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Chicago Female College Illustrated Supplement of Catalogue.Chicago.ca1896
Price: $35.00

unpaginated. Printed cover with black and white photograph, black and white photographs throughout. An advertisement and supplement for Chicago Female College. Included are descriptions of study, sample years, tuition, specialties, and photographs of campus. 5 1/4" x 8". slight staining
Alice Murphy School Reports for the Day School for Young Ladies and Girls, February 1890 to June 1892 and examination excuse, 1903.New Haven.1890-1892, 1903
Price: $45.00

A collection of 15 reports for Miss Alice Murphy, 1 excuse from examination card from 1903. Reports from Day School for Young Ladies and Girls, New Haven. Principals: Miss Orton and Miss Nichols. reports are signed A.K. Murphy. Examination excuse card is from 1903 and is signed H.J. Whiton. . loose reports, slight creases and staining
Eighteenth Annual Report of the American Female Guardian Society, and Home for the Friendless, for the Year Ending May, 1852Female Guardian Society .New Tork.1852
Price: $55.00

32 pp. Printed paper cover, frontispiece. An annual report for the American Female Guardian Society, beginning with the board members, annual meeting, annual report, and ending with the treasurer's report. Page 30 has a listing of the life members. 9" x 5 3/4". wear on cover, inscribed, occasional staining
Samuel ParkerCharity to Children enforced, in a Discourse, Delivered in Trinity Church, Boston, Before the Subscribers to the Boston Female Asylum, Sept23, 1803, at their Third AnniversaryRussell and Cutler.Boston.1803
Price: $65.00

32 pp. Printed paper string bound cover, text decorations. Prayer and speech on the benevolence and charity "towards all our fellow-creatures". Speech read before the subscribers o the the Boston Female Asylum as well as twenty five of the orphans that live there, written by Samuel Parker, D.D. Rector of Trinity Church. 9" x 5 1/2"  . some discoloration and wear
Prospectus of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women for September Term, 1867, and The Financial Report for 1866 Girls' Industrial Printing Office.Philadelphia.1867
Price: $155.00

26 pp. Printed paper cover, additional title "With a Catalogue of Art Studies in the Possession of the Institution, North-West Penn Square. September, 1867." A school catalog for the Philadelphia School of Design, begins with school directors and has pencil inscription of principal's signature. Continues with "Rules for the Government" "Course of Instruction" "Order of Studies" and "Catalogue of Art Studies. "Ends with a "Statement of Receipts and Expenditures." Embossed stamps for Western Reserve Historical Society on cover and first page. 9" x 5 1/2". embossed stamp, inscribed, wear on cover, creased
Letters of Mary Adeline in Holliston to Lovina Emerson, 1848-1849. ..1848-1849
Price: $180.00

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. .
Series of Family letters from Rebecca (Morton) and Gideon Carpenter of Vermont to Phebe (Morton) and Peter Vaughan of Middleborough, Massachusetts, 1827-1848 . ..
Price: $275.00

A collection of ten (10) letters primarily from Rebecca Carpenter to her sister Phebe Vaughan but occasionally contain correspondence between Peter Vaughan and Gideon Carpenter. Letters are on 12 ½” x 8” single fold papers and folded to create stampless covers, six covers have stamped postmarks. Letters are predominantly from the 1820’s. · Earlier letters are addressed to Peter but are to ‘sister.’ They discuss family and friends, health issues, money, and children. · Peter and Gideon discuss business; Peter sends a horse for Gideon to sell. · An undated letter to Peter reveals Gideon is paying a man to search for Morton family land in England as he hears that the family overseas has come into a land fall. He hopes for names, marriages, births, and deaths in order to prove a relationship. · Rebecca discusses daily life, spinning, washing, not wanting to cut her young son’s hair. She mentions a feeble child and one who was recently buried after ten weeks with “dropsy in the head.” · Rebecca’s health is not well and their mother comes to live with her. · Rebecca shows deep concern that Gideon is not a farmer but that he is unable to make a profit at his trade. · She wonders if he might be able to work his trade if they are able to move “down there” to the New Bedford and Taunton areas. She requests Peter to send any information possible. · She expresses happiness that Phebe has received the “Pearl of great price” probably referring to Matthew 13:45-46, King James Version and hopes she will not stop until she achieves “perfect love.” Joseph Smith who later began the Church for Latter Day Saints, grew up in nearby Sharon, VT. · Later letters mention their mother losing her faculties, Rebecca’s son Charles buying a house and her moving in. She details the house and property, explaining she has two rag rugs, a wood shed that will hold two cords, the number of rooms, and how the house has a pump to the cistern that brings water to the sink in the kitchen. The last letter shows Rebecca’s severe ill health and her inability to work, the boys helping and her daughter Jane helps as much as possible. Rebecca has extreme pain and the doctor recommends blisters and bleeding. · Phebe Oliver Morton Vaughan, 1795-1869 (http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/phebe-oliver-morton_22451705?geo_a=r&o_iid=41014&o_lid=41014&o_sch=Web+Property) · Peter Vaughan, 1791-1874 (http://vaughan-vaughn.org/res-danielv.htm ) Children: Cyrus, Eveline, Peter, Phebe, Hepsibah, Mary · Rebecca Morton Carpenter, 1799-? · Gideon Carpenter, 1790-? (http://carpentercousins.com/wc-584-desc/aqwg195.htm) Children: William, Charles, Albert, Edwin, Jane . wear from age
A collection of printed material relating to paper bags and other paper based product packaging, including samples . ..c. 1924-1932
Price: $275.00

