[Bell Historians] Levels of Bell Production
Carl Scott Zimmerman
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Sat Oct 17 19:07:29 BST 2009
>I was interested to read Mark Regan's letter (and associated
>graph) in todays RW. This may have been discussed before but has
>anyone done a similar analysis in other counties or nationally?
Although I have yet to read the referenced letter (that RW is
probably winging its way across the pond to me even as I write), this
remark prompted me to revisit the one set of rather good data which
is available for an American bellfounder. The result is a new page
which you can now find on the GCNA Website:
In its 80 years of operation, the Meneely (Troy) foundry shipped more
than 12,300 bells weighing altogether over 8.6 million pounds.
I wish that comparable data were available from the other three major
American bellfoundries (Meneely/Watervliet, McShane, Vanduzen) or
some of the significant regional bellfoundries (e.g., Hooper/Blake,
Stuckstede [I and II], Gardiner Campbell). At least their production
of chimes is to some extent known, and is summarized on a page linked
from that shown above.
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