ALBUM OF PRINTING SAMPLES FROM "THE AMATEUR PRINTING COMPANY," CREATED BY WILLIAM A. KNEELAND BETWEEN 1897-1903.

[Roxbury, MA: 1897-1903]. A group of over 120 samples from Kneeland's press, which he began at the age of thirteen, tipped into a cloth album, 8 x 6 1/2 in., a trademark "Mark Twain Scrapbook," olive green with a decorative embossed front cover printed in red, green and brown. A yellow paper label has been laid down on the front cover, with a faded and scuffed pencilled title: "Amateur Job P[ub.]" [etc.]. Also included is a printed copy of his business card, 2 x 3 1/2 in., on stiff card stock, advertising a range of printing services: "Job Work A Specialty! Neat! Prompt! Cheap! Cards, circulars, bill-heads, envelopes, notices, etc. well and carefully done." Kneeland's card also notes that he produced a small newspaper, the "Amateur, a bright story-paper," available for only $.03. Laid in is a hand written note recording his purchase of a "foot-power press and outfit" for $30, bought from Charles Craione in 1898. His "second series" of samples is done on this new press.
Each of the printed samples in the scrapbook is annotated in pencil, usually giving the job number, number of copies printed, price paid, and customer's name. Kneeland produced circulars, business cards, bill-heads, announcements, advertisements, etc. Many were done for his father, Martin Dwelle Kneeland, a minister and secretary of the New England Sabbath Protective League, and his mother Sarah and her Ladies' Missionary Society. Several jobs were for the Boston Latin School where he was a student. Several others were for local businesses, house painters, corset makers, optical companies, a catalog for the "Star Novelty Company, Dealers in Tricks, Novelties, etc." in Roxbury, among others. Item #62271

Kneeland graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1900, and was, appropriately enough, awarded the Franklin medal, established by Benjamin Franklin to recognize outstanding pupils. Franklin himself was a student at the school, but left at the age of 10 to join his brother in the printing business. Kneeland continued to operate his small printing business until the year before he graduated from Dartmouth in 1904. He later became a lawyer and an instructor at the Boston University School of Law.

Price: $2,250.00

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