Purchasing Agents Decide on a Standard Catalogue Size
The desire to select a standard size for catalogues is old, but it has seemed impossible for the various interests to get together to agree upon some one size which will accommodate the needs of all industries. The National Association of Purchasing Agents has, for the last year, been making strenuous endeavors to determine upon some one size which they might adopt and which would meet with speedy acceptance by those who issue catalogues. It seemed to them impossible to reach any conclusion by mail, so the Standardization Committee of that association determined that the only successful plan was to get all the interested parties together in a meeting and talk it over where each could hear the claims of the others. In this way it was believed that the differences of opinion could readily be adjusted. Consequently, the committee called a National Catalogue Conference at Chicago, May 22, 1918. This conference was attended by delegates from 23 associations of the industries, the Department of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of the U. S. as well as a large number of representatives of the paper and printing industries. After the all-day session of the Catalogue Conference, the Standardization Committee of the National Association of Purchasing Agents met and decided to urge that all catalogs intended for purchasing agents be made 7 1/2×10 5/8 inches. It was also decided that to accommodate those who issue pamphlets and single sheets the following would be adopted for printed matter intended for purchasing agents: Pamphlets and booklets made in half the standard size will meet the approval of the purchasing agent, provided they are saddle stitched so that when opened out they will measure 7 1/2×10 5/8 for convenience in filing. Thus booklets 5 5/16×7 1/2 or 3 3/4×10 5/8 will be acceptable. Single sheets larger than 7 1/2×10 5/8, such as blueprints, maps and charts, will be filed in the purchasing agents standard file provided they will readily fold down to that size. Single sheets or pamphlets of the 7 1/2×10 5/8 standard size may be folded for convenience in mailing, but should be so made as to permit easy unfolding and filing by the purchasing agent. The committee also endorsed the recommendation of the conference that paper for catalogues be confined to the sizes 25×38, 32×44 and 33×46, that weights based on 25×38 be limited to 40, 45, 50, 60, 70 and 80 pounds, and that colors be restricted to white and natural.