Anonymous said...
I found a brick with a "star" embedded in the center of it (1-1/4" point to point) in Asbury Park, NJ near the corner of Kingsley Street, Asbury and Cookman Avenues (where Palace Amusements once stood and has recently been demolished). I would assume that this brick came from the Palace Amusements building. Is there any way to get clearer confirmation that it actually did? Thank you in advance.


  1. I'm a mason here in CT. Know all the "regulars" but this one turned up in an old homeowner build brick pier that was hit by a car.


    1. Hi Karl,

      This still a bit of a mystery brick. It was made along the Hudson R. just above Hudson (NY) 's North Bay. There were several brick companies located here and several working here at the same time. The other marked brands were Bartlett, and Atlas. Others operating nearby would include Arkison, Fitzgerald and Calarusso. Now all these five, that I mentioned, did make a marked brick.

      A search of Hudson's city directories provides the names of operators and their approximate years of operation. Now, here is the problem. So far, I anyway, have not found mention of a Hudson ,or town of Greenport brick manufacturer, that would match the DK initials. There was a company named Uniform Sand and Clay that was listed with brick manufacturers .
      ... also Brisber and Greenport Brick Corp. Brisber and Greenport.... subsequently tied themselves to the ATLAS mark.
      There is some speculation that DK may be the the mark of Uniform Brick and Clay .... BUT - that is speculation at this point, predicated upon the physical location of its scrap and the time (1905), DK became listed in the Directory. DK was last listed in 1906. Atlas Building and Material Works became listed in 1910 thus giving rise to the idea that Atlas ... took the place of Uniform Brick and Clay .

      DK may turn out to be the mark of a distributor or mason supply yard in New York City.. ...

      If a reader of this blog has some insight on this matter, feel free to share ....

      Thank you for visiting - Fred

  2. I'd like any info that you can give me on Arkison/Arkinson Brick Manufacturers in Hudson, NY. I see where the family started manufacturing in the 1870's through about 1920 after starting my research in the library. I am a direct descendant of the family and would love to find a written history and/or a good historian to speak with. And of course, who wouldn't love to have an Arkison/Arkinson brick for their collection,too. Thanks!

  3. I'd like to learn more about the Arkison/Arkinson Brick Manufacturers in the North Bay of Hudson, NY. I've learned that the family started manufacturing in the 1870's through the 1920's but haven't found any written history, pictures, or someone who'd know more. Being a direct descendant of the family it'd be nice to locate an Arkison brick or some pictures for my collection, too. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.