| Dear Customer,
We introduced most of our winter's development work on new tools
in our two earlier 1998 mini-catalogs. Although we have a number
of new items in this catalog there are no real spellbinders. For
example, our new long-handled spades and forks will be very welcome
to all those over 6 feet tall, but will rank right along with
flossing as a subject of interest to the rest of you. On the other
had, we have a paring knife on our Special Buys insert that should
interest anyone who has ever peeled a potato.
But the product line I would most like to talk to you about is
old books. Earlier, we produced a reprint of The Gardeners Kalendar
first published in 1777. In this catalog we introduce you to the
1898 catalog of Boulton & Paul, a book that gives many hours
We have other reprints on the way, but would like to hear from
you about books you would again like to see in print. We are particularly
interested in books produced at the end of the last century and
in the first quarter of this century when both woodworking tools
and gardening tools were much more important for the day-to-day
earnings of a large portion of the population.
If you have an old favorite that you would like to see in print
again, please let us know. We promise to respond to all suggestions.
If you are uncertain about our possible interest in any given
title, send your suggestion along anyway. When we first started
along this path, we had no intention of reprinting something like
the Boulton & Paul catalog, but someone brought it in (in
the hope that we might be interested) and virtually everyone who
saw it here felt that it should be reprinted.
Who knows? You might have an old spellbinder to reprint.
Leonard G. Lee