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Object Name Bookend
Catalog Number 2007.024.01
Description 2 Bump Pump bookends used to advertise for the Bump Pump Company of La Crosse. Bookends are in the shape of a pump and one says Bump and the other says Pump at the base.
Collection La Crosse County Historical Society Collection
Year Range from 1930
Year Range to 1956
Dimensions H-3 W-3 L-5.5 inches
Length (in) 5.5
Height (in) 3
Width (in) 3
People Bump, George P.
Search Terms Advertising
Bump Pump Co.
Notes These two Bump Pump bookends were used to advertise for the Bump Pump Company of La Crosse after the company reorganized in 1930. George Bump established the Bump Paper Fastener Co. in 1905, located at 1820 West Ave. So., to manufacture his revolutionary paper fastener, but when the his venture did not catch on as he had hoped the company was reorganized in 1930 and renamed the Bump Pump Co. to manufacture and sell a stationary pump invented by Bump. George Bump died in 1947 and by then the company was making a line of equipment of chemical, oil and dry cleaning pumps and specialized pumps for certain industries and in 1956 the company was sold to the Ulrich Manufacturing Co. of Roanoke, IL and left La Crosse. The bookends are in the shape of a pump and one says Bump and the other says Pump at the base.