North Brothers Manufacturing
Company begun its existence as a small business established by
Selden Gladwin North, a machinist, in 1878. Ralph H. North, his
brother, joined Selden about two years later. They
operated a business under the name of North Brothers.
They operated iron and brass foundry and a tinning and
galvanizing business in Philadelphia.
The firm operated a foundry at 23rd
and Race Streets in Philadelphia, but soon moved to larger
quarters at Lehigh and American Streets in North Philadelphia.
In 1887 the company was
incorporated with a name of North Brothers Manufacturing
Five years later, in 1892, North
Bros. purchased American Machine Co. of Philadelphia. The
facilities of this business were located at Lehigh Ave. and
American Street. After the purchase North Brothers Mfg.
Co. moved their operation to this new location.
The company soon came to specialize in the manufacture of metal
appliances, such as ice cream makers, egg beaters and meat
John Spring North, the son of Ralph
H. North was born on Aug. 13, 1890. He graduated at
Princeton in 1913. During the World War I he was first
lieutenant in the Aviation Service. Since 1919 he is a
secretary of North Bros. Mfg. Co.
On April 30, 1946
the company was sold to The Stanley Works, makers of Stanley tools.
Selden G. North, Vice-president of North
Brothers Manufacturing Company, Philadelphia, died at his home
in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, on Monday, April 24th, after a
He was born in Middletown, Connecticut, on May 14, 1843. His
earlier years during the Civil War were spent in Sharps Rifle
Factory, Hartford, Connecticut, where he became a tool maker and
In 1866 his health not being good he came to
Philadelphia and engaged in other than mechanical pursuits. In
1870 he returned to Connecticut to take a position as Secretary
of the Higgamun Manufacturing Company, makers of agricultural
In 1877 he came to Philadelphia again and
established himself as a manufacturer of small tools for
In 1880 he was joined by his brother, Ralph H.
North, and they started a foundry business. This was finally
developed into the present Company, which was incorporated in
1887. Selden G. North had charge of the manufacturing part of
He is survived by a wife and daughter.
Mr. North was one of the oldest and best known
men in the hardware specialty and tool manufacturing business
and by his many sterling qualities gained a large circle of
The funeral services were held Thursday, April
27th, 2130 P. M., from his late residence on Ashbourne Road in
Elkins Park, one of the suburbs of Philadelphia, and were
attended by a large number of business and social acquaintances,
who thus paid their last tribute to the departed friend.