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Medal M Block

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Name: Medal M Block

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

Location Found: Westerville, OH – Brick Swap November 2019

Features: Four Square lugs on the front, “slot” on wide sides, “grooves” on top horizontal sides.

Weight: 9 lbs

No additional Information in this block, but I believe this was made by a Northeast Ohio company.

I used to this Block to finish off a walkway at our house. You can see the “pre-placement” for the walkway design in the last photo.


Lincoln Block

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Lincoln Brick

Name: Lincoln Block

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

Location Found: Westerville, OH – Brick Swap November 2019

Features: Two long lugs on the front, “slot” on each side

Weight: 9 lbs

More information: The Land of Lincoln Block: Brick Making in Corning, Ohio

I have not had much time for “bricking” in the last four years. I have not been able to attend Brick Swaps either, which are great opportunities to learn more about bricks as well as to see and sometimes obtain bricks you can not find on your own. I was happy to add this to my collection which went immediately to a sidewalk


Buckeye Block Roseville, O

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Buckeye Brick

Name: Buckeye Block Roseville, O(hio)

Dimensions: 9 inches long (estimate), 4 inches wide (face), 3 inches height (top to bottom)

Location Found: Scioto River near the new Crew Stadium

Features: Brick “sheen”

Weight: 8 lbs

Information
The Buckeye Pressed Brick Company (via Roseville Historical Society)((PDF for viewing))

I had about 15 minutes of “bricking” which I have not had in a few years. I was tasked with making a walkway for our new deck and I sensed I would be a few bricks short. I have been driving by a “money” spot all summer and knew with the river having been low for months, it would be prime picking. I did not have to look long or hard to get the spares I needed. I was surprised and happy to find one I did not have (although less than ideal condition) as easily as I did.

BIG 4 Block (for the Big 5-0)

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Name: Big 4

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

Location Found: Westerville, OH

Features: Two long lugs on the front.

Weight: 10 lbs

My wife’s family thinks it is odd to collect bricks (well, most people do), but when possible, they deliver the goods. In this case on my 50th Birthday. When a person brings a brick to a family gathering it causes confusion and a stir. Questions were asked: Where did you find it? (Answer: in a creek) Response from guests – Eww. Response from me – Totally legit (that is where I found most of my early bricks). The best brick is one found for free with minimal labor but a close second is one given as a gift by someone that things doing so is probably crazy. I am happy for any brick I am given but in this case, it was one I did not have. Since I have not had time to go “bricking” this was a a real treat.

I do have another BIG 4 but it is different than this one. See the link for reference -> Malvern Big 4

Related links:

Short History of Brick Making in Stark County

Malvern, earliest brick factory

Ohio Geology 1999

The photo below gives you a better view of one of the lugs on the front of this brick.

Bessemer Block Youngstown, O

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bessemer

Name: Bessemer Block Youngstown, O

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

Location Found: Gift from a friend, found in greater Cleveland area.

Features: 4 Oval Lugs

Weight: 10 lbs

While many people raise an eye and my wife does not understand the allure of finding a good brick but a few people do appreciate my hobby so I sometimes get a call or text asking if I have a certain brick or not. While I prefer to obtain my bricks the old fashioned way (wandering around a ravine, construction site or somewhere looking for a half buried brick in the muck) I will accept brick from friends.

More about Bessemer Block from BrickFrog

And even more about Bessemer Block -> HERE

Metropolitan Block Canton O (Reverse N)

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Canton 1

Canton 2

I came across this block while getting a few stones from one of my picked over sites that I no longer check (since I cleaned it out). Looking at it, it was a bit more worn that I prefer but I noticed the reverse n in Canton so I decided to take it because I thought that was unique. While prepping this post I looked at my other Metropolitan Blocks listed in here and saw the same reversal. I am not sure how I missed that before – I guess at the time, I was just excited to find one. Below are the other entries which provide more information on this style.

https://bricksofohioblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/metropolitan-block-canton-o/

https://bricksofohioblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/metropolitan-block-canton-o-version-2/

https://bricksofohioblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/metropolitan-special-canton-o/

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  
Made by PEEBLES PAVING BRICK CO.

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

The Perfect Book for An Ohio Brick Hound

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If you are now an established Brick Hound, then you may want to get this book from the Dean of Ohio Brick Hunters Don Dzuro. Historic Ohio Bricks is a self published, small batch compendium of Ohio Bricks that can not be equaled. Clocking in at 407 pages this book lists out information on over 2400 different bricks styles created in the Buckeye State. The listing of Brick Manufacturers and individuals known to made bricks covers pages 348 to 406, so if you thought your Ohio brick collection was complete…..there is some daunting news for you in this tomb of knowledge.

Historic Bricks

Most listings for bricks include a sketch outline, black and white photograph or color photograph of the brick as well as any known information about the brick and where it was made. You can not buy this book on Amazon or local bookseller. Your best bet is to write Don and ask if he has any left. Inquiries can be mailed to Don Dzuro, 709 Sharon Street, Akron, Ohio 44314.

I did borrow the 2008 edition via interlibrary loan and you can read about that -> HERE.

The new edition is very similar but does have some improvements and more information.

Blocks in the Wild: Phoenix Brewing, Mansfield

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The phenomenon of blocks and Ohio Breweries continues. This time, I discovered a great patio of block pavers at Phoenix Brewing Company on Mansfield, Ohio. Sighted at the patio were mostly Canton Metropolitan Blocks and a few Century Blocks (there may have been some other block styles as well, I was in a hurry for a meeting so I did not have time explore in-depth. The area surrounding the brewery had many blocks in the streets and elsewhere. By report, the owners of the brewery cleaned and processed each block by hand – those of you that have scraped asphalt, mortar, etc., know what a pain that is for one block let alone hundreds. The brewery was exceptional.

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If you know of any Ohio breweries that feature Ohio Blocks let me know. So far we know they can be found at Star Brewing, Seventh Son Brewing, Phoenix Brewing, Jackie O’s, Weasel Boy, and West End Cider House.

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Townsend Block Z. O.

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Townsend

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.

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