Brick Collector John Langston to Address TAGHS

February 12, 2017 - Bricks have been around a long time but most of us don't pay much attention to them. In the book of Exodus, Pharaoh punished the enslaved Israelites by refusing to supply straw for them to make bricks. 

That was thousands of years ago but bricks are still a beautiful and durable building material. They are so durable, in fact, that a knowledgeable collector like former Mt. Enterprise Mayor and pharmacist John Langston can spot a rare antique brick where others see only rubble. Mr. Langston will share his passion for brick collecting and display some of his huge collection at the February meeting of the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society next Wednesday afternoon at 2PM.

Residents of our area are familiar with brick making since the Acme Brick plant operated outside Garrison for many years and the former Henderson Clay Products plant in Henderson was owned by Tiimpson native Homer Bryce.

Bricks which were produced in a particular area tended to be used in that area, therefore types of brick which are fairly common in one region are rare in another. John and his wife Patti travel to other parts of the country to brick collector swap meets in hopes of adding to their collection.

TAGHS invites the public to hear John Langston share his knowledge of antique bricks and to see some of the rarest and most interesting ones in his collection on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 2PM in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets.