CALIFORNIA BRICKS


Fan Mail

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THANK YOU !!!!!!

for taking the time to do a web site on bricks!

We just moved into an old house that has a brick
front porch and they are marked "STAR" and that makes
them very special to us.

Found you via Google.

Just wanted to say THANKS.

Cindy
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Mr. Mosier,
I am writing to request permission to put a link on
a webpage I am working on about collecting bricks to
your webpage. I have done a lot of searching on the
internet and yours is one of the very few on collecting
bricks. I also collect bricks so far I have just bricks
from Texas where I live and some from Kansas. The page
is still in the construction stage but I will send you
the URL when it is completed and working.
Thank You,
Joe

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Earlier today I was engaged in brushing along Mt. Brow
road near Sonora in Tuolumne Co.. There was a small
but attractive pump house just beside the road and when
I walked over to look at it I noticed some old bricks
with the name California stamped on them. This evening
I was telling my wife about the day's events and on the
spur of the moment I decided to see if I could find any
information about these bricks on the internet. Imagine
my surprise when I located your web site in only seconds!
Thank you so much for your interesting and informative
web site it is a wonderful resource.

Thanks again,

Tom

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I'm also a brick collector. I just found your website and
it is really nice.

I'm joining the IBCA and hope to meet you someday.

Dan

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Hello

I stumbled into your website http://calbricks.netfirms.com/
brickbldg.html

The house on Chapin Avenue was built by my great grandfather,
George Farrell, back in 1906. The earthquake of 1906 knocked
down the walls that were under construction at the time.
Afterwards, he re-inforced it with heavy gage wire throughout
the walls so that would never happen again. Arches and alcoves
were sculpted or shaped bricks to the fit evenly and consistently
(Klinker Brick I think they called it) and not filled voids with
just mortar.

As a young boy, I used to visit my great aunt there, Irene
Farrell Palamountain during the 1950's and 1960's.

I have photos of George and Bertha Farrell with all the
family in front of that house, and a history if you are
interested.

George was not only a masonary contractor in the SF area, but
also quite a dance instructor at the Cotillion Ball Room on
Polk Street in SF.

All the best,

Greg

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Hi, I just ran across a cache of old bricks, crockery
shards and glazed trim pieces (see photos). I did a
search and found your collection. I never thought I'd
be interested in the history of a "brick" but now...
At any rate I'm probably going to use some of them in
some masonry projects that I have coming up and would
like to have a provenance to go with them. I was
wondering if you would know, or could point me in a
direction, of any more info resources? I'm especially
curious about the architectural details that I have.
It looks like some of the bricks have waste glaze
oozing all over them (possibly from the big old kiln
floors?)- They are quite lovely. Some of the bricks
are stamped "Los Angeles Brick and Paving Co"., "PCP"
and there are shards of cream colored crockery that
are marked "PACIFIC" and "Douglas". Thanks in advance
for any light you may have to shed on this modern day
archeology.
Regards,
Matt

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dear mr. mosier,
i found your delightful web site about the history of
bricks and i was wondering: do you know where i could
find about 200 antique bricks (circa 1910 or so)? i am
trying to restore the fireplace facing in my 1913 craftsman
bungalow and i don't want to use new brick if i can help
it. but i live in los angeles and all the antique brick
seems to be in the midwest. i think it would be expensive
to ship such a relatively small batch of bricks out here...
do you have any ideas? any advice appreciated!
thanks,
sue

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what are most bricks made of?

Brenda

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Hi Dan,
Great website. I found a brick on the beach in Santa Cruz
with a delta symbol stamped into it and nothing else. I think
it is old. Any ideas?
Jeff

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Hi there,

I found your site while looking for brick collectors on
the internet this evening. I have about 130 bricks or so.
Mostly from Texas. I agree with you that once friends and
family members found out that I enjoy bricks they keep
they're eyes peeled for me and I have had bricks just left
on my front porch. I don't have a California brick...I will
gladly trade a nice Texas brick of some kind for a California
brick any time. enjoyed reading your webpage and I am
inspired to create a brick page for myself.

Thanks for being on the web.

Nancy

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I have a question that maybe you can answer? I have an
old PSP ACORN brick that has the word Acorn under the PSP.
Do you have any idea how old this brick is, and was it used
in fire places?

Jack

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I tried the site again and it works fine. I was interested
because I have two sizes of "California" bricks.
Thanks for your research.

Philip

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Hello, I never thought of collecting bricks before seeing
your website on the subject. I was given some bricks from
a neighbors yard that had been laid in his patio area. He
decided to cement the area and put the bricks in the alley
from myself and another neighbor to split. The guy that
gave us the bricks asked how the project was coming along
and we invited him over to take a look. We told him we
wouldn't have enough to finish this project and that we
were going to start inquirying about where to buy some more.
He told us that the bricks we had were firebricks. We know
nothing about bricks except that the older ones looked much
more appealing to us. Looking at the information you have
printed on your website I recognized the name Diablo and
Labco it was interesting to read the info you had listed
on it. I haven't found anyone who might have any of these
available yet, but I wanted to say Thanks for the interesting
insight.

Kind regards,
Carmela

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I've enjoyed your informative "brick" web site. I have
several bricks a little different from yours as illustrated.
They are named LAB co 1-A and 2-A. Both appear to be fire
bricks. They are unusual in that they are not perfectly
rectangular in end view. There is about a one-fourth inch
difference in end heights. Another brick is identified as
"Livermore," but the name is impressed rather than raised
as in your illustration. I do have a Livermore with a
"smiley face" under the name. I inherited these and some
other nameless bricks many years ago.

Any information on the described bricks, if different from
the basic descriptions on your website, would be appreciated.

Dave

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Hi. I'm the historian at the Yaquina Head lighthouse,
Newport, Oregon. I'm seeking info about the bricks
used in the construction of our 93-foot lighthouse
tower in 1872. Some 370,000 bricks were used. One
person here believes the bricks were Oregon-made in
Portland...shipped as ballast to San Francisco and
purchased there. The archives show that the bricks
were, indeed, purchased in SF. BUT....where were they
made? My research shows that there were no brick
making machines in the Portland area until the late
1870's....that the bricks would have to have been made
by hand. But 370,000? Also, research shows that the
size of our unmarked bricks, exactly 2" by 4" by 8",
is unusual for the West Coast...that bricks of that
size were being made then only on the East Coast. Can
you fill in some gaps? I'd really appreciate any help.
Thanks, George

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i have aquired a few ca bricks richmond, livermore,
craycroft, etc what can i do with them ?

joann

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I was fortunate to come across your web site and was
fascinated by your documentation on the various
manufacturers. I do Hardscape masonry work in Southern
California and use allot of the Simons bricks. A company
in Corona purchased the Simons name and are now producing
Simons as spilt pavers from the original molds you might
want to check out their web site at http://www.simonsbrick.com/
they have a link to a great article by the LA Times on
Simons Brick History.

Scott

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I recently purchased several hundred brick that were
taken from a victorian home in Alameda that is being
remodeled. Many of the bricks are stamped with "CH"
and I have found one brick so far that has the numbers
"883" hand-written into the brick. I am interested in
finding out more about these bricks (before I turn
them into a patio...) If you have any more information
or resources, I would appreciate it.
Thank you for any assistance,
Laurie

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Hi Dan;
I'm trying to research some bricks from an foundation
on our church's property. The brick probably dates from
early 1700s and measures 8 1/4 by 4 by 2 5/8 (approx
measurements). Do you know a good web source for
colonial bricks?
Thanks!

James

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My great-grandfather used to be part owner of the
former business Richmond Brick Yard Richmond Pressed
Brick Company at the site where Brickyard Cove is in
California... Could you direct me to anyone who may
know history on this location. any help would be
greatly appreciated.

Joey

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Hi Dan,
Found your web site and need some help. I am doing
some research on brick making technology created in
the mid 50's by some people in California. Actually it
was a mobile brick maker...the machine which scooped up
the dirt/clay/sand mixed it, combined it with a bonding
agent and spit out bricks. These bricks did not require
any curing and were waterproof. Any help? Any idea what
happended...are people still making bricks this way.....

Frank

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Do you have any idea where a person might buy about a
dozen Port Costa bricks? They haven't made them for
12 years. A contractor on a City job damaged some in
a private yard and is looking for some to replace them.
Any help you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

Sandy

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Hello, I'm geneology cruising. My family owned
Garvanza Brickyard in the East LA/Pasadena area
aroung 1880. The family moved to Santa Maria in
1920 where that also had a brickyard. Actually
there seems to be quite a lot of Gamble (perhaps
Wilson also) brickyards. Do you have any info to
share? They ran a brickyard in Santa Clara about
1900 for a couple of years before returning to LA.
Any idea where that Karl Gurcke book could be
located?
Jean

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Thanks for the info! The friend who gave them to
me -the bricks were dug out of her yard in Mill Valley
when she was landscaping - got a big kick out of finding
out where they came from, too. I found another one with
a Livermore stamp on the side that I'm trying to figure
out how to display in my garden. It's the beginning of
a new interest! It's great that your site is up and
encouraging people.

