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William R. Brinley miniature circus designs - historical information

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ADC staff - 04 Jan 19
This photo of Bill Brinley, about 19 years old, with his miniature circus seems to have first appeared in his media coverage in 1937, which included features in the Hartford Courant and Washington Post. This was the start of an impressive, 80-year long, exhibition and media/communications...

Bill Brinley miniature circus designs in collections and exhibitions

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ADC staff - 04 Jan 19
A. Bill Brinley miniature circus designs in collections Info/photo status: = info and photo online = info online, no photo = completely offline 1920s c. 1925-40 - five-ring circus William R. Brinley. (c. 1925-40). W. R. Brinley five-ring circus. Approx. 3500...

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co. industrial designs, exhibitions, catalogues and historical information

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ADC staff - 29 Dec 18
"This fast growing manufacturing concern... is the result of the small start made by E. C. Wilcox in 1893. In 1894, B. L. Lawton entered into partnership with Mr. Wilcox... In 1902 the business of the firm had so increased that they were warranted in purchasing the present factory... and on...

I. E. Palmer Co. historical information

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ADC staff - 20 Dec 18
A. I. E. Palmer Co. in exhibitions 1860s 1865 - American Institute Fair, New York 12 - 19 October 1865. American Institute Fair, New York. > Exhibited by Isaac E. Palmer, Middletown, "for mosquito net fixtures—diploma". For documentation, see historical section below. 1890s...

Julius Pratt & Company / Pratt, Read & Company design in collections and exhibitions, and historical information

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ADC staff - 18 Dec 18
"... Julius Pratt & Company, successor to Howard Pratt & Co., became the leader in the comb industry. To this plant the great elephant tusks, weighing from 60 to 80 pounds apiece, were brought to be processed into combs in about 20 operations. Blanks were fed to automatic machines which...

Kelsey Press designs in collections, exhibitions, industrial design catalogues and historical information

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ADC staff - 31 Oct 18
"[William A. Kelsey] was 21 when he finally made the venture. He called it the "Excelsior"... As time went on foot power presses were added... The business was a success from the start, and the native advertising genius of Mr. Kelsey caused it to expand very rapidly. It was not, however,...

Aeolian Company designs in collections, at auction, in exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information

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ADC staff - 31 Oct 18
A. Aeolian Company designs in collections Info/photo status: = info and photo online = info online, no photo = completely offline 1880s c. 1887-1896 - organette Aeolian Organ & Music Co. (c. 1887-1896). Organette. Wood, brass. (Artifact no. 1979.0074.001....

Wilcox & White Co. designs in collections, at auction, in exhibitions and historical information

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ADC staff - 28 Oct 18
"The Wilcox & White Organ Company are probably as well known in the musical trade as any concern in their line. The company was organized in 1877, and has a capital of $250,000. The plant, which is located on Cambridge street, is an imposing structure, giving employment to about two hundred...

Preisner Silver Company designs in collections, at auction, in exhibitions, and historical information

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ADC staff - 27 Oct 18
A. Preisner Silver Company designs in collections Info/photo status: = info and photo online = info online, no photo = completely offline 1950s 1950 - porringer Preisner Silver Company. (1950). Porringer. Sterling silver. (Accession no. 2003.59.1. Viewed 27...

Ellmore Silver Co. designs in collections, at auction, in exhibitions and historical information

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ADC staff - 27 Oct 18
A. Ellmore Silver Co. designs in collections Info/photo status: = info and photo online = info online, no photo = completely offline 1950s c. 1955 - service plate Frank M. Whiting and Company / Ellmore Silver Co. (c. 1955). Service plate. Sterling silver....

Middletown Silver Co. - designs in collections, at auction, in exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information

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ADC staff - 17 Oct 18
Shortly after the Middletown Plate Company was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1899, ISC moved production to their Wilcox Silver Plate Co. factory in nearby Meriden. Apparently, some of the former Middletown Plate Co. management and employees were let go. What quickly emerged...

Silver City Glass Co. designs, exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information

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ADC staff - 02 Sep 17
"Silver City Cut Glass Co. / Silver City Glass Co. Established in 1905 in [a] building on Hicks Street, [Meriden, CT, the company] was later on Colony Street. [The company] produced high grade cut glass tableware, ornamental pieces such as vases, lamps, etc. [with] excellent workmanship. Three...

International Silver Company. Annual report. (1950)

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ADC staff - 30 Aug 17
This is a pdf reprint of the 1950 International Silver Company annual report held at the Meriden Public Library, CT, reprinted below with permission. <![endif]--> > Click to see International Silver Company design catalogues and historical...

International Silver Company. Annual report. (1951)

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ADC staff - 30 Aug 17
This is a pdf reprint of the 1951 International Silver Company annual report held at the Meriden Public Library, CT, reprinted here with permission. <![endif]--> > Click to see International Silver Company design catalogues and historical...

International Silver Company. Annual report. (1952)

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ADC staff - 30 Aug 17
This is a pdf reprint of the 1952 International Silver Company annual report held at the Meriden Public Library, CT, reprinted here with permission. <![endif]--> > Click to see International Silver Company design catalogues and historical...

G. I. Mix & Co. designs in expositions, historical information

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ADC staff - 24 Aug 17
"G. I. Mix & Co., at Yalesville [CT, now part of Wallingford], are extensive manufacturers of Britannia goods... There are in all ten buildings, the main factory being 40 by 100 feet and four stories high, with a large brick wing.... One hundred and fifty persons are employed, mainly in the...

C. Rogers & Bros. designs in collections, exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information

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ADC staff - 22 Apr 17
"[Established in 1866, C. Rogers & Bros.] were not known as makers of tableware, but devoted most of their production to small articles, including casket hardware. In the mid 70’s they began making silver plated tableware... The factory was taken over...

Rogers & Hamilton designs in collections, at auction, in expositions, design catalogues and historical information

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ADC staff - 05 Mar 17
"[Rogers & Hamilton] was organized in 1886 for the production of knives and spoons... When it became part of the International Silver Co. in 1898, its production was consolidated with that of Rogers & Bro. in Waterbury. The lines were shortly discontinued." — Edmund P. Hogan in An...

E. G. Webster & Son / E. G. Webster & Bro. / Webster Mfg Co, Brooklyn - designs, exhibitions, catalogues and historical information

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ADC staff - 23 Dec 16
According to Earl Chapin May (1947), Webster Mfg. Co. started in 1859 in Brooklyn later became E. G. Webster & Bro. in 1863, and then became E. G. Webster & Son in 1886. The company later became part of the International Silver Company, headquartered in Meriden, CT in 1928. In this...

Meriden Flint Glass Co. designs, exhibitions, design catalogues and historical information

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ADC staff - 20 Nov 16
"[The Meriden Flint Glass Co. produced] glass blowing, clear and opalescent glass objects for decorating and cutting light and heavy. [The company also] made heavy blanks for deep mitre cutting, blown in iron moulds. [They] made globes, jars, tubes and bottles, also tableware, stemware,...

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