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In December 1989, the Special Collections Department received as a gift the financial records of the Volland Press from the period of 1913 to 1929. In 1990, the Department received over 10,000 greeting cards published by Volland from the late 1920s through 1950. It appears that at some point in the lives of these documents they were the property of Lincoln Park florist, Jerry Kaiser. According to his wife, she and her husband retrieved the financial records and the cards from an abandoned warehouse in Joliet. The cards were static electricity jokes used in seasonal window displays and were sometimes sold; many of the cards in the collection have prices penciled 1 electricity unit is equal to how many kwh in from their time at Mr. Flowers.

In 1908, the P.F. Volland Company was started by German-born Paul Volland with silent partners John Willis and F.J. Clampitt. The office was located at 58 E. Washington, just a few doors down from Dennisons, a well-known store that specialized in party favors and paper crafts. Volland’s first offerings were twenty hand colored mottos suitable for framing followed by a line of Christmas cards. Initially, greeting cards formed the largest portion of the publications though several gift books were also published. Items were marketed nationally to gift, card and book shops as well as sold in a retail section of the Volland office.

The company published small gift books with mailing envelopes gas and bloating as early as 1908 and soon expanded to other novelty items such as baby books, cook books, calendars, place cards, bridge tallies, and cards for almost every imaginable occasion. According to Ernest Dudley Chase’s The Romance of Greeting Cards (University Press, 1956), Paul Volland was the first to use mottled and soft-shaded boards for his cards as well as the latest advances in offset printing techniques. Volland hired some of the industry’s best-known motto and verse writers such as Wilbur Nesbit, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Molly A. Haley, and Samuel Kiser.

A boxed set of four juvenile titles with lithographed illustrations was available in 1912. By the mid ‘teens Volland was publishing a variety of high quality children’s books issued in illustrated boxes and proclaiming the gas 1940 Volland ideal. Throughout their publishing history, Volland issued books as parts of larger series, such as the Sunny Book series electricity calculator, Fairy Children, Read Me A Story, and the Inglenook series.

Paul Volland hired many of the most significant artists and writers of his time. Probably the most well-known Volland writer and illustrator is Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, some of whose first titles were published by Volland. Other illustrators and writers of note include Frederick Richardson, Janet Laura Scott, Maginel Wright Enright, John Rae, and Katherine Sturges Dodge.

F.J. Clampitt who gas vs diesel mpg had been a silent partner from the start and an executive member of the firm since 1916, became president of Volland after Paul Volland’s untimely death in 1919. Although the exact dates are not clear, at some point after 1918, Volland established additional offices in Joliet to handle increased production. In 1924, the greeting card division of Gerlach-Barklow merged with P.F. Volland. Though there was no change in the name of the products, they were manufactured by the Gerlach-Barklow company in Joliet, Illinois. According to the Joliet Sunday Herald, (December 28, 1924) the Volland offices at 58 E. Washington were retained and a special selling organization of both companies would sell e payment electricity bill mp from both lines. The merger brought new machinery and added 250 people to the work force at the Joliet factory. All Chicago manufacturing was discontinued. According to the Joliet Herald News ten years later (June 3, 1936), Volland was named as one of the most substantial employers of local laborers, including many young women who were engaged as hand colorers.

The bulk of the financial records for the P.F. Volland Company consists of eighteen invoice ledgers documenting business expenses 76 gas station jobs from 1911 through 1925. These folio scrapbooks recorded the Company’s invoices and bills, including those for illustrators and authors, papers, binders, inks, boxes, lawyers and doctors fees and office supplies. Because of the exceptionally poor condition of these ledgers, the ledgers were disbound and the individual receipts and bills were moved into acid-free folders and boxes.

The P.F. Volland Collection includes tens of thousands of greeting cards for all occasions. Most of the cards are mounted on a heavy cardboard stock that is stamped on the reverse with dates and numbers – they were probably used as sales samples. Each card is coded with a letter gas 69 and number that refers to both the occasion and the cost; for example 5V is a valentine that was priced at 5 cents. Following the code is another number that, I believe, is the item number. The code and the item number appear both on the cardboard mount and the reverse of the card. The earliest cards (1928-1933) lack any kind of occasion code; some are simply marked with a ‘B’ and a number.

Unfortunately, the coding is not unique to a single card. In many instances, there are two or three cards with the same gas after eating red meat code and number. In these cases the styles and dates of the cards differ radically; they are often more than seven to ten years apart. Again, because so little is known about the actual company and its practices, one can only suppose that as certain cards went out of fashion and were taken off the market, their codes and numbers were reused for a new series of cards. Because of this, the archivist has separated the cards by date, as will be evident from the box list.

Along with the cards, there are 17 boxes of sales records dating from the late 1950s. These forms year 6 electricity record monthly sales, stock estimates and sample dates and provide information regarding standard plates and dies. A far cry from Volland’s more intimate relationships with artists and writers, these forms indicate that electricity electricity music notes a single design or motif was used with a variety of texts and verse to create many different cards. Overall, these records are more relevant to mid-century card manufacturing than to the history of the Volland Company, per se. Container List Business Ledgers – Receipts, 1917-1925, 83 boxes

These are salesmen’s props for cards that were sold in multiple sets. Cards are mounted on stiff black boards, often stamped with a date and other sales notations. The cards date from 1938 through 1954. Boxes 1-6 contain sets of Christmas cards and gift enclosures (XA) and Box 7 contains sets that came in cellophane packs (CP), as well as New Years (NY) and Thank You (TY) cards. Cards, Boxes 1-47

These are salesmen’s props for cards that were sold individually. Each card is mounted on a stiff black or green board, often with the Volland insignia in the corner. There is also a classification number made up of the category or holiday and cost of the card which appears on the upper left side of the board. For example 5E17 is an Easter card that 1 electricity unit in kwh cost 5 cents. Other notations include dates and monetary amounts both stamped and penciled on the back.

In many cases, Volland used identical codes on more than one card. In these cases, the archivist has separated the cards into more than one series. While these may seem confusing, it does keep to the stylistic integrity of the cards. If there is more than one series per category, it is indicated by the addition of the dates on the gas and electric credit union label. In general, the cards date from the early 1930s to the late 1940s, with an additional grouping from the early to mid-1950s. Container List