1926 Crane Plumbing Catalog on DVD
R. T. Crane & Bro. established in the late 1850's, manufactured and sold brass goods and plumbing supplies. The company soon won contracts to supply pipe and steam-heating equipment in large public buildings such as the Cook County courthouse and the state prison at Joliet. By 1865, when the name of the company was changed to the Northwestern Manufacturing Co., it ran a large pipe mill and manufactured engines and steam pumps, by 1870, when it employed about 160 people, it was making elevators as well. After the Chicago Fire of 1871, the company decided to expand its operations, and the firm changed its name to Crane Bros. Manufacturing Co. In 1872, it employed as many as 700 men and boys and manufactured over $1 million worth of products per year.
In 1890, when it had sales branches in Omaha, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, the company changed its name to Crane Co. By this time, Crane was supplying much of the pipe used for the large central heating systems in Chicago's new skyscrapers, and it was also selling the enameled cast-iron products that were soon found in bathrooms in residences across the country.
In 1910, when Crane had begun to manufacture in a plant at Bridgeport, Connecticut, its Chicago plants employed more than 5,000 people. A large new Chicago plant was built in the 1910s. During the 1920s, when Crane expanded overseas, the company was the world's leading manufacturer of valves and fittings.
Vintage Literature is pleased to offer this wonderfully illustrated, 450 page catalog from 1926, honouring the companies rich history, as well as providing a valuable reference tool for dating early plumbing fixtures and hardware.
For those wishing to create an authentic look for home renovation projects, this catalog provides a valuable look into mid 1920's plumbing.