Originally written by Mike Jackson and published by Architect Magazine on March 4, 2021.

This post is part of a monthly series that explores the historical applications of building materials and systems through resources from the Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL), an online collection of AEC catalogs, brochures, trade publications, and more. The BTHL is a project of the Association for Preservation Technology, an international building preservation organization. Read more about the archive here.

The use and technological development of tools have dramatically altered the course of human history and are critical to the foundation of our society. This article utilizes information found in the Building Technology Heritage Library’s collection of 19th- and 20th-century trade literature to trace the history of construction tools over time. Visit https://www.architectmagazine.com to read the full “Getting a Handle on Construction Tools of the 20th Century” article.