Maplewood History – Volume Two. Selections From the Popular Blog was begun in 2014 and finished about a year ago. For better or worse, this book is the product of one person. I had some strong ideas about how I wanted the book to be. I liked the idea of having no one to clear anything with. I wanted to produce a book with strong visual appeal and not be too light on the text either. This book will be part of my legacy. For that reason I wanted it to be as high quality as possible.
Both the soft and hardcover versions are designed to be collector’s quality. I intend them to hopefully last many lifetimes. The book is full color throughout and printed on high quality paper. The soft cover is laminated for extra durability. The hardbound version is constructed the way a lot of books used to be. The cover is green linen with the name of the book stamped in gold on the spine. In addition, the hardcover has a commemorative Scheidt Hardware dust jacket. With an eye towards the highest image quality both versions are printed on the same paper, 80 # (pound) glossy. This is a paper that many printers do not offer.
My 2008 book, The First 100 Years – Maplewood MO, greatly increased in value on the internet when it was no longer in print. Enough that last year I encouraged the Maplewood Community Betterment Foundation to print another 140 copies. They did and these are now sold out as well. I can’t predict how long it will take but Volume Two may increase in value as well.
At present my book is only available through me or Scheidt Hardware at 7320 Manchester, 314-647-1411. The soft cover is $35. The hardcover is $50.
For those of you interested in purchasing copies of the book directly from me, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t live too far away, I’ll deliver the book/s personally. If I need to mail them, the charge will be $5 for the softcover and $6 for the hardcover.
While trying to find a printer, I was able to compare page proofs from several different companies. I chose a printer who did a fantastic job. The image quality is stunning. See for yourself.
There is a display copy at Scheidt Hardware. Feel free to take a look. This has been a lot of fun for me. I’ve met many interesting and wonderful folks in the process. I have already begun working on Volume Three. When it will be out…who knows?
In the meantime, stay healthy.
Doug Houser May 21,2020