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Nelson, Matter & Co., Trade Catalog

Nelson, Matter & Co., Trade Catalog


The brown leather furniture catalog is stamped in gold with the names of M. L. Fitch and Nelson, Matter & Co. of Grand Rapids, Mich. The catalog is not dated, but the sequencing of numbers on the furniture follow closely upon the numbers used in the 1876 catalog. Also, including a copy of the certificate awarded at the 1876 exhibition might imply that this is the first catalog issued after that award. The quality of the catalog, particularly the layout of the pages, has vastly improved since 1876. This volume was Milford Fitch's sample book, which he would have used while selling to the trade. 


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TitleNelson, Matter & Co., Trade Catalog

Milford L. Fitch was a traveling agent for Nelson, Matter for at least ten years, from around 1876 until approximately 1889. He is listed as a traveling agent for Nelson, Matter in city directories; in 1889 he is still listed as a traveling agent, but no company is named.

CollectionColl. 232-28.5, Grand Rapids History & Special Collections

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI 

InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Library
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids Public Library, Main Branch

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