Charles F. Ketcham of the Late Firm of Hosford and Ketchman, Stationer, Printer, Lithographer, and Blank Book Manufacturer…. [opening lines of circular].
Interesting circular or broadside that announces the dissolution of the printing firm of Hosford & Ketcham and boldly announces the establishment of the firm of Charles F. Ketcham.
Ketcham billed himself as stationer, printer, and lithographer and uses this announcement to showcase his capabilities as a printer with the use of over ten different font faces.
Hoping to capitalize on post-Civil War New York City, Ketcham promises “fine printing of all descriptions for Rail Roads, Banks, Merchants and others [with] special attention given towards securing elegance, neatness and good taste…”
Ketcham concludes by noting his twenty years experience with his previous association with Hosford.
A good puzzle piece of printing history for this ambitious firm establishing itself at the address of 27 and 29 Nassau Street in New York. By 1871, one book and job printing directory would list Ketcham as also being a bookbinder.
Description: Charles F. Ketcham of the Late Firm of Hosford and Ketchman, Stationer, Printer, Lithographer, and Blank Book Manufacturer…. [opening lines of circular].
[New York City. February 1, 1867]. Circular or Broadside. Browned, likely from old animal glue used to scrapbook; scattered old mends to recto; a few small edge tears; previous fold lines; collector’s neat pencil number code to recto. Good condition.