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E & B Holmes Machinery Company, Buffalo, NY

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The E & B Holmes Manufacturing Company was once the country’s leading barrel-making manufacturing company and later became one of the country’s leading wood working machine manufacturers, with numerous patents to its credit. (See below). Located here for over 100 years, over time, the company downsized to a machine shop, and then moved from his location in 2001. The Holmes brothers, Edward and Britain, were among the thousands who came to Buffalo following the growth of the Erie Canal as a highway for commercial and economic growth in the nineteenth century.

National Register of Historic Places Nomination (PDF)

Buffalo River Grain Elevators
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Courtesy of The Buffalo News

Buffalo River Grain Elevators
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Courtesy of The Buffalo News

The E & B Holmes Machinery Company held many patents in the barrel making industry, see the historic patent applications by clicking the links below.

Sewing Machine Patent (PDF)

Barrel Sanding Machine (PDF)

Barrel Heading Up Machine (PDF)

Barrel Making Machine (PDF)

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