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The Gladding Fire Apparatus Manufacturing Company of Rhode Island: An Early 20th Century Fire Fighting Archive Collection
(Rhode Island). [1885-1925]. A collection of approximately 10 Autograph and Typed letters, 20 business manuscripts, 18 mechanical drawings and blueprints, and 14 printed brochures, broadsheets, trade cards, etc., from The Gladding Fire Apparatus Manufacturing Company. Also included are 2 select water faucets and 3 important items of fire fighting equipment manufactured by the company in the early 20th Century. The company's founder, Jesse G. Gladding of Rhode Island, was an inventor and manufacturer of various fire fighting equipment (shut-off pipes, valves, combination spanner, hook, and hose carriers; etc.), faucets, and waterproof boots and clothing. Many of his patented inventions revolutionized the industry. The correspondence, office manuscripts, and printed materials are in overall very good condition. They were part of Gladding's working files, and are annotated with numerous marginal notes in his hand. Also included are working drafts and drawings in pen and pencil, product descriptions, and correspondence relating to his ideas and inventions. Most of the original drawings and printed mechanical designs are in overall good or better condition; the two largest rolled sheets and the blueprints are fair only. A unique collection that documents Gladding's most important inventions and related business of the firm over a thirty year period. Further details available upon request. .
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