Michelle

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Do you know where I can purchase Old Sacramento brick?
This is for a construction project on a historic building
in downtown Old Sacramento.

Thanx for the help.
Karen

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Hi Dan - I am looking for information on a brick
stamped "SJBCo" that is part of an elaborate brick
chimney in our living room. The house is in Woodside.
The house was built in 1853 but I suspect the fireplace
was added on later. Our brick is inset rather than
raised where it is stamped. Many of the bricks are
irregularly shaped and make an incredible hearth with
view of the Pacific Ocean behind it. The house itself
is historically significant.

Any help you could give me dating the brick and
fireplace will be greatly appreciated. I can send
digital photos if that would help.

Dan

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Hello Dan,
I found your site by putting "walbottle" in my
browser and was pleasantly surprised by the pictures
and information that you have provided. I have the
Walbottle, Cowen and Snowball bricks. The Cowen has
a 4 above the word cowen. I have recently moved to
Thomasville, GA from Sequim, WA. Unfortunately, I
had to leave some of my bricks in sequim (in walkways
as stepping stones). I was afraid I would be over
on weight on the moving van. I managed to get here
with 105 bricks. At one time I had over 200, but
moving twice in 6 years has taken its toll. I got the
Walbottle and a Calvert in a trade (via mail) with
Bill McDowell. The Snowball was given to me as a
house warming gift by a lady in Sequim. The story
behind the Cowen is interesting. On my walks I
passed a home that had bricks around the base of
their mailbox stand. One of them was a Cowen.
After about 2 years of coveting the brick, I was
walking by there and a dog was giving me a hard
time. The lady that owned the dog came out to quiet
the dog and I asked her if I could purchase the brick.
She told me take it as a gift to compensate for the
harassment by the dog. So, I finally got the brick.
Anyway, you have done an excellent job providing all
of the information on your site. I printed the
pictures of the three that I have mentioned and
their info.
Thanks!
Gary

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Interesting site. Thanks for putting it together.
I noticed a bar-b-que pit in Hayward made with
"CALIFORNIA" bricks and was intrigued by the markings.

Thanks again for taking the time to share your knowledge.

James

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Hi.
I am a portuguese history teacher doing research about
the portuguese in California for my Master Theseis.
In one of my readings I noticed that the Sacramento
Brick Company was founded by portuguese.
Can you help finding if this information is true?

thank you

Jose

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Dan,

Thanks for the communication.

I learned a lot from reading your websites on Tesla
and Carnegie.

I plan to purchase and read your book on the subject.

Living in and learning about California is fun thanks
to people like you.

David

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My husband enjoyed looking at your brick collection
and realized that we have a Gasco (yellow) brick
(see attachment) that is in good condition. (no cracks,
some small chips on edge) Would you like to just have
it for your collection? We will ship COD if you would
like it. Or arrange for pick up if you are close
enough. We are in Lincoln, California.

The I

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I was wondering if there is anything written or
pictures of the brick yard that was located in
the Sherman Oaks area. I have faint memories of my
father working in a brickyard close to where I
work off Bascom Ave. I tried locating something
in the internet but only found a small article in a
Sherman Oak Community Newsletter. My father passed
away over 40 yrs ago and was still employed with
this brickyard. I would appreciate if you could help
me locate something to share with my children.
Thank you

Linda

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Dan,
I found your California Brick website in a 'brick
collecting" web-search. I am very, very new to
collecting. You have a fantastic website! The history
you have researched and presented of the Brickmakers
is particularly great. And of course looking at your
collection is the fun part! I didn't realize that some
"named bricks" had the name on the long edge (instead
of the face) until I seen you website.

A few questions:
1. Does the IBCA have a website? Are there state or
regional chapters?
2. Are you aware of any books on brickmakers and/or
"named bricks"? You mention "an excellent book by
Karl Gurcke entitled "Bricks and Brickmaking," University
of Idaho Press, 1987" but you seem to indicate this
is ONLY for California bricks . . . is that correct?

3. I live in the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois,
and Wisconsin. Are you aware of any collectors in
these three states?

Please advise. Thank you.

John

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Dan

i'm thinking of doing a website on my brick collection -
about 130 different ones, no one else in the UK seems to
have done one. Do you get much interest in your site?

Dave

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Dan

thought you might be interested in the attached, I found
it in Brymbo, near Wrexham, North Wales. A long way from
home but not as far as your example!

i'm very impressed with the research you've done for your
collection

best wishes

Dave

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Hello Dan,

I just paid your brick web site an enjoyable visit. Thank you.
I visited Benicia a few months ago, looking for information
on the cement plant that used to be there. While searching,
I hiked out to Dillon Point, about 2 miles west of downtown,
where I found hundreds of brickbats. The state employee at
the Old Capitol said there had been a brick yard out there,
I believe owned by Mr. Dillon. Do you know anything about
this? I know of two available books on Benicia history. I
have "Benicia, A Portrait of an Early California Town," and
it does not mention bricks or Dillon. I believe the other
book does.

I hope this information may be of some interest to you.

Michael

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Hi Dan:

I just surfed some of the bricks on your site, and am
enjoying them immensely. I am involved with the restoration
and development of the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic
Site of Canada. At this site we hope to interpret the brick
industry across North America, as well as at the plant itself.
For more information on Claybank, see the website at:
http://www.sasktelwebsite.net/cbphm/

I am attaching a virtual brick - part of our North American
Virtual Brick Collection. At some point we would like to
develop a system for linking all of the brick sites such
as yours to become part of this Virtual Brick Collection.
Are you interested in joining in? This will be much easier
and practical - though not as much fun - than collecting
real bricks. Also a lot cheaper, I expect. Mailing bricks
is not cheap. In January I will be meeting with members of
several historical agencies which are interested in
participating in this venture, to determine how we can best
accomplish this collection, and establish the necessary links
with both collectors and present-day brick manufacturers.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Frank

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Hey Dan: Just checking in to see if you have found out
anything about the Robson Bricks??, found another wierd
Brick yesterday that says PREMIER on it. I will check your
Web-Site to see if you already have information on it!!!.
Steve

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Hi Dan,

I just learned about your brick collection on a house blog.
I had no idea that there were people who were so into bricks!
Anyway, many years ago, we found a single printed brick (LA Paving Co)
among all the many bricks around our 1909 Crafrsman. We've kept it
out and separate from the other more common bricks. I've attached a
picture - though you hardly need it. If you're keeping track, my house
is in Echo Park - Los Angeles.
I really just wanted to say thanks for the information.

yolanda

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Hi Dan
Really loved your site on bricks. Wanted to include some info about my
bricks I got off your website. I also have some photos of the bricks
from my 1911 craftsman.
All my best,
Mia

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just came accross this website and found that I am not the only
person on earth that has what i call, a "brick garden". I have about
100 bricks from around Texas and surrounding states. I have never
bought a brick. But I have been looking for someone to trade bricks
with. Do you know anyone that may be interested?
I know this is a strange collection, but i get a trill out of it.
Brick Collector,
Andy

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I read awhile ago about a fellow that was identifying rock, I think
chemical makeup, to locate where stone came from. I think he was
doing source analysis to find out where ancient building's quarries
were located.

At any rate, you're doing something really valuable for archaeologists.
Do you charge for your work?

We just had an earthquake.

Susan

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Dear Dan

I'll appreciate any info on the date and manufacturer of these
bricks. I'll be happy to mail these to you if you want them.
They came from a mountain cabin allegedly built about 80 years
ago in the Tehachapi mountains.

Regards

Paul

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I have the same bricks.
My grandfather built in 30' of XX c. a house with stoves - in Warsaw.
During the Second W.W. Germans blown up this house and after war
I have found in the ground some firebricks with mark RAMSAY.
Probably from stoves.

Best regards
Slavomir

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Hello Dan-
What else do you know about Simons Brick company? My great-great
uncle was Walter Simons, my grandfather was Joseph Simons-who I
think was either one of Walter's brothers or his nephew.

I have a fabulous foto of a Simons Brick Co. wagon.

Thank you in advance for any information you might be able to
share with me.

Laura

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Dear Dan,

Thank you for putting together a wonderful and informative
web site on bricks in California.

My name is Simon, I am a Masonry Contractor in the San Francisco
area, and I have the great opportunity to work on some of the
historical public buildings and amazing residential buildings
here in San Francisco.

Whilst working on the residential projects I have always tried
to research the history of the house and who built it and submit
this information to the current homeowner/ Architect in order to
help them appreciate the magnificent art of Masonry.

I would like to ask you if it is possible to request information
on the various types of brick that I sometimes come across on
various projects.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

Simon

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Hi there, I hope you don't mind my asking but I dug up a brick
in my back yard the other day and am curious about it's origin etc.
the brick is a very grainy, dirty yellow color and measures
81/2 X 4 X 4. The most curious aspect is that it is stamped on
one side with the word ALAMO and then under that are the numbers
84 96. I would appreciate any information you might be able
to provide. Who knows maybe I will start collecting.

Thanks again,
Clyde

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Dan,

Hi. I found your website and have a question I hope you can
answer. I live in Fullerton California, and I have an old brick
in my front entryway that says "CARBER". I can't seem to find
any information about this brick, and I was hoping you might have
a clue. Please let me know if you know anything about this brick,
and thank you for your time.

