Manning, Bowman & Co. historical design catalogues and other documentation (2016)

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"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. (See entry below.)


Manning, Bowman & Co. design catalogues and historical information

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1860s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1864-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)

Manning, Bowman & Co. in 1869 exhibition

(1870). Thirtieth annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1869-70. [American Institute fair (1869) exhibitors include "Manning, Bowman & Co., 60 John street, New York, [award] for silver plated ware. Third medal and certificate", (p. 24).] Albany: The Argus Company, Printers. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02589-92.)


1870s

Missing design catalogue

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.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1876). Interesting facts concerning granite porcelain finished ware. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00371.)

Manning, Bowman & Co. in 1876 Centennial exhibition

(1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [Listed: Manning, Bowman & Co. (pp. 43, 51). The actual award received is not indicated in this text.] 134 pp. S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42.)

Manning, Bowman & Co. in 1876 Centennial exhibition

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia. [Core section: pp 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; Exhibitors including Manning Bowman & Co.] 380 pp. Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (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. (Viewed 17 April 2016. C00015.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. F974.62 M651mb 1878.

Manning, Bowman & Co. in 1878 Paris exposition

Pickering, Thomas R. (1878). Paris Universal Exposition, 1878: Official catalogue of the United States exhibitors. [Listed: Manning, Bowman & Co. (p. 71, 188).] 301 pp. Chiswick Press: London. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00843-44.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1879). Illustrated catalogue and price list of perfection granite ironware: Manufactured by Manning, Bowman & Co.. 60 pp. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00383.)


1880s

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1880). Illustrated catalogue of Manning, Bowman & Company’s patent perfection granite ironware. Number of pages unknown. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00375.)

Manning, Bowman & Co. in Melbourne exhibition

(1880). Melbourne International Exhibition 1880; The official catalogue of the exhibits, with introductory notes of the countries exhibiting, v. II, second edition to the first issue. [American exhibits, including Manning, Bowman & Co. (Class 24.— Goldsmiths’ and Silversmiths’ Work, p. 235).] (Viewed 28 June 2016. A00997-1000.)

Map

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

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1885). Illustrated catalogue and price list of perfection granite ironware: Decorated pearl agateware, and porcelain lined coffee urns, water coolers, hotel ware, etc. 146 pp. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00372; A02277.)

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1885). Pages from 1885 catalogue, (either original pages or copies). In Niedringhaus, Lee I. (2007). [Documentation of a graniteware coffee pot]. 8 pp. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02282.)

Missing design catalogue

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

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (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. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00389.)


1890s

Historical information

(1891). On "Manning, Bowman & Co.", (p. 161). In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01543; A01557.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1892). Illustrated catalogue and price list of perfection granite ironware. 342 pp. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A00374; A00388; A02276.)

Historical information

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. (See excerpt at the top of this web page.) (Viewed 16 April 2016. A00057a; A00376.)

Historical information

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

Historical information

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). (Viewed 19 April 2016. A00396-97.)

Historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Manning, Bowman & Co.", (p. 932). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02626; A02635.)


1900s

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (c. 1900). Recipes for the chafing dish. 32 pp. (Viewed 16 April 2016. A00377.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1900?). Sixty recipes for the chafing dish. Meriden, CT; 36 pp. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00378; A00382; A00390-91; A02281.)

Historical information

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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Historical information

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). (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

Missing design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (c. 1908). [Catalogue no. 53]. [Mentioned in (January 1908), full-page advertisement for Manning-Bowman nickel and silver plate items]. In The House Furnishing Review, p. 56. (Viewed 29 April 2017. A02313-14.)

Advertisement

(1908). Full-page advertisement for Manning-Bowman nickel and silver plate items. In The House Furnishing Review, p. 56. [Advert lists 3 Manning, Bowman & Co. locations: 25 West Broadway, New York; 158 State Street, Chicago; 451 Bush Street, San Francisco.] (Viewed 29 April 2017. A02313-14.)

