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BOOKS
 
Date: 1910

Title: Larkin Co. Product and Premium List, Fall - Winter 1910-11. (Sixty-Fourth Edition. Published by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Larkin Co.

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for the Larkin Administration building were completed in 1904. The finished building was ready for occupancy in August 1906. Front Cover: The overall design is an adaptation of Wright’s designs on the columns in the Administration Building. The photograph at the top is of the Globe sculptures designed by Richard Bock, that sits atop the columns at the front of the Larkin Administration Building. The photograph at the bottom includes the Wright designed Larking Administration Building. The back cover includes another photograph of the Wright designed Larking Administration Building.

Size: 8.25 x 10.6

Pages: Pp 128

S#: 0094.47.0316

   
Date: 1913

Title: Good Things to Eat, An How to Prepare Them (Published by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, N.Y.)

Author: Larkin Company

Description: More than two hundred and fifty choice recipes compiles especially for customers and friends of the Larking Co., by the Larking Kitchen-Laboratory Department. Bound in cloth and printed in three colors. Uses older "Larkin Co." logo. Many of the illustrated products use design elements from the interior of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Larkin Administration Building. (Twelfth Edition)

Size: 5 x 7.75

Pages: Pp 80

S#: 0120.14.0214

   
Front
Back
Date: 1913

Publication: The Larkin Club-of-Ten  (Published by Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Larkin Co.

Description: Includes illustration of Larkin complex including Wright’s Larkin Building and the Larkin Logo on the back cover.  6 x 9. (First Edition)

Pages: 48

S#: 0120.04.0507

   
Date: 1969

Title: The Book of Buffalo Pottery (Hard Cover, DJ) (Published by Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by General Publishing Company Limited.)

Author: Altman, Seymour & Violet

Description: The reader will find all the facts, statistics, and details resulting from the research of these dedicated authors. Every kind of ware the firm is know to have made is discussed or pictured. Here, too, is the fascinating background story of the John D. Larkin mail-order company, which founded the pottery that made Deldare, Abino, Blue Willow, advertising and commemorative pieces, game sets, pitchers and jugs, and other articles dating from its early days that are cherished and highly valued today. Well over 400 pieces illustrated in color and black and white by Stanley S. Furry. Original list price $7.50. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11.25

Pages: Pp 192

S#: 1803.11.0812

   
Date: 1987

Title: The Book of Buffalo Pottery (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., West Chester, Pennsylvania)

Author: Altman, Seymour & Violet

Description: First published in 1969. The reader will find all the facts, statistics, and details resulting from the research of these dedicated authors. Every kind of ware the firm is know to have made is discussed or pictured. Here, too, is the fascinating background story of the John D. Larkin mail-order company, which founded the pottery that made Deldare, Abino, Blue Willow, advertising and commemorative pieces, game sets, pitchers and jugs, and other articles dating from its early days that are cherished and highly valued today. Well over 400 pieces illustrated in color and black and white by Stanley S. Furry. Note: the only difference between this volume and the 1969 version is the dust jacket, cloth cover, end pages and the addition of a price guide at the end. Original list price $27.50. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11.25

Pages: Pp 196

ST#:
1987.97.0117
   
Date: 1989

Publication: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building, Myth and Fact (Soft Cover) (Published by The Architectural History Foundation, New York, New York. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England)

Author: Quinan, Jack

Description: A must for studying the Larkin Building. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building was demolished only forty-six years after its 1904 completion.  Quinan’s in depth study of the Larkin Building in Buffalo, New York is an invaluable resource.  Quinan’s draws on engineering documents, personal accounts and other papers he acquired from the family of Darwin D. Martin, a Larkin executive who proposed commissioning Wright to design the company’s offices. With more than one hundred photographs, floor plans, maps, and diagrams, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building provides a complete record of how the building was conceived, built, evaluated, and finally demolished in what has been called a tragic loss for American architecture. (Edited from publisher’s description.) 8.5 x 9.25. (First Soft Cover Edition, Hard Cover first published in 1987.)

Pages: 189

ST#: 1989.64.1007

   
Date: 1999

Publication: John D. Larkin: A Business Pioneer  (Published by Daniel I. Larkin, Amherst, New York. Distributed by Western New York Wares, Inc. Buffalo, New York.)

Author: Larkin, Daniel I.

Description: Autobiography of John D. Larkin includes involvement with Wright.  Written and autographed by Grandson. Includes three photographs and one illustration of the Larkin Building.  Original cover price $14.95.  6 x 9.  First published in 1998.  (Third Edition)

Pages: 212

ST#: 1999.49.1206

   
   
   
CERAMICS
   
Date: 1916

Title: Larkin Co. Demitasse Cup & Two Saucers (1903 - S.093).

Description: Ground was broken in the Spring of 1902 for the Buffalo Pottery Company, a subsidiary of the Larkin Company. The plant went into full production in the fall of 1903. Original intended to provide premiums for the Larkin catalog, it soon became one of the finest potteries in the country. The name was changed to Buffalo China Inc., and was purchased by Oneida in 1983. (Larkin p199.) The Larkin Restaurant was located on the top floor of the Administration Building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1912, 45,000 visitors of the Larkin Factories enjoyed "wholesome and dainty refreshments" (Larkin Idea, p5). This saucer was most likely used in the Larkin Restaurant, not as a give-away premium. There is no evidence that Wright designed the "LCo" logo, although the other design elements on the saucer were taken from design elements of the Wright designed Administration Building. An earlier form of the logo appeared as early as 1905. The logo that appeared on the cup and saucer appeared on the cover of the July 1907 "Larkin Idea". "Buffalo China, 1916."

Size: The cup measures 2.5 inches across the top and 2.25 inches high. The saucer measures 5" in diameter.

S#: 0132.14.0712,  0132.15.1212

   

   
Date: 1916

Title: Larkin Co. Salad Plate (1903 - S.093).

Description: Ground was broken in the Spring of 1902 for the Buffalo Pottery Company, a subsidiary of the Larkin Company. The plant went into full production in the fall of 1903. Original intended to provide premiums for the Larkin catalog, it soon became one of the finest potteries in the country. The name was changed to Buffalo China Inc., and was purchased by Oneida in 1983. (Larkin p199) The Larkin Restaurant was located on the top floor of the Administration Building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1912, 45,000 visitors of the Larkin Factories enjoyed "wholesome and dainty refreshments" (Larkin Idea, p5). This plate was most likely used in the Larkin Restaurant, not as a give-away premium. There is no evidence that Wright designed the "LCo" logo, although the other design elements on the saucer were taken from design elements of the Wright designed Administration Building. An earlier form of the logo appeared as early as 1905. The logo that appears on the plate appeared on the cover of the July 1907 "Larkin Idea". Imprinted on the bottom: "Buffalo China, 1916."

Size: The salad plate measures 8.4" in diameter.

S#: 0132.20.0114

   
    
   

A more recent version...

 
    
   



Identification marking on back.

Of interest are the three marks that are embedded in the finish of the back. The marks seem to indicate that it had an attached ceramic holder.
 

Detail of the lower mark.

 
 We have only located examples of this color and style with the Larkin logo. Courtesy of Kathleen, Restaurant ware Collectors Network.
Date: 1928

Title: Larkin Co. Dessert Plate (1903 - S.093).

