According to Ronald Higgins, Lynn had trouble making bricks and had to use Higgins bricks from Torrance to help fill orders.
Because Lynn operated his brickyard for only 8 years, his bricks are not widely available to examine now. A couple of the buildings
that he supplied bricks for include the YWCA (1950) at 2320 Carson Street and the Acacia Medical Center (1950) at 2406 Torrance Blvd.
Advertisements indicate that Lynn bricks were shipped locally in the Torrance and Harbor City area. Lynn bricks may be in some of the
homes and chimneys in the area. A half bat sample from the brickyard site provides the description for Lynn brick below.
In 1954, Bert Lynn left the brick business to pursue civic work. The brickyard was operated afterwards by Stan May and Hal Bowen.
Today, the brickyard site is occupied by Kaiser Hospital and the clay pit has been partly filled for the parking lot.
Bert M. Lynn was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1917, to Adolf and Lena Lynn. He was educated at Mount Vernon High School and Alfred University in western New York, where he obtained a degree in ceramics engineering. In 1940, he went to Los Angeles and found employment as an engineer at a brick factory. During World War II, Lynn served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. In April 1946, Lynn was elected president of the Harbor City Chamber of Commerce and launched a campaign to put Harbor City on the map. In 1954, he became a member of the Torrance Planning Commission and two years later was elected its president. Lynn was involved with many other organizations, including the Community Chest, City of Hope's Torrance Chapter, the United Jewish Welfare, Shoemaker School Therapy Pool Fund, YMCA, Century Club, Little League, and others. Starting in 1961, Lynn served three terms on the Torrance school board. Residence of Torrance are familiar with his namesake on the Bert M. Lynn Middle School at 5038 Halison Avenue. In 1972, the Torrance school board changed the name of Flavian Elementary School when it was converted to a middle school and named in Lynn's honor. Lynn died in 1972 at the age of 54 of complications following a surgery. His wife was Lilyan Presser, a California native, and they raised two sons.
The common brick is dark red and uniform in color. The edges are nearly sharp. The brick has smooth sides with faint transverse
striations. The faces show a strong velour texture at an angle to the edges of the brick with short grooves normal to the velour
texture, indicating wire-cut faces. The interior is compact and hard. It contains 3 percent subangular white glassy quartz,
round black iron oxide, and round yellow clay, all less than 1/16 inch in diameter, in a sandy red clay body. This brick was made
using the stiff-mud process, extruded, and wire-cut. Length ?, width 3 3/8, height 2 1/2 inches.
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Doctors Invite Inspection of New Professional Building, Torrance Herald, November 23, 1950.
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Gay, T.E., and Hoffman, S.R., Mines and Mineral Resources of Los Angeles County, California, California State Mining Bureau, California Journal of Mines and Geology, v. 50, no. 3-4, 1954, p. 467-709.
Gnerre, Sam, Bert Lynn, Daily Breeze, South Bay History, June 29, 2011, blogs.dailybreeze.com/history/2011/06/29/bert-lynn/ (accessed March 26, 2015).
Harbor City Chamber Launches New Membership Campaign, Torrance Herald, April 25, 1946.
Higgins, Ronald, personal communications, 2014.
Higgins, Josh, personal communications, 2014.
Jenkins, O.P., Mineral Resources and Production, Counties of California - 1947, California Division of Mines Bulletin 142, 1949, p. 153.
Lynn to Fight City on Land Use Violation, Torrance Herald, August 14, 1952.
Millions of Bricks, Torrance Herald, August 12, 1954.
Planning Commission President Lynn Files for School Election, Torrance Herald, March 16, 1961.
Presser Family Tree, Ancestry.com (accessed March 26, 2015).
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YWCA Building Committee Named, Torrance Herald, September 21, 1950.
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