Manning Bowman historical design catalogues and other documentation (2016)

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Manning Bowman design catalogues, other documentation, and secondary sources

Introduction, c. 1893:

"MANNING, BOWMAN & CO.,
President, E. B. Manning; Secretary and Treasurer, Robert Bowman; Manufacturers of the "Perfection" Granite Iron and Pearl Agate Ware, with Plated and White Metal Mountings. Also a full line of fine Electro-silver and Nickel-plated Ware, Britannia and Planished Goods. Show Rooms, No. 57 Beekman Street, New York."


— D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). “Manning Bowman”, p. 211. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. Courtesy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Viewed 16 April 2016. [A00057a; A00376]



A. Manning Bowman design catalogues

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Manning, Bowman & Co. (1871). Catalogue of silver plated goods. Number of pages unknown. No catalogue in a library known to exist. (13 pages from catalogue in Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library - offline.) Viewed 29 November 2016. [AAA00001]

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Manning Bowman. (1878). Illustrated catalogue and price list of perfection granite ironware, britannia, copper and planished goods, nickel and silver plated ware manufactured by Manning, Bowman & Co. 122 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. F974.62 M651mb 1878 – offline. Viewed 17 April 2016. [C00015]

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Manning Bowman. (1879). Illustrated catalogue and price list of Perfection granite ironware: Manufactured by Manning, Bowman & Co. West Meriden, CT: Manning, Bowman & Co. 60 pp. Missouri History Museum OCLC 898302427. Viewed 17 April 2016. [A00383]

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Manning Bowman. (1880). Illustrated catalogue of Manning, Bowman & Company’s patent perfection granite ironware. Number of pages unknown. Smithsonian Institution, NMAH Trade Literature, call no. 029378. Viewed 16 April 2016. [A00375]

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Manning Bowman. (1885). Illustrated catalogue and price list of Perfection granite ironware : decorated pearl agateware, and porcelain lined coffee urns, water coolers, hotel ware, etc. Meriden, Conn: Manning, Bowman, & Co. 146 pp. Missouri History Museum call no. Trade catalog Manning. Viewed 16 April 2016. [A00372]

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Manning, Bowman & Co. (September 1886). Supplement to catalogue of 1885. Number of pages unknown. No catalogue in a library known to exist. (19 pages in the Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library - offline.) Viewed 29 November 2016. [AAA00002]

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Manning Bowman. (1886). Catalogue of Perfection granite iron and decorated pearl agate table ware: For sale by the hardware and house furnishing trade of the United States and foreign countries. New York: Manning Bowman. 66 pp. University of Delaware OCLC no. 44163883. Viewed 17 April 2016. [A00389]

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Manning Bowman. (1892). Illustrated catalogue and price list of perfection granite ironware. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. TX656 M28* TC; Connecticut Historical Society call no. FOLIO 683.83 M284c, 1892. Viewed 17 April 2016. [A00374; A00388]

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Manning Bowman. (1912). Nickel and silver plate on planished copper, nickel silver and white metal, solid copper and aliminum, seamless "ivory" enameled ware, plated mountings, spoons, forks, knives, etc.: catalogue no. 63. 261 pp. University of Michigan call no. Oversize Cookery 1912 Ma. Viewed 16 April 2016. [A00373]

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Manning Bowman. (1923-24). Manning Bowman catalog + recipe brochure [Catalogue no. 80]. [CD-Rom: Digital reproductions of 2 Manning-Bowman catalogs which include Pyrex casseroles, carafes, decanters, glasses, and glass liners (dishes, vacuum vessels).] Kent, Washington: MDH Publications, 2004. Corning Museum of Glass call no. TP868 .M28 1920se. 16 April 2016. [A00381]

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Manning Bowman. (1928). Manning-Bowman electric appliances. Meriden, CT: Manning, Bowman & Co. 16 pp. Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware, call no. Trade Cat .M285 1928. Viewed 17 April 2016. [A00386]

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Manning Bowman. (1928). Manning-Bowman electric appliances. Illustrated price list no. 2/28: effective July 5, 1928. 12 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 683.83 M284p, 1928. Viewed 17 April 2016. [A00387]

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Manning Bowman. (1930). The Manning Bowman table cooker: The appliance for everybody. Meriden, CT: Manning, Bowman & Co. 9 pp. Hagley call no. Pam 2013.0071. Viewed 17 April 2016. [A00385]

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Manning Bowman. (1937). Manning-Bowman electric appliances [Catalogue no. C 737]. 40 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 683.83 M284c, 1937; Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford - offline. [A00384]

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Manning Bowman. (1939). [Complete line of electrical appliances]. Unknown number of pages. Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford - offline.