Description: Rouge and ivory dessert plate with black line and Larkin logo. Ground was broken in the Spring of 1902 for the Buffalo Pottery Company, a subsidiary of the Larkin Company. The plant went into full production in the fall of 1903. Original intended to provide premiums for the Larkin catalog, it soon became one of the finest potteries in the country. The name was changed to Buffalo China Inc. By 1928 Buffalo China developed white plus five solid colors: Ye Old Ivory (ivory); Lune Ware (medium to light blue); Rouge Ware (pink); Colorido Ware (yellow); and Cafe-au-Lait (deep tan). Combinations with an ivory center: Colorido Lamelle (yellow and ivory); Lune Lamelle (medium blue and ivory) and Rouge Lamelle (pink and ivory). Rouge Ware was the name given by Buffalo Pottery to pink solid-body vitreous ware. Vitrified China was a strong high-grade ceramic ware fired at a high temperature to a glasslike finish. It had a low water-absorption rate. We identified Rouge Ware markings undated, 1928 and 1930. In 1932, Buffalo Pottery was granted US Patent 1849272. The Larkin Restaurant was located on the top floor of the Administration Building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1912, 45,000 visitors of the Larkin Factories enjoyed "wholesome and dainty refreshments" (Larkin Idea, p5). This plate may have been used in the Larkin Restaurant, but more likely in a sales display. Of interest are the three marks that are embedded in the finish of the back. The marks seem to indicate that it had an attached ceramic holder. We have only located examples of this color and style with the Larkin logo. Imprinted on the bottom: "Buffalo China, Rouge Lamelle, Patent Applied For."

Size: The dessert plate measures 7.125" in diameter.

S#: 0215.12.0314

   
   
   
COINS
   
Back
Date: 1925 - John D. Larkin Front

Description: John D. Larkin.  Fiftieth Anniversary.  1875 - 1925.  Larkin Co. Engraving by Kilenyi.  Bronze.  1.5" Diameter.

S#: 0171.01.0506

 

Close-up of Larkin Building
 
 
 
DOCUMENTS
   
LOAN PAPERS: Frank Lloyd Wright to D. D. Martin
1)  Frank Lloyd Wright, The Lost Years, 1910-1922.  Page 72-73 including footnotes, Anthony Alofsin, 1988.  Sub-chapter "Darwin Marin and Finances" goes into detail about these specific loans and his support of Frank Lloyd Wright.
2)  Frank Lloyd Wright: A Visual Encyclopedia.  Page 208, Iain Thomson, 1999.  Francis W. Little was a client and dedicated collector of Japanese prints.  Mr. Wright borrowed $10,000 from Little to buy the American rights to the Wasmuth Portfolios.  Little held a portfolio of Wright's Japanese prints as collateral
3)  For additional information on these loans see Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography, Page 207-8.  Meryle Secrest. 1992.

 

Date: 1911 - March 10, 1911

Description: 1) March 10, 1911.  This is a demand of payment by the Security National Bank of Minneapolis, of a Promissory note for $4,000 by Frank Lloyd Wright "Maker of said note".  Evidently DD Martin and Francis W. Little guaranteed the loan, because their names are listed on this notarized collection notice. 

S#: 1911.00.0501

   
Front of Check
 
Back of Check
Date: 1911 - March 18, 1911

Description: 2) March 18, 1911.  A check in the amount of $4068.72 written by Francis W Little to "Myself", and given to D. D. Martin.  This check satisfied the "demand for payment" (#1) shown above.  This amount is the first entry on the 4/15/15 note shown below (#3).  On the back of this check is written "Pay to the Order of The Security National Bank...", which is shown above.  This check is signed and endorsed by Francis W Little's signature.

S#: 1911.01.0501

   
Date: 1915 - April 15, 1915 Summary of debt (Page 1)

Description: 3) April 15, 1915 Summary of debt (Page 1).  These two pages summarize the amount owed D. D. Martin.  Frank Lloyd Wright to D. D. Martin, Dr. is written at the top with the date 4/15/15.  Page 1 includes two loans.  The first is in the amount of $24,435.49 including payments and interest incurred from March 20, 1911 through July 1, 1915.  This includes two payments to Peabody, Houghtaling & Co. for a total of $6,000 and also a payment to Catherine Wright on Nov. 14, 1911 in the amount of $2,000.  The second is a note dated May 1, 1912 in the amount of $4,760.00 including interest incurred from May 1, 1913 through July 1, 1915.

S#: 1915.00.0501

   
Date: 1915 - April 15, 1915 Summary of debt (Page 2)

Description: 4) April 15, 1915 Summary of debt (Page 2).  Page 2 includes one more loan dated Nov. 15, 1910 in the amount of $2,500.00 (due six-months from date) including interest incurred from Nov 15, 1910 through July 1, 1915.  There is a payment of Japanese Prints which leaves a balance of $1,724.40.  There is a total balance owed on July 1, 1915 of $30,919.89 when you add up all three loans.  This would indicate Little's ongoing support for Frank Lloyd Wright.  There is a note on the back of page 2: "Papers  in 4,000 loan on notes secured by Jap. prints."

S#: 1915.01.0501

   
Date: 1915 - April 15, 1915 Summary of debt (Back of Page 2)

Description: 4B) April 15, 1915 Summary of debt (Page 2 Back).  This is the back of Page 2.  The note on the back reads: "Papers  in 4,000 loan on notes secured by Jap. prints."

S#: 1915.01.0501

   
Date: 1918 - Notes for Loan #2

Description: 5) Notes for Loan #2.  Interest owed on $4,000 from 5/1/13 to 2/21/18 in the amount of $1395.29.

S#: 1918.01.0501

   
Date: 1918 - Notes for Loan #3

Description: 6) Notes for Loan #3.  Interest owed on $2,500 from 8/16/11 to 2/21/18 in the amount of $644.62.

S#: 1918.00.0501

   
Date: 1922 Notes for Loan #1

Description: 7) Notes for Loan #1 to D. D. Martin.  Interest owed on $4,000 from 5/1/12 to 11/1/22 in the amount of $2520 and interest owed on $1750 from 11/15/10 to 11/15/22 in the amount of $1260.

S#: 1922.00.0501

 
 
 
THE LARKIN IDEA
   
Date: 1900

Title: The Larkin Idea - 1900 (Published by the Larkin Soap Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Larkin Soap Co.

Description: One of the early, if not one of the first Larkin Idea. "The Larkin Idea: Save all Cost which adds no Value, by direct Dealings from Factory to Family." Spend $10 and redeem free premiums: Chautauqua Desk, Chiffonier (dresser), Book-case, Chautauqua Rocker, Chautauqua Morris Chair, Chautauqua Sewing Table, Seth Thomas Mantel Clock, 24 Piece 1847 Rogers Bros. Silverware, Chautauqua Silver Tea Set, sixteen additional premiums. The cover appears to be printed in 10 distinct colors: red, black, yellow, cyan (medium blue), pink, beige, gray, blue green and light green.

Size: 5.25 x 6.25

Pages: Pp 28

S#: 0041.15.0414

   
Date: 1902

Title: Larkin Idea, The - Nov 1902 (Published monthly by the Larkin Soap Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Larkin Soap Co.

Description: "Save all cost which adds no value. Second Year. Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for the Larkin Administration building were completed in 1904. The finished building was not ready for occupancy until August 1906. This issue does not include any design elements or hints of the Wright designed administration building.

