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ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (SALESMAN'S SAMPLE)

Mark Twain

Published by Charles L. Webster and Company, New York (1885)

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Item Description: Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885. Hardcover. Book Condition: Acceptable. First Edition. RARE. Salesman's Sample of the First Edition, First Printing, likely First State. Also referred to as a "Salesman's Dummy". Missing fronticepiece and ffep. Contains several First Printing points: "Decided" instead of Decides on pg 9, "Him and another Man" incorrectly listed as pg 88, and 1884 on the copyright page and 1885 on the title page. Other points can't be confirmed since it contains a sampling of the book (100+ pages of text and accompanying illustrations), rather than the entire text. The two samples of the alternate deluxe binding available to customers are attached to the front endpage. The green cloth boards have significant soiling, rubbing, and scuffing; the edges, corners, ends of spine and outside joints are also significantly rubbed. Binding remains tight and square. About 1/3 of page 290 is torn off. Pencil notations, soiling and scribbling by a young child on the subscription pages. Soiling to endpages. Age discoloration to text block. Moderate foxing throughout. At the back of the book, a two page advertisement for the sale of the book is followed by 8 pages of wide ruled paper, where 12 subscribers listed their name, residence and type of binding they desired. The subscribers were from Wells River and Woodsville, New Hampshire. Customers had 3 choices: 1) Fine cloth binding (green or blue), plain edges, $2.75, 2) Leather Library Style, sprinkled edges, $3.25, and 3) Half Morocco, marbled edges, $4.25. This salesman's sample book features the gold stamped publisher's green cloth binding, the table of contents, a list of illustrations and enough text to get a feel for the novel. Emphasis was placed on the physical qualities of the book and nearly all of the sample pages are illustrated. Pictures available upon request. A fascinating and rare historical collectible!. Bookseller Inventory # 10108

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Wright & McGill Fishing Tackle Salesman Sample Folio

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Item Description: 1938. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. We're hereby presenting an extraordinary Wright & McGill Denver, Co 'Genuine' Eagle Claw Hooks (They Hook and Hold) salesman's sample fishing tackle (15) ppg; 14 3/4" x 10 1/2" binder folio ca. 1938 housing (478) steel 'sample' hooks in artistically arranged patterns! Further presented in never~seen~before 'pristine' as~new condition custom ensconced in faux navy leatherette embossed boards with striking russet orange letter art deco era graphics stating 'The Mark of The World's Best Tackle'~ The (29) ring spiral~bound contents include, 'presentation' laminated ppg featuring navy blue Rockies mountain peak graphics @ base together with a flying eagle whose talons are clutching a brook trout image! Thus an incredible 'angling' find for the classic fisherman's library! Alternatively, the (15) plates would look amazing archivally framed individually for the sportsman's study! Cheers then!. Bookseller Inventory # Tcc#265

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Item Description: Grand Rapids Show Case Company, ca 1925, Grand Rapids, MI, Portland, OR & New York, NY, 1925. Book Condition: Very Good. Folio (16 x 11 in.) 22 leaves with 88 original black & white silver gelatin photos printed & mounted back to back on white linen, w/ each leaf containing 4 images (8 x 10 in.). Bound in original black-pebbled cloth post-binder, brass posts, gilt lettering on front cover (minor rubbing & edgewear, minor bumping to corners, very minor soiling to lower fore-edge back & front pastedowns, w/ very minor soiling to 2 images), still a VG copy. First edition of this exceedingly scarce and extraordinary photographic sample catalogue of 1920s fashion and store displays offers an exceptional historical reference on marketing of men and women's fashions at the height of the Jazz Age. The photos include distinctive period elements with men's suits and styles, along with the trousers, shirts, ties, hats, gloves, canes, and leather valises reflecting the taste and style of the era. The display cases include arts & crafts elements, and many reflect an art deco influence, with heavy uses of curved glass, mirrors, glass enclosed sales racks for men's suits, along with beautifully arranged fashions of flapper era dresses displayed on stands and mannequins in front of stylishly appointed changing rooms. There are also numerous images of advertising counter displays, promotional plaques, clocks, and architectural elements scattered throughout the images. Grand Rapids Show Case Co. was organized in 1901, and by 1913 they were the largest manufacturer of retail furnishings by volume than any other company in the country, and shipped more furniture than any other manufacturer in Grand Rapids, MI at the time. The company maintained their headquarters and main factory in Grand Rapids, MI, but also had taken over the Lutke Manufacturing Company in Portland, in 1908, and established a branch factory in the Pacific Northwest to take advantage of the extensive timber stocks available there. They were able to equip and furnish entire department stores, drug stores, confectionaries, cigar stores, clothing shops, and produced showcases for everything from hats to varnish. This catalogue was produced by their special store planning department which provided custom design and layout services to its retailer clients. In 1926 the Company merged with Welch-Wilmarth Company and was renamed Grand Rapids Store Equipment Co.Of particular interest in this catalogue, are all of the department stores, men's stores, and specialty stores identified in the photos. These include such stores as: Weber & Heilbroner a Lower Manhattan men's clothing company, who was operating at Broad Street & Exchange Place in 1925; the famed Rodes-Rapier Company in Louisville, KY which operated out of their beautiful building at the corner of 4th & Walnut Streets; the Joseph N. Neel Department Store in Macon, GA, which operated from their store front on Cherry Street next to the Telegraph offices; the John Gerber Company Store which covered a city block in Memphis, TN on Main Street, and was patronized by nearly all for generations; the beautiful Mayer-Israel store on Canal street in downtown New Orleans, LA which operated there from 1906 until it closed in 1959; Himelhoch's clothing store in Detroit, MI in which every businesswoman shopped during the 1920s, and catered to the professional woman; the Gloyd-Halliburton department store with 8 floors and 4 elevators in Oklahoma City, OK, which was constructed and outfitted by Grand Rapids Show Case in the early 1920s; the Michael Brothers Department Store in Athens, GA, whose original store burned down in 1921, and so was rebuilt, with 55,000 square feet, designed by Neel Reid, and equipped by Grand Rapids -- it was also the first building in Athens to be equipped with fire sprinklers; the Newman-Stern Company in Cleveland, OH, which was one of the country's largest sporting-goods stores, with the photos showing golf clubs, golf bags, lawn tennis nets & rackets, and more, as well as many others. See: Carron, Grand Rapids Furniture: The story of A. Bookseller Inventory # 47980

