The Cracker Barrel

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The old-time country store was more than just an emporium. With its potbellied stove and barrel of common crackers within reach of whoever had the time to chat, this time-honored institution also served as a general meeting-house and public forum.

With words both wise and droll, Eric Sloane recreates the flavor of the country store in all its delightful moods and guises. Here are nuggets of homely wisdom about everything from American neckties, old almanacs, and the capitalistic...

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Overview

The old-time country store was more than just an emporium. With its potbellied stove and barrel of common crackers within reach of whoever had the time to chat, this time-honored institution also served as a general meeting-house and public forum.

With words both wise and droll, Eric Sloane recreates the flavor of the country store in all its delightful moods and guises. Here are nuggets of homely wisdom about everything from American neckties, old almanacs, and the capitalistic system to sage opinions about witchcraft, Dutch ovens and Franklin stoves, simple tools, and "the good old days."

Accompanied by 55 of the author's own nostalgic drawings, The Cracker Barrel will delight any reader fond of Americana and old-fashioned storytelling.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note
Foreword
Making "Hex" Designs 3
The Well Hook of Yesterday 5
The Full Measure 7
Wheelbarrow 9
The American Necktie 11
Small-Size Americana 13
Candy Hammer and Scissor 15
A Good Time for Travel 17
Slow but Sure 19
Time Is Long and Art Is Fleeting 21
You Can Spot the Old Ones a Mile Away 23
Art Is How You Look at It 25
Plan for Ye Olde Barn 27
The Blue Streak and the Red Flash 29
Man and Wife 31
Oops! 33
First Prize 35
Solution at End 37
The Gentle Art of Sliding 39
The King's Mark and the White Pine 41
The Old Almanacs 43
Bells Are for Ringing! 45
The Trials of Art 47
Capitalism 49
Witchcraft-Twentieth Century 51
Billions 53
When the Sands of Time Ran Three Times Faster 55
The Dear Old Past 57
The Great Bathtub Hoax 59
Skeins and Gaggles 61
A Gazebo and a Penthouse 63
American Good Luck! 65
Hear Ye! 67
Mr. Terwilliger 69
Signs of the Times 71
Dutch Ovens and Franklin Stoves 73
It Seems Like Only Yesterday 75
E. Sloane Signs 77
The Painter's Delight 79
The American Premium 81
The Germans Liked Any Color-as Long as It Was Red 83
The Nutmeg Flag 85
The Column That Put Me in the Dog House 87
Sign of the Handyman 89
The Target 91
The First Paper Bag 93
John Fuzz Was 95
When a Church Looked Like a Church 97
The Heritage of Age 99
A Box Full of Memories 101
A Franklin Stone 103
Simple Tools 105
Apple Butter 107
The Good Old Days 109
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