Monday, August 31, 2020
Round Oak Stove Brochure
Honestly, I don't remember where I got this brochure, and to tell the truth, there is not a lot of information in it, but it is a neat little bit of history.
Mr. Philo D. Beckwith founded the Round Oak Stove Company in 1871 after about four years of building cast iron heating stoves. Located in Dowagiac, Michigan, the company added cookstoves to its repertoire around 1900, reaching its peak ten years later.
No dates are present anywhere in this brochure, but from the fonts, the illustrations, and the stove styles, my guess is that the brochure dates from about 1910 - 1915. It is written in the style of an advertising circular with the end of each stove description urging the reader to write the company and request their full catalog. These little endings are unique examples of creative writing since they are all slightly different ways of saying the same thing.
"May we send you the large, illustrated Range Book? It's free for the asking."
"May we send you the large, illustrated book? It's free."
"The subject demands detailed proof. May we supply it? Sent free on your request."
Another interesting feature is that the front and back covers are equipped with pictures of animals with a sheet of tracing paper over them, and some aspiring artist in history has tried his hand at tracing them. The ones in the front of the book are shown in the first scan below.
I think the rectangular motif in the top corners, on the teapot shelves, and on the front of the firebox and reservoir give these stoves a very durable appearance. They look like they were built to be workhorses, don't they?