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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