Do you know people collect bricks? I knew folks used reclaimed brick when they built a new house-or installed a brick driveway-that sorta thing-but I did not know there were brick collectors until I stumbled upon this site: Brick Blog.
I saw the brick in the photo above-at an old home-site near Fontana Dam. Curious about the name-I googled it-that's how I found out about the collectors.
I also found who most likely manufactored the brick-you can go here to read that bit in an article from 1932.
I should have known I wouldn't find what I was looking for-I really didn't need to. The real story of the brick was already in my head.
Back when people were still living in the area-having a brick house-or a brick anything would have been big doings. I'm positive it would have been something to be proud of-having brick around your place.
All I had to do was look around me to see what a fine country that brick had been laying in for the last 70 years. As my eyes looked down through the valley and my ears listened to the creek in the distance-it seemed I could hear the men gathered round at the nearest store: talking about the brick-talking about the corn in the field-talking about the war raging in a foreign land-talking about being asked to leave all they'd ever known.