Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Antique Letter Copying Book

We found this amazing book. It is filled with a hundred or so copied letters from 1912 to 1914. The book is a Bed Rock Letter Copying Book. The letters are copied onto translucent paper using a wet oil cloth and a book press.  The interesting thing is, that the side you read is on the opposite side of the paper from the ink.
These are the instructions from the inside of the front cover. Click on the image to get a larger, easier to read image.
The book opened up like this shows the readable copy on the left and the "backwards" copy on the right. Click on the image to get a larger, easier to read image.
The letters themselves are interesting. These are typically purchase orders being placed by the Summerville Drug Company, Summerville, Georgia. As you can see, some of the copies took better than others.



We are selling these sheets individually ($4.50 per sheet for copied letters and $1.00 per sheet for blanks). All of the pages are numbered. Artists, scrapbookers and other paper enthusiasts love these.

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