Early Colonial life was hard. The woman's home was bleak and without much color.|
There was no electricity and all its labor saving devices like air-conditioners.
The majority of people living in larger towns and cities did not have electricity until 1930's,
But , 90 % of Americans who lived on farms and in rural areas had no electric power.
The woman stayed at home and had their kids.
And, there were lots of kids because there was no birth control.
Doorstops were a way to brighten up the woman's home and
hold the door open to let the much needed light and cool breeze in.
"Cast Iron Doorstops" were first introduced by the English in the 1790's called "Doorporters".
The first Doorporters were Flat-back and had a shape of a Half Bell at the bottom with long thin handles.
Having the majority of the weight being at the bottom, kept the doorstop from tipping over.
This desire to have the weight at the bottom lead to using a "Plinth" instead of a half-bell shape.
( To understand what a plinth is, see Albany's design #57 --
"Dog Jumping Fence" under catagory "All Other Dogs" on the Homepage )
By the 1820's, the handles were gone and various figures emerged.
They evolved to all kind of shapes and sizes until World War II.
During World War II, " Cast Iron " became in high demand.
Using Cast Iron for something as trivial as doorstops, would be a sacrigidge to the country patriotism.
So, some Foundries converted their Cast Iron production for items that would help the war effort.
But, eventfully, the foundries either closed or were sold off, especially after the war.
- Bradley & Hubbard sold in 1940
- Littco lasted until the year of 1942
- AM Greenblatt was in bussiness until 1948-9
- Hubley closed and sold their molds to John Wright of Wrightville, PA in 1948
The Day of Beautifully created Doorstops and their Great American Makers was gone......And,
John Wright started casting Reproductions using their newly purchased molds.
The Doorstops shown on this site are " from the Era described above "
and almost all are made by American Foundries prior to 1948.
Some of the doorstops shown may not be in that good of condition,
but they are not intended to be used for determining value, but identifing authenticity.
The Objective of this Site -- is to establish the ability to compare a Doorstop with the Original
without being confused by the vast amount of reproductions flooding the marketplace..