Historic Map - New Britain, CT - 1875

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View of New Britain, Conn. 1875. C.H. Vogt lith. J. Knauber & Co. Print.

An historic map print reproduction of New Britain, CT, published by J. Knauber and Co. from a lithograph by C. H. Vogt in 1875. The area of New Britain was settled in 1687 and officially became a chartered city in 1871, just four years before the making of this map.

New Britain was to become known as "The Hardware Capital of the World", or "Hardware City", by the early 1900's. Frederick Trent Stanley founded Stanley's Bolt Manufactory in New Britain in 1843, making door bolts and wrought iron hardware. His cousin, Henry Stanley, established The Stanley Rule and Level Company in 1857. Prized by woodworkers still today, the Stanley/Bailey Planes he manufactured, using the planes invented by Leonard Bailey, remain popular among woodworkers today. Stanley Works is one of the referenced places listed on the map. The two companies merged in 1920, becoming the Hand Tools Division of Stanley Works.

Detailed illustrations appear in the lower margin of "The Works of the Russell & Erwin, Manufacturing Co., Manufacturers of House Builders and other Hardware" and the "Landers, Frary & Clark, Manufacturers of Table Cutlery & General Hardware" (both the New York Office and New Britain plant are shown in the illustration).

Features numbered references to the following locations:

       1. Post Office
       2. State Normal School
       3. Rail Road Depot
       4. New Britain National Bank
       5. Strickland House
       6. Baptist Church
       7. St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
       8. Congregational Church
       9. South Congregational Church
     10. St. Mark's Episcopal Church
     11. Methodist Episcopal Church
     12. Landers, Frary & Clark, Table Cutlery
     13. Russell & Erwin, Builders Hardware
     14.The Stanley Works, Butts, Hinges, Belts Etc.
     15. P. & F. Corbin, Miscellaneous Hardware
     16. Humason & Beckley, Table & Pocket Cutlery
     17. New Britain Knitting Co. Shirts & Drawers
     18. Union Manufacturing Co. Iron Founders, Pumps, etc.
     19. New Britain White Lead Co.
     20. I. N. Lee & Co. Paragon Shirts
     21. J. Parker & Son, Excelsior Fine Shirts
     22. J. Shepard & Co. Umbrella & Parasol Stretchers
     23. B. C. Porter, Furniture & Undertaker
     24. Walter Haslam, Groceries & Singer Sewing Machines
     25. E. Talles, Merchant Tailor & Gents Furnishing Goods
     26. Adkins Bros. Steam Job Printers

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