New Britain in World War I

       New Britain in World War I features Hardware City objects produced for the war and items owned by those who fought. The exhibit includes a scrapbook of photos owned by Simon Modeen and a scrapbook of original letters written to the Stanley Works by employees fighting in the Great War. Stanley began publishing their newsletter the “Stanley Workers” during WWI as a way to keep those fighting the war on the home front connected to those fighting overseas. After receiving the newsletter some of the Stanley soldiers would send letters back to the company thanking them for the newsletters, sharing a what they could about their experiences.

      You can hear 11 of these letters read by 3 CCSU students in a Grating the Nutmeg podcast. This link will take you to Fox 61’s coverage of the exhibit.

     These items will be on view until the end of 2017

     The museum’s permanent exhibit provides an overview of the history of manufacturing in New Britain; how it all began, the 5 major industries that became established in the Hardware City of the World, background on the beginnings of the Stanley Works and examples of the types of items produced in New Britain to meet the military needs of the United States Government.

Standing Order number 270, posted in the departments of Stanley Works



Landers, Frary & Clark electric percolators in the collection of the New Britain Industrial Museum. From left to right, the Permatel Coffeemaker and 3 versions of the Universal Coffeematic


Bread Mixer awarded a gold medal at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.