North Fairfield Museum needs iron frogs

NORTH FAIRFIELD The North Fairfield Museum is looking for frogs. Not live, hopping frogs but iron frogs. Back in the early 1900s, there was an iron foundry on East Main Street known, at the time, as Fairfield Plow Works. At the end of the day, remaining molten iron was poured into a frog-shaped sand mold. The frogs were advertised in the school newspaper, The Torch-Light. One ad was found in the May 16, 1929 edition, and read, "On windy days use our frogs to keep your doors from slamming!" No price was given. According to legend, Wilbur O. Holden, foundry worker and town constable, designed the original frog.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

NORTH FAIRFIELD The North Fairfield Museum is looking for frogs. Not live, hopping frogs but iron frogs. Back in the early 1900s, there was an iron foundry on East Main Street known, at the time, as Fairfield Plow Works.

At the end of the day, remaining molten iron was poured into a frog-shaped sand mold. The frogs were advertised in the school newspaper, The Torch-Light. One ad was found in the May 16, 1929 edition, and read, "On windy days use our frogs to keep your doors from slamming!" No price was given. According to legend, Wilbur O. Holden, foundry worker and town constable, designed the original frog.

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