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Early 1900s Holland (MI) Furnace Co. Advertising Ink Blotter - $20 (Grass Lake)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Holland Furnace Company
size / dimensions: 8 1/2 x 4 inches wide
In the early 1900s, citizens of Holland, Michigan, tried to lure new business to boost the local economy. G.P. Bowman of Ohio had the idea to build state-of-the-
art coal heating furnaces. The location was ideal because it was close to Lake Michigan, and pig iron would need to be shipped to make stoves. Also, foundry castings needed plenty of sand, and there were the sand dunes nearby.

The Holland Furnace Co. started making furnaces in 1907 and, within ten years, it was the largest furnace installer in the world.

This ink blotter is made of heavier stock cardboard and has a blue backing (slightly discolored) that helps keep it stuck in place on a desk. It’s about 8 1/2 inches long by nearly 4 inches wide. Because the blotter advertises “World’s Largest Installers,” it was probably made within a few years of 1916.

As you can see from the photos, this blotter was not used for its original purpose and probably kept in someone’s drawer(s) over the years. It’s original and in nice condition, with great graphics.

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