Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh: E.A. Strout Company.
Softcover. Near fine. Undated, ca. 1910-1920. 12-panel folding brochure illustrated with half-tone photographs. 8 1/8 x 3 3/4 inches when folded; about 15 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches when fully unfolded. Minimal handling wear; near fine. Promotes the small town of Willseyville, in New York's Finger Lakes region, as an ideal place to purchase a farm. Includes statistics on local milk, wool, and egg production, notes the quality of nearby schools (including Cornell and Ithaca College), and describes the "splendid shipping facilities" which easily reach "the best markets in the country." This is followed by detailed listings (size, types of crops grown and/or animals raised, residence and outbuildings, equipment included, nearby conveniences, etc.) for nineteen properties currently for sale -- ranging in size from 1.5 to 190 acres and $1,700 to $5,000 in price. Founded in Maine in 1900, the E.A. Strout Company grew to have more than 100 branch offices and pioneered the concept of selling property through catalogues and circulars like this one. (See also Item #X).