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Description” could be provided at short
                                               Walker, Evans was founded in 1821.
                                             Some sources say 1824, but the company
                                             celebrated its centenary with a special
                                             publication in 1921, so the fi rst date would
                                             seem correct. In 1821 John C. Walker
                                             acquired the stationery and bookbinding
                                             business of Schenck & Turner, and in
                                             partnership with his brother Joseph
                                             expanded into letterpress printing and
                                             lithography, moving to Broad Street,
                                             Charleston in 1837. In 1852 Benjamin
                                             Evans joined the fi rm, which became
                                             Walker, Evans. Three years later, Harvey
                                             Cogswell, the brother-in-law of Evans,
                                             joined the others and the business became
                                             Walker, Evans & Company. In 1887 the
                                             business was incorporated under the name
                                             Walker, Evans & Cogswell Company, or
                                             WECCO as it became known locally. Most
                                             of the examples in the album are from the
       indication of how it came to be in London.  period 1859-61.
         Many readers will know about the      The company had a chequered history,
       tradition of printers keeping a ‘guard   and during the American Civil War
       book’ – an important record of the    (1861-65) became offi  cial printers to the
       materials printed together with details   Confederate government, producing small
       of the customer, stock used and quantity   denomination currency notes, government
       produced – but the Walker, Evans album   bonds, stock certifi cates and postage
       is not one of these. Perhaps as an aid
       to sales, someone decided to compile,
       around 1861, a substantial record of the
       kind of material produced in-house by
       the company, and it survives at St Bride.
       The book itself is a product of the Walker,
       Evans’ works and the spine carries
       the gold-blocked legend “Blanks” and
       “W&E”. This may seem curious, but the
       manufacture of “Blank Books” was part of
       their trade and the original Broad Street
       printing works once carried a large banner
       proclaiming “Account Book Manufactory”.
       Advertising on their internal paperwork
       and invoices also reminded customers
       that “Blank Books of Every Size and
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