Portland, OR. Marshall-Wells Co., No date. Ca. 1908.
Illustrated throughout in black and white and color, paging is not sequential but book is 5 1/2 inches thick, indexes, 12 x 11 inches, bound in a manufacturer-issued expandable binder (cloth covered boards with leather corners and spine) now missing front cover, part of spine missing, very worn and soiled, first page stained and missing lower right 1/4, first five pages with creasing and chipping to edges. Dampstaining affecting lower edge of some pages. Many of the paint samples have been removed, all but one of the sheets of sample wrapping paper have been torn out, occasional soiling, tears and paper loss to interior pages (see further description below), but in general the interior is still very tight and in good condition. Because it has been assembled from individual catalog sections the paging is not sequential eg. jumps from 2942 at end of cutlery department to 2999 at beginning of Sporting Goods, one side of one page is 2193 and the other side 2198. This is a compendium of Marshall-Wells catalogues gathered in an expandable binder for use in a store. The following sections are included, each with index: Saddlery hardware; Saddles, Collars, Harness; Fishing Tackle and Bicycle Goods; Sporting Goods Department; Cutlery Department; Mine, R.R. and Mill Supplies; Stove Department; House Furnishings; Paint Department; Farming and Logging Tools; Tools and Heavy Hardware; Builders' Hardware. It starts with page 129 of the Builders' Hardware section. This section is very similar to another individually bound copy of this section I have examined which is dated 1906; however this store copy seems to be an enlarged version with pages 279-1 to 279-11 inserted, whereas the single bound copy does not have these extra pages. Some of the multitude of different items illustrated and priced are trunks, horse blanket labels (5 pages in color of which 1/3 of one page is missing), all kinds of equipment for horses including boots, bridles and many many pages of harnesses, saddles (including ladies' side saddle and ladies' Australian astride saddles), bicycles, fishing equipment including baits etc (one of two color pages of wooden minnows is 2/3 torn out), 5 color pages of hammocks, row boats and canoes, croquet sets, 12 pages of baseball equipment, baby carriages, sleds (2 pages in color, one with long tear and paper loss at top left corner and in price area), skates, guns, revolvers and other shooting equipment including Remington and Winchester, office supplies, watches, harmonicas, toy banks, clocks (including cuckoo clocks and mission clocks and two color pages of Sessions mantle clocks), silverware, cut glass, cutlery, some very elaborate Art Nouveau design coal stoves, cooking stoves, iron bedsteads, spittoons, bird cages, wagons and buggies, logging tools, axes (18 color pages), tile roofing, ornamental steel ceilings, store cabinets and counters, electric light and gas fixtures, Santa Claus electric lighting, door and cabinet hardware. Price list dated 4-24-08 inserted. Despite careless maintenance of catalogue, an invaluable listing of early twentieth century consumer goods. Item #38298