Annual Report of the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture Volume 10

Annual Report of the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ... This grand, scientific museum is open to the public free on certain days of the week, and is accessible to students at all times. Many'hundreds of people, men, women and children, and teachers with their classes, were visiting the collection like myself, and I could not help observing the earnestness witii which all appeared to study the specimens, not as objects of curiosity, but as things of real interest. What an influence the free access to such vast collections must exert upon the character and education of the population. At the Polytechnic Institute, one of the largest in Europe, it happened to be vacation, a circumstance which I particularly regretted, as I was desirous to see and study, so far as I could, the practical working of so grand an establishment. I was bound not to be wholly baffled, however, and after asking first one and then another, I stumbled, at last, upon the very intelligent custodian of the establishment--told him I was an American, and interested in a similar institution, the Institute of Technology in Boston, and requested to be shown over the rooms under his charge. Without hesitation he accompanied me through all the rooms of the cabinet, and gave me much useful information with regard to the whole. The collections which form the cabinet of the practical arts and trades were magnificent in extent and completeness. There were the most extensive collections of specimens in all the departments, showing the whole process which the raw materials pass through in the various arts; wools, of various kinds and degrees of fineness; the models of machinery for carding; specimens of carded wools; then woollen cloths, woollen garments, and an infinite variety of goods and fabrics made from wool. Then cotton, the plant, the raw...
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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236666569
  • 9781236666567