4th Generation Painting Contractors
Vincent Charles Blackwell was born in Chalfonte, England. He moved to Wilmington, Delaware along with Hans Seaburg and opened a general painting company in 1908 on Orange Street, known as Seaburg & Blackwell.
In 1916, Hans Seaburg died, and Vincent Charles Blackwell purchased his interest. The name of Blackwell & Son Inc. was the first incorporated in the State of Delaware. In 1917, Seaburg & Blackwell moved from Orange Street to Vandever Avenue. The new site was active in refinish and upholstery of automobiles and furniture. Model T Fords were assembled in Trainer Pennsylvania at that time. Some were shipped to Seaburg & Blackwell shop where the first color other than black was applied. In 1930, Seaburg & Blackwell employees became union members.
In 1932, Hugh Vincent Blackwell, son of Vincent Charles Blackwell, joined the firm. During the depression 1929-1939, Seaburg & Blackwell was awarded the contracts to paint the new duPont titanium plant in Edgemoor, Delaware. Subsequently the Seaford nylon plant. They were also awarded the contracts to paint the Alfred I duPont mansion and the Longwood Gardens estate.
In 1938, Seaburg & Blackwell expanded their building on Vandever Avenue to include the Brandywine Bowling Center, which had 16 lanes that had 150,000 to 200,000 games bowled each year.
In 1948, Blackwell & Son was reincorporated in the State of Delaware. In 1949, Hugh Vincent Blackwell was elected President of Blackwell & Son Inc.
In 1957, Hugh Vincent Blackwell was elected President of The Middle Atlantic Conference of Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. James Vincent Blackwell joined the firm.