C. F. Monroe (Meriden, CT) historical design catalogues and other information (2016)

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C. F. Monroe design catalogues (1882-1916) and key secondary sources [1]

Introduction, c. 1887:

"C. F. Monroe, Opal Glass Decorating Works, 49 State Street, Meriden— [...] has attained a prestige and prominence exclusively its own. Mr. Monroe [...] is an artist of exceptional ability. During the past six years his genius and skill has been brought into requisition by the extensive lamp manufacturers and kindred industries of Meriden, and for five years he has conducted the most complete opal glass decorating works in New England."

— Beckford, William Hale. (1887). Leading business men of New Haven (county) [“Meriden” and “Leading business men of Meriden” (pp. 223-47), including description of C. F. Monroe.] Mercantile Pub. Co.: Boston. Courtesy The Library of Congress. Viewed 17 June 2016. [A00858-59]. For maps, see the historical Meriden maps webpage and search the time period of C.F. Monroe operation.)



A. C. F. Monroe design catalogues

C F Monroe company meriden

C.F. Monroe. (1899-1900). Wave Crest ware. [Also known as Catalogue 5]. 80 pp. (REPRINT: Santa Barbara, CA: Wave Crest Collectors Club, 2005). Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no. Monroe, C.F., Company. Viewed 12 May 2016. [A00641]

C F Monroe company meriden

C.F. Monroe. (1900). Wave crest wave 1900-1901 [Catalogue no. 6.] 92 pp. (REPRINT: Winfield, Ohio: Elsa H. Grimmer, 1978). Smithsonian Institution barcode no. 39088003260858; Meriden Public Library call no. R 748.2 C.F. Viewed 12 May 2016. [A00642-43]

C F Monroe company meriden

C. F. Monroe. (1901). 1901 supplement to catalogue number 6, 1900, mailed you last fall, of Wave Crest ware [and] rich cut glass. 24 pp. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no. Monroe, C.F., Company. Viewed 12 May 2016. [A00648]



B. C. F. Monroe - other historical information

C F Monroe company meriden

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "The C. F. Monroe Company", [includes portrait of C.F. Monroe and photo of showroom]. In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 42. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 12 June 2016. [A00787-88]. (For more accounts, Meriden-area history books online.)

"THE C. F. MONROE COMPANY: Another industry which has spread the fame of Meriden to every State in the Union and nearly every Canadian province is that of the C. F. Monroe Company... the company manufacturing innumerable beautiful fancy articles in glass and porcelain, unique in design, suitable for holiday and wedding gifts. The company gives employment to a large number of artists..."— In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 42, link above.

C F Monroe company meriden

(1901). Insurance maps of Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut map, (pdf p. 7, Map 5, C. F. Monroe on West Main and Capitol Avenue). Sanborn-Perris Map & Publishing Co. 51 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 22 November 2016. [AAA00503-04] (For more maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

C F Monroe company meriden

Atwater, Francis (compiled by). (1906). Portrait of C.F. Monroe, (p. 9). In Centennial of Meriden, June 10-16, 1906: report of the proceedings, with full description of the many events of its successful celebration: Old Home Week: Meriden, Conn., the "Silver City" / published under the auspices of the General Centennial Committee. 416 pp. Journal Publishing Co.: Meriden. Courtesy The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Viewed 27 November 2016. [A00800-01]

C F Monroe company meriden

(Various years). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

C F Monroe company meriden

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "C. F. Monroe" section including portrait, photo of interior and building, (pp. 25-30). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part III). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

"... first location being on the second floor of the Carter building which adjoined the works of the Meriden Britannia Company, on State street... employment to 200 hands, many of whom are accomplished artists, engravers and designers..."



C. C. F. Monroe - key secondary sources

C F Monroe company meriden

Grimmer, Elsa H. (1979). Wave crest ware: An illustrated guide to the Victorian world of C. F. Monroe. 96 pp. Des Moines, IA: Wallace Homestead Book Co. Toronto Public Library call no. 748.29147 G67. Viewed 12 May 2016. [A00644]

C F Monroe company meriden
Cohen, Wilfred R. (1987). Wave crest: The glass of C.F. Monroe. 236 pp. Paducah, KY: Collectors Books. Smithsonian Institution call no. NK5198 .M75C67 1987; Meriden Public Library call no. R748.2 CO; Brooklyn Museum call no. NK5198 W36 C66, and multiple locations (see worldcat.org). Viewed 12 May 2016. [A00645-47]



Footnote:
[1] This dating "1882-1916" comes from Tobin, Diane. (2012). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. (See appendix: Meriden Glass Companies). Charleston, SC: The History Press. (ISBN 978.1.61423.833.1). Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00696]



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