A presumably unique album collecting 47 examples of printing on very thin sheets of wood, including business cards, calling cards, advertising circulars, menus, Christmas and greeting cards, event programs, and woodcut prints, some folding or of multiple pages, with some business locations noted as in Washington, Montana, California, and Ohio, or for events which took place in Seattle circa 1931, many generic or with no location or date given. Many items with an illustration, some examples printed in two colors. A few of the items have come unglued from the album pages but are present. Album oblong 4to., 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches. Item sizes range from standard business card to approximately 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. Tie-bound boards. Some very minor soiling and edgewear, overall very good. N.p. (probably Seattle), n.d. (circa 1932?).
According to a scattering of hand-written labels and information on some of the items themselves, the wood types represented in this album include myrtle, California redwood, yew, Port Orford cedar, poplar, Sitka spruce, and Pacific coast hemlock. The pieces of wood used for these objects are extremely thin, rendering the objects themselves quite fragile. The fact that so many of these have survived in such wonderful condition is quite remarkable.
There is no further information about the individual or company who assembled this collection or printed these objects. Most likely this was a salesman's sample-type album or used within the printing company as a reference of sorts for the types of objects and printing that were possible.
A one-of-a-kind object.
Book ID: 51309