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G. Woolston, Photographer.  CDV- Girls at Work & Play - School Bag & Jump Rope. .Newcastle, N.S.W. , Australia. Junior Joys for Girls & Boys - Women's Work Calendar and Little Polly Flinders Paper Doll
A posed image of two young school girls dressed in their finery; one holds a woven school bag, the other a jump rope.. A 14 3/4" x 10 1/2"  children's page from People's Popular Magazine.  It is the Junior Joys for Girls and Boys.  This is the Girl's page.  It features the story of The Sad Bird-House and a 5 1/2" x 2 3/4" "jolly calendar" for little girls to trace or draw outlining women's work by day of the week i.e. Monday is wash day, Tuesday is ironing day.  At the base of the page is Polly Flinders, a 1 3/4" paper doll with 3 outfits and a doll plus a  she also has an anthropomorphic or dressed bird with a sinlge outfit.  Edge wear and toning.
Twinkle: The picture paper specially for little girls  Un-Cut Paper Doll Book - At Our House;  Mothers & Daughters, Saalfield 1960s. ..
14 pp wrappers.  Stories and activities involving girls as they should be and behave.  Content includs Nancy the little Nurse, a free 'Twinkle' engagement ring premium, Betty Bright-the proper little girl who does everything well, puzzles for the little nurse, Dainty dollies, Sue of the Children's Zoo, Sally Sweet on Sunshine Street, Wendy at Willowtree Farm, Patsy the Panda, The friendly frog, playtime with girls playing jump rope and a Twinkle paper doll anda concluding story titled 'When I Grow Up'.  Measures11" x 8 1/2".  Some wear. . The front cover depicts a little girl playing on a porch in front of a door with a die-cut window, exposing her mother on the next page.  The last two pages have an additional mother and daughter--could be two sets of twins. There names are Dawn, Celia, Amy and Bonnie. Punch-out dolls and costumes to cut.  Measures 12 1/2" x 8 1/2". 6  Costume pages..
 Un-Cut Paper Doll Book Skating Stars, Whitman 1954 - 3 Dolls. ..  Letters of Mary Adeline in Holliston to Lovina Emerson, 1848-1849. ..1848-1849
Skating Stars in three different poses.  All of their costumes are designed for the ice, including a hula skirts, a sailor suit, princess, rag-a-muffin and much more.  Measures  12" xc 10". 6 Costume pages.. Two letters from Mary in Holliston, MA to her friend, Lovina Emerson, in Southboro [sic], MA. The letters detail the life of Mary and her close relationship with Lovina. The letters are almost two years apart and show the changing lifestyles between the two. Mary is teaching while Lovina is starting a family. They have mutual friends that are discussed along with the happenings in their hometown. Feb. 29, 1848; Holliston; addressed Southboro, Mass - A letter, from Mary, to update her friend. Mary has not written and cannot believe how much time has gone by since she came from Southboro. She asks about Lovina’s mother’s health and the school that Mr. Alden is teaching in. She discusses her students and how some are almost twenty years old and some not quite four years old. The total number of students is 62, twenty-five of them under the age of eight. Mary mentions the dramatic change in Holliston and how it is not easy to recognize, “the Railroad, the Depots & several new buildings nearby, make the place look quite differently from what it used to.” She wishes the “people were only growing better” and explains “the evil one” is hard at work and has succeeded in setting up a “dancing school.” Mary comments that her cousin Charles envies Mr. Emerson’s “happiness in getting such a wife.” She talks of Miss Lydia Walker and how her gentleman “did not wait upon her home once” and questions if she will avail of the 1848 Leap Year (presumably referring to the folk lore that women can propose to men on leap day). Their friend Almira passed away and Mary is concerned that so many of their friends have passed, their turn will come soon. She asks to be remembered to Lovina’s mother, husband, and daughter. A short note on back mentions running into mutual friends and another begs her to please destroy this letter and the next one. Dec. 10, 1849; Holliston; embossed cover addressed to Ireland Depot, Springfield, Mass  - This letter, almost two years later, explains the changes in Lovina’s life. It opens with the happiness at Lovina’s reception. Lovina is excused for not writing “under present circumstances” and Mary then mentions how Lovina requests a boy’s name for her new son. Mary suggests George and Charles as her favorites but teases that Mr. Emerson would prefer names like “Cassivelaunus [sic], Huniades, or Orophernes.” Mary discusses mutual friends and how she is considering “going to the far west, to train the young ideas that shoot a little this side of sundown.” She then laments of the problems of teaching; some of the students are only three and they are “so restless and noisy that I hardly know how to endure” and “the thought of the amount of responsibility that rests upon the teacher is almost overwhelming.” She goes on to discuss how a parent’s responsibility is so much more and wishes Lovina good thoughts on raising her son. Mary states that Lovina must be “looking forward to the time when if his life is spared he will be an actor in the busy scenes of life” and “may strength from above be given you for the fulfillment of your arduous though pleasant task.” She is shocked by the news of Dr. Parkman’s murder and the implication of Proff. W. (referring to the Parkman-Webster murder case-John Webster was indicted for the murder of George Parkman in January 1850  after Parkman disappeared in November 1849 and remains were found under Webster’s furnace). Looks to be remembered to her teacher, Mrs. F, and Mary (possibly Lovina’s daughter). Names briefly mentioned in the letters-Elizabeth Chamberlain, Lydia Walker, Moses and Adeline Rockwood, Almira Woodward, Maria Whitney, Miss Newton, Mr. Buller, John Batchelder. .