Sherry

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Hi Dan,
I have found a couple bricks on my property that say (I think)
"RAVEN WBI & CO."
Sound familiar? I see a picture of it @ the top of you COLLECTIONS
page. Its the second brick in from the top right. Just wanted to do
a little research.
Thanks,
Sean

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Hello

I live in a home in Santa Ana, California that was built in 1926.

I would like to learn who made the bricks as they were supposedly
"made locally by a manufacturer that went out of business about
the same time".

They are red/orangish in color and irregular in shape. There are
many "clinkers".

I've attached a street shot of the home.

Do you have any guesses on which manufacturer may have
made the bricks ?

Thanks

Ron

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Hello,

I am paving my front yard with old/antique bricks that I have been
finding along the shoreline of my town and the town across the
straights. They are gorgeous. Many are broke in half, some weathered
by the water, but I have kind of been obsessed about my finds. I
also want to use them for artwork as well. Anyway, I found your
website. Very interesting. I think I am on the way to becoming a
collector myself. Thanks for the info.

Robert

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Hi Dan,

Your website is fabulous. I am a tilesetter and am somewhat
active with Tile Heritage Foundation. I know a fair amount
about tilemaking companies, some of whom have overlap with bricks
and are included in your listing and histories. THF has quite
extensive archives about all tile companies and I hope you
will feel free to contact them if you might want to search their
files.

Mainly I just want to say how much I enjoyed taking a fairly
long first look at your site. What a great resource to know
about! I'm afraid I'm a rather disorganized person and I don't
often get to things right away, but I'll send you some bits of
information which may or may not duplicate the wealth of info
you already have on the handful of companies I have some
knowledge of. . .

Thanks for the wonderful work! More later.

Riley

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Dan:

My name is William, direct decendent of Capt. Thomas Dwyer who
imigrated from Ireland in the early 1800's and founded the
Sacramento Transportation Company and Sacramento Brick Company.
I am 3rd generation Sacramento and my extended grandchildren
are 5th generation. It is only in the past few months that I
have looked into my family geneology and become aware of my
past heritage. Obviously, I know something from family
conversations, but not to the extent I am now discovering.
I have recently joined the Sacramento Historical Society and
the Sacramento Pioneer Association which will give me a broader
detail of historical facts.

I find your article to be most informative. I have heard my
Dad say in the past (now deceased) that Lake Greenhaven was
created by the mining of clay deposits. I don't know if that
is true or not but being located off the Riverside Blvd. area
it is possible. I look forward to reviewing your listed sources
for more information. Thank you for your diligence and historical
interest.

Wm.

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Dan

Google led me to your California Bricks site this evening...
Great Job !!!

I went through some of the maker descriptions, and was pleased
to see that a number of the photos DID show my primary interest
for the search: Shipping bricks by rail... Given the weight of
the product, and the need to ship them in large quantity, it does
not surprise me to see brickyards located next to rail lines.

I was wondering if you might have any pointers to photos showing
actual brick loads on rail cars... close enough to see the way
they were loaded?

Any thoughts?

Richard

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Dan,

I read with great interest your history of United Materials and
Richmond Brick Company, Ltd. Could they have manufactured a
refractory brick stamped "PLUTO"?

I found a few old firebrick in the abandoned oil fields outside
Bakersfield,CA and would like to trace the origin of manufacture
and production date. The brick is standard rectangular in shape,
yet the block letter font has unique characteristics.

I know there was Pluto mine in Calaveras County, CA which could
have a connection.

Where might I find more information?

Thanks,

Joe

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My mother and her family grew up in Simons. She has read the book
by A. Morales, however she is looking for more informations. I
wondered if you can direct my internet search in the right
direction.

Thank you
Rachel

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Hi, Dan.

I found your article (http://calbricks.netfirms.com/brick.park.html)
while researching PBY Co. bricks and I found it very interesting.

We recently bought a house in Grantville in Mission George and the
1964 addition to home has a wall and fireplace made of PBY Co. bricks.
Obviously they were recycled from an older structure. Some have a
white and blue stucko and/or paint on them perhaps from a colored
exterior wall or painted advertisement.

Thanks for your article because it helped us to add to the history
of our little house here in San Diego.

- Paul.

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Really enjoyed reading about the Remillard Brick Company of
Oakland, CA ... very good stuff. Now I have a question: Were
there ever any brick kilns located on Adam's Point, diagonally
across from Remillard's Brooklyn brickyard location at anytime
in history prior to, say, 1861? Thank you, Pat

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I recently bought some used bricks from a construction site
in Pittsburg CA. Included in the mix were some yellow bricks
with LIVERMORE FB WKS SF stamped on the side.

I was curious and googled the words and found your site.
I enjoyed reading about the company that made some of my bricks.

Thanks, Marilyn

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Thank you for your beautiful write up on Carnegie brick company.
I just received a much-wanted Carnegie brick for Christmas. I have
been wanting one for a while but could not find any.

Now that I read your article, I want to collect the other bricks,
too. Do you know where I can get any?

Thank you much,
Julie

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Hi Dan,
I am here in Louisiana and I am wondering if you can assist me or
send me to someone who can. We have some bricks that the makers mark
on them is finger and thumb prints. They are very old and my father
was told by some historian in New Orleans that they came from one of
the presidents homes, either Lincoln or Washington no one can remember.
And that they were lost when the ship sunk. I have no idea where to
look for the brickmaker but your sight is so wonderful on California
that I thought maybe you could help. Thank you Joy

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Hi,
I am thankful for you and your website. My family and I were out
off roading in the Tahoe National Forest last summer and found one
of many abandon gold mines. I had seen a show on the history channel
about bricks and how some can be valuable. So when I saw a few in good
shape. I grabbed them. Today I remembered to search for information on
the name COWEN. And I found your web site. Thank you. I enjoy knowing
how far my bricks have come.

Jeannine

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Dear Dan,

My deceased cousin, Julie (Wilkins) Koop is a Fortin descendent
as follows:
daughter of Robert E Wilkins and Adele Julie FORTIN
Adele Julie FORTIN was the daughter of Damien FORTIN and May Hubbard
Damien FORTIN was the son of Victor Lazare FORTIN and Julie Remillard

Based on the information you have presented on the Brickmakers home
page, it appears that you have had contact with Barbara Miller, a
granddaughter of Victor Fortin. Julie was also Victor's granddaughter.
I am very much interested in getting in touch with her. . .
Thanks very much for your help.

Janet

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Hello, Mr. Mosier,

Well - I thought I was the only person who collected bricks! Over the
weekend I found samples of Steiger, Carnegie and Duro Block bricks
at the edge of San Francisco Bay. They seem to be fire bricks, most
likely from an old refinery, which is what I was looking for up there.
Being curious about their origins, I tried googling the names - and up
came your website, with all the information!

Great site and a big surprise to find the answers to my questions so
simply. I have a few other bricks around here, my favorites being an
"ACME" brick that sounds like something Wile E. Coyote would have
ordered, and a PCP (which I think is Pacific Clay Products).

A lot of my stuff came in the aftermath of our southern California
earthquakes, first Whittier and later Northridge. At those times,
bricks can be found along the roadside everywhere!

Regards,

J. Eric

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Howdy Dan,

I found what I think is a historic brick on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
I hope it is a California-made brick and you can help me with it.
It is only partial, but has the word "MAJOR" stamped on a frog.
Do you have any information about the maker and possible date of
manufacture?

I found a "PREMIER" using you site and appreciate the help.

Aloha,

James

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Hello.

I'm an architectural historian - I lecture on the Art of Building
in the UK
Please tell me more

Godfrey

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Hi Dan, Thanks for you most informative brick manufacturers reference site
at http://calbricks.netfirms.com/brickmakers.html
We found these two bricks (see link below) in the Buena Vista
reservoir levee in Kern County, CA at a fill site from 1907. Note
spelling of Excelsoir in two different ways on the bricks.

Can you verify that they are from the 1916 Southern Pacific Brick
Company, or the S.P. Brick Co., that was organized by W. H. Shields of
Fresno, W. D. Trewhitt of Hanford, and L. E. Hays of Exeter to
manufacture common red brick about a half mile northwest of Exeter on
Belmont Avenue?

Sincerely,
Gilbert

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Dear Mr. Mosier,

May I thank you for your website on Carnegie Brick and Pottery Company.

In 1983, I replaced the main water service of my mother's home in St.
Mary's Park, San Francisco, the original site of St.
Mary's College, now in Moraga.

I exhumed from the trench 20 "Carnegie" face bricks stamped in the
'frog'. I had hoped they were from the original St, Mary's College
buildings, but according to your website, the oldest they could be is
1902 (The original building of St. Mary's College in San Francisco,
were built around 1850=60s.)

While I am disappointed that the bricks can not be from the original
campus, I thank you for your research on Carnegie Brick and Pottery
Company (for it has saved me from great embarrassment which otherwise
would be caused by my false presumption (until I read your research).

[I was going to donate them to St. Mary's College for a fund raiser.]

