Please be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to see all items available for sale through the Meriden Historical Society!

Justin Picirillo’s books Art and Artisans of Meriden and Hubbard Park are on sale here*


The three 1930’s-era Manning Bowman catalogs featured below are chock-full of metalwares produced during the Art Deco period by this Meriden manufacturer.

They are available in CD format for only $15 each, or all three for $40.

Free shipping!

Order yours today!


1934 Manning Bowman “Smart Appointments and Gifts”

Manning-Bowman Electric Appliances catalog No. C736 - 1936 "Smart Appointments and Gifts"

30 pages with some color




1936 Manning-Bowing “Electric Appliances”

Electric Appliances by Manning-Bowman - beautiful Art Deco styling!

40 pages



“Hotakold Vacuum Containers”


“Household Appointments and Novelties”




Pewter Meriden Ornaments

Meriden Ornaments have been produced by the Meriden Public Library’s Local History Department since 1994. Each pewter medallion is manufactured by Woodbury Pewter and features a Meriden historical landmark. All proceeds are used to purchase books, periodicals, archival supplies, and other local history items.

These are available through the Meriden Public Library. For ordering information contact the library’s information desk at 203.238.2346.

Ornament prices are as follows:

 Current Year: $8.00 each, plus $5 shipping
 Prior Year(s): $10.00 each, plus $5 shipping

We can combine orders to save on shipping.
Meriden Public Library
105 Miller Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Attn: Reference Department





“The Meriden Flint Glass Company – An Abundance of Glass”

Founded in 1876, the Meriden Flint Glass Company produced internationally renowned glass that adorned ornate lanterns, jewelry boxes, vases and many other intricate pieces. Although it was only in operation for a brief time, the company remains an important landmark in Meriden, Connecticut, as well as in the history of American glassmaking industry.

Author Diane Tobin details the history of the company, drawing on extensive sources ranging from local Meriden papers to the personal journals of the company’s indefatigible superintendent, Joseph Bourne. Fascinating insights into how the famous glass was made, the role the company played in early labor movements and the growth of Meriden alongside it round out this exciting
history of the Meriden’s own Victorian-era glassmaking factory.
The History Press is proud to present this new title from Diane Tobin.

History of the Silver City Shines in New Book

Local author chronicles dynamic past of Connecticut’s charming Meriden.


Named the “Silver City” and later the “Ideal War Community” during World War II, Meriden quickly burgeoned into a major manufacturing center with the advent of the industrial revolution.

The city has also long been enlivened by a diverse mixture of immigrants and newcomers. Bordered on the north by dramatic traprock ridges, Meriden has a larger percentage of parklands than any other town in Connecticut, with Hubbard Park its crowning jewel.

In a new pictorial history book from Arcadia Publishing, local author Janis Leach Franco uses historic photographs to take readers on a nostalgic journey down memory lane

Highlights of Meriden:

  • Features snapshots from 1864 through the 20th century
  • Showcases the ever-changing city against the never-changing backdrop of the Hanging Hills
  • Contains images of historic houses, factories, banks, pharmacies, restaurants, theaters, grocery stores, bookstores, confectioneries and an old department store
  • Spotlights two important city symbols, Castle Craig and The Traffic Tower
  • Explains why Meriden is known as the “Silver City” – including information about Silver International Co. and its predecessor Meriden Britannia Co.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailer or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit


New Book, Great Deal!
New Book, Great Deal!

Congratulations to our member Dan DeLuca. His book The Old Leather Man: Historical Account of a Connecticut and New York Legend has been published. (October 30, 2008) by Wesleyan Publishing Press – ISBN: 978-0-8195-6862-5.

In his book, Dan W. DeLuca has collected newspaper articles, photographs, and other documents that chronicle the mysterious life of this mournful traveler. The book includes 20 different photographs of the man, along with maps of his travel routes, and images of his shelters and other landmarks along his path.

As a special offer, members of the Meriden Historical Society are eligible for a 20% discount.
If you wish, you may order the book    from UPNE.
To receive your 20% discount enter code W300.

The Meriden Historical Society also carries a range of catalog reproductions from the city’s many glass decorating firms, such as J.D. Bergen, Silver City Cut Glass, C.F. Monroe and more.