Downeast Genius | Earl H. Smith


What do donut holes, the Stanley Steamer, a machine gun, the Bean boot and a can opener have in common? All were invented by the feverish minds and ingenuity of Mainers in the aftermath of the Civil War. In addition to being blessed with good imaginations and an ever-expanding surplus of junk, Mainers also have long, hard winters to tinker and tool, plus an stick-to-itiveness to “get er done.” In this delightful, informative compendium of 53 of some the greatest inventors in Maine’s history—and the world’s— and their amazing inventions, beloved author and state historian Earl Smith discovers the whys, whats, and where-to-fores that prompted the creation of so many essentials and entertainments we now take for granted (paper bag, anyone?). Birthed by necessity, vision, and that other mother of invention, the great state of Maine.

Written by Earl H. Smith
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 152
Genre: Adult Nonfiction | History | Maine
Ages: All
ISBN: 978-1-952143-27-4
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x .25 in.

17 in stock

A native of Waterville, Earl Smith’s 40-year career at Colby College ended in retirement in 2002. He continues to serve as the college historian and as a commissioner of Maine State Museum. Smith has written numerous articles, and is the author of six books including Mayflower Hill, a history of Colby College, With the Help of Friends, a history of the Colby Art Museum, and Water Village, a history of Waterville Maine. His novels include The Dam Committee, a comic Maine murder-mystery, and its sequel, More Dam Trouble, and Head of Falls a work of historical fiction. He has served on the Waterville City Council and the Board of Education, and as a member of the Maine House of Representatives.

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