This array of materials includes information and samples from Paterson Vegetable Parchment (butter wrappers), includes price lists, samples in one and full color, color illustrated letterhead depicting product, a directory of distributors and more. -Sample book of various colors for DeLuxe Stripe Machine Glaze glassine Dealers’ Price List of Folding Paper Boxes, 1932 includes many illustrations, some in color depicting -boxes of numerous designs and styles. Accompanied by an illustrated letterhead depicting the various containers made by the Standard Box Company. -Flyer for Embossed Holly Glassine with sample, a two (2) leaflets for “Green Crown” Liners to Dress Up Your Fruit, Artographic Paper Products Co. 1926 -Price Lists and two (2) sets of samples for all components of a candy box for Hirsch Products Manufacturers of Paper Specialties, NYC -Flyer from Strathmore Press, Inc. Fancy Candy Box Tops -Grocers’ Bag Base Price List, Union Bag & Paper Corporation, 1937 -White Silk Bond pamphlet and sample, “For the Discriminating Merchant, by the Roll -Howard Bond “Nature Made the Lily White” Howard Paper Co., Urbana, Ohio. -Leaflet for Quality Twines, Ludlow Sales Corporation, image from photograph of samples -Schorsch & Co., NYC, Price list and five (5) illustrated sample bread bags for different size and shaped bread -Six (6) sample illustrated candy bags . wear from age on some bags, some discoloration
Hand made Teaching Aids and Lesson Plans for Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Robinson. .Snowhegan, ME.c1950
Price: $300.00

An array of materials used by a first grade teacher including series of mimeographed work sheets (tests) to to develop Motor Skills, Motor Control, Reversals, Rhyming Words, Riddles in Rhyme, Visual Discrimination, Spatial Relationships, Completion, Identifying Opposites, and more. Some with index cards attached with hand written notes on the procedure and desired results .  Also includes handmade color flash cards to teach children colors and  color charts with color names to match.   Also includes individual alphabet letters, die-cuts of food, counting aids (using straws to count).  Additionally wall prints by Hayes school publishing, etc. Two posters on dental hygiene.   Last but not least class photos of Mrs. Robinson's AM and PM classes. .
Letters of John H. Wells to Miss Julia Tracy, 1828-1829. ..
Price: $375.00

