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The Greatest School Supply House on
the Atlantlc Seaboard
OFFICES AND FACTORY, NINTH AND CARY STREETS.
SALES AND ADVERT1SING DEPARTMENT.
SCHOOL DESK DEPARTMENT.
P. 0. Box 474
?in-ul-.1 i ii i ii, iifii r i ,, Bsaaan
Phone Mad. 7010
18 S. 9th Street.
Carries an Immense Stock of
SCHOOL DESKS, BLACKBOARDS, MAPS,
GLOBES, CHAIRS, CRAYON SUPPLIES ?
FULL EQUIPMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL
Over 1,200 Articles Used in the School
Room Always on Hand.
There is located in the city of Richmond a. mammoth house that
deals entirely in supplies for schools. The said house is the largest of
its kind in the East or South. It is a fact, however, that the Virginia
School Supply Company, of which Preston Belvin is president and gen?
eral manager, stands at the head of the list. It carries the largest stock
of schoolroom supplies of any house to be found on the Atlantic seaboard,
and does a large business all over the country.
The establishment is located at Ninth and Cary Streets, and fills
up a quarter of a city block, the 25,000 square feet of room being occupied
with a stock of schoolroom supplies that lays over anything in its line
in the country. These supplies consist of not less than 1,200 articles
that are used in schoolrooms and auditoriums. There are to be found
on the floors immense stocks of desks, blackboards, maps, globes, chairs,
crayon supplies, and, in fact, everything, except books, needed to supply
any kind of a schoolroom of any size from a little old one-room public
or private school up to a college or a university.
The Company not only buys from manufacturers the very best of
all mafnner of schoolroom furniture, and carries the same in stock, but
are owners of patents on many fixtures and supplies that are of their
own manufacture and are turned out in their big plant,
The State Board of Education has adopted many of the products of
this Company for general use in the public schools of the State. Among
them may be mentioned a map of Virginia, maps of the different coun?
ties, the,Royal series of wall maps of all countries and hemispheres;
also, stationary globes, swinging globes and telleruian globes. The
Board has also adopted the classical maps of this Company for teaching
The Company makes a specialty of the following school desks: The
Old Dominion school desk, the new Oxford school desks, the Automatic
Triumph school desks, the Ideal Adjustable desk and chair and the Ideal
Commercial desk. Also is worthy of mention the Company _ big line
of opera, portable and folding chairs for schoolrooms, assembly-rooms
and auditoriums. The school desks of this Company were selected over
all competitors for the handsome John Marshall High School of Rich?
While the Company carries a full line of all kinds of blackboards
known to the trade, their own product, manufactured under their
own patents, is the "Virgoplate" blackboard. It is made of wood pulp,
atid' has a smooth, velvety' surface in black or green. This blackboard
has stood the test of years, and has a reputation in foreign lands, because
it has been demonstrated that it is especially adapted to stand all climatic
changes. So fully has this been demonstrated that the Company does
not hesitate to guarantee the boards in any climate for a pertod of ten
years. So great is the domestic and foreign demand for these boards
the Company finds it necessary to carry a stock regulariy of 25,000.
Another specialty of the Virginia School Supply Company is the
"Old Dominion Dustless Crayon." This crayon is manufactured by a
patent process especially to obviate the chalk dust of the schoolroom
which so often fills the lungB of teachers as well as students. So popular
has it becorne that the schools in forty-three States of the Union and
many schools in foreign lands are using it in preference to any other
Their line of library bookcases and teachers' desks are manufactured
in _-ic__mond, an enterpr.se that gives employment to many artisans
and turns out thousands of desks and bookcases every year to be shipped
all over the world.
The Old Dominion heating and ventflarting system is the patent of
Mr. Preston Belvin, the president of the company. Mr. Belvin justty
prides himself on the wonderful success of his inventkin, and well he may>
for it is now being used throughout the country, and is regarded as the
best. heating and ventilating system for schcolrooms, cburches and
public buildings that has ever been invented. The system is especially
adapted to such buildings where it is not expedient to use steam or
vapor heat, and to schoolrooms and churches in the rural districts.
By its u?kjue arrangement this ayatem furnishe. jpure fresh air, which enters under the. heater,
ruanes up throligh the top and fills the room with a pure heated air, while a foul air flue, located next
to the ffooT of'the room, takea off tbe impure air that mary have-accum ulated in the roora as r&pidly
as though it were tucked up by a fan. This is accompKshed by the foul air and smoke pfcpes being
arrapged so as to form a syphon. The thlng ls very simple when you understand lt, and the wonder ia
that the system was not diucovered long before Mr. Belvin. came upon the scene. The foul and vitiated
air which the occupants of a crowded room naturally expel from the lungs in breathing, being heavief
than pure fresh air, gradually falls to the floor cf tiie room. The Belvin system is*then right on hand
to take off thla foul air, as deac-ibed above.
By the use of this syatem the occupants of a schoolroom or. an auditorium or a church never re
breathe.the same air, but every breath taken into the lungs is pure, fresh heated air, and, aa a natural
result, there ia never any complalnt on thc part-of-the occupants of such rooms of he.d.chea or- of drow
It would be knpossible to tell in detail of the more than z, thousand articles carried in the mam?
moth warehouaes and storerooras of the Virginia School Supply Company, but their famous Sanitary
School Wagon should be mentioned. When the consolidation movement took hold ln Virgjnia and
the South and the wagon for the hauling of children became a neewwity, President Belvin set to
work to supplv the very best wagon tliat genius could devise for the purpose. Hia own atudy and tho
busy bralnn of employed genius evolved the "Sanfrarv School Wagon, which is sold onh/ by thls Com?
pany, and at a prlce that puts it within the reach 0/ even a very small Bchoolhouse.
There ia no estabUehment of its kind in the country that carries anything like _ie varied stock
that is handled by the Virginia School Supplv Company. The floor space necessary to hold the dfficea
and the bisr stock is equal.to a fire-story building wkh rooms and floora, say, 30 by 150 feet each., All
of the stodc handled by the Company, and they handle everything that can posslbly be called for by
a well-regulated school or college or university, is-coinplete, and there is nothing lacking. This is neces
rrest business like this, for the motto of the Company is "Promptness, Quality, Relia
That a stock to meet thls motto is kept mav be judged by the fact that thousands of school
desk* are $1 stock. A like-supply of chairs, globes, blackboard., crayona, and all of the paraphernalia
cia_i?t-c__s schoolroom is always on hand~to aelect from and ship at a rooment _ notica.
MAIIu ORDERS are sollclted, and may be entrusted to thom with, overy confldence on
the part-f the purc.ia._r that the goods will be aa represented, and tbe prices charged
as low aa ls conslstent wlth the high qualltr of goods which they handl.. Whether your.
xequhemimts are large or small, they will receiTethe same caroful attention at their hands.
Thehr ?Mjw catologuo will be sent on lequesr.
OFFICE OF PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.