Brown & Bigelow calendar collection, 1953-1955  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Brown & Bigelow
Brown & Bigelow calendar collection
1953-1955 (inclusive)
.32 cubic feet (1 box)
Collection Number
6016 (Accession No. 6016-001)
Calendars and ephemera produced by Brown and Bigelow
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Brown & Bigelow was founded in 1896 by Herbert Huse Bigelow and Hiram Brown. The company began by selling printed calendars from a small second-floor print office and soon grew into a large-scale operation. In 1902, Brown & Bigelow opened a sales office in Boston followed by an industrial plant in 1914. In 1980, the company moved it's headquarters to St. Paul, MN.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection includes 29 small calendars produced by Brown & Bigelow promotional products from 1953-1955. The majority of the calendars feature illustrations of pin-up girls illustrated by Earl Moran and Ted Withers, prominent pin-up artists in the 1950s. Seven of the calendars have text on the front rather than illustrations. The calendars advertise the following companies: Grant & Company (Los Angeles), Perry Kilsby Inc. Steel Tubing (of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle), and Brumley-Donaldson Company Industrial Materials (Los Angeles and Oakland). They were mailed to Mr. Marion A. Cassell, a purchasing agent for Pacific Coast Iron Pip & Fitting Co. in South Gate, California.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Calendars--Specimens
  • Corporate Names :
  • Brown & Bigelow--Calendars
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Calendars

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  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)