A collection of 5 letters from John H. Wells to his fiancé Julia Tracy.  Letters are very neutral, only implying affection when signing off. They depict the planning for marriage, preparing a house, what arrangements to meet again, and generic descriptions of what is occurring during his life.  Wells does mention interesting topics such as the Anti-Masonry movement, items needed to set up house, wedding planning, religious sentiment, and contain a sketch of a house floor plan. The letters are sent to Tracy in Middletown, CT and come from Wells in Puluski and Richland, NY. Letters are folded and addressed with stampless post, date answered and occasionally a red worn wax seal. The Ward family history and ancestry list a John Howard Wells (1784-1844) married  Julia Tracy (1797-1893) in May 1829 and had 5 children; Henry Dana, Ebenezer Tracy, Franklin, Martha Caroline, and John Howard. These names correspond with names that appear in the letters as friends and family of the couple. Puluski, Sept 4, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY -Wells opens with the acknowledgment that he received her last letter and mentions that “it had been a long time traveling to the west and back.” He appears to tease her about a “reproof” in her last letter and offers her “almost any charge you may choose to bring against me.” He informs her that due to the health of one man and “obstinacy of mother” he will be unable to engage a house for the fall. He explains that they will need to purchase “Cabinet ware” and begs her pardon but feels it would be better for him to purchase items. He tells her to mention if there are specific items she has interest in and he will look into them on the way to N. York. He mentioned their engagement to his brother but expressed that it “probably may be told as a great secret to a number of persons very soon.” He says he will see her in October. Ans. Oct 8, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Letter has been torn off, only the outer paper with address and date are left Puluski, Dec 8 (?), 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells left Tracy and did not arrive home until late. His eyes were inflicted with an infection and he needed to remove all light so was not able to write. He sent a flower pot and two parcels and wants to ensure they arrived. He purchased cloth for Caroline, it was the “cheapest piece” and “was told it was fashionable.” He mentions the “Mountain Ash was not forgotten” but he was traveling in the stage from Albany and passed the place where he saw them. He requests she tell Mrs. Ward he will “bear it in mind some future opportunity.” He discusses the weather and if it stays mild will have the cellar dug for his house. He will put it “24 feet from the street” which he assumes she will think sufficient. He questions of she would like the “juice of Linnen” (?) in the winter and if so he can send it by “way of Brattleboro and Hartford.” Puluski, Dec 31, 1828  To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is extremely happy to she was not “visited with the dreaded evil” and believes he was “more fearfull [sic] than necessary.” He is gratified that Caroline was suited with his choice and says that if she is as “well suited in making a much more important choice” he would be happy to give his opinion. His eyes have almost healed and “as well as when I received your kind prescription. “The new merchant, Mr. Brazton, is getting married and Wells hears the bride is a pleasing young woman whom he hopes will be a pleasant acquaintance for Tracy. His neighbor, the Lawyer, “is the most malicious person I ever knew” and is “bent upon injuring me in every possible way.” Wells wishes her a Happy New Years and wishes that she will be “happily situated here before tit shall have half expire.” He says they should be grateful for the many Blessings and he feels favored “of being united to one who is all I could wish her to be.” He asks about her brother, Frank, and explains about getting her orders and the money he has set aside for her. Richland, March 16, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is pleased Tracy enjoyed herself in Hartford. He regrets that he did not have all the plans ahead worked out or he would have visited. He is in a “quandary” as there is 12-16 inches of snow and the ground is hard. He is unable to complete the cellar on schedule. He is trying to “hire a house that will answer for one year.” He plans to continue and hopefully finish in July. He considers staying at the tavern where he stays now but there are 8 Gentleman “(so called)” and no Ladies. He thanks her for the offer of using the orders and he may use $100 since it is mutually beneficial for them to invest when she comes. There is an “Anti-Masonry” movement beginning there (also called Anti-Freemasonry and defined as "avowed opposition to Freemasonry" –Wikipedia). He is concerned that it will “create considerable ill feeling among those who have heretofore been friendly.” He asks h=if he should invite Mr. Walton to their wedding. He plans to be with her on the 12 or 16 of May and wants the ceremony “to take place the day after my arrival.” He asks if she would like to “start immediately or remain a few days?” March 18 - He held onto the letter because he had the prospect of getting a house for one year. He informs her that he is successful in “hiring one at $65.” It is one and a half stories and includes a sketch at the end of the letter. He decides to not commence building until she is with him but he will be able to rent it if they chose to not occupy it the whole time (referring to the rented house). Richland, April 15, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Reference her last letter and expresses regret that her mother is ill. He understands that she does not want to travel and wishes to care for her mother. He has rented a house and has made preparations for keeping house. He says he will not invite anyone to their wedding until he sees her which he is hoping will be before May 1st. He mentions the “interesting period” she is now witnessing and how it “is indeed a time when Christians have great reason to be thoughtful that the Savior is indeed as we trust Redeeming the Souls of Sinners.” He says he hopes she will witness “a great ingathering of Souls” and “every Blessing may attend” her but feels he is “not worthy so great a blessing and privilege.” He is concerned that he is “so divided from various causes here.” He hopes her mother will be better when he sees her and sends his love and affection.   .
A collection of 18 advertising trade cards promoting educational and entertaining publications for children including periodicals and books. .Multiple locations.1880s
Price: $425.00