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Small collection of eight salesman's sample booklets for Cuban cigar labels

Published by Gebrüder Klingenberg, lithographers ca 1906, Detmold (1906)

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Item Description: Gebrüder Klingenberg, lithographers ca 1906, Detmold, 1906. Group of sample Cuban cigar labels, 8 booklets in all with 68 various embossed labels, including labels, cigar bands, and sample wood grains for the interior of the cigar boxes.Cigar brands include Electa Superiores, Aguila de Cuba, Flor de Region, Isla de Oro, Baronet Imperiales, La Rosa Havanesa, Superfinos, Ordina Fina, and Tradition Superiores. Klingenberg was at the time the largest employer in Detmold and by the end of the 19th century was world-renown for its fine graphic design and color lithography. In the last two decades of the 19th century Klingenberg was best known for their work for the cigar industry, not only in Germany and on the continent, but also in the United States, Canada and Cuba. Contained in a large mailing envelope from Leipzig addressed to The California Wine Association, San Francisco. It is plausible that in the early years of the 20th century the firm was attempting to reach out into other sectors, notably the wine label business. Bookseller Inventory # 33949

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Item Description: Massachusetts Engineering Co., 1930-1940, [North Quincy, MA, 1930. Book Condition: Near Fine. Six vols. Oblong 4to First one (12 .25 x 9) 40 black & white photos linen-backed, attached with linen hinges to 3-ring binder at gutter margin, images are all uniform 7.5 x 10 in. in size, 6 tipped-in at end on 2 leaves 3.5 x 5.75 in., most w/ Commercial Photographer stamps on versos. Original 3-ring post-binder, limp black simulated calf, rounded corners, yapp edges, NF copy; remaining 5 vols. are oblong folio (14.25 x 9.75 in.), each vol. w/ 34 leaves of black thick paper, w/total of 495 black & white photos tipped-in, most sized 3.5 x 5 in., mounted w/ black corners, many leaves w/ pencil annotations in margins, contained in black & green cloth wire comb bindings, rounded corners, yapp edges, faint vol. nos. on front covers, manufactured by S.W. Dow, Inc., Boston, MA, collection in NF condition, w/ typed table of contents leaf tipped-in to Vol. I on Massachusetts Engineering Co., Inc. letterhead. An amazing factory photo album archive for the Massachusetts Engineering Company in North Quincy, Massachusetts, offering an incomparable historical visual record of steel tank, oil tank, and industrial manufacturing in the United States. Harry J. Murphy (b. 1889) was a civil engineer, who founded the Massachusetts Engineering company in 1925, to meet the increasing demand for steel tanks for oil, water, and other industrial processes during the Jazz Age. Their advertising jingle stated that they were Manufacturers of steel tanks for every industrial purpose, and they delivered. They were one of the most successful manufacturing companies during the Great Depression, and managed to gain market share, and rapidly expand their customer base until World War II, and continued in business until at least 1967. The remarkable salesman sample photo album shows products such as Cone Bottom tanks for Gross Machinery Co., Concrete hoppers with flexible chute sections, oil fuel bunker tanks for naval vessels as they switched over from coal, and they even produced steam jacketed chocolate storage tanks with agitators for the famed chocolatiers, Walter Baker & Co. The also produced other large steel structures such as dust arrestors for the Eastman Gelatine Corporation, one of the most important subsidiaries of Kodak, Deerfield Glassine Co. renowned for being the earliest producer of Glassine paper in the United States, Oil tanks for the Fuel & Range oil at the Framingham & Natich Ice Manufacturing Co., and many others. Some of their largest tanks included water pumping tanks at the Chestnut Hill Pumping Station, Beacon Hill Pumping Station for the Massachusetts District Commission in the late 1920s and 1930s. The factory archive photo albums offer an amazing array of products, factory photographs, equipment used by the company, and their major onsite projects. The collection opens with tanks being delivered to the Short Line Railroad for the Mount Washington Observatory in 1932 when the large meteorological scientific station was constructed. Several tanks for fuel oil, and water, were built by Massachusetts Engineering Company. The first album also shows the construction of hoppers and bins, trucks for varnish vats, special rolling racks, heating coils, and much more. Many of the photos show the special heavy commercial trucks that were part of the Massachusetts Engineering Fleet, the heavy equipment loading cranes, welders, yard workers, riveters, the shop floor, and more. The second album includes photos of the Company building steel ship sections, and other large steel fabrications. The other albums include photos of tanks so large they could barely squeeze out from inside the mammoth assembly plant, panoramic views of the plant with late 1930s and one 1940 automobile in the foreground, the tremendous variety of fuel oil tanks, and much more. Bookseller Inventory # 48140

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Fall and winter 1907-1908. Dixie Tailoring Company. [Salesman sample catalogue with textile samples].

