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1899-1945 National Biscuit Company Business Archive (269)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,057.50
National Biscuit Company business archive, spanning the years 1899 through the late 1940s, is comprised of various company documents, recipe books, salesman's price books, annual reports, and luncheon/dinner programs. This extremely substantial collection includes many extremely rare, significant, and unique items from the company archives and is comprised of the following: 1) Two bound volumes of the N.B.C. annual reports spanning the years 1899-1936. The first volume contains the reports from 1899 (the first annual report in company history) through 1917, while the second volume contains the reports from 1917 through 1936. Also included are individual, unbound, company reports for the years 1899 (2), 1900-1908, 1910, 1911, 1923, and 1948. 2) Three early company recipe books. Many of the recipes in two of the books bear dates ranging between 1897 and 1899, while most of the recipes in the third book bear dates ranging from 1938 to 1941. Included in these books are the list of ingredients (albeit in industrial size measurements) and directions for baking many of the company's well-known treats including Oreo Sandwich Cookies. 3) Eighty-three salesman's price books for bakery items. Nearly all of the price books are from the National Biscuit Company or from companies that were later purchased by N.B.C. The earliest price book dates to 1894 and was issued by the Dozier Bakery, while the latest, issued by N.B.C., dates to 1949. The earliest N.B.C. price book dates to 1899. The vast majority of the books date between the years 1900 and 1930. Almost all different but several duplicates are included. 4) 1901 leather-bound salesman's testimonial booklet featuring the printed testimonials of hundreds of merchants in praise of the company's new "Inner Seal" patent package. 5) Collection of nine N.B.C. luncheon/dinner banquet programs and/or menus. Two leather-bound programs (each in its individual slipcase) are from the reception given by N.B.C. in celebration of the completion of its new bakery on September 9, 1911, in Kansas City, Missouri. They are accompanied by two elaborately decorated menus for the reception, created by Tiffany & Co., one of which includes the original Tiffany presentation box. Three other programs (one of which is leather bound) are from the reception given by N.B.C. in celebration of the completion of its new bakery on February 20, 1904. They are accompanied by an elaborately decorated menu from the luncheon. The final item is a program from an April 12, 1917, dinner given by N.B.C. for its factory managers held at Delmonico's in New York City. 6) Collection of seventeen items (documents, booklets, programs, etc.) relating to the "In-er-Seal Association, an internal N.B.C. businessman's club. All of the items date between the years 1903 and 1916. 7) Album of approximately fifty various N.B.C. company documents spanning the years 1898 through 1947, including letters, numerous invoices, order forms, and eight stock certificates. 8) Album relating to Zu Zu Ginger Snaps comprised of twenty-three items that originate from the company's legal department, with most of the correspondence dealing with issues regarding trademark infringement on the "Zu Zu" brand name. Included are a number of product labels, proof sheets, and "Zu Zu" product labels produced by other companies. 9) Album containing proposed designs for the company's "Inner-Seal" trademark logo. Sixty-six various individual designs are included in the album, some of which incorporate aspects of the current trademark and many of which do not. Obviously, none of these designs ever made it off the drawing table, but it is interesting to see what "might have been." All of the items offered here are in overall Very Good to Excellent condition, with a few in slightly lesser condition. This is an extraordinary collection which would be impossible to duplicate. Total: 269 various items. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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