A collection of 18 different advertising trade cards for The Youth's Companion, We Keep "Wide Awake", Eclectic Penmanship, Harper's Young People plus books by Historical Publishing Co.,  Estes & Lauriat,  Lee and Shepard and Sunshine Publishing Co.   The final card is for the Patent Adjustable Book-Cover.  The focus of the advertising is to parents. The focus is education and entertainment.  Approximately half of the cards are for The Youth's Companion with eleborate chromolithograph printing including two 3 fold concertina style cards promoting the annual volumes.   The announcement for 1883 includes a list of illustrated stories, illustrated travel and adventure, special articles, Reminiscences and Anecdotes, Household Decoartion and Amusements and The Help Series. The 1886 announcement includes serial stories, natural history and adventure, special articles, sketches and practical articles. Other cards display eye- catching imagery and proverbs. .
An archive of ephemera, books and photographs from the estate of a member of the class of 1908, Amherst College, including Chi Phi Fraternity memorabilia.. c1908
Price: $450.00

Sea Mosses - An Album created by Mrs. Ruth O. Morris from Wm. H. Brown May 13th, 1875, Santa Barbara, CA1875
Price: $500.00

A wide array of sea mosses applied to affixed to album pages, each captioned with it's species and sometimes genus.  Includes 115 plus specimens.  Most specimens intact.  9" x 7>.
A Business Archive of Fannie Howe, Engrosser, with Samples of her Work in Various stages 1960sPhiladelphia
Price: $550.00

Fannie Howe was the widow of Charleton Howe, a well known and admired engrosser.  After his death his wife assumed responsibility for their engrossing business.  This archive includes -approximately twenty (20) letters with correspondence requesting engrossing by Fannie Howe, -specimens created by Fannie Howe in black and white and color, a business check register, design for Howe Engrossing Studio Stationery,  11 mockup for use as examples and/or works in progress, six (6) original works accompanied by printed copies of the work and 13 original completed pen and ink works and Howe Engrossing Studio paper sign.  Mostly large format pieces..
5 Birthday Odes & 1 Sonnet Written by Samuel R. Wiley, Written Annually to Silas Leach on the Occasion of (Wiley's) Birth 1889-1901 "On the recurrence of my Birthday"
Price: $550.00

A series of correspondence from Samuel R. Wiley, San Francisco, CA to Silas Leach, Wilkes Barre, PA.  Each of the Odes and the Sonnet are penned in a lovely hand with calligraphy embellishments at the top.  Some with red and black borders.   Philosophical and thought provoking works by an octogenarian.  A March 2, 1901 letter inquires as to Leach's receipt of the last sonnet and also discusses booming real estate market in San Francisco and the town's mourning for General Sherman. This is followed sequentially by a surprise Ode to Leach penned on his birthday April 6th.  Additionally this group includes a copy of a Birthday Ode written to Rhoda Luce who turned 90 in 1899.  Finally a cabinet card of Wiley dated October 1889.  Moving and thought provoking.. A note accompanying the Birthday Sonnets read "All written by S. R. Wiley who, himself, was between 85 and 90 years old.  An old friend of Uncle Silas, to whom he also sent four birthday odes in commemoration of his own birthday anniversaries.
29 Advertising Trade Cards Promoting Books, Magazines and Newspapers. ..
Price: $600.00

The collection includes 14 cards relating to newspapers. They include the Grit, Gleason's Pictorial, Patriot, New York Weekly, The Nightly Moon, New York Observer, The Congressionalist, Netwon Republican and a set of 6 album cards with large format newspapers in the background with familiar patriotic figures representative of the country the newspaper represents. They include a winged Uncle Sam reading the New York Times, Liberty reading La France and a Beefeater reading The Standard. The 7 magazine cards include Demorest, Godey's Ladys Book, Farm & Fireside, Punch (Aesthetic Movement influence)  and 2 miniature magazines - Life (1883)and the Saturday Evening Post (1911). The final group of 7 cards promoting books and book sellers include 4 for Estes & Lauriat - ZigZag Journeys in Europe, Classic Lands, the Orient and the Knockabout Club in the Woods.  Also includes the People's Cyclopedia of Universal Knowledge, Frederick Keppy publisher of scientific book and specimen pages from The Beacon Light, Lyon & Healy, Chicago. Several with information on the publication..
A S Van Eerde. Collection of Artwork, Drawing, and Sketches by A S Van Eerde, c1920s - 1940s. ..c1920s - 1940s
Price: $750.00

