The Scientific American Cyclopedia of Receipts, Notes and Queries (Google eBook)

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Albert Allis Hopkins
Munn & Company, 1901 - Industrial arts - 734 pages
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This book is an alphabetic collection of notes on everything originally compiled around 1890 and reissued as late as 1900. It was superseded by :The Scientific American Cyclopedia of Formulas" in 1910. Oddly, this makes this book a little more interesting and useful. It is more interesting because it goes a little farther back in the past. It is more useful because the formulas and methods it presents are closer to what a farmer might be able to do without much special gear or industrially produced chemicals and materials. It is organized alphabetically instead of in sections making it more of a reference work and less of a guide book. Because the formulas and receipts in this book are older, fewer modern chemicals are called for, and it is more like a collection of old farmers and craftsmens secrets. This makes it more interesting to the survivalist, the homesteader wanting alternatives to modern methods, and similar persons. 

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Acceptable for an old reciepts book. No TOC with page numbers, just alphabetical order, so expect a lot of scrolling.

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Page 69 - ... in another vessel, dissolve as much isinglass, previously a little softened in water, (though none of the water must be used), in French brandy or good rum, as will make a...
Page 137 - Body and bed clothing, etc. — It is best to burn all articles which have been in contact with persons sick with contagious or infectious diseases. Articles too valuable to be destroyed should be treated as follows...
Page 137 - Close the rooms as tightly as possible, place the sulphur in iron pans, supported upon bricks placed in wash-tubs containing a little water, set it on fire by hot coals or with the aid of a spoonful of alcohol, and allow the room to remain closed for twenty-four hours. For a room about ten feet square, at least two pounds of sulphur .should be used ; for larger rooms, proportionately increased quantities. " 3. Premises. — Cellars, yards, stables, gutters, privies, cesspools, water-closets, drains,...
Page 286 - Heat the solution of soap and add it boiling hot to the kerosene. Churn the mixture by means of a force pump and spray nozzle for five or ten minutes. The emulsion, if perfect, forms a cream which thickens on cooling and should adhere without oiliness to the surface of the glass.
Page 231 - ... press, by first applying a composition formed of four parts of Armenian bole, and one of candied sugar, ground together with water to a proper consistence, and laid on by a brush with the white of an egg. This coating, when nearly dry, is smoothed by the burnisher, which is generally a crooked piece of agate, very smooth, and fixed in a handle.
Page 111 - ... it well all over the marble, and the stains will be removed ; then wash the marble over with soap and water, and it •will be as clean as it was at first.
Page 118 - Ox-gall and yolk of egg have the property of dissolving fatty bodies without affecting perceptibly the texture or colors of cloth, and may therefore be employed with advantage. The ox-gall should be purified, to prevent its greenish tint from degrading the brilliancy of dyed stuffs, or the purity of whites. Thus prepared it is the most precious of all substances known for removing these kinds of stains.
Page 251 - Chloroform in a stoppered bottle, and shake them together frequently until solution has been effected. Then add the Carbonate of Lead previously mixed with the remainder of the Chloroform, and having several times shaken the whole together, set the mixture aside, and let it remain at rest until the insoluble matter has subsided. Lastly, decant the clear liquid, and keep it in a well-stopped bottle.
Page 82 - Some shellac is pulverized, and then softened in ten times its weight of strong ammonia, whereby a transparent mass is obtained, which becomes fluid after keeping some little time, without the use of hot water. In three or four weeks the mixture is perfectly liquid, and, when applied, it will be found to soften the rubber.
Page 47 - Cold water pumped into hot boilers is very injurious from sudden contraction. 7. Exterior of Boiler. — Care should be taken that no water comes in contact with the exterior of the boiler, either from leaky joints or other causes.

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