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Condition: Brand New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. See the seller’s listing for full details. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition Format: Hardcover
Genre: Nonfiction Modified Item: No
Year: 1977 Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Special Attributes: 1st Edition Author: Joe Maerzke


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Product Identifiers
Publisher Jem Publishers
ISBN-10 0931076013
ISBN-13 9780931076015
eBay Product ID (ePID) 4769363

Additional Product Features
Copyright Date 1977
Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 274 Pages
Publication Year 19770000
Illustrated Yes
Dewey Decimal 917.3/04/925
Lc Classification Number E285.3.B56
Publication Date 1977-01-01
Language English
Lccn 77-090957

This is a very RARE Book. Highly desired in new condition. This book came from a sealed case that has been sealed for over 40 years. This book has never seen sunlight until opened just recently. Its extremely unusual to find a book of this Historical Significance to come available from a sealed case from 1977.
We acquired this case of books at an estate sale where the now deceased owner had accumulated treasures beyond belief. He was a collector and in many cases and investor in items he believed would be more valuable with time. He had lots of Bicentennial Items including special sewn flags etc. We were very fortunate to acquire these books.
These books, which are in the Library of Congress, are both a written and photo history of one of the most amazing events to take in my lifetime. Tens of thousands of Americans reenacted the Great Wagon Train Pilgrimage of our Ancestors. People traversed hundreds of miles for weeks and months in Covered Wagons like had been done 200+ years ago. Different routes were taken throughout the United States and everyone was out there at the same time. Children were born on these Wagon Trains. People died due to hard conditions, just like the pilgrims did.
This book is the most complete history you could ever dream to possibly find. The hundreds of pictures are amazing. Many in full color and some in black and white.
This Book is in the Library of Congress because of it's Historical Significance. It is catalog number No. E285.3 .B56
Books that are in the Library of Congress were mainstays in every major Library around the United States. How many Libraries were in existence in 1977? Keep mind computers were still the size of buildings back then, so if you wanted information you went to the library. Why is this important? Our research shows that 10,000 of these books were published. We also learned that the first 2500 were signed by the Publisher Joe Maerzke and others were signed by the editor Bill Sherman. We also know that large amount of the books went to libraries leaving only a small percentage of them being sold to the public. Off those left, how many are out there in the condition of this book? Most collectors rate books and sports cards to be more collectible in new condition without signatures.
These books sold for $36.50 in 1977 which was quite expensive (That's $149.69 in todays money.) The average citizen was NOT buying these books. Please see the Articles from the New York Times and the Dollar to Dollar chart that shows what money from 1977 is equal today. Don't miss your chance to have a piece of history that is highly collectible as this book is.

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· One of the largest official events staged during the Bicentennial was the Wagon Train Pilgrimage — working Conestoga wagons from each state, retracing the trails of the pioneers from west to east. A Wisconsin photographer named Joe Maerzke got so caught up in the spirit that he joined train. The experience meant a lot to him so he borrowed money, formed a small publishing company, solicited photographs and personal recollections from participants all over the country and put together a handsome commemorative book on the trek, entitled “Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage.” It runs 274 pages with lots of photographs in color and in black and white. Former wagoners and patriots general may obtain copies — $36.50 each — from Jem Publishers, 4923 60th Street, Kenosha, Wis. 53142.

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Adjusted for inflation, $37.00 in 1978 is equal to $149.69 in 2019.

Annual inflation over this period was 3.47%.

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