American Book Company Plant - Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 06.091 W 084° 30.185
16S E 715917 N 4331010
Quick Description: Former school book publishing plant located in Cincinnati.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 5/9/2008 4:53:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM3R71
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
Views: 49

Long Description:

The AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY PLANT, 300 Pike St., comprises a 5-story office building of brown-painted brink, with stone quoins in the corners, and a factory covering two blocks along E. Third St.  Here some 500 persons are employed in the production of several million school books each year which are distributed throughout America.  The firm is an outgrowth of the modest publishing house started by Winthrop Smith in 1834; its first book was Ray's Eclectic Arithmetic.  In 1836 the firs published the first McGuffey's Reader, which soon achieved an extraordinary popularity.  Alexander McGuffey and Dr. Timothy Pinneo aided William Holmes McGuffey in preparing additional titles and revisions, and for 65 years the Cincinnati firm, under various changes of name, brought out edition after edition of  the celebrated school books.  In 1901, when the last edition was published, it was estimated that 100 million copies of the McGuffey books had been printed.

 ~ from Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors, 1943, Tour 3, pg. 165

The American Book Company is no longer occupies the building.  The building has been converted to professional offices.  The McGuffey Readers are still available in many book stores and many are available on line including The New McGuffey First Reader originally published in 1901.

Book: Cincinnati

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 165

Year Originally Published: 1943

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