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Thomas P Giblin was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on March 17, 1888 57. He was the son of Patrick and Mary A (Dorethy) Giblin. He had two sisters, Rose and Teresa (Mrs Harry L Donnelly 56) 1.

In 1908 21 and 1909 22 Giblin is listed as working at N E Battery Company. Living at address 295 Fountain St, in 1908 and 467 Broadway in 1909. Then in 1910 23 and 1911 24 he is living at 457 Broadway with no busineess referance listed. In 1914 25 , 1915 26 , 1917 27, 1919 28 and 1920 29 his address remains as 457 Broadway but he is listed as being a electrician.

In 1917, Giblin is working at Univesal Winding company accoding to his WWI draft card. Giblin is 29 years old 61.

On May 10th, 1919 Frank E Dyson, Thomas P Giblin and Ratcliffe G E Hicks formed the Commercial Radio Company of America.12 Robert H Smith was the fiscal agent 58 In 1920 the company increased its capital from $100,000 to $1,000,000.19 In 1921 and 1922 their address was listed as 69 Sprague St. 20 In 1921 the company registered that name as a tradmark in the US 13. Frank E Dyson was also the president of Electrical Products Manufacutring company (Dymac) with Thomas P Giblin Vice President.

He is believed to have designed and built the first radio station in New England in 1919 and began broadcasting phonograph music. At this time his occupation is listed as Electrician 14 altough he had graduated from the Pratt institute in New York in 1912 8 as an Electrical Engineer. He claimed to be Rhode Island's first "disc jockey" An inventor and designer, he held patents in the electrical and automotive field. 1

During his life he invented the compact "honeycomb" inductance coil. This coil design was used on the first radio equipment instrumental in helping the US Navy complete its historic first Trans-Atlantic flight in 1919 4.

Giblin was visited in January, 1919 by Robert F. Gowen an engineer who worked for Lee DeForest. Ever since the cancelation of government contacts, Deforest became interested in the amateur market and he sent Gowen to meet with Giblin to work out the manufacutring of Honeycomb coils to be used in Gowens newly conceived "unit" sets with plug in coils.9

In 1920 Giblin is listed as married to Genevieve in the 1920 Census. 62 Genevieve died in 1923 63 possibly during child birth because in the 2930 Census we find Giblin living with his mother Mary who is now 80, his 45 year old sister also named Mary and his son Thomas (listed as grandson) who is 7 years old which means he was born in 1923. 64

In 1921 30 his address changed to 463 Broadway. This address continues being listed in 1923 31, 1924 32 and 1926 33.

Mr Giblin setup one of the first radio communication systems in a vehicle, in this case a Ford Coup in 1921 2 and he set up the original broadcasting equipment for the WJAR radio station in 1922 3.

His companies, Standard Radio and Electric Company and the Giblin Radio Company produced and sold radios during the infancy of "Radio" in the early 1920's. 1 Standard Radio and Electric is listed in various directories in 1924 15 , 1925 16 and 1926 17 as being at 90 Bayley St Pawtucket

Giblin was also referanced as the head of the Coto-Coil Company 9 and working with the Electrical Products Manufactuting Company. 10

We still see a radio related listing in 1927 34 and 1930 35 with mention of the Giblin Radio Company at 64 Exchange St in Pawtucket and residence at 457 Broadway.

The Giblin Radio Company Reference is not seen in 1934 36 and he is listed as a Electrical Engineer and the home address changes to 764 Barrington Parkway. In 1936 we find the listing has again changed to 463 Broadway and still an Electrical Engineer 37.

He also constructed a television set in 1931. 1

The 1935 Rhode Island census has some interesting information about Giblin. Usual occupation is Electrical Engineer, industry is retail electric shop, then present occupation is research engineer with industry listed as invention. 57

In 1938 38, 1939 39 and 1941 40 although the address stays the same, his occuptation is listed as Manager.

In 1942 41 and 1943 42 Giblin becomes a inspector for AOG Corporation. AOG Corp was American Oerlikon Gazda Corp, 100 Fountain St Providence RI, makers of 20mm Oerlikon machine guns for the war effort 43.

In 1944 his occupation changes again to a expeditor 44.

In 1945 45, 1946 46, 1947 47, 1948 48, 1950 49, 1951 50, 1952 51, 1953 52, 1956 53, and 1958 54, Giblin is listed as an Electrical Engineer.

