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This Retail Price List advertises:-
Pure Silk-Woven Book-Markers' in 400 varieties containing Religious
Subjects, Hymns, Scriptural Texts, Verses on the Affections, Birthdays, Christmas, New Year &c., from
Byron, Burns, Moore, Tennyson, Hood, Eliza Cook, George Eliot, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Cowper,
Also Good Templars, Teetotallers' and Hebrew Markers.
Contractors (by appointment) to H.M. Royal Navy for the supply of Gold Wire Woven Hat Ribbons,
Gold and Silver Lace, for Army, Navy, Police, Railway and other Uniforms.
Manufacturer of Silk-Centred Valentines, Christmas Cards, Scent Packets, &c,; also Mechanical Cards
and Copyright Fans.
Ancient Order of Foresters' and Odd Fellows' Emblamatical Sashes.
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This letter was written by Thomas Stevens (or his secretary) to the Brighton Aquarium to solicit space for exhibiting one
of his looms. Exhibiting in such places was very popular in the 19th. century as a means of advertising.
In fact Stevengraphs were first introduced at the York Exhibition which opened on 7th.May 1879 although
Stevens Book-Markers were available as early as 1862. Geoffrey Godden writes that 9 designs were
registered at the Patent Office by 30th. May 1862.
October 12th. 1877
To Secretary Brighton Aquarium
Do your Directors let out spaces
in your Aquarium building for exhibition.
Perhaps you have seen one of my looms
work at the Crystal or Alexandra Palace,
making illuminated silk goods of various
descriptions, see specimens enclosed which
you need not return. Wherever these
looms are exhibited, they are a very great
attraction. We sell the goods by the side
of the loom; should you be open for any-
thing of the sort, I should be glad to
hear from you.
ppro T Stevens
This brochure was produced by Henry T. Williams of 46 Beekman Street, New York and was for the sale
of Silk Book-Marks or "Textilographs" as they called them. They were sold in 4 catagories for $.50cents,
$.75cents or $1.00 each with discounts offered for 1 dozen or more.
The brochure also advertises "Agents Wanted" in all parts of the country.
This envelope was given at the Newcastle Exhibition in England on September 14th. 1887. It was
purchased from the Geoffrey Godden Collection in 1999 and was probably circa 1886 onwards. (See
plate 4, page 23 of Godden's Book - Note post 1880 trade-mark, Paternoster Row address and twelve
Thomas Stevens Geneology
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item of related history.
- Malcolm J Roebuck,
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