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"Those interested in craft manufacturing as well as its associated tools and machinery should consider these books ("Wagon-Making..." and "The Gruber Wagon Works"). [In "Wagon-Making"] Kube's work is by far the most detailed in this respect, but both books, each in a different way, would be useful to studies of the development of the automotive industry and mass manufacturing in general and the spread of their influence on American life. Hunsberger's book also provides an excellent case study for those interested in the preservation of historic places." - Cameron C. Hartnell, IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, February 2008


The Gruber Wagon Works: The Place Where Time Stood Still presents the remarkable true story of Gruber Wagon Works, once a bustling business in the late 19th and early 20th century, later christened a National Historic Landmark long after it manufactured its last wagon in 1956. Now open to the public, Gruber Wagon Works reveals how wheelwrights, blacksmiths, and painters once worked together well prior to the heavily mechanized modern era, and offers insight into the evolution of manufacturing. Black-and-white photographs, some up to or more than a century old, and a detailed text tour through history distinguish this fascinating coffee table guide, which is surely the next best thing to traveling to the Berks County Heritage Center of Pennsylvania and beholding the Gruber Wagon Works in person. - James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Midwest Book Review