Miller Company design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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A. Miller Company (1924-1985) design catalogues and historical information

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1920s

Newspaper articles and adverts

(c. 1924-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. (Viewed 16 October 2016.)

Key newspaper article

(3 March 1924). "$5,000,000 combine formed by the Edward Miller Company with its new headquarters here." (Viewed 24 July 2016. A01105-12.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (1924 or after). Miller center draught lamps in table, library, bracket and pendant styles, also other varieties for flate and round wick burners for kerosene or coal oil, lard and heavy oils, fluid and alcohol, oil burners and accessories of every description, oil heaters, etc. (catalogue X151). 48 pp. (Viewed 10 January 2017. A01464-66.)

"Stores and showrooms; New York, 68 and 70 Park Place; Philadelphia, 706 Perry Bldg; Chicago, 116 South Michigan Boulevard."

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (1924). [Duplex-a-lite]. Number of pages unknown. Viewed 2 June 2016.

  • Offline- University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (1924). [Miller fixtures (catalog no. 150)]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. Viewed 7 January 2017.

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (1924). [Price list - Miller fixtures]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. Viewed 7 January 2017.

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (c. 1924). Ivanhoe semi-indirect direct and diffusing glassware for commercial illumination. ["Catalog No. 333a (superseding catalog No. 333)."] 23 pp. The Miller Company, Ivanhoe Division (Cleveland, Ohio). (Viewed 2 June 2016. A00743.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (c. 1925). Miller lamps [catalogue no. 153]. 23 pp. (Viewed 2 June 2016. A00736.)

Missing design catalogue

The Miller Company. (1926). [catalogue #156]. No copy in public library known to exist. (Viewed 1 August 2016.) [1]

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

The Miller Company. (1926). Three hanging light fixtures from catalogue #156. Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 68). (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company (c. 1927). Mer-Tung lighting equipment. Mercury-Mazda lamps. [trade catalogue]. 27 pp. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00012.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company (c. 1927). Duplex-a-lite for use in the home [catalog no. D. P. 158]. 23 pp. (Updated 29 May 2017. A00072.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company (c. 1927). Miller lighting fixtures: catalog no. 160. 67 pp. (Updated 29 May 2017. A00073.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (c. 1927). Ivanhoe lighting equipment : commercial lighting section : enclosing globes and fixtures for commercial illumination: catalog no. 700. 40 pp. Cleveland, OH. (Viewed 1 August 2016. A01128.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (192?). Ivanhoe lighting equipment : residential lighting section : catalog No. 750 / Ivanhoe Division of the Miller Company. 23 pp. Cleveland, OH. (Viewed 1 August 2016. A01131.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. Ivanhoe Division. (c. 1927). Ivanhoe lighting equipment: Industrial lighting section - metal reflectors and fittings for industrial illumination: Catalog no. 800. 48 pp. (Viewed 1 August 2016. A01129.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (192?). Residential lighting section: Fixtures and decorative glassware for residential lighting : catalog no. 850 / Ivanhoe merchandising line : decorative glassware for home lighting / Ivanhoe Division of the Miller Company. 28 pp. Cleveland, OH. (Viewed 1 August 2016. A01132.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company (c. 1928). Miller lighting fixtures. [Including the following lines: Tudor, Early Colonial, Seville, English, Georgian and General.] 55 pp. (Viewed 13 March 2016. A00074.)

Design catalogue reprint excerpt

Miller Company. (1928). Two lighting fixtures from English tudor line (wall sconce and chandelier), from catalogue #162. (Also, three hanging fixtures and three floor lamps presumably from the same 1928 catalogue.) Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 69-71). (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company (c. 1929). Duplexalite for use in the home: catalog no. D.P. 166 / Duplexalite Division of the Miller Company. Meriden, CT; 23 pp. (Updated 7 January 2017. A00082; A01130.)


