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 Jas. R. Adams, Pantaloon Business Card. ..
Jas. R. Adams, Pantaloon Business Card. ..
Price: $25.00

Adams was born in 1853. He worked for many years in Europe and then in the 1870's came to America where his great specialty was a clown act on stilts. He was also a pantomime, expert gymnast, contortionist, and first-class rider. In this country he organized a royal "Humpty Dumpty" troupe. He was in partnership with Adam Forepaugh in a "Humpty Dumpty" Company. Pantaloon-a character in a Harlequinade or the butt and accomplice of a clown. 2" x 3 3/4".
Tallyit - Fun with Numbers - Image of Magician standing on Cards tossing "Tally Totals" in the Air.
Tallyit - Fun with Numbers - Image of Magician standing on Cards tossing "Tally Totals" in the Air.
Price: $45.00

A 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" litho on pressed board box with a smilar number of  discs. The cover illustration implies math can be magical.  The box sides boast -age 8 to 80 play TALLYIT - an educational game.  The cards have images of the discs on the front and multiplication problems on the reverse.  The discs represent the product of the problems. The instructions are lacking but the objective seems that one cards are drawn and the opponent needs to solve the problem.  A total of 52 cards although not equal numbers by color.  Approximately 60 discs.   . Edge wear on box.  Area of missing surface litho on box apron.   The Maxim Game Co. produced only 3 games; all educational in nature.
Statement for the Purchases of Crockery due to the Estate of John Ginley, Gettysburg, PA, 1812. .Gettysburg, PA.1812
Statement for the Purchases of Crockery due to the Estate of John Ginley, Gettysburg, PA, 1812. .Gettysburg, PA.1812
Price: $45.00

A statement for a bill rendered to Joseph M Ginley and the estate of John Ginley on January 22, 1812.  The original purchase was for $100.90 worth of crockery on May 2nd, 1811 from the firm of O'Neil and Boyd. It was agree that the sum would be payable at 90 days with interest staring after 3 months. It was sworn before a judge. The bottom of the statements notes that the bill was paid in full, with interest for a total of $103.92 April 27th, 1912. Measures 9 1/2" x 7 3/4" (Folded Letter sheet). Toning due to age, some small tears along the fold creases. A small section of the back page of the letter is missing, this does not affect the actual text of the letter.
Sixteenth Annual Reunion of the Veteran Association Hartford City Guard, at Merrill's, January 10, 1883...
Sixteenth Annual Reunion of the Veteran Association Hartford City Guard, at Merrill's, January 10, 1883...
Price: $50.00

paper menu bound with string and tassel for the annual dinner of the Veteran Association.  The menu dated January 10, 1883 includes the Officers, Executive Committee, Order of events, menu, and words for the sixteenth annual reunion song. The Veteran Association of the Hartford City Guard was organized on November 26, 1867. It was composed of those persons who were active or honorary members of the Hartford City Guard prior to July 5, 1865. The Association’s main objective was social with the intention “to keep alive old and pleasant memories and perpetuation of recollections of the old Company.” Each year they held a reunion on the second Wednesday of January. The first reunion was held on January 8, 1868. At their 50th reunion held in 1917, it was agreed that it should be the last reunion. 6 1/4" x 4". slight staining, tassel intact but starting to wear
Letter re By-laws Amendment Advising Which Woman may Attend Santa Cruz Club Function, Nogales AZ 1911
Letter re By-laws Amendment Advising Which Woman may Attend Santa Cruz Club Function, Nogales AZ 1911
Price: $55.00

