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CATALOGUE - HEARSES. MERTS & RIDDLE, RAVENNA, OHIO. - Merts & Riddle, Coach and Hearse Builders.

Ravenna, printed by S.D. Harris [188-?]. Oblong octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 50pp, full page wood engraved illustrations throughout. A remarkably good copy. ¶ Ravenna was clearly a hearse town in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Merts and Riddle bought their employer's coach building company in 1861 and expanded into hearses a decade or so later. When Merts left in 1891 the company became Riddle Coach & Hearse Co. This is the earliest catalogue - dated "1880 or so" - in the collection of Thomas Riddle, descendant and company historian. The catalogues at the Huntington with a conjectured date of 1875 aren't. Romaine did not see any Merts & Riddle catalogues.
AUD 250.00 [Appr.: EURO 161 US$ 193.16 | £UK 139 | JP¥ 21127] Book number 10395

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