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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

Hartford Electric Light Company

The Hartford Electric Light Company was established in 1882 to run boilers for the arc lights of the streets of Hartford. By 1884, when they provided incandescent lighting they were able to install lighting in businesses and residences around the city. The company built generating stations along the Farmington River at Tariffville and the Connecticut River at Dutch Point and South Meadows in Hartford.

Duck pin bowling team of Hartford Electric Light Company employees, ca. 1950s

Hartford Electric Light Company employees playing bingo, December 1955
Duck pin bowling team, ca. 1950s.
Playing bingo, December 1955.


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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