FASHION -- MEN'S SUITS].

Published by Dixie Tailoring Co. [Chicago Tailoring Company], 229 S. Market Street (S. Wacker Dr.),, Chicago (1907)

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Item Description: Dixie Tailoring Co. [Chicago Tailoring Company], 229 S. Market Street (S. Wacker Dr.),, Chicago, 1907. Thick oblong folio (16.5 x 14 x 2.75 in.). 33 leaves printed on thick card stock, each mounted on linen hinge. Numerous illustrations throughout in black & white, some diagrams, charts, and graphs, half-tone fashion plates illustrating styles of the period, 2 of them illustrating vests, backs, verso of almost all pages with 345 mounted textile samples in wool, wool-rayon blends, some felt backed, silk, moleskin, corduroy, cashmere, and more -- all samples clearly marked with prices, and availability (occasional wear, rubbing). Original red textured cloth, gilt lettering and embossing of Company logo on front cover, illustrated endpapers with the different suit models on front pastedown, fabric samples on rear endpapers (some wear, rubbing, minor tidemark to lower fore-edge of a few leaves, some soot soiling), still a VG- copy with all samples complete. First edition of this scarce salesman sample fashion catalogue for men's suits at the height of the Edwardian era during Theodore Roosevelt's presidency. The Dixie Tailoring Company was a small subsidiary of the Chicago Tailoring Company -- one of several large tailoring firms operating in Chicago during the early 20th century, and they maintained a joint tailoring factory on S. Market Street in Chicago (later S. Wacker Drive). The Dixie operation was much smaller compared to the larger parent company and appears to have been geared more towards producing uniforms for police, firemen, railroad men, and many other professions at the time. The catalogues were very expensive to produce and so were most often found in department stores, mercantiles, men's clubs, and men's stores which would have these catalogues on the sales floor, or on display for two years, or more. This catalogue offers invaluable illustrated historical reference for the colours, styles, and fabrics during the Progressive Era before World War I. Most of the fashion plates illustrate the available styles with elegantly dressed men wearing the English Walking Frock, Double Breasted Prince Albert, Norfolk Jacket and outfit for playing golf & hunting; two, three, and four button single & double breasted suits, and much more. This sample catalogue is of special interest as it is entirely complete with no fabric swatches removed by order of the Tailoring Company because of material being out of stock, thereby offering an excellent historical artifact in original condition. No copies located in Worldcat; See Clothier and Furnisher, 1914, p. 34; Certified List of Domestic and Foreign Corporations, Illinois Secretary of State, 1908. Bookseller Inventory # 47045

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Salesman's Sample] Color scheme your home from the Panorama collection by Riverdale Trimming by Conso

Riverdale

Published by Riverdale Fabrics Co., NP (1956)

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Item Description: Riverdale Fabrics Co., NP, 1956. Folio [16.25" by 20.5"]. 19 leaves with 309 interior fabric and trim samples mounted on thick boards. Beige cloth boards bound with two ring-binders, brass handle on spine, and two snaps to keep the front edge closed. Internally near fine, boards show some minor wear and spoling; very good. Incredible salesman's sample of this sample catalogue for interior design. Samples include cotton, blends, rayon, wool, and silk. Intended by the Riverdale Fabrics Company to turn every homemaker into an interior decorator, the catalogue showcases their mid-century patterns in a variety of colors that could be mixed and matched. A significant piece of textile history not located in Worldcat. Bookseller Inventory # 38490

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Item Description: SALESMAN'S SAMPLE. BLACKIE'S POPULAR FAIRY BOOKS. This is a wonderful large panoramic salesman's sample book advertising 9 of Blackie's fairy tales by Andersen, Grimm and others: Ali Baba, Aladdin, Sinbad, Wild Swans, Ugly Duckling, Tinder Box, Hansel and Grettel, Cherryblossom and Roland and Maybird. Circa 1900, some soil and rubbing, VG+. Measuring 10" wide x 13 1/2" high, the front covers of each of the books are connected accordion fashion with the back side of each page containing printed information about the series. The first illustration is of the White Swans and the text for the entire book is laid-in. Illustrated in bold colors in classic art nouveau style by HELEN STRATTON. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 27584

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The Royal Tailors Salesman's Sample Book

The Royal Taylors

Published by Chicago and New York (1920)

