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Findlay Electric Porcelain Co.

 

 

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Findlay Electric Porcelain Co., located in Findlay, Ohio, was originally constructed by the Bell Pottery Co. in 1889.  In 1901, Bell Pottery, owned by W. M. Bell, started making small wall tubes for electrical wiring.  Arthur S. Watts, a prominent ceramist, started his career at Bell Pottery in Findlay before leaving in 1903 to become the general manager of the New Lexington High Voltage Porcelain Co. when that company started construction of the plant in 1903.  Bell Pottery Co. was sold to the United States Electric Porcelain Co. in 1906.

Findlay Electric Porcelain Co. was incorporated in 1910 by J. E. Bicknell (as president) and other Findlay men and leased the plant from U.S. Electric Porcelain Co. for several years.  “Findlay” soon became one of the largest manufacturers of all types of standard porcelain items and specialty electrical porcelains. This company was one of those merging to form General Porcelain Company in 1927.

At some point in time, the company commenced the manufacture of wet process pin-type insulators, all of which were telephone and low-voltage power distribution styles.

The standard Findlay glaze on pin-types was a muddy chocolate brown, but they made insulators with other glazes -- white, blue, yellow, butterscotch, etc. The markings used on their pin-types consisted of the FINDLAY trademark (unregistered) in various forms and a Diamond-F, both with or without the insulator catalog numbers. Compared with insulators made by the larger manufacturers, specimens with any of the Findlay markings are relatively scarce.

 

The photo of all employees was taken on April 11, 1913.  (Courtesy of Paula McKibben, Pandora-Gilboa Local School Library)

 

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