The last listing found is from 1960 55 and his address is 463 Broadway but the Electrical Engineering listing is gone. At this point Giblin is 72 years old! Before his retirement in 1956 he worked as a designer for Grant Money Meters 1.

During his life he was also manger and co-owner of Sherlin Automotive Company. 1

Mr Giblin died in 1963. 1 Giblin and his family is buried in Mt St Mary's Cemetery in Pawtucket


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Providence Bulletin
February 18th 1963


Providence Man Aids NC-4 Trip

Develops Radio Device Used on Historic Trip

COILS MANUFACTURED HERE


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The NC-4 after her return to the U.S.A., 1919


Thomas P. Giblin Responsible for Vital Accuracy of Wireless Apparatus's Receiving Instruments and Proper Functioning of Radio Compass on Which Flyers Depend

Improved winding radio coils in the type SE-1405 amplifier used in the wireless apparatus of the "Nancy" Four which Lieutenant Commander Albert C. Read piloted in the first successful transatlantic flight, worked out by Thomas P. Giblin, a Providence radio engineer, was responsible for the high efficiency of the plane's receiving apparatus. The coils were manufactured by a local concern of which Mr Giblin was manager. Because of the greatly reduced size of wireless aerials permissible on a seaplane of the NC-4 type, a strong "booster" is vitally necessary to increase the intensity of sounds received to a sufficient degree of audibility. The amplifier devised - by Mr. Giblin by a method which is a closely guarded naval secret, made possible a very wide receiving radius.

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Not only is the amplifier an important, unit in the receiving of messages, but also in the accurate functioning of the delicate radio compass upon which the airship depends for its direction while in flight. The NC-4 was in constant communication with the chain of destroyers strung out across the Atlantic, the vessels sending frequent position data. This was picked up and registered by the radio compass and from the longitude and latitude figures thus received the flyer was able to plot out his own relative position and direction of flight. Without the reliable "booster" in the circuit of the wireless mechanism aboard the airship, the compass would either register inaccurately or perhaps fail to work altogether. Published reports of the trip reveal how effectively the contrivance worked.

The amplifier which contains the coils devised by Mr Giblin, as well as the Audion bulb, is an instrument not quite the size of an ordinary quart measure. In spite of the comparatively small size, the efficiency of the device proved uniformly accurate, contributing in a very large measure to the success of the epoch-marking flight. Mr Giblin has since developed a powerful amplifier coil which has been successfully tested at the Naval proving ground at Hyattsville MD 4



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Accross the Ocean on the NC-4

The Personal Narrative of the Wireless Operator on the Naval Seaplane Which First Spanned the Atlantic in an Historical Air Flight
Ensign Herbert C Rodd

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Flying, August 1919

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Flying, July 1919



1XAD

1XAD is the broadcasting station set up by Mr Giblin for the Standard Radio & Electric Company. It was described in the "The Consolidated Radio Call Book", 4th edition, May, 1922, on page 267 as 290 meters. 2 50-watt tubes, radius 400 miles. Heard at distances of 1,000 miles. Located at 463 Broadway, Pawtucket, RI. Broadcasts three days per week, music, lectures and letters read. Aerial 70 foot long, 9 wires on spreader 15 feet, 11 wires on counterpoise. Ground, 11 wires 70 foot long, copper plates at end.



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Radio Age October 1923



Photo of a group of Rutland Vermont Senators listing to the 1924 Democartaic convention on a Giblin Model RL Wireless set with loop antenna. I have this exact same set and antenna and it came with a Music Master horn just like the one in the photo. This makes me think that the set, antenna and horn were sold together. Also that Giblin sets were sold all over New England. 7



