By Jake Gibbs Determining when a particular copy of a Haldeman-Julius pocket book was published can be difficult.In a great many cases it is only possible to fix an approximate date.
For example, many title pages label the book as a Ten Cent Pocket Series while the wrapper is of the Little Blue Book series and clearly from twenty years or more after the Ten Cent Pocket Series was discontinued.
Therefore, usually the best way to identify the various printings and attempt to date them is by examining the wrappers which, unlike the text of the book, do show a great deal of variation.
What follows is an attempt to provide some guidelines for dating a particular book, in most cases by examination of the wrapper.
Barbara says, "A marked "Robert Wood" lyre-back chair is rare indeed.
The article presented here is an updated version prepared by Jake Gibbs in March 2009.
would like to extend our most sincere thanks to Mr.
Gibbs, and to the publishers of the Big Blue Newsletter, for granting us permission to publish it here.
A very rare cast-iron armchair, with lyre back and floral motif, marked “ROBERT WOOD/MAKER RIDGE RD PHIL”, American (Philadelphia), 1840-1858. This chair has gained repute from what I believe was a typo in "The Philadelphia Blue Book" dating it 1804 instead of 1840.
Barbara says, "A marked 'Robert Wood' lyre-back chair is rare indeed.
The company didn't exit in 1804 and decorative cast iron was not even being produced in America at that time".
Item #05651 Description: A very rare cast-iron armchair, with lyre back and floral motif, marked “ROBERT WOOD/MAKER RIDGE RD PHIL”, American (Philadelphia), 1840-1858.