The Book of Beds 1938
[Wales Limited, Birmingham]
Printer: Silk & Terry, Birmingham
A trade catalogue for 1938/9 from Wales Ltd showing their extensive range of beds, cots (including Mickey Mouse cot mattresses), divans, mattresses, bedding, &c., manufactured by them at Atlas Works, Oozells Street, Birmingham.
W&S emblem of three whales. Wales Limited, founded by Thomas Edmund Wale and formerly known as T. E. Wale & Sons*.
Card covers – embossed title to front cover, title to spine, with string hanger. 240pp including colour and b/w illustrations, plus two tipped-in inserts. 5.75 x 7.5 inches approx. (145mm x 187mm).
Covers rubbed and worn, somewhat dusty and grubby; short tear to bottom edge of rear cover; spine creased and worn. Pages dusty, especially first and last few, but generally clean; short tear to bottom edge of last page; tipped-in stub to title-page (and lacking the [attached] with compliments and discount slip†); edges of page-block dusty and a little thumbed.
Overall, showing wear but remains a reasonably nice copy – uncommon.
*ref. Workshop of the World: Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill (THe History Press, 2006)
† As seen by myself in an earlier edition of this firm’s catalogue
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