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January 2008 Newsletter, Happy New Year!
Email: Abby@cornellpubs.com (please don't "return" this newsletter to the unmonitored mailbox)
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Binding and Printing Books-Exchanges:
Over the last five years I have gone through many changes in my production materials and methods, but none so dramatic as my methods of binding and the materials used. When I started, I printed covers using an inkjet printer. The inkjet covers looked very nice but are subject to bleeding when exposed to moisture. Then I bound the books by stapling the side and wrapping the edge with tape. The taped books looked pretty good when I sent them out but I have noticed that some of my old stock (which I no longer send out) has the tape coming off. I solved the moisture problem by buying a large Hewlett Packard color laser printer. Works great and is pretty resistant to damp.
The tape binding was next. Early last year I started using a tape binder that cost almost an entire year's profit. Although binding seemed to work pretty well with that machine, I experienced some tape failures on large books where pages fell out. So later last year I bought a bigger even more expensive machine that used a different thermal adhesion process. Finally, this latest machine is the answer!
Today I use two large thermal binders with adhesive linen tape in various colors. I sold the first machine I had. I can even print gilt lettering on the spines of some larger books. The tape is pretty permanent and I have experienced no failures. The point to all this "back office" stuff is to invite you to trade-in, so to speak, copies of my reprints you may have that are experiencing binding failure, or in the case of the early inkjet printed covers, moisture damage. If your reprint from me is defective in the manner I described, just send me the cover and I'll replace the book... for free. Please remember to include your name and address, otherwise I'll get a bunch of annoying emails saying, "I sent you my book two weeks ago and I still don't have the replacement you promised. Is this some sort of scam...?"
Telephone Calls from the Wilds:
Every day I get weird phone calls. One came from the excited fellow who thought he had his children's tuition wrapped up in a "beautiful old LeFever"... made by Eibar in Spain! Then an indignant young lady demanded to know how much grandad's old shotgun is worth... "Well, Miss, who made it?", said I. "How should I know?", she replied impatiently, "I only want to know what it's worth!"
You would be amazed by the number of old guns left to petulant youngsters who only want the value. Few of these kids have even the vaguest idea about the gun. One lady told me she was afraid to touch "it" for fear "it" would go off. After confirming "it" was an unimportant belly gun I suggested she take "it" to the police for disposal, "But don't walk into the station waving it about", I emphasized.
A guy called the other day who said he had Grampa's revolver, actually, "gun", we worked out that it was a revolver later. He was looking at a picture of an Iver Johnson on my website and demanded to know "what size bullets fit in it?" I asked what model it was and the best we could do was confirm that it was "like the one on the internet." Sigh. He said he had bought some bullets (.22s I found out) but they "just drop down into the barrel" and "the 9mm ones won't go into the barrel, so what size is it", he repeated? I told him to take it to a gun shop or the police station and they would help him. He said OK. Sigh. I hope he doesn't hurt himself or someone else.
FBI Needs Help:
I got a call the other day from the FBI. They are assisting a police investigation into a crime committed with an old top break .38 Forehand and Wadsworth revolver. Apparently if the gun was made before 1898 it is not considered a gun and the charges will be lowered. They have the serial number and need help finding the date. Does anyone know if there are any Forehand records available? I do know that Hopkins and Allen bought Forehand Arms Co in 1902 but continued to make guns marked Forehand Arms for a while after, just with Norwich stamped on the barrell instead of Worcester. The FBI is asking the police to look at the gun to see where it was made and for the serial number.
Cross Index Redux:
I've had several calls asking about my cross index system... what and how, that sort of thing, so I think I better revisit that neat device. A good number of makers are now cross indexed on the website. Company catalogs are listed on the left and on the right in a yellow box are the catalogs of mass merchandisers who sold the make of guns featured on the page. So, let's say you are looking for a 1904 Savage catalog but we have only a Savage 1903. Well, on the right hand side you will see that Abercrombie and Fitch 1904 carried Savage guns. Buy that and see the 1904 Savage Guns. Using the cross index will give you a pretty good idea of when certain models were made. Also, don't forget to use the Google search engine to search the Cornell Pubs site. Try using just one or two words. You can always add more words if you get too many results.
