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Identifier: industrialhistor00boll
Title: Industrial history of the United States, from the earliest settlements to the present time: being a complete survey of American industries, embracing agriculture and horticulture; including the cultivation of cotton, tobacco, wheat; the raising of horses, neat-cattle, etc.; all the important manufactures, shipping and fisheries, railroads, mines and mining, and oil; also a history of the coal-miners and the Molly Maguires; banks, insurance, and commerce; trade-unions, strikes, and eight-hour movement; together with a description of Canadian industries
Year: 1878 (1870s)
Authors: Bolles, Albert Sidney, 1846-1939
Subjects: Industries Industries
Publisher: Norwich, Conn. : The Henry Bill pub. Company
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University


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ing carvingand decoration which showedthat their hearts were in thework. Pieces of this mas-sive old furniture are still preserved in many old families as heirlooms; andwhen they stray into the general market, as they occasionally do, they areeagerly snapped up by wealthy families at fabulous prices. There was notvery much of it made, however, owing to its cost and the limited demand forit. It was hard to make it, also, in competition with the European makers;for France, England, and Germany had great factories employed in this classof manufactures, and furniture could be turned out at very much less costthan here. The industry first began to differentiate itself from the general carpenter-Furniture- business in 1812. Congress imposed a tax of thirty per cent uponmaking in all imported articles of furniture, and maintained a duty of aboutthat weight, by the way, under all subsequent tariffs, free or protec-tive, steadily. The two or three years of war following 1812 were an additional

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DENTIST S CHAIR. OF THE UNITED STATES. 515 protection to the furniture-makers, and by 1815 a large number of them wereregularly engaged in the business in all principal cities. From Rapid deveUthat period the rise of the industry has been rapid: it has more opmentuntilthan kept pace with population. Soon after 1815 American ideas l8s°and vigor began to manifest themselves in the business, especially in the pro-duction of furniture for common use. The rocking-chair, a purely Americanidea, was largely manufactured. Straw, cane, wicker, and rattan seats andbacks to chairs, were introduced. New woods were put to use, such as cherry,butternut, ash, and black-walnut. Wicker-work chairs were made. Machinerywas constructed to produce the parts of chairs, beds, bureaus, &c, in whole-sale lots. The art of veneering was adopted, which was to furniture whatsilver-plating was to table-ware. A variety of charming and serviceable formswere invented, and all furniture was made lighter, handsomer


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