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W.N. Sharpe Ltd
In memoriam cards : Sharpe's "Classic" British manufacture.
[Bradford, England] : [W.N. Sharpe], [1936?]
Physical Description:
1 volume ([28] pages) : cards ; 32 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GT3390.S4 I5 1936+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Title from front cover. Bound in black cloth, stamped in silver.
The sample book (or catalog) includes 44 memorial cards and a smaller number of envelopes, manufactured for W.N. Sharpe Ltd. of Bradford, England. Most of the cards are of conventional size (8 x 12 cm), printed in black and silver. A small number of larger cards (18 x 12 cm) are also present. Each card bears example text noting a person's death (apparently fictitious), with mourning verse and imagery. The example dates of death are primarily 1833. One card at front is dated November 14th, 1936. The cards are pasted to gray leaves of the album. Printed on the leaves are stock numbers and prices for each item (in quantities from 12 to 100).
On the front pastedown are 40 verses and text. A note at bottom says: "Any of the above verses or texts may be had on any card, but not more than 8 lines of verse can be given at prices quoted for card. For special verses and texts see directions."
Directions, on page [1], include varied guidance: "... Special verses or texts may be had if required at the following extra charges ... Proofs, if required, are charged extra ... Envelopes are included in prices throughout this book. Where sample envelope is not shewn, plain black bordered envelopes will be supplied ..." Samples of black bordered envelopes are affixed to the rear pastedown.
Subject Terms:
Mourning customs -- Great Britain.
Stationery -- Great Britain.
Stationery trade -- Great Britain.
W.N. Sharpe Ltd. -- Catalogs.
Memorial cards.
Memorial works.
Mourning borders (Publishing)
Sample books.
Trade catalogs.

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