Sample Book from Robinson Engraving Co., 32 Hawley Street, Boston, Book No. 29
by Robinson Engraving Co
Boston: Robinson Engraving Co., 1887. Hardcover. Otherwise very good condition. A collection of 144 sample greeting cards on 72 pages of Sample Book No. 29 from the Robinson Engraving Co. Image topics include Christmas, art, Valentine's, food, drink, the lumber industry, trains, fire fighting, music, military, sports (horses), ships, Italy, natural history, Italy and an extensive set of Masonic and other fraternal organization cards. There is a series of 4 extraordinary cards with fantastical animals & food themes. Inside front cover a label of the Robinson Engraving Co. which states "This book to be held exclusively for this line; the blank pages will be needed for new samples." In manuscript at top of label "steel plate folder", No. 29, and at bottom "list in back" referring to two price lists laid down at back. Each page with a sample or series with a rubber stamp and corresponding sample number written in. Card samples are folded in half with a range of sizes: 4 1/2 x 7 1/4", 3 1/4 x 5 1/2", 3 1/2 x 4 1/2", 2 1/4 x 5", 2 1/2 x 2 3/4", 3 1/8 x 4 1/2", 2 1/8 x 3 1/2". Brown marbled paper book covers with leather spine and gilt lines on spine. Spine detached but present, all edges rubbed, covers rubbed, binding loose but holding. Pages are heavy brown paper with tissue over each sample. Samples are printed on cream, pink, or pale green paper. Samples are clean and bright.
(Inventory #: 21946)
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