Erie, PA: Pennsylviania Fireproofing Co., nd c. 1915. First edition. Staplebound Wraps. Octavo, pp. 23, illustrated with b/w photographs. Very Good. Item #20783
This pamphlet highlighted Denison interlocking building tile, which was a hard burned, hollow clay tile designed for bearing walls, curtain walls, foundations, and partitions in all kinds of buildings. The tile was touted to be waterproof and fireproof, and to have great strength and insulating properties. Commercial buildings that used Denison tile were pictured in this booklet, including the citrus packing plant for Murphy Oil in Whittier, California; the fruit warehouse and cold storage for Meadow Lake Orchard in Meadow Lake, Washington; the Wenatchee Valley Fruit Exchange's fruit warehouse in Wenatchee, Washington; and more. An article by Ralph Spaulding, printed in June 1915 in Refrigerating World, discussed the construction of an ice house using Denison tile, and the article was reprinted in part in this pamphlet. Potato storage buildings are also discussed in this pamphlet, and the photos of them are quite distinctive-looking. An interesting glimpse into the final decades of ice house refrigeration.