Saint Louis, the Commercial Metropolis of the Mississippi Valley

Saint Louis, the Commercial Metropolis of the Mississippi Valley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...which the house is now doing--nearly half a million a year, it was small, but was a good beginning, and encouraged them to deepen and widen their operations. They formed business connections with the best eastern firms in the same line, and filled their store with such goods as their increasing trade demanded. As business increased, they liberally patronized the artiste of.this country and Europe, and placed rare meritorious works of art in their exhibition rooms for the public to study or purchase. To know how to exhibit goods, is one of the secrets of success in the trade, and Messrs, Pettes & Leathe, early discovered it. By showing the public beautiful pictures, they induced many to buy them to adorn the walls of their houses, and thus created a demand for such articles as they kept for sale. It was not however, until 1864, that they commenced importing from Europe to any considerable extent. In the latter part of that year they formed a business acquaintance with large European houses, and commenced in earnest to import choice paintings, engravings and French plate and sheet glass. In this last mentioned article, they carry the largest stock of any house West of New York. French plate glass is an expensive and delicate article to handle, and but few dealers have found it profitable; but Messrs' Pettes & Leathe, have not only dealt in it very largely, but have so carefully and skillfully handled itin transit and while placing it in the windows of our best buildings, that it has been a profitable business. As manufacturers of fine mirrors, window cornices, and carved walnut mantel-pieces, they bave earned an enviable reputation--that of being the best source of supply for the above articles in the West, and fully equal to...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123683481X
  • 9781236834812