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Raymond Kane collection of progressive proof books

Raymond Kane worked for Consolidated Lithographing Corporation in New York, one of the country's largest printers of paper labels during the early decades of the twentieth century.

The Raymond Kane Collection of Progressive Proof Books spans the period from 1890 through 1939 and contains forty-two books holding progressive proof prints made with lithographic stones prepared for chromolithographed package labels. The books were kept in stone storage rooms as records of the color separations for jobs printed by four firms: Schmidt & Company, Heywood, Strasser & Voight, American Lithographic Company, and finally, Consolidated Lithographing Corporation, which had acquired the other three companies through industry mergers. Labels include those for tobacco goods, cosmetics, medications, linens and clothing, food and beverages, and personal care products. The proof books provide visual evidence of an important printing technology of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, as well as classic examples of period advertising graphics, including a product endorsement by the popular actor Richard Mansfield (1857-1907).

View this collection's record in the RIT Libraries Catalog.