Ford Coupe Radio Demonstration


Mr. Giblin recently equipped his Ford coupe with a radiophone outfit and demonstrated to his friends the possibilities of this form of telephoning. Tests took place recently at a local battery station owned by Harry Hanlon, a man well versed in electrical work through long yearn of practical experience on storage batteries and steam engine practice for the local trolley company. The Ford coupe was driven into the basement of the station and conversation carried on between Mr. Giblin's home and the receiving set in the Ford coupe. An ordinary house radio receiving set was used, and the conversation was unusually clear for the short distance transmitted, about a mile, and the fact that more or less noise from the street interfered. The sound of the voice was distinct and so in-tense that it was necessary for Mr. Giblin to hold the receivers away from his ears to hear with comfort. The car was next driven out of the city for several miles and communication again established with Mr. Giblin's home. The voice at the receiving set in the Ford coupe was heard clearly and without the sharp tones experienced in the battery station. To still further test the abilities of the phone the car was driven due east to Middleboro, Mass., a distance of about 30 miles, and the resulting conversation between the two points was transmitted more successfully than at the shorter distance. The following day the car was driven to Plainville, Mass., a distance of about 20 miles, and the experiment was repeated. Connections were easily established and the conversation heard as clearly as at the 30-mile distance of the day before, proving that the radiophone worked better at longer distances than it did nearby. Although tests were not given at this time to demonstrate the full limit of the 'phones, confidence is expressed by Mr. Giblin that it would easily answer for establishing communication between points 150 miles apart, as for instance, between truck drivers away from their home office on trips. 2


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Providence News
Amateur Wireless
By J Frank Sullivan
January 3, 1922

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Providence News
Amateur Wireless
By J Frank Sullivan
January 5, 1922

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Providence News
Amateur Wireless
By J Frank Sullivan
January 9, 1922

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The Wireless Age, July, 1924

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The Wireless Age, January, 1922

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The Crystal Clear: Vintage
American Crystal Sets,
Crystal Detectors and
Crystals Volume 2
By Maurice L. Sievers

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QST March, 1922





Early SETI?


The Duo-Lateral inductance coil has attracted the attention of the "Big Three" (the three largest radio manufacturing companies). Dr. J. H. Rogers is at present using them in connection with his underground circuit, and is also employing them In his experiments to determine whether or not Mars is signaling the earth. 2




Product Matrix


Model Number Year Tubes Circuit Comment Location Speaker Photo
RadioEar 1921 0 Crystal W/Large Headphone Moat 3 in my collection
1 in NEWSM
Headphones
RadioEar 1921 0 Crystal W/Medium Headphone Moat Worthpoint Headphones
RadioEar 1921 0 Crystal W/Small No Headphone Moat 1 in NEWSM
Ebay
Headphones
Giblin Radio Apparatus 1920's 2 Audio Amplifier Giblin Audio Transformers, Questionable Label My Collection NA
Giblin Radio Manufacturing 1920s 1 Regerative Terrey Collection
My Collection
NA
RL 1924 6 TRF My Collection Horn/Headphones
Model Society Philharmonic Receiver 1920's 5 TRF My Collection Horn/Headphones
Model C 1924 5 TRF Built In Type A Timmons Talker Horn Speaker My Collection Horn/Headphones
RadioEar 1922 0 Receiver QST AD NA
RadioEar 1922 1 Detector QST AD NA
RadioEar 1922 2 Amplifier QST AD Horn/Headphones
2RA3 1925 6 TRF New Models Radio News March 1925 Horn/Headphones
TM 1925 5 TRF With Phonograph New Models Radio News March 1925 Horn/Headphones
Music Box 1920's 4 TRF Possibly a battery set converted to AC My Collection Horn/Headphones
Large Loop Antenna 1924 0 NA My Collection
Brown Observatory
Japanese Collection
Sold Terrey Auction
NA
Small Loop Antenna 1924 0 NA Known Collection NA
1 Tube Receiver 1922 1 Regenerative Taken at a Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors XXI (1989) Chet Windsor
John Terry Collection
Private Collection
My Collection
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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large and Small Giblin Crystal Sets
New England Wireless and Steam Museum

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Pristine Example
Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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Large Giblin Crystal Set, 1921


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This is a 2 tube audio amplifier
possibly made by Standard Radio and Electric


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This is the inside of the 2 tube audio amplifier
Notice the Standard Radio and Electric audio transformers


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Here is a closeup of the Giblin audio transformer inside the 2 tube amplifier


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Giblin Manufacturing Company
One Tube Regerative
John Terrey Collection


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Giblin Manufacturing Company
One Tube Regerative
John Terrey Collection


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Giblin Manufacturing Company
One Tube Regerative
John Terrey Collection


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Giblin Model RL
Thomas P Giblin
and his
RadioEar Model RL

The Old Timers Bulletin
February 1990, Vol 30, No 4
by Len Arzoomanian


May 9th, 2004
Providence Journal

by Denise J.R. Bass

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Giblin Loop Antenna, sold with the Model RL


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Giblin Loop Antenna sold with the Model RL


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Giblin Model RL Schematic


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The Evening World’s Radio Section
Saturday, July 12, 1924
Giblin 6-Tube R. F. Circuit
Works on Loop Specially Designed for DX Reception
With Loud Speaker Volume
By James S. Caufield, Assoc. A. I. E. E.
Above article text.