Size: 5.25 x 8.4

Pages: Pp 18

S#:
0052.14.0117
   
Date: 1903

Title: Larkin Idea, The - March 1902 (Published monthly by the Larkin Soap Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Larkin Soap Co.

Description: "Save all cost which adds no value. Third Year. Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for the Larkin Administration building were completed in 1904. The finished building was not ready for occupancy until August 1906. This issue does not include any design elements or hints of the Wright designed administration building.

Size: 5.25 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 22

S#:
0054.12.0117
   
Date: 1904

Title: The Larkin Idea - November 1904 (Published monthly by The Larkin Co., Publishers, Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for the Larkin Administration building were completed in 1904. The finished building was not ready for occupancy until August 1906. This issue does not include any design elements or hints of the Wright designed administration building. Original cover price 50c per year (12 issues).

Size: 5.3 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 32

S#: 0055.07.0915

   
Date: 1905

Title: The Larkin Idea - July 1905 (Published monthly by The Larkin Co., Publishers, Buffalo, NY)

Author: Larkin Co.

Description: Illustration on page 1 includes the Larkin Administration Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1903. Original cover price 50c per year (12 issues).

Size: 5.2 x 8.25.

Pages: Pp 1

S#: 0058.04.0812

   
Date: 1905

Title: Larkin Idea Order Sheet Insert, 1905 (Published by The Larkin Co., Publishers, Buffalo, NY)

Author: Larkin Co.

Description: Inset into the July 1905 Larkin Idea, this order sheet was for ordering Larkin products. List on products are on the second page.

Size: 11 x 8.5.

Pages: Pp 2

S#: 0058.05.0812

   
Date: 1906

Title: The Larkin Idea - March 1906 (Published monthly by The Larkin Co., Publishers, Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for the Larkin Administration building were completed in 1904. The finished building was not ready for occupancy until August 1906. This issue includes the new Wright designed administration building in the masthead illustration on page 1, and also incorporated the "LC" monogram into it. Original cover price 50c per year (12 issues).

Size: 5.25 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 32

S#: 0064.17.0915

   
Date: 1906

Title: The Larkin Idea - May 1906 (Published monthly by The Larkin Co., Publishers, Buffalo, NY)

Author: Larkin Co.

Description: Illustration on page 1 includes the Larkin Administration Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1903. Original cover price 50c per year (12 issues).

Size: 5.25 x 8.25.

Pages: Pp 1

S#: 0064.09.0812

   
Date: 1906

Title: Larkin Idea, The - July 1906 (Published monthly by the Larkin Co., Buffalo)

Author: Larkin Co.

Description: Page one - Illustration of campus with Wright designed Larkin Headquarters. Original List Price 50 cents a year.

Size: 5.25 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 32

S#: 0064.19.0216

   
Date: 1907

Title: The Larkin Idea - January1907 (Published on the first day of each month by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Page one - Illustration of campus with Wright designed Larkin Headquarters. Original List Price 50 cents a year.

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Pp 32

S#: 0080.18.0213

   
Jamestown Exhibition Pavilion. Courtesy of the Larkin Idea, March 1907, page 27. See additional information.
Detail from above image.
Date: 1907

Publication: The Larkin Idea - March 1907 (Published on the first day of each month by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

Description: "Larkin Co. at Jamestown Ter-Centennial. Along with the many beautiful structures that will soon be completed on the grounds of the great Jamestown Exhibition is the private building of Larkin Co. In this building there will be an interesting display of the Larkin Products and Premiums... The Larkin Building is intended for the entertainment and comfort of the hosts of our friends and customers that will attend the exhibition. ...the object of the Jamestown Exhibition is primarily to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the first English settlement on the American continent..." Additional information on the history of Jamestown and the Exhibition. Includes one illustration of the Jamestown Exhibition Pavilion (S.132 - 1907) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Gift from Mark Surman, New York. "I found the catalog in 1987 while remodeling my home, the catalog was in a ceiling corner. I estimate the home was built in the late 1800’s." Original List Price 50 cents a year.

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: 26-28

S#: 0080.10.1110

   
Date: 1907

Title: The Larkin Idea - May 1907 (Published monthly by the Larkin Co., Buffalo)

Author: Anonymous Author: Anonymous Author: Anonymous
     
Description: "The Inscription on the Court of the Administration Building. On the magnesite panels between the capitals surmounting the columns that form the central sky-lighted court in our new Administration Building, inscribed in gold letters, are two quotations from the Sermon on the Mount, and forty-two words. The passages from the Bible are on the large panels at the ends of the court; words on the smaller panels at the sides..." Includes one photograph of the interior of the Larkin Building. (Sweeney 73) Description: "The Larkin Auto Service and the Larkin Factories..." Includes one photograph of the Larkin Building. Description: "Our Jamestown Exhibit. ...The architect, Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright, has designed a building for us which will be unusually beautiful and at the same time provide appointments well adapted to meet the needs of our display,..." Original cover price 50 cents per year.
     
Size: 5 x 8
     
Pages: Pp 1-2 Pages: Pp 5-6 Pages: Pp 11-13
     
S#: 0072.00.1114
   
Date: 1907

Title: Larkin Idea, The - June 1907 (Published on the first day of each month by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Page one - Illustration of campus with Wright designed Larkin Headquarters. Page 15, "Arbor Day at Larkin Co. Bringing a beautiful elm into the grounds of our new Administration Building where it was transplanted. The tree was carefully taken up, loaded on a special truck and brought clear across the city to its new home." Original List Price 50 cents a year.

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Pp 32

S#: 0080.28.0415

   
Date: July 1907

Publication: The Larkin Idea - July 1907 (Published by Larkin Company, Buffalo)

Author: Anonymous

Description: "Beauty Wrought by Gardener and Architect." The Larkin Administration Building Conservatories. Includes three photographs. Note: Graphic designs on cover taken from Wright’s interior designs. Original List Price 42 Cents (50 cents per year). 5 x 8.

The design elements on the cover are similar to the design elements on the interior of the Larking Building.  Notice the right side of the image.

Pages: 2-3

S#: 0080.03.0205

   
Date: August 1907

Publication: The Larkin Idea

Author: Anonymous Twitmyer, Geo. E. Anonymous
       
Description: Our Jamestown Exhibit. About the Larkin Company exhibition pavilion at the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition. Includes photo. (Sweeney 73) A Model Administration Building. About the Larkin Building. This is a slightly abridged reprint of an article published in the Business Man’s Magazine, April 1907. Includes eight photos. Some Photographed views from the Home of the Larkin Idea. Includes interior photos of building.
       
Pages: 16-17 1-8 Cover 2
       
S#: 0073.00.0404 0073.01.0404 0073.02.0404
       
Jamestown Exhibition Pavilion. Courtesy of the Larkin Idea, August 1907, page 16. See additional information.
   
Date: 1907 Order Form

Publication: Larkin Co. Order Form,

Author: Larkin Co.

Description: Order form was folded inside the August 1907 issue.

S#: 0073.03.0404

   
Date: 1907

Title: The Larkin Idea - October 1907 (Published on the first day of each month by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Page one - Illustration of campus with Wright designed Larkin Headquarters. Page 15, "Large attendance at Larkin Building." One photograph of the Larking Building at the Jamestown Exposition. Original List Price 50 cents a year.

