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A Guide to the collection at the Connecticut Historical Society
German born Fred Otto Becher (1873-1962) provided bookbinding services in Hartford, Connecticut before taking on a partner, another German by the name of Emil Eitel (b. ca. 1858). The firm, Becher & Eitel, was noted for the high quality of their work. In 1951 Becher appeared in an advertisement of the Smyth Manufacturing Company of Bloomfield. Becher was still using a Smyth book sewing machine that dated to 1891, the oldest continuously used machine the company could locate.
In the 1960s, President Robert Thorsell and Vice President Kathy Murawski took over operation of the company.
Order books, sales records, payroll, scrapbook, correspondence, invoices, advertisements, and photographs of a Hartford, Connecticut bookbindery, founded by Fred Otto Becher. Later partner was Emil Eitel .
There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Use of the material requires compliance with the Connecticut Historical Society's Research Center regulations.
Becher, Fred Otto.
Eitel, Emil, b. ca. 1858.
Bookbinders -- Connecticut -- Hartford.
Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.
EAD Finding Aid created June 2012.