Encyclopedia of Antique Trunks, Version 2.0! Nearly 45 years of research, thousands
of photos, diagrams, trunk makers' labels, lithographs, facts, addresses, dates,
patents all on CD so it's affordable!
family, customers and visitors to our shows and Web site have suggested for
years the need for a really good, definitive book about antique trunks. Actually
two books have been suggested, one about the intriguing history of trunks and
another book about how to restore them. This is an update of our first attempt
at documenting what we know about antique trunks. Sometime in the future we hope
to put together a book about the proper methods of restoring them.
encyclopedia represents over 44 years of research from thousands of sources. From our
beginning in 1972 we have saved everything we could possibly find about antique
trunks into a huge collection of materials. At first it was hard copy then into
a database that if printed out in hard copy today would result in thousands of
pages. It's difficult to produce a paper book that size that would be affordable
for most of us. A few years ago we started planning a book on disc and after
much work we are able to finally offer it to the public. For the sake of clarity
we shall call it henceforth our book.
The book is
very easy to use, you just insert it into the CD/DVD drive of your Windows®
computer*. Nothing is loaded onto your computer; the program runs completely
from the disc so there are no security worries. The program has its own browser
and operates much as regular Web browsers most of us are used to. There are back
and forward controls, a powerful search facility, printing capabilities and much
The time line
of trunk styles contains hundreds of dated ads, photos and other facts that will
help you identify and date your antique trunk. Included in the book are
thousands of photos, diagrams, trunk makers' labels, lithographs, facts,
addresses, dates, patents; we've even included things we hope you'll find as
humorous and interesting. The section on trunk makers alone contains references
to nearly 13,000 entities we have found associated with antique trunks. The
information here contains names of makers, manufacturers, sellers etc. along
with their addresses and corresponding years at that address. This information
can help you determine the age of your trunk, especially if the trunk contains a
maker's label. If you want to see if your family had anything to do with making
antique trunks or selling them then many list proprietors, owners, presidents
and such; some entities even have employee lists. All this information goes back
as far as the 1700s, from all over the world. Many patents from the US and
British patent databases are included, along with associated drawings. Trunks
that belonged to celebrities like Isaac Hayes, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Holliday and
Bela Lugosi are featured. You can see the Table of Contents and samples below.
of trunk styles, parts, hardware are given. Several trunk maker catalogues are
included from such companies as Stallman, Everlast, even Montgomery Wards.
always been, we're a small family business so in order to handle the logistics
we're offering the book on eBay & Amazon for $24.95. No sales tax unless you're
ordering from NC. Click to go to eBay or Amazon and you can be enjoying the book
To all who
have helped over the years; countless librarians, historians, customers,
visitors to our Web site, descendants of trunk makers and everyone else. We
could not have done this without you.
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From one of
our pleased readers:
excited today to receive the CD. I think I could spend hours and hours just
looking and reading...Just looking for a variety of trunks to use as storage.
Your CD has so much information......Thanks for a great resource."