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  • The Quotable Ben Franklin

    Posted on April 25, 2012


    The ma and I really admire the wise ol' sayings of Benjamin Franklin. Here are some of the favorites of the Bromwell household. You can find many more of these here gems on

    Eat to live, and not live to eat.

    After three days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather.

    Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

    Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

    Tis easy to see, hard to foresee.

    He that lieth down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas.

    The worst wheel of a cart makes the most noise.

    There are three faithful friends -- an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

    Well done is better than well said.

    Love your neighbour, yet don't pull down your hedge.

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  • Welcome to the Jacob Bromwell Blog!

    Posted on April 16, 2012

    An illustration of my original factory in 1800s Cincinnati

    I 'spect that most folks don't know diddly squat about me or my story. So allow me to introduce myself: I'm Jacob Bromwell, and I've seen quite a bit of American history. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, I am a veteran of the War of 1812 and I was there to witness the great California Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. But my proudest accomplishment was traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio and founding America's oldest housewares company, The Bromwell Brush & Wire Goods Company, today known 'round all parts as Jacob Bromwell Inc. My goal way back in 1819 was to provide America's pioneers with cooking, camping and fireplace products that would make their way of living a little easier—and I'm awfully proud to say that tradition continues for you modern folks to this day.

    But just how did I get from Baltimore to Cincinnati, and what sorts of characters and adventures did I meet along the way? What was pioneer life like? That’s a mighty grand tale to tell, chaps and misses, and that’s why I’m starting this blog—if you can bear with me as I translate my diary scribble to this here typewrit—I mean, laptop. As we said in the 1800s, I’m your Huckleberry*. So sit back with a swig of Jim Beam or tea (preferably in one of my Classic Tin Cups), relax, and join me to relive a bit of this country’s history!

    *Meaning, "I'm your pal!"

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