• Creator
  • McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill; Hartzold, Susan; Matejka, Michael, 1953-
  • Created Date
  • 5-2-02
  • Description
  • The Bloomington Book Bindery started business in 1854. Books of all kinds were bound in Russia, Calf, Morocco, or Sheep. Russia was a trade name which applied to a shaved cowhide or calfskin which was begetable-tanned with tannins from willow or other barks. Calf paper is colored and embossed, resembles leather and is now used only occasionally for covering books. Morocco generally means goatskin tanned by any vegetable tannin and boarded in t... more
    The Bloomington Book Bindery started business in 1854. Books of all kinds were bound in Russia, Calf, Morocco, or Sheep. Russia was a trade name which applied to a shaved cowhide or calfskin which was begetable-tanned with tannins from willow or other barks. Calf paper is colored and embossed, resembles leather and is now used only occasionally for covering books. Morocco generally means goatskin tanned by any vegetable tannin and boarded in the wet condition. It is becoming quite expensive and used rarely nowadays. Sheepskin is a soft leather produced from the skin or woolly sheep. Book binderies have used it for binding books for over 500 years. Like many local businesses in Bloomington, the Book Bindery was located in the downtown area. How we learn about communities. 16 History; 13 Science, Technology and Society; 15 Economics; 18 Social Systems. less
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