Apple parers

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Off Beat Books, 1997 - Antiques & Collectibles - 239 pages
During colonial days and through the 19th century, apples were a critical winter staple, and to be preserved, they had to be picked, pared, cored, cut into slices, strung on strong linen thread and hung to dry. The drudgery of paring and slicing each apple was monumental... until the problem was met head-on with Yankee ingenuity and the birth of apple paring machines. Apple Parers is an entertaining and definitive guide to the vast variety of ingenious machines and devices that were a vital part of early America. Apple Parers serves up a true slice of American history beginning with the primitive wood and iron devices fashioned in barns and workshops. It takes the reader through the heady days of cast-iron parer manufacturing, when every rural home had a parer and the competition was intense. It also looks at commercial models and related devices such as slicers, corers, and segmenters.

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