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Lord of the Stoves: 1901

Lord of the Stoves: 1901

Chelsea, Michigan, circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company shipping room." Heated by a Round Oak No. 20 stove. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

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Round Oak

Round Oak stoves were manufactured in my hometown of Dowagiac, in SW lower Michigan. Both sides of my family have history with Round Oak: great-grandfather on my mom's side managed the foundry, and his brothers worked in various administrative positions; both great-grandfathers on my dad's side were Polish immigrants who worked in the factory. Both of my grandfathers worked at Round Oak as well. I wonder where this particular stove ended up. They are quite collectible these days.

[If your dad is like most people, he would have had four great-grandfathers. - Dave]

Both of MY great-grandfathers on my dad's side...his grandfathers.

All stove up

Another of my many obsessions of childhood was stove pipes. In the late 40's and into the 50's, you could still see a few stove pipes rising from the back of older houses, usually out of lean-to type rooms (another obsession). I would draw pictures of a room with a pot-bellied stove and make the smoke pipe as complicated and twisting as possible to its exit through the wall or roof. I would have loved this picture, but would have wanted several more bends and elbows before exit.


Just had to continue the Tolkien reference:

One stove to heat them all and in the darkness shine for them.

Deja vu all over again

Just when I think we're done with the Glazier Stove Company, you pull us back into it again.

Yet I'd do anything to have one of those old stoves in my kitchen. The utilitarian boxes that we call stoves these days are just boring.

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