Amy Sewall Stacy's Journals and Friendship Albums, Set of Four
The collection consists of four albums: two friendships albums, one journal and one pocket diary. The set of four albums date from 1858-1890 with the bulk of the material from the 1860s. Amy P Sewall Stacy lived in North Granville, NY with her father and siblings working as a teacher. She married Fitch Blissel Stacy in September of 1865. Fitch was a farmer and life stock breeder, that traveled throughout America in the 1860s. It was during his travels that he met Amy. After they married, they moved to Stacyville, Iowa. Below is a brief description of what can be found in each of the four albums. The first friendship album dates form 1858-1861, and is mostly filled out. The majority of the entries are rather long and date from Amy's time at the North Granville Female Seminary School. It is unclear whether Amy simply attended this school, or also taught there after graduation as while some of the entries are clearly from her time as a student, in the 1860 US Census her occupation is listed as teacher. One of the entries is in French and another has phrase written in Thai. There is a pressed four-leaf clover in between two pages. On three pages, there is a faux pile of visiting cards that has been drawn in pen. Each of the cards has then been filled out by one of Amy's friends. This album has light tan leather covers and stamped design that is gilt in the front center and on the back strip. The design in the center of the front cover portrays an album and feathered pen with the word "Autographs'. Minor edge wear due to rubbing. Minor black dots on cover. Interior pages are gilt edged. Measures 8" x 5 1/2" The second friendship album dates from the early 1860s, is partially filled, and also served as a sketch book for Amy. There are 15 drawings, done in pencil scattered throughout the book. The majority of the images are landscapes, and a few are labeled with a location, such as 'Lake Champlain at the Elbows'. Two of the illustrations are portraits, and considering the detail and overall quality of the landscapes, these two portraits are rather poorly done. Additionally, these to pages were not originally a part of the book but are taped in. One of the portraits is labeled with the caption, "Teacher's Meeting, Oct 4, 1861". This album has dark brown leather covers and a gilt stamped design that nearly identical to the first album. Edge wear due to rubbing, particularly on the top of the back strip. Interior pages are gilt edged. Measures 8" x 5 1/2" The third album dates from 1865-1869 and is Amy's Journal. It is only partially filled out. The first few pages are a variety of quotes, generally religious in theme. In 1866, by which time Amy has married Fitch Blissel Stacy and moved to Stacyville, Iowa, she keeps a list of letters she has received and written. In approximately 1867 Amy travels back to North Granville, NY to visit her family. She details the beginning of the journey, its difficulties and the feelings she has about going home again. In February 1868, Amy has her first son, Ralph, and over the course of the next month she details her feelings on motherhood, and her families’ reactions to the news (through sections of letters she copied into the journal). It is clear that the birth was extremely difficult for her, and did nearly kill her. Twenty days after the birth she writes " Walked to the Lounge holding Mr. Stacy's [her husband] hand. Am very weak, but wonder I am alive even." Throughout this section, she only ever refers to the child as 'boy', he is never given a name. After this section the journal is mostly blank, with random pages filled out with copied passages, most religious in theme. There are several leaves pressed in between the pages of this journal, and they're still green! Additionally, there are several letters and notes stored in the pages of this journal. One is a letter from Annie (Amy's step daughter) to her Aunt in Aug 1869, another is a letter Amy writes to her husband on their second wedding anniversary (Sept 1867). There is a detailed itinerary for a cruise Amy must have taken from Washington to Alaska, dealing the various ports, glaciers, and small lakes she travel through. No year is given on this. There is a letter written to Amy's son and daughter, Ralph and Mary, in 1890, that consists of a copied article dealing with women in the church.  The covers of this board with marbleized paper covers. The interior pages have a marbleized fore edge as well. In three different areas, a few pages have been torn from the book. The last item in this set is a pocket diary from 1864 that belonged to Amy's husband, Fitch Blissel Stacy. This book is nearly completely filled out, with notes on each day as to what Fitch did. These notes include shopping list, notes on jobs, and travel, as well as quotes he found interesting. On March 16, there is entry that details his decision to build a house in Stacyville and the agreement he entered into with his cousin to build it. There are additional notes throughout the year regarding the progress on his house. In July Fitch lists members of the Iowa Calvary and Infantry who served in the Civil War. It is unclear where or how Fitch and Amy met, but by the fall of 1864, some of the entries, mostly quotes, are written in her hand. There are also entries where Fitch notes that he went to Church in Granville. This pocket diary, there is a folder in the front, and found within are fifteen short notes written from Amy to Fitch after they were married. Some of them are reminders of chores or supplies that Fitch needs to get, and others are short questions that Amy felt she needed an immediate answer to. Most are address to either Papa or Mr. Stacy. When the notes are addressed to Papa, she refers to herself as Mama, though often she signs the notes, Wifey. Below are two examples of the notes. "If Papa doesn't think it too late, Mama would like a little ride now, but she is not very particular. Please say yes or no by the boy to Wifey." "Are you getting the squeezer ready as fast as you can, or have you forgotten it? The scraps are waiting patiently for pressure, and so indeed is wifey for you went away without kissing her goodbye. When will the two squeezers come to Amy." The pocket diary has dark brown leather covers that wrap around with a tab to tuck in, in order to keep it closed. The covers show moderate wear due to rubbing. Measures 6" x 4".