Lippincott & Company.
Catalogue of apparatus for making and dispensing soda water, mineral waters,
summer beverages, etc. Philadelphia: Lippincott & Co., . 8vo (24.3
cm, 9.55"). 212 pp.; 2 fold. plts., 8 double plts., illus.
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parade of shrines to soda, on tempting display in all
their glory: Fully illustrated catalogue of the most desirably lavish soda fountains,
crafted of marble, onyx, mirrors, gilt, crystal, etc. and with names like “The
Nereid,” “El Capitan,” “The Oriental,” “The
Southern Queen,” “The Minnehaha,” etc. — as well as
a good number of more utilitarian examples. Even the less ornate structures,
such as ”The Century” (“a neat and attractive design for a
limited space . . . specially commended to those who wish a showy apparatus
for a small outlay” (p. 84) feature such decorative touches as “a
large deer's head in silver or bronze.” Lippincott was an early and successful
manufacturer of soda fountains; the company's various models were once fixtures
of drugstores and other shops throughout the country in addition to beinga
highlight of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.
Undated, the volume includes testimonials from 1887; but as James Patterson's
name is included in the list of partners, it was likely printed prior to Patterson's
establishment of his own company in 1888.
This uncommon trade catalogue is illustrated with two oversized, folding
plates; eight double-sided, metal-engraved plates done by L.E. Faber, A.H.
Markley, F. Faust, and others; numerous full-page engravings depicting every
model listed as well as ice shavers, tumblers, generators, bottling machines,
and other useful items; and six full-page half-tone photographic reproductions
of real set-ups. Altogether, these illustrations are marvelously evocative
of a vanished era of drugstore elegance — and, trendiness.
Publisher's blind-stamped brown cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped
title; corners and spine extremities a bit rubbed, spine mildly sunned. Front
endpapers, title-page, and last few leaves foxed; one plate with outer edges
a bit ragged and with short tear from lower margin, not extending into image.
Occasional minor smudges and spots of staining, pages and plates generally
simply delightful “Americanum.” (28555)
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