W. D. Allen MFG Co., est. 1887

W. D. Allen MFG Co. History

Museum Artifact: Allen Red Arrow Lawn Sprinkler, 1930s

Made By: W. D. Allen MFG Co., 5650 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL [Cicero], offices at 566 W. Lake Street

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5 thoughts on “W. D. Allen MFG Co., est. 1887

  1. Hello, I found and purchased a item called the ring a lawn sprinkler, it works amazing I would like to know more about the W.D.Allen and if any other items are available for purchase.

  2. I am a restorer, and antique/vintage sprinkler expert….by proxy. My collection and data-base of all sprinklers, pre-dates the web. Before eBay and Google, I was gathering printed matter. Now, I have everything there is about these old marvels. I re-condition the past, for the future owner.

  3. I have a W.D. Allen red arrow lawn sprinkler. The arrow measure 18 inches and the sprinkler is 18 inches in height. I never seen one that big. I would like some information about this sprinkler.

  4. My great-aunt, Mary Lawrence, got a job with W. D. Allen Mfg Co shortly after she moved to Chicago in 1924 or 1925. She met her future husband, a W. D. Allen salesman named Fred Melberg, and went on first date with him to Wrigley Field in 1926. She told me stories of Mr. Allen, who was very kind to her. She told me about his invention of pulse sprinklers. She was no more than 21 years old, perhaps as young as 19, when she started work there. She passed away in 2013 at age 108.

    I have had a decorative item, a solid brass fireplace scene, which had been by my grandparents’ fireplace before me, and by mine for at least 30 years. I had not actually looked at the back. Now I have and see it was manufactured by W. D. Allen. I don’t see a way to upload photos to this site. Anyway, I wonder if anyone else has heard of decorative items made by W. D. Allen. It does not have a year. Perhaps it was a one-off special of some sort.

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