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The First Brick Road: How Brick Streets Were Laid in the Late 1800s and Early 1900s

Bricks have been around for centuries, bringing with them both beauty and functionality. As roads became more sophisticated and horse drawn carts and early automobiles began to populate them, bricks became especially important. How brick streets were laid in the late 1800s, early 1900s is an interesting story. The Beginning Before the late 19th and early 20th century, most streets were made out of dirt and gravel. At this time, however, the roads especially in cities became nicer and began to be constructed out of bricks. In 1870,…

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Where Were Purington Pavers Made?

Once the world’s largest brick manufacturer, Purington Pavers Brick Company supplied practically indestructible brick pavers across the United States and around the world for more than 50 years. Now, these historical bricks, which went out of production in the late 1940s when demand for pavers disappeared with the advent of asphalt and concrete streets, are regaining popularity for construction and home pavement projects. Before you decided to add Purington pavers to your project, we thought you’d like to know a…

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Antique Cobblestone for Old World Driveways

If you own an estate or design estate property and are looking for a way to incorporate an Old World look and style into a boring driveway, consider paving it with antique salvaged cobblestone for a truly gorgeous appearance. An antique cobblestone driveway will add charm and uniqueness as well as value to almost any property. Cobblestones were once used in ancient times to cobble streets. In fact, cobblestone streets are known to have been found as far back as the 3rd and 4th centuries. These types…

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Accent Your Home or Office with Antique Brick Veneer

You don’t have to unearth an old brick wall in your home or office to establish that distinctive look. With antique brick veneer for home, you can add the same look to a wall or floor no matter what type of construction you have. The brick wall veneer is sliced from genuine vintage bricks salvaged from demolition sites. The bricks are sliced into 1/2 inch thick tiles that make a durable finish either inside or outside. Gavin Historical Bricks offers two styles…

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