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Manning Bowman. (1947?). Manning-Bowman means best: The line that’s always in demand: electric appliances. 27 leaves. Connecticut Historical Society call no. QUARTO 683.83 M284c, 1947. (Loose leaves in portfolio accompanied by 2 price lists. Viewed 16 April 2016. [A00379]

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Manning Bowman. (undated). Manning-Bowman quality: In connection with our tested recipes we illustrate an assortment of particularly useful articles of our manufacture, as follows: Alcohol gas stoves and alcohol gas stove chafing dishes [Booklet no. 126]. 32 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 683.88 M284m. (Library’s copy lacks cover.) Viewed 16 April 2016. [A00380]



B. Manning Bowman - Other historical documentation

At this juncture, it is not clear to us if some of the following Manning Bowman-produced texts are in fact trade catalogues. When that is determined and more specific information is received, those texts will be moved to the trade catalogue listing above.

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(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.

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Manning Bowman. (1876). Interesting facts concerning granite porcelain finished ware. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 56.588.1. Viewed 16 April 2016. [A00371]

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(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 5 showing Pratt Street and Manning, Bowman & Co.). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 22 November 2016. [A01026; AAA00499]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "Manning, Bowman & Co. (illustration of triangular building)". In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 55. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00787-88].

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Hall, Henry. (1895). “Horace C. Wilcox” (1824-90), director of The Manning Bowman Co., (pp. 872-3). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. Courtesy University of California, Berkeley. Viewed 19 April 2016. [A00396-97] For more historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

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Manning Bowman. (c. 1900). Recipes for the chafing dish (with some illustrations of products). Meriden, CT; 32 pp. Courtesy of the University of Illinois. Viewed 16 April 2016. [A00377]

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Manning, Bowman & Co. (1900?). Sixty recipes for the chafing dish. Meriden, CT; 36 pp. Harvard University, Hollis Number: 014577738; Missouri History Museum call no. Cookbook collection Box 2; The Strong - National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY call no. TX825 .S59 1900; University of Denver call no. TX825 .S59 1900. Viewed 17 April 2016. [A00378; A00382; A00390-91]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Manning, Bowman & Co." section including portrait, and illustration and photo of building, (pp. 92-97). 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]

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Manning, Bowman & Co. management: George Redfield Curtis (director) (pp. 305-08 including portrait); Isaac Chauncey Lewis (director) (pp. 354-58 including portrait); Horace C. Wilcox (director) (pp. 530-32) including portrait). 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 II). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

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(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including illustration of Manning, Bowman & Co., corner of Pratt and Miller Streets.] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Viewed 21 July 2016. [A01020-21]. (For more maps, see the historical Meriden maps webpage.)



C. Manning Bowman - key secondary sources

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(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 3. [On George H. Wilcox, president of International Silver Company, and Horace C. Wilcox (partner, Meriden Britannia; director: Manning, Bowman & Co.; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Rogers Brothers (Waterbury); R. Wallace & Sons (Wallingford); William Rogers Manufacturing Co. (Hartford), (pp. 70-3).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. Courtesy Connecticut State Library. Viewed 28 November 2016. [AAA00525; AAA00540-41]

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Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Manning, Bowman & Company, (p. 182). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). Courtesy of University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs, CT. Viewed 12 June 2016. [A00789-90]

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Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Manning, Bowman & Co. (pp. 37, 56, 65, 67). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. Yale University call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize. (See worldcat.org for more locations.) Viewed 29 November 2016. [A00804]



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This compilation is currently in development. We are compiling scattered resources across North America and beyond with the goal of identifying a complete set. This initiative aims to enable more productive research and facilitate new discoveries. If you know of original documentation not listed below, please contact artdesigncafe.