Peru and H. T. Paiste exhibited at Chicago Electrical Show; Porter and Berg exhibited Locke insulators;Thomas Grier exhibited Brunt porcelain

[Trade Journal]

Publication: Western Electrician

Chicago, IL, United States
vol. 38, no. 4, p. 72-79, col. 1-3

The Chicago Electrical Show.

The Chicago Electrical Show is a great success. As the days allotted for the exhibition passed, interest in the many new and interesting things to be seen at the Coliseum increased, and the spacious building was well filled with sightseers both afternoon and evening. So gratifying has been the patronage that the show has received, that the management without doubt will make it in the future an annual event. A review of the success of the exposition at the close of the first week showed that the benefit to electrical and allied trades had been marked, and many of the concerns had booked substantial orders through the interest aroused in their products by their exhibits at the Coliseum. To the "mere visitor" there was much to attract and hold the attention, and he who left the hall without a much wider understanding of the scope of the electrical industry did so because he had no inclination to learn.






Eight different lines of electrical specialties were exhibited in the booth of the Thos. G. Grier Company of Chicago. Mr. Grier is the general sales manager for the Nungesser Electric Battery Company, and a number of dry batteries, from a big cell 34 inches high to small pocket batteries four inches high, occupied one corner of the booth. Other apparatus exhibited was the well-known 1900 telephone battery and the Acme ignition battery. The Hubbel specialties were shown; also those of McLeod, Ward & Co., who have put out a new line of desk lamps, reading lamps and a novel array of double-jointed fixtures. The Wotton extension telephone gong was exhibited in a variety of woods and finishes. The Wirt Electric Company had a new line of rheostats. The well-known line of tubes, knobs and cleats manufactured by the Brunt Porcelain Works was in evidence, as was that of the Chase-Shawmut Company.

Porter & Berg of Chicago exhibited a line of railway and mining supplies. Prominent also were the Locke insulators for high-tension work, some of those shown being for 50,000 and 60,000-volt service.

The display made by the H. T. Paiste Company was noticeable, not only as an electrical center during the two weeks, but as one of social prominence as well. Western Manager James Wolff of the Paiste company was constantly on hand, and during the "busy time" the booth was particularly well patronized by buyers. Mr. Wolff made a hit with his souvenir gilt pin, representing a Paiste socket. During the last week of the exhibition a change in the souvenir was made, and the exposition was literally flooded with a full-size representation in gold of a Paiste socket. This was attached to a red ribbon; and, as one man put it, if everyone bought a socket that wore a Paiste souvenir, Paiste sockets were flooding the country. Mr. Wolff, as one of the most prominent of the shows directors, certainly did his duty in the matter of not only increasing the attendance, but of entertaining as well the host of friends of the Paiste company. Mr. H. T. Paiste was in attendance part of the time.


Keywords:Peru Electric Manufacturing Company : H. T. Paiste : Locke Insulator Manufacturing Company : William Brunt Pottery Company
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:September 21, 2009 by: Bob Stahr;