Young People's Page


| March/April 1972


Torque Power Live Steam Models Hyattstown, Box 144-D R. F. D., Ijamsville, Maryland 21 754

Hi There Young Engineers:

By the time most of you read this, Christmas and New Years will long be forgotten. But this Christmas will be remembered for a long time by myself and my family, as shortly before Christmas my Father suffered a severe heart attack from which he is now recovering. As most of you know from past articles, my Dad is the inventor of the Micro-Fret guitar which he manufactures at his factory in Frederick, Maryland. At the present time, I am working in his place at the Factory and will be for some time.

Several years ago I started collecting old books. I now have about twenty, dating from 1882 to 1910 and ranging from grammar school books to steam engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering books. The two oldest books I have are on electrical engineering 1882-1884. These books contain a great deal of  Thomas Edison's work in electricity and Alexander Graham Bell's work along with numerous other inventors.

About a year ago I was given a book called Stromberg's Steam Users Guide, published in 1895. In the preface of the book, the author explained that this was an updated version of Zwickers Practical Instructor which was published in 1891. Oddly enough this past summer I got a copy of Zwicker's book which is something I thought I would never run across. The two books are primarily about stationary power plant operation.

For some reason old books like these seem to be much more clear and understandable than modern books. Maybe it is because there are so many line drawings to help explain the written text. Collecting old books like these is something many of you might find very interesting.