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08-05-2005, 06:47 AM
I bought this book by Frank D.Graham (copywritten 1941,1942)many years ago, and recently rediscovered it sitting on my bookshelf. It is full of uselful practical information, clearly written and well organized. It reads very much like Forrest's work in language, clarity and organization. (The best compliment I can possibly offer.)

I was wondering if this book is the forerunner of the Handbook we know today? If so, it appears the practical shop information has been lost to the engineering data.


08-05-2005, 06:52 AM
If you are referring to Machinery's Handbook, that has been around since 1914.

08-05-2005, 02:07 PM
I guess that's my question. Was the Machinery Handbook ever referred to as a "Handy Book"?

08-05-2005, 02:11 PM
No, it has always been Machinery's Handbook.

Your Old Dog
08-05-2005, 03:08 PM
You're right, it's a neat book for the hsm'er. Mine is Audels "Machinists and tool makers handy book". If you look at the back flyleaf you'll find Audels specialized in instructional books in the trades. I'd like to score "The machinist guide". As a kid I had a set of electronics books from them.

Mine sold new for $4.00 in 1942 and I gave about $30.00 for it off ebay a few years ago.