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Printer's Sample Book from North Central West Virginia

Collection Number: A&M 3640


This sample book illustrates the different types of material that were printed, mostly in the 1920s, for individuals, organizations, and businesses in the Shinnston, West Virginia, and Marietta, Ohio, areas. Materials include advertising cards for various businesses (including auto garages, gas stations, banks, restaurants, beauty parlors, and shoe repair), personal business cards, coupons, menus, railroad schedules and timetables, bills of lading, receipts, envelopes and letterheads, and event tickets and programs (for celebrations such as the Fourth of July and Memorial Day as well as for theater productions and school banquets). Most of the materials are undated, though several items are dated 1917, 1918, 1925, and 1930. Most items appear to have been created in the 1920s, and display various typefaces, styles, images, and colored inks. It is likely that these items were printed primarily by the Banner Printing Company in Shinnston. While most pieces advertise events and places in Shinnston and Marietta, there are also items from Fairmont, Morgantown, Worthington, and other West Virginia towns.


  • Creation: 1917-1930
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1920-1929

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.


0.3 Linear Feet (Summary: 4 in. (flat storage box))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Printer's Sample Book from North Central West Virginia, 1917-1930
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Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US