Another example of this framed display is in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana. According to their website, the miniature editions of Lincoln’s addresses originated with the Training Division of the Kingsport Press. Overall, the presentation is at once a promotion of the book, and example of miniature books, and an exemplar on how a book is made and bound.
Kingsport Press was established in 1922 in Kingsport, Tennessee. It was part of a planned industrial community financed by New York bankers Blair and Company. In 1925, Elbridge Woodman Palmer became president, and served for 29 years. Palmer understood the importance of marketing, diversified into publication of textbooks and encyclopedias, and expanded the press into a thriving business. He was succeeded as president in 1953 by Walter F. Smith, who developed new methods of cloth manufacture and gold stamping, and continued expanding the company throughout the 1950s. Kingsport Press merged with Arcata National Corporation in 1969. Over the years, Kingsport Press was resold numerous times and ultimately closed down.
Condition: Generally very good, with some light pale marginal dampstain, unobtrusive. Original frame a bit worn, with some slight separations at miters.
“Addresses of Abraham Lincoln.” Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. https://www.lincolncollection.org/collection/creator-author/item/?cs=k&creator=Kingsport+Press&item=81192 (28 January 2021).
Egan, Martha Avaleen “Historical Note from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.” Kingsport Public Library. https://www.kingsportlibrary.org/finding_aids/kingsport-press-collection-kcmc-204/ (28 January 2021).