Excerpt from Machine MoldingThe art of molding is probably as old as civilization, and it may have reached a high state of development before any of the events which make up ancient history took place. In fact the molders skill, as exemplified inMoreExcerpt from Machine MoldingThe art of molding is probably as old as civilization, and it may have reached a high state of development before any of the events which make up ancient history took place.
In fact the molders skill, as exemplified in many antique works of art, has been one of the great civilizing forces of the world, and it may be questioned whether we can produce to-day any finer examples of this art than are to be found among the relics of antiquity. But as civilization has progressed the demand for the products of the foundry has increased to such an extent as to call for new processes, better methods and greater efficiency. The printing press, the steam engine, the loom, and, more recently, the internal combustion engine, have stimulated the activities of men, augmented their productive capacities and so enlarged the possibilities for commercial intercourse that it is difficult to realize how few of the comforts of life now enjoyed by the masses were within reach of the well-to-do or even the wealthy members of society as it was constituted two hundred or even one hundred years ago.
George Washington, for example, began his career as a surveyor- carried with him the bare necessities of life, often slept out of doors on a bed of hay or straw, swam the streams that were too deep to ford, and later on, after enduring innumerable privations and hardships in many hard-fought campaigns, laid the foundation for the government which stands as a monument to his sagacity, courage and determination.
There were no Pullman cars for him and no potentate, however great or wealthy, could have traveled a hundred years ago with the luxurious ease now within the reach of very moderate means.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy.
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