How Inventions Really Happen

How Inventions Really Happen Author Paul C. Wilson
ISBN-10 9781457546716
Year 2017-02-17
Pages 292
Language en
Publisher Dog Ear Publishing

Inventor. Innovator. Entrepreneur. These are today’s heroes. Public policies are designed to help them. Investors want to fund them. Successful ones make hundreds of millions, even billions, of dollars. Whole nations pin their hopes on these people to stimulate their economies, solve their problems, give them prestige on the world stage. But who are they? What special gifts do they have? And what exactly is it that they do? That is what this book is about. The story of the sewing machine, an invention that dramatically transformed the lives of women, shows that it was brought into existence by individuals with very different aims and talents. Who deserves the credit? Was it the man who built a test device that made a stitch, but then gave it away or lost it? Or another, who built a machine that barely worked, but got a patent on it? Then there was a man who developed it into something useful, and made millions from it. Or was the “true inventor” someone who built an innocuous device to move cloth between stitches, which turned out to be the one feature no sewing machine could do without? Or was he the man who made a simple machine that anyone could afford? Each of these fascinating characters contributed something essential. If we look closely at what they did, and what they were like, we’ll understand how inventions really happen.

Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove Author Janet Cameron
ISBN-10 9781848681675
Year 2008-12-23
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher Amberley Publishing

A look at the dark side of life, Victorian-style, when nothing was quite as it seemed and a public execution could be an entertaining family day out. Murderers, poachers, thieves, pickpockets and vagabonds all went about their business with impunity. Crime took place on the streets, on public transport, in homes, pubs, prisons, asylums, workhouses and brothels - it was all part of everyday life in Brighton and Hove in the late 1800s. Read about the notorious railway murderer, Percy Lefroy, who appeared at his trial in full evening dress and went to the gallows in an old brown suit. Gasp at the audacity of a temptress who fell in love with a doctor and tried to poison his wife, with strychnine laced chocolate. Then there's little Emily, a girl who received imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a few tempting pieces of gingerbread while a gaggle of disruptive young women loved causing a riot, flirting with men and smashing windows. It was madness and mayhem in those weird and wonderful times - and it's brought vividly to life by Janet Cameron in Brighton and Hove - Murder and Misdemeanours.

American Dreams

American Dreams Author Williams College. Museum of Art
ISBN-10 1555952100
Year 2001
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Hudson Hills

Williams College (estab. in 1793, Williamstown, MA) Museum holds an exceptional collection of American art, filled with masterpieces by major artists as well as such special treasures as large holdings of work by Thomas Nast, Rube Goldberg, and Charles an

Singer and the Sewing Machine

Singer and the Sewing Machine Author Ruth Brandon
ISBN-10 1568361467
Year 1977
Pages 10
Language en
Publisher Kodansha Globe

Women, booze, illegitimate children, fraud, bigamy, 19th-century capitalism, and the emergence of an empire . . . . These words describe the life of Isaac Merritt Singer. Although widely regarded as the inventor of the sewing machine, Singer actually modified an existing machine and marketed it to an America eager for the new tools of the Machine Age. His genius was in the advertising, service with a smile, installment plans, and marketing gimmicks he used to get the sewing machine in homes and sweatshops all over the world. This fascinating and detailed biography provides an insightful and provocative look at the American entrepreneur, unraveling a complex web of personal ambition, fame, fortune, and the attainment of the American Dream. Illustrated.

Machine Man

Machine Man Author Max Barry
ISBN-10 9781448169832
Year 2013-05-02
Pages 278
Language en
Publisher Random House

A wickedly observed, disturbing, darkly funny and surprisingly moving parable for a new tech-obsessed age by the acclaimed author of Jennifer Government. Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It’s not a tragedy. It’s an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts. Prostheticist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman.Or a product.Or a weapon . . . A story for this age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a darkly funny unravelling of one man’s quest for ultimate self-improvement.