Sincerely,

george

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Dan Mosier,
I recently have found several T.Carr bricks deep in the jungle of
Hawaii. It was no question that this area was once lived in..It looks
like these bricks came from around the stove area of this old
foundation..

I was curious if you knew how these bricks got to Hawaii or when
they could've arrived.

Also if there is any value to these bricks. Any help would be greatly
appreciated. I give guided tours for the local resort. and we pass by
this ruin site many times. Any further knowledge about this that I
could use would be wonderful.
Thanks
Gene

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Thank you, Dan.

I have just converted another bricklover to the flock. One of my
daughters is vice-principal of Avenal High School. She and a
friend were looking over a site where an old house had recently
been demolished and she saw some "interesting bricks". She told
me that several of them were marked with what looked like McE
inside an oval. I gave her your website, and within fifteen minutes,
she called me back and said. "I found it - It is a McElroy brick made
in Merced!! I'm going back over there tomorrow afternoon to see if
I can find any others.""

I tell you - this business is contagious.

Regards,

Gary

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Dan, amazing information on California Bricks. I have a
fire place brick, somewhere between 1917 to 1923. A Livermore
Fire Brick Works brick, made by W.S. Dickey. I am trying to find
out the age of my old California bungalow. The brick I have is
white, a Livermore indentation plus a star right above. I am
wondering if you can tell me the exact year.

Frederick

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Hello Dan !!

My relatives were redoing their landscaping at the front
yard yesterday and found what it seemed to be a water
well 4 ft under ground the well is approx. 4ft radious by
40 feet deep. I'm not a brick collector but always like
antiques when i checked some of the bricks I NOTICED
THE BRICKS around the top HAD THE "LABCO" stamp on them.
how can we tell how old these bricks are i know the house
was built in the 20's .

hope to hear from you soon

thank you

enrique

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hi dan i am working a family tree and i have several relatives
that worked at simons brick yard in montebello. do you have any
ideas where i can go to get a list of employees or anything that
might help me to get exact dates that they were on the payroll or
a job discription of what they did? their last names are ledesma.
i also need to know when the brick yard closed because after they
closed the yard, they moved to catalina island. thank you for any
help or direction that you give me.......................ed

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Dan,
Thank you for your fantastic and very informative web site.
I am a general contractor working on a special project that
is attempting to produce an authentic Green & Green, Arts and
Crafts (1900s) building and site.

The project cost is approximately $12,000,000. I have been to
the Gamble House and the Thorsen House and read everything I
can find on the subject.

I now understand why people become fascinated with brick making
and its history. I am trying to locate a source for antique
"Pasadena" clinkers or a company that can make them. I need
approximately 100,000 clinkers and many more wire cuts for
pavers. Do you have any ideas?

Thanks,
Ed

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Dear Mr. Mosier:
I was researching the history of the Simons brick and
came across your website. My mother and father were both
born in Simons. My grandfather and uncles worked in the
brickyard. My father has a photograph of the laborers of
Plant #3, which I think is from Montebello. Some of the
photos are damaged. Do you know where I could research to
find a duplicate, possibly with the names of those that
worked there?

Thank you for your time,
Diana

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YOU'LL SEE I AM TH FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE
IBCA...LONG AGO. BECAUSE I COULD FIND SO FEW CA BRICKS
HERE IN SAN DIEGO, I BASICALLY HAD NOTHING TO TRADE. I
HAVE 1 UB BRICK CO...THAT I THOUGHT WAS SD...BUT NOT
ON YOUR LIST FOR SD. I HAVE 2 LA BRICKS. THAT'S IT. I
AM NOW 72+ AND HANDICAPPED..DON'T DRIVE..SO FINDING
BRICKS IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE NOW.

WHY I AM WRITING IS THAT I SENT 5 DIFFERENT EMAILS TO
THE EMAIL ADDRESS POSTED ON THE HOME PAGE OF THE [IBCA]
WEBSITE...AND I NEVER RECEIVED AN ANSWER TO ANY. SO IF
YOU HAVE A WORKING EMAIL FOR WHOMEVER HAS ONE IN "HQ"
OR BRICK-CENTRAL FOR THE IBCA...PLEASE PROVIDED.

IF YOU ARE EVER IN SAN DIEGO AND JUST WANT TO TALK
BRICKS...WE CAN HAVE A COKE, BEER OR WINE ON OUR
PATIO.

RON

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found identical to red bricks, but color is off white to yellow?
thank you, greg

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Hi Dan,

I was looking through your brick pages online. I live in Illinois,
near Macomb where Dickey apparently had a brickworks at one time.
There is also an old brickworks in neighboring Colchester. One of
my spare time hobbies is photographing abandoned buildings. So I'm
always finding great examples of fireplace bricks, hollow clay tile
and etc. I use your pages quite often to fill in the blanks on some
historical aspects. Like figuring out how old a house might be by
knowing the years a particular Dickey brick plant was open. Last
fall, I photographed an old workshop/barn near the tiny village of
Webster, IL and found some great examples of Dickey hollow clay tile.
I'm not sure if this was meant to be building tile or if it was field
tile that was used for a decorative effect. But I thought you would
be interested in seeing the application. The following link will
take you to a directory of the photos I shot that day. If you have
any info on these types of tiles, I'd love to know it.

http://pinkcoyotedesigns.vip.warped.com/WebsterBrn/

Thanks,

Mark

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Hello, Mr. Mosier,

I was down at the beach today, searching for artifacts, when I
came across a brick with the name A.P.Green, Mex-Ko imprinted on
it. When I arrived home, I checked the internet and found your
site with an image of a similar brick and your detailed explanation
about the company.

During WWII, Saipan was the site of some of the heaviest fighting
between the US and Japan; so I wanted to know when this brick may
have arrived in Saipan. You note that the company was in business
from 1929 to 1942, meaning this brick was probably one of the last
made by the company and was shipped to Saipan most likely directly
at the end of the war -- three years after the company closed.

I found another specimen not far from the first, but it was only
slightly more than 1/2 of a brick. For a good view of the brick, you
can go to http://www.rosebrickyard.com/montana/index.htm
This image is identical to the brick I found.

There are actually many bricks on the beaches of Saipan, with a
number of different names, some of which are Japanese. Anyway, I just
wanted to let you know what I found. If you didn't know that the AP
Green bricks were shipped to Saipan, perhaps this will be of interest
to you.

Thanks for your informative website.

Yours truly,

Richard

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Dan,

We are demolition contractors and are called upon occasionally
to demo old historical brick buildings. Have saved quite a few
labeled Simons brick and now have run across an old brick with
the brand name Hancock raised inside a shallow rectangular frog.
I see no reference to this brick in your list but am sure it's
quite old. Can you enlighten us?

Thanks,
Marcia

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Dan,

I'm an archaeologist on Guam and we are documenting outdoor
ovens on the island. The oven style was introduced to Guam by
the Spanish, after A.D. 1700. Ovens continued to be built until
the 1960s.

We have found heat resistant bricks with imprints of various
makers and I have been searching the internet to find where
they were manufactured. I'm hoping you can provide some
direction. The names are listed below.

MEX - K0
Wellsville
Acorn
Mizzou

Thanks for your assistance.

Darlene

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I have some bricks that have a diamond with an s in the middle.
they are from a house built in 1910 in san Francisco

Do you know where they came from?

Thanks,

Dan

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Dear Dan,

None to shabby a job you did with the [Remillard] family tree
and I found your info quite accurate and useful. Thanks for
everything and keep up the good work.

Peace.

Yours,
Debbieann

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HI there Dan Mosier,

Any ideas on this Alberhill LAPBC brick (about 12"x8"?
also have you heard of any 12x12-foot (unmarked) blocks
from the Alberhill area? Thanks!

Terri

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Dear Dan,

I was just fascinated, looking at your website. I am glad you
welcome comments and questions.

We demo'd a building (synagogue built in 1924) and have a pile
of 1900 bricks, many in perfect condition, some with mortar.
They are stamped Livermore F.B. Wrks S.F. and an unusually
pretty color, I would say golden rose. I am wondering if
these have any value?

Thank you for your time.

Joelle

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Hello, My husbands birthday is in less than a week. He is a mason
contractor and has started a brick collection. I'm looking for a
book that he can use as a reference for collecting. Hopefully
something with pictures and the historys of different brick.
Could you help me.

Thanks
Christy

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Hi Dan, I'm not really into bricks except for the fact that I am finishing
building a new home in Pauma Valley, CA. On the property when I
bought it were a number of used brick. I had throught since the
division was made in the 50's that the bricks might be from the
Tehacapi earthquake of the mid-50's. The bricks that are marked
have a similar depression I see on you Los Angeles Brick Company
bricks except the legend is "LABCO" without a cresent.
If you would like a sample or two for you collection just let
me know and I will ship them to you, gratis.
Thanks for you website.
Charlie

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Hi,
I noticed your picture of a Ravens Lodge fire brick on the web,
for your information the Ravens Lodge brick and tile works is
shown on the 1893 1:2500 Ordnance Survey Plan of Scouthill at
Scout Hill, Dewsbury it appeared after the 1850 edition and had
disappeared by 1922.

