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davelotter
05-18-2004, 07:52 PM
I am seeking any and all helpful information on civil war issue wheelbarrows.

I am attempting to make a "limited-edition" run of wheelbarrows with a possible "concept to consumer" timeline of 12 - 24 months.

All things "civil war standard issue wheelbarrow" are requested including any possible interest in buying one for a re-enactment or buyng one just for your front porch.

A great civil war dual use item may be re-made if I can get some input and people want them.

Manufacturing site:
El Paso, TX. A one time manufacturing run is contemplated. Good quality at a good price. Warranty only if civil war manufacturers provided one!

Civil War era military / consumer contracts will be honored if you can show me a copy of authentic CSA / US / Civilian 1860's formatted contract before purchase. A boilerplate contract is contemplated here, too. Again, any helpful info is requested.

markj
05-18-2004, 08:26 PM
Hi Dave,

Here's an organization that might furnish you some leads: the Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council.

http://www.momcc.org/

You might also want to track down 19th Century trade and manufacturer's catalogs as these undoubtedly provide illustrated examples of wheelbarrows offered for sale.

Here are some URL's to get you started:

http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/1999/02.25/tradecatalogs.html

http://www.eaiainfo.org/

Other sources might be the Library of Congress "American Memory" site (www.loc.gov), the "Foxfire" series of books, the Smithsonian Institution (http://www.si.edu/), the Henry Ford Museum (aka "Greenfield Village": http://www.hfmgv.org/), and Old Sturbridge Village (http://www.oldsturbridgevillage.com/).

I don't think any wheelbarrows were recovered from the Steamboats "Arabia" or "Bertrand" but you might want to check anyway:

http://www.1856.com/

http://refuges.fws.gov/generalInterest/steamBoatBertrand.html

Good luck,

Mark Jaeger

davelotter
05-20-2004, 03:52 PM
Thanks Mark.