#howtotuesdays: 19th C. Engineer

Ever wondered how to be a nineteenth century engineer? We have the book for you!

The operative mechanic and British machinist; being a practical display of the manufactories and mechanical arts of the United Kingdom was published in America in 1826 by Cary and Lea of Philadelphia.


Two volumes bound as one book, the Operative Mechanic instructs one on all manner of engineering.


Including wind mill construction:

As well as the basics of harnessing “Animal Strength”:


Feel free to come and see The Operative Mechanic for yourself in Special Collections and Archives!

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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