I am currently refurbishing houses that were built on the site
of the works, the original buildings are now used for storage
and Engineering purposes.

its amazing to think a fire brick from Dewsbury travelled so far.

regards

Andrew

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Hi Dan,
Interesting article about Niles brick.

Do you know if it's possible to visit the old brick factory.
I've seen it from the road and from riding the Niles Canyon
train.

It always looks so intriguing to me.

Thanks,
Alvin

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Dear Sir,
I am looking for the name and some history re the brick factory
once located in what is now Corporate Center in Monterey Park CA.
Could this have been the Simons plant in Boyle Heights? The Corporate
Center is located on Monterey Park Hill. This is next to East LA,
off of Cesar Chavez Blvd (originally Brooklyn Ave).
Thanks for any info.
Diane

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I am remodeling a home in Napa and my brother gave me the bricks
for the front porch. They came from Berkeley/ oakland and are out
of old fireplaces and brick foundations that have been replaced
on his houses. They are stamped with a very clear "P". Almost
everyone who comes to the house comments on them and I am running
out of tall tales to tell them so I was trying to find out something
about them. I would be glad to send you a picture if that would help.
Thanks, Alan

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Hi Dan,
Nice to see others across the globe find bricks interesting,
here's a link to part of my own collection;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28709338@N04/sets/72157606289721566/

By all means put a link to it on your website if you like,

All the best,

Alan

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Hello Dan:

For few yrs. now I am tracing after my Grandpa's brothers life
out in the California area where he settled for 50 yrs. He
emigrated from Germany in 1882. In small steps I find little too
it, just like today with your most interesting website.
As I googled it...

He was living in this area San Jose, San Joaquin, and San Rafael
as a bricklayer, mason, bricklayer manager in San Joaquin in 1910.
He was in charge over the Italien and German bricklayers there
for some time. Is there besides the Census a definite rooster,
book on hand, where one could find out w/whom he was living.?

I am so happy to find your web, can't believe it.

His brother worked with him in SF after the EarthQuake in 1906 to
build up the city again. His brother my Grandpa. Just found him on
the California Voters Registration and via that, I made enormous
headways in finding out more information about him. Where he was
living and when he died.

Greetings and best wishes,

Doris

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Hi Dan,

I'm a historical archaeologist and I've found your brick
website very useful. I'm trying to date a brick found at a
homestead site south of Beaumont (see attached photo). It
has "LAB co" impressed above a crescent. I assume this is
"Los Angeles Brick Company". In your brickmakers section,
you have them listed but no link, which I understand means
they are "currently being researched".

I was hoping, however, that since you are researching them,
you might have minimal information, most importantly the
years they were in business.

If you happen to know, even approximately, when LAB co was
in operation, it would be very helpful to me in dating this
archaeological site.

Thanks very much,

Cary

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Mr. Mosier,
I am currently researching the Bercut-Richards Cannery in Sacramento
(7th & Richards) and came across your excellent web pages on California
Bricks.
I thought you might be interested to know that the main buildings at
the cannery have a "Cannon Load Bearing" on the hollow clay tiles.
These red-orange tiles can be seen from Richards Blvd.
Would you happen to know of a way to date the construction of the
cannery based upon the pattern, color, stamp, etc., of the building?
Thank you,
Mark

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Hi,
I'm helping organize the 2008 Society for Industrial Archeology
National Conference in San Jose
http://knightsia.org/sia2008
On an exploring expedition today we wanted to look at the old can
factory at Martha and Fifth, and decided to explore the neighborhood
a bit more. We were captivated by the brick building at 3rd & Keyes,
and the fact that the new housing on 3rd was called "The Brickyard".
Hmm, time for a bit of web research, and lo and behold your web page
popped up
http://calbricks.netfirms.com/brick.petersen.html
PERFECT! Exactly the bit of info we needed! . . .

I'm trying hard to find traces of San Jose's industrial past,
thing here get knocked down awfully quickly. I'll take a closer
look at your web site for ideas, but would also welcome any other
places that we should include for visits, or even drive bys. The
area around 3rd & Keyes has lots of interesting brick buildings
that I need to investigate. The Chapter is a pretty ecclectic
bunch sharing only a common interest in historic industries.

So, THANKS!
jay

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Hi, Dan,
My grandfather, Michele Rocchioli, worked (it was said) at a brick
factory at Decoto, and he and my grandmother lived in Niles (now
Fremont). Yet, I see a B. Rocchioli in your list of people who worked
at Carnegie. We never believed there was anyone else in the world
with the name Rocchioli...it's a long story of which I have written a
large book on...He was adopted and we think the nuns made up that name.
Anyway, it was thrilling to read your information.
Thanks, Janet

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Dear Mr. Moiser,

It seems we have a mutual interest in bricks. Although our history
involves the labor that installed the bricks, we have a lot in common.
I would be interested if you have further information about bricks as
it relates to labor.

Please advise.

Sincerely

Richard

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Dan

I just found your website by accident!! and noticed your imported
brick section.

On my web site at www.monklands.co.uk
I have some items on Garnkirk and Glenboig - and brickmaking - I
hope it is of interst to you? I will be adding more items shortly.

Regards

John

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I used to live near, and play in the old San Jose Brick Co. on
Fruitdale Av. I am looking for some pictures and info on this yard.
Any help would be appreciated. I watched as a kid as they tore down
one of the 2 large stacks!
Please respond,

Jim

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Mr. Mosier:

My father worked at the Western brick yard between the 1920's and
1940's, at the Chavez ravine yard (NOW DODGER STADIUM") in Los Angeles.

I need a brick stamped "WESTERN" FOR HIS BIRTHDAY...THAT I WILL PLACE
ON A PLACK SAYING, "YOUR HANDS MADE THESE BRICKS THAT HELPED
BUILD LOS ANGELES".

I will pay what ever it takes to acquire a "WESTERN" brick.

Sincerely,

Paul

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I noted with interest your comments re: the Sacramento Brick Co.
I am told that the mill was some 1/4 from the pit, and a short
1/4 mile of railroad was used to haul the clay to the mill.
That short railroad used a 0-4-0 H. K. Porter Co. locomotive,
purchased from the Huntington Hopkins store in 1889.
All of that being said, I have a piece of 45 lb to the yard rail from
that old railroad, it is branded C B D Co. with no date.
Would you have any idea as to what C B D Co. was? Would you trade two
of your bricks for a chunk of this rail? Thanks, G J

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Dan
My partners and I (Orange County based) are planning to produce a
short, independent feature to be named "Brick People" based upon
the book of the same name by Alejandro Morales, a descendant of
workers at the Simons brickyard. The screenplay was written by
his daughter, Alessandra who will direct.

You seem to be someone who would be interesting to collaborate with
so I am writing to you to say hello. Please email back if you'd like
to find out more about what we are doing.

Do you know where I can find a couple of Simons brick as a gift for
Alessandra? I actually don't know if she has any but I would love
to give her one if possible. Also, would you allow us to use any of
your images of Simons brick (with appropriate attribution)?

Hope to hear from you.
Art

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Hi
I am email you about nothing other then bricks. In early 1972 or
so my dad used to take us to old sacramento where we collected
bricks. As i was a kid i am not sure but I think it was the old
city jail and built between 1900 and 1903 bringing them home hacheting
off the mortor and there they still sit some are used for flooring
in our green house and the rest unused. Amoung them is a white
carnegie brick looks like concrete unlike any i seen in your picture
the letter A in cArnegie is round not coming to a point it looks
much like the letter R, the letter n looks like a oversized small
case letter n, in your pics the letter N is upper case. Could this
be a very early carnegie white brick do the the obvious letter
difference? I will also be contacted by the city of Sacramento and
probably a hystorian to find out which city building it was and may
donate some of the bricks back to the state for future use in city
projects as i am posative that the bricks were from a old city
building that was torn down in old sacramento early 1970.
Get back to me on the carnegie brick and let me know if you seen
one with the style of letters described. Thanks Alan

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I am building a web site on Brick Collecting called
http://brickcollecting.com

I would permission to link to your wonderful site and perhaps you'd
like to link to mine.
Great information and photos on your site!

Don

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Dan check out my web site, i have added a lot of new Calif. bricks. My
web site is-
www.rosebrickyard.com enjoy. ron

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Dan,

Nelson sent me a link to your website on California Bricks. It's a
wonderful site, and I've added it to the Museum's History Links page.

I'm from San Luis Obispo, and when looking at the county's brick yards
didn't find Fostich (sp?) Bricks which was located at the corner of
Broad St. and Orcutt Way--they had some brick kilns built into the side
of a hill and were producing bricks at least into the late 60's. As I
said, my Dad always used bricks on his projects, and made all his sons
aware of the various places to get them.

I also wanted to say that last year the Museum sold one of your "Tesla"
books to a customer in Germany. Your writings aren't just of local
interest.

I hope you and your wife had a wonderful evening out at the Museum's
dinner.

Hugh

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Dan:

Someone forwarded me your History of brickmaking in California.
Have you researched any San Francisco neighborhoods, like Noe Valley?
We recently ran across a trove of older 19th Century houses from 25th
to 23rd, Noe to Sanchez, any idea where the builders there would have
gotten their brick for foundations?

