April 2, 2013 |  by

Dorothy’s notes about young Everard Hinrichs also reveal an intelligent, if not restless young man.  Some of her recollections are echoed by an older Eric Sloane in many of his books on early American life, work, and material culture.  Dorothy wrote that a young Eric Sloane

“built his own tandem bike out of two discarded bikes he picked up from the dump”

“built elaborate Halloween contraptions with ropes and pulleys.  Ghosts flying through the air”

“made shadow puppet shows on the wall”

“built the first radio antenna in the Forrest Hill (Long Island) area from the chimney to 2″ x 4″ s at the peak of the house roof”

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