The Burke Manufacturing Company of Newark, Ohio, dating from circa 1916, made the Ding a Ling putter and also the Zing a Ling putter, among others.
lists Ye Olde Burke Golf Company:
Ye Olde Burke Golf Co
4645 Ridgeley Track Road
Newark, OH, 43025
Chuck Furjanic's website Golf for All Ages
has some information about old Burke putters. He also has an auction record of a Zing a Ling as follows from a Dec. 4 1999 auction listing
"421 A SCARCE BURKE "ZING-A-LING" Putter with a brass head and swan neck similar to the P A Vaile patent. Gilchrist lists it at $300. G-8 $150-300"
This eBay reference
shows a Ding a Ling sold by bbb1398 2 days ago to golfer232.
This eBay reference
shows a Zing a Ling for a "buy it now" price of $95 offered by vettman76.
to the Burke Company appears in the Arthur W. Schultz Collection on the University of Chicago's library website presentation (in "the 8th Hole"):
"One of the prerequisites for promoting an early start was golf equipment appropriately sized for the smaller stance and shorter reach of a boy or girl. By the 1920s, the Burke Golf Company of Newark, Ohio, along with other leading golf equipment manufacturers, was marketing sets of clubs especially designed to accommodate the needs and stature of younger golfers."
gives a few details about the 1920s operations at Burke Golf Co.:
"Many Nicoll brand iron heads were imported to America in the 1920s and shafted by the Burke Golf Company, Newark , Ohio. Most of these were simply marked with the George Nicoll signature."
This obscure reference
mentions an owner of Burke Golf Company: "Comptometer, owner of Burke Golf"
According to this reference
, the Comptometer was an adding machine made in Chicago by the Felt and Tarrant Manufacturing Company (later the Comptometer Corporation). (For a useable online version of the vintage calculator, see this site
, and for a biography of the machine and company, see this site
This eBay reference
gives a Burke Golf Co. ad:
from the Gerrit Speek Bibliography of Golf Literature cites a work by Harry Vardon in 1916 published by the Burke Golf Company:
"Vardon, Harry. 1916 Golf Club Selection. 1e.ed. Newark, OH. Burke Golf Company. Donovan & Murdoch 38360." [Donovan R.E. & Murdoch J.S.F. (1988), The Game of Golf and The Printed World 1566-1985.]
According to this reference
, the former site of the Burke Golf Company has been the focus of Ohio EPA cleanup enforcement efforts:
"Environmental conditions at the former American National Can property in Newark have been certified to meet Ohio EPA's cleanup standards, and the Agency will not require more extensive investigation or cleanup of this area in the future. The property consists of 16.5 acres located at 950 Brice Street. The owners of the property, Anderson-Layman Company and Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc., submitted the request for no further action under Ohio EPA's Voluntary Action Program (VAP), and Ohio EPA has issued the company a release of liability, known as a covenant not to sue.
The property has been used for industrial purposes since 1918. Since the 1940s, plastic goods were manufactured on the site. Before that, the site was used for the manufacture of golf equipment and for automobile assembly. Halliday Motors Corporation, Burke Golf Company, American Golf Ball Company, Western Products Company, Continental Can Company, Ludlow Packaging and American National Can Company have all operated there. The property was occupied by American National Can Company until all buildings were razed in 1998. Pechiney Plastic Packaging Co. took possession of the site in 1999."
The Newark OH Advocate
newspaper may be able to help you find more info about the Burke Golf Company.
22 North First Street,
Newark, OH 43055
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