Anvils in America by Richard Postman
According to David Poppke firstname.lastname@example.org
The first thing that catches your eye on opening the book is a beautiful color painting commissioned for the book called "The last anvil makers", by Nathan Green. The second printing uses that painting for the new slipcover. The book starts with your usual anvil basics illustrated by dozens of photos by the author (which by the way were well taken and reproduced with skill). Postman then goes on with a history of anvils and reproductions of hundreds of original anvil ads and fliers illustrated by even MORE of Postman's photos. He also reproduces important historical patents AND patents for strange oddball anvil "systems" that may or may (more likely) not have been manufactured. There are numerous lists of makers marks and anvil stories collected by the author. The history of numerous American and English makers is given.
After seeing all this you think, "What more could there be?"
Well. . . There are fliers from most of the modern anvil makers with specs and even more photos!
The book also includes all kinds of anvil miscellany. Ads and trademarks using anvils, miniature advertising anvils and the hilarious Christmas card images created by Gill Fahrenwald, "Caught in a shower of anvils" and "Roasting marshmellows over an open anvil" (No, we didn't get our anvilfire! logo idea from Gill. It just goes to show that great minds DO think alike!).
There is also a smattering of vise, swage block and other forging/blacksmithing tools and equipment shown, which makes the book even more interesting to those of us who have collected these old tools for years. I learned that the one post vise I have with markings was probably made at the "Mouse Hole Forge" by Brooks and Cooper, one of the successors to M&H Armitage. This book is about anvils in America, The author notes that there is still a world full of European and Asian anvils to research and record! Mr. Postman also told me that he had a great deal more detailed information that wouldn't fit in the book! Another volume maybe? I hope so!
NOTICE: The author has received numerous complaints about this book! Apparently it causes insomnia in certain individuals!
Postscript - In the months since its release this book has become THE blacksmiths and collectors standard reference about anvils.
In the (now two) years since publication, Anvils in America has continued to be the indespensible reference for many of us. It is so full of information that no matter how many times you read it or refer to it you are always surprised to find something new.
Hard cover, cloth bound, and Smyth sewn.
FIRST EDITION Copyright 1998:
A limited first printing of 1000 books, numbered, dated, personaly inscribed and signed. The numbers were assigned as the orders are received. Numbered editions were sold out by Christmas 1998.
SECOND PRINTING (1999):
This book is NOT available through Amazon.com
THIRD PRINTING (September, 2003):
July 2003: MOUSEHOLE FORGE:
FOURTH PRINTING (October, 2006):
NOTE: Use of "The last anvil makers" (c) Nathan Green and other images are reproduced here under the "fair use" clause of the 1984 copyright act. Reproduction elsewhere is possible copyright infringement.
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