Near-complete set (51/52) of 1929 H572 Stevens-Davis "Men of America" booklets, with introduction foldout, housed in its original box. Missing only Walter S. Gifford for completion. Produced in 1929 by the Stevens-Davis Company of Chicago these biographical booklets were distributed weekly to the companies’ employees to be used as a motivational tool to help inspire the workers to strive for excellence. This is a very appealing set of these scarce eight-page booklets. Each soft-cover booklet (2.5 x 4.25 inches) features an image of a legendary American on the cover, and both biographical text and illustrations on the interior. Included in this collection are biographies of Thomas Edison, Teddy Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Orville Wright, Calvin Coolidge, Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, Kenesaw Landis, Charles Lindbergh, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln. The key booklet in the set is #35, titled "American Athletes," featuring golf legend Bobby Jones on the front cover and baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby on the reverse. Condition ranges from Vg to Ex, averaging Vg-Ex. "Men of America" booklets are rarely offered in complete set form, and are highly prized by historical collectors, miniature book collectors, and prewar nonsport-card collectors. The original box (4.75 x 6.25 inches x 1 inches; Vg) is also a very substantial accompaniment. It is designed as a quality hardcover book, ideal for library display, that opens to reveal a secret storage compartment for the set. Total: 53 items (51 booklets, original box, and introduction fold-out). Reserve $200. Estimate $300+.
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