A collection of over seventy (70) pieces of artwork by A S Van Eerde. The work is in various stages of completion, such as notes, outlines, sketches, illustrations, and completed works.   A S Van Eerde was a commercial artist that designed advertisements for clients. He also sold his own fine art and was a writer/illustrator that did covers and interiors for magazines like "American Legion Weekly", and comic books. He had a short-lived comic strip called "2038 AD: An Excursion to Mars", that ran only four installments in "Amazing Mystery Funnies" comic book series published by Centaur between 1938-1940. Among the collection is a series of six (6) watercolors that depict what "Daddy & Bruce" did during their day together, such as visiting the Museum of Natural History, and the zoo. Another series of six (6) watercolors depict several hilarious moments, such as a young girls 'sensible winter outfit' and an early morning conversation at the bus stop. There are several one off pieces (in ink, pencil or watercolor): rides at an amusement park,  a master painter painting using paint by number, a professor putting helium in his car tires instead of air, and sketches of different advertisements, as well as some finished products or possible reference pieces. Please view the collection by clicking on the link: https://goo.gl/photos/ngUyYToJwKYf3XEf6 . The collection is overall in good condition. On some pieces there are glue stains on the back. The sketches and notes are on a finer paper, which as caused some very minor tears along the edges on some pieces. Some of the paper is toned and soiled. But overall fine.
Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97.
Price: $800.00

Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97. The estate belonged to David Wallace and his wife Ruth, who was the widow of Hopper Mott, a prominent New York City family.

Categories include:
  • 82 receipts for Food including o Extensive monthly receipts for fish, pork and meat o Weekly and/or monthly receipts for general groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, butter and cheese. Mostly from different vendors o Liquor and wine bills
  • 59 receipts for Utilities o Water bills o Coal, Wood & Coke o Ice o Electric Light, Heat and Power Co.
  • 72 receipts relating to transportation and communication o Fairbanks’ scales o Western Union telegraph monthly bills o Newspaper subscriptions and box rental o Steamships, mercantile fees and sail making o Railway passage o Express companies
  • 92 receipts for miscellaneous household receipts including o Livestock feed o Crockery and glassware o Guns and gun material o Trunks, bags, shawl straps o Plate glass o Watches, clocks, jewelry o Slate, tin, copper gravel roof o Carpets, wallpapers & draperies o Cloths and clothing o House, ship, sign and ornament painters o Stoves, ranges, furnaces, tin and sheet iron ware
  • 16 receipts for horses and carriage care and maintenance o Stabling o Horse shoeing and other animal maintenance o Horse and carriage furnishings o Carriage maintenance and repair including painting An interesting letter from a Manufacturer of Light Carriages and Wagons about laying pipe for water allowing adequate supply for 20 families.
  • 77 receipts for plants and seeds, fertilizer, garden supplies and ornaments, greenhouse supplies. This appears to have been a great passion for the household. Many of the receipts are multiple pages of large quantities of trees, plants and seeds from the premiere producers at the time. o Trees, plants and seeds from nurseries and auctions o Fertilizer and farming tools o Greenhouse and garden equipment and pasture leases o Letters regarding “master gardening” and requests for refunds for plants that died .
Collection of Cigarette Wrappers- A walk through the history of Common and Scarce Cigarettes1930s-1950s
Price: $900.00

A collection of two bound volumes of cigarette wrappers representing 31 different companies and 113 brands.  The brands include the standard commercial brands most are aware ofothers such as Debs, Dominos, Home Run, I Like Ike, Listerine, O-Nic-O, Sensation, Sensible, Spud, Yankee Girl and MacDonald's among others.  The collection is indexed by company by brand and by location alphabetically.  Some of the wrappers are accompanied by hand penned dates, information on the variations on a brand e.g. "long' , "crush box".  On the Julep Cigarette a noted indicates it was the 1st wrapper found before 1941. Some indicate the price paid..
An Archive of over 600 pieces of Jacob Meck (1859-1930), prominent merchandising entrepreneur, postmaster, and cigar manufacturer, Meckville, Berks County, PA, 1864-1911 . ..
Price: $1,150.00

