Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

The EAIA and the M-WTCA

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

The EAIA and the M-WTCA

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[AN OPEN LETTER addressed to All EAIA Members who are not members of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association. - Ed.]

Here is a trick question: Can you separate early industries from early tools? Or the reverse, can you separate early tools from early industries? From my way of thinking, probably not. They seem to go hand in hand. Likewise, the EAIA and the M-WTCA should not be separated.

Should you join the M-WTCA? Could it be that you have heard M-WTCA is just a bunch of tool collectors who have meetings solely to buy and sell tools in a flea market style and that they are not very research or scholarly oriented? Well, I am not here to tell you there is not tool buying and selling at M-WTCA meetings. To my way of thinking, research and learning about early industries can be based on many things, such as finding examples of tools, talking with people who may have certain information, and sometimes just stumbling onto something.

Most M-WTCA meetings are a combination of several activities. In addition to tool buying and selling, there is usually a program of interest and an opportunity to meet and talk with many individuals who share interests in old tools. Many of these programs relate directly to areas of interest such as historic sites, information on tools and their makers and early industries. …

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