Joe

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Dan

Further to my last email I have looked again at your web site - you
have certainly done your research.

I am not a collector of bricks - I dont have the space - but I am
facinated by their history. in the early part of the 19 century and
earlier - transport was almost negligible so bricks had to be made
nearby. Within 400 yards of my house there were 4 brickworks that I
know of. Mostly to build a big house and to build steelworks.

I will be adding a link to your web site when I can find the right
pages to use. Perhaps you would care to link to mine
www.monklands.co.uk ?

Im sure that members of the IBCA may be interested. Im also curious
if there are other BCAs in the rest of the world?

Regards

John

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Dear Sir,

I stumbled across your interesting website on the internet, while
searching for information on bricks.

We're working on an historic evaluation of an interesting brick house in
Burlingame, allegedly the "first home built with clinker brick on the
Peninsula".

The original owner/builder was a man named William Farrell and he had a
masonry company in San Francisco.

My burning question is whether you might know where builders generally
got their bricks for the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906
earthquake & fire?

Thanks so much for any information or leads...

Best regards,

- tom

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Dan It is a pleasure to meet someone that has an interest in Bricks.
I have a house made from the Keystone and Ione yellow fire bricks
it was built in 1932 in Jackson California. I aquired a few different
Ione bricks just recently. There is a large and small Ione lettering
and one that is dark red and very hard. I don't know if you have
these in your collection...Carl

P.S. I also found a brick manufactured at the same Ione plant with
the name of Smowball? Have you ever heard of it...

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Dan,

I've been looking at my brick piles, using information from your web
site, to try to identify some of my bricks. All that I'm sure of is
that I can tell a brick from a cobble stone. What I thought was Henry
is Denny, so they are Denny Renton bricks. When I hosed off one of the
brick with the triangle stamp, I noticed that there are marks inside
the triangle. I found another brick with a circle mark.

To give you a better idea of what I have, I have walls and planter
boxes built from assorted brick. They all appeared to have been
recycled. I have a pathway edged with a sailor course of bricks.
They can be pulled for inspection. The skunks have already dug many
of them out for us. There is an area where some brick were used as
pavers. I plan to replace them with concrete, so they can be removed
for inspection also.

Walt

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hi dan

i am researching a builder named louis helbing.
he built a few houses in the mission and in noe
valley. the foudation of the one in noe valley is made of
bricks. these look to be a bit smaller than usual.

im not finding anything on his buildings--

any suggestions?

thanks so much

tracey

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Dan, about forty years ago I found these 50 bricks in a old house
in San Francisco, and when I moved across the Bay to Union City, CA
I took them with me. I told my daughter she could have them and then
I searched the web for info about the bricks. I was surprised to find
out they were made just down the street at the old W.S. Dickey Clay
Manufacturing Plant in Union City where I now live.

The "California" brick you use as your Logo is the one I have, but
like you mentioned in your article, mine does not have the "California"
name printed on them. Dan, you know all about bricks, is this brick a
piece of junk or is it worth anything?

Jerry

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Dan Mosier:

You are no posier.
You are brick-licious!
Thanks for all your help with Historic Martinez. We cannot reinforce
enough how you have floored us with the wonderful texture of the
squareness of your mind.

Kristin

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Hi-
I found your web site while looking for the "Los Angeles Brick
Company" and was wondering if you've ever heard of the "Simson"
(Brick Company?)

A gentleman has offered me over 1,000 bricks free so as long as
I haul them myself and many if not all, are marked with these names.

Thanks,

O.

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Mr. Mosier. I wonder if you would have any information on a
brick with the words EMSCO ROYAL D.F. imprinted on it. The wall of
the Red Fox bar and grill in San Bernardino is made of these bricks.
As a matter of curiosity we (customers) were wondering about the co.
that made them and it's history. We would greatly appreciate any
information you may have and thank you for your time and effort.
Steve

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Good Morning Dan,

I recently set out on a quest to learn more history on the old
Higgins Brickyard in Santa Monica. My grandfather worked there
for a number of years and thought it would be nice to know the
history of the plant. I am finding absolutely nothing. I really
enjoyed your website and since you seen like you have had your
share of digging with the brick history, I was wondering if you
could share anything you might know about this place or just point
me in the right direction. I am very interested but am getting
very discouraged. You are my last hope.
Thanks for you time.

Nick.

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hi my name is josh. i live in cornwall. i was recently on a beach
in lelant and found some of theese bricks, i then confirmed with my
father what the bricks said on them. after we discovered they said
bonnybridge i looked up bonnybridge bricks on the internet and came
across your website. but it says that the bricks were heading for
scotland and this does not explain how theese bricks came to be on
a beach on the cornish coast.could they have possibly been on a
shipwreked cargo ship. they also seemed to have some tarlike
substance on the back of them. please e-mail back,hopeing to hear
from you soon
kind regards,Joshua

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HELLO,
MY SONS AND I HAVE FOUND ONE OF THESE BRICKS IN OUR CREEK. IT WAS IN
A FIRE, YOU CAN TELL, AND IT HAS THE # 10 AFTER AMERICAN. HACE YOU
RECEARCHED TO FIND AND AGE OR APROXIMATE AGE OF THIS BRICK. I HAVE
YET TO FIND ANYTHING IN THE ARCHIVES.
THANK YOU,
SHELLIE

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Dan I have heard stories of Auroua Nevada bricks.Aurora is now a
ghost town in Nevada.When it was a boom town there was no lumber
available to build with.Clay was available so they made and used
bricks for nearly all the buildings.When the mining faded out everyone
left and abandoned the buildings...After WWII many contractors came
to Aurora and carried off all the bricks.There are many Aurora bricks
as decorations on a lot of Sacramento and SF Bay area houses...Nearly
all these bricks have Aurora imprinted on them...They are considered
real finds among ghost town fans....Thanks Don

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Hi Dan,

A friend of mine has a "Dickey-Livermore" brick in his shed. I saw
Dickey listed but not "Dickey-Livermore" on your web site.. What is
your take on that?

Art

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Hi Dan,
I came across your website today. I am preparing a site on brick
making history and collecting. Would it be OK if I put up a link
to your site? You have done a great job!

Don

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Dear Dan

Do brick collectors get together at an annual conference or swap meet?

Sincerely,
Gary

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Dear Mr. Mosier,

Thank you for your impressive site devoted to brick collecting and
extensive information about fire brick manufacturers. Just with the
help of your site I managed to discover the origin of the brick with
"BONNYBRIDGE" mark found by me yesterday. You won't believe where -
in the region of St.Petersburg, Russia (!) about 50km to the North-West
of the city at the former territory of Finland (Karelia Peninsular
before 1939).

In fact, I can't name myself as a "real brick collector", but all
bricks found at the above territory are kept by me and classified
as far as possible. There about 30 different bricks from old Russian
brick factories (before 1917 when Finland was governed by the
Russian Empire) to Finnish and Swedish bricks.

I'd be very grateful if you can help me in identifying the nature
of the brick marked "E&M" (photo enclosed). There are some
expectations that this brick also came from England (South Benwell
Fire Brick Works in Newcastle area, known as "E&M Yard" by Emerson
and Milner). Maybe you can check this supposition or give me some
links to the brick collectors in England where I can make an inquiry.
It looks like the "British Brick Society" doesn't provide any
identification services. It might be interesting that the same brick
was found in Riga, Latvia.

Thank you very much in advance,

Sincerely yours,

Vladimir

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Sir,

I only found this brick site a few hours ago and up until then I
thought that I was the only person in the world who collected bricks.
I live in Scotland and was immpressed by the site and in particular
the imported brick. A large number of Scottish firebrick were
exported throughout the world and I am trying to trace where they
went. The 'CARDOWAN' brickmark dates fron 1889 to 1911, I hope
this helps. I would like to correspond about Scottish bricks that
were imported to the USA and Canada, perhaps you can suggest someone?

Tom

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Your site is wonderful! We live in an old house in San Leandro,
CA and the brick walkway next to the garage has always puzzled me.
It is composed mostly of black bricks. Most are stamped CARNEGIE
and there are a few LAPB and Gasco. But one I cannot identify
is stamped WEMCO. Any idea about the company that made it?

Thanks so much,
Oona

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Dear Dan, My favorit uncle was a partner in a brick factory in
Van Nuys, Ca. I don't know how far back that co. goes, but it was
for all the years I can remember. I remember hearing the bricks
"fireing" from all over VanNuys when we were little girls. That was
1943 tell his death in 1965. But I cant find it on your list. Maybe
he was only special to family. His name was; Earnest Lusher, I
don't remember the names of the partners.
JoAnn

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Hello. I'm looking at a web site about bricks from 2003. I have a
friend who lives in a 100-year old house in Santa Paula. She is
cleaning her back yard and decided to donate the bricks in it to
me for a project. Several of the bricks are stamped with the
initials "LAPBCo", which I have learend is the Los Angeles
Pressed Brick Company. I have tried to find out more information
about this company, but have hit a dead end. Can you give me
any ideas on how to proceed? This has piqued my interest in old
bricks.
Thank you.

