Books: The Machine Age of Innocence

THOSE WERE THE DAYS—Edward R. Hewitt—Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($3).

When Peter Cooper ran for President, on the Greenback ticket, he got 82,000 votes. But he was one of the most wonderful grandfathers who ever lived. His prosperous glue (and gelatin) factory, at Madison Avenue and sist Street in Manhattan, would have made him a fortune even if he had not invented the mercury vapor lamp, built the first American steam locomotive, or helped finance the Atlantic cable. His long white hair reached almost to his shoulders. He shaved himself with a razor...

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