C. 1917 - 1921 Group of 5 Photographs of the Employees and Principals of the Oakley Chemical Co. Of New York, with a TLS and Photo Signed from David C. Ball of the Company
(Americana - Chemical Engineering - Oakley Chemical Co.)

New York: Oakley Chemical Co., 1917. F 5 photographs include: 1918 Oakley Chemical Co. Annual Conference in the Laboratory depicting a group of about 50 tie-and-jacketed men in one of the lab rooms, at least two of the men in military uniform, many others with a service(?) ribbon on lapel, photograph with the studio embossed imprint at lower right of photographer Edwin Levick New York, 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" mounted on gray stiff paper backing; (with) 1920 & 1921conference member group photos, also by Levick, very similarly taken outdoors at the company offices, same photo size, on heavier cardstock mounts; (with) a portrait of D.C. Ball, 7 1/4" x 9 1/4" approx., on thin mount card, inscribed at bottom "To My Friend Walter A. Graue sincerely D.C. Ball" and with a tipped-on small news clipping illustrated with a bronze lion that had been presented to him "By his friends in the Oakley Chemical Company..." - the bronze seen prominently next to Ball in the photo-portrait, which is not photographically credited; (with) an accompanying letter on letterhead to Graue, dated 1921, thanking him and others for their long-standing support and friendship in the company and enclosing the photograph and giving thanks for the magnificent bronze memorial; (with) an additional photograph of D.C. Ball, with 3 other people, perhaps family members, 5 3/4" x 8 1/2" on the original decorative gray cardstock mount, no studio noted; light wear to all; in very good condition; the Oakley Chemical Co. founded in 1909, now part of the Chemetall international group of companies; Oakley known for its 'Oakite' product family of metal cleaners and compounds; interesting American industrial history and commercial photographic portraiture. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 22060)


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