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Pamphlets, journals, magazines and, on occasion, books published by a manufacturer to publicize their product lines. Though they have become harder to find, we look for older (i.e. 19th to mid- 20th Century) examples of the genre.

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Kirsch, C. W., How to Drape Your Windows, (illus. by Fred Whincap), Sturgis, Michigan, Kirsch Company, 1930, first edition, 4to (9.75" x 7"), slim flexible HB in dj, thin brown paper boards w/ dk brown titles in dk brown & white illus. dj, VG- / VG-. Slightly edgeworn, corners bumped as well as top corner of text block at spine, back strap archivally repaired, spine extremities chipping. DJ has 1/2" losses to spine extremities, edgewear.

79 pp. 105+ b/w illus, 14 color plates & myriad small in-text color illustrations. An educational trade catalog. Pamphlet laid in, printed in b/w & orange, "Styling Your Windows," copyright 1937.

"...completely informative upon all of the different types and styles of window and door draping treatments in use today.

"Window treatments for elaborate drawing rooms - for living rooms - for libraries - dining rooms - kitchens - bedrooms - of every type and kind...from the simplest and least pretentious to the most luxurious."

Contains full page color plates of rooms utilizing Kirsch Company products. Profusely illustrated on every page, offering a wealth of period information on the elements of window and door drapes, accompanied by detailed descriptions, techniques and recommendations for special and unusual draping treatments.

Beautiful illustrations of the vintage Hold-Backs, Cornices, Curtain Rods, Pole Sets, Rod Sets, Swinging Cranes, Tapestry Rods, Side Drape Rods, Traverse Equipment, Couplers, Brackets, etc.

Follows, the contents, the preface from C.W. Kirsch himself, and detailed descriptions of the various products and their uses:


The Importance of the Window
The Advantages Of Draw Curtains
Kirsch Flat Extension Rods
Description of Kirsch Finishes
Kirsch Rod Finishes
KirschKraft Atavio Work
KirschKraft Atavio Hold-Backs
KirschKraft Empire and Better Wood Pole Sets
KirschKraft Better Wood Pole Finishes
Kirsch Off-N-On Drapery Hooks
KirschKraft Cornice and Cornice Pole Sets
KirschKraft Cornice Pole Finishes
Suggested Color Schemes

Products from the hardware section:

Cut-to-Measure Single Rod Set
Cut-to-Measure Double Rod Set
Cut-to-Measure Triple Rod Set
Cut-to-Measure Bent Rods
Cut-to-Measure Rods
Cut-to-Measure Portier Track
Cut-to-Measure Top and Bottom Rods Fitted with Traverse Equipment
Cut-to-Measure Sash Rod

Additional sections:

Special decorative finishes available

Suggested Color Schemes for each room for the Draperies, Curtains, Drapery Hardware, Floor Coverings, Furniture and Coverings, Walls and Woodwork and Accessories.

Special Question and Answer section in the back Is it necessary to use an overdrapery over each mullion? Should glass curtains and draperies be weighted? How full should ruffles be cut for ruffled curtains and how wide?

"In 1907 Charles W. Kirsch invented the first flat curtain rod and founded the Kirsch Company and he was off and running from there constructing a half million square foot plant in Sturgis, Michigan in 1923 and inventing the first adjustable traverse rod in 1928 around the time this book was published. Kirsch Company has continued its innovation and still exists today, of course as one of the quality premier companies in its industries.

In offering this book the writer has in mind three things:

First of all, a book which will be completely informative upon all of the diferent types and styles of window and door draping treatments in use today.

Then,to furnish the information necessary to deal with special window problems, unusual draping questions and the methods of producing same.

My third thought has been to associate with the various styles of windows, the most appropriate and practical types of drapery hardware.

While small in cost in relation to the drapery materials, drapery hardware plays a major part in achieving attractive window and door draping effects. Window treatments for elaborate drawing rooms - for living rooms - for libraries -dining rooms - kitchens - bedrooms - of every type and kind, on price scales up and down the range from the simplest and least pretentious to the most luxurious. They are all herein contained, awaiting your examination.

With me, this has been a labor of love. The fruit of twenty-three years of specialization in the study of the window and its many draping treatments are embodied in these pages. I hope you will enjoy and benefit by reading the book one-half as much as I have the making."

A detailed reference on domestic interior decoration in the 1930's.

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