Dick Hanscom forwarded a link to the Google Books copy of an interesting book highlighted in a great article by Todd Sciore in the June 2010 issue of The Numismatist. The article is titled Oberlin Smith: The Man, His Machines and the Mint (p53-58).
(I should also note that this Numismatist issue also has a nice Letter to the Editor by Eric von Klinger commenting on an earlier piece about the fanciful "Josh Tatum" story an the 1883 "Racketeer" nickel. Eric cites Patrick Feaster's February 25, 2007 submission to The E-Sylum which pretty thoroughly debunks this myth and traces the origins to a 1965 newspaper article by Maurice Gould).
Oberlin Smith, Press-Working of Metals.
A Treatise Upon the Principles and Practice of Shaping Metals in Dies By the Action of Presses, Together with a Description of the Construction of Such Implements in Their Various Forms and of the Materials Worked In Them
John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1896
To read the book on Google Books, see:
Press-Working of Metals
The next section is an experiment. For those whose email client or browser supports it, below should be a scrollable frame containing the scanned Oberlin book, scrolled to a plate showing 19th century presses.
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