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York Oil Burner Company's industrial oil burning equipment album

circa 1936
 Collection
Identifier: 1969-083

Abstract

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.

Dates

  • circa 1936

Creator

Extent

1 volume(s)

General Physical Description

1 album containing 80 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. on linen backing.

Historical Note

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.

Location

S1-3

Existence and Location of Copies

View this collection online in the Hagley Digital Archives.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
York Oil Burner Company's industrial oil burning equipment album
Status:
Online
Author:
Laurie Rizzo
Date:
2014.
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

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