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Photo postcard Irwin Auger Bit Works, Wilmington Ohio early 1900s.

$25.00 CAD

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Nice photo postcard of the Irwin Auger Bit factory, located in Wilmington Ohio. In the foreground a  building with sign that says ‘OFFICE’ In background, larger manufacturing plant. All located beside railway tracks.

RPPC photo postcard, with printed text (on negative) upper left “IRWIN AUGER BIT WORKS WILMINGTON O’.

Blank back.

Back is toned. Small piece of paper where glued to album.

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)


Back in 1883, a Martinsville druggist named Charles H. Irwin had as one of his customers, a highly skilled blacksmith, W. M. Dimmitt. On October 21st, 1884, Dimmitt was granted a patent on a solid-center auger bit but it gained him little as he sold the rights to Irwin for the cancellation of a debt and some cash. (Kind of like losing a winning lottery ticket). In 1885, Irwin became the sole owner of this new Dilling apparatus and a new industry was born.

One thing led to another and Irwin gained some backers providing funding to start production...In October of 1885, Irwin Auger Bit was formed. Irwin secured an agreement that he receive one cent for every bit sold during the life of the patent.


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