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Fall 1991

Volume 7, Issue 2


In 1860 finding oil was easy. Finding a market for it wasn’t.

More than 350 years ago colonial factories three football fields long were turning out an indispensable and surprisingly complex component of the infant nation’s all-important maritime industry

Vulcanite made false teeth practical and affordable, and dentists saw it as a godsend—until an unscrupulous operator held the entire profession hostage

Why a contemporary-art expert also collects old machines

How America built the largest network of engineered structures on earth


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