Sunday, June 6, 2010

Harlan and Hollingsworth Company

A "Blotter" for the Harlan & Hollingsworth Company of Wilmington, Delaware. This was a firm that constructed ships and railroad cars during the 19th century into the 20th century.

Mahlon Betts, a carpenter, helped construct many prominent buildings in the Wilmington, DE. He later branched out into foundry work. In 1836, Betts partnered with machinist Samuel Pusey and began manufacturing railcars. The following year, cabinetmaker Samuel Harlan joined the firm.

By 1839, the Betts, Pusey & Harlan claimed to have manufactured 39 passenger and 28 freight cars. They hired Jacob F. Sharp, a former house carpenter, to build railroad cars.

In 1841, Elijah Hollingsworth, brother-in-law of Harlan, bought out Pusey and the firm became known as Betts, Harlan & Hollingsworth. In 1849 Mahlon Betts withdrew from the firm. In 1858, the company became known as Harlan, Hollingsworth & Co.

State(s): Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island; years: 1800s-1900s. Superb!
Condition: Excellent.

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