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Old 08-15-2011, 01:11 PM
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I'm hoping someone on this forum can give me a good definition of an assortment shop. From some research I've done, I've learned that in the 1890s there were two dominant types of sheet metal shops -- furnace shops and assortment shops -- but I haven't learned much more. Can anyone here enlighten me? Thanks very much for your help
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I believe that furnace shops dealt with heating and ductwork, while assortment shops dealt with the other styles of tinning, such as roofing, gutters, cornices, water cans, and all of those other items from yesteryear.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:57 PM
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I believe that furnace shops dealt with heating and ductwork, while assortment shops dealt with the other styles of tinning, such as roofing, gutters, cornices, water cans, and all of those other items from yesteryear.
That sounds right. My grandfather started a plumbing business in 1917 and I remember my father telling me that they used to do roofing, including slate work, back then. I have a really dim memory of some bench tools in the shop, a crimper and probably a beader. My brothers and I got in deep trouble one day because we were having a great time running piles of what I'm guessing were straps for sections of pipe insulation through the crimper and whatever else was on that bench. By the time my father took over the business all of those tools were gone and he just focused on plumbing. Just one more subject I wish I could talk to him about!
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:44 AM
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Aug 22 1910: Thanks everyone for the useful information. FYI I came across this in the NY Tribune for Aug. 22, 1910:

Assortment workers make tin pans, sauce pans and other kitchen utensils of tin which are sold in the stores throughout Greater New York
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