Paper mills, paper samples


When Will Bradley began to seek out new clients after relocating to Springfield, Massachusetts, he discovered an abundance of paper mills. Bradley used the Mittineague Paper Company’s Strathmore Deckle-Edge Book Paper in the first issue of Bradley: His Book, along with the products of two other paper companies that had commissioned advertisements for the issue. Mittineague was the first client of the Wayside Press in 1895 and continued the relationship even after merging with the Woronoco Paper Company and reincorporating as the Strathmore Paper Company in 1911. The company’s sample books often featured reprints of Bradley designs. The “Ye Old Hampshire Bond” booklet is notable for its original content. Each color of paper features a different individual who participated in the process of creating and selling the paper. It begins with “Ye Manager of ye Mill which Makes ye Ye Old Hampshire Bond” and ends with “Ye Business Manne Who Uses Ye Old Hampshire Bond.”