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The History «of» Woodbury «and» Company


Kent P. Ljungquist, James P. Hanlan and Rodney G. Obien

This volume presents for the first time an edited version of Harold D. Woodbury’s «Notes on the History of Woodbury & Company, Inc.» This history offers a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a family firm that emerged as the largest commercial engraver in central New England in the 1890s. The company specialized in Bird’s-Eye-Views of factories and industrial buildings, large numbers of which graced the walls of boardrooms and executive suites in the Northeast and throughout North America. A notable success for the company, in addition to its excellence in engraved letterheads, was its series of First Day Covers, pictorial impressions of commemorative stamps. The introduction to this volume focuses on printing and printing-related businesses in Worcester, Massachusetts: their founders, contributions to technological innovation, and contributions to New England’s workforce.