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Ulysses Dietz

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iconnumber posted 09-15-2009 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's an old view of the great Tiffany & Co. factory in the north end of Newark.

It operated until 1985, more or less as it had since 1894 when it opened. I saw them making flatware and printing expensive Tiffany stationery there in the early 1980s, when they swore they'd never shut it down. It was an entirely intact Victorian silver factory (which at its peak had some 500 employees). At least it still stands, a dormered third floor added, converted to condos.

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iconnumber posted 09-20-2009 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you saw it, were they still using the old methods and machines to make the silver & stationery?

Do the old machines still exist? (Has this already been covered?)

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iconnumber posted 10-01-2009 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I saw the Tiffany factory (this was the early 1980s--1982, and I'd only been a curator for two years) they still had all of the old machinery, the old dies, the old wooden spinning chucks, and the drop-stamping machines. I watched them making silver flatware, and watched them printing the expensive Tiffany stationery that I never could afford (back in 1980 it was a dollar a sheet of paper and a dollar an envelope--with an engraved address). Even the old equipment they didn't use any more was just sitting there. Can't imagine that they scrapped it all, but a great deal of it--dies, chucks, tools--was simply destroyed. The archives were saved, and of course they still make some silver--but Lunt got all the flatware dies, to produce for Tiffany, while Crane got the stationery concession.

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iconnumber posted 07-11-2010 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
see also: New Tiffany Works -- 1897

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