Fifty Years Among the Bees

Jun 13, 2015 by

Fifty Years Among the Bees by Dr. C. C. Miller was originally published in 1911 and is a must-have resource for anyone interested in keeping bees for hobby or profit.  If you love Langstroth’s “The Hive and the Honeybee” you will love this book too.  Dr. Miller is humble, funny and full of facts and information.  After keeping bees for fifty years he tells the reader that he doesn’t know everything about bees and beekeeping – but he does know what haw worked for him.  Wonderful knowledge and fun to read. Here are a few lines to give you a feel for his writing style: “As I said, I am not sure that it is ever wise, except in the Hastings apiary, to allow supers to stay on after the white-clover harvest is over....

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Electro-plating, with numerous engravings and diagrams...

May 15, 2015 by

Electro-plating, with numerous engravings and diagrams by Paul Hasluck  (what a great last name!) was originally published in 1905!  If you’re into this kind of thing…electro-plating…then this will be a fascinating find and read for you. Here’s a small excerpt to get us all excited about electro-plating. First, the preface: “This Handbook contains, in a form convenient for everyday use, a comprehensive digest of the information on Electro-plating, scattered over more than twenty thousand columns of Work— one of the weekly journals it is my fortune to edit — and supplies concise information on the details of the subjects on which it treats. In preparing for publication in book form the mass of relevant matter contained in the volumes of Work, much had to be arranged anew. However, it may be mentioned that a...

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Muscle Building: Practical Points for Practical People...

Dec 17, 2013 by

Muscle Building: Practical Points for Practical People by Luther Halsey Gulick was originally published in 1905.  This is a very interesting book and has some great tips on turning one’s body into a lean muscular machine.  My only challenge with the writing is that it is male-centric (ie – book written entirely for men).  So for a woman, it is a bit annoying at times, however the information he provides obviously works for both men and women. A few sentences from the opening of the book: “Every man would like to have a firm hand, strong, clean-cut arms, muscles that stand out, a body that is solid, held together by firm muscles, strong vigorous neck, and large chest. A man cannot very well change the shape of the bones of his body; but aside...

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Bamboo Work

Dec 16, 2013 by

Bamboo Work ; Comprising the Construction of Furniture, Household Filaments & other articles in Bamboo by Paul Hasluck was originally published in 1901.  If you enjoy making your own furniture, you will find this old book to be an awesome advantage to your library.  This copy is a scanned reproduction of the original but I found it easy to read.  Now I just have to find my hammer and nails…. Here is a list of the book’s contents: I. — Bamboo : Its Source and Uses II. — How to Work Bamboo III. — Bamboo Tables IV. — Bamboo Chairs and Seats V. — Bamboo Bedroom Furniture VI. — Bamboo Hall Racks and Stands VII. — Bamboo Music Racks VIII. -Bamboo Cabinets and Bookcases IX. — Bamboo Window Blinds . X. — Miscellaneous Articles...

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Pen Drawing: An Illustrated Treatise...

Dec 5, 2013 by

Pen Drawing: An Illustrated Treatise was originally published in 1903 by Charles D. McGinnis and is a wonderful resource for pen and ink artists. This is a reproduction from an original copy of the book which I found to be very clear and easy to read. Fun book with many great lessons. A few lines from the introduction: “Art, with its finite means, cannot hope to record the infinite variety and complexity of Nature, and so contents itself with a partial statement, addressing this to the imagination for the full and perfect meaning. This inadequation, and the artificial adjustments which it involves, are tolerated by right of what is known as artistic convention ; and as each art has its own particular limitations, so each has its own particular conventions. Sculpture reproduces the forms...

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Full Instructions in the Art of Crepe Paper Basket Weaving...

Nov 30, 2013 by

Full Instructions in the Art of Crepe Paper Basket Weaving was originally published in 1922.  Everything you need to know to weave baskets out of crepe paper… a few lines from the beginning of the book: “LESSON ONE You are about to learn the very interesting Art of Basket Weaving using Crepe Paper Rope. After you have finished the lessons in this booklet, you will be able to make a variety of baskets of different shapes and designs, and of most attractive colors. Crepe Paper Rope is made in many beautiful colors, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular for Basket Weaving. You will not only be able to make baskets and trays for your own use and as presents for your friends and relatives but Basket Weaving also offers...