Denise

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Dr. Mr. Mosier,

I recently required a UBCo Brick, and I am trying to find out some
information/history on the brick, or the company. Would you be
able to help me?

Thank you,
Debbie

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Hi Dan,
We've enjoyed the website tremendously!
Could you let us know if you have any further
information/documentation/photographs of the California Pottery
Company in Merced or related plants in Niles, Oakland,Fresno or
San Francisco? Were there any of the above connected in any way
to N.Clark, Stieger, Garden City Pottery company or the Panama
pottery of Sacramento that you know of? Could the giant GMcB
have been silent owners of any of these concerns?
Thanks again, Tom

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Hello Dan, I was looking for a brick manufacturer a friend told me
about in San Rafael and that's what led me to your site. He thought
we might be able to purchase some clay from them as an experiment, must
be McNear Co. I am an amateur ceramicist and a recent magazine article
got me thinking about finding my own clay in the field. Looks like
most of the sites locally for brick clay are long since played out tho'.
This may be outside of your range of interest but if you knew of any
leads along these lines I sure would appreciate it. Love your site.
It brought back fond memories of searching through demolitions for
old brick with my dad when I was a little kid. He had the idea that
old brick would look best in the wall he was building (It'd be a lot
cheaper too!) Many thanks, Ant

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Hello,

I stumbled across your site while searching for sources of clinker
bricks. And I was....amazed. I can hardly believe the collection
that you have! And I'm staggered by the energy and creativity you've
put into amassing that collection. Keep up the good work. . .

Thanks,

Blake

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Hi I have a diablo Brick, I'm wondering if you ever heard of this
type. If so some Information would greatly appreciated. Thanks
Dan

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Hi,
I'm researching my family history. Henri Dreischmeyer Jr was my great
grandfather, his daughter, Anna Jean, was my grandmother. I am
wondering if there is any way to obtain one of the bricks made at the
Dreischmeyer brick yards? It was a great treat to stumble upon your
website abaout California bricks and finally find something about my
great grandfather. thank you so much for making your research public.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Mary

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Hi Dan, my name is John, and I work for the California state
parks. Currently I am working on an historical site and I am trying
to approximate how old the site is, in part by the bricks used in
its construction, and I'm told (by Bill at Carnegie s.p.) you may
be able to help me. I am trying to find out any information on
Carnegie fire bricks, as well as Thomas Carr & Son (T C A R R ) and
"Adamantine" by Charles Davison & Co. As to the latter two, I would
like to know as much as possible such as dates of manufacture,
shipping and distributors, and whether any structures or "finds"
of these bricks have been made in the Contra Costa County area.
Any light you may be able to shine on this would be very
helpful. And I look forward to any information you may have.
Many thanks,
John.

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Hello Dan!

Glad to hear that others are truly excited about the bricks! . . .
Your website is so concise and informative that it's a joy to browse.
Thank you.

Lorna

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Hi Dan

I ran across your website while trying to find bricks that will
match the brick in the attached images. It is extremely informative
and is what prompted me to reply to you. We are in the process of
remodeling an existing building in San Francisco. We believe that
the bricks used were Port Costa flashed, possibly seconds. I know
that all of the brickmakers are gone except for the 2 largest here
in the area, Muddox and McNears. Neither has what we need, and
neither will make what we need. I have been all across the country
looking for bricks. I suppose my questions are twofold; Do you know
of anyone that might collects and sells used brick? Do you know of
anyone that can make a brick similar to it? The cost of manufacturing
a 5000 brick run is not insurmountable.
I look forward to hearing from you if possible. Thanks for such a
great job on the website.

Thanks

Bob

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Hello. My wife found old brick under our house. It reads "P.S.P. CO
EXCELSIOR". Our house in La Habra Ca. Was built in 1918. I was
wondering if you could help get an idea of date and origin of this
brick. I can send a picture if you would like. Thanks, Gabe

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What a great site, informative too.

Could you tell me if the red roof tiles on my roof in Los Feliz
that are stamped on the bottom arc of the tile "SANTA MONICA BRICK
CO" were made at the Santa Monica plant on your site?

The house if from the 20's.

Thanks,

Steve

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Quoted in http://segnidellauser.blogspot.com. Thanks for your
http://calbricks.netfirms.com!

Giulio

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Dear Mr. Mosier,

As an historic interpreter at Monterey State Historic Park, I'm
curious about your source for the information about the first
brick building in California being built in Sutterville (Sacramento).
As you know, we have long claimed that distinction in our historic
park with the First Brick House. Since, as your History of
Brickmaking in California claims, they were both built in 1847,
what leads us to conclude that Sutter's project was finished first?
Are there documented exact dates of completion for both or either
building?

Also, California was a much larger area in 1847. Does this history
take into account that practically the entire western half of
present-day United States was provincial Alta California, or are
historic brick projects referred to only those within present-day
California borders?

I enjoyed visiting your site very much. It seems to be an intriguing,
well-documented source for material on this topic. Thank you for
taking the time put this together, and indeed, for considering my
questions.

Yours Sincerely,

Michael

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Hi Dan,

I just wanted to let you know that once again your website has come
in handy for answering a question that came into the Guild. You have
done a wonderfully comprehensive job on that website, it is a great
resource. Thanks again for your work!

Best Regards,
Jeff

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Dear Mr. Mosier,
I recently came across your website "California Bricks" in regards to
N. Clark and Sons. Do you have any information about that company's
involvement in the Oakland YWCA designed by Julia Morgan? I have a
rather bad copy of an old advertisement from "The Architect" (no date)
identifying N. Clark and Sons as the producer of the polychrome
terracotta and pressed brick.
Any information would be most appreciated. Thank you!

Sincerely,
Johanna

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Hello,

Just happened upon your information posted on the EVPA History page.
Most impressive and interesting. Thank you. L.

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Hi Dan,

I found your website quite interesting and helpful. We are restoring
a brick fountain at Rancho Camulos built ca 1852-53. The owners of
the rancho, the del valle family, were one of the prominent Los Angeles
families at the time. Their rancho is in Ventura County where they
finally moved in 1860 and finished building their adobe.

The fountain was plastered inside and out, but most of that has come
off over the years and the bricks have deteriorated. We had to replace
some brick at the top and then replaster the whole fountain and will
once again use it as a fountain. I have not found any markings
on the brick as yet, but the bricks I looked at were extensively
deteriorated so that if there had been a marking, it is probably gone.

In your history, I read that the first bricks were made by a Captain
Jesse Hunter in 1852 from his kiln located at Broadway an 2nd streets
in L.A. The del Valle family had an adobe house on the plaza at the
time and would certainly have been aware of the brick kiln. There were
no brick kilns in Ventura County at that time.

I'm just wondering if Capt. Hunter would have marked his bricks?
Any information you might provide would be most helpful. I can send
you a photo if that would help.

Sincerely

Judy

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I was reading through your site and read that you would like info
on old brick buildings. I happen to be in the demolition phaze of
a remodel in old roseville, off of the historic end of Vernon st.
It started off as the J.C. Penney Co, in 1918 (it may be 1920) and
in more recent times an antique mall. it has been vacant for years,
some developers finally picked it up and are probably going to turn
it into a night club. Today, We were sawcutting openings in the
front of the building, the brick side, the openings were about 5'
wide by 12' tall. I am a big fan of old brick buildings, and it broke
my heart to have to knock the brick out of the opening and haul them
out. The bricks were cannon red face brick, like in your
pictures mixed in with the bigger hollow wall brick. Any way probably
to much info, but there it is. regards-Aaron

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Dear Dan:

I was just checking out your web site an noticed you have a picture
of the Petaluma Museum (originally a Carnegie Library) which I
appreciate as the President of the Petaluma Museum Assocation Board.
Did want to point out that the date you give (1909) is incorrect.
The corner stone was laid in 1904 and doors opened in 1906.

Katherine

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Dear Dan

I have just read the history page on your California Bricks website.
I am wondering whether you can tell me whether how many Hoffman kilns
remain in California?
What is the age of the oldest remaining kiln?
Are any still in operation?
Are there any brick yards with more than one Hoffman kiln?
Have any of the brick yards been preserved as museums or listed on
local or state historic registers?

My interest is as a member of a community group in Melbourne, Australia
who are trying to preserve the Hoffman Brickworks in Brunswick.
I have been unable to find out much about the use of Hoffman Kiln
technology in America. So far all I have been able to find is the
converted Remillard kiln.

Hoping you can help me

Katrina

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Dear Sir,

I am a college student and am writing a research paper on the brick
industry and trade. I have found your research very helpful. I wanted
to know if you had a list of references or sources you used and or
if you have published any of this work yourself. I need primary
sources for my research and would love to use your work as a point
of reference. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Kathrine

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Hello,
I've just found your website and am appreciative of the nice
collection which you have photographed so nicely. I have a few
of the same bricks, also. But I have one which you might be able
to shed some light on: it is marked "ATLAS" in the 'frog' but
the "S" is written backwards.....
Do you know anything about that brick? I can't remember where
I found it but I think it was up in the Sierras somewhere.
Thanks, Kelly

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Hello Dan,
I found your contact information at
http://calbricks.netfirms.com/brickhistory.html.
I work for the City of Chula Vista in south San Diego. One of
my volunteers found some bricks with "LAPB Co." pressed into the
front. Are you aware of any particular significance of these
bricks?

