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Philadelphia distributors' paper sample books


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Overview and metadata sections

The Philadelphia distributors' paper sample books collection consists of forty-two sample books likely produced between 1900 and 1960. The collection contains samples ranging from paper covers to typewriter, blotting, and gummed papers. Each book typically contains papers in multiple colors, weights, and finishes. While the manufacturers are located in New England and the Midwest, the distributors (when identified) are all based in Philadelphia. One of the manufacturing companies is the American Writing Paper Company, which became the largest producer of fine papers in the world during its peak output. The Thomas W. Price Company is the most common distributor.

Paper sample books are arranged alphabetically by manufacturer, and then alphabetically by title when the manufacturer is not identified.

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center carton

Purchase, 1987

Processed and encoded by Kristen Nassif, October, 2019.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2019 October 15
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

A. M. Collins Manufacturing Co.--"Zephyr Mechanical Binding Cover".
Box 1 Folder 1
Allied Paper Mills--"Colorcraft, A Colorful Book Paper".
Box 1 Folder 2
American Writing Paper Company--"Eagle-A Acceptance Bond".
Box 1 Folder 3
American Writing Paper Company--"Eagle-A l'Aiglon".
Box 1 Folder 4
American Writing Paper Company--"Balanced Color Schemes & Eagle-A Herculean Cover".
Box 1 Folder 5
American Writing Paper Company--"Linen Surface Herculean Covers".
Box 1 Folder 6
Beckett Paper Company--"Beckett Cover".
Box 1 Folder 7
Beckett Paper Company--"Beckett Cover Sample Book & Color Suggestions".
Box 1 Folder 8
Champion Coated Paper Company--"Reference Portfolio, 'Post Card' Bristol".
Box 1 Folder 9
Crocker Manufacturing Co.--"Kimona Covers".
Box 1 Folder 10
Curtis Paper Company--"Stoneridge".
Box 1 Folder 11
Curtis Paper Company--"Tweedweave".
Box 1 Folder 12
Dennison Manufacturing Company--"Dennison's Air Conditioned Gummed Papers".
Box 1 Folder 13
District of Columbia Paper Manufacturing Company--"Executive Blotting".
Box 1 Folder 14
District of Columbia Paper Manufacturing Company--"Official Blotting".
Box 1 Folder 15
District of Columbia Paper Manufacturing Company--"Flora Blotting Plain Finish".
Box 1 Folder 16
Keith Paper Company--"Half Tone Writing Papers".
Box 1 Folder 17
Keith Paper Company--"Onyx and Repoussé Bristols" and "Repoussé Onyx Bond".
Box 1 Folder 18
Kimberly-Clark Corporation--"Wisconsin Tribal Cover".
Box 1 Folder 19
McLaurin-Jones Company--"McLaurin-Jones Gummed Papers, Guaranteed Flat".
Box 1 Folder 20
Oakland Paper Co.--"Herculean Antique Covers".
Box 1 Folder 21
Parsons Paper Company--"Samples of Parsons Tinted Writing Papers".
Box 1 Folder 22
Plastic Coating Corporation--"Frostel Covers".
Box 1 Folder 23
Raymond & McNutt Company--"Emissary Text Strathmore".
Box 1 Folder 24
Wabash Paper Co.--"Samples of Extra Fine Flat Papers".
Box 1 Folder 25
"Buckeye Covers".
Box 1 Folder 26
"Federal Text Wove".
Box 1 Folder 27
"Onyx Parchment, Announcements" and "Favrille Parchment, Announcements".
Box 1 Folder 28
"Paradox Cover Papers".
Box 1 Folder 29
"Peerless Blotting Paper".
Box 1 Folder 30
"Perfection Parchment Covers".
Box 1 Folder 31
"Samples, Celebrated 'Crescent' Blotting".
Box 1 Folder 32
"Samples, Celebrated 'English Cloth' Blotting".
Box 1 Folder 33
"Samples of Franklin Mills Tub-Sized Colored Laid Writing Paper".
Box 1 Folder 34
"Samples, No. 1 White Label and Lithographic Papers & Eagle Brand White and Tinted Coated Book".
Box 1 Folder 35
"Samples of Typewriter Papers".
Box 1 Folder 36
"Samples, Warsaw Colored Writing Papers".
Box 1 Folder 37
"Samurai Covers".
Box 1 Folder 38
"Sterling Deckle Edge Paper".
Box 1 Folder 39
"Sterling Japanese Parchment".
Box 1 Folder 40

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