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WORK The Work Magazine Reprint Project

Issue No. 26 - Published September 14, 1889


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Is there a doctor in the house?

I'm reasonably certain that most, if not all of the following excerpt is completely inadvisable.

That said, I'll admit to being quite curious about what a licensed physician would think of pouring "french polish" all over the dressing for a severe laceration. –TIM

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Disclaimer: Articles in Work: The Illustrated Weekly Journal for Mechanics describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.

The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.

The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.

You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.

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09/14/2012 Amos Bullington
Back in the day when hospitals were nonexistent or rare, and doctors were few and far between, that is pretty good advice. Not sure what was in French Polish then, but turpentine or mineral spirits were both used on my cuts when I was little; 1940s and 50s.
10/07/2012 jb
Really like these reprints. They give a great look and feel of the style and technology of the times. particular the details of the craftsmanship. But... the PDF for No 26 here comes up with errors when downloaded and needs to be redone.
Thanks very much for these.
Hey there JB, thank you for the encouragement!
As for the errors, are you saying that there are glitches when you download preventing the pages from displaying in your PDF, or are you saying there are pages that show up but you can't read them? I can certainly help with the latter. The former might require some troubleshooting beyond my ken.
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