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Pp 32

S#:
0080.36.0517
   
Date: February 1908

Publication: The Larkin Idea

Author: Anonymous 

Description: Photo of exterior and interior of the Larkin Building.  Also note the cover design.  The elements on the cover are elements on the interior of the building.  Also includes original mailing envelope.

Pages: 1, 7

S#: 0085.01.0702

   
Date: 1912

Publication: Larkin Idea, The - April 1912 (Published on the first day of each month by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

The Larkin Restaurant, on the top floor of the Administration Building. Courtesy of the Larkin Idea, April 1912, page 5.
Description: "An Hour At The Home of The Larkin Idea... Every year forty-five thousand people thoroughly enjoy this trip through the Larkin Factories and Administration Building, the later being the largest and most completely appointed private office-building in the world... In the Larkin Restaurant, on the top floor of the Administration Building, Wholesome and dainty refreshments will be served to you and we are quite certain that you will leave The Home of The Larkin Idea with the same feeling that so many of our other friends express, that you ‘wouldn’t have missed the trip for anything." Original List Price 50 cents a year.

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Cover 1, 3-5

S#: 0114.04.1110

 

   

Date: 1912 Home of the Larkin Idea

Publication: The Home of the Larkin Idea (Published by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY) (Soft Cover)

Author: Anonymous

Description: First published in 1901, Revised in 1906 with the third edition.  This is the twelfth edition.  “We present this book with the hope that, to those who have visited us, it will serve as a reminder of an hour well spent.”  This seems to indicate that this book may have been given to those touring the Larkin Company.  Pages 25-28 includes “The Larkin Administration Building” and “The Larkin Restaurant” with seven photographs.  The back cover includes an illustration of the Larkin Globe.  The book is folded in half to 4.25 x 8.  But when opened up, it is actually 8.4 x 8.  (Twelfth Edition)

Pages: 32

S#: 0111.01.0107

 

   
Inverted Page 18-19
Date: 1912 Negative Page 18-19

Description: Negative: "The Larkin Factories.  The Home of Larkin Idea.  From Little Beginnings to Present Immensity."  8 x 10 duplicate negative of page 18-19, from “The home of The Larkin Idea”.  (S#111.01) Negative is a duplicate, a seam is visible. Negative shows the entire Larkin Co complex.  Same basic illustration as Larkin Co. Letterhead 1917 and Two Postcards (1908 & 1910).

Size: 8 x 10

S#: 0111.02.0404

 

 

 

Close-up of Larkin Building
   
Date: 1914

Title: The Larkin Idea - May 1914 (Published on the first day of each month by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Page one - Illustration of campus with Wright designed Larkin Headquarters. Original List Price 50 cents a year. 5.25 x 8.25

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Pp 38

S#: 0124.26.1117
   
Date: 1914

Title: The Larkin Idea - August 1914 (Published on the first day of each month by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Page one - Illustration of campus with Wright designed Larkin Headquarters. Original List Price 50 cents a year. 5.25 x 8.25

Size: 5 x 8

Pages: Pp 38

S#: 0124.27.1117
   
Date: 1929

Title: The Larkin Idea - August 1929 (A Monthly Magazine for Larkin Secretaries, Published by the Larkin Co. Inc., Buffalo, NY)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Front and back cover printed in four-color. This issue continues to use the Larkin Building mast-head (p3) which includes the Larkin Administration Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Size: 5.3 x 8.3

Pages: Pp 24

ST#: 0228.25.0914

   
   
   
LETTERHEAD AND ENVELOPES
   
Date: Larkin Co. Buffalo, N.Y. Envelope. Circa 1904-09

Description: Larkin Co. Buffalo, N.Y. Envelope. Circa 1904-09. Back: "Old Customers are rewarded for recommending new customers. Have your friends write for our catalog." 1113 E. 27-53. [Place a Two Cent Stamp Here] Gift from Randolph C. Henning.

Size: 6 x 3.5

S#: 0055.01.0809

   


Larkin Co. 1910 Envelope Back


Date: Larkin Co. 1910 Envelope

Description: Larkin Co. Envelope - (Printed by the Larkin Company, Buffalo, NY).  Post Marked 1910. Note: Graphic designs on cover taken from Wright's interior designs. 

Size: 6.5 x 3.75.

S#: 0094.03.0706

1910 Envelope Detail
Note the similarities of the above design element on the left and right side of the name to the design elements of the right side of the image below.  A variation was used in the design on The Larkin Idea.
 
1910 Envelope Detail
This logo design was also used on The Larkin Idea.
   


Larkin Co. 1910 Letterhead Detail


Date: Larkin Co. 1910 Letterhead

Description: Larkin Co. Letterhead. Top Left: "John D. Larkin, Pres’t & Treas. Chas H Larkin, Vice Pres’t. Wm. R. Heath, Vice Pres’t. D.D. Martin, Secretary. John D. Larkin, Jr. Ass’t Treas. Harry H Larkin, Ass’t Treas." In Illustration: "Larkin, Seneca, Swan, Carroll, Exchange, Van Rensselaer Streets."  Top Right: "Factory to Family. Soapmakers, Perfumers, Chemists, Importers, Food Specialists."  Center: "Larkin Co., Established, 1875."  "Buffalo, N.Y 6/3/10."

Size: 8.5 x 10

S#: 0104.05.0209

Larkin Co. 1910 Letterhead Detail
 

Larkin Building Interior

   
Date: Larkin Co. Letterhead - 1917

Description: Larkin Co. Letterhead - 1917.  Letterhead stamped Jul 21 1917. Same basic illustration as Negative and Two Postcards (1908 & 1910). Printed code top right hand corner 514F.2061. 

Size: 8.5 x 10.

S#: 0138.01.0305

Close-up of Larkin Building

 

   
   
   
MATCHES
 

Date: Circa 1905

Title: Larkin Co. Match Box. 

Description: “Larkin Safety Matches”. Made in Norway. The design elements on the box are similar to the design elements on the interior of the Larking Building.  Notice the right side of the image.

Size: 1.5 x 2.25

S#: 0058.01.0706

   
   
   
MONOGRAM
   
  According to Jack Quinan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for the Larkin Administration building were completed in 1904. The finished building was ready for occupancy in August 1906 "Myth and Fact", 1989, p. xiii.
   
Prior to Frank Lloyd Wright presenting his presentation drawings, the monogram used by the Larkin Company was a stereotypical ink-penned old English styled "Larkin" text. It wasn’t until after Wright presented his drawings that the "LCO" monogram began to evolve. This form of the monogram continued to appear in printed material as late as 1910.
   
It wasn’t until after Wright presented his drawings that the "LCO" monogram began to appear and evolve. The first form of the Larkin "LCO" monogram that we were able to locate appeared on the July 1905 cover of "The Larkin Idea".
   
Although it did not appear on the cover of the January 1907 "The Larkin Idea", it appeared in a slightly different form on pages 26-27, suggesting the use of the "Larkin monogram" as part of a table centerpiece for the Larkin Club of Ten.
   
The newer design for the monogram appeared on the cover of the July 1907 issue (left) of The Larkin Idea and the design for the cover stayed consistent through at least the February 1908 issue. The graphic elements on the cover are elements on the interior of the Larkin Administration Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

   
Larkin Administration Information Bureau. Photographically the first appearance of the monogram, that we could locate, was published in the March 1908 Architectural Record. Located at the Information Bureau in the building’s entrance, the monogram is designed into the light fixture mounted to a pier on either side of the circular desk. Atop each pier is a large "Robie" styled vase. Photographed at 4:37 p.m. This photograph was also published again in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten." Courtesy of Architectural Record.
   
