Unique 1890's N26 "The World's Beauties" Progressive Proof Album by George S. Harris & Sons! It is hard to imagine this album has survived the last 122 years! This is the only 19th Century progressive proof album this hobbyist has ever seen in his 25+ years in collecting. This historically significant 9-1/2" x 7-1/2" hard-cover album is monogrammed "Geo. Harris & Sons" in gold foil with gold foil decoration. Interior pages feature color-by-color progressive steps for ten cards from the Allen & Ginter N26 "The World's Beauties" series of tobacco insert cards. Measuring about a half-inch think, there are numerous pages that read like a step by step progression in the printing of the finely detailed cards. The first page has all 13 colors confirming what the fully produced cards will look like. Page two is the gray ink plate followed by a page with 12 colors (minus gray); the next page is the pink plate followed by a page with 11 colors (minus gray and pink), this single page then combined colors page minus all of the proceeding colors continues until the final blank page. All pages show trim lines and registration marks, color bars identifying each glorious hue. The cover and first three interior pages (two are blank) have come loose at the delicate spine and can easily be professionally reattached. The word "proof" is used quite often and to many the true definition is cloudy. This is 100% without a doubt proof pages by which the printer is expected to reproduce hundreds if not thousands of times. There is nothing we have found to compare and certainly makes a stunning addition for any non-sports card collector or hobbyist with a sincere appreciation for the fine art of lithography which was in its golden age during the 1880's and 1890's. See our web site for a brief history of the George Harris & Sons company.

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    George S. Harris & Sons was a Philadelphia lithographer and letterpress printer from 1847 to 1891 producing trade cards, cigar box labels, calanders, plus more for both clints and self promotion. By 1867 his firm had an estimated worth of $25,000 which was no small sum for that time. His son, George T. Harris joined the family business in 1872, his brothers would follow the same path. In 1882, Geo. S. Harris & Sons moved into a seven-story building evolving into the largest lithographic firm in Philadelphia with an international clientele. A decade after his death in 1891, his sons became partners with Joseph Knapp forming the American Lithographic Company.

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