Carl C. Harris Papers

Carl Chester Harris was born in 1880 in Orange, Massachusetts and resided there his entire life. Growing up in a small town in rural Massachusetts did not have a deleterious effect on his ability to use his entrepreneurial skills and his eccentric ingenuity for inventing or improving products. Carl's creativity combined with his ability to work tirelessly allowed him to successfully invent items to fill needs or improve various aspects of public or business life. In addition, his ingenuity led him to successfully market items to different segments of the population. He was never one to rest upon his laurels or to be content if improvements could be made. It is because of his ability to keep moving forward, even when faced with an occasional setback, combined with his civility, patience, professionalism and creativity that allowed Carl C. Harris to become the success he was.

The collection is comprised of records related to the various business interests of and product creation by Carl Chester Harris. The core of the collection focuses on The Slencil Co. and Rivet-O Manufacturing Company. The central aspect of the collection is correspondence with several patent law firms, patent lawyers and employees. In addition, there is correspondence with other companies, photographs and negatives, sketches, blueprints and mock-ups of products and advertising, various forms of informational fliers, and records, reports and lists related to the running of the companies. Finally, there are examples of various products covering the spectrum from some of his earliest inventions up through the Slencil.

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Background on Carl C. Harris

The noble Slencil

The noble Slencil

Carl Chester Harris was born May 9, 1880 in Orange, Massachusetts to Nelson Elvirus Harris and Evie Sophia Sawyer. Carl's first marriage was to Marie Elizabeth Stewart on August 23, 1905 in Boston. They had three children before Marie's death on November 10, 1914. He remarried before 1918 to Marion Felton and had two sons with her. It was his son Earl from this marriage, who joined Rodney Hunt Machine Company and took over the management when Carl retired in 1956. Carl C. Harris passed away on April 4, 1960 at the age of 79.

At the age of 18 while still in school, Carl began his first entrepreneurial endeavor by starting and running the Home Telephone Co. He ran it for approximately a year before selling it to an outside interest. By the time of his first marriage, Carl was already employed at Rodney Hunt Machine Company as an agent and at the beginning of a long and successful, if eccentric, career with the company. When Carl registered in 1918 for duty in World War I, he was remarried and was Vice President and Treasurer of Rodney Hunt Machine Company. The following year he became a member of the Masons and maintained an unblemished membership until his death. When World War II arrived, Carl was President of the machine shop, when he registered for duty at the age of 61.

Other early endeavors included C.C. Harris & Co. and The Harris Register Company. Under the auspice of the C.C. Harris & Co., two of Carl's earliest inventions were The Harris "Wrench-less" Tool Post and the personal toiletry item called the Climax Pocket Instrument. One of his earlier patents for this company was for a Time Keeping Device, which was officially patented in 1913. This system was eventually referred to as the Harris or Unigraph Individual Time-Keeping System during its lifespan. The Harris Pocket Adder was created by Carl under the auspice of C.C. & Harris Co., but was marketed by The Harris Register Company, a subsidiary of the former company. This early interest in marketing, as well as the model of subsidiaries, served him well throughout his career.

Eventually, Carl, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, started working for Rodney Hunt Machine Company, where he helped create not only an Automatic Water Wheel Control, but also a Motor Operated Gate. This did nothing to curb his curiosity and the need to improve or create products for various aspects of people's lives from the office to recreation. The items for the office or home included plastic hinge box, bottle stamp pad, Good Will Cup (for smokers), Pendex, an open desktop filing system, and the card flipper, which appears to be an early version of a roll-a-dex. At this time his main effort in devising products for recreation was focused on the beach front and included an "Airplane" Slide, Corker-Bobbers, which are floatation devices, and an umbrella support. Carl was even able to pull ideas for products from newspaper articles as demonstrated by his safety ladder, which he devised after reading an article the detailed the ineffectiveness of regular ladders during an unsuccessful attempt to save three children who had fallen through the ice.

With his next endeavors, Carl created his first subsidiary named Rivet-O Manufacturing Company. Once again Carl's inventions covered a range from toys to improving business/office efficiency. Among the toys he created are the Spirit of Chance Game and the Rivet-O Toy and Punches. For the Rivet-O Toy, various kits, designs and booklets were created, which allowed children to assemble the items with plastic rivets, while playing quietly for hours. On the other hand, there were the products for the office including the Speed-Mo Line, whose main focus was stamp pads, envelope moisteners and typewriter cleaner. With this last product, Carl demonstrated his ability to multipurpose a product by marketing it as a spot remover for clothing. Additional products, included Sten-Roll, used for stenciling labels onto boxes, and a stamp pad testing machine.

Carl's second subsidiary was The Slencil Co., whose main product was the Slencil, a flat mechanical pencil. Carl demonstrated his ingenuity for marketing by envisioning sales both directly to the public as well as to businesses for giveaways and eventually advertising. Slencils were originally constructed of metal and named Socials and were eventually made of plastic and called Stags. In addition, Carl invented various clip styles and products to be used in conjunction with Slencils. He also focused on creating displays to properly showcase the products to different segments of the public. The most successful of these was the Adjusto Display unit, which could be properly viewed no matter on what shelf it was placed.

It is during the Rivet-O and Slencil years that Carl built up a connection with various patent law firms and a personal rapport with specific patent lawyers. It is with these lawyers that Carl was able to obtain patents and trademarks in Canada and various European countries. In addition, when physical examples of products were needed or if there were production complications, Carl came to rely on four individuals at the factories. These gentlemen were Earle Bean, Howard Day, Bob Sisson and Dick Waterman.

Carl C. Harris was a gentleman, whose creativity combined with his ability to work tirelessly allowed him to successfully invent items to fill needs or improve various aspects of public or business life. In addition, his ingenuity led him to successfully market items to different segments of the population. He was never one to rest upon his laurels or to be content if improvements could be made, which is demonstrated by the innumerable Slencil variations and products. It is because of his ability to keep moving forward, even when faced with an occasional setback combined with his civility, patience, professionalism and ingenuity that allowed Carl C. Harris to become the success he was.