Larkin Administration Information Bureau. This image appears to be photographed the same day as the image above, and by the same unidentified photographer, this photograph was taken a half hour earlier at 4:05 p.m. Courtesy of the National Library of Australia.
   
Photographed at the same time as the above image published in the Architectural Record, this photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago (Sonderheft)", 1911. The monogram is designed into the light fixture and mounted to a pier on either side of the circular desk. Atop each pier is a large "Robie" styled vase.
   
The questions that has to be asked: Did Wright design the "LCO" monogram? We have not had the opportunity to review all of Wright’s drawings for the Larkin Building, so we can only speculate. Wright was very protective of the image photographs portrayed. He would go as far as removing furniture from homes he was photographing, if they were not his designs. Would Wright incorporate a monogram into the design of a light fixture and allow it to be photographs for Architectural Record in 1908, if he had not designed it? It wasn’t until after Wright presented his drawings that the "LCO" monogram appeared. Without having conclusive proof, but knowing the weight Wright placed on every detail, we would lean toward the conclusion that Wright designed the "LCO" monogram used in the Information Bureau. The Larkin Company adapted it. Illustration adapted by Douglas M. Steiner, copyright 2014.
   
Larkin Administration Information Bureau. Eventually the light fixtures and monograms were removed from the piers on either side of the circular desk. The Winged Victory Statue, one of Wright's favorite design elements, originally placed on the top floor, was moved to the information Bureau. Courtesy of the Buffalo History Gazette.
   
   
   
PHOTOGRAPHS
   
Date: Circa 1905-06

Title: Larkin Administration Building (1903 - S.093) circa 1905-6.

Description: According to Jack Quinan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for the Larkin Administration building were completed in 1904. The finished building was ready for occupancy in August 1906 "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building, Myth and Fact", 1989, p. xiii. Photographed after the completion of the exterior. It became the focal point of the Larkin Company. The building was constructed of dark red brick, utilizing pink tinted mortar. Photographed by Edward Van Altena.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0058.10.0514

   
Date: Circa 1906-07

Title: Larkin Administration Building (1903 - S.093) circa 1907.

Description: Designed by Wright in 1903, completed in 1906. Photographed after completion circa 1906-07, but before the installation of the wall-mounted lanterns mounted on either side of the relief. The building became the focal point of the Larkin Company. The building was constructed of dark red brick, utilizing pink tinted mortar. The entrance of the building was flanked by a waterfall-like fountain that ran into a pool. Above the fountains was a bas-relief by Richard Bock, who also designed the globes at the top of the central exterior piers of the building. Of note are the two holes drilled near the top in the border of the relief on the left and right sides. Two Wright designed wall-mounted lanterns were seen in later photographs. The globes were removed by 1941 due to structural problems associated with their weight. Photographed by Henry Fuermann

Size: 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0080.13.0712

   
Date: Circa 1906-07

Title: Larkin Administration Building (1903 - S.093) circa 1906-07.

Description: A) Detail of the entrance. The entrance piers are dwarfed by the size of the building. Pedestrians give a size perspective to the piers and fence. Designed by Wright in 1903, the building was completed and occupied in August, 1906. Photographed after completion circa 1906-07, by Henry Fuermann.

Size: 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0080.13.0712 A

   
Date: Circa 1906-07

Title: Larkin Administration Building (1903 - S.093) circa 1906-07.

Description: B) Detail of the pier and column capitals. Richard Bock created the globe sculptures as well as the decorative column capitals seen between the two globes. Designed by Wright in 1903, the building was completed and occupied in August, 1906. The globes were removed by 1941 due to structural problems associated with their weight. Photographed after completion circa 1906-07, by Henry Fuermann.

Size: 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 0080.13.0712 B

   
Date: Circa 1906-07

Title: Larkin Administration Building (1903 - S.093) circa 1906-07.

Description: C) Detail of the bas-relief waterfall-like fountain carved by Richard Bock. The fountain flowed into a pool. The women to the left give a size perspective to the sculpture and pool. Note the two holes drilled near the top in the border of the relief on the left and right sides. Two Wright designed wall-mounted lanterns were seen in later photographs. Designed by Wright in 1903, the building was completed in 1906. Photographed after completion circa 1906-07 by Henry Fuermann, but before the installation of the wall-mounted lanterns mounted on either side of the relief.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0080.13.0712 C

   
Date: Circa 1906-07

Title: Larkin Administration Building exterior, circa 1906-7(1903 - S.093).

Description: Designed by Wright in 1903, completed in 1906. Photographed after completion circa 1906-7, but before the installation of the plaques mounted on the entrance piers on the far left. The building was constructed of dark red brick, utilizing pink tinted mortar. The entrance of the building was flanked by a waterfall-like fountain that ran into a pool. Above the fountains was a bas-relief by Richard Bock, who also designed the globes at the top of the central exterior piers of the building. This image has a dot pattern which indicated it is a copy photograph of a printed photograph. Possibly a copy published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten", Wright 1911, p.131. Label pasted to verso: "The Museum of Modern Art. Wright, Frank Lloyd. The Larkin Building, Buffalo, New York, 1904. Exterior View.)

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0080.29.0216

   
Date: Circa 1906-07

Title: Larkin Administration Building Interior, circa 1906-7 (1903 - S.093).

Description: View of the interior Central Hall from the ground floor. Designed by FL Wright in 1903, photographed after the completed in 1906. The building was constructed of dark red brick, utilizing pink tinted mortar. Similar view published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten", Wright 1911, p.130, but photographed from the opposite end of the Hall. The inscription at the far end on the fifth floor reads: "Ask and it Shall Be Given You, Seek and Ye Shall Find Knock, and it Shall Be Opened unto You." The inscription from the image on page 130 reads: "All Things Whatsoever Ye, Would That Men Should Do, to You Do Ye Even So to Them." Both quotes are from Matthew 7. "On the magnesite panels between the capitals surmounting the columns that form the central sky-lighted court in our new Administration Building, inscribed in gold letters, are two quotations from the Sermon on the Mount, and forty-two words. The passages from the Bible are on the large panels at the ends of the court..." The Larkin Idea, May 1907, pp.1-2. Label pasted to verso: "The Museum of Modern Art. Wright, Frank Lloyd. The Larkin Building, Buffalo, New York, 1904. Exterior View.)

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0080.30.0216

   
Date: Circa 1906-07

Title: Larkin Administration Building (1903 - S.093) circa 1906-7.

Description: View of the interior Central Hall from the second level. Designed by Wright in 1903, the building was completed in 1906. Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten" Wright, 1911, p.130, and "Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago" Wright, 1911, p.110.

