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

Shoe Peg Machine Inventor

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

Shoe Peg Machine Inventor

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Although Karl West didn't locate a shoe peg plane for Greg Lehmann (see Nov/Dec 03 issue), he did find some information about making shoe pegs in The Story of Walpole (MA) by Willard DeLue, 1925.

Something of the inventive spirit of Walpole of that day and of the spirit of enterprise that animated them, is evidenced by an advertisement headed "An Old Man may be useful," which appeared in the Dedham Minerva" on May 17,1798.

"The subscriber," it runs, "being unable to follow his trade of shoemaking, and not wishing to expend his former earnings, has endeavored to find some other means of support. At length he has invented a machine for making pegs, which he has so far completed as to be able to furnish all the shoemakers within 30 miles of Walpole with maple pegs, of any description they choose, 50 per cent cheaper than hey can make them themselves."

The advertisement went on to tell that 10 per cent commission on sales would be allowed to traders. …

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