|Nicole has choreographed the angle on this|
particular shot, though has not yet placed
a "Kodak moment" sign at the location.
It's a gem located on the Stonehill campus in Easton, Massachusetts, not far from Oliver Ames's (1779-1863) famed Shovel Works, and tells the story of one of America's oldest enterprises--and the Industrial Revolution's great successes.
Were you to walk across America in first half of the 19th century, you would have found Ames shovels at work on every farm, foundation, country road, turnpike, canal and railroad in the early Republic. Cumberland Road? Ames shovels. Erie Canal? Ames shovels. Union Pacific Railroad? Ames shovels. Transportation Revolution? Ames shovels. By 1879, the firm launched by Oliver Ames produced 3/5's of the world's shovels. (For comparison, Android tablets hit 60% market share this quarter, and 60% of your body is water.)
I'm saving "the rest of the Oliver Ames story" for my Nation of Entrepreneurs book, but wanted to share just a few pictures from today's visit.
|To the right, the earliest shovel in the collection. Oliver's father, John, was forging shovels a few years |
before the American Revolution. Handles were usually made of ash.
The earlier, hand-carved "D" handle above, and the improved "Y" handle below. An important innovation.
|Nicole says this is a favorite: the potato shovel.|
|A selection of shovels used by soldiers. Both Oliver Ames and Robert E. Lee were occasionally|
referred to as "the King of Spades."