1930s

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (September 1930-March 1931). Catalog No. 900, Industrial lighting section [trade catalogue]. 54 pp. Ivanhoe Division, Cleveland, OH. (Viewed 1 August 2016. A01133-34.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (September 1930-April 1932). Commercial lighting section: enclosing globes and fixtures for commercial illumination [catalog no. 700 A]. 46 pp. Ivanhoe Division, Cleveland, OH. (Updated 16 October 2016. A00740-41; A01208.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company (c. 1931). The Duplexalite system of lighting as applied to commercial requirements [Catalog D P 170]. Meriden, CT, 39 pp. (Updated 7 January 2017. A00075; A01447.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (c. 1932). Duplexalite lighting equipment for commercial requirements [Catalog DP 172]. Meriden, CT; 39 pp. (Viewed 28 May 2017. A00076.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (April 1932). Fixtures and glassware for commercial requirements [catalog No. 820]. 62 pp. Ivanhoe Division, Cleveland, OH. (Viewed 2 June 2016. A00737-39.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (1930?). Miller lamps, burners, accessories, oil heaters, etc. [catalogue X169]. 17 pp. (Viewed 1 August 2016. C00014-66.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. Q644.3 M648m #169.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (c. 1934-35). Ivanhoe lighting equipment / Ivanhoe Division of the Miller Company [catalog no. 902]. Meriden, CT; 68 pp. (Updated 15 January 2017. A00077; AAA00548. DM.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (1935). [Miller Mer-Tung Equipment Price List]. Number of pages unknown. Meriden, CT.

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Lighting sketchbook

Possibly Miller Company. (c. 1935-55). Original drawings of lighting in sketchbook. 26 pp. (Viewed 18 June 2017. AAA00609).

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Missing Miller Co. newsletters

Miller Company. (c. 1935-46+). The Miller Torch newsletter. (Issued monthly at times, perhaps throughout.) Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. No copies in a public library known to exist. [3]

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (undated). [Miller Mer-Tung Equipment (Catalog No. 870)]. Meriden, CT.

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (1937). More and Better Light for Industry with the New Ivanhoe Alzak Aluminum Reflectors, with reflective silver ink embellishments and backgrounds. 19 pp.

  • Offline - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (c. 1938). Phosphor bronze [catalogue]. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 18 June 2017. AA00608-05; AAA00608-01H.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design brochure

Miller Company (Rolling Mill Division). (c. 1938; handwritten on front page). Bring your fabrication problems to our specialists in phosphor bronze (brochure). Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 18 June 2017. AA00608-01H.)

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Design catalogue

Miller Company (c. 1939). Miller Lighting. [Shows several examples of actual lighting installations with historical locations.] 291 pages. The Miller Company. (Viewed 15 October 2016. A01207.)

Missing design catalogue

The Miller Company. (1939). [catalogue showing design of Ivanhoe Palite and Prestige line of lamps, which are not shown in 1939 catalogue of compiled elements above]. No copy in public library known to exist. (Viewed 9 January 2017. DM.) [2]

Design catalogue excerpt reprint

The Miller Company. (1939). The Ivanhoe Palite from 1939 catalogue. (Also photo of “Prestige line” lamp presumably from the same catalogue.) Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 72-3). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)

Newsletter excerpt reprint

Miller Company. (1939, April). First page of The Miller Torch, vol. 5, no. 1. Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 76). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)

Five brochures

Miller Company. (probably 1930s). Four brochures entitled "Phosphur bronze..." and one brochure entitled "Re-orders..." Number of pages unknown. [Viewed 18 June 2017. AAA00608(-1A-1E).]

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.


1940s

Design catalogue

Miller Company (c. 1940). Miller fluorescent daylight lamps for desks, drafting tables, work benches, etc. Meriden, CT, 4 pp. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00013.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company (c. 1940). New indoor daylight for industry: Miller presents fluorescent lighting fixtures: Ivanhoe. Meriden, CT, 19 pp. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00014.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company (1941). Miller fluorescent lighting fixtures. Meriden, CT. 24 pp. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00015.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (1941). Miller lamps, burners and accessories [catalogue no. N938?]. 4 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. C00014-67.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 644.3 M648 #938.

