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Foster Brothers records, 1875-1973, bulk, 1893-1942

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Series 2: Stock Records , 1905-1942
6.2 Linear feet
(Boxes 2-6, 11, OVs 23-24, BVs 13-15)

This series contains stock cards, inventory records, and price lists in addition to blueprints, drawings, and stencils and designs for wood carving.
Stock cards (mostly 8" x 10" pieces of mat board) describe merchandise produced or sold by Foster Brothers, including frames for pictures and mirrors, candlesticks, glove boxes, moldings, painted glass and stands. Each card contains at least one image (drawing, photograph, or printed reproduction) of the item and its stock or style number, and sometimes notes dimensions and prices. Some loose images are interfiled with the cards.
A large number of paper stencils that were used to transfer carving designs to frames survive, although many are fragile. Many stencils are annotated with the corresponding stock or style number; other designs for woodcarving are merely drawn on paper. In addition, there are extensive drawings of frames and moldings, loose and in bound volumes, including finished, colored drawings by master craftsman C. F. Richter.
One volume titled "Cost on Mirrors" (1929) analyzes the amount of time needed to carve, gild, and polish frames, the cost of materials, and prices of frames #1001-1308.
Description Container Select
Stock Cards
Frames #515-4599, undated
19 Folders
2
1-19
Frames #4600-5099, undated
18 Folders
3
1-18
Frames #5100-6011; unnumbered, undated
18 Folders
4
1-18
Candlesticks #1-8, undated
5
1
Glove Boxes #6-9, undated
5
2
Light Bracket; Wall Candelabra #1-2, undated
5
3
Moldings #1w-186w; #1-172; #4533-4966, undated
(see also BV 13)
5
4
Painted Glass #1-62, undated
2 Folders
5
5-6
Pier Mirrors (#P1-P17), undated
5
7
Stands #1-40; unnumbered, undated
2 Folders
5
8-9
Blueprints
Mirrors #1004-1167, undated
5
10
Catalog (includes blueprints and printed reproductions) - Mirrors #1053-1143, undated
1 Volume
5
11
"Cost on Mirrors", 1929
1 Volume
5
12
Drawings (hand colored) by C. F. Richter
(see also BVs 14-15)
Cabinets, undated
5
13
Foster Brothers Mirrors in Room Settings (unsigned), undated
5
14
Inventories
Vol. 1:, 1933-1942
5
15
Vol. 2:, 1939-1941
(loose leaf notebook, disbound)
5
16
Vol. 3:, undated
5
17
Miscellaneous Lists, undated, 1939
5
18
Price Books
(loose leaf notebooks, disbound)
Vol. 1: Stands and Frames, 1919-1938
5
19
Vol. 2: Frames, 1919-1939
5
20
Vol. 3: Frames, 1923-1942
5
21
Price Lists, undated, 1929-1942
2 Folders
5
22-23
Stencils and Designs for Woodcarving, #100s-#6000s, unnumbered, undated
34 Folders
see also OVs 23-24, BV 13
6
1-34
Stencils and Designs for Woodcarving, unnumbered, undated
8 Folders
see also OVs 23-24, BV 13
11 (hol)
1-8
Stencils and Designs for Woodcarving, (#1000s-2000s, 4000s), undated
OV 23
Stencils and Designs for Woodcarving (unnumbered), undated
OV 24
Stencils and Designs for Woodcarving (unnumbered), 1905
BV 13
Drawings of Moldings, #1-3038, 1905
BV 13
Drawings (probably by C. F. Richter), "Sketches" (mirrors and frames), undated
BV 14
Drawings (probably by C. F. Richter), "Mirrors and Frames", undated
(see also Box 5, BV 14; includes boxes, stands, letterhead design, printed reproductions; some loose items)
BV 15

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