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Item Description: Chicago and New York, 1920. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. James Montgomery Flagg, W.F. Werners & Others (illustrator). The Royal Tailors, Chicago and New York. Salesman's sample book. 56 pp. Thick paper with minor foxing, markings, tears, and rubbing. Elephant folio, beautifully restored to its original state by Felton Bookbinding Ltd. 54.5 × 42 cm. Bound in black pebbled cloth with red signet. Colour illustration of tiger on the upper board. Endpapers with brown tiger design; an oval portrait of Joseph Vehon (1834-1918), the founder of the clothing manufacturing company, on the front free endpaper. 1920-1. Joseph Vehon, president of the Royal Tailors, Chicago pioneer and originator of the "money back" and "tailor to the trade" system, was born in Poland. He immigrated to the United States penniless at the age of 18. He sold merchandise in New York state. Arriving in Chicago in 1861, he opened Vehon Bros. & Eiger at Monroe and Clark streets, but the depression after the Civil War forced the closure of his men's clothing store. He moved to Monticello, Iowa, in 1870 where he originated the "money back if not satisfied" system of selling clothing. Returning to Chicago in 1886, he opened a store at Halsted and Mark streets. In 1906 he constructed a new building for his thriving business at Polk and La Salle streets. His garment business for men's customized fashions employed over two thousand tailors in Chicago and New York with clothing sold in 10,000 cities and towns across America. After his death his son, Morris (1876-1950), and daughter, Emma, carried on the family business. Each leaf has a colour illustration of men's apparel or a tailor (text below the illustrations informing shoppers of high quality in the merchandise, quick delivery, and customer satisfaction) with fabric samples on the versos of the leaves. 236 samples, 2 missing (on pp. 24 and 36). Most of the drawings are by unknown artists. Two of the identified artists are James Montgomery Flagg and W.F. Werners. Size: Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 027217

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Chicago Tailoring Company Salesman's sample book for men's suits fall and winter 1914-1915

Published by Chicago Tailoring Company [1914], Chicago (1914)

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Item Description: Chicago Tailoring Company [1914], Chicago, 1914. First edition. Large oblong folio [20.25 x 17 x 3 inches]. 36 leaves printed on thick stock, each individually mounted on a linen hinge. Bookseller Inventory # 39213

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O. Mustad & Son Manufacturers Christiania, Norway. Salesman Sample.

O. Mustad & Son.

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Item Description: Christiania, Norway. O. Mustad & Son Manufacturers. ca. 1900. Salesman Sample of Fishing Hooks. This is a rare folding display which measures 8 x 6 inches when folded, and 70 inches when opened. There are 12 (8 x 5) card stock panels showcasing a total of 153 hooks in the following classifications: Aberdeen, Limerick, Kirbed Limerick, Sproat, O'Shaughnessy, Cincinnati Bass, Sneck, Kinsey, and Carlisle. The hooks are described with Mustad Company labels adjacent to each hook style with descriptions. The salesman sample is bound in full burgundy leather with gilt titles and brass rivets at the corners. All hooks are present. A bit of soiling and edge wear to the display. This is a rare, early salesman sample from one of the world's leading hook manufacturers. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # 008183

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Item Description: Arrow Shirt Co./ Cluett, Peabody & Co., Inc., ca 1930; 1955, [Troy, NY, 1930. Quarter-sawn oak salesman sample counter display case (18.75 x 6 x 6 ins.) with glass top & front, door in back with catch, w/ original label at bottom of the display indicating that this case was only to be used for the display of the Company collars, preserving two Arrow Shirt Co. Collars (some scuffing and wear to label at bottom of case affecting lettering, minor wear to sides of case) [together with] original Leyendecker advertisement printed on canvas, w/ oak frame (28.5 x 21.5 ins.), the piece has been professionally cleaned and mounted on archival foam core, and removed from the original bars which were damaging the image, and placed back in the oak frame (some sunning, faint discoloration to upper left margin), still remarkable pieces. A wonderful advertising display for Arrow shirts and collars, including pre-World War II counter sample case, and 1950s promotional ad reproducing one of the famed Leyendecker images. These pieces originally came out of a small men's clothing shop in Bend, Oregon. The Arrow collars grew from the marketing idea by Cluett, Peabody & Co. in Troy, NY that it gave women an easier way to clean their husbands' stained shirt collars without having to wash the entire shirt. In addition, the collars wore out a much faster rate than the rest of the shirts, so these replaceable collars would extend the life of the garments. This style of detachable collars remained popular up until the mid-1930s and largely declined out of use by the end of World War II.Leyendecker (1874-1951) created the Arrow Collar Man which was an advertising campaign that ran from 1905 - 1931, and was perhaps one of the most successful product brands in history. He created 100s of images, and many of them are still synonymous with men's fashion and styles. This advertisement was part of a revived campaign by Arrow Shirt Co. in the 1950s through early 1960s as they revived the nostalgia of the Leyendecker ads and pushed their shirts with soft collars. Bookseller Inventory # 45898

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Item Description: Belgallen & Lismoyne, ca 1910, [Great Britain, 1910. One display case -- 21.5 x 16.5 x 1.25. Case is framed in oak, divided into compartments, green felt background, and dividers for products. The 10 compartments show the progression of spinning linen from flax seed and straw through linen yarn, 6 large linen samples of unbleached & bleached linen, linen damask, and embroidered linen handkerchiefs. Each of the compartments are neatly lettered with typed slips at the lower fore-edge, some of the samples with armorial crests including Irish Harp, Crown surrounded by belt, Crown with crossed anchors, and labels for the Belgallen and Lismoyne linens. This case has been designed to hang as well, with wire hanger on back of case (minor dustsoiling & slight darkening to samples under glass, minor wear to oak frame), still an excellent promotional exhibit. This scarce and unusually complete salesman display promoted the Edwardian linens and finished linens from Belgallen and Lismoyne lines at the beginning of the 20th century. They were intended to show the quality of raw product as well as spinning and weaving processes employed by the Company during this period. The case shows flax seed in a small sealed compartment, flax straw, undressed flax, dressed flax, and finally linen yarn. The linen fabric samples include bleached and unbleached linen, linen damask with shamrock patterns, and the beautifully embroidered finished samples with the Belgallen and Lismoyne labels. These particular linens out of Northern Ireland were very popular in the United States between 1905 and 1915. Bookseller Inventory # 47674

