Rome (N.Y.): [circa 1908].
Ten trade catalogues. Items mostly uniform in size (~ 19 x 12.5 cm.), though page count does vary (from 14 to 155). Each catalogue contains an index. Each catalogue is illustrated and most include select full-color images. Including the Erie Can Company’s, there are four general catalogues that cover a broad range of products; three catalogues are specific to syrup cans; and the remainder feature one specific type of product or another. ~ Incorporated in 1901, the American Can Company was a member of the “Tin Can Trust” that controlled a large percentage of the tin market. In 1913 the U.S. Government sued the company on the grounds of monopoly. The individual catalogues: 1. American Can Company. American Steel Lead Kegs. New York: American Can Company, circa 1908. 24 pages. Steel kegs for lead manufacturers and lead users; features product descriptions for five unique kegs and over 25 testimonials from consumers across the country. Illustrated cover. Cream wrappers with black/red text, bound with red ribbon and staple. Slight discoloration and creasing, otherwise very good; 2. Tin, Galvanized and Japanned Ware; Catalogue No. 16. No date. 147 pages plus index. Features Canco trademarked products, also manufactured by American Can Company. In total over 275 unique products featured. Gray wrappers with embossed type. Rounded edges. Slight bumping to spine, otherwise fine condition; 3. Tin, Galvanized and Japanned Ware; Catalogue No. 17. No date. 155 pages plus index, interleaved with graph paper. Very nearly same content as #16, but this edition is interleaved with graph paper presumably for consumers to mark their notes. Bound in black vinyl with gold print. Rounded edges. “E. Hoffman” printed on the cover. Edges of cover chipping, but text is in fine condition; 4. Tin, Galvanized and Japanned Ware; Catalogue No. 18. No date. 123 pages interleaved with graph paper. Same as #17, with variations in featured products. Bound in blue vinyl, cover has white paint stain and printed name is scratched out. Otherwise very good; 5. Druggists’ Tinware; Catalogue No. 21. No date. 98 pages. Illustrated throughout with select full-color images. Has ninety-nine unique products for druggists: arnica salve boxes, cosmoline cans, insect powder guns, tooth powder boxes, herb cans, and more. Gray wrappers with green and gray text, company name embossed on front cover and monogram embossed on back. Some pencil marks and slight discoloration on wrappers, text in fine condition; 6. American Can Company. Syrup Cans; Catalogue 43. No date.15 pages. Illustrated throughout. Indexed catalogue of cans for syrups. Features twelve unique cans in variety of sizes and shapes. Light gray wrapper with red and black print. Interior text has some water staining; 7. American Can Company. Syrup Cans; Catalogue 45. No date.14 pages. Almost identical to #43 in form, condition, and content. Illustrations vary just slightly and this catalogue does not feature the “‘Chelco’” Metal Swing Seal”, thus features just eleven products; 8. Syrup Cans; Catalogue 47. No date. 14 pages. Same as #45; 9. Seamless and Pieced Boxes, Hinged, Slip and Sliding Covers; Catalogue No. 56. No date.37 pages. Thirty-eight seamless and pieced boxes in oblong, square, and miscellaneous shapes with slip, hinge, or sliding covers. Also highlights location of manufacturer: Brooklyn, Richmond, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis. Gray wrappers with green and black text, pencil marks on back cover; water stains throughout; 10. Erie Can Company. Illustrated Catalogue, Sheet Metal Specialties including Tea, Coffee and Spice Cabinets, Cans and Caddies and Sample Room Goods, Etc. Chicago: Erie Can Company, no date. 27 pages. Features thirty-three unique products from painters pots and brush safes to display cabinets and coffee caddies. In cream wrappers with some discoloration and slight edge chipping. Text slightly discolored by staple binding. As a collection, overall condition is very good.