|Extremely rare fairground book.
The cover note states:
"Frederick Savage belonged to a generation of agricultural engineers
who, in the latter half of the 19th century, built threshing
machines, steam engines and ploughs. In the case of Savage these
skills were further developed to meet the up-and-coming need for
steam fairground machinery of many kinds. The diversification of his
talents did not end here, however; late in the history of the
company a pioneer car plant came near to realisation and, during the
First World War, a sortie was made into aircraft manufacture.
David Braithwaite sets the scene
for the main part of the work with a description of rural life in
the late 1800s. The contemporary notes of a journalist, William
Sparkes, provide a finite source of information on the life and work
of Frederick Savage, who is seen to be a man of vision and
dedication. The body of this profusely illustrated book concentrates
on the development of Frederick Savage's engineering firm from the
first agricultural implements to the most elaborate merry-go-rounds.
The illustrations from this book
have been drawn from many sources, but chiefly from the Savage
company archives. They show original plans, finished machines,
characters and events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries."
Condition: Near fine.