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Giblin Model Society
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Giblin Model Society
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Giblin One Tube
John Terrey Collection
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Giblin One Tube
John Terrey Collection
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Giblin One Tube
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Complete set of Giblin_Remler
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Giblin 201A Audio Transformer with Box



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Set of Giblin 201A Audio Transformers



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Giblin Type L
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Giblin Type L
Radio Frequency Amplifying Transformer
John Terrey Collection



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Giblin Type L
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John Terrey Collection



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Giblin Type L
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Giblin Type L
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Giblin Type L
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Giblin Type T
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Giblin Type T
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Giblin, Standard Radio & Electric Co
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Giblin, Standard Radio & Electric Co
Model C
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Giblin, Standard Radio & Electric Co
Model C
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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
February, 12th 1925



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Giblin, Standard Radio & Electric Co
Loop Antenna that came with Model C
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Both versions of the Giblin Radioear Crystal Sets
Standard Radio & Electric Company
Pawtucket, RI
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Small Giblin Crystal Set, 1921



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Small Giblin Crystal Set, 1921




Small Giblin Crystal Set
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Small Giblin Crystal Set
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Giblin Music Box

This Giblin made radio was a barn find and is in pretty rough shape. The consensus is that it was once a battery set that was converted to AC at some point. Its tube compliment is 2 401 tubes and 2 201 tubes. The front panel is etched "Music Box"

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APPARATUS


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Radio Progress, October 1st, 1924

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Popular Radio July 1922

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B & H Supply Company
Catalog No 26
Providence, RI
Spring 1924

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Radio, June, 1922

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Giblin 3 Stage Receiver Set, 1922

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Radio Progress
February 1, 1925

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The New York Times
December 26th 1922



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Radio Progress
January 1st, 1925

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Sunday Providence Journal, September 6th, 1922
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THE SUN RADIO SECTION,
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 1924
New York Radio Store
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The Cambridge Chronicle December 8, 1923



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WWII Draft Card




PATENTS


US1342209
ELECTRICAL COIL

US2506664
IGNITION SYSTEM

US2518538
AUTOMOBILE ACCESSORY

US2664634
POSITION INDICATOR FOR AUTOMOBILES






1 Obituary, Pawtucket Times, February 18, 1963, D 35,193

2 "Motor Truck", Vol XII, #10, October 1921, Pawtucket RI

3 Providence Sunday Journal, Providence to have powerfuls new radio station WJAR, August 18, 1922

4 Providence Saturday Journal, Providence Man Aids NC-4 Trip, September 30, 1919

7 "Rhode Island Story" by David Patten

8 Photo courtesy of Pratt Institute, 1912 Yearbook

9 De Forest company engineer travels to Providence to work out manufacturing of Honycomb coils with Thomas P Giblin

10 Duo-Lateral Type Inductances

12 Acts And Resolves Passed By The General Assembly Of The State Of Rhode Island And Providence Plantations, 1920

13 Index of Patents Issued From The United States Patent Office, 1921

14 1919 City Directory

15 1924 City Directory

16 1925 City Directory

17 1926 City Directory

19 The Iron Age, July 1920

20 1921-1922 PROVIDENCE HOUSE DIRECTORY

21 1908 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

22 1909 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

23 1910 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

24 1911 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

25 1914 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

26 1915 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

27 1917 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

28 1919 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

29 1920 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

30 1921 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

31 1923 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

32 1924 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

33 1926 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

34 1927 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

35 1930 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

36 1934 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

37 1936 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

38 1938 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

39 1939 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

40 1941 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

41 1942 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

42 1943 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

43 WWII Industrial Facilities: Authorized Federally Funded Facilities

44 1944 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

45 1945 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

46 1946 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

47 1947 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

48 1948 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

49 1950 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

50 1951 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

51 1952 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

52 1953 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

53 1956 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

54 1958 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

55 1960 Pawtucket and Central Falls Directory

56 1939 Pawtucket Directory

57 1935 Rhode Island Census

58 Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, February, 1920

60 Development Of Aircraft Radio Equipment

61 WWI Draft Card

62 1920 Census

63 Giblin-Cahill Family Headstone.

64 1930 Census