Comfort, Tx: [The Company], ca. 1930. . Large 8vo, cream stiff wrappers, front printed, with the original mailing envelop. No other copies or catalogues located. An OCLC holding shows that the Comfort, Texas, Public Library owns two envelopes from the company.This rather macabre little piece contains offerings of the ubiquitous armadillo basket in various forms; standing and table lamps with armadillo shades; there are stuffed and live armadillos for sale, and several other uses for the armadillo shell..In addition to the catalogue there are promotional pieces: (1). An -page illustrated pamphlet featuring "Tropical Novelties" such as "Combination Coconut and Starfish Lamp" and an even more hideous "Double Starfish Lamp, sea Fan Trimmings" also a "Double Starfish Radio Lamp" in two sizes. Aztec Pottery, Indian bows and arrows and Rattlesnake skins, stuffed and unstuffed. (2). A -page illustrated fold outlining the history of the armadill.(3). Two-page price list, typed on 2 pages of the firm's letterhead. Charles Apelt(1862-1944) started the Armadillo business in 1898. He was a German-born immigrant who came to Texas at the invitation of his uncle who was already farming in Comfort, Texas. (Inventory #: 2692)
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