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Photo Album Documenting Construction of the Nabisco Plant in Kansas City, Missouri, 1910-1911
[Kansas Citty, MO]: [Verne O. Williams, Photographer], 1911. Flexible leather album, 8 x 11 inches (oblong), stamped in gilt on cover "National Biscuit Co's Plant / Kansas City MO. / George A. Fuller Construction Co. Builders / A.G. Zimmerman Architect." Contains 38 linen-backed gelatin silver prints, 7.25" x 9.25", many dated, and many ink-stamped on the back "Verne O. Williams, Commercial Photographer." Spine partially perished, a few photos with minor defects, overall very good. The National Biscuit Company (now Nabisco) was formed in 1898, through a merger of the American Biscuit and Manufacturing Company, the New York Biscuit Company, and the United States Baking Company. Over the next few decades, the brand grew significantly, and bakeries were constructed across the United States--most designed by A.G. Zimmerman, who became the company's staff architect in 1901. A notice in the Setpember 26, 1910, issue of Industrial World announced that the company would "take bids at once for the construction of a seven-story 108 x 200 feet brick, steel, and hollow tile main building (fireproof) and a two-story, 50 x 108 feet stable." The contract wes awarded to the George A. Fuller Company, a prominent Chicago construction firm credited with creating the modern concept of a general contractor. Construction began at once (in mid-October), and this album documents the entire process--from empty lot to completed factory. It shows the ground being graded and excavated with equipment still pulled by horses, men digging holes and inserting casts for concrete footings, the gradual erec … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Walkabout Books [United States]
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