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W. B. Conkey Co. (1877-1949)
Walter B. Conkey founded his company in 1877. It was a bindery and printer until it began to publish books on its own imprint in the late 1890's. The publishing plant was located in Hammond, Indiana. It mainly published reprints of fiction and classics in its numerous publisher's series. [from The Tom Brown Series by Tom Hughes]
In 1898 the company built on a nine acre site in what was the outskirts of the town of Hammond. The plant produced the first Sears Roebuck catalog that year. ,br>After the original owner and president Mr. Conkey died in 1923, his son Henry P. Conkey took over controlling interest of the company. Rather then pursuing to have the largest plant on the globe, his son sought to have the most modern and well equipped facility, so he could manufacture books at the least possible cost.
"As a result, several of the departments which had previously contributed to the bigness of the plant were curtailed or eliminated and specially designed equipment was installed to manufacture books and catalogs." stated Mr. E. J. Heckelman, a Conkey executive."We lost in size, but we gained in modernity. At present, our company enjoys the lowest insurance rate in the printing industry - an excellent indication of the high type of equipment and structures developed under Henry Conkey.", Mr. Heckelman said.
Numerous types of catalogs and books were printed at the plant. The list included text books, biographies, encyclopedias, fiction, Bibles, brochures and special hand made volumes. The equipment was so modern, "that the company could set up and produce a 160 - page book within 24 hours."
The facility had the ability to produce 40,000 books a day. Two railcar loads of paper were used every eight hours. The Conkey Company gave employment to 550 workers in 1935. Some of the equipment was specially made for book manufacturing. A gathering machine used in the book making process was termed "almost human". This machine would gather segments of books for binding and stop the moment it made a mistake. [from Backwards in Time]

  1. []. Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W.B.Conkey Co., nd. [inscribed 1896]

  2. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.

  3. []. The Life and Times of Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.

  4. []. The Life and Times of Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.[e74bin]

  5.   []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd    [inscribed 1895][e40bin][e50bin]

  6. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.    [G15]

  7. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd

  8. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.        

  9. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd. [inscribed 1901]

  10. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd. [inscribed 1901]
  11.      []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.

  12.   title page []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd. [red spine]

  13. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co.,  [blue spine] [inscribed 1896]

  14. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.    [inscribed 1904]    [green spine]

  15. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as related by Himself. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd. [inscibed 1906]

  16. []. Robinson Crusoe. Springfield, Cromwell & Kirkpatrick, of Springfield, 1890 [Farm and Fireside Library. It is issue #66.]

  17. []. Robinson Crusoe. His Life And Strange, Surprising Adventures. Chicago, W.B. Conkey Company, n.d. [ca.1900]

  18.   []. Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W.B.Conkey Co., nd. [incribed 1912]

  19.   []. Robinson Crusoe. His Life And Strange, Surprising Adventures. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Company, nd  [P4]

  20. []. Robinson Crusoe. His Life And Strange, Surprising Adventures. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Company, nd

  21. []. Robinson Crusoe. His Life and Strange, Surprising Adventures. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd

  22. []. Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W.B.Conkey Co., nd. [incribed 1904]

  23. conkey []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.
  24. []. Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W.B.Conkey Co., nd. [inscribed 1907]

  25. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.

  26. []. The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W. B. Conkey Co., nd.

  27. []. Robinson Crusoe. Chicago, W.B.Conkey Co., nd.

  28. []. Robinson Crusoe. His Life and Strange, Surprising Adventures. Chicago, W.B.Conkey Co., nd. (I believe that this is a rebound earlier edition ~1907)

  29. []. Robinson Crusoe. His Life and Strange, Surprising Adventures. Chicago, W.B.Conkey Co., nd.

 

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