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Illus Souvenir Folder Promotional Booklet
Mailer from Mount Wilson, CA 1929.  Nine images, taken from photographs, of Mount Wilson and the exterior of the observatory, plus the stage schedule and prices, pages of description, etc. Sixteen page illustrated booklet from the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. was published c 1920.
Informational Booklet Two (2) c1910s Adv. Blotters
48pg. booklet, providing information, and promoting agriculture in San Diego, California, published by the San Diego-California Club. Two advertising blotters, Cole’s Rooming House and the Hotel Driscoll, Washington DC
 Macullar Parker Company, Fashionable Clothing for all Occasions, 400 Washington Street Boston Selected Views of Boston. Moses King..1898 Promotional Brochure - The Bungalow Camp Life Club - Pine Woods & Ocean Air. ..c1915
printed unpaginated booklet containing black and white photographic views of c. 1898 Boston. Included are two views of the Macullar Parker Company buildings. Macullar Parker is noted as having "the best clothing for men and for boys... made in our own workrooms on the premises". Each image includes title an location. 5 3/4" x 8". slight staining 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". .
 Gale Storm. Whitman Publishing.Racine, WI.1959 Fall River Line Menu - Steamer Plymouth c1900.
The actress Gale Storm was best known for her television roles in the sitcoms "My Little Margie" and "The Gale Storm Show". These paper doll book features outfits for "The Gale Storm Show",  which centered around a cruise director, Susanna Pomeroy (Storm), as she traveled the world. As such there are several international fashion outfits in this book, such as a kimono. Two punch dolls, one on each cover. No. 2089 Book Size: 12 1/2" x 10 1/2" Number of Dolls: 2 Doll Size: 9 1/4" No. of Costume Pages: 6 . A single-fold 8" x 5 1/2" menu with cover illustrations with Art Nouveau influenced decoration and illustration of asailing vessel.  The menu is for breakfast on the Steamer Plymouth.  Comprehensive menu.  Wine List on reverse.
 Pocket Map of New York City, Compliments of Broadway Central Hotel. 1890s. .. Sinclair House, Bethlehem NH, Durgin & Fox Proprietors, Sunday, August 26, 1883. ..
A three fold brochure that promotes the New York City on one side featuring views of the Battery, the New Washington Arch, a view of Broadway and of course the exterior of the hotel including information on the hotels location.  The reverse is a New Map of New York City showing all ferries and steamboat docks, elevated, cable and cross town car lines.  Measures 16 3/4" x 7 1/2" when open flat.. Tilly Haynes acquired the hotel in 1892 and changed the name to Broadway Central from the Broadway Grand Hotel. Single-fold 7” x 4 ½” menu printed on heavy stock.  Engraving of a woman on the front, engraved by John A. Lowell, Boston. Fare includes Beef Tongue, Corned Shoulder of Mutton, Boiled Rice, Walnut Catsup, German Plum Pudding and much more. No prices. Cover includes an exterior view of the Sinclair House.   . Moderate cover wear.  Partial separation on fold; reinforced with archival tape.
Promotional  Brochure Evolution of Mount Holyoke - Prospect House & The Oxbow. ..1890s Menu Planters Hotel Co. Mackinac Island Hotel Co. - Grand Hotel & Planter's Hotel. .Mackinac Island Mich.1723
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". . A heavy stock 7 1/4" x 5" menu card with an raised engraving logo at upper left.  Title Table d' Hote  A comprehensive array of courses with fare such as Boiled Mackinaw Trout, Pate-de foie-gras with jelly, Lettuce and egg and Sommerset pudding.  The cost was $1.00  Also promotes the Olympic and Century theatre presentations for the evening.  Appears as this menu may have been used at both the Grand Hotel and Planters Hotel.  Reverse is blank. Vertical center crease..
 Ebell International Academy - Statement and Proposed Plan European Travel and Object Study of the fourth Class of Ladies . Ebell International Academy Journal .New York, NY.December 1875  Federal Hi-Way Homes: A List of Select Private Homes Open to Travelers . L.H. Brown .Tampa, Florida.12875
24pp booklet beginning with the prospectus for the class of 1876. A course for American Young Ladies who would travel on  Hamburg-American Packet Company of the Cunard Line through Hamburg to Berlin.  Includes Berlin Courses of Lectures, Exercises and Excursion to concerts, museums, galleries, theaters, operas and more  in Tegel, Potsdam, Charlottenburgh and beyond. This is followed by time spent in Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Leopoldsberg, Venice, Milan, Lugano, Geneva, Lucern, Paris, Versaille, London Old Scotland and many other destinations.  There is a second more limited plan available.  Concludes with Trustees and References.  Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". . The guide helps travelers across the country find accommodations and food with their carefully selected list of places. 18 pages. Each state, listed alphabetically, have the name and address of the recommended house and restaurants. The privately owned houses are all available to room at while traveling around the United States, and sometimes include characteristics of the house to make it easily found. The restaurants have, along with the address, a few words about the food. There are images from photographs of some of the houses or restaurants. Measures 9" x 4".
