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

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Vis 24
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Smith & Anthony Stove Company photograph and ephemera collection
Date(s): 1881-1909
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Photographs and ephemera of the stove, fireplace and furnace manufacturer Smith & Anthony Company of Boston, Mass., 1881-1909.


Purchase, 2003

Processing Information:

Processed: April 2005
By: Kimberly Reynolds

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Smith & Anthony Company Photograph and Ephemera Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

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

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

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

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Heating and ventilation industry.
Stoves industry and trade.
Stoves, Gas--Photographs.
Trade cards.
Trade catalogs.
Anthony, Edgar Waterman
Smith, William E.