Size: 6 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0080.24.0115

   
Date: 1907

Title: Inland Architect & News Record, Volume L (50), July 1907 (Published by The Inland Architect & News Record)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Front View. "Administration Building for the Larking Co., Buffalo, N. Y. Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect." Photogravure only, no text, Hors-texte Plate, printed single side only. Courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Archives. (Sweeney 71)

Size: 7 x 10 (Copy)

Pages: Pp 1

S#: 0071.00.05171 A

   
Date: 1907

Title: Inland Architect & News Record, Volume L (50), July 1907 (Published by The Inland Architect & News Record)

Author: Anonymous

Description: View of the east side. "Administration Building for the Larking Co., Buffalo, N. Y. Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect." Photogravure only, no text, Hors-texte Plate, printed single side only. Courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Archives. (Sweeney 71)

Size: 7 x 10 (Copy)

Pages: Pp 1

S#: 0071.00.05171 B

   
Date: 1907

Title: Inland Architect & News Record, Volume L (50), July 1907 (Published by The Inland Architect & News Record)

Author: Anonymous

Description: "Interior View, Administration Building for the Larking Co., Buffalo, N. Y. Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect. (See descriptive article.)" Photogravure, Hors-texte Plate, printed single side only. Courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Archives. (Sweeney 71)

Size: 7 x 10 (Copy)

Pages: Pp 1

S#: 0071.00.05171 C

   
Date: 1915 Larkin Building. Darwin D. Martin's Desk

Description: Larkin Building. Darwin D. Martin's desk designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Larkin Administration Building (1905) atrium, Buffalo, New York, August 3, 1915 (Martin was CEO of Larkin).  It shows Martin's desk on his return from a family vacation to Yosemite.  The "Welcome Home" flowers are in a Rookwood(?) vase.  In the early 1980s the Kelmscott Gallery acquired this photograph from the estate of Darwin. D. Martin.  It beautifully illustrates Wright's concept of a common workspace for executives and employees.  The desk by Van Dorn Iron Works Company had "drawers of various sizes and designed to provide space for specific forms and papers".  The chair is designed with painted steel and an oak seat. The photograph is so clear that “Tuesday August 3" is visible on a number of desk calendars.  According to the Graycliff Conservatory, Inc., Scott Elliott (Kelmscott Gallery) donated an impressive collection of historic photographs of the Darwin D. Martin family, including a photo album and journal of the Martin family's cross country trip to California including Yosemite National Park in 1915.  The Larkin Company was a mail-order house that sold soap and other household products.  The building was demolished between February and July 1950.  Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building, Myth and Fact" Quinan, 1989, page 50.  Original silver gelatin 1915 photograph.  Photographer unknown. 

Size: 7.5 x 7.75

S#: 0128.02.0107

   
Date: 1915 Martin Trip to Yosemite National Park

 

 

   
larkinadm.jpg (36529 bytes) Date: Larkin Building Circa 1932
Description: Larkin Building.  Built 1903, Demolished 1950.  I have noticed a number of changes to the Larkin building in this later photo:
1) Globes are missing
2) Plaques have been added at the street entrance
3) Windows added top/side of building
4) Fountain pool filled in
5) Street has been widened
6) Lights added to each side of fountain
7) Chimney added to center column on right side at top
8) Parking added on right side of building

Published in "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building, Myth and Fact" Quinan, 1989, page 120. 

S#: 0502.01.1001

   
Date: C 1935

Title: Larkin Administration Building circa 1935 (1903 - S.093).

Description: Three-quarter view of the left side of the Larkin Building. From its inception, the building was the Larkin Co. Administration building until 1939 when the building was sold to the Larkin Co Inc, and the Larkin department store was moved into the first three floors. Photographed by Gilman Lane.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0397.22.0514

   
Date: C 1935

Title: Larkin Administration Building circa 1935 (1903 - S.093).

Description: Three-quarter view of the left side and front of the Larkin Building. The globe sculptures have been removed from the top of the piers. From its inception, the building was the Larkin Co. Administration building until 1939 when the building was sold to the Larkin Co Inc, and the Larkin department store was moved into the first three floors. Photographed by Gilman Lane.

Size: Original 4.5 x 3.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0397.23.0514

   
Date: C 1935

Title: Larkin Administration Building circa 1935 (1903 - S.093).

Description: View of the entrance and front of the Larkin Building from the street. The cross-piece above the entrance piers reading "Administration Building" and the two "Larkin Co." name plates did not appear in the 1907 photographs published in the July Inland Architect. A lamp added to either side of the Bock fountain entrance sculpture is visible. From its inception, the building was the Larkin Co. Administration building until 1939 when the building was sold to the Larkin Co Inc, and the Larkin department store was moved into the first three floors. Photographed by Gilman Lane.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph and original 4.5 x 3.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0397.24.0514 A&B

   
Date: C 1935

Title: Larkin Administration Building circa 1935 (1903 - S.093).

Description: View of the entrance of the Larkin Building. Lamps have been added to either side of the Bock fountain entrance sculpture. From its inception, the building was the Larkin Co. Administration building until 1939 when the building was sold to the Larkin Co Inc, and the Larkin department store was moved into the first three floors. Photographed by Gilman Lane.

Size: Original 4.5 x 3.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0397.25.0514

   
Date: 1981

Title: Larkin Administration Building Arm Chair (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Chair Example A: Arm chair on swivel base facing forward, four outer legs and a central pedestal on casters, 1904-6. The back is perforated. Brown painted steel, black leather seat, 38 (H) x 25 (W) x 21 (D). It appears that three styles were created. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 color photograph and one 4x5 color negative.

ST#: 1981.84.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Larkin Administration Building Arm Chair (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Chair Example A: Arm chair on swivel base facing forward and to the left, four outer legs and a central pedestal on casters, 1904-6. The back is perforated. Brown painted steel, black leather seat, 38 (H) x 25 (W) x 21 (D). It appears that three styles were created. Photography by Thomas A. Heinz. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 and two 4x5 B&W photographs (3).

ST#: 1981.85.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Larkin Administration Building Arm Chair (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Chair Example A: Arm chair on swivel base, facing backwards and to the left, four outer legs and a central pedestal on casters, 1904-6. The back is perforated. Brown painted steel, black leather seat, 38 (H) x 25 (W) x 21 (D). It appears that three styles were created. This photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright", Kelmscott Galleries, 1981, page 23. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photograph and one 4x5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.86.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Larkin Administration Building Arm Chair (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Chair Example A: Arm chair on swivel base, facing backwards and to the left, four outer legs and a central pedestal on casters, 1904-6. The back is perforated. Brown painted steel, black leather seat, 38 (H) x 25 (W) x 21 (D). It appears that three styles were created. Photography by Thomas A. Heinz. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 and two 4x5 B&W photographs (3).

ST#: 1981.87.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Larkin Administration Building Arm Chair (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Chair Example B: Arm chair on swivel base, facing backwards and to the right, three outer legs on casters, the two in front are single, the back is a double centered leg, 1904-6. The back is perforated. Brown painted steel, black leather seat, 38 (H) x 25 (W) x 21 (D). It appears that three styles were created. This photograph was published in "Frank Lloyd Wright", Kelmscott Galleries, 1981, page 25. Photographed by Quiriconi-Tropea Photographers. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photograph and one 4x5 B&W negative.

ST#: 1981.88.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Larkin Administration Building Desk and Chair (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Chair Example C: Desk with attached chair that automatically folds in. Chairs would not have to be moved, increasing the efficiency of cleaning the large office building. The design was to Brown painted steel, black leather seat and back on the chair. Desk: 43 (H) x 48 (W) x 24.5 (D), Chair and base: 31 (H) x 15 (W) x 16.5 (D). It appears that three styles were created. Photography by Thomas A. Heinz. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries.

Size: One 4x5 color photograph.

ST#: 1981.89.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Larkin Administration Building Desk Chair Details (1903 - S.093) 1981.

