IN THE publisher's note, printed in the various books which preceded this one, we endeavored to make clear our connection with the publication of technical works on plumbing and sanitation, and for the benefit of the readers of this volume, we herewith repeat the story of our relation as Publisher's and Manufacturer's.
The primary object of our organization is, as universally known, to manufacture and market "Standard" Plumbing Fixtures, Brass Goods, and other products made in our factories. In the development of an organization to accomplish this result, there has been established an Advertising and Publishing Department of no small proportions, and "Plumbing Plans and Specifications" is a part of the work of this department.
One of the most widely known productions of the Publishing Department is the monthly magazine, "Modern Sanitation" which was established in June, 1904. From this came the publication, first in serial form and later as books, of "Principles and Practice of Plumbing," "Sewage Purification and Disposal," "History of Sanitation," "Wrought Pipe Drainage Systems," "Plumbing Estimates and Contracts" and "Plumbing Plans and Specifications." These books are all the work of the same author, Mr. J. J. Cosgrove, who is recognized as one of the leading authorities on the questions upon which he writes.
Mr. Cosgrove's first work was "Principles and Practice of Plumbing." This book has been phenomenally successful and has been adopted as a text book in more than 30 of the largest universities and colleges in the United States.
Several of his other works are similarly used either in the form of text books or as books which students in plumbing and architecture are advised to read.
In "'Principles and Practice of Plumbing," Sewage Purification and Disposal," "History of Sanitation," "Wrought Pipe Drainage Systems," "Plumbing Estimates and Contracts" and "Plumbing Plans and Specifications," we feel that the literature of the craft has been enriched in an enduring manner and that we have fully justified our appearance in the field of publishers as amply as we have our standing as manufacturers of a world wide known and used product.
Standard Sanitary Mfg. Co
Pittsburgh, U. S. A. Publishing Department.