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Published on Jul 19, 2009
Eddie Albert (1906-2005) reads "The Deacon's Masterpiece or The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894) (from the 1962 Caedmon album "Great American Poetry). Illustrations by Howard Pyle and H.M. Brock.
The "one-horse shay" is a light, covered, two-wheeled carriage for two persons, drawn by a single horse. It is the American adaptation, originating in Union, Maine, of the French "chaise." Alternative spellings are "one-hoss shay" and "one horse shay." In economics, the term "one-hoss shay" is used, following the scenario in Holmes' poem, to describe a model of depreciation in which a durable product delivers the same services throughout its lifetime before failing with zero scrap value. A chair is a common example of such a product.