Sunday, August 12, 2007

Unusual Bookplates

The Stanley Bradshaw bookplate is printed on cotton.I have no idea why fabric was used and have never seen any other fabric bookplates. Mr. Bradshaw, if you are alive and well I would love to hear from you.

After listing 20 bookplates on Ebay today I am weary so let me begin this brief posting by explaining what I hope to accomplish . Several weeks back I did a piece on bookplates from firehouses . That got me to thinking about other unusual places that use bookplates.I will be listing them over the next few days and adding more details about the two images below.Your scans for possible inclusion are most welcome. Send them to
In 1901 The Alton Road (railroad) hired J.W.Spenceley to engrave the bookplate shown above.
In writing about this subject in the Journal Of Library History (vol15,No.4) Phillip Metzger mentions that During the 1850's and 1860's , railroads began heavy competition for first class passengers and that the development of the "vestibule" or flexible covered connection between cars made it safe for passengers to move about the train. Railroads began attaching parlor cars to their crack trains and the parlor car shortly thereafter became the " library -buffet smoker car".
"The Chicago and Alton(C&A) traced it's roots back to 1846, eventually developing a triangular route between Chicago, St . Louis, and Kansas City.The C& A also carried President Lincoln's body on the final leg of it's journey to Springfield. In 1900 The Alton Limited was probably the premier train of the ten or eleven the C&A ran daily, leaving Chicago every morning at 11 A.M. and arriving in St. Louis at 4:30 P.M."
M.C. D. Borden hired E.D. French to engrave the bookplate shown above for his yacht.

Click on the link above to see the bookplates I have listed on Ebay.

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