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Manufacturers Index - Smith & Phillips Manufacturing Co.

Smith & Phillips Manufacturing Co.
Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery

Last Modified: Dec 16 2010 10:08PM by Jeff_Joslin
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This company manufactured a couple of specialty machines for making windows and stair stringers. They were in business from 1892 through 1898, and probably for longer. By 1925 the Lamson Cutter Head Co. of Chicago was advertising that they were "Manufacturers of the Smith & Phillips Window Frame Machine". By 1929 the Atlas Manufacturing Co. of Orlando, FL, was promoting their Phillips Window Frame Machine.

Information Sources

  • Ad in an 1899 issue of Carpentry and Building.
  • Used machine seen in ca. 1920 Cordesman-Rechtin catalog.
  • An ad in a 1920 issue of The Wood-Worker lists a single pocket and pulley cutter, and a stair router.
  • Between 1892 and 1898, patents were granted to Francis V. Phillips and assigned to this company. An 1888 patent to that inventor was assigned to the Chicago Sash Pulley Co. A 1913 patent to the same inventor was unassigned; his location at that time was Orlando, FL. The 1892 patent is for an ingenious method of making sash-weight pockets in window stiles. The innovation is to cut the opening in such a way that the waste forms the required pocket cover, and the cover fits exactly flush with the opening.
  • An ad in a 1925 issue of The Wood-Worker for the Lamson Cutter Head Co. of Chicago says that they are "Manufacturers of the Smith & Phillips Window Frame Machine".