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Item Description: [circa 1920]. () Very good. Four original salesman sample books containing packaging for chocolates and candies. Approximately 153 samples of packaging (wrappers and boxes) from Neilson's (23 samples), Fry's (46 samples), Lowney's (75 samples) and Cadbury's (9 samples). Each company's samples housed in folding portfolio and mounted on either linen or paper. A few samples have detached from mounting, but all 4 folders appear complete, save for possibly one sample missing from the Fry's folder, which also has some dampstaining. Else all folders and samples in an excellent state of preservation. An extraordinary collection of salesman's samples of candy and chocolate packaging from the early 1900s from Neilson's, Fry's, Lowney's, and Cadbury's candy companies. Includes wrappers and boxes for a variety of treats. Many of the samples are fantastic chromolithographs. A visually-striking collection. Bookseller Inventory # 137942

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Office Equipment Salesman's sample catalogue for business machine.

TRADE CATALOGUE.]

Published by St Louis, Chicago et al, ca (1890)

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Item Description: St Louis, Chicago et al, ca, 1890. 8vo, pp. [20] with original wrapper; ll. 7 (folding, bound in landscape), pp. [4], [16], [16], pp. 73-120; contemporary roan-backed marbled boards, round corners, spine worn and upper joint splitting; printed on different colour paper stock. A fascinating salesman's book of brochures, flyers etc. of office equipment produced by a number of American manufacturers. Bound at the beginning is a complete catalogue of book holders and bookcases, including a Lambie Dictionary holder, all available in different materials and finishes; advertising flyers for the G D Barnard & Co. Automatic Bank Punch, and for the Madden Adding Machine. Further leaflets advertise the Black Autocopyist, bookcases (John Danner company), Besley Cabinet Letter files, Stationery, Office furniture and Supplies by G.D. Barnard, and a partial list of banker's supplies by G.D. Barnard, which include everything a bank might need, from furniture to ink stands, coin trays to letter filing cabinets. Curiously also included are hand-cuffs, police truncheons, weapons, locks, and even toilet roll holders.G.D. Barnard was a St.Louis based office wholesale company.This trade catalogue was clearly put together specifically by a salesman, who obviously represented not just G.D. Barnard & Co, but also a number of other suppliers of office furniture and stationery. Bookseller Inventory # 3717

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Products of Tompkins-Kiel marble company [salesman sample catalogues].

ARCHITECTURE -- SAMPLE CATALOGUES].

Published by Tomkins-Kiel Co., 505 Fifth Ave., ca 1920-1925, New York (1920)

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Item Description: Tomkins-Kiel Co., 505 Fifth Ave., ca 1920-1925, New York, 1920. Two vols. Oblong 4to. (11.25 x 8.25 ins.). [2], 140; [2], 207 leaves (1 cropped). Colour sample illustrations mounted on linen, all with explanatory text below, printed by the Valenciennes, France company Lasseron, Dehon & Cie; the first volume colour plates are 10.75 x 7.75 ins. in size; second volume is the same, except for the last 23 plates which are 9.75 x 7.75 ins. in size. Uniformly bound in original embossed & decorated brown cloth with yapp edges, raised gilt lettering on front covers, cord bound at gutter margin, w/ brackets at rear that secure cord so they can be tied & untied (occasional fraying & wear to fore-edges of the linen on the plates, rubbing & wear to the spines, creasing to the covers, ink annotations on table of contents for vol. II), still a G set. First editions of these scarce and massive salesman sample catalogues for the Tompkins-Kiel marble company during the roaring twenties. During this time they carried the largest stock of marble in the world, and even had a sample display room for their marbles, stones, granites, onyx, and Ridgway flagging arranged for architects, clients, and the trade. In addition, they operated their own sawing plant in New York City which insured quick delivery to marble contractors all over the country. These sample catalogues were specifically designed to be expanded as new products became available, and these offer perhaps the most extensive record of the marbles and stone available at the time. They attempted to render as close as possible the textures and colours in the colour printing process, noting in their introduction that from time to time they would mail new pages when ready. Their marble and stone products were installed in such buildings as the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, G.A. Applegarth architect; The Seaman's Bank Engrance, Wall Street, New York, B.W. Morris architect; Farmers Loan & Trust Company Banking & Office Building, Fifth Ave. & 41st St., New York, Napoleon Gray Marble and Premier Levanto, Starrett & Van Vleck architects; the Johns-Manville Building, New York, Ludlow & Peabody, Architects; and many others. Bookseller Inventory # 45707

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Standarni barvy firmy. [In Czech: Standard colors of the company. Art Deco glass button salesman sample catalogue].

FASHION -- GLASS BUTTONS].

