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Friday, June 26, 2015

History of Jackson Brothers, Pittsburgh

Jackson Brothers was a forged hand tool manufacturer in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Their address was 2 Alice Street, McKees Rocks, PA, which is on the Ohio River, on the west side of Pittsburgh. Their products included:
1921 Logan-Gregg Hardware catalog

Paving, block, stone, & brick hammers
Plugging & cape chisels
Prick & tinners' punches
Screw drivers & bits
Oyster knives
Star drills
Nail sets

The Pittsburgh Commodity Index, 1913, by Pittsburgh Industrial Development Commission gives more details about their tools. Other Pittsburgh forged tool makers were Hubbard & Co., Iron City Tool Works, Klein-Logan Co., and Verona Tool Works.

Jackson Brothers brick hammer head 
Jackson was owned by Charles W. Jackson, born in England in 1866, emigrated to the United States in 1887, and died in 1943. As of the 1910 Census, he owned the business on Alice St., where he also lived. In the 1930 Census, he was listed as manager of the tool manufacturer, with his sons George L. and Charles listed as tool makers and living with their parents on White St., McKees Rocks. Charles W. Jackson was still operating the business at age 75 in the 1940 Census, with son George assisting him. Their home address was again on Alice St.    

Jackson Brothers' building appears to have survived 100 years, although with a newer front. Here it is in Google Street View (below) and Bing birds eye aerials. From the old houses on Alice St., it seems likely that the Jackson residences also exist today.

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