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Erie Avenue was an important industrial location

June 15, 2012

Photo courtesy of the St. Marys Historical Society collection - Pictured is the St. Marys Borough Municipal Building on Erie Avenue in 1972. The building was originally constructed in 1917 for the Novelty Incandescent Lamp Company, later Sylvania. The building was razed in 2000 to make way for the new fire hall/police station.

Local historian Ray Beimel remarked that while "we don't think of Erie Avenue as being an important industrial place anymore," back in the early 1900s it was.
During a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center, Beimel showed attendees a photograph from 1917 of the location where the Novelty Incandescent Lamp Company, which later became Sylvania, got its start.
"Sylvania light bulbs started in St. Marys in the back room of the bakery building. That's where the Elks' parking lot is now," Beimel said. "They didn't manufacture light bulbs, they remanufactured them."
Beimel elaborated on the process that went into remanufacturing light bulbs.

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