The International Society of Apple Parer Enthusiasts

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History & Membership

Seven collectors of apple paring devices formed our society twenty-two years ago in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The International Society of Apple Parer Enthusiasts now has ninety members who meet biannually to display and converse about these mechanical marvels. In addition to the United States, our members reside in cities as far away as Istanbul Turkey and Sydney Australia.

Historically, the apple parer played a critical role in providing early Colonists with a quick and efficient means for processing apples. Not only did apple parers allow this fruit to become an economically important export it also provided creative entrepreneurs a chance to design and market these clever devices.

The apple and the industry it supported moved with the westward expansion from New England across the great state of New York. The Erie Canal helped to facilitate this migration. The rich soils found along the southern shores of Lake Ontario provided a nursery for this budding industry, which would stretch from Oneida Lake to Niagara Falls. As these orchards spread the need for processing equipment grew.

Industries in Rochester, Brockport, Williamson, and Sodus developed patented machines to peal, core, and slice apples. The area between Sodus and Brockport alone produced over 50 different machines. Although not in use today these mechanical marvels are treasures prized by collectors.

Thompson Parer bevel gears, which rotate the fork.
Thompson Parer Bevel Gears