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Trade catalogs

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Hardy Jefferson Bowen papers

Accession: 2292

Hardy Jefferson Bowen (1913-2003) was an engineer and scientist. He was founder and president of Industrial Models Inc., a company which built scale models as an aid in the construction of oil refineries and chemical plants. This small collection of his papers primarily consist of materials documenting his modelmaking business.

Dates: 1948-1993

International Housewares Association records

Accession: 2245

International Housewares Association is a trade organization that promotes the sales and marketing of housewares. The formation of The International Housewares Shippers Association, and International Business Council, gives assistance to members with global trade issues. Through The Inspired Home, a consumer-based magazine and website, IHA caters to the housewares buyer by directly connecting the industry to its’ consumers. The collection has been divided into seven series: Administrative, Annual Show, International Business Council, International Shippers Association, Membership, Public Relations, and Publications.

Dates: 1938-2014

Lake Mohonk Mountain House data file

Accession: 2280

The Lake Mohonk Mountain House was a noted summer resort hotel located on Lake Mohonk in the Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County, northwest of New York City. The collection consists of tear sheets from the trade press, advertisements, trade literature, trade catalogs and other publications collected by Daniel Smiley (1796-1878), former manager of the Lake Mohonk Mountain House, in the course of planning and executing new projects, maintaining the building and grounds, and purchasing new furnishings and equipments. This material is accompanied by fairly routine letters of request and replies from sales representatives. There are also some copies of hotel menus and programmes for social events.

Dates: 1915-1930

Maxim Silencer Company records

Accession: 2621

The Maxim Silencer Company was the first company to manufacture gun silencers for commercial use. The company was founded in 1908 as the Maxim Silent Firearms Company by Hiram Percy Maxim (1869-1936) in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1912, Maxim incorporated his business as the Maxim Silencer Company. Maxim was an engineer and inventor. The records of the Maxim Silencer Company consist of directors' minute books from October 18, 1912, to October 19, 1956. There are a small payroll book showing payments; newsclippings and magazine articles on the company's history; issues of the company magazine from the World War II years; and good selection of the company's trade catalogs, both for the firearms silencers and snowplows and snow blowers.

Dates: 1912-1956

Printed Material

Accession: 2188Identifier: 2188-IX.
Scope and Content:

This series contains printed material consisting of assorted journals and periodicals, manufacturers' catalogs and manuals, and publications regarding flag standards. Also, included in this series are materials related to exhibits and collections from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design.

Dates: 1879-2000; Majority of material found within 1895-1985

Richards, London & Kelley album of woodworking machinery photographs

Accession: 1992-225

Richards, London & Kelley manufactured pattern-making machinery for woodworking. The firm founded, The Atlantic Works in 1869 for the manufacture of machines especially directed to railway car manufacturing, and Band Sawing Machinery. This collection consists of illustrations of woodworking machinery and descriptions from trade catalogs that are pasted into an album. The machinery was produced in Philadelphia by The Atlantic Works (also DBA Richards, London and Kelley).

Dates: 1873-1874

Small appliance and housewares research materials, 1870-2016, bulk: 1900-2016

Accession: 2268Identifier: 2268-II.
Scope and Content:

This series consists of the historical materials relating to the various company histories that Marshall compiled throughout his career. Subseries A contains histories, ephemera, and photographs relating to the various companies. This group includes materials on all of the small, forgotten companies that were merged with or absorbed by the larger companies whose names survived through the years.

Subseries B, C, and D contain published sources of information on the various appliances and subjects of interest to Johnson. Subseries E are files on museum exhibitions and other museums Johnson visited and, in some cases, worked with. Subseries F contain the information Johnson compiled on various collectors and clubs for the appliances of interest. Subseries G are files and binders of photographs of the appliances and other items that Johnson had collected while researching particular products.

Subseries H are 65 ink on drafting linen production drawings (18"X24") for Wear-Ever's regular line of aluminum cookware products. These include drawings for coffee pots and perculators, tea kettles, pitchers, ricers, and several kinds of pans.

Subseries I are 203 ink on drafting linen production drawings for Wear-Ever's Kensington Ware line of aluminum giftware. While many of them were designed by Lurelle Guild, the drawings only note who drew them.

Subseries J are the actual small electric and hand-operated appliances, tools, and razors that Johnson collected to study while designing his products.

Dates: 1870-2016; Majority of material found within 1900-2016

Subject files, 1940-1976, bulk: 1960-1976

Accession: 2388Identifier: 2388-XXIV.
Scope and Contents:

This series contains catalogs, price lists, brochures, photographs, correspondence, samples, and various promotional materials related to decorative furnishings received by William Pahlmann Associates between 1946 and 1976. These files are arranged by type of furnishing or location within the home, featuring such categories as lighting, kitchens, and plumbing. It appears that most of these materials were requested by William Pahlmann Associates, but it also appears that some of the information was sent to the firm without solicitation. The catalogs and associated price lists highlight the difference between the wholesale and retail market for furnishings. Interior design firms like William Pahlmann Associates benefited from bulk rates on furnishings that the average consumer could not obtain.

Dates: 1940-1976; Majority of material found within 1960-1976

William H. Jackson Company photographs of garden ornaments and furniture

Accession: 1991-226

The William H. Jackson Company was established in 1827 as W. N. Jackson & CO. which specialized in making iron grates. The company's expertise in iron, brass and stone work eventually shifted the emphasis of the company towards the manufacturing of fireplace mantels, vases, fountains, benches, columns, and ornamental accessories. This collection consists of four photographs used as trade catalog illustrations of garden furniture and ornaments.

Dates: circa 1925

Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera

Accession: 20100108-ZTV

Consists of Z. Taylor Vinson's collection of transportation ephemera, which focuses primarily on automobile history but also documents other forms of transportation. Includes trade catalogs, books, magazines, and artifacts in addition to manuscripts relating to Vinson's career at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Dates: 1860-2011; bulk 1893-2009

Zanol Products Company salesman's case and ephemera

Accession: 1993-301

The Zanol Products Company was a door-to-door consumer goods distributor. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio circa 1908, Zanol developed its own line of household products which the company sold directly to consumers via door-to-door representatives. This collection consists of one salesman's case containing pamphlets, trade cards, trade catalogs, sewing needle cases, books of blank order forms, and other ephemera from the Zanol Products Company.

Dates: 1926-1933