The Royal Tailors, 1922. Three sample books produced by the Royal Tailors offering samples of materials and color illustrations of the styles in which customers could order custom-made clothing. These volumes represent the company’s Spring 1922, Heavy Weights Season 1992-1923, and Spring 1923 offerings. Elephant folio, beautifully restored to its original state by Felton Bookbinding Ltd. All three volumes are bound in black pebbled cloth, and have a colour illustration of a tiger on the upper board. The endpapers have a brown tiger design; an oval portrait of Joseph Vehon (1834-1918), the founder of the clothing manufacturing company, appears on the front free endpaper. Each thick board leaf has a color illustration of men's apparel or a tailor (text below the illustrations informing shoppers of high quality in the merchandise, quick delivery, and customer satisfaction) with fabric samples on the versos of the leaves. Joseph Vehon, the founder and president of the Royal Tailors, was born in Poland in 1834, and immigrated to the United States penniless After working as a travelling salesman and operating several clothing stores, he developed the then-revolutionary practice of offering customers refunds for clothing with which they were not satisfied. He opened his first store under the name of Royal Tailors in 1888. His garment business for men's customized fashions eventually employed over two thousand tailors in Chicago and New York with clothing sold in 10,000 cities and towns across America. After his death his son, Morris (1876-1950), and daughter, Emma, carried on the family business. Condition: Good to Very Good. All volumes exhibit some bumping and fraying at the corners and at the tops and bottoms of the spines, along with light scratching, marking, and general shelf-wear. The boards of all volumes have warped slightly due to the placement of the fabric samples within the volumes. They also show some light insect damage, particularly to endpapers and a few cloth samples, and chipping and age-toning to the edges of the text blocks. There is also very light age-toning and foxing throughout the volumes. The Heavy Weights Season volume has one page detached but present in place, and the Spring 1923 volume has three pages detached but present in place. All three volumes have some cloth samples missing, as vendors would remove samples from the book when they ran out of a given material. The Spring Weights 1922 volume has 187 of its original 236 samples, the Heavy Weights Season volume has 295 of its original 324 samples, and the Spring 1923 volume has 236 of its original 304 samples. 16.5 x 21.25 x 5.75 inches.
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