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.

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