Our newest edition of the Millwork newsletter has just been released, and in it you’ll find some interesting articles on pulleys & belts (the workhorses of the Mill) and on the history of Scientific American magazine, which was very popular with the Hanfords during the late 1800s/early 1900s. We included many magazine images from our Museum’s collections, but not every image we selected made it into the newsletter. Here are some interesting bits that hit the cutting room floor:
A late 1800s advertisement for Edison’s iconic incandescent light bulb, which also acted as a shrewd warning against patent infringers.
A very interesting cover article from the January 18, 1902 issue highlights the debate about the best place to construct a canal that would connect the Atlantic to the Pacific: Panama, or Nicaragua? Ultimately the magazine made the same choice as the government and chose Panama for its shorter route and need for fewer locks.
Before the Wright Brothers made their famous first flight in 1903, a great multitude of inventors tried their hands at inventing the flying machine. Scientific American covered many of these attempts in its pages.