Novelty Manufacturing Co.
William D. Winger’s patent drawing of a high-quality tin torch
A primitive tin match safe. The safe would hang on a wall near a home’s wood-burning fireplace or cookstove to keep matches nearby.
W. Carl Winger officially registers the name Novelty Manufacturing Co.
Novelty’s original cone-shaped metal memorial vase paved the way for a future in floral and gardening products.
Novelty Mfg. metal workers take a break outside the factory.
Carl Winger’s patent drawing with the metal memorial cemetery vase
Bill Winger served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. during WWII.
Novelty’s original enameled metal flower boxes were offered in six different lengths, between 12-36 inches.
1960s & 1970s
Railing brackets are introduced to complement Novelty’s popular metal flower boxes.
A warehouse fire causes Novelty to relocate their headquarters.
Despite the initial start-up of The Novelty Manufacturing Company in 1911 by Carl’s father, it was Carl Winger who registered, incorporated, and continued growing his family’s business from 1922 onward.
As the decades passed, the name “Novelty” didn’t resonate with consumers anymore. The “Home’n Garden” brand targeted the end-user for Novelty’s entire product line.
Melinda Winger develops the company’s ever-popular Countryside line of planters with her father, Bill.
The Loop Road location is still Novelty’s headquarters today.
Novelty joins the worldwide web!
Novelty’s new owners: Mark Bolt (Vice President) and Joe DiMeo (President)
Importing begins with high-end metal planters and Artstone planters. Artstone planters are made from a blend of high-grade resin and pulverized stone, providing the upscale appearance of ceramic or concrete, but with the durability of plastic.
The EarthBox® container gardening system grows a variety of annual vegetables, flowers, herbs, and greens.
Novelty enters into the pest control industry with a new non-toxic device for trapping mosquitoes.
Novelty introduces Root & Vessel® —a consumer-friendly brand name—for its many lines of decorative planters, gardening accessories, and décor.
Happy 100th Birthday, Novelty Manufacturing!