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University of Connecticut University Libraries Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Workers at Play: Baseball Teams, Bowling Leagues, Company Picnics and Amateur Nights

An online exhibit of images from the Connecticut Business History Collections in Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Libraries

Bristol Brass Company

Founded in 1850 in Bristol, Connecticut, by the turn of the 20th century the company produced a variety of goods ranging from lamps for railroad passenger cars to spoons and silver flatware. During World War I the company prospered by producing war materials such as truck parts and ship fittings, and in the 1920s made parts for the burgeoning automobile industry. Like many companies Bristol Brass had a decline during the Great Depression but rallied to produce war shell cases during World War II, yet after the war was struggling from the competition with foreign producers of brass. The slump in the automobile industry in the 1970s hastened the decline of the company and it closed its doors in 1982.

Bristol Brass summer outing, 1950
Participant in a rolling-pin throwing contest, Bristol Brass Company outing, 1950 Winners of a rolling-pin throwing contest, Bristol Brass company outing, 1950
Bristol Brass Company employees at a summer outing in 1950...
Participating in a rolling-pin throwing contest...
The winners of the rolling-pin throwing contest holding their pins triumphantly...
Potato sack race... Tug of war... Playing baseball.
Potato sack race...
Tug of war...
Playing baseball.


Exhibit schedule


American Brass Company

Bristol Brass Company

Farrel Company

Hartford Electric Light Company

New Britain Machine Company

Sargent & Company

Southern New England Telephone Company

Thermos Company

Wauregan-Quinebaug Company

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