Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh: E.A. Strout Company.
Softcover. Good. Undated, ca. 1915. Oversized 4-page circular (27" x 19") offering farms for sale in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Ohio. A good copy, with some staining. 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. The company's main sales pitch was that farming is the path to self-sufficiency and prosperity, and they used the outbreak of World War I as a means to push the message even harder, arguing that even in wartime the American farmer "has a never-ending source of income" and "is the the most independent and therefore the happiest and most contented individual in the world." Those inspired by this arguement could persuse detailed listings for more than 150 farms then on the market in the eastern United States, where (they speciously claim) "there are no tornadoes, no cyclones, no floods, no hot winds, and no destructive storms. The farmer's life is safe and his property is secure."