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A place to live and work : the Henry Disston saw works and the Tacony community of Philadelphia

Author: Harry C Silcox
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This text tells the story of Henry Disston's saw manufacturing company and the factory town he built. It describes in detail the rise of one of the US's largest and most powerful family-owned  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry C Silcox
ISBN: 0271010797 9780271010793
OCLC Number: 27813649
Description: xix, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Henry Disston Founds a Business and a Community, 1819-1878 --
2. Paternalism and Nineteenth-Century Tacony, 1872-1900 --
3. Henry Disston's Management Style and the Accumulation of Wealth, 1860-1878 --
4. Pluralism Comes to Tacony, 1885-1918 --
5. Paternalism to Industrial Welfare, 1909-1929 --
6. Inside the Factory in the 1920s: Plant Design, Worker Skills, Turnover, Sales, and Quality --
7. The Depression, New-Product Development, and World War II, 1929-1945 --
8. Unionism Begins at Henry Disston & Sons: The CIO, the AFL, and Strikes, 1935-1950 --
9. The Selling of Henry Disston & Sons: H.K. Porter Company Comes to Tacony, 1950-1984 --
Appendix A: Disston Company Name History --
Appendix B: Disston Company Presidents.
Responsibility: Harry C. Silcox.

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"One-hundred-year histories of firms and communities are rare. The Disston Company provides an excellent case study to examine issues of interest to business, economic, labor, and social historians. Read more...

 
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