The story of the man behind what are now antiques, this offers much informative material not only for the student of history but for the collector. For here are the rural and urban artisans, their place in their communities, the things they produced and how they did it. From the basic necessities to specialties and quality goods, this shows how entrepreneurs developed, how trades within trades grew and grew, how the drive of single little organizations in their ""buy American"" played their part in the War for Independence, and offers a detailed picture of the history of the laboring man of the times. Fascinating material, ably handled, this need not be limited to a student market alone. The illustrations are from the French of 1762-1777 and represent the style of book illustration of the 18th century as well as faithfully picturing the crafts.