Description: Larkin Administration Building Desk Chair Details (1903 - S.093) 1981. The back and seat match the chair attached to the desk, but the base has four outer legs and a central pedestal on casters. Set of 10 Polaroids showing different details of the seat. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries. Right: Courtesy of Struve Gallery, 1986, plate 6, 37.5 (H) x 18 (W) x 17 (D).  Wright Chairs.

Size: Ten 3.5 x 4.5 color Polaroids.

ST#: 1981.133.0413

   
   
   
POSTCARDS
   
Date: Circa 1907
   
Date: 1907

Title: Larkin Co. Souvenir Postcard Folder. 22 panels.

Description: Cover: "Souvenir Views. Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Write only address on this side.: Verso: Larkin Co. Monograph. Panel 1: A Section of the Larkin Office Force. The Administration Building will accommodate 1800 workers. Panel 2: The Larkin Co. Administration Building. Panel 12: Transcribing letters to Larkin Customers. Over 200 typewriters in the Larkin typewriting department. Panel 16-17: "The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y., 1907. Fifty acres of floors – Still growing. World’s largest manufacturer of Soaps, Toilet Articles and Perfumes. The only great manufactories (sic) in the world devoted to cooperation with consumers. The entire product goes direct from Factory to Family, without tribute to middlemen. The Original Larkin Factory, 1875."

Size: 4.75 x 3.

S#:
0080.35.0517
   


Left) Panel 1: A Section of the Larkin Office Force. The Administration Building will accommodate 1800 workers.

Right) Panel 2: The Larkin Co. Administration Building.
   
Panel 12: Transcribing letters to Larkin Customers. Over 200 typewriters in the Larkin typewriting department.
Panel 16-17: "The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y., 1907. Fifty acres of floors – Still growing. World’s largest manufacturer of Soaps, Toilet Articles and Perfumes. The only great manufactories (sic) in the world devoted to cooperation with consumers. The entire product goes direct from Factory to Family, without tribute to middlemen. The Original Larkin Factory, 1875."
   
 
   
Date: 1908

Description: “The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. Over Fifty Acres of Floors. 1875 - 1908”  “The Larkin Co. are the World’s largest Manufacturers of Soaps and Toilet Preparations and important Food Specialists...”  Shows facility including the Wright Larkin Building.  This illustration is the same as the Larkin Co. Letterhead 1917, Negative and 1910 Post card but in color. See detail below.

Size: 5.4 x 3.5.

S#: 0085.02.0801, 0085.03.0207

   
Close-up of Larkin Building from above postcard.
   




Date: 1909

Title: Larkin Administration Building (1903 - S.093) Circa 1909.

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Larkin Administration Building in 1903. "The entire output of the Larkin Factories goes direct from Factory to Family, thus saving for customers the profits and expenses of wholesalers and retailers. The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. Over Fifty Acres of Floors. The World’s Largest Manufactories of Soaps and Toilet Preparations. Visitors Welcome." Inside: "Some views from the Home of The Larkin Idea, Buffalo, N.Y. Includes six photographs, one titled "A group of clerks: Administration Building." Post Marked 9/14/09.

Size: 11 x 3.5 folded to 5.5 x 3.5.

S#: 0086.08.0912

   
Date: Larkin Product and Premium List 1909 Order Form

Description: “Larkin Product and Premium List” Order Form for the Fall and Winter Edition (62nd).  Pre-paid advertising Reply Card, 1909.  Includes cover with illustration of the Larking Building.  PM 10/11/09. See verso below.

Size: 5.5 x 6.5, folded to 5.5 x 3.25.

S#: 0086.02.0407

   
Larkin Product and Premium List 1909 Order Form Verso of above.
   
Date: 1910

Title: "Larkin Product and Premium List"

Description: Order Form Post Card for the 1910 Spring Summer Edition (63rd). "Larger and More Attractive Than Ever... Over 1700 premiums, many new offers. Rugs, Carpets, Tapestry Couch-Covers and Curtains, Wall-Papers, Lamps, Clocks and Hammocks, in colors; Silverware, Jewelry, Furniture, House-Furnishings, Stoves, etc., and the Latest Fashions in Wearing-Apparel: - Suits, Coats, Skirts, Wash Dresses, Waists, Etc." Includes cover with illustration of the Larking Building.

Size: 5.5 x 3.25

S#: 0094.41.0214

   
Date: 1910

Description: The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. Over Fifty Acres of Floor Space. Visitors Welcome.  This illustration is the same as the Larkin Co. Letterhead 1917, Negative and 1908 Post card but in color. Two Postmarks, Dec 30, 1910 Buffalo NY and Jan 14 1911 Trumansburg NY. See detail below.

Size: 5.5 x 3.5.

S#: 0094.01.0305

 

   
Close-up of Larkin Building from above.
   
Date: 1910

Description: The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y.  Over Fifty Acres of Floor Space.  Visitors Welcome.  This illustration is the same as the Larkin Co. Letterhead 1917 and Negative but in color.  Same Card as #94.01, with minor changes:  Smoke and back is printed in different color. 

Size: 5.5 x 3.5.

S#: 0094.04.0307

   
Date: 1910

Title: The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. 1910 (S.093 - 1903).

Description: Text on face: "Handling Orders from Larkin Customers. One of the departments in the Larkin Administration Building, Buffalo, N. Y. More than one thousand clerks are required to handle the orders and correspondence from over two million customers. Wrapping Toilet Soap in the Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N. Y. Larkin Company are the world’s largest manufactures of soaps and toilet preparations. 199F4536-10." Postmarked Sept 2, 1910. Top left photograph from the interior of the Larkin Administration Building.

Size: 5.4 x 3.4

S#:
0094.49.0317
   
Date: 1910

Description: The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y.  Over Fifty Acres of Floor Space.  Visitors Welcome. 1910. 99F4536-11. This illustration is the same as the Larkin Co. Letterhead 1917, Negative and 1908 Post card but in color.  Postmarked: Aug 31, 1910, Buffalo NY.

Size: 5.5 x 3.5.

S#: 0094.02.0506

 

   
Date: Circa 1910

 

   
Date: 1912 (Have verified 1913 PM)
   
Date: 1914

Description: “The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. Fidelity to an idea and an ideal built the Larkin Factories of today from small beginnings.”  (Bottom) “Over 64 Acres of Floor Space.”  Back: “Over 150,000 Larkin clubs are in operation today.” The “Terminal Warehouse” on the left was constructed in 1912.  PM 8/24/14 

Size: 10.7 x 3.6

S#: 0124.01.0207

 
   
Date: 1914

Description: “The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. Fidelity to an idea and an ideal built the Larkin Factories of today from small beginnings.”  (Bottom) “Over 64 Acres of Floor Space.”  Back: “Over 150,000 Larkin clubs are in operation today.” The “Terminal Warehouse” on the left was constructed in 1912.)  (Same as #124.01 but back is reversed.) 

Size: 10.75 x 3.5

S#: 0124.02.0407

 
   
Date: 1916

Description: "The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. Fidelity to an idea and an ideal built the Larkin Factories of today from small beginnings.”  Bottom: “Over 64 Acres of Floor Space.”  #18377.  Published by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee.  (In 1919 Larkin employed 2225 people.  The “Terminal Warehouse” on the left was constructed in 1912.)  PM 8/29/18.

Size: 11.3 x 3.8

S#: 0132.01.0207

 
   
Date: Circa 1917

Title: "The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. circa 1917 (1903 - S.093).

