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Abortion of The Young Steam Engineer’s Guide.
A little known Oliver Evans book on steam engine power; a very rare book. (retails for $24.75)
Back Issues of Old Mill News
You can order back issues of Old Mill News here. Please email bookstore to see if the issue(s) you desire are in stock.
A collection of handy, labor-saving devices and ideas for the use of millers and millwrights. Compiled from the “American Miller”. Reprinted in 1994 by the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills. 1
By Vierling. A history of Fischer Windmill w/drawings of its machinery and mechanism. Also contains a glossary of windmill terminology, 124 ppg.
Fitz Bulletin #70 Steel Overshoot Waterwheel
A 1928 catalog describing company products and a description of their virtues over turbines; provides specifications, running speeds, and general machinery descriptions. 84 pages. (retails for $10.00)
Fitz Waterwheel Bulletin #100
Companion to #70, but describes Fitz-made turbines and inpulse wheel; oriented to small hydroelectric producers, etc. 84ppg
For Millers in the Making
A collection of articles originally appearing in The Northwestern Miller. Sketches, flow sheets, and descriptive information describe various aspects of milling. Copyright, 1936. Reprinted by the SPOO
Grist and Flour Mills In Ontario.
Do not be misled by the title of this book by Felicity L. Leung which describes the milling process in layman’s terms. Illustrated. Soft cover. 284 pages. (retails for $33.00)
Guide To U.S. Patents For Windmills and Wind Engin
Describes U.S. patent history, especially as it pertains to windmill improvements between 1793 and 1950. Compiled by T. Lindsay baker as a T.I.M.S. publication in 2004. 120 pages. $16.00.
A rare 1883 handbood of 163 pages prepared by the Leffel Co., that contains power tables and specs; provides locations of 10,000 mills of the world with Leffel turbines.
Leffel’s Construction of Mill Dams and Bookwalter’
Two books in one. A SPOOM reprint of an 1881 publication provides accurate description of every aspect of dam construction. Bookwalter’s discusses practical mill-related advice. 288 pages. (retails fo
By McGee. A history of the first 100 years of the Meadows Mill Company of North Wilkesboro, NC, 1902-2002. Hardcover, 86 pages. (retails for$25.)
Consists of two books, Milling with the Midget Marvel Flour Mill, and The Story of a Wonderful Flour Mill. The first provides basic non-technical instructions for the operation and maintenance of the
Millstone Manufacture in Virginia
Charles D. Hockensmith provides a look into the millstone industry through the eyes of two men who actually made millstones in southwestern Virginia. (retails for $14.00)
Millstone Studies: Papers
Ball and Hockensmith provide a comprehensive study of millstone manufacturers, along with historical data and patent information. 223 pages with diagrams
Millwright’s Journal by L.L.Houseknecht
The daily activities of Pennsylvania millwright Leslie Houseknecht from 1894-1895. Transcribed and compiled by William Denton, 2006. (retails for $20.)
Nordyke Marmon Catalog #48
A reprint of one of this company’s best, early catalogs. Discusses flouring mill machinery in 164 pages and many diagrams. Excellent reference. (retails for $11.00)
This is a reprint of B.W.Dedrick’s 1924 book detailing all aspects of milling. 575 pages, hardcover. Best overall American reference book.
(retails for $41.25)
Quest for American Miller Secrets
Versatile Millstone: Workhorse of Early Indust
Author Jon Sass discusses the uses of millstones over the centuries using test, photographs and drawings. 80 ppg
By Owens. Contains 50 ppg of pen and ink sketches of windmills from around the world. Each has its own brief story, so the book is informative in addition to being a "coloring book."
Windmills and Wind Motors
By Powell. A reprint of a 1910 classic that describes how to build and run windmills, complete with diagrams.
By Lombardo. An oversize book documenting windmills in both text and photographs. glossary, 260 ppg.
By Gillis. A thorough treatise on historical uses of windmills, their decline, and then resurgence in recent years. 144ppg
Young Millwright and Miller’s Guide
A first edition reprint of this Oliver Evans classic; published in 1795. This is the best period reference for American milling. 472 pages, hard-back, with illustrations. (retails for $35.00)
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