An 11" x  8 1/4" typed letter printed in red ink  from the Santa Cruz Club, Nogales Arizona, Jan. 17, 1911.  The subject is members of the Santa Cruz Club and The members of the Ladies' Auxiliary. Content provides recent events and the need to amend the bylaws to clarify which lady's may attend club functions.  The bottom line Ladies who are not members of the Auziliary may be invited only once during each year, on invitation issued by the Secretary. The only exception to the rule excluding non-members of the Ladies' Auxiliary is when an unmarried member may choose to invite such person as his ONE particular guest.  Letter folds. With original envelope.. The Santa Cruz Ladies' Auxiliary became the Nogales Women's Club.  In 1914 it was considered the "nicest" club with the "best dressed women" in Arizona.
Promotional Brochure - The Bungalow Camp Life Club - Pine Woods & Ocean Air. ..c1915
Promotional Brochure - The Bungalow Camp Life Club - Pine Woods & Ocean Air. ..c1915
Price: $60.00

A 14 pp booklet promoting the outdoor life in two locations - June 15-Sept 10th Eliot ME and Dec 1 - April 15 Green Acre SC. Images from photographs throughout.  The camp was open to any one who wished to live a simple and sane life out-of-doors, to study and practice those things which make for health and happiness.  Included family and boy's camps.  Rates for a family $15 per week.  Guests' Applications were not exclusive but congenial - suggested introduction from former guests or if inconvenient contact the camp directly.  Measures 8 1//4" x 6". .
Promotional Brochure - Table Tennis - The New Indoor Game. Exciting and Entertaining to Adults and Children. ..
Promotional Brochure - Table Tennis - The New Indoor Game. Exciting and Entertaining to Adults and Children. ..
Price: $65.00

A single-fold promotional or instruction booklet for Table Tennis - The New Indoor Game.  Cover image depicts a properly attired  Mom and Dad playing in the parlor while the family looks on.  Includes Directions  and suggests using a dining-table about 6 feet by 4 feet; the larger the table the better.  This is followed by two pages of Rules.  Two are in bold - There is no Second Service as in Lawn Tennis. No volleying is allowed. Presented by the "H" company, with a logo a diamond surrounding the "H".   Measures 6" x 3 1/2".  The game was invented to bring lawn tennis indoors..
Dance Card  with Printed Silk Cover - Boston Fire and Protective Dept's . Robinson Engraving Co.Boston.c1895
Dance Card with Printed Silk Cover - Boston Fire and Protective Dept's . Robinson Engraving Co.Boston.c1895
Price: $65.00

A top-fold dance card with ribbon ties.  A fringed silk applied cover decoration depicts two owls on a branch and Boston Fire and Protective Dept's. Deckled heavy stock textured cover reading Tu=whit=! Tu=whoo- A merry night to all of you! The inside pages include the Concert Programme followed by two pages of the order of dances (unused) and a page of the reception committeee.  The back cover lists the Floor Marshal, Assistants and Aids.  No date or location.   Measures 5 1/4" x 4 1/4". .
 Die-cut Dance Card in the Shape of a Cadet, University of Vermont Military Ball. The Hall-Cosler Co.Bloomington, IND.
Die-cut Dance Card in the Shape of a Cadet, University of Vermont Military Ball. The Hall-Cosler Co.Bloomington, IND.
Price: $65.00

Dance card in the shape and image of a military cadet, from the University of Vermont's Military Ball, held under the auspices of Scabbard and Blade Society at the University Gym, on November 10, 1924.  Sixteen dances in the order of dance. Names penciled in. With original leather string. Card stock covers and pages. Measures 5 1`/4" x 3".  Dance card separated from covers. .
My Smallest Doll's Room - Fishery Seaside German c1930. ..
My Smallest Doll's Room - Fishery Seaside German c1930. ..
Price: $75.00

An uncut four fold paper doll set and it's original envelope. It is the Furnished Fishery with Several Dolls for Dressing and nice toys for same. It is one of six different designs for the My Smallest Doll's Room.  Made in German.  In the uncut state measures 3 1/4" x 13 1/2".  The two fold scene has six "slits" for placement of the dolls, their costumes and accessories.  Includes a boy and girls  transporting fish from the shore. 3 costumes plus accessories and twofold shore scene.   Most likely from the 1930s.  This is a scarce item.
The Charmed Circle of Good Dressers- Victorian Maze
The Charmed Circle of Good Dressers- Victorian Maze
Price: $85.00