Fox Hunting- Should this be stopped? (Thanks to Jim Buchanan)
I can take Credit Cards by phone now :-) Abby
New Books and Special thanks (see the bottom of this letter for the complete alpha list without accompanying text):
Ron Trame sent us photocopies of the Stevens c1908 Shotguns Catalog and the Stevens No 11 c1913 Catalog. I wish the Stevens people had been more consistent assigning numbers to their catalogs. They make no sense to me and vary each year.
Bill Hoffman sent me his semi-annual box of goodies this month and they included Expert Fox Trapping by EJ Dailey from around 1939. If you are going to trap a fox, this is the bible. Then to make that fox stole you need a Practical Home Tanning 1945 Guide. Bill sent the Redfield Sights 1971 Catalog and he was also the source of the Abercrombie & Fitch Firearms & Sports 1904 Catalog and the rare Lever Bolt Rifles c1931-2 (Newton offspring) catalog.
Vic Benson of the Freedom Gun Shoppe in New Milford, Conn. found this Ideal- Krag Reloading Manual 1904 for me. Vic is a Class 1 FFL who is fond of Sten Guns. He can be reached at email@example.com.
A real treasure is all the Interarms catalogs Frank Courtell loaned me. We have access to all sorts of guns through Interarms... Walther, Mauser, Star, Mannlicher, Mark X, Valmet, Virginian, Churchill, Whitworth, Atis, Bernardelli, Manufrance, Armas-Erbi, Rossi, Astra, Zastava, Mowrey Muzzle Loaders, Parabellum, Martini Henry, Snider and Bersa. Check the contents carefully because not all guns were carried in every year. Interarms 1972-1980.
Jerry Mourer found a Merkel-Glasser c1962 Catalog, a Merkel Brockwaffen (German) c1981 Catalog and a Suhl-Merkel-Sauer-Simson 3 Barrel c1981 Catalog. Jerry also came up with a Waffen-Franconia 1964 Catalog which was called "The Hunter's Counselor" and sold everything a hunter in Germany could want.
Now for the ones we bought. First up is the Darne 1959 Gun Catalog to round out the collection of Darne's from 1909, 1917, 1923, and 1936. Then we got a copy of an 1958 Eibar-Trust Eibarres S.A.Catalog. Eibar was the maker of the great Lefever story mentioned elsewhere. A 1929 LC Smith catalog cost an arm and a leg but the beautiful color reprint was worth it. The five Remingtons: 1929 Remington (color), 1939 Remington, 1940 Remington, c1955 Remington, and 1957 Remington were all requests I was pleased to move up the list.
I've been meaning to do the c1980 Savage Component Parts book for some time. Parts books are always welcomed by customers. I can't tell you how much the Steyr 1959 Catalog cost me so you guys better buy some! The 1978 Steyr wasn't as bad to buy but costs a fortune in ink to print! The Winchester 200 Series Takedown Manual adds to the already pretty good selection of in depth Winchester manuals. Young's Guns & Sundries 1939 from Somerset, England was a request from, you guessed it, a fellow who lives in Somerset, England, so I doubt I'll sell many of those! The Waffen-Wanz (Austrian) c1950 Catalog has some beautiful guns.
In 1892, David Abercrombie (1867-1931) founded his all-you-need sportsman store for hunters and fisherman. In 1900, Abercrombie joined forces and partnered with Ezra Fitch and opened their first store on the South Street waterfront in lower Manhattan. Fitch and Abercrombie argued about the direction of the company and in 1907 Abercrombie was bought out by Fitch. David Abercrombie returned to manufacturing outdoor goods.
The first really large A&F catalog was mailed in 1909 as the 1910 Abercrombie & Fitch catalog. The huge mailing of this large catalog nearly bankrupted the company. But it survived and prospered. In 1917 A&F moved to a 12 story building at Madison and 45th Street where it became the largest high class sporting goods store in the world.
