Trade catalogs from Gilbert & Bennett Mfg. Co.

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Company Name
Gilbert & Bennett Mfg. Co.
Georgetown, Connecticut, United States
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galvanized wire cloth, netting, fencing, gates, railings, fireplace screens, dish racks, flower stands, strainers, sifters, pet crates ; In 1918 with most of its employees overseas fighting in World War I, the company manufactured 5,000 pounds of wire cloth a day for trench lining, as well as poultry netting for camouflage and screen cloth for gas masks ; G&B became the first supplier of camouflage netting during World War II. At one time about 125 women were garnishing olive drab cloth to "straight-line" chicken wire. Besides camouflage netting, G&B manufactured hex netting mats for beach landings like Normandy, tow targets for air gunnery training, and galvanized wire for signal corps assault wire and armoring electric cable ; Gilbert & Bennett wove a special mesh of nickel wire for the Manhattan Project ; (see below for attribution) ; extensive history of the company can be found at:
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5 pieces; 1 box
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Topic (Romaine term)
Architectural designs and building materials
Farm equipment and supplies (including dairy and poultry equipment)
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)
Furniture and furnishings
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )
Metalwork products (architectural and ornamental)
Veterinary and pet supplies
"Decoration and ornament, Architectural"
Architectural design
Architectural metal-work
Art metal-work
Beverage industry
Building materials
Farm equipment
Food industry and trade
Furniture industry and trade
House furnishings
Interior decoration
Iron industry and trade
Pet supplies
Steel industry and trade
Veterinary instruments and apparatus
Veterinary medicine
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