Six 'iron blowers' were in the 1818 inventory of Virginia Gov. Preston taken in the Virginia Governor's Mansion, built in 1811. They were long thin tubes with a mouth piece, which were also called ‘fender blower,’ ‘blower,’ 'iron blow,’ ‘blow tube’ or ‘blow pipe.’ Bellows were also available to start or intensify the kitchen fire.
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Boys and women sold matches in cities for a modest fee. They whittled pine or cedar sticks, dipped the pointed end in brimstone or bought the matches from match manufacturers from the "low parts of London." By 1827 an author claimed "the itinerant Matchseller, will, of consequence, become obsolete." Pictures from prints and books of "Cries" from London, New York City and Boston...