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Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench?: Hardware Stores and Hardware Stories
Contributor(s): Staten, Vince (Author)

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ISBN: 0684832747     ISBN-13: 9780684832746
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
OUR PRICE: $15.26  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 1997

Annotation: Is the Swiss Army Knife really Swiss? What feats of imagination went into inventing the Vise-Grip, the reciprocating saw, the Weed Eater? In this charming romp through hardware stores and lore, Vince Staten uncovers the secret history of the things that hold a house together--and hold many people in thrall. Illustrations.
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BISAC Categories:
- Reference
- Business & Economics | Commerce
Dewey: 381.456
Physical Information: 0.59" H x 5.5" W x 8.56" (0.69 lbs) 256 pages
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1996 April #4)
"The hardware store is to the average man what the dress or hat shop is to a woman," we are told here, but even men who are not average, and women too, will enjoy this compendium. Staten (Can You Trust a Tomato in January?) grew up working in his father's hardware emporium in Tennessee, but here he focuses on the shop of Ronnie Matthews in Winfield, West Virginia, after pointing out that a hardware store is not a do-it-yourself discount outlet or a home improvement center, but rather a place where customers can socialize or buy a single nail if they want. There is etymology in these pages (the monkey wrench was not invented by Charles Moncke or laborer "Monkey" White or monkeys), there is history (the ancient Egyptians invented locks) and there are dozens of amusing anecdotes. The reader will learn such interesting minutiae as the fact that 90% of Americans call duct tape "duck tape." There are also some clever sketches, and it all adds up to fun. (June) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.
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