Lost Landmark-Bridgeport Brass Company, Bridgeport (CT)

Site of Bridgeport Brass Company, 744 E. Main Street, Bridgeport, CT
Image courtesy of Microsoft Bing Maps, accessed 9/16/2012

This company was organized in 1865 to make brass
clock movements, and later made hoopskirt frames, kerosene parlor lamps and the
first successful kerosene bicycle lamp, exhibited at the World’s Fair in
Chicago, in 1893. An offshoot from clock movements was a spring motor-operated
flyfan, forerunner of the modern electric fan; F. R. Wilmot, superintendent,
designed a crude micrometer, and the company also made incandescent lamp
sockets. Bridgeport Brass Company produced the first copper wire strung between
New York and Boston, made many telephonic improvements, features a ‘hard-drawn
wire,’ various alloys of high tensile strength, and was a pioneer in the
adaptation of the electric furnace to the brass industry.

8 thoughts on “Lost Landmark-Bridgeport Brass Company, Bridgeport (CT)

    1. I worked for Bridgeport Brass Company in the Detroit, MI district sales office from April 1968 until April 1986…I loved that job!

  1. I have a 19X23 inch litho watercolor print titled “Brass Making -The Extrusion Machine” (c) 1935, Bridgeport Brass Co. The artist is Balconi and the plates and Lithography by Livermore & Knight Co. The print includes a corresponding, descriptive 5X6 inch written pamphlet. The artistic watercolor shows the “…smoke-darkened walls and rafters …the old-time casters and their helpers are at work.” The old pit-fired furnace days.

  2. My mother (age 86) recounts that my great uncle, Herman Steinkraus, was an owner of Bridgeport Brass ages ago, but I wonder if that is just folklore. Does anyone know if that’s true?

      1. Thank you kindly for your response. As a child we were always told that “Great Uncle Herman” was the son chosen to be sent to college. He then “gave back” to his siblings by paying for their children to go to college (and he paid for my father’s medical school). How unfortunate to not have ever met him.
        Susan Steinkraus Geraci

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