& Electrical Manufacturer's Items And Their History
This section will allow you to date and learn
how to tell one GECO socket from the other.
This is where this site started from. Since this page
was done, there has been much more Hubbell history and information
found which will make for a complete redesign of this page and section
in the soon future. Hubbell Patents
This section has some early patent research on Hubbell.
It is mostly complete with only a few missing patents which will be
added in when this section is re done into the new format Wheeler Reflector
A history of The Wheeler Reflector Company and tips
on how to tell if mirror has been replaced on a shade
This section is a lot of incomplete
work and will be updated shortly. For now it serves to give you some
extended information on some companies, but will be a much better
tool when it is complete NEC
This section is everything you ever wanted to know about the National
Electrical Code (NEC) but had no one to ask. Downloads of old NEC's,
meetings and much extended information is provided.
Cord Balls & Adjusters
My cord pendant adjuster project, as well as
a good history about them.
My cord pendant adjuster project, as well as a good
history about them.
POST 1900 SECTION
This section covers a basic into into the 1900 section
covering information about the 1899 transition, electrical code
changes, lighting influence, sharing and licensing of patents and
then into the new section of electrical specialty manufacturers,
Electrical Specialty Manufacturers Harvey
This section covers some early history periods of
pre Hubbell-Grier, Hubbell-Grier, Harvey Hubbell, Hubbell Company.
It also covers a number of items that helped change lighting styles,
This section covers some early history periods for
the Benjamin Electric MFG. Co, as well as a small section on Dale
and The Federal Electric Company Dale Federal
This post 1900 section continues to be under current
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WHO'S WHO? Patent
History Of Socket And Switch Manufacturers, Inventors And Their Inventions
Electric Company, of Bridgeport Connecticut
Waldo C. Bryant, of Bridgeport Connecticut
First Patent Applied For
Van Patten Steiger
Grove New Jersey
Bryant Electric Company was founded by Waldo C. Bryant in 1888
in Bridgeport, CT. His first invention was "the first push-pull
switch". A patent was granted on October 30, 1888 (Patent
# 391943) and began what is known today as, "The Wiring
Waldo Bryant first started working at the Thompson-Houston Electric
Company where he was said to be an "expert" in the
field. He later took a job as an assistant to George Cutter
at the Bridgeport City Electric Plant until 1885. After also
working for the Waterbury Electric Light Company, he returned
to Bridgeport where he opened his own business installing his
automatic doorbell switch inventions. (these were door mats
with electric switches installed under the mat, that would ring
the bell when someone stepped on the mat switch).
Waldo C. Bryant 1920
Bryant invented his new improved cut-off switch in 1889, he
met with instant success. He formed his company the same year.
He started production with seven employees as he pressed forward
making what he termed "superior wiring devices".
The company grew as it developed hundreds of electrical inventions
for new rising industrial and household needs. Bryant
took over the Westinghouse Electric Corporation's socket production
April 10, 1901, Bryant was bought out by the Westinghouse Electric
Corporation and became a distributor location for other Westinghouse
appliances. It is said that Within only five years, Bryant became
the largest manufacturer of wiring devices in the entire world.
Bryant continued working for the company until his death on
July 5th 1930.
Bryant was purchased by the Hubbell Corporation in March 1991
now a division of Hubbell Incorporated. With Bryant's start
being in the 1880's, it makes it one of the oldest socket manufacturing
Companies that is still in business today. To this day, Bryant
continues to manufacture and distribute a wide variety of quality
electrical devices. You can visit their web site at: