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 Meet Me in Nashville Decal. American War Mothers.Nashville, TN.14519
Meet Me in Nashville Decal. American War Mothers.Nashville, TN.14519
Price: $35.00

A decal printed for the 12th National Convention of American War Mothers. The American War Mothers is a national organization chartered by Congress with its headquarters in Washington, DC. Its members are mothers whose sons and daughters have served or who are serving in the Armed Forces. Its objective is to aid the serviceman or veteran and his family, including those who are hospitalized. This decal is gilded and in the shape of a school bus, with red and blue accents. Measures 3 ˝” x 2”. .
Save the Staff of Life to Feed the Staff of the Nation
Save the Staff of Life to Feed the Staff of the Nation
Price: $50.00

With the slogan "We need both Bread and Bullets" across the front cover, the Ward Baking Company helped the Council of National Defense in its conservation of wheat during the World War I. This pamphlet explains the need for rationing bread on the home front. Printed in brown and green the cover depicts a soldier with a rifle over his shoulder standing in a grassy field. Measures 4" x 2 ˝".
James Hook The Match Boy. R Gale.Glasgow, Scotland.1805
James Hook The Match Boy. R Gale.Glasgow, Scotland.1805
Price: $65.00

1 page, arranged on 2 staves for voice and harpsichord. The song is about an orphaned young boy who sells matches on the street, and the wealthy poplele who walk by him each day. Over three verses the song employs them to "Give a mite to the poor little boy." Measures 12 3/4" x 9" . Minor soiling and toning due to age.
Compilers - International Sunshine Society.  Sunshine Year Book. Los Angeles Branch of the Sunshine Society.Los Angeles.1908
Compilers - International Sunshine Society. Sunshine Year Book. Los Angeles Branch of the Sunshine Society.Los Angeles.1908
Price: $75.00

An unpaginated 8" x 5" booklet. Copyright 1908. Lulu A. Crawford.  Cover depicts California Poppies with inset of sun rising over the mountains. The title page reads "Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on.   "Twas not given for you alone--Pass it on. Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another's tear, 'Til in heaven and the deed appers--Pass it on.  The content is daily inspirations by an array of authors including Ruskin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Milton, Kingsley, Sarah f. Adams and many more. . Cynthia May Westover Alden, nee Cynthia May Westover (1862-1931) American social worker and journalist whose energies in the latter half of her life focused on securing the welfare of blind infants and children. She married John Alden, later editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, in 1896, and about that time she began sending Christmas cards to shut-ins. A group of fellow journalists then organized themselves as the Sunshine Society to carry on and enlarge the scope of the practice. Alden spread the word through her Recorder column and continued her involvement when she moved to the New York Tribune in 1897 and to the Ladies Home Journal in 1899. The International Sunshine Society, incorporated in 1900, was headed by Alden for the rest of her life. In 1902 the society established a sanatorium in Bensonhurst for blind children (in 1917 it became Harbor Hospital), and in 1905 a nursery and a kindergarten for blind children were established in Brooklyn. In 1910 the Sunshine Arthur Home for blind babies was established in Summit, New Jersey, and over a period of years the society’s efforts led to legislation providing care for blind infants and children in 18 states. Alden’s other books include Women’s Ways of Earning Money (1904) and The Baby Blind (1915). By the time of her death the International Sunshine Society had 500 local branches in 38 states as well as branches in 8 foreign nations. (excerpts from  Encyclopaedia Britannica)
Junius Henri Browne The Great Metropolis, A Mirror of New York. American Publishing Company.Hartford.1869
Junius Henri Browne The Great Metropolis, A Mirror of New York. American Publishing Company.Hartford.1869
Price: $75.00

700 pages, (plus fascinating ads of books) with twenty-six black and white illustrations. The title page states: "a complete history of metropolitan life and society, with sketches of prominent places, persons and things in the city, as they actually exist."  With over ninety chapters, almost every subject is covered, such as 'Fifth  Avenue', 'The Restaurants', 'Cornelius Vanderbilt', 'The Thieves', 'Children and Society', 'The Beggars', and 'Street Railways'. The illustrations either showcase locations in New York, or portraits such as 'Street Arabs' or 'Street Beggars'. The author, Junius Henri Brown, was a famous Civil War correspondent for the New York Tribune and New York Times. Brown linen covers over boards, measures 9" x 5 3/4" . Covers show moderate edge wear, with general soiling and staining due to age. The binding is cracked, and there is a tear in the linen cover on the front in the bottom left corner. The interior pages are moderately toned and soiled, with some water stains on the right edge of the page, these stains due not impact readability, or visually impact any of the illustrations. Overall, good condition.
Kansas State Penitentiary - Concert by the Kansas State Prison Ban
Kansas State Penitentiary - Concert by the Kansas State Prison Ban
Price: $75.00