Contents of Collection

The collection is comprised of records related to the various business interests of and product creation by Carl Chester Harris. The core of the collection focuses on The Slencil Co. and Rivet-O Manufacturing Company with additional material focusing on Rodney Hunt Machine Company and earlier ventures such as the Home Telephone Co. and C.C. Harris & Co. The central aspect of the collections is the correspondence with several patent law firms and lawyers and employees, the former dealing with patents and trademarks and the latter focusing on the creation and production issues of the products. In addition, there is correspondence with other companies, photographs and negatives, sketches, blueprints and mock-ups of products and advertising, various forms of informational fliers, and records, reports and lists related to the running of the companies. Finally, there are examples of various products covering the spectrum from some of his earliest inventions up through the Slencil.

Series descriptions

Consists of personal correspondence, patents awarded to him, as well as patents of interest, a list of early patents, a brief history of Rivet-O and Slencil, early business ventures and product ideas including the Home Telephone Co. and C.C. Harris & Co., an example of the Time-Keeping device, and magazines and catalogs, some of which contain advertisements, as well as from other companies, such as the Simplex Time Recorder Co.

Consists of correspondence with various patent lawyers dealing with patents and products, correspondence with other companies, for example Channing L. Bete co., Inc., original patent certificates, sketches, blueprints and physical examples of products, photographs and negatives of products including some by C. Bau of Corker-Bobbers, employment application and pay stubs for Carl C. Harris.

Consists of correspondence with various patent lawyers dealing with patents and products, correspondence with other companies, for example The Pro-phy-lac-tic Brush Co., correspondence with employees regarding products in development, original patent and trademark certificates, sketches, mock-ups and physical examples of products, photographs and negatives of products, displays and the plant at Rohunta, some by Harold Duval, product brochures, broadsides, folders, forms and catalogs, gift catalogs with products listings and pay packages for Carl and Marion Harris.

Consists of correspondence with various patent lawyers dealing with patents and products, correspondence with other companies, correspondence with employees regarding products in development, original patent and assignment certificates, sketches, blueprints, mock-ups and physical examples of products, displays, brochures, images and advertisements, photographs and negatives of products, displays and of the Valley Mills Annex and the Slencil Shop by various photographers including Harold Duval, Hames' Photo Shop & Studio (Robert W. Hames), George M. Cushing, Jr. Photography and George H. Davis Studio, product brochures, broadsides, bulletins, folders, forms, form letters, letterheads and price lists, lists of material providers, samples sent, orders, investments, price list and value of patents, journals of payments received and paid out and orders, ledger of Slencil orders, and company logos used on Stag Slencils.

Collection inventory
Series 1. Carl Chester Harris
1898-1959
Advertisements, other companies: mailings, catalogs and displays
1934-1956
Box 1: 1
Catalogs
1940-1954
Box 1: 2
"Climax": pocket instrument
ca. 1920
Box 1: 3
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, personal
1955-1957
Box 1: 4
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, various patents
1956
Box 1: 5
Graff, Leonard: correspondence
1955-1958
Box 1: 6
Harris, Carl C.: C. C. Harris & Co.
ca. 1910
Box 1: 7
Harris, Carl C.: patents
1914-1932
Box 1: 8
Harris Pocket Adder
1908-1913
Box 1: 9
Harris Pocket Adder
ca. 1920
Box 14

Examples of Harris Pocket Adders.

Harris Time System
ca. 1915
Box 1: 10
Harris Time-Keeping System
ca. 1920
Box 14

Examples of Harris Pocket Systems.

