|The History Channel, available on cable or satellite television, recently aired a one-hour special on the history of the hardware store. The episode featured several industry professionals giving their perspective on the evolution of today's hardware stores and big boxes. Included was Roelif Loveland, the CEO/President of Maze Nails, who gave an excellent talk on history of the nail, one of the oldest pieces of hardware known to man. To learn more about all the nails available from Maze, from cut nails to Coil-Ated® Nails, please visit their web site at:
From time to time the History Channel re-runs this show and you can search for it from the History Channel's Modern Marvels web site. Or if you can't wait for the re-runs, you may purchase a copy of this video by visiting the History Channel online store. The site describes this episode as follows:
"They are the meccas of do-it-yourselfers, filled with the promise of transforming a home with a few weekends of work. But even the most dedicated project person is likely to overlook the fact that every hardware store is a repository of literally centuries of knowledge and experience; that the tools and products they sell represent some of the most artfully--and practically--engineered items in existence."
Posted by Alan Wickstrom
"MODERN MARVELS® wanders the aisles to explore the evolution of the things that hold our world together. Behind everyday items like screws and duct tape are some surprising stories, and they are told here with flair and fascination. We'll also see how the way Americans shop for hardware has changed over the years, chronicling the rise of the "big box" stores like Home Depot and visiting one of the nation's oldest hardware stores, the Placerville True Value. Sometimes, the most mundane places harbor the most unlikely stories. The HARDWARE STORE is a perfect example."