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VINTAGE ROUND OAK #18 Cylinder Stove
This Round Oak Stove 18 was a very powerful stove used in farms, homes, stores, all across the country. They were manufactured by the Round Oak Stove Company in Dowagiac, Michigan.

This classic time traveler will guarantee to keep you and your family warm through the coldest of any winter.



P.D. Beckwith honored the Indian heritage of the Dowagiac Michigan area by using Doe Wah Jack and local Indian lore and images as primary elements of the stove company's marketing campaign.
Below are excerpts from Round Oak Catalogs written in the early part of the 1900's.

"No other stove has ever equaled the Round Oak in burning any kind of fuel, both wood or coal with economy, success and satisfaction to the user."

"The phenomenal success of the Round Oak Stove is due entirely to its faultless design of construction, perfect workmanship in fitting and high quality of material used."

"Insist upon seeing the name Round Oak on the leg of the stove and you will get what you expect and pay for - a perfect heating stove."
Contemporary Round Oak Publications
VINTAGE ROUND OAK #18 Cylinder Stove
This Round Oak Stove 18 was a very powerful stove used in farms, homes, stores, all across the country. They were manufactured by the Round Oak Stove Company in Dowagiac, Michigan.

This classic time traveler will guarantee to keep you and your family warm through the coldest of any winter.



P.D. Beckwith honored the Indian heritage of the Dowagiac Michigan area by using Doe Wah Jack and local Indian lore and images as primary elements of the stove company's marketing campaign.
Below are excerpts from Round Oak Catalogs written in the early part of the 1900's.

"No other stove has ever equaled the Round Oak in burning any kind of fuel, both wood or coal with economy, success and satisfaction to the user."

"The phenomenal success of the Round Oak Stove is due entirely to its faultless design of construction, perfect workmanship in fitting and high quality of material used."

"Insist upon seeing the name Round Oak on the leg of the stove and you will get what you expect and pay for - a perfect heating stove."
Contemporary Round Oak Publications
ROUND OAK HISTORY

The Round Oak stove was first manufactured in the early 1860's. The stove was first sold in 1872 and it wasn't long before The Round Oak Stove Company put the city of Dowagiac, Michigan on the map.

The factory in Dowagiac, Michigan employed over 50% of the male population in town.During the nearly eighty years the company was in business it sold over five million stoves nationwide.

The Round Oak stove company survived both the Great Depression and World War II before closing its doors in 1947.

Today the complex of Round Oak buildings in Dowagiac, Michigan house the Ameriwood Furniture Company. Several local companies in the Dowagiac area came about because of the Round Oak Stove Company including: Rudy Manufacturing, Premier Furnace Company, Dowagiac Steel Furnace and Dowagiac Manufacturing.
INTAGE ROUND OAK ADVERTISEMENTS

Advertisements like the two below were found in the magazines of the day including the Saturday Evening Post, Lady's Home Journal and Country Gentlemen.

The local hardware store was a popular place to go and purchase your Round Oak Stove. The price of the handsomely crafted and superior heater? Less than a hundred dollars. Some were even less than $20.00.

ANTIQUE ROUND OAK STOVES IN SETTINGS &
HAPPY ROUND OAK CUSTOMERS
Variations of Round Oak Stoves
ROUND OAK ANTIQUE TRADE CARDS

Stove companies used a wide variety of means to market their heating stoves and kitchen ranges. Trade cards, catalogs, calendars, rulers, ash trays, matches, hat pins, thimbles, pocket mirrors, puzzles are all examples of ephemera used to market the stove companies' products.

The more entertainment value the marketing tool could garner, the better. Some companies wrote short stories and poems to sell their stoves, other companies wrote sheet music to promote their product.

Following are two examples of Round Oak trade cards. Move cursor over the card to view the back side.

VINTAGE ROUND OAK CATALOG INFORMATION
P.D. Beckwith's Round Oak Stove Company published stove catalogs that featured Indian lore stories.

The stories centered around the life of a young Indian brave named Doe Wah Jack. (not so coincidently that is the pronunciation of the Michigan town where the Round Oak Stove Company was located - Dowagiac.)

According to Indian lore, Doe Wah Jack was named by chief Pokagon. Doe Wah Jack had gone out fishing, having learned the skill by the old chief.

When Doe Wah Jack returned to his village with enough fish to feed the hungry tribe, chief Pokagon called out to the young brave that he would now be called, Doe Wah Jack - "he who catches many fishes."

P.D. Beckwith honored the Indian heritage of the Dowagiac Michigan area by using Doe Wah Jack and local Indian lore and images as primary elements of the stove company's marketing campaign.