Any thoughts are welcome! Thank you in advance for your help
in answering her question.

Best regards,
Kerry

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Dear Mr. Mosier,

Thank you for your wonderful and educational website. I find it
fascinating! I am a ceramic artist working towards my MFA at Cal
State Long Beach and I am trying to find a brick factory I can buy
raw brick from to make a large scale carved brick sculpture.
I looked over your website quite a bit for factories still producing
in Southern California, but I thought I would ask if you had any
advice. I would be looking to purchase between 500 and 1000 bricks
and somewhere in the vicinity of Long Beach. It would be great if
there was a smaller manufacturer that would allow me to visit
and see the production. Let me know if you have any ideas, and
thank you again for your all your hard work in putting together
that site, it was really exciting to find.
Thank you for your time.

Kind Regards,
Alexis

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My house was built in Whittier, CA in 1955. The fireplace wall
(quite literally a full wall that separates the living room and
dining room) is floor-to-ceiling brick with fireplaces on opposite
ends in each room. Many of the bricks have "LA PRESSED
BRICK CO" impressed on their surface. Based on the text and
photos on the website sporting your email address, it appears
that this was not intended to be the exposed surface. I'm just
curious about how often one might find the bricks set so that this
impression was exposed. Was this a common practice, or would this
have been considered just a poor job of setting brick?

Linda

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Hi,

I found your website while trying to locate information about two
types of bricks my husband and I found in our garden.
Our house was built in 1895 and had, until recently, a brick
foundation.

The two types of brick are what you identify as Diamond S and Steiger.
I'm not sure what era they are from and hope to find a few minutes to
study your notes and compare the descriptions with the bricks.

I've been editing a book about Larkspur, California and was hoping to
find Remillard bricks here at the house as we live only 10 minutes away
from the "Green Brae Brick Kiln" owned by the Remillard Brick Company
and active between 1891 and 1915.

Anyway, thanks again for providing such interesting reading.

Perhaps a new brick collector,

Linda

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Do you know where I can get a picture/print of the San Francisco Brick Co?

Thank You,
Linda

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Hi Dan, I found your CA brick webpage and it's been useful in
identifying brick maker's for bricks found on archaeological sites.
I have a brick with "V P C" on it.
Any ideas who made this? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
It's associated with Los Angeles Pressed Brick Co. bricks if that
makes any difference.
Thanks, Marty

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Hello,

I am preparing an updated historic inventory and evaluation of the
Bank of Italy (Bank of America) Building at the southeast corner
of 1st and E. Santa Clara streets in San Jose, California. This
building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
because it is part of a historic district in downtown San Jose.
It was built in 1926.

I took the attached pictures that show the reddish-orange ruffled
brick facing used on the central portion of the office tower exterior.
A newspaper article about the various contractors involved in its
construction reported that the brick came from California, but
neither the supplier, nor the bricklayer was mentioned.

Feel free to include this information in your table of brick
buildings, and let me know if you or anyone else might know the
source of the brick.

Thanks for your very interesting website,

Meta

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Dear Dan,
I just started brick collecting early this summer. It seems that I
live in a perfect area for it. I kive in Angels Camp, CA (Calaveras
County) and seem to be finding bricks not only from all over
California but, also from other states as far away as Colorado.
I would never have become as interested and intrigued as I am
now if it was not for you and your website, Thank you so very much!

Toda, However, my wife and I were in San Andreas (only about 12 miles
away), when I foud about a dozen fire bricks that I just can't seem
to find anywhere on the internet and am hoping you can help.

The bricks are stamep (imprinted) with no apparent frog as follows

H W SPECIAL
H A 6-108

I do hope to hear back from you whether you know anything or not!

My first instinct was that they were Harbinger-Walker but, I have
yet to find any evidence of this.

Nels

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I have an old looking brick I would like to identify.

It is flat faced and a name of "pcp excelsio?" is engraved into it.

the engraving is partially covered by mortar so I cant see last letter
or letters?.

xxxxxxxxxxxxx

I have another flat faced brick which although I can't read the
engraving of the name it appears to be an oval with possibly a
"M" in the middle, I can see that some star's are engraved on it,
in a random manner on the face as well.

thanks
Mike

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I found a brick in a 1895 to 1905 privey this weekend. It was
light color and with the word CORONA and a star after Corona.
Can you tell me something about this brick, where made, age, etc.

Thanks, Don

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Our family just returned from a hike up the Fall Creek trail in
Felton which leads to the lime Kiln ruins. I saw some bricks that
had "snowball" stamped into them and thanks to your web site, now
know a little bit about where they originated from. Who would have
thought that theyu were from England?

Thanks so much!
Penny

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Dan,
I recently found a brick with LAPBCO on it with three stars beneath
the name. The letters, including the final 'O' are all capital letters.
Do you know where this brick may have been made? I saw some on your
website that were LAPBCo but none with the final 'O' also capitalized.

Just interested!

Phil

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Hi Mr. Mosier,

My name is Alicia and I was wondering if you had any history on
bricks with the initials NAT.B.CO.? My husband was digging in our
backyard and came across several layers of these bricks. Thank you
for your time and I hope to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Alicia

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Dear Dan -

My brother sent me a link to your site, and my daughter and I
enjoyed surfing and looking for bricks we have here at home.
You've done a lot of work!

I wonder if you may have any information about a possible small
brick yard at Stawberry Point, in Mill Valley. Today, there is a
community park there called Brickyard Beach, and you can still see
thousands of bricks stuck in the bay mud
of Richardson Bay.

The only logical explanation for this large amount of bricks is
that at one time there was once a small brick kiln there, perhaps
for the Lyford's Hygia, an historical compound set up by a
Dr. Lyford on Strawberry Pt. housing a dairy, health spa, and
family buildings. The Lyford mansion was floated across the
Richardson Bay in the 1950's, and now serves as the Audubon
Society's local headquarters.

I also wanted to tell you that at the Patent Brick Co, located
where Smith Ranch Rd is now, the kilns are buried under a
housing development called Captain's Cove. In the 80's, I
worked at a nearby parts store and after work, I would go and
load up bricks that were being dug up during the housing
development construction. Kind of a unique situation as the
kiln was at that the bottom of the excavation, then there was
a layer of refuse (since it had been a city dump sometime in
the 1940's), and later it was a auto wrecking yard, closing
some time in the early 70's. I was able to retrieve several
unique bricks shaped like keyholes, arrows, and lots of
'clinker' bricks. I've used them around my house to make
brick paths and planter boxes.

Thank you for your efforts, and I look forward to hearing
from you.

Fred

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Hello,

We own 732 Fulton Building in Fresno which was built
by Trewhitt & Shields in 1919. It is made with southern
pacific common brick. We are looking into the history
of the building and are looking into anyone knowing what
it was and for whom it was originally built for. Building
permit shows new garage built by Trewhitt and Shields.
Does Trewhitt and Shields still have records? Any info
would help.
Thanks,
Nanette

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Hello Dan
I found some LABCP Alberhill H-1 PRYA bricks, was curious if
you had any infoermation on this brick mark? I saw the H-1
Alumina but not the PRYA.

Thank You
Robert

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Dan,

I found your site via Google. It may be of interest to you
that as a young boy in the 1950's I helped my dad and uncle
dig up Livermore Bricks at the old brickyard near Stanley Blvd
and Railroad Avenue. During those days the brick yard was just
a empty field with dirt roads behind the railroad tracks.
We would go out there on Saturdays in my uncle's Willy's jeep.
We dug up fire brick from what I remember as circular brick
built 6' diameter pipes (kilns?) which were below the surface
of the ground. My dad and uncle used crow bars and hammers to
remove the bricks from the brick built pipe structures. They
used the brick for yard landscaping projects. My dad used them
to make planters, a outdoor bar and BBQ at our house. We moved
from there in 1970 but last summer I drove by the old house and
the planters are still there in the front yard. I'm shocked to
learn that the bricks were manufactured in 1910. I wish I had
kept a couple of those bricks! Thanks for the great information
on California Bricks.

Steve

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Hi Dan,

Great information on the internet regarding fire brick.

I have located a half dozen "Snowball" bricks - and I gather they
are not that rare, but this weekend, as I was looking over some
old ruin at the Treadwell Mine on Douglas Island, Alaska - I found
several "Stockton" fire bricks. Are these from the same plant
as the Carnegie bricks? They look similar to the Snowball.

Thanks,
Tom

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Hello - My husband and I own a fishing cabin at Lake Arrowhead
made of Gladding, McBean & Co blocks. I found the most information
about the company at your website. The date on the fireplace
is 1912. We were told that the original owner was an owner of
the block company. Do you know any more info about the company,
if this might be true or where I might find more information.
Out little cabin has withstood fires and earthquakes all these
years and still stands strong. If you are interested, I can
send photos and close ups of the blocks.

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Tom and Ann

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Hello!

My name is Tanya. I am from St-Petersburg (Russia). Interesting
collection!
My collection www.kleima.spb.ru
Thanks :)

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