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RVA Legends — G. & A. Bargamin

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[IOR] — G & A Bargamin — 907 East Main Street, circa 1886

907 East Main Street

The industrial suppliers with everything.

(Library of Congress) — Beers Illustrated Atlas of the Cities of Richmond & Manchester, 1877 — Plate K — showing occupancy at 907 by B & A Bargamin Jr.

(Library of Congress) — Beers Illustrated Atlas of the Cities of Richmond & Manchester, 1877 — Plate K — showing occupancy at 907 by B & A Bargamin Jr.

Manufacturers and Wholesale Dealers in Machinist, Plumbers and Saw-mill supplies, 907 East Main Street. This is indeed a representative establishment, being the oldest and largest of its kind in the South. It was founded in 1817, by A. Bargamin, Esq., who was succeeded in 1846 by his sons, George and Anthony Bargamin, under the present firm style.

(Find A Grave) — Anthony Bargamin

(Find A Grave) — Anthony Bargamin

Geo. Bargamin died in 1882, leaving his interest to his wife, and the business continued, without interruption, making but one actual change (the natural descent from father to sons,) in nearly seventy years, and one change in location, and that on the same block.

[IOR] — G & A Bargamin — 907 East Main Street, circa 1886 — full view

[IOR] — G & A Bargamin — 907 East Main Street, circa 1886 — full view

The business 1817 was exceedingly small, but has steadily increased every year until it has attained its present proportions. A gentleman, well posted in this line of business, recently made a business tour North, and remarked on his return, that he had not seen as fine a stock of goods in any house in their line in Baltimore, Philadelphia or New York, as he saw here.

(Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History) — an illustration of the Gresham Automatic Injector, available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

(Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History) — an illustration of the Gresham Automatic Injector, available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

They employ about twenty-five skilled mechanics, and manufacture principally Plumbers specialties, but are also the sole manufacturers of the celebrated Mica Disc Globe Valves, which are acknowledged to be the best and cheapest made for steam I or water. They have agencies for the sale of these valves in all of the principal cities North, South, East and West, and the demand for them is so great as to tax them to their utmust ability to supply it.

(GeoHistory Resources) — Reading Bolt and Nut Works, product available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

(GeoHistory Resources) — Reading Bolt and Nut Works, products available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

One of their drummers, on his last trip South, reported the remarkable fact, that he took an order for these valves from every steam-fitter he showed his samples to without a single exception.

(EBay) — postcard for Hoyt Belt Company, product available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

(EBay) — postcard for Hoyt Belt Company, products available for sale at G. & A. Bargamin

They are also sole agents for Hoyt’s Leather Belting, A. M. Byers & Nuts and Rivets, Co.’s Wrought Iron Pipe, J. H. Sternbergh’s Bolts, the Gresham Automatic Injector, Eclipse Hydrants and Street Washers, Alexander Water Closets, and a great many other articles too numerous to mention.

[PAH] — globe valve

[PAH] — globe valve

They have the most complete stock of Beer pumps, fixtures, &c , in the country, and have a special illustrated catalogue of this branch alone. Their regular Catalogue is one of the largest and finest published in the South. It contains nearly 200 pages, and nearly 800 illustrations. [IOR]

December 2019 — showing former G & A Bargamin location today

December 2019 — showing former G & A Bargamin location today

This being the southeast corner of Ninth & Main, we know how this story goes. Anthony Bargamin died in 1909, and in 1912 a substantial portion of this corner of the block was taken over by the enormous Mutual Building.

(G & A Bargamin is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


Print Sources

  • [IOR] Industries of Richmond. James P. Wood. 1886.
  • [PAH] Pumps and Hydraulics, Part 1 (of 2). William Rogers. 1905.

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