The Larkin Idea

Two Rare Catalogs on CD

1907 & 1914

Here are two rare Larkin Idea catalogs on one Compact Disk.  These monthly editions were targeted to the "Clubs-Of-Ten" members and those looking to sell Larkin products.  The Larkin motto "From Factory to Family" was the basis of a unique sales and marketing program which included door to door sales and gifts.

Some Larkin History:

The Larkin Company was founded in Buffalo in 1875 by John D. Larkin as a small soap manufacturing company.  By the early years of the twentieth century, the Company had reached the most prosperous era of its existence, and was manufacturing soap, household goods, furniture, food, drugs, paint; in short, almost everything. 

Serving as a mail-order supplier to the entire United States, and operating numerous retail stores in the Buffalo area, it is reported that money poured into the Larkin Company offices at such a tremendous rate that it was removed from the envelopes and deposited into baskets and barrels, filling them rapidly. 

The Larkin company recruited housewives and neighborhood boys and girls to market their products door-to-door, much like Avon products are now sold. "Larkin Secretaries", as they were called, organized "Larkin Clubs" in their neighborhoods. The plan was that each month each of the ten members of the club would pledge to order $1 worth of Larkin goods. That month, one member, selected at random, would receive the $10 premium and the next month the premium would go to another member.

All these pages are scanned into .pdf files for viewing and/or printing from Windows or Macintosh systems. A copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader is included on every CD.

Unlike expensive "Reprints", this .PDF data file contains high resolution

 color images which faithfully depict the pages of the Original.


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We have created a special downloadable version of this great catalog.  Downloading saves time and money by eliminating costs of materials and shipping and handling associated with mailings.  This version uses advanced compression techniques to reduce the file size dramatically from the Compact Disk version.  It still includes all of the original pages and is great for viewing and printing. 

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