About

Brickfrog lives in Boston, Mass., and hunts for antique brick in his spare time. The blog is mostly sourced from Google Books stuff from the brick trade journals of the time. I research old brick companies, where brickyards were, what buildings were made with which brick, etc., with an especial emphasis on Boston and New England brick. You may contact me at brickfrog8@gmail.com.

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  1. I have a tile dish by BRICK TERRACOTTA TILE CO. colored green and has a small lobster on it. the dish is shell shaped and heavy. Can anyone help me find more info on this unusual item? thank you . Jeanne

    1. I find a Brick, Terra-Cotta and Tile Company, in Corning, NY, but with agents in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Patterson, N.J., Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and South Carolina advertising in The Brick Builder magazine in 1906. It seems to have been run by Morris Erwin Gregory from 1896-@1923? There’s also an excellent article about them in Brick magazine: http://tinyurl.com/6rm774r

  2. Thanks for browsing my blog. I’ve never been able to make it to Boston but have always wanted to visit the city, particularly to see the North End that Jane Jacobs described as so appealing. As far as Urban Renewal goes, St. Louis has four interstate highways that run through the city and meet Downtown, so we know how devastating those barriers can be.

  3. Brockfrog,

    Hi there, I am looking for information about the brick and clay industry in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and the surrounding area. Do you know anything about the industry there? Thank you.

  4. I found an old brick and was hoping you would be able to provide me with some information about it. It reads, M.D. Valentine & Bro, X X, Woodbridge, NJ. Is there a place for collectors, traders and fanatics?
    Thanks for your interest.
    Christine

  5. Cool site! I live near old mining buildings and find old bricks. I just found a nice Shawmut brick, and appreciated the info you have here.

  6. I ran across your site because I happen to live in Henry Dionne’s old house. We’ve found a ton of named and stamped bricks all over the property but I can’t for the life of me figure out which company they would have come from. Thanks for all of the great resources on your site!

  7. Hi.
    I found an old stone foundation in the woods in Cheshire County NH. While digging around I came across some full and partial bricks scattered about the site. I was wondering if you may know what manufacturers of brick may have supplied this part of the state? I’m trying to nail down the approx age of the stucture.
    I was told finding a brick manufacturer/supplier and the date of operation could be a good start. They’re red brick.

    1. Plain brick could be from anywhere. Are there any letters on them? I know brick was made in Plaistow, Epping and Dover Point, so possibly from one of the companies there.

  8. If you happen to pass through Columbus let me know – I can help you stock up on blocks and help you retrieve a Nessah Foundry ManHole Cover….perfect shape that I have hidden in one of my caches.

    Thanks for a great resource. I have started the Bricks of Ohio Blog. I also encourage people to come to the Nelsonville Brickfest in July 2012.

  9. My son found a brick stamped “Queens Run”. I found the info. in your blog. Do you have any clue how/why it would of gotten to Coatesville, PA. We are about 4 hours from Lock Haven. I did notice there is no apostrophe between the “n” and “s” as in your pictures. Thanks for the info. Really cool to learn this history.

    1. Fire brick were sent all over the country from Lock Haven. It is perfectly reasonable to find one in Coatesville. I found mine in Boston. Probably they offered the best deal to the seller that day. Not sure whether the lack of apostrophe would make your brick newer or older than mine. I would guess newer, but you never know.

  10. Brickfrog: I just happened onto your wonderful site while researching my ancester Oscar James Gore. I believe he was Horatio Gore’s son. The family passed down to me the notion that Oscar was a civil engineer in Boston. I now believe that he actually carried on the family business of street paving. Thank you, Donald David Keim ( a great grandson to Horatio Gore)

  11. hi! I am originally from Harvard, Ma..lived in Boston…and now Dover, NH. Awesome antique bricking spots! Thanks for the blog…it is great. I have always been into old brickwork, how it was made, and the individuals that chose the trade back in those days. True American history and culture can be represented in just one brick!

    1. The New Hampshire Business Directory 1868 lists 10 brick manufacturers in Plaistow: Bryant & Bly, Clement & Pollard, George Donovan, Gleason & Morse, Samuel S. Hill, Aaron Hoyt, O. S. Morse & Co., Levi B. Tucker and Lamprey & Welch.

  12. I have 200 or so old bricks that I didn’t want to toss. They’re too cool looking. Was wondering if you would be interested?

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