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Bound scrapbook with black leather binding and marbleized endpapers. Scrapbook contains 140 pages. Handwritten notations on first page read: "Edwin Ford / 37 Devon Road, / Chestnut Hill, Mass." and "Memorabilia of Professional Work / In whole or in part / 1896-1913." Remaining pages are filled with clippings of photomechanical prints from periodicals depicting room interiors. Many photographs note the home owner, location and architect. While some of the names noted were customers of A. H. Davenport Co., others have not yet been identified as such. These photographs may not reflect the work of the firm. Additionally, there is no indication of how much of the rooms' woodwork or furnishings shown were actually the work of either Ford or the company.

Names noted that are known customers of A. H. Davenport Co. include: J. J. Albright (Buffalo, NY); B. W. Arnold (Albany, NY); John Jacob Astor (New York, NY); Eben Sumner Draper; Charles Head (Manchester, MA); Clarence Mackay (Roslyn, NY); John R. McLean (Washington, DC); Northern Trust Chemical Bank (Chicago, IL); W. B. Thomas (Prides Crossing, MA); University Club (New York, NY); and The White House (Washington, DC).

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Details

Collection Name
Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection II
Collection Code
CC011
Dates
1896-1913
Date of Acquisition
1995-11-09
Physical Description
1 scrapbook containing 140 pages (10 1/2 x 7 x 1 inches)
Dimensions
10 1/2x 7 (HxW) (inches)
Dimensions
10 1/2x 7x 1(HxWxD) (inches)
Collection Type
Corporate Records
Description Level
Item
GUSN
311152
Reference Code
CC011.003.006

Historical/Biographical Note

Edwin Ford (1861-?) was a Boston-based artist and business person who spent part of his career associated with A. H. Davenport Co. Boston city directories from 1890 to 1897 show him and partner Frederick Brooks as the operators of a stained glass manufacturing concern, Ford & Brooks, located on Boylston Street. By 1899, the directory shows him first as a salesman at A. H. Davenport Co. and secondly as the operator of Ford & Brooks. This description continued through the 1904 directory. Ford and Brooks ceased operations by 1905. The 1906, 1907 and 1909 directories list him as "decorative artist" at 96 Washington St., the location of A. H. Davenport Co. The four directories dating from 1911 through 1914 list him as either "manager" or "general manager" at this same address. The 1915 directory shows no occupation for Mr. Ford; 1917 and 1922 directories were similarly blank. It may be that his employment with A. H. Davenport Co.terminated upon its ca. 1914 merger with Irving and Casson.

Record details

Originator
Ford, Edwin (Compiler)
Other People
Ford, Edwin
Descriptive Terms
furniture
interior design
Material Type
clippings (information artifacts)
photomechanical prints
scrapbooks

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