Oliver Evans Press, 2024 Glendale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152-4013

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The Young Mill-Wright and Miller’s Guide (1795)
by Oliver Evans
Facsimile reprint of the first edition published in 1795, with an introduction by Eugene S. Ferguson, noted authority on Evans and his inventions.
472 pages, 265 plates, including two fold-outs.

In this revolutionary book, Oliver Evans proposed inventions and devices designed to fully automate and streamline the operation of flour mills. Written in plain language with easily understood plates, it became one of the most heavily used technical handbooks of the entire nineteenth century. This reprint of the first edition faithfully reproduces the original high-quality drawings, including two fold-out plates.
Oliver Evans Press, 1990 | $30 + $4 postage

The Abortion of the Young Steam Engineer’s Guide (1805)
by Oliver Evans
Facsimile reprint of the first and only edition, published in 1805, with an introduction by Eugene S. Ferguson, noted authority on Evans and his inventions.
159 pages, 4 plates.

Oliver Evans discussed his latest invention, the high pressure steam engine. Evan’s designs were used in steamboat engines and high pressure mill engines in numerous textile mills, saw mills and other manufactories across the country.
Oliver Evans Press, 1990 | $16 + $4 postage


Oliver Evans—Inventive Genius of the American Industrial Revolution
by Eugene S. Ferguson
72 pages, illustrations, 7″ x 8-1/2″, paperbound.

A thorough and well-illustrated introduction to the life, achievements and inventions of Oliver Evans (1755-1819).
Hagley Museum (1980) | $12 + $3 postage


The Fairmount Waterworks SOLD OUT
by Jane Mork Gibson
48 pages, well illustrated with color and black & white plates, technical drawings and maps, 8-1/2″ x 11″. Limited.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition “The Fairmount Waterworks, 1812-1911” (July 23-September 25, 1998), celebrating the restoration of the waterworks.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bulletin Vol. 84, #360-361 (Summer 1998) | $10 + $3 postage.


A Place to Live and Work—The Henry Disston Saw Works and the Tacony Community of Philadelphia
by Harry C. Silcox

The remarkable story of Henry Disston’s saw manufacturing company and the factory town he built. Using original letter books, shop committee meeting notes, photographs and a wealth of other documents, Silcox provides a rare view of the rise and fall of one of America’s largest family owned businesses. He also describes the company’s interdependence with Disston’s paternalistic neighborhood of Tacony.
Penn State Press (1994) |  $28 + $4 postage.


Making Arms in the Machine Age—Philadelphia’s Frankford Arsenal, 1816-1870
by James J. Farley
142 pages, illustrations, 6″ x 9″, hardcover.

Traces the growth and development of the United States Arsenal at Frankford, PA, from its origin in 1816 to 1870. During this period, the arsenal evolved from a small post where skilled workers han d-produced small-arms ammunition to a full-scale industrial complex employing a large civilian workforce. Farley uses the history of the arsenal to examine larger issues, including the changing technology of early nineteenth century warfare, the impact of new technology on the United States Army, and the reactions of workers and their families and communities to the coming of industrialization.
Penn State Press (1994) | $25 + $4 postage

Oliver Evans Letter to Samuel Huntington, Ohio Governor, 1810
& Improvements on the Art of Manufacturing Grain into Flour or Meal
by Oliver Evans
Reprint of 1791 broadside, enlarged to 23″ x 19″. Both items packaged together.
$5 + $5 postage


Workshop of the World—A Selective Guide to the Industrial Archeology of Philadelphia
by SIA Oliver Evans Chapter

368 pages, 172 photos, 16 maps, 147 sites, index, 6″ x 9″, paperbound.

“Workshop of the World” was the proud claim of Philadelphia’s industries and manufacturers for close to a century after the Civil War. During these years, the city’s many neighborhoods supported hundreds of mills and factories which gave it a diversity of production that was unmatched anywhere in the world. Workshop of the World reflects on some of Philadelphia’s industries by examining the city on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis; it then provides examples of some of the industries found across the city. The range of sites is diverse, indicating the variety of industries that once existed in Philadelphia.
Oliver Evans Press (1990) | $25 + $4 postage

Workshop of the World Revisited
An update of all the industrial sites covered in Workshop of the World (1990), with new sections on the history and proposed development along the Delaware River, and an in-depth review of surviving industrial sites in fast-gentrifying neighborhood of Northern Liberties.
Oliver Evans Press (2007) | $13 + $3 postage

Purchase both Workshop of the World—A Selective Guide to the Industrial Archeology of Philadelphia (1990) and Workshop of the World Revisited (2007) for $35 + $4 postage.


Fairmount Waterworks Belt Buckle, 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″
$20 + $4 postage

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Commemorative Poster, 18″ x 24″
designed by artist Todd Gilens
For the 1990 SIA Conference in Philadelphia.
$5 + $3 postage