This circular bookseller's label for The Norman Remington Co. of Baltimore was on the inside back cover of a falling-apart copy of 1923's "The Conquest of Fear" by Basil King.1
For information about The Norman Remington Co., I found everything I was seeking (and more) in Frederick N. Rasmussen's nostalgic and bittersweet July 23, 2011, article in The Baltimore Sun headlined "Demise of Borders recalls the end of Remington's."
Some tidbits culled from that article:
- The bookstore, in its various incarnations, was in business from 1910 to 1986 in Baltimore.
- The original founders were Stanley G. Remington and William Wollstonecraft Norman.
- The bookstore was also the purchasing agent for several libraries and had a used-book section devoted to Marylandia.
- From 1966 to its closure in 1986, one of its key managers was George Leinwall, who is described by Rasmussen as "a colorful and somewhat crusty book appraiser, raconteur, bibliophile, and collector of rare volumes."2
- When Remington's closed forever in 1986, Leinwall told The (Baltimore) Evening Sun: "In today's world, there is no longer desire for the services we used to extend. We're closing down. We'll belong to the ages."3
- Brentano's, the American Bookstore in Paris
- Two bookseller labels from York, Pa.
- Some history of The Regal Store in York
- Peering inside 1944's "Strange Fruit" by Lillian Smith
- An old bookseller's label from Miller & Rhoads department store
1. Basil King's full name was William Benjamin Basil King. He lived from 1859 to 1928 and was a clergyman who became a writer. According to Wikipedia, "The Conquest of Fear (1921) portrayed his own struggle with ill health and eventual spiritual growth, and lays out his somewhat mystical approach to religious understanding." The book is available from Project Gutenberg.
2. That sounds like a wonderful job. Where do I sign up?
3. Leinwall died on New Year's Day in 1993. Later that month, The Baltimore Sun's James H. Bready wrote: "The year started with the death of George F. Leinwall -- book man, collector, patron; on Jan. 1, at age 77, of cancer, at his home in Carroll County, his wife Mary Helen and their daughter Francesca at his side. By his request, there was no service, no death notice or obituary, no fuss."