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COLLECTION Identifier: Vis 24

Smith & Anthony Stove Company photograph and ephemera collection


Photographs and ephemera of the stove, fireplace and furnace manufacturer Smith & Anthony Company of Boston, Mass., 1881-1909.


  • 1881-1909

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information.


1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

The collection consists of fourteen black and white photographs and printed ephemera including trade cards, trade catalogs, brochures and calendars produced by the company. The photographs include one of the company office in Boston and images of stoves andheaters, andirons and urns.

Historical Note:

Smith & Anthony Company of Boston, Massachusetts was a high end stove, fireplace and range furnace manufacturer during the late 19th century. The firm was founded by William E. Smith and Edgar Waterman Anthony in 1879 as the Smith & Anthony Stove Company, later shortening it's name to Smith & Anthony Company. Smith served as president and Anthony as treasurer. The company had two locations in Boston, an office on 48 - 54 Union Street and a double store on 35 - 41 Friend Street where itsold its famous "HUB" brand stoves, ranges furnaces, and artistic fireplaces. Thecompany also manufactured cooking equipment for hotels, kitchen appliances, bathtubs,kitchen sinks, grates, a wide variety of heating equipment, water boilers, and steel doors. Itsbrass and iron foundries were located north of Boston in Wakefield. Smith & Anthony also had branchhouses in New York and Chicago as well as wholesale agents in Chicago, San Francisco,and London. Among the qualities of the equipment was the designs of Elihu Vedder, which combinedYankee utility and ingenuity with the distinctive style of the Decorative Arts period. The company went out of business in 1917.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Series I. Smith & Anthony Company photographs, circa 1892-1893
  2. Series II. Smith & Anthony Company ephemera, 1881-1909


Purchase, 2003

Processing Information

Processed: April 2005

By: Kimberly Reynolds

Smith & Anthony Stove Company. Smith & Anthony Stove Company Photograph and Ephemera Collection, 1881-1909: A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

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