Advertisement

(1908). Full-page advertisement for Manning-Bowman alcohol gas stove. In The House Furnishing Review, v. 28, no. 2, p. 19 (and v. 28, no. 3, p. 9; v. 28, no. 5, p. 8; v. 28, no. 6, p. 7). (Viewed 29 April 2017. A02312-13.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (190-?). [Chafing dish with design models]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02278.)


1910s

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (c. 1910). [Chafing dishes]. (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Design catalogue

Manning-Bowman & Co. / Rogers & Brother / (ISC). (c. 1911). Nickel and silver plate on planished copper, nickel silver and white metal. Solid copper and aluminum. Seamless "ivory" enameled ware, plated mountings. Spoons, forks, knives, etc. Trade mark: Rogers & Bro. A-1 [catalogue no. 61]. (Viewed 17 June 2017. AAA00601-05; AAA00603; AAA00604).

  • Offline - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

"New York, 25 West Broadway, Crockery Exchange Building; 150 Post Street, Jewelers’ Building; Chicago, Wabash Ave., and Madison Street, Kesner Building" (locations specified in source above.)

Design catalogues

Manning, Bowman & Co. (c. 1910-25). [Estimate of 10 catalogues - Electrics.] (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Design catalogues

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1912). Nickel and silver plate on planished copper, nickel silver and white metal, solid copper and aluminum, seamless "ivory" enameled ware, plated mountings, spoons, forks, knives, etc.: catalogue no. 63. 261 pp. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00373.)

Product instructions

Boston Alumnæ Chapter of Alpha Phi Fraternity. (1914). The Eta cook book. About 174 pp. [According to description, this includes instructions for the use of the Manning Bowman waffle iron.] (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02279.)

Design catalogue

The Sperry & Hutchinson Co. - The Hamilton Corporation. (1915). National Service catalog, (green trading stamps) [catalog T], (Manning, Bowman & Co.: pp. 20, 55: #7279-7294). (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01563; A01570-71.)

Historical information

(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. (Viewed 28 November 2016. AAA00525; AAA00540-41.)

Map

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including illustration of Manning, Bowman & Co., corner of Pratt and Miller Streets.] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 21 July 2016. A01020-21.)


1920s

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (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. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00381.)

Design catalogue

Manning-Bowman & Co. (1926). Household appointments [catalogue 82]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 17 June 2017. AAA00600-04; AA00601; AA00605-06.)

  • Offline - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Price list

Manning-Bowman & Co. (1926). Manning Bowman & Co.: Price list no. 228 / catalogue no. 82. (Viewed 17 June 2017. AAA00600-02; AAA00607.)

  • Offline - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Locations: "New York: Fifth Avenue Bldg., 200 Fifth Avenue; San Francisco: Jewelers Bldg., 150 Post St.; Chicago: 222 North Michigan Avenue". (excerpt from above.)

Design catalogues

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1927). [Electrical appliances]. (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Design brochure

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1928). Manning-Bowman electric appliances. Meriden, CT: Manning, Bowman & Co. 16 pp. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00386.)

Design brochure

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1928). Manning-Bowman electric appliances. Illustrated price list no. 2/28: effective July 5, 1928. 12 pp. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00387.)

Advertisements

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1920s). Single-page advertisements for specific products. (Number unspecified.) (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.


1930s

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1930). Hotakold vacuum containers & Household appointments and novelties. [Showing Art Deco designs; may be one catalogue or two, number of pages unknown.] (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02290-92.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design brochure

Manning, Bowman & Co. (c. 1930). The Manning Bowman table cooker: The appliance for everybody. Meriden, CT: Manning, Bowman & Co. 9 pp. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00385.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1934). Smart appointments and gifts. 30 pp. [Showing Art Deco designs.] (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02284-86.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1935). [Complete line of electrical appliances]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1936). Electric appliances. 40 pp. [Showing Art Deco designs.] (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02287-89.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1937). Manning-Bowman electric appliances [Catalogue no. C 737]. 40 pp. (Updated 28 April 2017. A00384.)

