Gardner Blodgett was a plumber who owned a store at 191 College Street in Burlington, Vermont. In 1848 he developed a stove that cooked foods evenly and in 1854 patented his improved baking oven and incorporated as G.S. Blodgett & Company. When the Civil War started in 1860, Blodgett joined the Union Army. As quartermaster of volunteers he helped outfit the First Vermont Cavalry and rose to the rank of major. He also helped acquire and plan the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. After the war Blodgett invented ovens that incorporated conveyor designs and convection heating. He was a wealthy man by the 1880s. In 1892, he sold the business to John S. Patrick, who had worked as the company secretary. It was owned by the Patrick family until 1988.
This Gardner Blodgett History Mug is part of our Vermont series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding Vermont’s history.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
- Shipping charges are lower when buying multiple mugs.