Newsletter reprint excerpt

Miller Company. (1943). First page of The Miller Torch, vol. 8, no. 11. Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 78). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)

Newsletter reprint excerpt

Miller Company. (1944). First page of The Miller Torch, vol. 9, no. 12. Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 80). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)

“Meriden… America’s ideal war community”, including photograph of “Chairman McNutt with Connecticut Senators Maloney and Donaher, Meriden’s Mayor Donaher, screen star, Louisa Rainer, and other dignitaries in the Meriden celebration.” (See above.)

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (1945). Ceilings unlimited [catalogue; with Josef Albers’s Flying graphic]. [Probably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] (Viewed 9 October 2016. A01205; AAA00334; AAA00352-55. DM.)

Possibly missing pamphlet

Miller Company. (1946). Ceilings unlimited [pamphlet]. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine. The copyright entry at the Library of Congress for this pamphlet either refers to the 1945 catalogue above or is an additional text. If the latter, then no surviving copy is known to exist.]

  • See: (1946). Catalogue of copyright entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Pamphlets (... etc.) New Series, vol. 43, p. 571. Library of Congress, Washington, DC. On Google Books.] (Viewed 15 October 2016. AAA00345.)

Newsletter reprint excerpt

Miller Company. (1946, March). Reprint of “America’s No. 1 War Worker” article from The Miller Torch, (March 1946). Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 81). (Updated 19 April 2017. A02239.)

“Miss Louisa Kuhns, a Miller worker has been rated America’s No. 1 war worker in an article which went out over the Associated Press wire to all newspapers.” (excerpt from above).

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (c. 1947). A spiralating heat wave [heater brochure]. [Probably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine with adapted image of artist José de Rivera’s Black, yellow, red sculpture.] (Viewed 13 October 2016. AAA00335-36; A01206.)

Missing design catalogue

Miller Company. (c. 1948). Ceilings unlimited [catalogue]. 105 pages. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] No surviving copy known to exist. (Viewed 14 October 2016. AAA00339; AAA00347. See entry below for more information.)

  • See (1948). Catalogue of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1948, p. 523. On Google Books.]

Design catalogue announcement

(December 1948). Ceilings unlimited [catalogue announcement]. Architect and Engineer, p. 43. (p. 577 in pdf). (Viewed 14 October 2016. AAA00339; AAA00347.)

"A revised edition of the book published in 1945-46 by the Miller Company which created considerable interest among architects, lighting engineers, electrical contractors, and commercial executives. It illustrates and describes in detail Miller Fluorescent Troffer Lighting Systems, and gives complete engineering and installation details, and illumination performance.

"Shows examples of how architects and engineers have made use of the opportunity afforded them to create attractive ceiling designs by adopting the Miller method of combining lighting equipment." — from Architect and Engineer mentioned above.

Advertisements

Miller Company. (c. 1948). Four adverts by Serge Chermayeff [possibly pages from the 1948 Ceilings Unlimited catalogue.] [Probably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine. Drawings with interiors attributed to Serge Chermayeff (jewelry store, Chicago); Morris Lapidus (ladies’ apparel store, New York); Allen and Edwin Kramer (classroom, New York) and Jose A. Fernandez (camera store, New York).] (Viewed 14 October 2016. AAA00340.)

Advertisement

Miller Company. (February 1949). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. Architect and Engineer, p. 30. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] (Viewed 14 October 2016. AAA00341.)

Advertisement

Miller Company. (April 1949). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. Architect and Engineer, p. 33. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] (Viewed 14 October 2016. AAA00342.)