In response, David Abercrombie in 1917 joined his D.T. Abercrombie Co. (a manufacturer of sporting goods) with Baker, Murray & Imbrie ("The Sporting Goods Store of Expert Personal Service") as Vice President. The gem of this corporation was the New York Sporting Goods Company, an Abercrombie and Fitch-like retailer specializing in firearms and outdoor goods. Their 1916-17 NY Sporting Goods catalog proclaimed, with a sticker on the cover, their operating division of D. T. Abercrombie Co. All this was decades before A&F bankrupted in 1976 and was reborn with the lure of lurid marketing. My very aged uncle still wears duck hunting clothing from Abercrombie bought just after the war... in the late 40s!
Meanwhile, the VonLengerke and Antoine in Chicago and Von Lengerke and Detmold in New York story was playing out. Bob Christensen wrote a very thorough article for Hunting and Fishing Collectibles Magazine (articles in Vol 4, No. 1 and Vol 4 No. 2 are available from www.HFcollectibles.com) about the Von Lengerkes. Essentially, the story was that VL&D was formed in 1882 and VL&A in 1892. Both companies were sold to Abercrombie & Fitch in 1928 but only VL&A continued to operate under its own name. In fact, VL&A survived in Chicago until 1959 when it too became an A&F store. The VL&D operation was folded into A&F in 1929 just in time for the Great Depression. I reprint VL&D catalogs from 1923-24, 1925-26 and 1927-28 and VL&A catalogs from 1911, 1927, 1933, and 1936.
Original Catalogs Won at Auction
I won a large lot of European catalogs including several beautiful FN Brownings at the Rock Island December auction sale (thanks to Joel Black for telling me about it). They run from 1903 to the 60s and include Spanish, French, German, British, Austrian, Brazilian, Belgian and Italian makers. Even a Windfohr from Stanleyvill, Belgian Congo, 1960. Look for them starting next manth.
Original Catalogs for sale:
From time to time I clean out the file cabinets and sell some original catalogs. Before Christmas I resolved to have another blitz to dispose of excess stock and will put a bunch on Ebay. I don't want to clutter up this newsletter with Ebay links so I want to offer those of you who are interested in original ephemera the chance to get a separate email when I list things for sale. The email will have links to the individual Ebay auctions. To register for the special newsletter, send an email to the following address and put the word REGISTER in the subject line: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is always something new to see on my RAVES and RANTS page...
Reviews of our work: Over the years quite a few kindly editors have seen fit to say gratifying words about us in print. This link shows some of their comments that have helped me bring you these old catalogs. I am so grateful for their help all I can say is a big, big THANK YOU! There is a link on the first page of the website too. :-) Abby
HELP PLEASE :
A $100 Reward is offered by Shirley (not I) for an advert for a "Manawa" knife (apparently a photocopy is OK). The knife could also be called a "Van Adestine Knife". Might have been advertised in the Von Lengerke & Antoine (owned by Abercrombie and Fitch) catalog between 1940 and 1950. BuckStix@aol.com (Shirley says her dad made the knives).
Dear Readers: Way back in December of 2004 I borrowed a Browning 1936 catalog from someone and copied it. In all the months since then nobody has noticed that pages 2&3 are missing until now when a sharp eyed reader picked out the error. Mea Culpa! Back then I wasn't recording who loaned me what so I have no record. Therefore, if I borrowed it from you or if you have one, may I borrow it back so I can replace the missing pages? :-) Abby
Dave Parker wrote: 1. What is the proper way to store the Winchester Parker Reproduction so that the main springs and the ejector springs are in their most relaxed position? Jack Skeuse advised to snap-cap the main hammer springs, then remove the forearm, then remove the bbls and store the gun as three separate components. Galazan advised to snap-cap the main hammer springs, then remove the forearm, then remove the bbls, then reinstall the forearm on the bbls and store the gun as two separate components. Galazan contends that reinstallation of the forearm on the removed bbls does not cock the ejector springs. 2 A few of Mcintosh's shotgun books, there is reference that the Winchester Repo is not just a copy of the Parker, but a clone, and that all parts for the Repo are interchangeable with the older guns. I'm not real sure, but after Remington took over the Parker line in 1934, wasn't the single selective trigger and the ejectors redesigned?? If so, which design is the Winchester Repo a clone of... the Original Parker, or the Remington Parker?
