Historical Technology Books: Popular Mechanics (1907) Complete Bound Collection with Index - 3 in a series
Technology isn’t just computers, networks and phones. Technology has always been part of the human experience. All of our ancestors have looked for ways to help the survive and do less work for more gain. Archive.org has a host of old technology books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. Many of the technologies discussed within these books are being put to use again these days in the “back to the land" and “homesteading” movements. You might even find something that could address one of your own garden or farm issues, but has been lost to time and history. Enjoy! --Douglas
This is a dangerous collection for any tech geek! This one collection alone has 1436 pages. It can be quite fun — and enlightening — to see what the state of technology was 111 years ago. AND there are many other yearly collections like this one available on the site. — Douglas
BICYCLE BOATING GREAT SPORT
These Machines Will be Seen in Large Numbers This Year
The bicycle boat which in one form and another has ap- peared at intervals during the past 10 years, seems likely to become quite popular next season. The ease with which a small gasoline motor can be adapted as the motive power, thus making a water "mo- torcycle," opens up a new type of outdoor sport which has great possibilities.
A recent bicycle boat built by a stage carpenter in New York is shown, and will prove suggestive to any of our readers who wish to build one for themselves. This machine is 8 ft. long, 5 ft. wide, is re- versible, and weighs 60 lb. The propeller is a 10-in. wheel ; 3- bladed. Provision is made for a small sail to be carried by a tube attached to the head of the frame. This boat will be equipped with power and exhibited at the sportsmen's show in New York.
The pontoons are of galvanized iron which can be made at any tin- shop ; those in the illustration are each 4 ft. long.
The Bicycle Boat is as Handy and Safe on Water as the Ordinary Bicycle is on Land. A Small Motor can be Easily Attached, Afford- ing a Speed of 10 Miles an Hour.
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