Union Cases: A Collector's Guide to the Art of America's First Plastics
Cliford and Michelle Krainik with Carl Walvoord

Union Cases: A Collector's Guide to the Art of America's First Plastics

Grantsburg, WI: Centennial Photo Service, 1988. As new in dust jacket. Oblong oversized hardcover. vii+ 232 pp. with index. 773 photographic images of union cases plus reproductions of various patent office diagrams. Price guide in envelope at rear.The classic, definitive, invaluabe guide to "Union cases", the specially designed holders produced to house Daguerreotypes. These first generally available photographs were fragile and required special attention so to protect the surfaces of these, they were placed in laboriously hand-made wooden and leather cases. The process was, slow, exacting and expensive, however, in 1853 two enterprising New Englanders devised a revolutionary method for mass producing molded plastic cases. In the two decades from the early 1850s to the end of the 1860s, thousands of cases were produced, featuring designs refleting Victorian sentiment, patriotic zeal, religious devotion, works of art, statues, prints, etc. This book illustrates to actual size every known case design. As New Hardcover 9780931838125 (Item ID: E22480)

$115.00

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