P.I. Brown Carriage Co. -1866-1872 Rahway, New Jersey 1872-1920s West New Brighton, New York (Staten Island)
Philip I. Brown, carriage and buggy builder was born in 1838 in Rahway, New Jersey. Brown started out in the shops of Lawrence, Bradley & Co., and spent six more years at J.B. Brewster before opening his first shop back in his home town of Rahway, NJ, in 1866. When the shop burned down in 1872, Brown moved to Staten Island and two years later, he opened a shop on Richmond Terrace, West New Brighton.
The P.I. Brown Carriage Company, circa 1866-1920, manufactured carriages, wagons, carts, contractor dumping wagons and other commercial vehicles. They also ran a successful carriage rental business and livery stable. The livery business eventually became the Richmond Storage Warehouse and Van Company, and the carriage works branched off into automobile sales and commercial bodies.
For more information please read:
Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists ISBN 8096897403
Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship
Beverly Rae Kimes, Henry Austin Clark Jr. - Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942
G.N. Georgano & G. Marshall Naul - The Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles
Albert Mroz - Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Trucks & Commercial Vehicles
Dennis Miller - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trucks and Buses
Ed Strauss, Karen Strauss - Bus World Encyclopedia of Buses
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