Unraveling The Threads

Unraveling The Threads Author Jack Buckman
ISBN-10 9781457546617
Year 2016-05-24
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Dog Ear Publishing

A brilliant tinkerer/inventor and a lawyer/marketing genius partnered to create Singer, a retail colossus that over 120 years grew into a universally recognized brand synonymous with quality and value. Following World War II, four successive CEOs made a series of catastrophic decisions in their efforts to redefine the company as competing in industries other than sewing. Of the four, one was forced out and subsequently murdered, one died of an unexpected heart attack just as he was about to defend the company from a takeover, one succeeded in the takeover, then dismembered the company before going to prison, and one played investors, tax authorities, securities regulators, and banks against each other until he suddenly just vanished. The machinations of these four comprised a quarter-century-long soap opera, with power struggles, hostile takeovers, tax evasion, fraud, and even flight to China just a few steps ahead of the authorities.

Music Melting Round

Music Melting Round Author Edith Borroff
ISBN-10 9781461716808
Year 2003-06-18
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Scarecrow Press

Now in Paperback! Music Melting Round: A History of Music in the United States provides a colorful introduction for students and nonspecialists alike to the scope of musical styles and venues in America from colonial to contemporary times. Covering all aspects of music, including classical, ragtime, blues, jazz, popular, minstrel shows, and music on radio and television and in film, the text also contains a variety of photographs and illustrations, three time lines presenting highlights in American history, the arts, and music, an appendix of basic musical concepts, a glossary, and two indexes. Cloth edition 1-880157-17-9 previously published in 1995 by Ardsley House. Instructor's Manual 1-880157-18-7 available upon request.

Corner of the Kingdom

Corner of the Kingdom Author Alex Askaroff
ISBN-10 9781611790672
Year 2010-12
Pages 564
Language en
Publisher Fireship Press

"Askaroff continues to charm us with his stories." Not so long ago, doctors made house calls, and fresh milk was delivered daily to our doors. People such as these are gone forever from our modern world-or are they? Alex Askaroff, a Sussex lad, left a thriving family business in specialty textiles to become a travelling sewing machine repairman, carrying on a disappearing trade that he had known since childhood. But, along with his tool kit, this master craftsman brought with him the enthusiasm of a poet and a pure love of story-telling. As Alex brings classic sewing machines back to life, he also picks up local stories, history and gossip. And what stories they are! They range from the lady who was presented, by Alex, with a long lost family heirloom hidden in her sewing machine, to an encounter with the ghost of Arthur Conan Doyle. There's Vic the gardener who practices the old ways of determining when to plant his crops-with his bum; and cross-dressing "Peacehaven Pansies" and their flamboyant friends. From kings to conkers this book brings to life the often eccentric-but always genuine-people who make up Sussex. Alex has spent over 20 years slowly collecting priceless anecdotes of the lives, hilarity, wisdom and history of his Corner of the Kingdom. Here are his stories, photographs, and poems, reprintedfor the first time from his three original Random Threads volumes.

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer s Bible

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer s Bible Author Elizabeth Keegan
ISBN-10 9781250048257
Year 2014-09-09
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher Macmillan

Describes how to get the maximum benefit from one's sewing machine's embroidery functions, explaining how to copy designs off the internet, stabilize fabric and determine which threads and needles to use for optimal results. Original.

Stories to Live By

Stories to Live By Author James O'Reilly
ISBN-10 1932361200
Year 2005
Pages 189
Language en
Publisher Travelers' Tales

Good stories have an unusual power to guide people through life. They can be roadmaps to the unknown, signposts to inner peace, and are often turned to in times of trouble and retold to children, friends, and family to help get through life's rough patches. Featuring contributions from Robert Fulghum, Paulo Coelho, Sylvia Boorstein, Caroline Myss, Dave Barry, and M. Scott Peck among others, this collection of inspiring stories offers solace, provides guidance, and illuminates pathways to change, exploring the human condition and illustrating through anecdotes how people have found joy in life. The stories share human foibles and help readers accept and avoid them, pointing them toward a greater sense of tranquility and happiness.