An Archive of over 600 pieces of Jacob Meck (1859-1930), prominent merchandising entrepreneur, postmaster, and cigar manufacturer, Meckville, Berks County, PA, 1864-1911.  Jacob Meck, of Pennsylvania, was one of 11 adult children born to Benjamin and Elizabeth Ruth. He operated a grocery store beginning in 1879. He was the postmaster of Meckville, Berks County, PA after being nominated by David McKendree Key (U.S. Democratic Senator from Tennessee and U.S. Postmaster General). The post office was located in the store and the village was named Meckville after him. Meck later expanded his business, opening a liquor store in 1894, a creamery, feed store, and shirt factory in 1902, and then establishing Eagle Canning Company in 1905.  Meck began a cigar manufacturing business in 1884 and ran it through 1907 when time restrictions forced him to abandon it. In 1913 he ran for Recorder of Deeds as a democratic candidate. Above images are small sampling of collection He married Hettie Esther Becker in 1877 and the couple had seven children. Many personal correspondences are from his sons Walter (1878-1961) and Allan (1886-1977?). Walter opened the Meck and Coldren Mill with D.D. Coldren in 1900 where they manufactured cotton underwear. Walter remained with the business until 1950. Allan became a minister and became a well-respected president of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, where an Allan S. Meck Award honors his memory. The collection relates to the cigar business and grocery store; including financials, invoices, advertisements, and correspondence. Also postmaster papers, circulars, covers (envelopes), and personal correspondence and documents and includes: · Financial, business and personal from multiple banks and the Internal Revenue Service and detail amounts of deposit and credits, many are from Myerstown National Bank, including overdraft notices, settlement of bills, bank notices, bank notices, revenue license receipt, etc. · Post office/post master, 1883-1887 (20 items), others without dates-many ask for names and addresses of residents who may have interested in a particular consumer good or in a particular trade and request information be posted or handed out. o notes to postmaster o circulars o Grocery business (approx. 381 items) § Postal Cards, 1879-1888 including notice of payments both due and received, calling cards with dates of vendor visits, advertisements for example for Hardware, Iron, and Oil Merchants, Garden Seeds, Oriental Spice and Coffee Works, Personal notes such as one regarding having Meck’s sign painted and requests for goods to be delivered. § Payments received, 1879-1888. § Invoices, predominantly from 1879-1887 § Correspondence, predominantly from 1879-1910 (129 items) of note a letter dated Oct 5, 1886, Meck endorsed a David McCauley where McCauley reneged on his agreement and the company wants to know how Meck will handle the need for payment. o Circulars (120 items) § Pharmacy (7 items)-includes quackery, patented medicines, specimens of cards, of note is a letter head for World Dispensary and Invalids’ Hotel in Buffalo New York § Proctor and Gamble (12 items)-notices for advertising including Ivory Soap “Creeping Babies” (a possible reference to the poem “Thoughtful Santa Claus”, also leaflets such as “Town Talk” “Half Moon” “Clean Quick” which have descriptions and prices of goods. § Clothing and Shoes (14 items)-notices of auctions and sales, endorsements, price lists, of note 8 page 1881 trade journal for the Goodyear Rubber Company § Books (16 items)-order forms and publishers book descriptions, circular letters, a business circular written by a doctor; if a consumption patient fills in answers to questions they receive a book, ad for “New and Splendidly Illustrated Polyglot Family Bible”, newspaper style advertisement for “The History of Christianity” by Rev. John S.C. Abbott D.D., and Denison’s Descriptive Catalogue of Amateur and Standard Plays, Dialogues, Tableaux, Readings, Books for Teachers, Etc. § Insurance (5 items)- descriptions and costs of services § Agriculture and Farming (17 items)- some circular letters with illustrated letterhead, booklets, ads for fertilizer, scales, animal meal, minerals, oils, and tools, of note “The Wise Farmer” ad for improved butter color. § Miscellaneous (1 item)-1883 Kentucky Lottery § General Goods (Dry Goods, Household) (39 items)-newspaper style advertisements for tea, silverware, lighting, needles, and other household supplies, watches, mirrors, scales, laundry supplies, and paints, of note ads for an electric battery which gives 5 currents and a Peterson’s Patent Label Maker. § Food (6 items)- listing of testimonials, sales, notice of items available, of note an ad for “Poor Man’s Easter Egg Dyes”. § Modern Houses (3 items)-sample pictures with descriptions of homes available for building, includes basic pricing · Cigar Business, run from 1884-1907 (approx. 