Published by Sklarny Fischmann Synove AKC. Spol.,, [Jablonec Nad Nisou & Prague (1932)

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Item Description: Sklarny Fischmann Synove AKC. Spol.,, [Jablonec Nad Nisou & Prague, 1932. Book Condition: Good. Thick 8vo. (5.25 x 8.25 x 2 in.).IX leaves on thick card stock, with 410 multi-coloured glass buttons with a vast colour range including translucent greens, yellows, blues, reds, blacks, browns, solid coloured Coal Glass, Striped, Curved in convex shapes, all marked with series & product numbers. Original dark green cloth, black lettering on front cover, rounded corners, black cloth hinges between each leaf on spine, still retaining black leather flap w/ snap to secure the catalogue shut (minor wear, rubbing, versos of some leaves w/ erased pencil markings, a couple annotations, minor soot soiling to leaves), still a G copy. First edition of this exceedingly scarce glass button sample catalogue. Included are available buttons in a stunning spectrum of colour in glass, including vivid translucent greens, reds, oranges, champagne, aquamarine blue, violets, storm gray, smoke gray, and more. There are also well over two hundred concave shaped solid buttons, many of them made of coal glass which include such colours as brown stone emery, Japanese Yellow, vivid blues, greens, oranges, ivory, black and other colours striped, as well as beautiful ones called silk gloss which have a soft mother-of-pearl type finish. The buttons are of a fairly uniform size indicating their use in shirts, women's blouses, as well as decorative trimmings in the fashions of the 1930s. These glass catalogues also served as glass colour samples for bead manufacturers and art glass manufacturers in order to provide colour reference for those ordering glass from this Factory. The S. Fischmann & Sons glassworks was noted for their production of wine bottles, beer bottles, milk bottles, and other forms of decorative glass at the beginning of the 20th century up until World War II. No copies located in Worldcat. Bookseller Inventory # 47962

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Mrs. Gutgesell's Christmas novelty gift book. [Salesman sample catalogue].

GREETING CARDS & NOVELTIES-- SAMPLE CATALOGUE]. GUTGESELL, A.[my] A.[delle].

Published by Mrs. A.A. Gutgesell, Inc.,, Minneapolis, MN (1925)

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Item Description: Mrs. A.A. Gutgesell, Inc.,, Minneapolis, MN, 1925. Book Condition: Good. Folio. 14 x 11.25 in. 32 pp. on thick card stock w/ 203 greeting cards, bridge tally cards, invitations, envelopes, sachets, box labels, incense box labels, celluloid telephone lists, pop-up cards, place holders, and more tipped-in, most of them colour printed, many die-cut, many with silk ribbon, and much more. Gray printed softcovers, each leaf w/ tissue guard, black lettering on front cover, coloured ribbong binding (minor bumping to corners, creasing, front hinge starting), still a G copy, w/ interior samples in excellent condition. First edition, Book No. 5893, of this scarce Jazz greeting card and novelties trade catalogue with samples tipped in for marketing to church groups and other organizations. The Mrs. Gutgesell samples include beautifully colour-printed and illustrated cards, many of them embossed, some on parchment paper, others with monograms, illuminated examples, many with delightful colour illustrations reminiscent of the Volland Books of the period, and more. In addition, the novelties include an African-American Black Mammy kitchen order pad, illustrations for pan lifters, knife sharpeners, beautiful round desk blotters, handkerchief case, beautiful celluloid telephone list with thick die-cut covers & black ribbon; pop-up place cards with butterflies & Chinese lanterns, Circus pictures, and much more. Gutgesell (1863-1933) was born in Vermont, and after she and her husband -- Cornelius Gutgesell) moved to Minnesota in the 1880s, he became a well known clothing salesman and marketer in Minnesota. They set up the Mrs. Gutgesell company following World War I to market Christmas Cards and novelties to Church Groups, Ladies Aid Groups, and Societies across the United States and fund raisers. Each copy was numbered and all of the groups receiving them had specific instructions to hold onto the Sample Catalogues, and ensure that the number was put with their respective order forms as they were usually tailored to certain groups. No copies of this edition located in Worldcat. Bookseller Inventory # 47963

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Salesman's Samples of Veneer Furniture

Published by Spain

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Item Description: Spain. Bakelite Album. Book Condition: Fine. N.d., circa 1930s. Thirteen hand-colored photographs of drawings of veneer furniture in high Art Deco style. The furniture is depicted in interior rooms as it might be ideally situated. Included as well are ten sheets of photo reproductions pictures printed on both sides and two pieces of advertisements for manufacturers of this type of furniture. This other material may well be from the same manufacturer as the primary photographs, but one can know this for a certainty. The colored photographs are housed in an oblong bakelite (early plastic) album that has a swirled marbled pattern that is stylistically akin to the veneer finish of the furniture depicted. The album, measuring 18 by 27 cm, has written in a fluid neon-sign like plastic script "Souvenir of Germany" on the front board, and a smaller plate with an inset "Bavaria" written. While these place associations might jar some, belying the actual content, most will appreciate the overarching harmony of the design elements, particularly finding or creating an album with so strong an affinity would have been an elusive objective. The non-colored photos are not contained in the album itself, but they provide a nice package for understanding the marketing and prevalence of the style. Bookseller Inventory # 002450

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Ladies' Home Journal -- February, 1930 (Salesman's Sample)

Published by The Curtis Publishing Company, Phialdelphia (1930)

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Item Description: The Curtis Publishing Company, Phialdelphia, 1930. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. The very uncommon Salesman's Sample of the February 1930 issue of Ladies' Home Journal. Filled with magnificent period advertisements throughout, many of them in rich color. Bound for each salesman in an Art Deco silver and red cloth. With decorative easy-to-reference margin tabs. Very light wear and soiling to panels; internally bright and very clean. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 8994

