Pope Manufacturing Co.
Abraham Jaffer worked here from approximately 1891-1901.
Geer's Hartford City Directory, 1903
Postcard mailed 1907
Postcard copyright 1905
Magnified Views of 1905 Postcard
A similar view from a panorama taken from the top of the Capitol ca. 1902:
Aerial view of Hartford looking west
||Enlargement of upper left corner showing Capitol and factory buildings
The full panoramic view is available at the Library
of Congress website (go to site, search for "Hartford Panoramic,"
and choose Item 8.)
U.S. Geological Survey
Survey of 1889, printed 1892 (reprinted 1898)
Arrow shows location of factories on Capitol Ave. Building at tip of
arrow may be Weed Sewing Machine Co., which merged with Pope
Manufacturing Co. in 1891. See drawing of the Weed factory in the
article Hartford, Conn., as a manufacturing, business and commercial center, Hartford Board of Trade, 1889, p. 112
(site of Quinnipiac University).
Building to the west of the arrow tip may be Hartford Machine Screw
Company. See drawing at page 120 of the Hartford Board of Trade
publication. Hartford Machine Screw Company was located at 476
Capitol Ave. Pope Manufacturing Co., after 1891, was at 436 Capitol Ave.
A 1943 Topo at historical.maptech.com does not show any buildings in the area.
Pope, originally based in Boston, contracted with Weed for the sewing machine company to produce
bicycles, starting in 1878. After the merger with Weed, Pope became a
leading manufacturer of bicycles, at one time employing 3,000 people at
its Hartford factory. Pope began producing automobiles in 1895, and Hartford
rather than Detroit might have become the center for automobile manufacturing
in the United States. For the history of the eventual failure of
Pope Manufacturing Co., see the article by Professor John B. Rae posted
at the site at Stanford
Panorama of Pope Factory (1909) from Library
of Congress website (to see enlarged view, go to site, search for "Pope
Hartford," and choose Item 4.)
- Hartford, Conn., as a manufacturing, business and commercial center, Hartford Board of Trade, 1889, p. 112 (site of Quinnipiac University)
- Colonel Albert Pope at www.economicadventure.org
- Ellsworth Grant, "The Miracle on Capital Avenue," at site of Hog River Journal
- Albert Pope and the Pope Manufacturing Company
- History, North Frog Hollow NRZ Strategic Plan
- Pope Manufacturing Company Corporate Genealogy at Google Book Search (Stephen B. Goddard, Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines)
- Pratt & Whitney Plant Development, 1860 - 1930. Pratt & Whitney took over the Pope/Weed site, and this publication has some pictures of the Weed factory.
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