Missing design catalogue

Miller Company. (c. 1949). "Slimline catalogue 2G". 8 pages. [No surviving copy known to exist.] Mentioned in advertisement in: (June 1949). Architect and Engineer, p. 33, and announcement on p. 39. (See entries below.)

Advertisement

Miller Company. (June 1949). Advertisement for Slimline. Architect and Engineer, p. 33. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] (Viewed 14 October 2016. AAA00343.)

Design catalogue announcement

Miller Company. (June 1949). "New catalogues available... 107. Lighting folder [Announcement: Miller Series— Louver Slimline Luminaires.] Architect and Engineer, p. 39. (Viewed 14 October 2016. AAA00343.)


1950s

Missing design catalogue

Miller Company. (1950). The Miller troffer lighting system. Ceilings Unlimited. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] In (1950). Catalogue of copyright entries. Third Series: 1950, p. 559. [No surviving copy known to exist.] Library of Congress, Washington, DC. On Google Books.] (Viewed 15 October 2016. AAA00346.)

Historical information

Coleman, Laurence Vail. (1950). Museum buildings, p. 104. American Association of Museums: Washington, DC. [Mention of Ceilings Unlimited for museum interiors.] (Viewed 16 November 2016. AAA00457-58.)

Drawings of lighting

Miller Company. (c. 1950 or c. 1930?). Unspecified number of original drawings of lighting attributed to Robert Webb, designer (from Germany, deceased c. 1950) for the Miller Company. [Viewed 18 June 2017. AA00608(-09-10).]

  • Offline - Meriden Historical Society.

Advertisement

Miller Company. (March 1952). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Electrical Engineering, p. 6A. (Viewed 9 October 2016. AAA00308.)

Historical photo

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On the "Miller Company", (pp. 177-78; photo of Miller Co. building, (ee photo section between pp. 276-80). 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 27 November 2016. A00789-90.)


1970s

Design brochure

Miller Company. (1973-74). Interior Lighting 1973-1974 brochure. (Viewed 4 December 2016. A01292.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library files.


1980s

Design brochure

Miller Company. (1980). Miller Lighting brochure. (Viewed 4 December 2016. A01292.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library files.

Design brochure

Miller Company. (c. 1986). Copper-base alloys for electronic components. (Viewed 4 December 2016. A01292.)

  • Offline - Meriden Public Library files.

Historical information

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). Profile of the Miller Company, (p. 110). In Meriden - Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00804. DM.)


1990s

Secondary information

Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Weathers, Allen L.) (1995). The Miller Company, the first 150 years: The story of a successful American business, 1844-1994. 175 pp. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00093-94; A02239.)


2000s

Secondary source

Housley, Kathleen L. (2001). Emily Hall Tremaine: Collector on the cusp (pp. 3, 95-7, 100-5, 114). Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation: Meriden, CT; 247 pp. (Viewed 31 May 2017. A00095.)


n. d.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (undated). [Miller burners and trimmings]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 9 January 2017.)

  • Offline - University of California Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (undated). [Lamparas Miller (Catalogo X155)] Meriden, CT. (Viewed 9 January 2017.)

  • Offline - University of California Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (undated). [Miller Lamps]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 9 January 2017.)

  • Offline - University of California Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs.

Design catalogue

Miller Company. (undated). [Duplex-a-lite prices]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 9 January 2017.)

  • Offline - University of California Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs.


Footnote:
[1] See: Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Allen L. Weathers). (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 68). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. University of Connecticut library, Storrs, CT, barcode no. B2433175 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 19 April 2017. [A02239]

[2] Ibid, (pp. 72-3). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.

[3] Ibid, [p. 38 (1935, vol. 1 mention); p. 76 (1939, vol. 5, no. 1. cover reprint); p. 78 (1943, vol 8, no. 11 cover reprint, 1944, vol. 9, no. 12); p. 81 (March 1946)]. Miller Company: Meriden, CT. Viewed 1 August 2016.



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