York Oil Burner Company's industrial oil burning equipment albumCreation: circa 1936
The York Oil Burner Company was a manufacturer of oil-fired residential and commercial oil heating equipment. This collection consists of one album containing 80 black & white photographic prints of industrial equipment of the York Oil Burner Co., Inc. Many of the photographs are interior views of building basements showing York Oil Burner Co. equipment installed in the building's furnace system.
- Creation: circa 1936
- York Oil Burner Co., Inc. (York, Pa) (Organization)
General Physical Description
1 album containing 80 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. on linen backing.
The York Oil Burner Company was a manufacturer of oil-fired residential and commercial oil heating equipment. York Oil Burner Co. was founded in 1922 by Edwin Kraber (1895-1962) and Bob Hoffman (1898-1985). The partners manufactured, sold and serviced heating products; Kraber invented one of the first automatic oil burners and Hoffman earned a reputation for being an excellent salesman. Hoffman soon became interested in weightlifting and the company began to manufacture barbells for a period of time in addition to the heating equipment. The company incorporated in 1928, but the business began to suffer in 1932 when Hoffman purchased the bankrupt Milo Barbell Company and established the York Barbell Company.
Thomas Shipley, Inc. purchased the York Oil Burner Company in 1938, buying out Hoffman and Kraber. The York Oil Burner Company continued to operate as a subsidiary of Thomas Shipley, Inc. until 1943 when the name was changed to York-Shipley, Inc. York-Shipley, Inc. manufactured, installed, fueled and serviced oil furnaces and boilers. The company also provided automotive fuel and supply services. Today the business operates as York-Shipley Global a division of AESYS Technologies.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of one album containing 80 black & white photographic prints of industrial equipment of the York Oil Burner Co., Inc. These photographs are from the period in which Kraber and Hoffman still owned the company, but business was failing.
Many of the photographs are interior views of building basements showing York Oil Burner Co. equipment installed in the building's furnace system. There are also a number of photographs of equipment and parts from the York-Lalor division of the York Oil Burner Co. The remainder of the photographs in the album are exterior views of city buildings, mostly movie theaters and apartment buildings, and several images of tugboats; presumably businesses in which equipment has been installed or serviced.
Existence and Location of Copies
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Finding Aid & Administrative Information
- York Oil Burner Company's industrial oil burning equipment album
- Laurie Rizzo
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