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2005, 6x9", VI+ 258 pages, 113 b&w figures, glossary, appendices, bibliography, index.

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American Art & Craft ~ History & Culture--North American

Wagon-Making in the United States

During the Late-19th through Mid-20th Centuries
- A Study of the Gruber Wagon Works at Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania

by Paul A. Kube with contributions by Clayton E. Ray and Cathy L. Wegener

$24.95 Softcover
ISBN 0-939923-97-1; 978-0-939923-97-7

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Wagon-Making in the United States... is perhaps the best available description of the tools, materials, technology, and process of wagon-making in the US during the late pre-automotive period. The featured centerpice of this book is a masters thesis completed in 1968 at Millersville College (now University), Millersville, Pennsylvania, by Paul A. Kube. Titled "A Study of the Gruber Wagon Works at Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania," this thesis describes the content, structure, and functioning of the Gruber Wagon Works as that business existed in the middle part of the 20th century--a rare late-surviving representative of an industry that had, at one time, been essential to the transportation needs of the agrarian and early industrial national economy. Contributions by Clayton E. Ray and Cathy L. Wegener provide an introduction to the significance of the Kube thesis, a brief history of wagon-making in the United States, a review of the relocation and management of the Gruber Wagon Works as an interpretive center during and after the mid-1970s, a compilation of surviving production records of the Gruber Works, and a biographical sketch of Paul Kube.

Paul A. Kube (1918-1988) served in the US Navy from 1937 to 1960, then attended Millersville State College where he earned a Bachelors (1963) and then a Masters (1968) degree in Education. He taught at Boyertown Area High School from 1963 until 1971.

Clayton E. Ray's interest in the history and preservation of American farm tools and implements from the late pre-automotive era inspired him to prepare the Kube thesis and other information for publication so as to make it available to a larger audience.

Wagon-Making in the United States During the Late-19th through Mid-20th Centuries:

-Includes an introduction which describes the importance of Paul A. Kube's thesis;
-Provides a brief review of the history of wagon-making in the United States;
-Offers the best description available of the materials, tools, technology, and process of wagon-making in the United States during the late pre-automotive era;
-Contains a glossary of technical terms;
-Contains appendicies that include a biographical sketch of Paul A. Kube and production records of the Gruber Wagon Works;
-Contains a bibliography and index.

The audience for this book is broad and includes:

-Historians of industry, technology, and transportation;
-Collectors of farm, woodworking, and blacksmithing tools and implements;
-People interested in Americana;
-Modern-day blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and craftsmen;
-Those interested in the evolution of the automobile;
-Those interested in horse-drawn vehicles;
-The draft-horse community;
-Those interested in significant relocation/restoration projects;
-Decendants of the Gruber family and the workers employed at the Gruber Wagon Works;
-Visitors to the Gruber Wagon Works and the many Living History farms in the United States;
-Interpreters of Living History.