN SHOP. 1903. Cabinet Card. These are all of the Hood & Hadley Pattern Shop. Unfortunately I don't know where they were located. I was fortunate in that the seller choose to offer them as a lot. A rare series of views of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph, Cabinet Card WOODTURNER AND A MOST PECULIAR LATHE. C1860, Another small albumen print, Cabinet Card. At first I thought that this image included a small dog or cat sitting on the lathe. Close inspection revealed what may be the most imaginative piece of machinery design in history. Note the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph, CDV (Carte de Visite) WOODTURNER AT HIS LATHE. c1870. A little large for a CDV, but still a small albumen print on a CDV style mount. Unusual image of a wood turner at his lathe. In the background you can make out a post mounted drill press. Both the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph, Cabinet Card: CARRIAGE SHOP. c1900. Cabinet Cards. Four views of the interior and exterior of a carriage shop. Finished products, men at rest, happy men at the anvil and two proud men with their felloe boring machine. That machine must have cost a pretty penny. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press
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Photograph, Cabinet Card "WILLIE". c1900. Cabinet Card. The only annotation on this set of cabinet cards is the name 'Willie". From the looks of it, Willie was a small town, one man wheelwright shop. No fancy machinery, no patented anything. Simple user made jigs fulfilled the basic needs of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Toolemera Press