Alternative Travelogue - European Tour Toilet Tissue Collection c1950s. ..  Chicago &  Grand Trunk Railway, The Great Niagara Falls Air Line Menu . Rand McNally & Co...1886
A small collection including samples of toilet tissue  from Zurich Switzerland, Italy, Hotel Atlantic in Frankfort, Germany,  Den Haag, Luxemborg, and products titled "SANILAV -  the perfumed Lavatory Cleaner", "British No. 3" ,"Jeyes" and "Deutsche Bundesbahn".  Also included but somewhat unremoved is a show polishing cloth from Italy.. Single-fold 6 1/8" x 4 1/4" menu with a color illustrated cover depicting scenes from nature .   The front cover promotes Chicago & Grand Trunk Ry, The Great Niagara Falls Air Line Menu "take one as a souvenir"  The back depicts an image of Mt Washington Railway.  Includes Supper Bill of Fare at 75 cents and Wine List including prices for Champagnes, Claet, Sautern, Ales, Poerts, etc.  Penciled additions and strike throughs to fare. .
Interlachen Lodge  Interlachen Lodge Information Book. .Minneapolis, Minnesota .c 1920 Commercial And Industrial Association Montgomery, Alabama: A Guide to its History, Landmarks, Industry, and Culture. Brown Printing Company.Montgomery, Alabama.c1900
The Interlachen Lodge in Minneapolis, Minnesota wanted to show their vacation spot as the place to go in order to get away from the exhaustion of everyday life. 22 pages, with paper wrappers. Situated near two lakes, Baby and Kid, they offer the accommodations of the hotel, cottages, and the opportunity to camp.  Included are numerous images from photographs that allow for the ability to actually see what the Lodge has to offer. It has a brief description of the various activities that can be enjoyed.   10" x 9 1/4". . 36 pp, staple booklet. This short book details the history, people  and culture of Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. The book starts off briefly describing the city's location, population, health, water supply and climate. Next it continues onto several landmarks of the city, such as the local schools, Carnegie Library and local hospital, providing a brief description and photograph of each. The book continues on to describe the agricultural and industry found in Montgomery, claiming that Montgomery "is the center or one of the richest agricultural sections of the United States and offers the greatest inducements, not only to the planter of cotton, corn, hay, rice, sugar cane, etc., but also to the general farmer, the truck gardener, the fruit grower and stock raiser..." and that "any factory employing for raw material, cotton, cotton, seed, coal , iron, clay, hard woods, pine, leather, hides, vegetables, or fruits, will do will to locate in Montgomery." The latter half of the booklet is full of advertisements from local businesses such as the 'Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company', 'Winter, Loeb & Co. Wholesale Grocers', 'Alabama Cotton Oil Company', and 'Union Trust and Savings Company'. The book contains over twenty images (not including those used in advertisements) of Montgomery, AL. Measures 9" x 4"..
Tremont House Menu . .. Lake Tarleton Club  Lake Tarleton Club Promotional Booklet, Pike NH. The Commonwealth Press.Worcester.c 1917
A 9" x 5 3/4" single-fold menu for the Tremont House, Silas Gurney, Proprietor.  An illustration of the exterior of the restuaruantIt is for Saturday, Sept. 18, 1886.  Extensive menu with seven courses.  Followed by an equally extensive wine list.  The back cover is blank.  Corner bend front cover. Corner crease.. The resort was built on the White Mountains in the area of Pike, New Hampshire next to Lake Tarleton. Offering the experience of being out in nature without needing to leave behind comforts, the booklet provides basic information about the Club, the area, and the activities offered. From golf to horseback riding, they even have a chute that goes into the lake. There are rooms at the main building of the Club, but they also have cottages as well. The booklet includes images of pictures depicting various, relevant scenes and locations. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/4".  In 1937, the property was purchased by the Jacobs family, who operated it as a summer resort for "Unrestricted Clientele".