Ed Buffaloe wrote: "I just today ordered an MAB catalog from you. Through my research I have learned that many MAB firearms were imported by the Winfield Arms Corporation of Los Angeles, often referred to by their initials WAC. I would be very interested to obtain a catalog from this company, should you ever come across one." Readers? :-) Abby
Forrest Barber Wrote : I'm looking for a manual for a Savage Anschutz 153-S and an Anschutz Model 1911 super match rifle. Readers? :-) Abby
Followups to last month's questions:
Dear Readers, I was saddened to read that the email to send Christmas cards to wounded servicemen and women was a hoax according to Snopes.com. Apparently authorities destroy all mail not addressed to a specific individual for security reasons. This revelation hurt me deeply and I apologize to anyone I involved to this insensitive scam. I can only hope that the originator of the first email was an innocent individual intending to do good. I know the person who sent it to me and I, for my part, meant no harm.
Several questions from last month have gone unanswered. Can anyone help? See above.
Old Newsletters are available online:
If you missed a newsletter or want to look up an old one, please go to my website www.cornellpubs.com and look on the top of the first page for a link to old newsletters. You may view them online and in color with pictures. Also, on the subject of newsletters, I send out the newsletter in both HTML and plain text format. This means that if your browser is not set up to view pictures and colors, you automatically get the plain text version. I hope this explains why some of you don't see the pictures referred to in the letters- I know it has caused some confusion. Also, you should upgrade to the latest version of your browser for best results. To learn which version of you have, click the help button on the top line of this page and then look for the link that says "About [browser]".
Facts about some of my recent reprints:
I often use the The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers by John Walter, Greenhill/Stackpole Books 2001 - ISBN 1-85367-392-7 to answer many of the questions I get each week about the origins of gunmakers. Like many all-encompassing works, some of the information may be inaccurate but over-all it contains a wealth of facts, dates and important history of great old companies.
INDEXES for Every Catalog...
Every catalog we offer has an index at the bottom of the page or in the case of new listings on the right. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms as well as our website have indexes (I appreciate purchases at the website where we don't have to pay listing fees or sales commissions... shipping is cheaper for you as well!)
If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.
Abercrombie & Fitch 1910 Big Catalog
Darne 1959 (French) Gun Catalog
Eibar 1958 (Spain)-Trust Eibarres S.A. Catalog
Expert Fox Trapping c1939
Ideal- Krag Reloading Manual 1904
Interarms 1972 Catalog
Interarms 1973 Catalog
Interarms 1974 Catalog
Interarms 1975 Catalog
Interarms 1976 Catalog
Interarms 1977 Catalog
Interarms 1978 Catalog
Interarms 1979 Catalog
Interarms 1980 Catalog
LC Smith 1929 Catalog
Merkel-Glasser (German) c1962 Catalog
Merkel Brockwaffen (German) c1981 Catalog
New York Sporting Goods 1916-17 Catalog
Practical Home Tanning 1945 Guide
Redfield Sights 1971 Catalog
Remington 1929 Catalog
Remington 1939 Catalog
Remington 1940 Catalog
Remington c1955 Catalog
Remington 1957 Catalog
Savage Component Parts Manual c1980 Catalog
Stevens c1908 Shotguns Catalog
Stevens No 11 c1913 Catalog
Steyr 1959 28pp (Austria) Catalog
Steyr 1978 (Austria) Catalog
Suhl-Merkel-Sauer-Simson 3 Barrel (German) c1981 Catalog
Waffen-Franconia 1964 (German) Catalog
Winchester 200 Series Takedown Manual
Waffen-Wanz (Austrian) c1950 Catalog
Young's Guns & Sundries (UK) 1939 Catalog
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