Kingsport Press Miniature Presidential Books

The Archives of the City of Kingsport has a collection of miniature presidential books  produced by the Kingsport Press. Donated by Mrs. W.W. Palmer in November 1994, the books were once touted as “America’s Smallest Book.”

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Miniature books are generally no larger than 3 inches in height, width, or thickness. The miniature books in this collection were created by the Kingsport Press training division as student exercises in 1929, 1930 and again in 1932.

The books are titled Addresses of Abraham Lincoln (1929), The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge (1930), and Washington’s Farewell Address (1932).  book-1Although the books have a print that is very small, the print is still legible to the naked eye, though it may not be a bad idea to break out the magnifying glass!

The Addresses of Abraham Lincoln, contains four complete speeches in 139 pages, with approximately fifty words per page in ten lines of two-point type. The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge is in even smaller typeface and about sixty words per page in twelve lines in 129 pages. Washington’s Farewell Address is 142 pages and was a tribute to the bicentennial of Washington’s birth.


2 thoughts on “Kingsport Press Miniature Presidential Books

  1. My grandfather work at the Press when the small books were published.He was a superviser in the bindery, I have the whole set of the small books.He was so proud of them that he had a small brass bookend made to hold them which he displayed on a shelf in his living room. I too am very proud my grandparents work at the Press and this is part of our history.

  2. I have a copy of “Treasure Island” By R. L. Stevenson
    It was printed by the Kingsport Press for J.H. Sears & Company New York
    There is no date of printing. Just a forenote by the editor Lucas Lexow.
    It’s size is 4″X 6 1/2″ Red in color and 241 pages.
    Could you please tell me when this was printed by your company?
    Thank You Brian Quinn

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