An 8 1/4" x 10 1/4"  Victorian parlor game intended to be given as a promotion by a clothier. A fashionable couple is the price at the center of the maze.  The text indicates that it looks harder than it actually is "to enter the circle of good dressers forever after. " Directions suggest a pencil tracing to mark the route. Light wear and water stains on margins..
W.E. SnyderThe Leathercraftsman; A textbook on LeatherworksGraton & Knight Co.Worcestor1936
W.E. SnyderThe Leathercraftsman; A textbook on LeatherworksGraton & Knight Co.Worcestor1936
Price: $85.00

176 pp. faux leather wrapper. A treatise on leatherworking by W. E. Snyder who was the director at Graton & Knight Leathercraft Studios in Massachusetts.  In sixteen (16) chapters, complete with B&W photographs, diagrams and line drawings showing patterns and examples of leather work at various stages of completion. As well as an index, and a list of additional references. Covers are leather with gilt-blocked lettering for the title. Interior pages are slightly toned. There is a very small book plate on the interior cover, as well as a owner's stamp on the copyright page. Measures 9" x 6".
Pacific Association of Amateur Oarsmen Exposition Banquet Menu and Program, March 13, 1915..
Pacific Association of Amateur Oarsmen Exposition Banquet Menu and Program, March 13, 1915..
Price: $85.00

The Pacific Association of Amateur Oarsmen Exposition Banquet took place on March 13, 1915. The program lists directors and divisions of the club, the presentation of the Henry C. Peterson Perpetual Challenge Trophy, the menu, Toasts, and Songs. The Menu includes Oysters, Soup, Salad, Hors D'oeuvres, fish, entrees, vegetables, roast, and dessert with drinks to coordinate. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". slight staining
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Club House Dinner menu, Vallejo Yachting and Rowing Club, 1926..
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Club House Dinner menu, Vallejo Yachting and Rowing Club, 1926..
Price: $85.00

Printed folded  menu and list of members and officers for the Vallejo Yachting and Rowing Club, Vallejo, California-organized May 1, 1900. The twenty-fifth Anniversary Club House Dinner includes general mess of celery, olives, sweet pickles, radishes, and combination salad; roast of suckling pig a la Roman with spiced dressing and apple sauce; entrees of enchiladas and Virginia pindar cured ham; vegetables of pomme nouvelles gastronome and petits spinach au Beurre; desserts are biscuits Glace a la Californienne, homemade apple and mince pies, ice cream, assorted cakes, and cafe noir; and Club House Old Pipes Dansant "Atopsides". A listing of Honorary Life Members, Past Comodores, Officers, Directors, and Original and Charter Members are included as well as picture of Club House on back cover. 7 1/2" x 5 1/2". slight staining, separation at base of fold
Promotional  Brochure Evolution of Mount Holyoke - Prospect House & The Oxbow. ..1890s
Promotional Brochure Evolution of Mount Holyoke - Prospect House & The Oxbow. ..1890s
Price: $85.00

A fold-out brochure promoting Mount Holyoke, The Prospect House and The Oxbow.   The front cover depicts an image of The Oxbow as seen from Mount Holyoke, the back as seen in 1840. There are similar comparisons throughout.   Comprehensive narrative and views of both hotels plus pricing information on board and refreshments, railroad excursions and more.  Finally, includes an array of imagery depicting illustrations of the railway starting in 1854 and the before and now of the Prospect House.  Measures 13 1/2" x 12". .
Simon Two Letters from a Mother to Her Child, with integrated naive drawings, August 1929. .Boston MA.10806
Simon Two Letters from a Mother to Her Child, with integrated naive drawings, August 1929. .Boston MA.10806
Price: $95.00

