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    Posted 3 years ago

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    I wouldn't call myself a "brick collector" (though it certainly appears that there are others out there who actively would, maybe even including one or two here on CW??) but I still think this is kinda cool. :-) Picked up today after I noticed it laying loose on the ground in the alley behind the shop where I work during a smoke break -- there's no telling how it got there, how long its been there, or from what and/or where it first came from/was once part of.

    On one side of it in a kinda ovalish shape are the letters "COF'Y V'LE VIT B&T CO". which would seem to identify it as being made by a version of a company from Coffeyville, KS, but the couple online references I discovered don't really provide any further info about that company or its timeline and/or numerous names. (??)

    The whitish 'spot' which appears in the pics is where I carefully chipped away a (the only) little spot of old mortar which was still stuck to its surface, to help reveal its lettering. I'm betting that will darken/fade away naturally after a few months spent in its new home (as pictured here) as my now newest bit of 'flower bed ephemera'...? <lol>

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Love old bricks with writing on them. Not a collector, but I have quite a few.
    2. SpiritBear, 3 years ago
      They're really hard to date but usually, in this thick red brick type, date between the 1890s and 1920s, though they were made before and after that like this-- just not as often. By the '20s, they were going over to poured concrete. Before the '90s, they were usually laying plain and smaller bricks (one might better call what you have a block, as many of them are debossed/embossed with such).
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      THANKS SO MUCH to kwqd, Caperkid, fortapache, Newfld,
      Brunswick, blunderbuss2, elanski, SpiritBear, & MyCountry

      for your <love it>s and kind comments!! :-) :-) :-)
    4. gotwire gotwire, 3 years ago
      Coffeyville Vitrified Brick & Tile Company (paver)

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