October 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm #50115
I’d guess that someone has already started a thread to recommend books that may apply to survival, but I’m too lazy to research every post to find it, so I’m starting one here.
I received a recommendation from a friend for “The Lost Ways,”. Somehow, that triggered a memory of a book I once owned (burned decades ago, in a fire that destroyed my entire library and “arsenal” to that point.) My grandfather gave me his copy of The Scientific American Cyclopedia of Receipts, Notes, and Queries. It had recipes for almost anything in use in the world of that era: fertilizers, dyes, bleaches, explosives, alloys, photographic emulsions, batteries … you name it, it was probably in there. Fascinating look at the science and technology at the turn of the 20th Century. My copy was the Revised Edition (1919, I think.) It had a reprint of an 1907 article by a mechanical engineer, advocating the gas/electric hybrid automobile — about a century before the Prius!
Here is the link for the original (1901) version, downloadable in several formats.
Please add recommendations and/or links for books you find valuable.
October 11, 2016 at 11:28 am #50117
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Those old books could prove very valuable should we find ourselves thrust backwards technologically. I always keep an eye out for such finds when I go to library book sales. Also old history books.October 13, 2016 at 10:08 pm #50122
Old books, old hand tools… I get them whenever I can afford to do so.October 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm #50131
There’s always Henley’s book of formulas.October 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm #50138
Thanks, Whirlibird — another good one! PDF of Henley’s (1914 edition) at: http://www.survivorlibrary.com/library/henleys_twentieth_century_formulas-1914.pdf
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