Industry

Auto-Ordnance Corporation

by William G. Menosky Tommy gun.  The name evokes different memories or thoughts in a cross section of people both in the United States and internationally.  Some may think of names that wrote the violent history of the twenties and thirties in this country: Capone, Floyd or ...

July 10, 2015
Charles Ritchel
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Charles Ritchel

Photo: Charles Ritchel c. 1840-1911 Charles Ritchel was an inventor who is credited with inventing the first dirigible.  In 1878, Ritchel built a hand-powered dirigible fashioned out of rubber from the Goodyear Rubber Company in Naugatuck and the Folansbee Machine Shop in Bridgeport.  He is a ...

January 05, 2011
Ives Toys Make Happy Boys
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Ives Toys Make Happy Boys

Everyone knows that Bridgeport was a center of manufacturing of large machinery and other industries, but did you know that this city was also one of the largest manufacturers of toy trains and mechanical toys? Edward Ives started his toy company in Bridgeport and built some ...

January 04, 2011

Solidarity Bridgeport Style

by Andy Piascik On July1, 1979, 400 members of United Steelworkers Local 7201 employed at the Handy and Harman precious metals factory in Fairfield went on strike. There was nothing particularly unusual or exceptional about that; workers at factories in Bridgeport and the surrounding area regularly ...

March 10, 2016
The Day Casco’s Workers Sat Down on the Job
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The Day Casco’s Workers Sat Down on the Job

by Andy Piascik It was an event that lasted less than a day and involved only 50 people directly. It was organized, led and carried out by everyday workers and thus contradicted the mainstream narrative that only big people make history. Many of the participants were ...

February 01, 2016
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