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Ordnance. Bethlehem Steel Company U. S. A., Ordnance Department, 1922.
New York & London, Bethlehem Steel Co., 1922.. Oblong royal octavo. 22x29 cm. Unpaginated. Album containing 28 original single-sheet photographic gelatin silver prints, each mounted on linen, and 28 leaves of text printed on verso only. Preceded by a blank prelim and a title-page. Cord tied, all is placed inside original black leatherette album, cover lettered in gilt. Old single military institutional stamp to title-page; very slight fading to few photographs. In fine condition. ~ First edition. Extremely rare survivor out of a handful custom made copies comprising entirely of gelatin silver prints. This copy uniquely personalized for the use of Bethlehem Steel's Dutch Representatives, with the cover bearing in gilt the inscription: “Representatives in The Netherlands: Holland Commercial Service Company Ltd., 27 Nieuwe Uitleg, The Hague.” Each silver gelatin print is blind stamped at blank top corner, after mounting so that the impression will appear also on the mount, with the legend “Bethlehem Steel Co. / Bethlehem PA.” After a brief description of the company, a Subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel Corporation (Capital of US$328 million), facing a magnificent panoramic view of the Bethlehem Plant, the catalogue describes in detail several ordnance material. Among the items are various models of the 75mm Mountain Gun Carriage, wheeled and horse carried; 3-Inch Navy Landing Carriage; 4.7-Inch Gun Carriage; 6-Inch Howitzer Carriage (length of howitzer 3187 mm; weight with carriage 4174 kg); 75mm and 155 Field Guns on Holt Tractor; 8-Inch Howitzer on Holt Tractor; Holt Cargo Carriers; Howitzer Mounts, and others. A visual testimony to one of the most powerful symbols of American industrial manufacturing leadership.
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