Altemus Henry (Philadelphia, PA)
5017 Cherry Street
A site dedicated to this bindery may be viewed at:
- " At the death of Joseph T . Altemus, in 1851, his son, Henry Altemus,
succeeded to the business, just having completed his term of service as
apprentice in his father's bindery. He brought with him the same progressive
spirit into the business, he was the first to use cutting machines for
trimming the edges of books, and among the first to use the backing machine,
both of which are now found in every bookbindery in the country, He was among
the first to manufacture photograph albums in this country, and introduced the
well-known patented hinge-back album, the strongest album made. He was the
first bookbinder to sew books by wire, by which process at present fully fifty
per cent of books produced in London, Berlin and Leipsic (sic) are sewed.
London alone operating over 700 machines The firm occupies the five storied
building 507-513 Cherry street, its capacity of production being 5000 books
per day" Publishers' Weekly no. 752. June 26, 1886 pg. 804.