Two whimsical letters from a mother to one of her two daughters, Elizabeth Simon (nicknamed Betty). The first letter mentions a visit to their cousin Ruth, who has two cats on her roof. The missive continues on asking her how here hay fever is doing and if she has had anytime to play with the kitten next door. Lastly it mentions the mother has been so busy that morning that even though it is 11 AM, she still hasn't had time to fix her hair.The letter is embellished with four pen and ink drawing- two cats on a roof of house, little girl playing with cats, four children riding on a horse, and two children playing in the water. The second letter is longer than the first. It starts with the mother telling Betty that she has been feeling better lately, though her hip is hurting her pretty badly so she will most likely stop riding soon. It discusses a visit from their Aunt and a picnic lunch she had a Lake Waldon. There she watched several children on a water slide. She then inquires after what Betty has been doing in her spare time and if she has any stories to share, such as a stubbed toe perhaps or a bee landed on her nose? It ends with the hope that Betty will borrow her sister's, Barbara's, water wings to help her float.  In-text drawings of  a water slide, a child landing in the water, and presumably Betty with a bee on her nose. Measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" (folded card) . The envelope is toned due to age and the letters themselves some minor soiling, otherwise fine.
Momberger, William Visit to the Menagerie, Aunt Louisa's Big Picture Series.. McLoughlin..
Momberger, William Visit to the Menagerie, Aunt Louisa's Big Picture Series.. McLoughlin..
Price: $100.00

6] leaves, [6] leaves of plates.  18 chromolithograph illustrations. Cover illustration of running lion.  Rhyming story is titled Visit to the Zoological Gardens.  The first illustration depicts children on sedan chair riding an elephant. Numerous animals depicted. Measures 10 3/4" x 9".  Back cover promotes New Picture Books for Little Children. 71 & 73 Duane St., NY. . Light to moderate cover wear.
 The Bedouin, published for the Traveling Showman by C. W. Parker, Leavenworth, Kansas, April 1917.  Vol. 1, No. 2.. ..
The Bedouin, published for the Traveling Showman by C. W. Parker, Leavenworth, Kansas, April 1917. Vol. 1, No. 2.. ..
Price: $120.00

A trade publication focusing on circuses and carnivals.  This issue includes Colonel Parker Beats Eastern Embargo –“Efficiency” the Keynote of Parkers Enterprise, the Great Gebhard Astronomical Clock, tidbits and verses and the 1917 Model C. W. Parker Organ.  Includes images from photographs of carousels , C. W. Parker’s Monkey Speedway, carousel horses and more.  Measures 11 ½” x 8 ¾”.  4” separation at base of fold; otherwise fine.  .
Maude Adams in L'Aiglon; A Pictorial Souvenir published with the authorization of Mr. Charles Frohman with Cabinet Card of Adams. Russell.New York.1900
Maude Adams in L'Aiglon; A Pictorial Souvenir published with the authorization of Mr. Charles Frohman with Cabinet Card of Adams. Russell.New York.1900
Price: $125.00

Unnumbered. Paper wraps. Pictorial souvenir of Maude Adams in L'Aiglon.  Cover illustration by Ernest Haskell. Accompanied by a cabinet card of Adams as L'Aiglon. 12" x 9 1/4" 6 1/2" x 4 1/4" (cabinet card). Edge wear on cover.
Crepe Paper Border - Images of Children at Work and Play . ..c1900
Crepe Paper Border - Images of Children at Work and Play . ..c1900
Price: $125.00

Measures 6 1/2" x 128" and depicts four repeats of children at work and play.    Depicts children ice skating, gardening, playing on the shore and reading.   Vivid color..
M. Kucera Catalogue of The Glove Industrie of Prague - International Exhibition.Philadelphia.1876
M. Kucera Catalogue of The Glove Industrie of Prague - International Exhibition.Philadelphia.1876
Price: $125.00

Illustrated coated stock covers with 20 unnumbered pages -- each promoting a different Austrian glove maker present in the Austrian Department at the Centennial Exhibition.  Contents printed in black and white on pulp paper. Measures 3 3/4" x 5 3/4". . Light cover wear, separation.
3 Royal Lottery Tickets Sold by Pudding & Co, Lucky Office, 1 Cornhill early 1800s - The Queen, Miss Forecast and Prunella Prim
3 Royal Lottery Tickets Sold by Pudding & Co, Lucky Office, 1 Cornhill early 1800s - The Queen, Miss Forecast and Prunella Prim
Price: $150.00

