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A is for Apple Peeler

A is for Apple Peeler

19th century drawing of a Goodell Apple Peeler

A Goodell Company Apple Peeler

Of course, we had to begin our Monadnock alphabet with A is for Apple or more specifically, apple peeler! The Goodell Company of Antrim manufactured apple peelers (called apple parers in the 19th century) for more than 100 years. David Goodell began producing apple parers in 1864 and within a few years was shipping more than 60,000 units annually. His factory, located along the Great Brook in Antrim, made a variety of cutlery and bladed tools including shovels, knives, and seed sowers.

Known as the lightning parers, Goodell’s models included the Turntable 98 and the White Mountain. The company was the largest employer in town with some 200 employees. Goodell’s company was bought by Chicago Cutlery in the 20th century and in 1989 Goodell’s cutlery works was shuttered. Today, the factory is being redeveloped and is home to several small business tenants and to the Avenue A Teen Center.

 See Goodell’s Turntable 98  peeler in action in this video.

 

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A is for Apple Peeler published on May 17, 2019.