Peebles Block Portsmouth Ohio (recessed letters)

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Peeble Recessed

Name: Peebles Block (Portsmouth Ohio) Recessed letters

Dimensions: 8 3/4 inches long, 3 3/4 inches wide, 3 1/2 inches height

Location Found: Weiland Park / my spare pile of bricks

Weight: 10 lbs

Notes: Recessed letters.  Recessed letters for Portsmouth, Ohio  

I had this brick for over a year before I realized this was one I had not cataloged. I was going through my pile of spare bricks/blocks for trading purposes and finally noticed that this and the other three like it in the pile did not have raised letters and thus, I have a find that was hiding in my back yard.

Also see:
Peebles Block Raised Letters
Another version from this brick company

Townsend Block Z. O.



Name: Townsend Block Z.O.

Dimensions: 8 3/4 inches long, 4 inches wide, 3 3/4 inches height

Location Found: Mansfield, Ohio

Features: 2 parallel grooves on the bottom face

Weight: 10 lbs

Information: Z.O. Stands for Zanesville, Ohio where the block was made. This version has raised letters. For information on other versions of Townsend Blocks see this B.O.B. post: -> Townsend Z O

Other than the company name, I think the structure of this brick looks just like a typical Hocking Block.

To learn more about T B Townsend the owner and his Zanesville Company, you can read portions of this Google Book.

Metropolitan Special Canton O

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Dimensions: 8 3/4 inches long, 5 inches wide, 3 1/2 inches height

Features: rounded / groove on sides at the mid point (see photo below)

Location Found: Gift

Weight: 10 lbs

Details: This is a version of Metropolitan Block. It is wider and heavier. The Brickfrog blog (linked HERE) has a good post to detail some of the history of the company which made both types of blocks.


Zanesville Block

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Dimensions: 8 1/2 inches long, 3 3/4 inches wide, 3 1/2 inches height

Features: 4 Large Round Lugs, off set

Location Found: Gift

Weight: 9 lbs

Merry Christmas (Brick)

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These were produced by some unknown (to me) northeast Ohio Brickmaker. This was a gift I received last Christmas.

Trimble Block (with offset lugs)

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Name: Trimble Block

Dimensions: 8 3/4 inches long, 3 1/2 inches wide, 3 1/2 inches height

Features: 4 Large Round Lugs, off set

Location Found:Clintonville

Weight: 9 lbs

I have other posts about Trimble Blocks. I found this one encased in a lot of mortar and then put it on my stockpile to build a brick/block pizza oven. I few months later I walked by and noticed this was different than the other Trimble Blocks I have. This has four large lugs that are offset from each other.

You can read and find out more about these blocks using the links below.

This is a book that you access from the OSU library, The Trimble and Wassall Brick Companies, Athens County, Ohio

This -> is a blog post I found with have some interesting background on Trimble Blocks.




Name Temple

Dimensions: 8 1/2 inches long, 4 inches 1/2 inches wide, 2 3/4 inches height

Location Found: Clintonville

Background: (updated December 2015) Thanks to a reader for identifying more about this brick. The size and materials look a lot like the High Grade brick I have posted on this site earlier. This was made by Harbison Walker of Portsmith, Ohio.

Here is MORE I found on the Brick Works on Portsmouth.

Weight: 8 lbs

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