A photographic guide to the 700+ bricks I have collected
I want to thank Joe Brown for introducing me to the International Brick Collectors Association and giving me a starter set of bricks. Honda had a saying “you meet the nicest people on a Honda” but I would change that to say YOU MEET THE NICEST PEOPLE AT A BRICK SWAP! The identification is a best guess on my part, relying heavily on Jim Graves monumental work BRICK BRANDS of the UNITED STATES.
I’m sure there are numerous errors and I will make corrections as I am able, so when you notice an error, please send an email with as much documentation as possible. This site would not have been possible without the help of my friend and photographer Charles Schwartz. He built the stages and backdrop as well as taking the photos. We, Charlie & I, cut our teeth by driving to Tulsa to shoot Clem’s 7000 brick collection. A huge thank you goes to my programmer, Jason Johnstone of Nacogdoches, Texas. You can see some of his other work here http://www.jasonjohnstone.com/ . Another big thank you to the officers of the IBCA and especially Peggy French for her tireless work on the IBCA Journal. Last, but most importantly, I need to thank my wife, Patti Langston, for indulging me and my quirky hobby. Contributions of information, not money, to this web site are encouraged, appreciated, and acknowledged.
Thanks for dropping by!
John Langston firstname.lastname@example.org
Some collectors may object to the use of white paint to enhance the imprint. I made my first attempt without enhancing the imprint with poor results. One was so vague that the brick was photographed upside down. See the before and after pictures. Once some of the brick were enhanced, I decided to do all of them for the sake of uniformity. I am using a Bic Wite-Out correction pen.
To paraphrase a once popular song; “It’s my party and I’ll Wite if I want to, you’d Wite too if it happened to you!”
CONVENTIONS, NOTATIONS, & SPLITTING HAIRS
I have tried to follow most of the conventions set forth by Jim Graves in his BRICK BRANDS of the UNITED STATES and added a few of my own as follows:
RL = Raised Letter (a blank in this field equals recessed lettering)
F = Frog (some are fancy, some shallow, & some deep)
FB = Fire Brick
ED = EDge stamp
EN = ENd stamp
SW = Side Walk
C’MEM = ComMEMorative brick
L# = Lugs followed by the number of lugs
I have included a field called “Graves Book” which indicates how closely the brick matches Jim’s description and the page # of the 6/28/2010 rendition it matches with.
The notations are as follows:
T = a True match
V = a Variation differing only slightly in imprint
I = an Incomplete listing; missing maker and/or city & state
N = Not listed
I have categorized my bricks into two main groups, Graphics(bricks without letters or numbers in the imprint) & Alpha-numerics. The alpha based bricks are listed by the 1st letter of the 1st word closest to the upper left hand corner. It seems counter intuitive but the SPARTA brick is listed under the “T’s”, not the "S's", because the first line reads “THE FEDERAL CLAY PRODUCT CO”
The lines of imprint are separated by semicolons rather than indents as in Jim's book. If the brand is listed in blue, or a brick photo has a blue frame, it will open a details page for that brick. If the details page has a blue link it will open in a new tab. The graphic bricks are listed inside of parenthesis with the best description that I could come up with. I would be glad to consider more accurate descriptions – just email me.
I have given thought to other identifying characteristics – HM for hand made or hand molded for a brick showing screed marks on the obverse side. DEC for a decorative fascia or glazed brick. Some bricks have the words BLOCK or PAVER in the imprint and some that identify themselves as pavers have no lugs for spacing, so the jury is still out on how to identify them. If you have other suggestions, email me. New identifiers will be added on a brick detail page as time permits.