Lee Manufacturing - dated to circa 1925
A word about dating - Lee's catalogues do not have a date on them, so we have used our judgement to give an approximate date of issue. We know that this catalogue must be from 1925 or a little later. We have explained our detective work on another page.
Only Imperial's Carnival Glass is to be found in this catalogue. Naturally, there is no Northwood: they closed in 1925, giving a clue that this catalogue is from a little after that date.
As in Lee's 1915 catalogue, a full page was dedicated to Imperial's Lustre Rose water set and 4 piece table set (described as a "Tea Set").
But by 1925 or so, the price had doubled from $1.50 for each set in 1915, to $3 for each set. The rising prices may explain the emphasis on the front of the catalogue that "All goods and premiums must be selected from this Catalogue and not from Catalogue previously sent you"
An Imperial Ripple vase "in all the Rich Colors of the rainbow". Described as "big, beautiful and graceful" and "Large 10-inch size"
Ripple was in fact Imperial's most prolifically produced Carnival Glass vase - it is found in a very large variety of colours and sizes. The display of three purple Ripple vases, far right, show the versatility and beauty of this particular pattern.
A set of Imperial Colonial goblets - they are only known in marigold - described as "Very Massive", "Very Strong", and "Very Durable".
Below: Lee was keen to show just how big a Mail Order business they were running, and they included several pictures to show this. Here was their incoming mail room showing piles of US Mail bags. Lee was also keen to explain how they used the latest technology to keep down costs, sayng that all the incoming letters were opened by an "electric letter-opening machine"