Bird Cages by Hendryx (Retro Peacock Edition, 1938): 1938 Catalog No. 46

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For many Americans living in the twentieth century, the name “Hendryx” is synonymous with elegant bird cages. With the ubiquity of the Hendryx brand, these bird cages could be seen wherever America’s beloved winged songsters were kept as pets. By the 1920s, the Andrew B. Hendryx Company had become the largest birdcage manufacturer in the United States. In the present day, the most prized bird cages surviving in American antique shops are of the Hendryx variety – a testament to the timeless success of this company. This high-quality edition is a faithful replication of an exceedingly rare original company catalogue from 1938 and intended for pet retailers. Each page has been carefully copied using a colour-calibrated scanner, and the resulting image painstakingly processed using specialized software to capture and enhance every detail. To fit modern book dimensions, the edges of the original publication needed to be extended. To achieve this requirement, we recreated the missing edges of the original halftone photographs by meticulously piecing together segments from other areas of the image. Tiny holes in the halftone images were also repaired in this seamless fashion, while other non-obtrusive marks were left to preserve the character of this vintage publication. Sharpness and contrast have been enhanced, and the colours are re-blended in a beautiful harmony, resulting in an optimal book that exceeds the quality of the catalogs that first came off the press in 1938. This book is a fitting tribute to the company that captured the imagination of America with its dreamy and modern bird cage designs. Though the remains of the Hendryx factory can no longer be seen in the rejuvenated urban landscape of New Haven, the legacy of Andrew B. Hendryx lives on in every one of the many surviving cages that left the doors of his factory before it was permanently shuttered. With its unparalleled ubiquity, Hendryx will forever be respected and celebrated as “The Great Name in Cages.”

  • Bird Cages by Hendryx Retro Peacock Edition 1938 1938 Catalog No 46

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