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Coal Heaving Wasn't Included in Her Marriage Contract. Wayne Home Equipment Company.Fort Wayne, IN.[1962-1978]
 Coal Heaving Wasn't Included in Her Marriage Contract. Wayne Home Equipment Company.Fort Wayne, IN.[1962-1978]


 
Price: $85.00

Product Code: 20200714

Description
 
A wonderfully tongue in cheek catalogue from the Wayne Home Equipment Company, which sold a variety of heating equipment and home furnaces. The cover of this catalogue has a three color linocut print showing a woman in tears as she is shoveling coal into a furnace with the caption, "coal heating wasn't Included in her marriage contract." The title page of the item, has a black and white illustration of a head shot of a woman with the caption, "a Wayne will chase away her worries." The rest of the catalogue has a series of black and white illustrations either depicting figures calling the Wayne Company to get a furnace installed, Wayne employees delivering oil, families enjoying the heat in the house, or of the Wayne furnace itself (both in parts and as a whole). One of the pictures is in color - it is the one of the family happily enjoy the heat produced by the furnace. A second image which depicts the whole furnace has red lines depicting where the heat is and its airflow. Accompanying the illustrations are descriptions of the furnaces sold, some of which incorporate humor such as "Your neighbors will thank you for keeping the winter air free from coal-smoke and soot," and "this silent, tireless fireman in your household will be on the job twenty-four hours per day." The rest of the descriptions are full of bravado and claims of superiority to other products on the market such as, "There is nothing that excells [sic] the safety, simplicity, and reliability of the perfected Wayne oil burner", and "The pump is the heart of an oil burner; the firing head may be styled the lungs; and the control mechanism, the brains. If any one of these are deficient, you have a weak and faltering mechanism. Wayne has a perfectly sound and sturdy heart; it has two well designed and efficient lungs, and its controls are the best that money can buy." Towards the end of the catalogue, there are four printed black and white photographs of supposed residences of individuals who had installed Wayne's furnaces and short testimonials. Additionally, there is a chart with the dimensions and specifications of the furnace. The interior back cover page is actually a tear off form to fill in for an estimate to install a Wayne furnace. The Wayne Home Equipment Company was founded in 1928 by Norbert G. Berghoff, and it manufactured a variety of home furnaces, water and space heaters, boilers, and industrial ovens. In the 1940s they acquired the Zepher Pump Company and expanded into water pumps. The company remained family owned until 1978 when it was sold to the Scott Fetzer Corporation, at which point the company focused solely on the water pumps and by 1991 had moved its factory and business to Harrison, OH. The company is still in business and known as Wayne Water Systems, A Scott Fetzer Company. This particular catalogue for the Wayne company was distributed by a authorized dealer and installer of Wayne products, Bibb Heating & Equipment Company in Baltimore, MD, which was established in 1962. Their information has been stamped on the back cover of the catalogue. Bibb Heating & Equipment is still in business today. Due to the founding dates of Bibb Heating, this catalogue is dated between 1962 and 1978 when the Wayne company was sold. 11 pgs. Illustrated covers. OCLC 1 (June 2020, though this item has a date of 1929, which is around when the company was first established so might not be the same item). Measures 9 3/4" x 7"..