Seven Years of Book Sales

By Stanton, Linda K. | The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc., May/June 2001 | Go to article overview

Seven Years of Book Sales


Stanton, Linda K., The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.


My husband Gordon and I joined the EAIA in 1990. We went on the Al Bates England tour that year, and met many wonderful new friends, two of whom were Frances and Ginny Pfrank. After enjoying that trip, we started faithfully attending the annual meetings, visiting with all our newfound friends at the same time.

We took another Al Bates trip in the autumn of 1993, this time to England and Switzerland. Francis Pfrank was on the tour again. He was lamenting the fact that he was having difficulty doing the book sales and was looking for someone to take his place. I thought it sounded interesting, and Gordon said he would support me if I wished to follow through with what Francis had been doing.

The following February (1994), a Hertz rental truck arrived at our house, driven by Francis Pfrank and co-piloted by Dick Chapman. We unloaded the truck of books and set up the shelves according to the specifications that Francis had worked out before he left home, having been supplied with a floor plan of our spare room. They spent a couple of days with us, setting up the books on the shelves, and helping me run through a batch of orders. They even went to the post office with me. Francis was happy that I was able to do the job, and the two men flew back home to Chicago.

My "trial by fire" began at the annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, that year. I never saw so many people in my life and all at the same place-the book sales table! …

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