Description: Fidelity to an idea and an ideal built the Larkin Factories of today from small beginnings." Bottom: "Over 75 Acres of Floor Space. Larkin Co., Important pure food specialists and world’s largest manufacturers of soaps. Perfumes and toilet preparations. The entire output of the Larkin Factories goes direct from factory to family, saving customers the expenses and profits of wholesales and retailers. By the Larkin plan, the money that stocks your pantry will also furnish your home. Visitors welcome." #18377. Published by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee. PM 8/27/21

Size: 11.25 x 3.8

S#: 0138.06.1012

 
   
Date: 1918

Description: "The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. A National Institution, Co-operatively owned by 1,800 Employees."  "Over 75 Acres of Floor Space."  #18377.  (Published by The Larkin Company) (In 1919 Larkin employed 2,225 people. The "Terminal Warehouse" on the left was constructed in 1912.) 

Size: 11.25 x 3.75

S#: 0139.02.0107

 
   
Date: CirCA 1926-30

Title: The Larkin Factories, Buffalo, N.Y. (1903 - S.093) Circa 1926-1930.

Description: "The Home of the Larking Idea - The Larkin Factories Buffalo, N. Y." Verso: "The Larkin Factories celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in 1925. "More than a Half Century of Service of American Homes. Over 50 years ago..." Printed with a yellow and black plate only. Could have been printed during the depression era, hence, two color instead of four color printing. Postmarked Aug 2, 1932.

Size: 11.3 x 3.6

S#: 0172.12.0911

 
   
Date: 1997

Description: Larkin Administration Building Post Card.  Buffalo, NY  1903-06.  Detail of upper facade showing pier sculptures by Richard Bock.  The globes depicted here represent the Larkin Company's aspirations and its world-wide trade for the procurement of ingredients for soaps, perfumes and other toiletry products.  Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.

ST#: 1997.18.0600

   
   
   
SILVERWARE
Date: Circa 1930's

Description: Larkin Advertising Souvenir Spoon. Replica of Globe at end of spoon represents Larkin Building (See photo below).

Size: 4.25" Long

S#: 1930.51.0499

 

   
Close-up
Larkin Building

 

   
   
   
LARKIN JAMESTOWN EXHIBITION PAVILION (S.132 - 1907)
   
Jamestown Exhibition Pavilion. Courtesy of the Larkin Idea, March 1907, page 27.
Detail from above image.

 

Date: 1907

Publication: The Larkin Idea - March 1907 (Published on the first day of each month by the Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY)

Description: "Larkin Co. at Jamestown Ter-Centennial. Along with the many beautiful structures that will soon be completed on the grounds of the great Jamestown Exhibition is the private building of Larkin Co. In this building there will be an interesting display of the Larkin Products and Premiums... The Larkin Building is intended for the entertainment and comfort of the hosts of our friends and customers that will attend the exhibition. ...the object of the Jamestown Exhibition is primarily to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the first English settlement on the American continent..." Additional information on the history of Jamestown and the Exhibition. Includes one illustration of the Jamestown Exhibition Pavilion (S.132 - 1907) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Gift from Mark Surman, New York. "I found the catalog in 1987 while remodeling my home, the catalog was in a ceiling corner. I estimate the home was built in the late 1800’s." Original List Price 50 cents a year.

   
Date: 1907

Title: Larkin Jamestown Exposition Pavilion, 1907 (1907 - S.132).

Description: View of entrance. The exhibition room is on the left, the lecture room is to the right. Text on exterior wall: "Larkin Co. Factory to Family. Soaps and Toilet Articles, Food Products, and Premiums." "Larkin Co. at Jamestown Ter-Centennial. Along with the many beautiful structures that will soon be completed on the grounds of the great Jamestown Exhibition is the private building of Larkin Co. In this building there will be an interesting display of the Larkin Products and Premiums... The Larkin Building is intended for the entertainment and comfort of the hosts of our friends and customers that will attend the exhibition. ...the object of the Jamestown Exhibition is primarily to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the first English settlement on the American continent..." From The Larkin Idea, March, 1907, Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY.

Size: 10 x 5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0080.22.0115

   
Date: 1907

Title: Larkin Jamestown Exposition Pavilion Interior, 1907 (1907 - S.132).

Description: The exhibition room viewed from the lecture room. In the background are six sets of large windows with pairs of smaller panes on either side. The window design is reminiscent of Pebbles & Balch Store Remodeling,(1907 - S.131) and the Beachy Residence Remodel (1906 - S.117). "Larkin Co. at Jamestown Ter-Centennial. Along with the many beautiful structures that will soon be completed on the grounds of the great Jamestown Exhibition is the private building of Larkin Co. In this building there will be an interesting display of the Larkin Products and Premiums... The Larkin Building is intended for the entertainment and comfort of the hosts of our friends and customers that will attend the exhibition. ...the object of the Jamestown Exhibition is primarily to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the first English settlement on the American continent..." From The Larkin Idea, March, 1907, Larkin Co., Buffalo, NY.

Size: 10 x 5.6 B&W photograph.

S#: 0080.23.0115

   

Jamestown Exhibition Pavilion. Courtesy of the Larkin Idea, August 1907, page 16.

Date: August 1907

Publication: The Larkin Idea

Author: Anonymous

Description: Our Jamestown Exhibit. About the Larkin Company exhibition pavilion at the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition. Includes photo.  (Sweeney 73)

Pages: 16-17

   
Date: 1910

Publication: Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright. Plate XXXVI (36).  "Studies and Executed Buildings". (Single Sheet)  (Published by Ernst Wasmuth A.-G., Berlin)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: Plate XXXVI (36)  “Exposition building, containing an exhibition-room and lecture-room for the Larkin Co. at the Jamestown Exhibition; and the interior of the Browne’s Book-Store.  A long narrow room in a down-town building converted into a book-store.  The walls and ceiling were re-formed, and alcoves with chairs and tables provided for the convenience of customers.”  Original vintage lithograph. (Sweeney 87)

Size: 15.75 x 25.25

   
Date: 1910

Publication: Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright. Plate XXXVI (36).  "Studies and Executed Buildings". (Single Sheet)  (Published by Ernst Wasmuth A.-G., Berlin)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: Detail of Plate XXXVI (36). Floor plan for the Jamestown Exposition building, containing an exhibition-room and lecture-room for the Larkin Co. at the Jamestown Exhibition. (Sweeney 87)

   
Date: 1910

Publication: Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright. Plate XXXVI (36).  "Studies and Executed Buildings". (Single Sheet)  (Published by Ernst Wasmuth A.-G., Berlin)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: Detail of Plate XXXVI (36). Exterior of the Jamestown Exposition building, containing an exhibition-room and lecture-room for the Larkin Co. at the Jamestown Exhibition. (Sweeney 87)

   
Jamestown Exhibition Pavilion Illustration from the Larkin Idea, March 1907, page 27. Note similarity with the above illustration.
   
Date: 1910

Publication: Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright. Plate XXXVI (36).  "Studies and Executed Buildings". (Single Sheet)  (Published by Ernst Wasmuth A.-G., Berlin)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: Detail of Plate XXXVI (36). Detail of the exterior of the Jamestown Exposition building, containing an exhibition-room and lecture-room for the Larkin Co. at the Jamestown Exhibition. (Sweeney 87)

   
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