Maxim Silencer Company photographs

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    The Maxim Silencer Company was the first company to manufacture gun silencers for commercial use. The company was founded in 1908 as the Maxim Silent Firearms Company by the engineer and inventor Hiram Percy Maxim (1869-1936) in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1912, Maxim incorporated his business as the Maxim Silencer Company.
    During World War I, the company produced silencers for the United States Armed Forces snipers and sharpshooters. Commercial sales of the silencer ended in a few years prior to a 1934 law prohibiting private ownership. During World War II, the company produced military engine-exhaust silencers. After the war, the company focused on manufacturing seawater-distillation units for ships, snowblowers, and automobile mounted snow plows.
    The Maxim Silencer Company photographs (Accession 2015.288) collection consists of photographs of rifles with silencers, the company's World War II Army E. Navy award ceremony, and a few images of Hiram Percy Maxim and his son Hiram Hamilton Maxim (1900-1992).
    Image: Hiram Percy Maxim and his first gun silencer with group, circa 1908. Click here to view in the collection.

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