What it is: A recipe booklet produced by a cookware manufacturer, circa 1945. The booklet tells how to use the cookware and provides recipes for use with each type of pot and pan. The company went out of business in 1954 so the cookware is no longer being produced. But the cookware is still popular with some people and is sold on eBay.
I went to the Library of Congress this past summer and searched for a copyright. I found no evidence of it ever being copyrighted. I feel confident that I conducted a thorough search. I searched from 1900 to 2009 just to be sure.
Actually there were three additions of this booklet produced from about the 1920's to the 1950's. I found no copyrights on any of them. The one I have is the third and last. There is a person on eBay already selling reproductions of the second edition.
So, should I be able to copy this booklet and sell it or give it away without fear that I am going to be sued?
I would appreciate any opinions. Thanks!