History: development of Rivet-o and Slencil companies
1959
Box 1: 11
Home Telephone Company record book
1890
Box 1: 12
Letterhead: Unigraph Manufacturing Co.
ca. 1905
Box 1: 13
Patents: list of early patents
1959
Box 1: 14
Patents: one-piece wooden body pencils
1948
Box 8: 1
Personal notes
1938-1955
Box 1: 15
Russell Manufacturing Co stock certificates
1928-1932
Box 1: 16
Simplex Time Recorder Co.
ca. 1913
Box 1: 17
Simplex Time Recorder Co.: article
1958
Box 1: 18
Time-keeping device
1913
Box 8: 2
Wilkinson, V. L.: correspondence, patent reports of interest
1950-1952
Box 1: 19
Series 2. Rodney Hunt Machine Company
1906-1956
Airplane slide
1931-1932
Box 1: 20
Bassett, Linton: correspondence, patent
1937
Box 8: 3
Card tipper
1944-1945
Box 1: 21
Channing L. Bete Co., Inc.: booklets
1954
Box 1: 22
Channing L. Bete Co., Inc.: correspondence, booklets, and newspaper clipping
1955
Box 1: 23
Channing L. Bete Co., Inc.: correspondence and booklets
1956
Box 1: 24
Clips, clamps, and binders
1933-1956
Box 1: 25
"Corker-Bobber": bulletin no. 132
1932
Box 1: 26
Correspondence: Rodney Hunt
1953-1975
Box 1: 27
Crayon marking sticks
1942-1947
Box 1: 28
Dex copy holder
ca. 1920
Box 1: 29
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, bottle stamp pads
1952-1958
Box 1: 30
Employment application
ca. 1950
Box 1: 31
Fachon, Emile: correspondence, reports
1945-1951
Box 1: 32
Fay, Albert E.: correspondence, safety ladder
1938
Box 1: 33
Fay, Albert E.: correspondence, swimming floats
1937
Box 1: 34
Fay, Charles R.: correspondence, automatic water wheel control
1950
Box 1: 35
Fay, Charles R.: correspondence, product patents
1940
Box 1: 36
Friend Box Co.: model railroading
1941-1955
Box 1: 37
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, card flipper
1945
Box 1: 38
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, change to patent law
1940
Box 1: 39
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, crayon holders and book pencil support
1944
Box 1: 40
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, goodwill cups
1944-1946
Box 1: 41
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, motor operated gate
1944
Box 1: 42
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, plastic hinge box
1943-1946
Box 1: 43
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, products
1942
Box 1: 44
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, products
1943
Box 1: 45
Heard, Smith & Tennant: miscellaneous patents
1930s-1940s
Box 1: 46
Heller cabinets
1944-1950
Box 1: 47
Horton Manufacturing Company: contract
1933
Box 1: 48
Housen, Morris: paper napkin dispenser patent
1949
Box 1: 49
Letters and letterhead, miscellaneous
1910-1942
Box 1: 50
Machinery: correspondence and catalogs
1948-1951
Box 1: 51
Memo from VLW with patents
1952
Box 1: 52
Negatives: airplane slide
1934
Box 1: 53
Negatives: Corker-bobbers
ca. 1934
Box 1: 54
Negatives: Corker-bobbers (Bau, C.)
ca. 1934
Box 1: 55
Negatives: card tipper
1949
Box 1: 56
New England Telephone and Telegraph Company
1929
Box 1: 57
Patents
1906-1941
Box 1: 58
Patents: automatic cloth feed control
1938-1941
Box 10: 1
Patents: adjustable cloth guides
1943
Box 10: 2
Patents: adjustable reel for dye kettles and the like
1934
Box 10: 3
Patents: apparatus for drying and conditioning
1939-1942
Box 10: 4
Patents: balanced top roll pressure devices for fulling mills
1939
Box 10: 5
Patents: bathing trolley
1932
Box 8: 4
Patents: bearings for wood rolls
1931
Box 10: 6
Patents, Canada
1925
Box 10: 7
Patents, Canada
1934
Box 10: 8
Patents, Canada
1945
Box 10: 9
Patents: case, game and game piece
ca. 1930
Box 8: 5
Patents: case U and X, open file
ca. 1929
Box 8: 6
Patents: case W, bathing floats
ca. 1928
Box 8: 7
Patents: cloth feed control
1941
Box 10: 10
Patents: cloth-finishing machine
1912
Box 10: 11
Patents: cloth washer
1936-1940
Box 10: 12
Patents: combination safety swimming float
1932
Box 8: 8
Patents: combination washer and dye kettle
1938
Box 9: 1
Patents: contiunous machine for treating fabrics
1927-1929
Box 10: 13
Patents: demountable fronts for fulling mills
1938-1939
Box 10: 14
Patents: drains for suds boxes
1942
Box 10: 15
Patents: drip flange for wood rolls
1926
Box 9: 2
Patents: drip flange for wood rolls
1926
Box 9: 3
Patents: drip flanges for wood rolls
1929
Box 10: 16
Patents: drip flanges for wood rolls
1929
Box 10: 17
Patents: end seals for wood rolls
1924
Box 10: 18
Patents: end seals for wood rolls
1924
Box 9: 4
Patents: end seals for wood rolls
1924
Box 9: 5
Patents: end supports for hollow rolls
1923
Box 9: 6
Patents: end supports for hollow rolls
1923-1925
Box 10: 19
Patents: end supports for rolls
1929
Box 10: 20
Patents: flanged roll caps
1923
Box 9: 7
Patents: flanged roll caps
1925
Box 10: 21
Patents: float
1933
Box 8: 9
Patents: foreign patents
1920s
Box 9: 8
Patents: France, objet de toilette
1905
Box 8: 10
Patents: fulling canals
1937-1939
Box 10: 22
Patents: fulling canals
1938
Box 10: 23
Patents: fulling machines
1829-1897
Box 10: 24
Patents: fulling machines
1841-1897
Box 10: 25
Patents: fulling machines
1869-1876
Box 10: 26
Patents: fulling machines
1874-1896
Box 10: 27
Patents: fulling machines
1892-1895
Box 10: 28
Patents: fulling mills
1918
Box 10: 29
Patents: fulling mills
1943
Box 10: 30
Patents: fulling mills
1944
Box 10: 31
Patents: gate-adjusted means for turbines and the like
1929
Box 10: 32
Patents: Germany
1905
Box 8: 11
Patents: Great Britain, improvements in toilet instruments
1905
Box 8: 12
Patents: gudgeon for log roll
1932
Box 9: 9
Patents: gudgeon locking devices
1933
Box 10: 33
Patents: gudgeons
1919-1921
Box 10: 34
Patents: Harris, Carl C.
1947-1953
Box 10: 35
Patents: hydraulic turbines
1941-1951
Box 10: 36
Patents: letters
1920s
Box 10: 37
Patents: letters
1930s
Box 10: 38
Patents: letters
1940-1945
Box 10: 39
Patents: letters
1946-1949
Box 10: 40
Patents: letters
1950s
Box 10: 41
Patents: links for hydraulic turbine
1929
Box 9: 10
Patents: links for hydraulic turbines
1930
Box 10: 42
Patents: means for holding a plug in a tube or shell roll
1930
Box 9: 11
Patents: methods of joining wood pieces for making rolls
1928
Box 10: 43
Patents: methods of making tanks
1934
Box 10: 44
Patents: open file
1929
Box 8: 13
Patents: oxidizing machine
1931
Box 9: 12
Patents: piling machine
1924
Box 9: 13
Patents: piling machines
1927
Box 10: 45
Patents: pipe body stainless reels
1940-1950
Box 10: 46
Patents: rake
1915
Box 10: 47
Patents: reels
1923
Box 9: 14
Patents: reels
1924
Box 10: 48
Patents: reels
1925
Box 10: 49
Patents: re-enforced reels for dye kettles and the like
1936-1937
Box 10: 50
Patents: re-enforced tanks
1934
Box 10: 51
Patents: Rodney Hunt Machine Co.
1869-1876
Box 10: 52
Patents: Rodney Hunt Machine Co.
1888-1929
Box 10: 53
Patents: Rodney Hunt Machine Co.
1915-1943
Box 10: 54
Patents: Rodney Hunt Machine Co.
1924-1937
Box 10: 55
Patents: Rodney Hunt Machine Co.
1932-1940
Box 10: 56
Patents: Rodney Hunt Machine Co.
1938-1945
Box 10: 57
Patents: roll cap wedges
1938-1940
Box 10: 58
Patents: roll for finishing and like machines
1922-1924
Box 10: 59
Patents: slack-loop washing machine
1926
Box 9: 15
Patents: slack-loop washing machine and methods
1930
Box 10: 60
Patents: suds boxes
1934
Box 10: 61
Patents: suds boxes
1939-1941
Box 10: 62
