Flour for Man’s Bread

A History of Milling


Walter Dorwin Teague
John Storck, editor
Illustrations by Harold Rydell

From prehistoric times to the present, the ways in which man has made flour for his bread have forged the patterns of technological progress and have greatly influenced his social development. This book describes in detail how people of the western world have ground thier grain - by hand, by animal-driven wheels, by crude water-powered mills, and, finally, by complex engineering methods. The story of milling provides a graphic history of man’s ingenuity in the mechanical arts, his harnessing of power sources, and his development of agricultural skill.

While the central theme is the improvement of technical processes, this development is presented, not in a vacuum, but in the context of economic geography and social history. Thus the volume offers much of importance to students of social economic history, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, agriculture, and general technology, as well as those with a specific interest in milling methods.

The book brings to readers some of the advantages of what was originally projected as a museum of flour milling several years ago by General Mills. Walter Dorwin Teague, the noted industrial designer, drew plans for the museum and arranged for the fundamental research, which was carried out by Dr. John Storck, anthropologist and former professor at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. Hundreds of detailed drawings illustrating the processes and devices described were prepared under their direction. Although plans for the museum had to be abandoned, the extensive research and excellent illustrative material are now made available in this comprehensive, single-volume history of milling and its social and economic implications.

Walter Dorwin Teague was born in 1883 in Indiana. He studied for five years at the Art Students League in New York. Though trained as a graphic designer, Teague went on to become a successful industrial designer, eventually designing an automobile with his son Dorwin .and starting the company Teague, which is still functioning today. He died on December 6th, 1960.

John Storck was born in 1896

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