Mitchell & Bissell Company Pottery

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In operation    1919-1941

Wares

textile & plumbing porcelains (Industrial Directory 1927); porcelain guides (Industrial Directory 1931); porcelain guides for textile machinery (Industrial Directory 1934); bathroom fixtures, porcelain guides for textile machinery (Industrial Directory 1938); porcelain guides & wire guides for textile machinery (Industrial Directory 1940-41)

Notes

City directories indicate that the Mitchell-Bissell Company was operating elsewhere between 1917 and 1919 (on Prospect Street near the Pennsylvania Railroad, probably on the Standard China site) before moving to this site.

Selected References

Fitzgerald, Thomas F. 1920-1938.  Fitzgerald’s Trenton and Mercer County Directory, Together with a Directory of Bordentown, Burlington, Mount Holly and Lambertville, NJ.  Thomas F. Fitzgerald, Trenton, New Jersey.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, Department of Labor. 1927.  The Industrial Directory of New Jersey. Trenton, New Jersey.

Harney, W.J. 1929. “Trenton’s First Potteries.” Sunday Times Advertiser, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1929.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, State Department of Labor. 1931.  The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.  Trenton, New Jersey.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, State Department of Labor. 1934.  The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.  Trenton, New Jersey.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, State Department of Labor. 1938.  The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.  Trenton, New Jersey.

New Jersey Bureau of Statistics and Records, State Department of Labor. 1940-41.  The Industrial Directory of New Jersey.  Trenton, New Jersey.

Other Names

Mitchell & Bissell Company; Mitchell & Bissell Pottery Works

Block and Lot:
229E/23

Historic Street Address:
Brunswick Avenue and Heil Avenue; 825 Brunswick Avenue

Municipality:
City of Trenton