State of the Art 1876
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Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary
Containing over 3000 pages the Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary was billed as
A description of tools, instruments, machines, processes and engineering; history of inventions; general technological vocabulary.
Published in 1876 it is a great resource for those trying to figure out how things were done in the time of our great (great?) grand parents. Ilustrations, upwards of 5000 engravings
, include a ride inside monocycle
, trestle bridges
, compound microscope
, clod crushers
, washing machines
, spoke driver
, hydraulic wagon-tipper
, and a farmers tool-house
. Warning: the book has been scanned in and all the item links are to 100-150K images.