Cook 1877

Catalogue & Price List of Printing Presses, Types, [&c]

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Cook 1877

Catalogue and Price List of Printing Presses, Types and Printing Material Manufactured by J. Cook & Company (Meriden, CT: J. Cook & Co., 1877.)

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Stephen O. Saxe explains the business of James Cook and his relationship to the Kelsey company:

"James Cook was part-owner of a block of buildings in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1875. One of his tenants was 24-year old William Kelsey, who was doing well in his mail-order press business. The following year Kelsey moved to other premises. Cook promptly went into business in competition with Kelsey, selling presses made by Daughaday (Model press), Golding (Pearl), and Curtis & Mitchell (Columbian), as well as his own Enterprise (similar to Kelsey's Excelsior) and Victor presses. Kelsey continued to expand his advertising in children's magazines like St. Nicholas and Youth's Companion.

"Cook was a serious competitor to Kelsey, but by September, 1883 he had to admit defeat. Kelsey bought him out (allegedly for $10,000). In the 1890 catalogue, Kelsey wrote:

"DEAD. Competitors of this establishment do not seem to prosper. We have bought out B. O. Woods & Co. Novelty presses, started in Boston in 1864. J. Cook & Co., after spending $20,000 in attempting to compete with our excellent press, have sold out to us at a great sacrifice. Our machines are too good to allow much chance for competition. We shall meet all rivals with cut prices!"

"Cook's Victor press was added to Kelsey's line in about 1891 and continued to appear in and out of his catalogues in future years."

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