. . . there was Mercantile writing fluid.
From The Western Book Trade–Cincinnati as a Nineteenth-Century Publishing and Book-Trade Center, by Walter Sutton (Ohio State University Press for The Ohio Historical Society. Columbus, 1961.) Interestingly enough (or, if you aren’t me, probably boringly enough), this book came to us via Abebooks from the Friends of San Francisco Maritime Museum Library. Looks as though it was donated to them by a veteran (see below). If you are the sort of person that finds a book like this interesting, you might try another new acquisition here at the Merc: Art as Image–Prints and Promotion in Cincinnati, Ohio edited by Alice M. Cornell (Ohio University Press. 2001). -ed scripsi