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 Jim and Phyllis Moffet demonstrated some early cast iron apple machines for M-WTCA attendees in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 27th, 2013 at the semi-annual meeting.  The first clip shows Jim using the “Ultimate Union” which was first patented in 1866 then in 1880.  It was made by Landers Frary & Clark, New Britain, Co.  and patented by David Whittemore, of Worcester, Mass.  This model was used in the home so apples would dry better and keep longer for storage during the winter. It demonstrates a capability superior to any modern day machine. The second clip shows a “Ribbon Slicer.” This machine was patented in 1876 by Anaxamander Herring.  It could have been made for potato chips but women soon adapted it as a slicer for apples to make apple drying faster.   All of us enjoyed the great entertainment by our “apple magician” and learned some of the history of early culinary machines.  Everyone had a great time and shared some tasty apple treats as well.  Thanks to Jim and Phyllis for making the effort to bring their collection and for sharing their knowledge. 

 
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