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1880s:  The 1880s were a pivotal decade for the advent of hundreds of power producing component technologies, from boilers to engines. This collection of POWER excerpts from that decade notes: “Slippery elm bark is a good remedy for scaly boilers. Place inside and allow it to remain. The scale flakes off.” Also noted is that, “The flexible shaft has not yet reached its maximum of usefulness, although its wideness of application must be highly gratifying to its advocates.” As interesting is a scathing rebuke by POWER’s editors of a contemporary grain milling publication’s position on the advancement of steam engineering. The editors were specifically perturbed by an article by one F.J. Masters who had apparently “tried some time ago to prove that using steam expansively was no good.” Acting on a correspondent’s recommendation that the editors “sit down on this rot,” they responded: “Editors have no right to let such rot as that anti-expansion business get into print; but we won’t let any one try to show in our columns that 2+2=22.”

1880s:

The 1880s were a pivotal decade for the advent of hundreds of power producing component technologies, from boilers to engines. This collection of POWER excerpts from that decade notes: “Slippery elm bark is a good remedy for scaly boilers. Place inside and allow it to remain. The scale flakes off.” Also noted is that, “The flexible shaft has not yet reached its maximum of usefulness, although its wideness of application must be highly gratifying to its advocates.”

As interesting is a scathing rebuke by POWER’s editors of a contemporary grain milling publication’s position on the advancement of steam engineering. The editors were specifically perturbed by an article by one F.J. Masters who had apparently “tried some time ago to prove that using steam expansively was no good.” Acting on a correspondent’s recommendation that the editors “sit down on this rot,” they responded: “Editors have no right to let such rot as that anti-expansion business get into print; but we won’t let any one try to show in our columns that 2+2=22.”