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Blog entry by OttoH posted 1492 days ago 3063 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was digging through a box of woodworking magazines and books that I had stashed away for the past ten years and came across a copy of Harry J Hobbs 1935 booklet “Working With Tools.” This is a 90 page guide to building things with hand tools.

To buy all of the hand tools on the list of tools he suggests for a small shop and additional tools it would have cost you $33.75. Since the average yearly wage at that time was $1,600 a year, to set up a complete shop of hand tools it would cost 2.11% of the average yearly wage.

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-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1492 days ago

I like reading those old woodworking books and magazines

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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sawblade1

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#2 posted 1492 days ago

Cool like to see old stuff life this I have a copy of the 1933-1935 Deltagram showing the wood working tools then and how much they cost Would you believe a tablesaw, lathe and Scrollsaw not only ran off the same motor but the same carriage, plus changing the belts must have been a chore too! :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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#3 posted 1492 days ago

What a wonderful piece of woodworking history to have. Thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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woodprof

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#4 posted 1492 days ago

Thanks for posting this, Otto. I’m sure there are lots of us on LJs who love to see the history (even recent) of woodworking.

All things are relative. That 2.11 %, if we assume today’s average yearly wage to be $35,000 (just guessing at that) would translate to spending $738.50 for the same tools today! I wonder if you could actually buy all those tools, of reasonable quality, for that amount today?

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 1492 days ago

With the advent of things like Freecycle (on the net) and re-cycling centres springing up you could probably still get them for under $36 if you could wait for a bit (hopefully not 75 years though).

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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tyskkvinna

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#6 posted 1492 days ago

May I use these images? I would like to make a blog post trying to actually buy all of these items today. I’m very curious! :)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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OttoH

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#7 posted 1492 days ago

I believe that would be okay Lis, it was copyrighted in 1935 by the author, when I did a search for his books on the internet I found a couple of web sites that have the entire book out there. I was not able to find where anyone updated the copyright since the original printing 75 years ago.

I would definitely like to see how you do in finding these items.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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Dark_Lightning

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#8 posted 1492 days ago

If it has been scanned into Google books, it is presumptively in the public domain until informed otherwise. However, is there any reason you can’t just make a list that is very similar, but not exact? Also, as long as you quote the source and aren’t making money on it, you should be OK.

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clieb91

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#9 posted 1492 days ago

Otto, Thanks for posting I have started a small collection of Deltagrams myself and love to see this type of information.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Derek Lyons

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#10 posted 1487 days ago

Atom Jack, no – being scanned into Google Books is not a presumption of being in the public domain. That’s why Google is currently being sued for violating copyright.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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