The International Society of Apple Parer Enthusiasts

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History & Membership

In March 1986 nine collectors of apple-paring devices formed the International Society of Apple Parer Enthusiasts (ISAPE). Members of our club have provided inspiration and expertise for the publication of the book Apple Parers, this virtual museum and numerous articles. The ISAPE quarterly newsletter, initiated in the fall of 1986, continues to this day, providing access to new discoveries relevant to both the apple parer enthusiast and the antiquarian. Click on the word newsletter to read an example.

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