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Plan Of Esterbrook's Factory In Camden, Nj In 1885

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#1 AAAndrew


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 21:32

I posted this over in Pen History but thought y'all would find it interesting as well. I could never find information on the Esterbrook factory, like exactly where it was. But I have now, and thought I'd share it.


I just put up a page on my blog listing research resources for Philadelphia, including a ton of links to online Philadelphia Directories. 


Something else on the page I thought y'all might find interesting is a diagram of the Esterbrook factory in Camden, NJ from 1885. It's from a Sanborn map used by insurance companies. 




The red buildings are made of brick, and the yellow ones are wooden-framed. 


The location is currently a parking lot across Cooper St. from Camden City School District Office. It was in the middle of the block, along Cooper, between Front and Delaware, on the south side of the street. 


Yes, this was before fountain pens. It would be interesting to find another similar map showing what they did in each part of the factory from the fountain pen era and see how the various parts changed. 

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 21:56

Very cool!

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:02

I got to find the plot-plan for my property in a Sanborn map book.  It shows that my house was originally L-shaped.  Well, actually sort of "W-shaped" -- there was a bump out next to the driveway, which I think may have been a porch at one point, before the back corner was filled in.  It might also have been where the well was (the interior part of the well is still in that corner of the basement; we don't know how far under the driveway it extends, and we've never figured out how to set up a working pump to use the well water for stuff like watering the garden.

The Sanborn map books are pretty cool, but I didn't realize that they were for other parts of the country besides Pittsburgh.  You may be able to find a later year's map book someplace (the one showing my house was from the 1920s).  I don't know if stuff like that would be listed in worldcat.org, which is a sort of semi-universal online card catalog a friend tipped me off to a number of years ago.  If they're listed, WorldCat will tell you what libraries they're in, although they might not be available for interlibrary loan.

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ETA: Well, I just looked up on WorldCat -- and some Sanborn map books have been digitized and are online.  I didn't go through all the listings, or refine it to just ones for NJ (there were over 27000 hits!) but you might find something there.  

Whether you would have to pay to view them is something I can't answer....

Edited by inkstainedruth, 05 January 2018 - 01:06.

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 02:30

Yep, it was located at 10 Cooper Street- right across from the RCA Victor Building (now a Condo Complex/Pub).

It is now a parking lot for that stadium (but the Riversharks no longer play).


When Venus took over in the 60's, operation was moved to N. Springdale Rd (Cherry Hill Corporate Center) about 8 miles away. The cross street is still called "Esterbrook Lane".

It's a couple miles north of my "Drop Stop"!   :)


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 18:21

This inspires me to drive there to pay homage, perhaps with my Esterbrooks in tow. Then I can go across the river for a good cheese steak!


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 02:28

Is it fair for an intelligent and family oriented mammal to be separated from his/her family and spend his/her life starved in a concrete jail?

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