Patents: swimming float
1923
Box 8: 14
Patents: swimming float
1931
Box 8: 15
Patents: swimming float
1932
Box 8: 16
Patents: tank construction
1940-1943
Box 10: 63
Patents: tool post
1907
Box 8: 17
Patents: toy or game
1926
Box 8: 18
Patents: turbine regulating device
1929
Box 9: 16
Patents: turbine-regulating device
1930
Box 710: 64
Patents: turbines
1938
Box 10: 65
Patents:umbrella support
1934
Box 8: 19
Patents: water manifold
1930
Box 9: 17
Patents: water wheels
1933-1954
Box 10: 66
Patents: water wheels
1951
Box 9: 18
Patents: wedges for use in wood rolls and the like
1923
Box 10: 67
Patents: wedges for use in wood rolls and the like
1923
Box 9: 19
Patents: wicket gates
1938
Box 10: 68
Pay stubs
1947-1948
Box 1: 59
Photographs: machines
undated
Box 1: 60
Safety float division: photographs
ca. 1934
Box 1: 61
Safety float division: working sketches for products
ca. 1934
Box 1: 62
Southgate, Fay and Hawley: correspondence, safety floats
1927-1931
Box 1: 63
Southgate, Fay and Hawley: correspondence, safety float division products
1930-1931
Box 1: 64
Southgate, Fay and Hawley: correspondence, safety float division products
1932
Box 2: 1
Southgate, Fay and Hawley: correspondence, safety float division products
1933-1935
Box 2: 2
Stencil equipment
ca. 1955
Box 2: 3
Trademark: corker-bobber
1931
Box 2: 4
Tuman Enterprises: correspondence and catalog
1954
Box 2: 5
Series 3. Rivet-O Manufacturing Company
1915-1959
Adell Corporation
1941-1955
Box 2: 6
Anderson, Albert
1956
Box 2: 7
Anderson, A. E.
1956
Box 2: 8
Balance sheet
1949-1953
Box 2: 9
Bean, Earle: Speed-Mo
1954
Box 2: 10
Bean, Earle: Speed-Mo
1955
Box 2: 11
Bean, Earl: Speed-Mo
1952-1954
Box 2: 12
Bean, Earle: Speed-Mo
1953
Box 2: 13
Bean, Earle: Speed-Mo
1953-1954
Box 2: 14
Bean, Earle: Speed-Mo
1954
Box 2: 15
Bean, Earle: mock-ups
ca. 1941
Box 2: 16
Better Brushes: correspondence and reports
1952-1954
Box 2: 17
Canadian patent: hand tool
1917
Box 8: 20
Canadian patent: inking pad
1946
Box 8: 21
Canadian patent: spring biased valve with lock
1959
Box 8: 22
Capital Stock Insurance
1925-1926
Box 2: 18
Catalogs: Speed-Mo listing
1945-1956
Box 2: 19
Correspondence
1944-1952
Box 2: 20
Correspondence: companies, motion display
1936-1938
Box 2: 21
Correspondence: product placement in catalog
1952-1953
Box 2: 22
Correspondence, sketches, brochures: Rivet-o Products
1915-1928
Box 2: 23
Cromwell, Ralph: correspondence, Sten-Roll testing
1955
Box 2: 24
Customer report
1956
Box 2: 25
Day, Howard: correspondence and reports, Sten-Roll
1957-1959
Box 2: 26
Day, Howard: correspondence and sales reports
1955-1956
Box 2: 27
Deb-u-stamp: Bulletin no. 154
1954
Box 2: 28
Deb-u-stamp: correspondence, design
1954
Box 2: 29
Deb-u-stamp: mock-ups of logo
1953
Box 2: 30
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, bottle Sten Roll
1956
Box 2: 31
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, Canadian patent application
1956
Box 2: 32
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, lock nut valve
1951-1955
Box 2: 33
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, lock nut valve
1951-1953
Box 2: 34
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, Rivet-O dispenser
1952-1956
Box 2: 35
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, sealed stamp pod
1953-1958
Box 2: 36
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, Sten-Roll
1953-1954
Box 2: 37
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, Sten-Roll
1960
Box 2: 38
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, Sten-Roll
1956-1958
Box 2: 39
Direct mail
1947-ca. 1955
Box 2: 40
Fay, Albert E.: correspondence, Speed-Mo products
1936-1938
Box 2: 41
Fay, Charles R.: correspondence, rubber stamp pad
1943
Box 2: 42
Fay, Charles R.: correspondence, Speed-Mo trademark
1940
Box 2: 43
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, Canadian patent, stamp pad
1945-1946
Box 2: 44
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, ink pad
1942-1944
Box 2: 45
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, ink pads
1942
Box 2: 46
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, ink pads
1945
Box 2: 47
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, Rivet-O products
1943
Box 2: 48
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, stamp pads
1941
Box 2: 49
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, stamp pad products
1940s
Box 2: 50
Heard, Smith & Porter Chittick: correspondence, crayon holder
1951
Box 2: 51
Heard, Smith & Porter Chitick: correspondence, Speed-Mo
1952
Box 2: 52
Leshin, J. : correspondence, Speed-Mo brush
1956
Box 2: 53
Machinery: correspondence and informational fliers
19490-1955
Box 2: 54
Marion, Charles: patent and assignment, combination tool
1916-1919
Box 8: 23
Mailing pieces
ca. 1950
Box 2: 55
Mailing to stockholders
1948
Box 2: 56
Negatives: products and displays, Speed-Mo, Sten-Roll
1954-1956
Box 2: 57
Olson, Charles: correspondence, Speed-Mo brush head
1943-1955
Box 2: 58
Olsen, Charles: correspondence, typewriter brush
1932-1937
Box 2: 59
Olson, Charles: sales and royalties reports
1950-1951
Box 2: 60
Patents
1919-1930
Box 2: 63
Patents: assignment, Rivet-O Manufacturing Co., sealed stamp pad
1958
Box 8: 24
Patents: assignment, Rivet-O Manufacturing Co., hand tool
1917
Box 8: 25
Patents: stencil ink rollers
1933
Box 2: 61
Patents: assignment, stencil ink pad and roller
1930
Box 2: 62
Patents: case, cap for sponge moistener
ca. 1930
Box 8: 26
Patents: case, finger moistener
1929
Box 8: 27
Patents: case K, stamp pad box
ca. 1923
Box 8: 28
Patents: case R, rubber stamp pad
ca. 1929
Box 8: 29
Patents: case R, stamp box
ca. 1928
Box 8: 30
Patents: cup for sponge moisteners
1930
Box 8: 31
Patents: finger moistener
1929
Box 8: 32
Patents: Great Britain, improvement in moistening device
1921
Box 8: 42
Patents: hand tool
1916
Box 8: 33
Patents: history
1941
Box 2: 64
Patents: moistening device
1921
Box 8: 34
Patents: ornamental design for a base moistener
1920
Box 8: 35
Patents: reissue, stamp pad box
1923
Box 8: 43
Patents: Riveto Manfacturing Co., product sketches
1916-1936
Box 2: 60
Patents: sealed stamp pad
1957
Box 8: 36
Patents: spring biased valve with lock
1956
Box 8: 37
Patents: stamp box
1928
Box 8: 38
Patents: stamp pad box (reissue)
1923
Box 8: 39
Patents: stamp pads
1921-1957
Box 2: 66
Patents: stencil roll
1960
Box 8: 40
Patents: structural toy
1916
Box 8: 41
Pay packages: Harris, Marion
1947
Box 2: 67
Pencil sharpener: sketch
1943
Box 2: 68
Pendex: blueprints, brochure
ca. 1930s
Box 2: 69
Photographs: Rohunta plant
1955
Box 2: 70
Photographs: Speed-Mo, Sten-Roll
1954-1956
Box 2: 71
Photographs: Speed-Mo, products and displays
ca. 1950
Box 2: 72
Popper & Sons, Inc.: catalog
1959
Box 2: 73
Products: brochures, catalogs, instruction manuals
ca. 1910
Box 8: 44
Pro-phy-lac-tic Brush Co.: correspondence, brush heads and stamp pad boxes
1951-1955
Box 2: 74
Price lists: punches and pendex
ca. 1920
Box 2: 75
Ranger Products Company: patents
1943-1945
Box 2: 76
Receipts and pay packets
1944-1945
Box 3: 1
Rivet-O catalog, Speed-Mo
ca. 1943
Box 3: 2
Rivet-O ferris wheel
ca. 1920
Box 3: 3
Rivet-O manufacturing Co.: annual meeting notice
1940-1964
Box 3: 4
Rivet-O Manufacturing Co.: letterheads
ca. 1930s
Box 3: 5
Rivet-O products
1930s-1950s
Box 13

