E. T. Barnum, Detroit, Mich. Manufacturer of Jail Cells. All Kinds of Steel and Iron Jail Work. President E. T. Barnum, Gen'l Manager.
E. T. Barnum, Detroit, Mich. Manufacturer of Jail Cells. All Kinds of Steel and Iron Jail Work.
E. T. Barnum, Detroit, Mich. Manufacturer of Jail Cells. All Kinds of Steel and Iron Jail Work.
E. T. Barnum, Detroit, Mich. Manufacturer of Jail Cells. All Kinds of Steel and Iron Jail Work.
E. T. Barnum, Detroit, Mich. Manufacturer of Jail Cells. All Kinds of Steel and Iron Jail Work.
E. T. Barnum, Detroit, Mich. Manufacturer of Jail Cells. All Kinds of Steel and Iron Jail Work.

E. T. Barnum, Detroit, Mich. Manufacturer of Jail Cells. All Kinds of Steel and Iron Jail Work.

Detroit: The E. T. Barnum Wire and Iron Works, 1898. 8vo (10.5" x 7"), pictorial printed wrappers. 16 pp. including wrappers. Illus.

A scarce jail cell catalogue by one of the world’s largest wire and iron works manufacturers.

Established 1866, E. T. Barnum Wire and Iron Works of Detroit custom-made cells and cages in various sizes and numbers to meet a wide range of needs. This catalogue announces: “we make a specialty of Jail Cells and Cages, also every other variety of Jail Work, including Doors, Window Guards, Beds, Etc., for Prisons and Insane Asylums.” Numerous illustrations depict steel lattice work and seven different models for jail cells, accompanied by extensive text detailing the specifics of the cells. One illustration shows the interior of a cell, while others depict windows, guards, jail beds, etc. Also featured are the company’s steel vault doors, deposit cases, handcuffs, odorless night-soil prison bucket, a ventilating seat, stairs, and more.

E. T. Barnum Wire and Iron Works was one of the foremost manufacturers in America, ranking for a time as one of world’s largest wire and iron works. Owning a factory in Detroit that employed up to 700 employees, the company manufactured iron, brass, and wire works including iron fences, lawn furniture, signs, window screens, cotton gins, weather vanes, balcony fire escapes, and more.

Not in OCLC, which does record an 1890 catalog at the Minnesota Historical Society, an 1896 catalogue at Hagley Museum & Library, and an 1897 catalogue at Brooklyn Museum.

REFERENCES: E. T. Barnum Wire & Iron Works at glassian.org

CONDITION: Light vertical crease throughout at center, light wear and scuffing to wrappers, tiny chips at margins; contents clean and bright.

Item #6003

Price: $275.00