About four years ago Jack laid a brick path for me made from bricks that came from our street. The bricks were torn out during a repaving project. We asked if we could have some and we gathered them from the piles in front of our house and two neighbors’ frontages. We couldn’t use a wheelbarrow because of the muddy hills of bricks on the sidewalks. We would have gathered more but we went to Michigan for the birth of our grandson. Some things are more important than the garden. Family first!
The bricks were engraved on one side with “Bessemer Youngstown O Block” (see photo). Today I researched the company and found some information about the company from a blog called ‘brickfrog’ (at http://brickfrog.wordpress.com). Brickfrog collects antique bricks out of Boston! Brickfrog lists the information as from: Dependable Highways, Vol. 3, Nos. 3-9, 1916.
It seems that our bricks were made by Bessemer Limestone Co., Youngstown, Ohio. The company advertised they were the “licensed manufacturers of Dunn-Wire-Cut Lug Brick.” If you look at the four corners of the brick in the photo you can see the lugs. I’m guessing this engraved side was faced down toward the ground with the smooth side facing up. Jack decided that putting the lug-side up would keep the bricks from becoming slippery when wet. I didn’t care for walking on the lugs but wasn’t about to turn all the bricks over – I have weeds waiting for me! Now I’m glad he laid them this way so I could find out their history.
These bricks fit right in with our house; it was built c. 1910. I particularly like the way the brick appear as the moss grows on them. Perhaps I should not be allowing this because it could break down the embossed lettering. I’m hoping brickfrog or other collectors find my blog and explain the best way to treat my antique pavers. My knowledge of vintage bricks is a work-in-progress too!