Various Rivet-O products.

Rivet-O products: Speed-Mo
1930s-1950s
Box 14

Various Speed-Mo products.

Southgate & Southgate: correspondence, eyelet holder
1921-1923
Box 3: 6
Sketches and mock ups, Speed-Mo products
1933-1950
Box 3: 7
Speed-Mo: advertisements
1940-1956
Box 3: 8
Speed-Mo: catalogs
ca. 1943
Box 3: 9
Speed-Mo; correspondence, advertisements, fliers
1924-1956
Box 3: 10
Speed-Mo: correspondence, reports, orders
1956
Box 3: 11
Speed-Mo cost reports
1950-1956
Box 3: 12
Speed-Mo: forms, bulletins
1940s-1950s
Box 3: 13
Speed-Mo: mock up with image samples
1953
Box 3: 14
Speed-Mo: orders
1937-1954
Box 3: 15
Speed-Mo: sample requests
ca. 1940s
Box 3: 16
Speed-Mo line dater bulletin no. 134
1934
Box 3: 17
Speed-Mo rubber stamp price list
1946
Box 3: 18
Speed-Mo stamp pad advertisements
ca. 1950s
Box 3: 19
Speed-Mo stamp pads: form 446, bulletin no. SP-737
1946
Box 3: 20
Speed-Mo stamp pads: form 446, bulletin no D2237
1940s-1950s
Box 3: 21
Spirit of Chance game
1927
Box 3: 22
Spirit of Chance game
ca. 1925
Box 14

Examples of Spirit of Chance games.

