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Architectural Retail Catalog Collection

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    Color illustration of A. W. Faber merchandise (Superior Steel Pens and Inks In Small Bottles).

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    Illustration, description, specifications of Homestead Woodfire No. 011.

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    Illustration: children fireside.

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    Appareils d'éclairage et accessoires en porcelain (Lighting and porcelain accessories)

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    Black and white illustration of a bedroom's window treatments.

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    Pamphlet of the bridges built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co.- Page 18

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    Color chips representative of A. W. Faber's various Wax Crayons or Creta Laevis Pencils .

The UH Libraries’ Architectural Retail Catalog Collection is comprised of a diverse array of historic retail brochures, pamphlets and catalogs from the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library’s Rare Books Room. The collection spans 45 years, from a Jap-A-Lac Varnish pamphlet published by Glidden in 1890, to a 1935 Homestead Fires catalog of “truly appropriate fireplace heaters.” In addition to these, the collection also features various other paint and varnish pamphlets as well as brochures from companies dealing in plumbing fixtures, fireplace heaters, lace curtains, cedar shingles, furniture and more. Beyond product illustration, the images herein capture descriptive text, specifications and price lists. The collection includes: Jap-A-Lac, The Home Beautifier (1890), A.W. Faber's Price-List of Superior Lead and Colored Pencils: Writing and Copying Inks, Slate Manufactures, Rulers, Penholders and Erasive Rubber (1897), three volumes from Red Cedar Shingles (1910-1912), How to Paint, from Sears, Roebuck & Co. (unknown), Slumber Davenports (1911), Sectional Come-Pakt Furniture (1912),  Modern Plumbing #10 from J. L. Mott Iron Works (1921), Scranton Laces’ New Outlooks for Every Home (1923), Peerless Built-In Furniture (1926), Architectural Varnish List from C. Schrack & Co. (ca1930) and Homestead Fires “Truly Appropriate Fireplace Heaters” (1935).

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