[ModLib] On 1930's "B"-style DJ colors

John Peterson jpetersonlhi at frontier.com
Thu Aug 9 17:51:25 EDT 2012

How about Tristram Shandy?  I have three different DJ combos for that:  Red on Gold (‘29), Red on Green (‘34), Bright Blue on Yellow (‘38).

John Peterson

From: Brian LeMasters 
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2012 5:05 PM
To: For collectors of Modern Library books 
Subject: Re: [ModLib] On 1930's "B"-style DJ colors

The sample page should be easy to compile, but you may never get to the end of a spreadsheet of all combinations of every title printed during that era.
You know how newly spotted buckrams pop up all the time.  I have a new one for the website list, by the way - 107.5, James, Portrait of a Lady, B1, Fall 1966 catalog.

On 8/9/2012 3:35 PM, Scot Kamins wrote:

  Yeah, we could start with one color while we're waiting for more comments to come in.  

  Barry, what's one of the best-selling titles of the period? I figure that one would be a good candidate -- everybody could look to see if they have a balloon cloth in that title, and folks could send in any colors we don't have. I'd construct a page out of that. 

  Even if we decided to go with "all colors of all titles," we'd have a nice prototype page: I think I wouldn't clutter the main author page, but rather have a link to an all-B-DJ-Colors page.

  On Aug 9, 2012, at 12:18 PM, Gordon Barrick Neavill wrote:


    I'm not sure we need all the color combinations for each title, but it would be really nice if we could have a complete range of color combinations for one title. I'm also not certain if each printing of "B" jackets included all color combinations.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Scot Kamins" <kamins at modernlib.com>
    To: "For collectors of Modern Library books" <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
    Sent: Thursday, August 9, 2012 3:07:11 PM
    Subject: [ModLib] On 1930's "B"-style  DJ colors

    A collector has asked that ModernLib display the various colors of the 1930's "B"-style  uniform typographic DJs:

    From a hunt through the mailing list archives:


      Subject: Re: Color of Dust Jackets 

      From: Gordon Neavill 

      Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 18:12:12 -0400 (EDT) 

      ... The uniform typographic jackets [of the balloon cloth era] came in various color combinations: yellow paper with red or green bands, green paper with green bands, light blue paper with blue bands come to mind. I've always assumed that each title with a uniform typographic jacket was available in all four color combinations, but I've never tried to collect multiple examples to demonstrate this.  ...


    I've always resisted this, thinking that if the color differences indicated nothing significant (date, for example, since all colors were used all the time instead of, say, red bands to 1932 then green bands to 1935 etc) then posting all colors for the sake of posting was redundant and unnecessary work.  

    But since the collector -- who has contributed a LOT of work on recent ML projects -- asked for it, I thought I'd get people's opinions. If the weight of arguments clearly demands it, I'll do it.

    Please post your thoughts on this issue.

    Scot Kamins
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