Digital Commonwealth

Trade Catalog Collection

Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation

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A collection of tool, manufacturing equipment, building material, musical instrument, and other catalogs dating from the late-19th century to the mid-20th century. These catalogs shed light on the industrial revolution at its peak. Many catalogs depict manufacturing facilities and are well illustrated with diagrams of the equipment and material offered. The building material catalogs provide an excellent reference resource for historic building restorations. Others can be helpful in establishing dates of manufacture, specifications, original cost, and so on.

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