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Ladies' Home Journal -- October, 1930 (Salesman's Sample)

Published by The Curtis Publishing Company, Phialdelphia (1930)

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Item Description: The Curtis Publishing Company, Phialdelphia, 1930. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. The very uncommon Salesman's Sample of the October 1930 issue of Ladies' Home Journal. Filled with magnificent period advertisements throughout, many of them in rich color. Bound for each salesman in a handsome pictorial cloth with beautiful easy to reference tabs along the margins. Light rubbing and wear at the panels, but still very impressive. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 9001

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Ladies' Home Journal -- November, 1928 (Salesman's Sample)

Published by The Curtis Publishing Company, Phialdelphia (1928)

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Item Description: The Curtis Publishing Company, Phialdelphia, 1928. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Collectible; Fine. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. The very uncommon Salesman's Sample of the November 1928 issue of Ladies' Home Journal. Filled with magnificent period advertisements throughout, many of them in rich color. Bound for each salesman in a handsome pictorial cloth with beautiful fluted tabs. A clean, bright near fine folio. Very impressive. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 9000

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Ladies' Home Journal -- March, 1930 (Salesman's Sample)

Published by The Curtis Publishing Company, Philadelphia (1930)

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Item Description: The Curtis Publishing Company, Philadelphia, 1930. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. The very uncommon Salesman's Sample of the March 1930 issue of Ladies' Home Journal. Filled with magnificent period advertisements throughout, many of them in rich color. Bound for each salesman in a handsome, Art Deco light blue and silver cloth. Very light offsetting along the panel edges, but still solid and very presentable. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 8999

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Ladies' Home Journal -- October 1928 (Salesman's Sample)

Published by The Curtis Publishing Company, Phialdelphia (1928)

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Item Description: The Curtis Publishing Company, Phialdelphia, 1928. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. The very uncommon Salesman's Sample of the October 1928 issue of Ladies' Home Journal. Filled with magnificent period advertisements throughout, many of them in rich color. Bound for each salesman in a full red and beige leather. Thin band of light soiling at the front panels top edge, very light flaking along the spine. Still, though, presentable and very handsome. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 8995

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Item Description: Ditta Ruggero Benelli, ca 1900, Prato, Italy, 1900. Tall 8vo. w/ 8 panels bound accordion style, black linen hinges, each panel 5 x 11.25 in., folds out to stretch 39.5 in. when on displayed, beautiful colour plates mounted on first and last panels, 48 dyed fabric samples mounted in a range of colour hues, lettering in black & red. Verso of panels covered with faux-diced shagreen, gilt lettering on first panel, w/ red braid through two brass riveted holes designed for hanging the display (minor scuffing, edgewear), still a VG exemplar with the samples in beautiful condition. First edition of this marvelous Victorian colour dye advertising display for Italian Super-Iride solid dyes. This brand is perhaps best known for their splendid advertising poster of a looming red devil, drawing forth a rainbow of colours from a wooden barrel (small version in first panel of this display). These beautiful Azo synthetic dyes were much more stable than vegetable, and/or aniline dyes, and these Super-Iride colours were perfect for dyeing wool, cotton, and silks, which were highly resistant to sun, and repeated washes. Bookseller Inventory # 47680

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Salesman's samples color Illustrations of Chinese Rugs.

China].

Published by Tientsin, China.

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Item Description: Tientsin, China. Book Condition: Very good overall. By 1929 one of the major industries flourishing in the North China city of Tientsin was rug making; there were 303 "carpet establishments", of which 105 were carpet factories, employing 30 or more workers. Carpet making evolved from a home based craft to rugs and hangings for monasteries, and finally to production for the western markets.7 full color hand drawn illustrations of Chinese rug patterns. Each numbered and with an oval stamp: "Bacon Zung. 44 Rue de Paris, Tientsin" and with a "Made in China" stamp below. Mostly floral patterns with a variety of patterns, rug shapes and borders. 11 x 13 1/2" on card stock, a few chips at top edges. Bookseller Inventory # 15755

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Item Description: Maison L'Abbey Ste Ame,, Paris, 1929. Oblong folio (15 x 10.25 in.). [26 leaves]. 201 original silk sample swatches including silk velvet, chiffon, Georgette Velvet, water silk, gold & silver silk cloth, patterned silks, and many others, with all of them carefully mounted within printed borders, printed borders on the leaves, most leaves with ink manuscript annotation to price per square meter, and most still retaining the original tissue guards to protect the delicate silk swatches. Quarter black cloth over black boards post binder, ornate brass binding screws at gutter margin, silk braid, wonderful art nouveau decorative border in gilt on front cover, gilt lettering (minor bowing to textblock & covers, slight bumping to corners, slight creasing to title), still a beautiful copy. First edition of this very scarce and stunning silk salesman sample catalogue from the Annees Folles, or Roaring 1920s in France. This astonishing piece offers an incredible historical reference for the vibrancy and tremendous variety of silks produced for French and high fashion during the Flapper age. Types water silks, gold & silver thread woven on silk, velvets, silk brocades, satins, crepes, muslin, chiffon, Georgette Velvet, patterned silks, and even silk muslins. Many of the patterns have vivid jewel tone colour patterns, and many with art nouveau, art deco, and even early designs reminiscent of Cubism. The fabrics include those with motifs of cherries, flowers, and even impressionists. Most of these silks and silk velvets were intended for the high fashion industry at the time, encompassing dresses, gowns, capes, scarves, hats, ties, and much more. These designs reflect the revolutionary movement of Art Deco, and the massive changes in fashion during the decade. These samples provide an invaluable visual artifact of the huge changes in women's fashion towards lightweight fabrics, especially in outer dress and lingerie choices for women reflecting more comfort, and elegance. Many of the designers of the period including Coco Chanel, Jean Patou, Jeanne Lanvin, Paul Poiret, and others were supplied by such textiles fabrics manufacturers as Maison L'Abbey during the 1920s and early 1930s. No copies located in Worldcat. Bookseller Inventory # 47497

