Business: Putnam, Minton & Balch

When books by Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper first appeared, they bore the imprint of G. P. Putnam who started publishing in 1837. Now oldest of U. S. publishing houses of direct descent is G. P. Putnam's Sons, its management having passed to the third generation. Last week the flux that has lately been tossing the book industry about seized this venerable firm.

George Palmer Putnam had three sons, most famed of whom was the late patriarchal Major George Haven Putnam whose anecdotes included his imprisonment by the rebels during the Civil War....

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