Farmers have always been innovative but never more so than at the end of WWII, which came hard on the heels of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Self-sufficiency had become a necessity and this book reminds you that you actually can fix many things; you don't always have to buy a replacement.

It is a wonderful record of ingenuity, bizarre at times but always interesting and enlightening. Though some of the information no longer applies, much of it, such as the section on fences, gates, stiles and clotheslines, is as relevant today as it was in 1947 when it was written. This is the handyman's equivalent of How to Succeed in Business. It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys manual skills and is interested in repairing things.

Smyth-sewn softcover, 8 1/4" × 10 1/4", 151 pages. First published in 1947. Reprinted in 2006 as part of our Classic Reprint Series.

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