Archives For History

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Summer is not yet over and, as the heat turns up, people will be looking for relief. Most seek a pool or lake, but there is also an unconventional way to escape the heat.

Introducing the Bradley Fire Hydrant Sprinkler. This is a discontinued product for Bradley but Hydrant Sprinklers are actually still relevant today. Commonly thought to be illegal to open, there is a way to go about opening a fire hydrant and enjoying its cool water in a legal manner.

When opened illegally, a fire hydrant can release 1,000 gallons of water a minute. That waste of water can decrease water pressure drastically throughout a neighborhood and can also make it hard for firefighters to pump water out of other hydrants. Every city is different, but in New York City (where fire hydrant “sprinklers” are iconic) they have created a set of guidelines so citizens can use the fire hydrants legally and safely.

The first step is to call your local firehouse. In most cases they will then come down and open the hydrant for you and install a sprinkler cap. This sprinkler cap (much like the one Bradley use to offer) saves on water and keeps the water pressure in a neighborhood at a normal level. In New York City, the general rule is one fire hydrant per block may be opened.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into Bradley’s past. Stay tuned for more from the Archives!

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1933

Source: Fertig, B. (2013, August 2). It’s OK to Open that Fire Hydrant… But Just a Little Bit. Retrieved August 12, 2014, from http://www.wnyc.org/story/309912-making-open-fire-hydrants-legal-and-safer/

 

Happy Friday! This weekend marks the first weekend of Summerfest here in Milwaukee and I am sure many of you are anxious to start the weekend with music and food down by the lake shore. However, before you take off for the weekend we want to show you a little bit of Bradley history. Like Summerfest, Bradley has been a part of Milwaukee tradition for decades. Pictured below you can see an old advertisement illustrating the versatility of Bradley products between different commercial settings.  From corporate buildings, factories, schools, hotels and even Summerfest, Bradley products can be found hard at work.

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“What do all of them have in common?” – old Bradley advertisement

 

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Washrooms at Summerfest featuring Bradley Corp. products

 

Bradley’s Flashback Friday

Each Friday, a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different!

Back in April of 2002 on a block between St. James Street and Mit Stegall Drive in Winnipeg, Canada, you would have stumbled upon a demolition scene that gave the feeling that you were in a post-apocalyptic time. However, on a gray day in April, amongst the rubble, a passerby found something rather interesting. A Bradley Washfountain was the lone survivor of the demolition of the Canada Metal Complex.

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The original Washfountain dates back to 1921. This revolutionary product changed handwashing in many factories and commercial washrooms. Each Bradley Washfountain could replace eight china sinks saving water, space and break time spent in the washroom.  It is no surprise that Canada Metal installed a Bradley Washfountain in their complex, but the mystery is why was it saved? Where is it now?

Using pictures the passerby provided, it was easy to locate the address of the picture taken in 2002.  As you can tell by the picture below there is a business named “Best West Pet Foods” near the location of the Fountain. A search provided an address and thanks to Google Earth a picture of the area 10 years later is also shown below. The rubble is gone and in its place is a large parking lot serving a “Real Canadian Superstore”. The Bradley Washfountain is since gone but the small blue box on the 2012 picture gives you an idea of where it would have been located 10 years ago.

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April 13th, 2002

 

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May 2012, Google Earth

 

Did someone think it was too unique destroy? Was it going to be recycled? Or, did the construction guys just become too lazy to move it the last 20 yards to the dumpster? Why the fountain was sitting there amongst the destruction we might never know. However, this picture illustrates the craftsmanship, innovation and quality Bradley invests into every one of its products. Even amid chaos, Bradley products stand strong.

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Flashback Friday: The Bradley sinks.
Happy Friday to you all! Check out this week’s flashback Friday photo! Tweet us @bradleycorp and let us know if you recognize anyone in these photos.

Hope you all had a good week. Enjoy the long weekend!

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Bradley’s Flashback Friday

Each Friday, a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different!

 

Happy Flashback Friday Monday! Check out this one. It was a two page spread with this awesome illustration of scientists washing up at a Bradley Washfountain. Presumably they just got done doing something like testing out a giant rocket, inventing tang, or any of the other thousands of awesome things scientists got to do during the heyday of the space race. There’s even a story to go along with it.
Illustration of Scientists washing their hands at a Bradley washfountain

Bradley’s Flashback Friday Monday
Each Friday (Monday for this one), a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different! (two this week because you didn’t get one last week!)

Happy Friday all! Check out this week’s flashback Friday photo. Those fun fixtures reminded me of all the fun that summer will bring.

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Bradley’s Flashback Friday
Each Friday, a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different!

Happy Friday everyone! This week’s photo features Barbie. Yes, Mattel’s Barbie! The ad, from the early 1960s, uses the different styles and looks that Barbie had to help depict the differences between Bradley’s showers. Having Barbie as a “spokesperson,” how cool is that?

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Bradley’s Flashback Friday
Each Friday, a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different!

Happy Friday to you all! Hope you had an amazing week. This Flashback Friday, we took it back to the 70’s, when knee high socks and bell-bottom pants were a big hit in high schools across the country. And the Bradley washfountain was the groovy place to meet and make plans for the upcoming dance. The good old days.

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Bradley’s Flashback Friday
Each Friday, a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different!

Happy first Friday everyone! April is officially here and there’s a high forecast for showers today. Don’t forget to grab those umbrellas. Along with the rain showers outside, we wanted to remind you of the Bradley showers inside. Check out this weeks Flashback Friday Photo from the 70’s Multi-Stall showers.

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Bradley’s Flashback Friday
Each Friday, a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different!

Happy Friday everyone! As you may know, Bradley has had a ton of bright ideas through the years, from the washfountain to all the washroom accessories. And to commemorate those ideas and this wonderful spring weather, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane to the 60’s when the Bradley Bright campaign first launched. It was a very exciting time, everyone was trying to make a statement. And Bradley was no exception. With the fuchsia background, I couldn’t help but notice this ad. And the paisley print in her dress is actually quite mod and chic. I have seen many people walking around in paisley and bright colors lately. I guess some things never go out of style, especially Bradley products.

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Bradley’s Flashback Friday
Each Friday, a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different!