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Corporation Grew from Very Simple Idea
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TitleCorporation Grew from Very Simple Idea
AbstractPhotos and article about the history of the Irving-Pitt Manufacturing Company, founded by "J. B. Irving, a salesman with an idea, and William Pitt (1870-1950), a machinist and inventor." Story of the business's development about 1904 at 121 West 7th Street as the first makers and sellers of the "three-ring notebook," invented by Pitt, moving to 7th and Central Streets in 1905 and then Locust Street between 8th and 9th Streets before being "merged with the Wilson-Jones Company of Chicago" in 1929 and shut down in 1932. Description of Irving, coming "to Kansas City from New York in 1900 where he had been a salesman for a bookbinding and printing concern," dying in 1927. Description of Pitt, a native of Iowa raised in Independence, Missouri, and starting as an inventor and mechanic about 1890, building an astronomical observatory at his home before moving to 53rd and Ward Parkways in 1914.
NotesPage 7: "William Pitt, in addition to being one of Kansas City's leading business men, was also an amateur astronomer of considerable distinction. At his home on West Short Street [in Independence] he built an observatory, installing a powerful telescope for his own use and for the enjoyment of others. ..[At his next home at 53rd and Ward Parkways in Kansas City] Pitt built one of the largest reflector telescopes in the Middle West. Eventually the telescope was placed in the University of Kansas, at Lawrence." He moved to New Jersey with his wife in 1940 before dying in 1950.
AuthorSue Gentry
Pearl Wilcox
DateJuly 1979
SourceJackson County Historical Society Journal
Locationq977.841 J14j
Local SubjectIrving, Junius B.
Pitt, William P.
Irving-Pitt Manufacturing Company
Item TypeMagazine Article
Access This ItemThis document is not available online. You may come to the Missouri Valley Room to view it or request a photocopy from the Library's Document Delivery service. https://www.kclibrary.org/services/copy-requests
Item ID113459
CONTENTdm number16349
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