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Cycling Art, Energy and Locomotion...

Nov 28, 2013 by

Cycling art, energy and locomotion: a series of remarks on the development of bicycles, tricycles, and man-motor carriages First published in 1889, this is an interesting little book all about cycling at the turn of the century. Here are a few lines from the book to give you a feel for it: “A six-inch crank was used upon the machines in these experiments, and the lever action was such as to be comparable to a fifty-inch gear. The height of a point on the curve shows the extent of and variation in power upon the pedal, and the translation from left to right the time. In consequence of the limit of pressure occurring but once in each stroke, the number of undulations determines the speed, since it would show the number of strokes in...

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How to Think Music

Nov 21, 2013 by

How to Think Music by Harriet Seymour was originally published in 1910 and includes chapters on melody, rhythm and chords.  Harriet Seymour was a music teacher and this book is a wonderful addition to any music student’s library. A few lines from her book to give you a feel for it: “Thus far we have dealt only with the melodic side of the question. In most cases it seems best to do this, but again there is no iron-clad rule, and if the harmonic side (“the bass”) interests an older pupil more than the melodic does, work may be done there first as well as last. To sum up what the pupil must have learned in order to transpose simple melodies into all keys ; he must hear or think a melody ; be...

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Lampshades: How to Make Them

Nov 18, 2013 by

Lampshades: How to Make Them by Olive Earle was originally published in 1921.  Everything you need to know to make your very own lampshades!!! A few exciting words from the introduction: “LAMPSHADE making should be considered as an art as well as a craft, and perhaps the first thought to be kept in mind when planning a shade, is the decorative point of view. No matter how beautifully a shade may be made, no matter what care may be taken with the intricacies of measurements and linings, the labor is wasted if the resulting effect in the room, is not pleasing. As a general rule, lighting fixtures and shades are accessories to a room rather than a main feature. In fact, there is nothing much worse in interior decoration than lights which insist on...

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Indian Basketry, and How To Make Indian & Other Baskets (600 illustrations)...

Nov 12, 2013 by

Indian Basketry, and How to Make Indian & Other Baskets with over 600 illustrations was first published in 1903.  This is a previously hard to find rare resource for basketry. From the preface: “What would be the civilized man of today without the art of weaving the soft art that surrounds his home with comforts and his life with luxuries? Nay he deems them necessities. Could he do without his woven woolen or cotton underwear, his woven socks, his woven clothing? Where would be his bed linen and blankets, his carpets, his curtains, his portieres? His every day life is so intimately associated with weaving that he has ceased to think about it, and yet it is all owing to the work of primitive, aboriginal woman that he is thus favored. For there is...

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The Art of Knitting

Oct 25, 2013 by

The Art of Knitting by the Butterick Company was originally published in 1892, and this is an exact replica from an original copy of the book.  It’s very clear and the illustrations are wonderful, as is the knitting information.  If you are a knitter, or know a knitter, or are just someone interested in all things 19th century you will find this little book a joy to read and use. A few paragraphs from the introduction: “In presenting our patrons this book upon The Art of Knitting, in response to their continuous demand for such a work, we take especial pride in announcing that it is the most complete of its kind, and the only one devoted wholly to the occupation or pastime of Knitting ever published. As it is intended for a companion-pamphlet...

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The Jolly Hallowe’en Book...

Oct 24, 2013 by

The Jolly Hallowe’en Book by Dorothy M. Shipman was first published in 1900 and is chock full of great, bizarre and gruesome ideas for a Victorian Halloween!  Lots of fun games, songs etc.  Available in both paperback and kindle. Paperback appears perfect reproduction from old book, kindle is same except landscape view.  Have fun! Here’s what’s inside: Boy Who Wanted to Be a Brownie Hallowe’en Ghost A Haunted Study The Little White Witch The Lonely Pumpkin The Mistress Mary’s Pumpkin When Hallowe’en Comes Witch’s Brew The Jolly Hallowe’en Book Stunts and Games Four of a Kind Hallowe’en Charms Apple Parings The Ashes Test The Backward to the Cellar Blowing Out Candles Bobbing for Apples Cake of Silence The Candle Jump The Fire o’ Love The First to Wed Hallowe’en Contests Hidden Fortunes Lucky Cake...

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