Manning-Bowman in touring MoMA show

Museum of Modern Art, New York. (c. 1938). Two press releases and exhibition checklist for Useful household objects under $5.00 exhibition. 11 venues: 1938- c. 1939. (Viewed 29 September 2016. AAA00243-45.)

> Originating exhibition at Museum of Modern Art, New York (28 September - 28 October 1938). Additional exhibitions "for at least one year", according to press release, at venues in Saratoga Springs, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; State College, PA; Ithaca, NY; Chicago, IL; Frederick, MD; Berea, KY; Des Moines, IA; Los Angeles, CA.

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1939). [Complete line of electrical appliances]. Unknown number of pages. (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Design brochure

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1930s). [Appliances] [Product brochure]. Unknown number of pages. (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Design brochure

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1930s). [Automatic toaster] [Product brochure]. Unknown number of pages. (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Advertisements

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1930s). Single-page advertisements for specific products. (Number unspecified.) (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.


1940s

Waffle iron pamphlets

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1940-50). Waffle iron instruction and recipe pamphlets. (Accession no. 1988.126.3a-d. Viewed 18 July 2016. AAA00033-57.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

Photos - product installation

(1941). Two photos of Manning, Bowman & Co. product installation (waffle irons) at Marshall Field & Company, Chicago. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02294-96.)

Manning-Bowman in 1941-42 MoMA show

Museum of Modern Art, New York. (c. 1941). Press release and master checklist for Useful objects under $10 exhibition (2 December 1941 - 4 January 1942). (Viewed 29 September 2016. AAA00248-49.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1945). [Appliance catalogue]. Unknown number of pages. (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1947?). Manning-Bowman means best: The line that’s always in demand: electric appliances. 27 leaves. (Loose leaves in portfolio accompanied by 2 price lists. (Viewed 16 April 2016. A00379.)

Probable product-oriented cookbook

Manning, Bowman & Co. (c. 1940s). New art of table-broiling. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02275.)

Advertisements

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1940s). Single-page advertisements for specific products. (Number unspecified.) (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.


1950s

Product brochure or instruction manual

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1952). Manning-Bowman Automatic Corn Popper No. 500. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02274.)

Four product flyers

McGraw Electric Company / Manning, Bowman & Co. (1954). [Four flyers for electric household appliances]. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02293.)

Historical information

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). (Viewed 12 June 2016. A00789-90.)

Manning-Bowman in 1958-59 MoMA exhibition

Museum of Modern Art, New York. (c. 1958-59). Press release and master checklist for 20th century design from the museum collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (18 December 1958 - 17 February 1959). (Viewed 29 September 2016. AAA00245-46.)

Product brochure or instruction manual

Manning, Bowman & Co. (195-?). [Manning Bowman automatic party baker]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02280.)

Advertisements

Manning, Bowman & Co. (1950s). Single-page advertisements for specific products. (Number unspecified.) (Viewed 28 April 2017.)

  • Offline - Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.


1980s

Manning-Bowman in 1983-84 Yale exhibition

Yale University Art Gallery. (c. 1983). Mention of At Home in Manhattan: Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression exhibition at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (10 November 1983 - 5 February 1984). (Viewed 21 March 2016. A00141.)

Secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Manning, Bowman & Co. (pp. 37, 56, 65, 67). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Updated 28 April 2017. DM.)


n. d.

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (19—?). 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. (Library’s copy lacks cover.) (Viewed 28 April 2017. A00380.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (undated). The chafing dish: Manning-Bowman tested recipes. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 2 May 2017. A02346.)

Design catalogue

Manning, Bowman & Co. (undated). Electric appliances by Manning Bowman (catalog no. C736). Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 11 January 2017. A01474.)

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, box 7 household goods and appliances.

Leaflets

Manning, Bowman & Co. (undated). [Leaflets advertising household appliances (6 items)]. (Viewed 28 April 2017. A02283.)



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