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Belknap Hardware & Mfg Co.
Louisville, KY
1840 - 1986

Aliases

 

W.B. Belknap 1840-1860

W.B. Belknap and Co. 1860-1880

W.B. Belknap and Co. Inc. 1880-1907

Belknap Hardware & Mfg Co. 1907-1986

 

History

 

William Burke Belknap established the Belknap Hardware & Mfg Co. back in 1840 along the banks of the Ohio River on a piece of property that is now part of the University of Louisville.  They began by producing iron products, such as horse and mule shoes, nails, spikes and other forged items in a small shop.  They started with only three employees in a 3-story brick building. By the time Belknap celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1940, they had grown to a complex of 37 buildings, covering 37 acres of floor space under one roof. It had underground passageways and covered bridges. Belknap Hardware and Manufacturing was among the nation's largest wholesale enterprises with nationally recognized quality brands.

 

Their catalog of items grew from 100 to over 75,000 over the years.  Blue Grass was one of the brand labels and along with many other items they created their own line of industrial crayons under that name.

 

Sadly, the company went out of business in 1986 after over 140 years of continuous operations.  They had simply tried to get too big too quickly and made a lot of bad decisions that ultimately ended in their demise.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Blue Grass Lumber

BHM0001

LID

1

12

Yellow

Black Text

Incorporated

1950s

7

$5

 

Photos

 

 

Blue Grass Lumber Crayon - 12 sticks.jpg

 

BHM0001