[East Bridgewater, MA]: Carver Cotton Gin Co., circa 1885. Broadside, printed in black ink on tan stock, with a large engraving of the Carver Cotton Gin, designated Horse Power Gin 8197. 10" x 8" Fine. Item #040211
[Unrecorded broadside. Company not in Romaine.] "The manufacture of cotton gins was begun here [West Bridgewater] in 1816 by Eleazar Carver, whose inventive skill perfected the original Whitney gin" (Sargent, A Handbook of New England, p.582). From 1823 to 1844, Carver was awarded six patents for cotton-gin improvements and refinements. At the 1835 exhibition of the Plymouth County Agricultural Society, his heifer calf took second prize as reported in the New England Farmer & Gardener's Journal. In 1846, he earned a premium from the Plymouth Society for "a specimen of very large and very palatable peaches." Eleazer Carver died at West Bridgewater in 1848, aged 67 years.