Stamp pad testing machine: sketch, photographs
1954
Box 3: 23
Sten Roll: correspondence, patent assignments
1945-1959
Box 3: 24
Straits Settlements: advertisement, Rivet-O
1920
Box 8: 45
Toy: punch and Rivet-O
ca. 1920
Box 3: 25
Trademarks: Canada, Speed-Mo
1931
Box 8: 46
Trademarks: Denmark, Rivet-O
1919
Box 8: 47
Trademarks: France, Rivet-o
1919
Box 8: 48
Trademarks: Italy, Rivet-o
1919
Box 8: 49
Trademarks: Portugal , Rivet-o
1921
Box 8: 50
Trademarks: Rivet-O and Speed-Mo
1940-1941
Box 3: 26
Trademarks: Spain, Rivet-o
1920
Box 8: 51
Trademarks: Sweden, Rivet-O
1919
Box 8: 52
Trademarks: United States, Speed-Mo
1921
Box 8: 53
Trademarks: United States, Speed-Mo
1939-1941
Box 8: 54
Waterman, Dick: correspondence, Speed-Mo products
1954-1955
Box 3: 27
Waterman, Dick: correspondence, Sped-Mo products
1956
Box 3: 28
Waterman, Dick: correspondence, Speed-Mo products
1952-1954
Box 3: 29
Series 4. The Slencil Co.
1930-1963
1946 sales and statement
1947
Box 3: 30
Ace Plastic Company: correspondence, lucite balls
1956
Box 3: 31
Acknowledgements: Christmas slencils
1943-1944
Box 3: 32
Adjusto display
1952
Box 3: 33
Advertisements
1938-1956
Box 3: 34
Advertisements and articles
1937-1960
Box 3: 35
Advertsing brochures and mailings
1930s-1940s
Box 3: 36
Article: Enterprose and Journal
1936
Box 3: 37
Balmforth, E. H.: correspondence and reports
1947-1952
Box 3: 38
Bean, Earle: correspondence, Slencil product advertising
1952-1954
Box 3: 39
Bean, Earle: correspondence and sketches
1934-1944
Box 3: 40
Bean, Earle: sketch of Slencil display
1934
Box 3: 41
Boston Blue Print Co.: mock ups and circulars
1956
Box 3: 42
Boston Blue Print Co.: Speed-Mo bulletiN
1956
Box 3: 43
Bulletin no. 548
1948
Box 3: 44
Business reply card
ca. 1950
Box 3: 45
Canadian patent: pencil
1936
Box 8: 55
Cart tipper/holder patent
1949
Box 3: 46
Carpenter Slencil
ca. 1940s
Box 3: 47
Catalogs: Slencil library
1939-1948
Box 3: 48
Catalogs, magazines, mailers
1938-1951
Box 3: 49
Circulars
1948-1952
Box 3: 50
Channing L. Bete Co., Inc.: correspondence and booklets
1957
Box 3: 51
Clip patent
1947-1963
Box 3: 52
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: correspondence
1944
Box 3: 53
Company trasemarks
1940s-1950s
Box 3: 54
Competitors' brochures and fliers
ca. 1950
Box 3: 55
Confidential price list no. 86A
1952
Box 3: 56
Corporate tax
1945
Box 3: 57
Correspondence: current products
1948-1954
Box 3: 58
Correspondence: Parley Jones' patent
1933-1937
Box 3: 59
Correspondence: sale of company
1953-1959
Box 3: 60
Correspondence and lists
1934-1952
Box 3: 61
Cromwell, Ralph: notes
1958-1959
Box 3: 62
Customer and consumer reports
1951-1955
Box 3: 63
Day, Howard: correspondence and reports
1952-1957
Box 3: 64
Day, Howard: correspondence and reports, stag slencils
1956-1959
Box 3: 65
Day, Howard: correspondence and sales reports
1954-1956
Box 3: 66
Desk pad developments: sketches and fliers on competitors
1939-1945
Box 3: 67
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, adjustable display easel
1952-1953
Box 3: 68
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, adjustable display easel
1955-1956
Box 3: 69
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, ball point slencils
1956-1957
Box 3: 70
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, duplex clip
1954-1956
Box 3: 71
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, new stag design
1956
Box 4: 1
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, Salient Co. and note book patent
1950
Box 4: 2
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, slencil products and Salient, Inc.
1950-1952
Box 4: 3
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, trademark
1956
Box 4: 4
Diggins, Bartholomew: correspondence, words and phrases
1952
Box 4: 5
Direct mail slencil
1952-1959
Box 4: 6
Displays: sketches for various displays
1937-1938
Box 4: 7
Drawings: cap and barrel for stag slencils
1945-1946
Box 4: 8
Dun & Bradstreet report
1955
Box 4: 9
Factory and office inventory
1948
Box 4: 10
Fay, Albert E.: correspondnece, notebook patents
1937-1938
Box 4: 11
Fay, Albert E.: correspondence, slencil patent
1937-1938
Box 4: 12
Fay, Albert E.: correspondence, slencil patents and trademarks
1936
Box 4: 13
Fay, Albert E.: correspondence, slencil products
1934-1938
Box 4: 14
Fay, Albert E.: correspondence, slencil tie clasp
1938
Box 4: 15
Fay, Albert E.: correspondence, slencil trademarks and British patent
1939
Box 4: 16
Fay, Charles R.: correspondence, erasers
1949-1952
Box 4: 17
Fay, Charles R.: correspondence, slencil British patent
1942-1945
Box 4: 18
Fay, Charles R.: correspondence, slencil patents and trademarks
1940-1944
Box 4: 19
Fay, Charles R.: correspondence, slencils
1945-1946
Box 4: 20
Financial reports
1951-1953
Box 4: 21
Folding pencil: sketches
1952
Box 4: 22
Foreign patents and trademarks
1946-1953
Box 4: 23
Fountain Pen & Mechanical Pencil Manufacturers' Association Inc.: correspondnece and directory
1956
Box 4: 24
General Tool Company: correspondence
1948
Box 4: 25
Harris, Earl F.: correspondence
1945
Box 4: 26
Harris, Earl F.: correspondence, selling Slencil Company
1956-1957
Box 4: 27
Heard, Smith, Porter & Chittick: correspondencem Australian and British patents
1954
Box 4: 28
Heard, Smith, Porter & Chittick: correspondence, mechanical lead pencil patents
1951-1952
Box 4: 29
Heard, Smith, Porter & Chittick: correspondence, memo pad patent
1950-1952
Box 4: 30
Heard, Smith, Porter & Chittick: correspondence, patents
1950-1953
Box 4: 31
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, clips and pads
1945-1946
Box 4: 32
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, competitors
1939-1944
Box 4: 33
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, desk pad
1945
Box 4: 34
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, flat pencil infringements
1944-1946
Box 4: 35
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, flat wood pencils
1944-1945
Box 4: 36
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, Kitchen Aid
1947
Box 4: 37
