War Between the States

Circa: 1988
ISBN: 0931838126

By Clifford and Michele Krainik with Carl Walvoord. Cententennial Photo Service, Grantsburg, Wisconsin, 1988. Large oversize hard cover book with dust jacket, 232 pages, index, profusely illustrated. Light wear to dust jacket. The book itself is in like new condition. The definitive reference book on this subject. A must for all serious photographic collectors! This excellent book is getting harder and harder to find. Rare.

"Union Cases, A Collectors Guide to the Art of America's First Plastics" is a definitive reference which presents the history of the plastic photographic case industry and illustrates to actual size every known case design with 773 examples. The works of art that inspired many of these designs are identified and illustrated. A supplemental price guide is provided.


"With meticulous scholarship and abundant illustrations, Clifford and Michele Krainik with Carl Walvoord have produced a reference work essential to collectors and historians of nineteenth century American photography." Beaumont Newhall, Director of the George Eastman House and reknowned photographic historian

"Union Cases has been over ten years in preparation. The historical research of Cliff and Michele Krainik and the collecting dedication of Carl Walvoord have combined to produce a definitive study of the cases, the origin of their designs, and the men and companies that made them. This book has been needed by collectors and dealers and will become the standard reference in the field for many years to come." John S. Craig, Photographic historian

"This monumental work represents a milestone of research. Not only have the authors cataloged and classified Union cases, they have been able to trace many of the original picture sources on which the designs were based, thereby providing scholars and collectors alike with invaluable supporting material." Heinz K. Henisch, Editor, History of Photography

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