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The Gruber Wagon Works

264 pages, Paperback, B&W, 6" x 9", 2005
Order Number: VAP270............$24.95
Wagon-Making in the United States
During the Late 19th Through Mid-20th Centuries

A Study of the Gruber Wagon Works at
Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania

This is perhaps one of the best available descriptions of the tools, materials, technology, and process of wagon-making in the US during the late pre-automotive period. The featured centerpiece of this book is a masters thesis completed in 1968 by Kube. This thesis describes the content, structure, and functioning of the Gruber Wagon Works as that business existed in the middle part of the 20th century a rare late-surviving representative of an industry that had, at one time, been essential to the transportation needs of the agrarian and early industrial national economy. Full color images.

196 pages, Hardcover, B&W, 8.5" x 11", 2005
Order Number: VAP271..........$35.00
The Gruber Wagon Works
The Place Where Time Stood Still

This title documents the history of the Gruber family and its small business that operated from 1882 through 1971 in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. From its inception through the remaining decades of the pre-automotive era, the Gruber Works was representative of the many small wagon-making businesses that occurred throughout the United States.
As the automotive era emerged, wagonmaking businesses typically either transformed or vanished, but the Gruber business an exception -- continued to make wagons and other conveyances until the 1950s and to repair these vehicles through 1971.
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