Printed Ephemera of Visual Culture, 1820-1920
A Unique Resource of Over 250,000 Classic Images
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THE JOHN and CAROLYN GROSSMAN COLLECTION 
The Winterthur Library at the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate 
Route 52, Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware 19735. www.winterthur.org.
 
Special Collections
Reference Library

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CIGAR BOX LABEL COLLECTION
Some 85,000 cigar box labels form a special part of The John and Carolyn Grossman Collection of Antique Images. They represent American, Canadian, Cuban and European lithographic companies. Major New York firms are American Lithographic Co., Heppenheimer & Maurer, Heywood Strasser & Voight, Krueger & Braun, Louis E. Neuman, George Schlegel, O. L. Schwencke, Schmidt & Co., Schumacher & Ettlinger, William Steiner, Louis Wagner & Co., and Witsch & Schmitt. Other major American lithographers include Cole Litho. Co. (Chicago) and George S. Harris (Philadelphia). Major foreign firms include German printers Gebruder Klingenberg (Detmold), Gebruder Weigang (Bautzen) and Hermann Schott (Rheydt).

The cigar label collection also contains approximately 5,000 related items: cigar bands, cigar boxes, embossing dies, lithographic stones, progressive proof books and proof sheets. In addition, there are more than 200 original watercolor "sketches" for cigar label art by commercial artists Henry Maier, John Fitz, William Momberger and Carl Mummert.

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THE SCHLEGEL COLLECTION
The Schlegel Collection contains one of the most complete representations of cigar box label production by a single American lithographer, George Schlegel Lithographing Co. (1849-c.1960). Its contents document the creative output of this historically significant New York printing firm that was owned and operated by four generations of German businessmen. Original label art, keyline drawings, progressive proofs, lithographic stones, cigar bands, office file and shop file labels, title certificates, title folders, title registration cards, bills of sale and letters of correspondence between Schlegel employees, clients and jobbers comprise this special collection.

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THE WORCESTER COLLECTION
This special collection contains greeting cards, fancy scrap, lace paper, original production art and business documents related to the greeting card industry in and around Worcester, MA during the later half of the 19th century. It documents an early chapter in the development of a greeting card industry in America and indicates a working relationship between two Worcester businessmen: George C. Whitney, a Valentine manufacturer, and E. A. Timme, a printing die maker. Researching, organizing and conserving this collection represents a six-month internship performed by Judy Baletka while attending John F. Kennedy University's Museum Studies Program (Berkeley, CA).

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REFERENCE LIBRARY
Our reference library is an important support facility for the collection. With more than 1,600 titles, it is a constant source of research information as well as design and product inspiration. Major sections include Art, Architecture, Ephemera, Graphic Arts, Tobacco and Victorian Culture.



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