Kalamazoo, Mich. H.G. Bulkley, nd [1852?]. Advertising circular. 34 x 10 cm. Printed in various sizes and styles of type. Some overall toning, but a very nice example. Bulkley declares that his kiln "dries thoroughly and cheaper than be any other Kiln," and thus eliminates the need to keep a large stock of lumber. He asks the recipient of this circular to post it in their shop, show it to their neighbors, etc. to get the word out. Item #66693
In Vol. IX of the "Prairie Farmer," edited by John Wright and J. Ambrose Wight (Chicago: 1849), the editors mention an invention by H.G. Bulkley of Kalamazoo of a Corn Kiln. They describe the kiln as "cheap, simple, and effective," an apparatus consisting of an oblong, rectangular wooden box with a sheet iron bottom, placed over a fire, and fitted with pipes, cylinders, and cog-wheels. "It can also, by a slight change in the disposition of the cylinders, be used for kiln drying lumber...." Bulkley must have concluded to patent this "slight change" as a new invention in 1852.