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Brand New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. See the seller’s ... Read moreabout the condition
Publication Year: 1996
Product Type: Textbook Category: Engineering
Educational Level: High School

Dictionary & Manual of Fireworks was Weingart's original name for the book, later changed by the original publisher, the most recent publisher changed it back because this is a true MANUAL of fireworks. The author took great pains to make his descriptions as clear and understandable as possible. The Manipulations section explains the basic moves, form case rolling to priming. And the Articles of Manufacture section tells all about specific fireworks devices. It's 136 pages of Weingart at his best.

The current publisher has taken the second edition and re-keyed it to a modern typeface, added his original illustrations, and published it as a full size boo. No more fuzzy pages and can't read formulations. This is an easy to read, easy to use book that will take its place among your prized fireworks publications.

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Aerolites 82
Aluminum Star 82
Aluminum Torches 48
Amber Parade Torch 47
American Pyrotechnist Fireworks News 4
Ammonium Chloride 13
Anglo Japanese Mines 70
Antimony 11
Antoni 5
Balloon Inflators 93
Balloons 92
Barium Chlorate 10
Barium Nitrate 10
Batteries 56
Bengola Battery 56
Bengolas 50
Black Antimony Sulfide 11
Blue Fire 41
Blue Parade Torch 46
Blue Stone 1 1
Bombette Fountains 56
Bombshell Rockets 60
Bombshells 86
Boom Rockets 60
Box Stars 76
Buzz Bomb 116
Calomel 13
Candle Rammer 52
Candle Ramming Machine 53
Canister Shells 86
Cannon Cracker Composition 97
Cannon Crackers 94
Capping And Matching 48
Cascades 72
Case Rolling 20
Caterpillars 62
Chain Rockets 62
Charcoal 8
Chartier 5
Chemical Publishing Co 3
Chinese Fire Crackers (Figure 85) 110
Clay 14
Colored Fire Sticks 104
Colored Flames 104
Comets 82
Copper Acetoarsenite 10
Copper Carbonate 1 1
Copper Sulfate 11
Crimping 30
Cut Stars 74
Day Shells 91
Designing 37
Designing Balloons 93
Devil Among The Tailors 69
Devil On The Walk 102
Dextrin ne 13
Diving Devils 106
Drying Cases 28
Electric Shower Rockets 60
Electric Spreader Stars 17,80
English Cracker 65
English System 39
Exhibition Bomb Shells 87
Exhibition Fireworks 109
Finishing 33
Fish 106
Flash Crackers 97, 112
Flight Of Rockets 63
Floral Shell Guns 25
Floral Shells 86
Flower Pots 70, 71, 72
Flying Pigeons 65
Formers 28
Fountains 56, 70, 71
French System 38
Gerb Cases 26
Gerbs 70, 71
Glue 15
Gold And Silver Rain 81
Golden Cloud Rockets 60
Golden Streamers 80
Granite Star 72,81
Grasshopper 65
Green Fire 42
Green Gum 8
Green Parade Torches 46
Gum Arabic 15
Gum Board 36
Gun Powder 15
Heading Rockets 59
Ingredients 7
Japanese Bombshells 91
Japanese Or Cap Torpedoes 99
Japanese Stars 75
Japanese Torpedoes 101
Kentish 5
Kwong Man Loong Fireworks Company 112
Labeling 36
Lamp Black 8
Lampblack Stars 79, 116
Lance Compositions 85
Lance Work 83
Lances 84
Liquid Fire Rockets 60
Magnesium 12
Magnesium Star 81
Manipulation 18
Match 38
Matching 31
Max P. Vander Horck 131
Meal Powder 15
Meteoric Shells 87
Mine Cases 25
Mines 68
Mixing 19
Needle Steel 14
Night Shells 91
Orpiment 11
Orville Carlisle 4, 113,130
Paper Caps 102
Paper Specifications 33
Parachute Bearing Shells 89
Parachute Rockets 61
Parade Torches 44
Paris Green 10
Paste 29
Peter Colonnese 4
Pharaohs Serpents Eggs 103
Phosphorus 16
Picric Acid 16
Pin Wheels 67
Pink Fire 42
Port Fires 49
Potassium Chlorate 7
Potassium Nitrate 7
Powder Box 54
Priming 32
Prize Cometic Or Shooting Star Rockets 60
Pumped Stars 76
Pyro Aluminum 12
Pyro Press Publications 4
Railroad Torpedoes 101
Railway Fusees 44
Ramming 30
Ramming Torches 45
Ramming With Rod And Funnel 31
Realgar 11
Red And Aluminum Torch 48
Red Arsenic 11
Red Fire 41
Red Parade Torches 46
Regulus 11
Revolving Globe 109
Revolving Pieces 72
Rocket And Candle Match 40
Rocket Stand 64
Rocket Wheel 109
Roman Candle Cases 23
Roman Candle Composition 51
Roman Candles 51
Ruby And Emerald Shower Sticks 105
Ruggieri 5
Sal Ammoniac 13
Saucissons 68
Saxons 73,74
Serpents 67
Shell Blowing Powder 89
Shell Cases 26
Shell Cones 90
Shell Fuses 89
Shellac 8
Shifting Boards 52, 55, 96
Ship Lights And Distress Signals 50
Silver Shower 80
Silver Torpedoes 98,101
Sky Rocket Cones 59
Sky Rockets 57
Smoke And Spark Pots 107
Smoke Screen 107
Smoke Stars 108,124
Smokeless Tableau Fire 42
Snake And Butterfly 109
Snake Nests 104
Sodium Oxalate 10
Son Of A Gun 102
Spark Pot 107
Sparklers 105
Spit Devil 102
Stars 74
Stearin 9
Steel Filings 13
Steel Stars 80
Strontium Carbonate 9
Strontium Nitrate 9
Sulfur 7
Sulfur "Flower 7
Tableau Fire 40
The Carlisle-Weingart Papers 113
Torches 43
Torpedoes 98
Tourbillions 64
Toy Blue Lights 50
Triangles 72
Tying 36
Vertical Wheels 73
Wasp Light 72
Water Fireworks 106
Water Wheels 106
Whirlwinds 64
Whistling Fireworks 102
Whistling Fireworks 16
Whistling Or Calliope Rockets 60
White Fire 41
Willow Tree Rockets 60
Wiring 36
Wrapping 33
Yellow Fire 42
Yellow Twinklers 80
Zinc 17


