Compliments of Eagle Lumber Co... Manufacturs Of Arkansas Yellow Pine, Eagle Mills, Ark. 1899.
Title, in full:
National Moulding Book; Containing The Latest Styles Of Mouldings; Interior House Finish, Stair and Porch Railings. As Well As Full Size Cuts of Frames In Use In Different Localities. Number Commencing At 5000, Cuts Giving Exact Size Of Each Moulding, With Figures Representing The Ripping Width Of Lumber.
Adopted April 15, 1896, By The Wholesale Sash, Door & Blind Manufacturers' Association Of The Northwest and by The Eastern Sash, Door & Blind Manufacturers' Association.
Chicago: Published By Rand, McNally & Company, Printers, Engravers, and Electrotypers. 1899
The National Moulding Book was the last word in commercial milled moulding stock at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries. Sensibly so, both the Northwest and the Eastern manufacturers of milled mouldings had settled upon an industry standard to ensure that stock ordered from any member lumber mill would be a match to that ordered from another mill.
The Eagle Lumber Co. of Eagle Mills, Arkansas, further describes their milled stock:
"We do not dress our finish while it is hot from the kilns. We store it in sheds until it becomes thoroughly tempered, which makes a softer finish than when dressed hot which is usually practiced."
By the turn of that century, 'kit houses' ordered from the likes of Sears & Roebucks had become a commonplace method for those people lucky enough to have the monetary resources to build their own house. The uniformity of profiles and grades ensured that moulding profiles ordered from local lumber and millwork companies would be uniform in profile and dimensions, thus reducing the cost of building a house or other wooden structure.
That's why even today you can walk into a local lumber yard that adheres to industry standards and select additional moulding stock to complete a project or job.
Is it any wonder I love old books?
Till next, Gary