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Continental Paper Company
Gelatin silver print, warm-toned
13 3/8 x 9 1/2 ins
Bonhams - New York
Auction 22478, Photographs, 27 October 2015, Lot: 34
At the time of this writing, only one other print of this image has been located: at the Margaret Bourke-White Papers Archive, Department of Special Collections, at Syracuse University Library. The print there is not signed, titled or dated. During the period of time that Bourke-White took this image she was working for Fortune Magazine and then later for Life Magazine. Several of her images were featured in their magazine articles related to the paper industry, in particular, International Paper Company, which at the time was the world's chief producer of newsprint. In order for International Paper to become such a mega-paper industry it either bought out other paper companies or they were their subsidiary. It is possible that Continental Paper fell within either of one of these two scenarios. Bourke-White affirmed this image as a formal presentation print by mounting it on paper, with embossed lines, with black borders around the image, and signing it in pencil.