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Downeast Genius

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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.