Trade catalogs and pamphlets

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This digital collection contains a selection from Hagley Library's collection of trade catalogs and pamphlets. The materials date from 1783 to 1988 and vary in size. The trade catalogs contain lists, often illustrated, of items sold by an assortment of manufacturers, mostly American. The pamphlets largely consist of promotional materials, although other subjects are included. A comprehensive view of Hagley's trade catalogs and pamphlets can be found by searching our online catalog.

    Image: Cover of 1977 catalog for Dinky Die Cast Toys. Click to view.

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Lettre a M. le comte Charles de Scheffer : Paris, 20 août 1773
The letter is a critique of Jean Louis de Lolme's Constitution de l'Angleterre, 1771.
Patrie, république et "country" d'après Samuel Du Pont de Nemours et Peter Stephen Duponceau
Contains a communication from Du Pont de Nemours read at a meeting of the American Philosophical Society, October 6, 1815, and the report of Du Ponceau.
Design formt den alltag
Exhibit catalog.
Catalogue illustré : l'année 1930
Catalog offers several models of manual and electric sewing machines and related spare parts, including needles (for sewing, phonographs, and medicine), as well as bicycles. Depicts scenes of people at work in a factory setting, presumably in Podolsk, and a sample of decorative needlework. Ends with 2-page price list for sales and shipment of sewing machines, tables, and bicycles.
Album des célébrités contemporaines
An art nouveau promotional album for the biscuit company on the occasion of the awarding of a grand prize at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, the first to a French biscuit company. Each page is of heavy gray art paper with art nouveau designs in color and gilt. Part of the designs form strips or flaps to hold 59 embossed cards in colors and gilt, three or four per page. The cards depict famous French actors, actresses, artists, composers, aviators, and other prominent people such as Sarah Bernhardt, Bartholdi, Cléo de Merode, Anatole France, Yvette Guilbert, Massenet, Otéro and Sardou. They include a small photographic portrait, autograph, sentiments and an illustration relevant to the personage.
Les éponges : a l'Exposition Universelle de 1900
Description of the process of selecting, cleaning (by women workers), sorting, and selling sponges from the importer of sponges from the Ottoman and Greek Archipelago. Cover half-tone shows Laloux's Sponge Exhibit.--bookseller notes.
Automat Restaurants : Patent Sielaff
Includes photographs of the interiors of the New York City Horn & Hardart restaurant (p. 38-39) and the Philadelphia Horn & Hardart restaurant (p. 40-42). The names are not listed for these restaurants in the publication, but they are identified by given addresses.
Frederick Snare Corporation: Contracting Engineers
Contains photographs of construction projects completed by the Frederick Snare Corporation which includes construction work in New York City, Philadelphia, and Cuba.
Le Pavillon Philips à l'Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles 1958
On cover: 'Tire à part de la Revue technique Philips, tome 20, no. 1, pages 1-40 et no. 2/3, pages 41-54, 1958/59.'