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Gyppo Logger by Margaret Elley Felt, Robert E. Walls
  

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Gyppo Logger by Margaret Elley Felt, Robert E. Walls

Margaret Elley Felt's autobiographical Gyppo Logger, originally published in 1963, tells a story almost universally overlooked in the history of the logging industry: the emergence of family-based, independent contract or gyppo loggers in the post-World War II timber economy, and the crucial role of women within that economy. For seven years Margaret Felt was her husband's partner in their logging business - driving truck, keeping the wage rolls, and jawboning her way into more credit at the supply stores.Margaret Elley Felt is the author of thirteen books in addition to Gyppo Logger. She has contributed to popular magazines including National Wildlife and Parents Magazine, and was an editor and public information officer for several Washington State agencies.

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Gyppo Logger demonstrates how gyppo wives remade the formerly masculine terrain of logging through their unpaid but vital economic activities in both private and public forums. And it was, arguably, the success of these family businesses that facilitated the dramatic and rapid physical redesign of Northwest forests - Robert E. Walls

Operating on little capital, substandard equipment, and always on the brink of financial failure, gyppo loggers multiplied in the Pacific Northwest woods in the two decades following the end of the Second World War. Reckless and daring, working through subcontracts and opposed to labor unions and environmental regulations, gyppos were a throwback to entrepreneurs of an earlier time. Margaret Elley Felt's Gyppo Logger captures the independent and stubborn spirit of these maverick operators. - William G. Robbins, Oregon State University


About the Author

Margaret Elley Felt is the author of thirteen books in addition to Gyppo Logger. She has contributed to popular magazines including National Wildlife and Parents Magazine, and was an editor and public information officer for several Washington State agencies.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2002

Author

Margaret Elley Felt, Robert E. Walls

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Publisher

University of Washington Press

Format

Paperback
328 pages

Categories

Biography: business & industry
Forestry & related industries

History of the Americas

ISBN

9780295981666

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