A 7 1/4" x 5" program for the concert  that includes an overture, marches "The Prisoner's Song", songs by the Harmony Four Quartet, a waltz, medley, Hawaiian patrol and more.  Reverse is blank.   Letter folds and toning.
Vinegar Valentine - Orphaned Child - An Owner Wanted . ..c1860
Vinegar Valentine - Orphaned Child - An Owner Wanted . ..c1860
Price: $85.00

A 9 1/2" x 7 1/4" hand colored vinegar valentine and penny dreadful.  It depicts a squawking infant hanging on a door knocker.  It is captioned AN OWNER WANTED Since you are famed for charity, I this young orphan send to thee, Out of respect sir,, for the doner, I hope you'll kindly find an owner. REverse is blank. .
Mimeographed Female Liberation Newsletter. .Boston.c1977
Mimeographed Female Liberation Newsletter. .Boston.c1977
Price: $90.00

An 8 1/2" x 11" two-sided typewritten and mimeographed newsletter.  Includes information on New Study Groups, Equal Rights Panel, M.O.R.A.L. Teach-In, Females and Self-Defense, Washington Conference, Street Rallies, B. U. Women's Center, and Self-Defense.  This is followed by a Calendar of events for October 13-18. The group was located at 1126 Boylston, Boston. . The group was established in 1970.
Song Sheet: Labour is the Source of Wealth. "The Hard Working Man"
Song Sheet: Labour is the Source of Wealth. "The Hard Working Man"
Price: $95.00

A 10" x 7 1/4" songsheet with woodcut engravings of a skep, clasped hands, and a regal lady in a coach guarded by soldiers. Decorative devices add structure to the sheet. Verse begins "Who is the prop, the support of the land, The rich or the por I would ask..."  Reverse is blank.   Edge tears, small amounts of paper log.
Employee Sobriety Pledge or Contract
Employee Sobriety Pledge or Contract
Price: $95.00

A 9 3/4" x 7 3/4"  manuscript agreement penned by another and signed by Mathew Bannister agreeing he will drink nothing tthat will intoxicate in any way shape or manner and be as faithful as possible to his employer, Geo. G Gilbert & Co.  Should he drink any intoxicating liquors again he will forfeit the sum of Fifty dollars  and would further agree not to leave the premises or go out of the Factory yard with leave of Geo. H. Gilbert Col.  Edge tears and wear.
Letters to Selectman requesting town to pay for unwed mothers confinement. .Hartford CT.1869
Letters to Selectman requesting town to pay for unwed mothers confinement. .Hartford CT.1869
Price: $115.00

A letter from the Hall of Record, Selectmen's Office dated July 30th writing to the Selectmen of Middletown (CT) requesting they pay for the confinement of $3 per week in a Hartford hospital  for an orphaned daughter, Meary Barry, of a deceased resident of Middletown. "She is in the family way by Jepee Strickland of South Glastenbury so she says" The Selectman suggests Hartford pay the bill and get reimbursed by Middletown. There was an apparent reply on August 5th, comments - see Letter book.   The Selectman then replies on August 10th providing requested information on the death of Meary's parents.  The parents both died in South Farms after working a farm on shares at "South Farms".  Meary worked in a suspender factory and lived with various families until she "got into trouble being with child by a man who had agreed to marry her but has since cleared out". The Selectman is firm--Middletown must pay. Letter sheets measure 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" The more things change....
 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'. .
"As the Twig is Bent" a hand drawn Childhood Labor Poster
"As the Twig is Bent" a hand drawn Childhood Labor Poster
Price: $500.00

A 17 1/2" x 14" hand drawn poster about child labor. The poster features an image of Uncle Sam hold his top hat in hand and looking down on a small stunted tree that is growing out of a rocky landscape. On a rock near by the tree is the wood 'labor' and on the tree trunk itself is the wood 'childhood'. At the base of the poster is a pasted-on quote, “As the twig is bent.” The quote is derived from Alexander Pope's Epistles to Several Persons, published in 1732 “Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.” This saying is often misquoted as “As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined” or “as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” It is meant to extoll on the idea that early influences have a permanent effect and more importantly that the effects of parental, environmental and peer influences can have a huge impact on a young molding mind and will shape who they are and how they act later in life. In this instance, in the context of child labor, it is meant to make the viewer reflect on how hard labor can permanent effect a child. The image itself is drawn in black charcoal with a blue color pencil beneath that was used during the first sketch of the images. It is signed Batchelder. On the back of the poster, it is stamped “PUP Dec 2 1934.”  Edge wear.