Very Good+. Item #7701
[Detroit?: E.H. Ahrens, ca. 1940.] First Edition, Limited to 65 copies. Slim 16mo (14cm); publisher's parchment over decorative paper-covered boards; 11pp. Light soil and toning to extremities, else a Very Good or better, internally fine copy.
Quite possibly unrecorded keepsake signed in text by E.H. Ahrens, editor of the Detroit-based newspaper "Hotel Management, Food Service, and National Restaurant News." The work promotes the activities of a Major Ray, whose investigation, and eventual eradication, of the blue stripes printed on mail carrier bags saved the United States Postal Service $20,000 a year (about $350k in today's currency). Ray subsequently made a career out of hunting such so-called "blue stripes." None in the trade or OCLC as of October, 2020.