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Been in the salty water for
Nicely aged by the Atlantic Ocean and bays
A sea brick
The great Atlantic hurricane washed this brick into the salty waves
Tumbled by tides, waves and storms for along time
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M.D. Valentine & Brothers
During the 19th century, Woodbridge became world famous for its clay and brick
products. By the 1860s, it was said that nearly 80 million fire bricks were
being annually supplied from Woodbridge.
In 1866, M.D. Valentine and James B. Valentine commenced manufacturing lath
brick, a process for which J.J. Valentine had been granted a patent the
previous year. Lath brick was used in making scouring pipe, tile and brick. By
1876, the plant had grown to such proportions it was capable of making four
million bricks a year.
During World War I, M.D. Valentine & Brothers was the only producer of terra
cotta “dummy bombs.” The bombs were shipped to a factory in Staten Island where
each bomb was fitted with nose and fins. When completed, the bombs were filled
with flour or white powder and dropped from planes for target practice.
M.D. Valentine & Brothers closed when its original plant was leveled by fire
in 1956. Today, the only remnant of the entire Woodbridge brick industry is the
kiln located on the former Valentine property Pennval Road.