74 items)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         o Postal Cards, 1880-1889, and no date-includes calling cards and types and quantities of cigar orders such as “Lady of Lake” and “Royal Boquet” and “send 1.000 Minnie and 1.000 Gyrrell’s” o Cigar documents 1886-1887-assortment of topics, of note one letter of Aug 24, 1886 requests a reorder but “under no circumstances do we want any with that binder on that you bought of Frymyer. If you do you will spoil your future trade with us as we cannot possibly handle any segars at any price that do not burn” and a premium for J.R. Mast who is giving away free boots with the purchase of “Boot Plug” tobacco; letters also include: § orders § references § Advertisements-includes Weissinger and Bate’s “Prune Nugget” chewing tobacco and Bausman and Mast’s Seed Leaf and Havana Tobacco § correspondence o Invoices, 1879- 1898-lists the names of cigars, quantity, and pricing o Covers (envelopes)-return addresses for cigar companies and tobacconists in Pennsylvania · Personal Correspondence (118 items) o To Jacob Meck, 1880-1911, no date (98 items)-many addressed to father from Walter and Allan, may be store related but do not have businesses referenced, others are a combination of business and personal, for example Walter discussing orders and his daughter’s health o other addressees, 1864-1910, no date (20 items) § includes letters to/from family members, a number of letters are to Allan § 1903 report on “Reformation History of France” by Allan Meck, about 17 years old · Meck documents (3 items) o notice of new item available in store (2 copies) o 1913 letter of introduction, democratic candidate for Recorder of Deeds · Covers (envelopes)-an assortment of covers, most have stamped postal marks and postage stamps, predominately with advertisements, mostly illustrated or with cameo illustrations, addressed to Meckville, Berks County and Hamlin, Lebanon County, one with Kutztown (there are no circulars or documents included with these) (#26000327) $1,150.00 Social History 2. [ Manuscript] A Series of 10 Family letters from Rebecca (Morton) and Gideon Carpenter of Vermont to Phebe (Morton) and Peter Vaughan of Middleborough, Massachusetts, 1827-1848.  A collection of ten (10) letters primarily from Rebecca Carpenter to her sister Phebe Vaughan but occasionally contain correspondence between Peter Vaughan and Gideon Carpenter. Letters are on 12 ½” x 8” single fold papers and folded to create stampless covers, six covers have stamped postmarks. Letters are predominantly from the 1820’s. · Earlier letters are addressed to Peter but are to ‘sister.’ They discuss family and friends, health issues, money, and children. · Peter and Gideon discuss business; Peter sends a horse for Gideon to sell. · An undated letter to Peter reveals Gideon is paying a man to search for Morton family land in England as he hears that the family overseas has come into a land fall. He hopes for names, marriages, births, and deaths in order to prove a relationship. · Rebecca discusses daily life, spinning, washing, not wanting to cut her young son’s hair. She mentions a feeble child and one who was recently buried after ten weeks with “dropsy in the head.” · Rebecca’s health is not well and their mother comes to live with her. · Rebecca shows deep concern that Gideon is not a farmer but that he is unable to make a profit at his trade. · She wonders if he might be able to work his trade if they are able to move “down there” to the New Bedford and Taunton areas. She requests Peter to send any information possible. · She expresses happiness that Phebe has received the “Pearl of great price” probably referring to Matthew 13:45-46, King James Version and hopes she will not stop until she achieves “perfect love.” Joseph Smith who later began the Church for Latter Day Saints, grew up in nearby Sharon, VT. · Later letters mention their mother losing her faculties, Rebecca’s son Charles buying a house and her moving in. She details the house and property, explaining she has two rag rugs, a wood shed that will hold two cords, the number of rooms, and how the house has a pump to the cistern that brings water to the sink in the kitchen. The last letter shows Rebecca’s severe ill health and her inability to work, the boys helping and her daughter Jane helps as much as possible. Rebecca has extreme pain and the doctor recommends blisters and bleeding. (#2600094) $275.00 Phebe Oliver Morton Vaughan, 1795-1869 (http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/phebe-oliver-morton_22451705?geo_a=r&o_iid=41014&o_lid=41014&o_sch=Web+Property) Peter Vaughan, 1791-1874 (http://vaughan-vaughn.org/res-danielv.htm ) Children: Cyrus, Eveline, Peter, Phebe, Hepsibah, Mary Rebecca Morton Carpenter, 1799-? Gideon Carpenter, 1790-? (http://carpentercousins.com/wc-584-desc/aqwg195.htm) Children: William, Charles, Albert, Edwin, Jane .
Family papers including hair genealogy – “My Children’s Hair” (1808-1833) & Northwest Territories (1856-1859)
Price: $1,600.00

