How did the system for sizing nails in hardware stores originate?

i've always been interested in finding out where, when, how, the sizing system for nails came about. hopefully you experts out there can fill me in. where did it come from, who figured it out, when. etc. thanks.
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On 17 Oct 2004 21:43:43 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@ksjs.org (guitarpick) wrote:

it dates from the days when nails were made one at a time, by hand, by a blacksmith....
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Take a look here: http://www.fact-index.com/n/na/nail__engineering_.html
Lots of nail history.
On 17 Oct 2004 21:43:43 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@ksjs.org (guitarpick) wrote:

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Nov. issue of Wood magazine covers this (page 28) as well as a link in another post.
It was the cost per hundred nails. John
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