Three (3) different woodcut lottery tickets each depicting a woman who would benefit from winning the lottery.  A rhyming verse tells each story concluding with how the lottery would change their fate. . The first Royal Lottery was  in held in 1566.  I wasn't paid off for three yearsin 1569.  After the first lottery the government sold off the rights to sell tickets to brokers who hired agents.  The last Royal lottery was held in 1826.
Burleigh The Old Colony Railroad: Its Connections, Popular Resorts, and Fashionable Watering-Places. Rand, Avery, & Co..Boston.1874
Burleigh The Old Colony Railroad: Its Connections, Popular Resorts, and Fashionable Watering-Places. Rand, Avery, & Co..Boston.1874
Price: $200.00

24pp. Wrappers. Tipped in 9" x 8 1/2"  fold-out map of Old Colony Railroad and Connections, E. N. Winslow del. (Bufford publisher).   Full page and in-text illustrations throughout including places of interest and railway maps. Interesting narrative re people, destinations, the railway and geography.  Back cover promotes Fall River Line.  Measures 7 3/4" x 4 3/4". .
Asian Influenced Dance Card - Designed to Hang from Chatelaine - Printed Silk - Mikado. Karolyi Gyorgy.Budapest.1890s
Asian Influenced Dance Card - Designed to Hang from Chatelaine - Printed Silk - Mikado. Karolyi Gyorgy.Budapest.1890s
Price: $200.00

A 4" x 2 1/2"  booklet dance card.  Japanesque influenced. Exterior boards are padded with illustrated paper covers depicting anthropomorphic animal wrestlers on one side  and Geisha on the other.  Woven metal strings with decorative gold colored bobbles join at top with a chatelaine hook.  The endpapers and actual on printed silk.   The single page is printed with the image of a hand fan titled 'Mikado Estely (Eastleigh) with seven dance and a woman playing an instrument.  Pencil lacking.  Wear to paper covers..
 OPERA PRIVa DE PARIS, 1929 Premiere Saison Program. ..1929
OPERA PRIVa DE PARIS, 1929 Premiere Saison Program. ..1929
Price: $225.00

Profusely illustrated 1929 program for the Opera Priva de Paris production of "Prince Igor" by Borodine. 28 pp. Nine tipped-in color plates, including a portrait of its star singer, Maria Kousnetzoff; and, by Konstantin Korovine, six character costumes and two stage sets. The color cover is by J. Bilibine. 12 1/2"  x 9 3/4".
Vibrant & Graphic  - Set of 6 Menu Cards, Pan-American Exposition Promote Armour's Extract of Beef
Vibrant & Graphic - Set of 6 Menu Cards, Pan-American Exposition Promote Armour's Extract of Beef
Price: $300.00

A set of six 7 5/8" x 5 1/2"  menu cards representing scenes of the Pan-American Exposition.   Each card features brilliant illustrations of a fair event and is adorned in red and white border decorations. They include scenes from the Electric Tower, Government Buildings, Power House Interior (Harnessing the Niagara), Temple of Music, Machinery & Transportation Building and Manufacturers & Liberal Arts Building  The menus are serving suggestions for meals each featuring Armour's Extract of Beef and include two menus each for Luncheon,  Dinner and Chafing-Dish Supper.  The reverse of the cards each have a different cooking tip relating to the product and instructions on obtaining a set of the menu cards for postage and a metal cap from a jar of Armour's Extract of Beef.
 Stephen E. Quayle. Georgia State High School League Debate - Position, NEGATIVE  Resolved, that the federal government should subsidize the southern states for education of Negroes. ..924
Stephen E. Quayle. Georgia State High School League Debate - Position, NEGATIVE Resolved, that the federal government should subsidize the southern states for education of Negroes. ..924
Price: $325.00