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Salesman sample case filled with silk fabric swatches & trimmings mounted on cards].

TEXTILES -- DRAPERIES & FURNITURE TRIMMINGS]. SCALAMANDRE, [Franco].

Published by Scalamandre Silks, 37-24 24th St.,, Long Island City, NY (1962)

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Item Description: Scalamandre Silks, 37-24 24th St.,, Long Island City, NY, 1962. 76 sample cards (5.25 x 10.25 in.) w/ 424 fabric & trim samples stapled & taped on thick card stock, including silk fringes, tassels, decorative borders, ribbons, braids, and more all in vibrant colours (many with ink and pencil annotations indicating stock numbers, quantity, and prices). All of these are housed in the original sample case, covered in green cloth, with lid (7 x 15.25 x 13 in.), brass handle on one end (some wear & rubbing, minor bumping & fraying to fore-edges), still a VG- exampler. First edition, thus, of this stunning salesman sample case for silk trimmings used in interior design by the famed Franco Scalamandre's designers. These samples include French Tufts, Rosettes, elaborate silk braids, borders, ribbons, tassels, and more, many of them in traditional styles and colours for use in recovering and restoring furnishings, draperies, and other period pieces. Scalamandre (d. 1988) established Scalamandre Silks in 1929 focused on supplying silk fabrics and trims to the growing movement of restoring historic houses and furnishings in the United States. His plant in Long Island City, NY wove historic fabrics to match those acquired by Hearst for San Simeon. He established the Scalamandre Museum of Textiles which thrived until the late 1960s offering beautiful exhibits of historical documents and traditional textiles. His company helped with the restoration of Monticello, and was perhaps best known for their reproductions and restorations of draperies, wallpapers, and upholstery for the Kennedy White House from 1961-1962, and has continued to supply historic fabrics to every administration since. Bookseller Inventory # 47367

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THE OLD SANTA FE TRAIL.the story of a Great Highway. (SALESMAN'S SAMPLE BOOK).very scarce for the true collector

INMAN, HENRY

Published by MACMILLAN, NY (1898)

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Item Description: MACMILLAN, NY, 1898. CLOTH. F. Remington plates (illustrator). VERY SCARCE PIECE.Illustrated Bookplate of John M. Carroll. A saleman's sample copy is not complete of course. very sharp copy. Minor old edge top stain of a few pages. Bookseller Inventory # 013627

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Thermos salesman sample catalogue with original silver gelatin photographs backed in linen. . . .]; [together with] Thermos Catalogue No. 18. . . .

CATALOGUE -- THERMOS].

Published by [Bigelow & Dowes Co.]; American Thermos Bottle Co.,, [Boston, MA]; New York (1918)

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Item Description: [Bigelow & Dowes Co.]; American Thermos Bottle Co.,, [Boston, MA]; New York, 1918. Book Condition: Very Good. Oblong 4to. (11.5 x 8.25 ins.) 11 photographs (10 x 8 in.), w/ tipped-in typed prices & product descriptions on versos for different styles & picnic cases. Contemporary black cloth post-binder, black ribbon tie at gutter margin (some minor rubbing, shelfwear, very minor soiling to upper fore-edge first photo), still a VG copy, w/ crisp photographs; Tall 8vo. 10 pp. Illustrated throughout, printed softcovers (very minor creasing, shelfwear), still VG- copy. First edition, thus, of this scarce sample photographic catalogue for Bigelow & Dowes Company in Boston, MA displaying their lines of Thermos bottles, lunch kits, and picnic cases marketed to the fast growing Jazz Era automobile market. Of special interest are the number of examples from the Thermos Motor Restaurant line, with several including forks, spoons, knives, plates, napkins, nickel cups, salt & pepper shakers, food boxes, and more. Most of these were made from three-play Bass-wood veneer, covered with glazed black enamel patent finish duck, black vulcanized fibre sewn on, enameled steel corners on bottom, nickel on the top, with specially fitted clasps. The printed Thermos Company trade catalogue included with this one includes a much wider product line including Thermos Service Sets, Automat Kits, Office & School Lunch kits, Carafes, Food Jars, and much more, all of them with specific descriptions, illustrations, and prices. Bigelow & Dowse was formed by Samuel A. Bigelow and Charles F. Dowse in 1884 after they bought out the shares of their ill partner, John F. Macomber. During the early decades of the 20th Century Bigelow & Dowse was one of the largest Hardware firms in New England, who also sold extensive lines of camping equipment, fishing tackle, sporting goods, and more. These product-specific original photograph catalogues assembled for the company are quite scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 47967

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