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Inventing the U.S. Stove Industry, c.1815-1875: Making and Selling the First Universal Consumer Durable


H.J. Harris


Durham University - Department of History

March 4, 2009

Business History Review, Vol. 82, No. 4

Abstract:     
This article examines the emergence of the American stove industry, detailing the complex interactions among changes in the product, the organization of production, and the methods of selling cast-iron heating and cooking equipment to consumers nationwide, particularly in the antebellum years. This highly competitive industry, composed of hundreds of proprietary firms, became a site of considerable innovation in marketing. Manufacturers integrated forward, controlling the sale and distribution of their goods through networks of small retailers nationwide. The article explains how and why.

Keywords: stoves, consumer durables, distribution networks

JEL Classification: M3, N81, D3, D4

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Date posted: March 4, 2009 ; Last revised: February 11, 2011

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Harris, H.J., Inventing the U.S. Stove Industry, c.1815-1875: Making and Selling the First Universal Consumer Durable (March 4, 2009). Business History Review, Vol. 82, No. 4. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1353442

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Howell John Harris (Contact Author)
Durham University - Department of History ( email )
43 N. Bailey
Durham, DH1 3EX
United Kingdom
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