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, mechanical pencil and memo pad patent
1948-1949
Box 4: 38
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, memorandum pad
1944
Box 4: 39
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, patents
1936-1938
Box 4: 40
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, patents
1938
Box 4: 41
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, patents
1948-1950
Box 4: 42
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, pen/pencil mailing card
1944
Box 4: 43
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, pencil-bonded memorandum pad
1944-1945
Box 4: 44
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence
1944
Box 4: 45
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, products
1937-1939
Box 4: 46
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, products
1939-1940
Box 4: 47
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, products
1941
Box 4: 48
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, products
1942
Box 4: 49
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, products
1945
Box 4: 50
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, products
1944-1946
Box 4: 51
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, products
1946
Box 4: 52
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, products
1946
Box 4: 53
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, score pad/note book
1945
Box 4: 54
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, scratch pads
1944
Box 4: 55
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, slencil jotter
1944
Box 4: 56
Heard, Smith, & Tennant: correspondence, slencil pad
1945
Box 4: 57
Heard, Smith & Tennant: correspondence, slencil products
1947
Box 8: 56
Hill Co.: slencil window display
ca. 1950
Box 4: 58
History of pencil: articles
1936-1951
Box 4: 59
Howard Johnson's trademark
ca. 1955
Box 4: 60
Jones, Parley: exclusive license agreement
1935
Box 4: 61
Journal: payments, received and paid out
1944-1946
Box 4: 62
Journal: slencil orders
1935-1937
Box 4: 63
Kemper-Thomas Company: correspondence
1955-1956
Box 4: 64
Ledger: slencil order
1934-1936
Box 4: 65
Letterhead
ca. 1950
Box 4: 66
Linton Pencil Co.: correspondence and reports
1945-1947
Box 4: 67
List of customers form
ca. 1950
Box 4: 68
Lists of possible names for slencils, list of products
1936-1948
Box 4: 69
Lists of slencil developments
1943-1945
Box 4: 70
Machinery: correspondence and catalogs
1943-1953
Box 4: 71
Mock ups: advertising images and advertisements
1940s-1950s
Box 4: 72
Negatives: displays and products
ca. 1950
Box 4: 73
Negatives: products, displays, and shop
1954-1956
Box 4: 74
Negatives: slencil shop, Hames Photo Shop and Studio
1949
Box 4: 75
Negatives: slencil shop Rohunta
ca. 1950
Box 4: 76
Negatives: Valley Mills Annex
undated
Box 4: 77
Note pads: competitor's patent
1941
Box 4: 78
Note pads: sketches of various designs
1939-1947
Box 4: 79
Note pads: working sketches abd blue prints
1945
Box 5: 1
Orders: stag slencil order form
1954-1956
Box 5: 2
Patents
1933-1947
Box 5: 3
Patents: article clip
1957
Box 8: 57
Patents: assignment to the Slencil Co.
1944-1947
Box 8: 64
Patents: competitors
1937-1938
Box 5: 4
Patents: eraser
1935
Box 8: 58
Patents: lists
1955-1958
Box 5: 5
Payroll, monthly, and stockholder reports
1945-1947
Box 5: 6
Patents: pencil clip
1939
Box 8: 59
Patents: pencil-bonded memorandum pad
1945
Box 8: 60
Patents: slidable clip
1936
Box 8: 61
Patents: wide lead mechanical pencil
1943
Box 8: 62
Patent and reissue: pencil
1934-1937
Box 8: 63
Pencil clips
1943-1944
Box 5: 7
Pencil clips: sketches
1950
Box 5: 8
Pencil tie clips: competitors' advertisement
1938-1940
Box 5: 9
Permutit Company: correspondence
1941
Box 5: 10
Photographs: products and displays
ca. 1950
Box 5: 11
Photographs: products and displays
1950-1954
Box 5: 12
Photographs: products and displays, George M. Cushing, Jr. Photography
ca. 1950
Box 5: 13
Photographs: products and displays, Hames' Photo Shop & Studio
ca. 1950
Box 5: 14
Photographs: products and displays, Harold Duval
1954-1956
Box 5: 15
Photographs: Rohunta Plant and Valley Mills
1946-1955
Box 5: 16
Photographs: slencil shop, Hames Photo Shop & Studio
ca. 1950
Box 5: 17
Photographs: Thincil, George H. Davis Studio
ca. 1950
Box 5: 18
Plant at Rohunta: blueprints
1945
Box 5: 19
Playing cards: articles and catalog
1956
Box 5: 20
Pocket pencil display
ca. 1950
Box 5: 21
Printing plate: stag for G.E. Co.
1955
Box 5: 22
Report of cash advances
1948
Box 5: 23
Reports: machinery and equipment inventory; profit and loss; sales
1953-1955
Box 5: 24
Reports: inquiries, orders, and comparative balance sheet
1955-1956
Box 5: 25
Reports: sales and expenses
1941-1945
Box 5: 26
Retouched photographs: products
1937-1956
Box 5: 27
Retouched photographs: brochures and advertisements
ca. 1950
Box 5: 28
Robert W. Kellogg Co.: catalog
1936
Box 5: 29
Salient, Inc.: correspondence, reports, brochures
1950-1954
Box 5: 30
Score pads: cost and price lists
1956
Box 5: 31
Sisson, Bob: correspondence, slencil products
1952-1953
Box 5: 32
Sketches: slencil displays
1937
Box 5: 33
Sketches, blueprints, mock ups: products, advertisement, displays
1943-1954
Box 5: 34
Sketches for slencil products, components, ads, brochures
1935-1952
Box 5: 35
Sketches: slencil products, displaysm advertisements
1939-1945
Box 5: 36
Sketches and mock ups: products, displays, brochures
1930-1950
Box 5: 37
Sketches and mock ups: slencil products, displays, brochures, advertisements
1933-1949
Box 5: 38
Sketches and mock ups: slencil products, displays, brochures, and advertisements
1934-1956
Box 5: 39
Slencil: air travel log
ca. 1940
Box 5: 40
Slencil binder: materials A-L
1940-1946
Box 5: 41
Slencil binder: materials M-Z
1940-1956
Box 5: 42
Slencil: customer engraving or imprinting order card
ca. 1945
Box 5: 43
Slencil: forms
1937
Box 5: 44
Slencil: forms, price lists, bulletins
1951-1953
Box 5: 45
Slencil: price lists and values of patents
1939-1940
Box 5: 46
Slencil products
1930s-1950s
Box 11

