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JAMES SANITARY BARN EQUIPMENT: Catalog Twelve

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JAMES SANITARY BARN EQUIPMENT: Catalog Twelve

100.00

A gorgeous, early 20th century chromolithograph-illustrated trade catalog advertising the dairy production equipment of the James Manufacturing Co. of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin. With dozens of full-page and vignette product illustrations about the dense and technical text on the firm and its offerings. The company is still in existence today, operating in the U.S. and Canada. From a brief historical statement on its website:


"In 1903 in a small blacksmith shop on a dairy farm in Wales Wisconsin, William James built an adjustable cow stall featuring a rotating stanchion. The stanchion allowed the cow to turn her head and also aligned her with the manure gutter for greater sanitation. The president of Kent Manufacturing in Fort Atkinson recognized the value of this invention and quickly invited Mr. James to join his firm. In 1906 W. D. James moved to Fort Atkinson, a city he described as the "center of the dairy world."


The stanchion was a great success and Kent's sales increased nearly 30% every year. Soon their small plant on South Water Street took up the entire block where the Fort Atkinson Fire and Police Departments are today. In 1912 the company changed its name to the James Manufacturing Company and the "James Way" slogan became synonymous with quality farm equipment."

A contemporary pocket catalog by the same firm is held by the State Library of Pennsylvania, otherwise we note no holdings of James' catalogs, nor examples in commerce (as of October 2018). Scarce, thus, and a beautiful, meaningful publication of American farm progress and innovation. 

[Trade Catalogs] : [Dairy]. JAMES SANITARY BARN EQUIPMENT: Catalog Twelve [Cover Title - Illustrated Trade Catalog]. Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin: James Manufacturing Co., (1913). Oblong 4to. 69pp. Card wraps. Stapled and with a blue ink-colored relief title design to front. Illustrated throughout in chromolithographs, many full page. Some discolor, edgewear to wraps. Interior with faint section of dampstain to lower page edges (becoming nearly indiscernible toward end of volume). Overall about very good.

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A gorgeous, early 20th century chromolithograph-illustrated trade catalog advertising the dairy production equipment of the James Manufacturing Co. of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin. With dozens of full-page and vignette product illustrations about the dense and technical text on the firm and its offerings. The company is still in existence today, operating in the U.S. and Canada. From a brief historical statement on its website:


"In 1903 in a small blacksmith shop on a dairy farm in Wales Wisconsin, William James built an adjustable cow stall featuring a rotating stanchion. The stanchion allowed the cow to turn her head and also aligned her with the manure gutter for greater sanitation. The president of Kent Manufacturing in Fort Atkinson recognized the value of this invention and quickly invited Mr. James to join his firm. In 1906 W. D. James moved to Fort Atkinson, a city he described as the "center of the dairy world."


The stanchion was a great success and Kent's sales increased nearly 30% every year. Soon their small plant on South Water Street took up the entire block where the Fort Atkinson Fire and Police Departments are today. In 1912 the company changed its name to the James Manufacturing Company and the "James Way" slogan became synonymous with quality farm equipment."

A contemporary pocket catalog by the same firm is held by the State Library of Pennsylvania, otherwise we note no holdings of James' catalogs, nor examples in commerce (as of October 2018). Scarce, thus, and a beautiful, meaningful publication of American farm progress and innovation. 

[Trade Catalogs] : [Dairy]. JAMES SANITARY BARN EQUIPMENT: Catalog Twelve [Cover Title - Illustrated Trade Catalog]. Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin: James Manufacturing Co., (1913). Oblong 4to. 69pp. Card wraps. Stapled and with a blue ink-colored relief title design to front. Illustrated throughout in chromolithographs, many full page. Some discolor, edgewear to wraps. Interior with faint section of dampstain to lower page edges (becoming nearly indiscernible toward end of volume). Overall about very good.