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1929 H572 Stevens-Davis "Men of America" Near-Complete Set (50/52 Booklets)
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $237
Near-complete set of fifty (out of fifty-two in the set) 1929 H572 Stevens-Davis "Men of America" booklets (plus three duplicates) in the original box. Missing #4 Washington and 11 Independence Day for completion. Included are duplicates of #26, 27, and 48. This is a clean set with condition ranging from Gd to Ex-Mt (mostly Vg-Ex). Produced in 1929 by the Stevens-Davis Company of Chicago, these booklets were distributed weekly to the company's employees to be used as a motivational tool to help inspire the workers to strive for excellence. This is a very attractive set minus two of these scarce eight-page booklets with colorful covers. Each booklet (2.5 x 4.25 inches) features an image of a legendary American on the front with a biography presented on the interior pages. Includes booklets of Edison, T. Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Orville Wright, Coolidge, Firestone, Ford, Judge Landis (baseball), Lindbergh, Franklin, and Lincoln. The key booklet in the set is #35, entitled "American Athletes," featuring golf legend Bobby Jones on the front cover and baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby on the reverse. "Men of America" booklets are highly prized by historical collectors, miniature book collectors, and prewar nonsport-card collectors. The original box is also a very substantial accompaniment. It is designed as a quality hard-cover book, ideal for library display, that opens to reveal a secret storage compartment for the set. The original mailing box, with a note that reads "Presented to our Employees in a Co-operative Spirit," also accompanies and displays advanced wear and missing pieces. Total: 56 items (53 booklets, one original box, one introduction fold-out, and original mailing box). Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $237
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