Various slencil products.

Slencil products
1930s-1950s
Box 12

Various slencil products, including marketing samples and displays.

Slencil: samples sent
1942-1948
Box 5: 47
Slencil: slencil orders
1940-1944
Box 5: 48
Slencil: stag slencil investments
1940
Box 5: 49
Slencil Co. annual meeting notices
1949-1963
Box 5: 50
Slencil displays: correspondence and sketches
1937-1955
Box 5: 51
Slencil gifts folder
ca. 1945
Box 5: 52
Slencil Kitchen Aid: House Beautiful ad
ca. 1950
Box 5: 53
Slencil lines: prices and prospects
1938-1942
Box 5: 54
Slencil notebook: samples sent
1937-1940
Box 5: 55
Slencil products: sketches, advertisements, patents, and correspondence
1935-1950
Box 5: 56
Slencil score pad form
ca. 1950
Box 5: 57
Slencil scrapbook: thincil and slencil
1935-1938
Box 5: 58
Smith, Frank C.: correspondence
1944
Box 6: 1
Social slencil: Bible text circular no. 956
ca. 1956
Box 6: 2
Social slencil: bulletin no. 752
1952
Box 6: 3
Social slencil: bulletin no. 850
1952
Box 6: 4
Social slencil: bulletin no. 949
ca. 1949
Box 6: 5
Social slencil: bulletin no. 950
1956
Box 6: 6
Social slencil: bulletin no. 950B
1956
Box 6: 7
Social slencil: bulletin 1152
1952
Box 6: 8
Social slencil: confidential price lists
1952
Box 6: 9
Social slencil: exclusive features
ca. 1940s
Box 6: 10
Social slencil: form letters with bulletins and inserts
1952
Box 6: 11
Social slencil: George S. Heinemon flier
ca. 1940
Box 6: 12
Social slencil: notebook combinations price sheet
ca. 1950
Box 6: 13
Social slencil: original display bulletin
ca. 1940
Box 6: 14
Social slencil: pocket memo flier
ca. 1940
Box 6: 15
Social slencil: "wafer thin" advertisement
1930
Box 6: 16
Social slencil: gift box advertisement
ca. 1950
Box 6: 17
Southgate, Fay & Hawley: correspondence, products
1934-1937
Box 6: 18
Spiegel: correspondence, interested in slencil products
1946
Box 6: 19
Stag slencil: advertisement, no. 600
ca. 1954
Box 6: 20
Stag slencil: advertisement, no. 610
1954
Box 6: 21
Stag slencil: bulletin no. 553
1951
Box 6: 22
Stag slencil: bulletin no. 1051
1951
Box 6: 23
Stag slencil: customers
1940-1947
Box 6: 24
Stag slencil: desk aid form 249B
ca. 1950
Box 6: 25
Stag slencil: features advertisement
1941
Box 6: 26
Stag slencil: advertisement no. 954
ca. 1950
Box 6: 27
Stag slencil: form letter with special bulletin no. 53
1953
Box 6: 28
Stag slencil: form no. 149A
ca. 1950
Box 6: 29
Stag slencil: form no. 149B
ca. 1950
Box 6: 30
Stag slencil: form no. 149C
ca. 1950
Box 6: 31
Stag slencil: form no. 149D
ca. 1950
Box 6: 32
Stag slencil: General Electric flier
ca. 1943
Box 7: 1
Stag slencil: introduction flier and Protecto advertisement
ca. 1940
Box 7: 2
Stag slencil: news 845
1947
Box 7: 3
Stag slencil: permanent users
1955
Box 7: 4
Stag slencil: Protecto advertisement no. 145 for mailing with book or pocket clip
ca. 1950
Box 7: 5
Stag slencil: reprinted advertisement form Printers' Ink
ca. 1940
Box 7: 6
Stag slencil: Special Bulletin no. 53
ca. 1953
Box 7: 7
Stanley Home Products: newspaper article
1956
Box 7: 8
Swanson, Clifford: sales and commissions
1956
Box 7: 9
Thincil: advertisement no. 935
1935
Box 7: 10
Thincil: development copy and sketches
1934
Box 7: 11
Thincil: letterhead and flier
ca. 1934
Box 7: 12
Tie clip slencils: correspondence and advertisements
1948
Box 7: 13
Tool developments: sketch
1939
Box 7: 14
Verses: advertising slogans
1938
Box 7: 15
Waterman, Dick: correspondence, slencil products
1953-1955
Box 7: 16
Waterman, Dick: correspondence, stag slencils
1956-1957
Box 7: 17
Waterman, Dick: correspondence, stag slencil clip
1955
Box 7: 18
Waterman, Dick: correspondence, slencil products
1951-1956
Box 7: 19
WEC: memo
1946
Box 7: 20
Williams & Anderson Co.: correspondence, Emblem caps
1956-1957
Box 7: 21

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Language:

English

Provenance

Acquired from Channing, Ann, and Ed Harris, Dec. 2010 (2010-094 and 2010-218).

Related material

SCUA also holds the records of the Rodney Hunt Machine Company (MS 105), for which Carl C. Harris was a long-term executive and co-owner.

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Processed by Adrienne Zimmerley, 2016.

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Cite as: Carl C. Harris Papers (MS 667). Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • Business people--Massachusetts--Orange
  • Industrialists--Massachusetts--Orange
  • Inventors--Massachusetts--Orange
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Mechanical pencils--Marketing
  • Office equipment and supplies industry--Marketing
  • Office equipment and supplies industry--Massachusetts--Orange

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Names

  • Rivet-O Company
  • Rodney Hunt Machine Company
  • Speed-Mo
  • The Slencil Co.

Genre terms

  • Board games (game sets)
  • Construction toys
  • Life preservers
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Patents
  • Photographs