No, this isn’t a book on old apples, this is an old book on apples, 1915 to be exact. I’m convinced that we’ve forgotten more about growing apples than we’ve learned since then, as on a whole Americans ate more apples in 1915 than they do now (bananas are our most popular fruit).
This 500-page tome is a treasure house of knowledge of apple growing, and is loaded with old photos of every aspect of apple culture, from planning to planting to harvesting and marketing- even how to dig your planting holes by blasting them with dynamite (!). It is a window into our past and I expect to pick up a few pointers for our future.
It is available as a free download on Google Books at http://books.google.com/books?id=oScoAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=the+apple,+albert+edmund+wilkinson&source=bl&ots=JvhkI_WcKF&sig=tjdIZyfgyqwHYWhI31UV2UpJcJs&hl=en&ei=6Cu0TffuK6nYiALF5NWvBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false