Also includes correspondence between a mother and her sons as they explored the Northwest Territories (1856-1859) for the James Rogers’ family, New Castle Delaware, New Castle, Delaware, chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Attorney General and Secretary of State of Delaware.

James Rogers (1789-1870) married Maria Booth in 1807. Materials include: a. Genealogy and snippets of each of the children’s hair. Two pages attached at top. The first has an affixed 2 ¾” x 2 ½” embossed envelope that reads “My Children’s Hair” on a 4 ½” x 7” sheet with thirteen (13) snippets of hair sewn to the page. Each is captioned with a child’s name and date of birth. The reverse lists specific genealogical information including birth and marriage information about the parents and the specific day and time of birth for each child. This list ends after 1827. The children were born between 1808 and 1831. b. A scrap album page with hair with plaited hair held in place with gold hearts from the parents James and Marie while they were courting in 1804. Also includes a snippet from a newspaper announcing their wedding. Additionally there is the top of this page, which has separated from the hair that has a woven paper wreath with a hand-penned verse” Accept my dear flower which time cannot fade …emblem of my love for you”. Dated 1806. c. A letter with transcription from Maria to son Robert, an attorney in San Francisco in 1856 containing family news and reference to an unfortunate incident that had occurred in San Francisco in the recent past. d. A letter with transcription to Maria from son Julian, while serving as clerk to Major Franklin E. Hunt; Camp Floyd’s First Army Paymaster, August 12, 1857, Fort Kearny N.T. Discussing the trials and tribulations of traversing geography to reach the soldiers and give them their pay describing the frontier prairies destitute of all kinds of game and seeing where a herd of buffalo had been killed. A report on Southern Californians complaining of the overabundance of buffalos trying to get to their cattle. He continues by describing Fort Kearny and its surrounding landscape. He then asks after family members and concludes with a postscript “The Cheyenne Indians run off with 840 beef cattle a few days ago, belonging to the contractor and intended for the Utah Expedition. They killed one of the herdsman and wounded another. They are more the boldest Indians of the plains and it is a pity Col. Sumner did not meet them. This occurred only thirty miles from the fort.” e. The final item is a letter with transcription from Maria to son Julian from Boothhurst, New Castle, Delaware on September 17 through 18, 1857. Laments her concern for the safety of Julian as the papers are discussing those “horrid Mormons and are raising troops to occupy narrow passes in the road and how Brigham Young laughs at the idea of government send in troops to Utah as late in the season, when in all probability could weather will catch them before they cross the mountains”. Then discusses the passing of an aunt. This is followed by father (James) going to town to get letters from a steamer that is not insight. James returns without the letters. Additional news from the following day James returns from town with no letters and melancholy news of the loss of the Steamer. .
A collection of approximately 80 engravings by Charles William Sherborn depicting his work in various stages of production1875-1903
Price: $3,750.00

Approximately 80 different examples of Sherborn's work many in their final form, others at various stages of completion.  The collection was compiled by his son . Each item is affixed to a single-fold paper mat with a information on the work at the base of the mat including year created, title, brief description type of engraving (or art), size and process notes on the particular item.  Each page is numbered1-80 with a few engravings with multiple page (a,b,c etc).  Few lacking.  Among the smallest is an intricate watch back engraving of woman with a basket of fruit on her head 1 3/4" x 1 3/8".. Charles William Sherborn (1831-1912) was an English engraver, who chiefly made bookplates. He has been hailed as having led the revival in copper-engraved bookplates, and came to be called the "Victorian little master". Wikipedia See The Life and Work of Charles William Sherborn by his Son, Charles Davies Sherborn. 1912.   https://archive.org/details/sketchoflifework00sher