Manuscript Outlook on the Negro Common Schools and Negros in America including quotes from the International Encyclopedia of Negro Education.  Followed by a section on the "Southern Defender of Negro Education".  Also includes  histories, facts and arguments presented by a high school debater in 1902.  Background information on the Tuskegee School, Peabody Fund, Slater Fund, General Education Board,  Population statistics by state.  A portion of the presenter's arguments was " The federal government has also subsidized the Indian for his education; but in this attempt it also did not succeed for while there are a few bright Indians the majority are densely ignorant. Now if the federal government has failed in these two and in the case of the Western reserve found it would be no more successful in the education of the negro than it has been in the education of the Indian.":   Presented in hardcover leather copybook. Approximately 50 pages of manuscript.  Measures 9 1/2" x 7 1/2'. .
A group of 10 letters from a son to his mother over 14 years - . Joel Horton Ross.New York City.1842-1856
A group of 10 letters from a son to his mother over 14 years - . Joel Horton Ross.New York City.1842-1856
Price: $375.00

Ten (10) single page two-side letters written from Joel Horton Ross to his mother in New Salem, Franklin Co., Mass.  Ross was an 1844 graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He invented an abdominal supporter for "female weakness" and made a living in his early career cupping and leeching for so "they are making a comfortable living". The contents include information and concern on family matters, discussions of his deep faith, the fact that he published a book. What I saw in New-York; or, A bird's eye view of city life and how he was disillusioned by New York life.  He moves about a bit but returns to NYC and discussing his misgivings re "Gold Fever".  A glimpse at daily living through the eyes of a modestly successful New Yorker in the 1840s and 50s.  The correspondence has been transcribe in full by a previous owner.  Summaries of each letter are available by clicking HERE.
 Chicago Times Portfolio of the Midway Types Vol. 2,3,4,5,6, 7 ,8,9,10 & 11. The American Engraving Co..Chicago.1893
Chicago Times Portfolio of the Midway Types Vol. 2,3,4,5,6, 7 ,8,9,10 & 11. The American Engraving Co..Chicago.1893
Price: $775.00

Ten (10) of 12 vol.  20 pp viewbook; halftone images with descriptive letterpress. Attractive covers with human alphabet letters on the word Types.     The volumes consisted largely of photographs accompanied by contextual and interpretive commentary. Some books exclusively devoted pages to images of Midway Plaisance while others presented a more comprehensive documentation of the "White City", as the fair was known.   Interior and exterior views. Glimpses into life around the world as seen through the eyes of the fair.  Each measures 7 3/4" x 11".  . No. 7 lacking cover.  Some covers detached, but present and with edge chips.
 Handmade - "Keep Your Temper". ..
Handmade - "Keep Your Temper". ..
Price: $775.00

A handmade parlor game housed in a blue paper covered pressed board box not original to the set.  The top card reads "Keep Your Temper".  All cards have hand penned borderlines.   The game consists of 15 matching sets of four designs.  The designs appear to have been cut from hand painted wallpaper designs.  Each card measures3" x 4 1/2".    Presumably a a memory game to match patterns.. Deterioration on ribbons on cover; otherwise fine.
 The Gipsey's Last Legacy, or New Pack of Fortune Telling Cards. Edward Wallis.London.1806
The Gipsey's Last Legacy, or New Pack of Fortune Telling Cards. Edward Wallis.London.1806
Price: $950.00

Applied label on marbled slipcover. Image of courting couple and fortune-teller.  Comprises 24 fortune-telling cards, 12 marked for ladies, and 12 for gentlemen, each of the two sets with an accompanying card containing five questions to ask the fortune-teller.  Question cards lacking replaced with facsimiles of the originals.  Women's questions include What your husband is to be. Where you will see your intended the first time. What the gentman will be doing the first time you see him.  What you like best. What you will do after you are married.  Each card measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/4". .