Friday, August 12, 2011
How To Do Things 1919 - The Farm Journal
One of the best methods of learning the old way and becoming more self sustainable is to go to the source. This interesting book, How To Do Things, was published by Wilmer Atkinson Company out of Philadelphia, copyright 1919. It is composed of popular articles that appeared in The Farm Journal which began publication in 1877.
Here I can find helpful hints and how to make things we take for granted today, all supplied by the experts of the time. The index alone is 31 pages, everything from how to pick apples to creating an emergency wrench.
It is 572 pages, every one full of short, helpful hints. I can learn to make a tail tie for a cow, in fact, three different ways. I have instructions for various outdoor games and church or school entertainments, how to make a variety of coops or how to hang wall paper. There is a section on how to butcher and cure meats, recipes for crackers, cakes and chowders.
If I want to design or remodel a house, it's all right here!
Would we really use this information someday? You betcha!
This book is still available today on Amazon if anyone is interested. Good reading!