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Foote Mfg Co
Liberty Lamp Co

Dayton, Ohio, USA

 

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It appears that the Foote Manufacturing Co operated out of Dayton, Ohio for only a relatively short time. Terry Marsh shows several of their lamps on his web site, and reports that the company existed from 1908 to 1917. You can see these at this location: Terry Marsh US Lamp Manufacturers A - F.   The earliest advertisements seem to be around 1908/9, then they continue for several years, when one F. J. Rogers was sales manager in 1913.

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Advert from The Lima News, 1913

 

As the name suggests, this company was involved with the manufacture of what might be considered day-to-day products. The town of Dayton, in Ohio, was practically the United States hub for inventors and manufacturers towards the end of the 19th century, and many small manufacturing firms began life there. The most famous of all Dayton engineers perhaps were the Wright Brothers with their world leading exploits in aviation. One of the best known products from the Foote Mfg Co was the Farmers "Every Ready Toolkit", a multi-tool ancestor to the Swiss Army Knife. Another well known product was the "Mend-a-Rip" hand held sewing machine. Many advertisements also appeared in publications such a "Farm & Fireside" and The Household Journal". Agents were also required in Kansas for "The Foote Mfg Co's flat irons and gasoline lamps"

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From Popular Mechanics Magazine, 1910

 

The surname "Foote" seems to be one of the more prolific names from the area, and there were several companies that carried the name in the early 20th century. It is difficult to unravel the links between them, if indeed there are any! For example the Foote Manufacturing Co of New York (set up by Chester and Charles Foote in 1898) may be associated with the Dayton company, one would expect that might be the case but more research is needed to single out the specific relationships. Possibly there is a link with the A. W. Foote business set up several years earlier. Interestingly, one list of miscellaneous authority expenses in Ohio from 1914 lists a company called J. B. Foote Mfg Co, who were paid $50 for "100 stars for G.A.R". This may well be the J. B. Foote Foundry, paid for casting star shaped grave markers for the GAR - Grand Army of the Republic. At that time J. B. Foote specialised in casting bells, and the business is still trading today. More information may appear here as research continues.

Regarding pressure lamps, several adverts appeared in the magazine Farm, Stock and Home during 1916 for the two mantle "Liberty" air-burning kerosene lamp and an outdoor lantern, and as usual these adverts were designed for attracting prospective sales agents rather than at selling the product to the public. Perhaps the advert with the best artwork appeared in October 1915, in the Household Journal. The position of the valve-wheel is clear, and the construction of the frame can be seen.

 

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 Advertisement from the Household Journal, October 1915

 

 

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Advertisement from Farm, Stock and Home, January 1916

 

 

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Advertisement from Farm, Stock and Home, September 1916

 

 

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Advert from Farmer's Wife, December 1916

 

The similarity of a lamp advertised by the Liberty Lamp Co, along with the similar Box number suggests that the two companies may be very closely associated, if not the same. The Foote Manufacturing Co used Box numbers such as 1114 and 1514 in this publication, while the Liberty lamp Co used 1214. Other similarities in the adverts support this idea, note the $42 per week expected earnings listed in both, the same name for the lamp, and the same air to fuel ratio. The style of the two adverts is also quite similar.

 

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Farm Stock and Home. 15th January 1916 p66

 

 

The proximity of the Thomas Manufacturing Co in Dayton possibly suggests a liaison between all three, and there are certainly some sharp similarities between Foote  and Thomas lighting products and the Liberty Lamp. The Thomas and Foote companies certainly started life in the same place in the same way, by making and selling a range of domestic, every-day items in a burgeoning market. Liaisons between manufacturers has been observed in other towns, so it is entirely possible that ideas were shared here, either with or without friendly collaboration. 

Any additional information would be welcomed, and if you can add to this page please let me know through the contact page.

 

References:

Farm Stock and Home. 1st January 1916 p24

Farm Stock and Home. 1st September 1916 p622

Farm Stock and Home. 15th January 1916 p66

Farmers Wife. 1st December 1916 p156

The Household Journal (incorporating Floral Life) Vol XII No 10 Oct 1915 p11

The Terence Marsh Lantern Gallery website at http://tgmarsh.faculty.noctrl.edu/

The Holton Recorder. 27 May 1915 p16

The Lima News. 14 March 1913 p6

The Democratic Banner 9 October 1914 p7

 

 

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