By George Washington Weingart
Including the Carlisle Papers!


As described by the publisher American Fireworks News

"Weingart's Pyrotechnics. The book that most of us started with. The 1947 edition was the biggie; World War II was just over and chemicals were available once again. A whole generation of kids too young for the war had had their interest in science tweaked by the atomic bomb and all the accompanying pop-science that fascinated the news media. Suddenly Pyrotechnics dropped in the middle of all this interest and availability. The timing was superb.

But Pyrotechnics (1947) was not Weingart's first book on making fireworks. Indeed, it wasn't even the name he chose (as you will learn later in this book), nor was it supposed to be his last book, because he was still accumulating data in his final years. As he described in private correspondence (see last pages), he wrote the first version in the early 1930s, apparently self-published it in typewriter version, and tried again in 1937 with an updated version. The name then was Dictionary & Manual of Fireworks. That one was a winner; it was the basic book that would carry on long after his demise.

Eventually Chemical Publishing Co. recognized it as a potential best seller and published it in hard cover. The war years put fireworks on hold, but in 1947 the publisher came out with the "final" version. Later a 1968 reprint was offered, and then the public domain printers picked it up. Today anyone searching for fireworks books can usually find several versions available, from photocopied knock-offs, to fairly well done soft cover reprints.

We have gone back to 1937 and rekeyed the Dictionary & Manual of Pyrotechnics, renaming it as Weingart wanted it, to Dictionary & Manual of Fireworks. But our version is different - Weingart with a difference!

The text is virtually as Weingart wrote it. We decided to keep it that way to preserve his personality in the work. We were apprehensive about republishing the cannon cracker section, and the part about making torpedoes with fulminate. But if we cut them, it wouldn't be Weingart! And there's more.

In the final years of his life Weingart was still alert, active, and seeking new fireworks information. He began a written correspondence with one of the grand old men of hobby fireworks, the late Orville Carlisle.

Orv, as his friends knew him, operated a shoe store with his brother, in Norfolk, Nebraska, and eventually built a genuine fireworks museum in a room attached to the store. Possessed with boundless energy and a relentlessly curious mind, Orv was not satisfied with just owning a copy of Weingart's book. He just had to ask the author a million questions about how fireworks work. Thus the correspondence began that continued to Weingart's demise in 1948.

Orv has blessed us with that correspondence. We first met him in the early 1970s at a PGI convention and began our own correspondence with him. From inventing the toy rocket through building his own visco fuse machine, Orv had done it all, and was quite willing to share it with us, and that included his correspondence with G. W. Weingart. The exchange between these two fireworks minds was fascinating.

We've got the Carlisle-Weingart letters, or at least the Weingart side. You'll find them in the final pages of this book. It's fascinating reading for anyone who is a Weingart fan, and we all should be because he started most of us on the hobby path. When you read his letters, you'll learn some inside facts about this book, and his plans for another version. And you'll get some insight into the mind of George Washington Weingart. We owe him."

This book is in brand new condition, never used. These books have minor blemishes on the cover that do not meet the quality standards for the publisher. All content is exactly the same. I dare you to find the defect. I will refund your money if the quality is not acceptable.

Published: 1997
Number of pages: over 136 pages 8 1/2" x 11". Perfect bound

Publisher: American Fireworks News


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