|The Bricklayer Mason and Plasterer, April 1918|
The brick trowel has a distinctive crook in the shank (neck), which would make it easy to identify to a collector today. This feature was advertised as being more ergonomic and giving greater control, but the curve was reduced between the 1918 and 1921 ads. The trowel was made in 2 widths and 2 pitches (heights, lifts), with wood or leather handle.
Clyde Merit Long was born in Ohio 22 Dec., 1877, and died after 1937. He married Sarah Almina Smith, and their one child, Asa Alden Long, was a world and US checkers champion, a game he learned from his father and grandfather.
Company ads appeared prominently from April 1918 to 1921 in The Bricklayer, Mason, and Plasterer, the journal of the Bricklayers, Masons, and Plasterers International Union of America. The ads stated that their tools were invented by Clyde M. Long, but I was unable to find any US patents for trowels or levels. He received US Patent 1,162,790 for prepared mortar on 7 Dec., 1915, and US Patent 1,547,178 for a milk-bottle holder on 28 July, 1925.
|The Bricklayer Mason and Plasterer, 1921|