Means, James, 1853-1920

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Shoe manufacturer and aviation pioneer. Born in Dorchester, Mass. Entered into shoe manufacturing in Brockton, Mass. in 1878. Formed partnership with his younger brother Charles in 1883 as James Means and Company, Boston. Popularizer of the $3 shoe. Retired from manufacturing in 1893 but retained ownership of James Means trademark. Formed the James Means Company (Kittery, Me.) to sell trademarks, 1900-1904. Wrote on problems of man flying. Edited Aeronautical Annual.

From the description of Papers, 1869-1965 (inclusive), 1883-1920 (bulk). (Harvard Business School). WorldCat record id: 269579039

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referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519. Photo[graph]s of 16 mechanical drawings from Codex Atlantico / [by] Leonardo da Vinci ; [photographed by] James Means. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Chambers, Washington Irving, 1856-1934. Washington Irving Chambers papers, 1871-1943 (bulk 1911-1919). Library of Congress
creatorOf Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519. Photo[graph]s of 16 mechanical drawings from Codex Atlantico / Leonardo da Vinci ; [photographed by] James Means. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Rotch, Abbott Lawrence, 1861-1912. Abbott Lawrence Rotch papers 1896-1912 (bulk 1903-1910). Library of Congress
referencedIn Washington Irving Chambers Papers, 1871-1943, (bulk 1911-1919) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn John P. (John Prescott) Bigelow papers, 1805-1896 (inclusive) 1814-1863 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Abbott Lawrence Rotch Papers, 1896-1912, (bulk 1903-1910) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Means, James, 1853-1920. Papers, 1869-1965 (inclusive), 1883-1920 (bulk). Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
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associatedWith Bigelow, John P. (John Prescott), 1797-1872 person
associatedWith Boston and Brockton Electric Freight Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Chambers, Washington Irving, 1856-1934. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
correspondedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 person
associatedWith Heinrich Aeroplane Company. corporateBody
associatedWith James Means and Company. corporateBody
associatedWith James Means Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519. person
associatedWith Means, Charles J. person
associatedWith Means family. family
associatedWith Means, James H., 1823-1894. person
associatedWith Means, James Howard, 1885-1967. person
correspondedWith Rotch, Abbott Lawrence, 1861-1912. person
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Wright, Orville, 1871-1948. person
associatedWith Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Massachusetts
Subject
Airplanes
Manufactures
Footwear industry
Leather industry and trade
Footwear--Marketing
Trademarks
Aeronautics
Occupation
Shoemakers
Manufacturer
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Birth 1853

Death 1920

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