Camp Carolina  Camp Carolina For Boys Brochure and Envelope . Queen City PTG. Co..Brevard, N.C..1935  Menu Die-cut in the Shape of a Totem Pole - S. S. Spokane - Alaska Excursion . Pacific Coast Steamship Co. .Sitka, AK.1905
40pp.  Embossed cover illustration of boy golfer. Includes original mailing envelope with image of stereotypical Native American. The Camp Carolina brochure provides details about the general life and activities that can be expected for boys to experience. There is a description of the grounds, the surrounding scenery, and the general organizational structure of the camp's groups. The campers are divided into four groups by age range, and are able to participate in a multitude of activities, from horseback to riflery, golf, swimming and many more to engage the interest of the boys. All aspects of camping life are discussed including Sunday and Religious Services with a note indicating Catholic boys may attend mass in a nearby town if their parents desire, as only Sunday School and dusk vesper services were available at the camp. There are images from photographs showing views of the camps, as well as the boys going about the camp. Most of the pages also have a illustration of a Native American doing various activities.  Measures 12 1/4" x 9".      . A 10" x 1 3/4" die-cut  menu in the shape of an intricate totem pole.   It is for Lunch, Wednesday, August 23, 1905.  The exterior is an illustration of two sides of the totem pole (front and back cover).  Extensive bill of fare including lamb steak a la Colbert, smoked ox tongue, plum pie, Oregon cream and much more.  .
Grand Union Hotel Broadside - Grand Union Hotel w Addendum and Trade Card c1880. Leve & Alden.. An Array of Notes of a Mother's trip by train Across America, c1884. ..c1884
An 8 1/2" x 11" broadside with a large fine line illustration of the exterior of the Grand Union Hotel and the near by Grand Central Depot and surrounding street scene.    The narrative explains the hotel and its amenities. A larger font at the base reads "Our Motto is to Please".  G. F. & W. D. Garrison, Managers.  A tip-on provides additional detail on the fine features of the hotel.  This is accompanied by a 2 1/2" x 4"  business or trade card with an similar illustration to that of the broadside.  This includes information on the hotels European Plan and information on their restaurants and food service.   The reverse provides a space for Memoranda.  . Letter folds; otherwise fine. An array of snippets and pages detailing a trip a young family took by train in 1884. A mother, family, and their two young children started in Boston and headed west. They stopped in Niagara Falls, Erie Canal, Denver, Salt Lake, Price Canyon, Black Canyon, Chicago, and Washington DC.  The journal is written on a variety of papers, two (2) folded sheets, four (4) loose papers, three (3) scrap papers, and one (1) top half of a hotel letter head. . While some of the pages appear to be a journal of some sort, other were obviously notes, just written down, such as "Washington Monument 555 ft high".  Measures (Largest) 8" x 5".. Minor soiling and toning due to age. Otherwise fine.
Josiah Brewer. A Residence at Constantinople, in the Year 1827. With Notes to the Present Time. Durrie and Peck.New Haven.1830 Photograph Album of Bermuda Trip . .Germany.1920s
384 pp. Leather cover, fold out map at back of book depicting "part of Turkey with Greece" with and inset of "Plan of Constantinople", dedication page to the "Members of the Boston Female Seminary, for the Promotion of Christianity among the Jews", second edition. "I went to the Mediterranean particularly with the view of investigating the condition of the Jews", the book follows his travels from leaving Boston to Gibraltar, Malta, Smyrna, and Constantinople. 7 1/4" x 4 1/4". wear on cover, foxing and some staining throughout, inscribed An travel album with 18 photographs of a trip from New York to Bermuda. The first photograph depicts the Furness Bermuda Line Offices in New York, which ran a line of shipping vessels that ferried passengers from New York to Bermuda. The next few pictures show the Statue of Liberty. After that the photographs depict places in Bermuda, such as the hotel Tom Moore's House Tavern, and landscapes. The covers are gilded and stamped. The album itself was made in Germany. 5 1/4" x 3 3/4". Minor edge wear and some verdigris. Some of the interior pages used to hold the photographs are slightly toned. Otherwise fine.
 Three Letters from a Family Moving to South America. Buenos Aires, Argentina.February 1855 J. S. Locke Shores of Saco Bay, A Historical Guide to Biddeford Pool, Old Orchard Beach, Pine Point, Prout's Neck. . J. S. Locke and Company Publisher.Boston.1880
In early 1855, a husband and wife, moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Estancia del Folag with their two sons, Hasen and Jonathan. The collection contains three letters, comprised of eighteen pages, written to the wife's friend. Color vignette on first page with stationer's embossing on remaining sheets. The letters are only signed "Affectionally yours" with no name. The letters describe some of the hardship she had adjusting and the difficulty in settling up her household. The majority of the letters comprises of the retelling of a long carriage ride taken during the move. At first the wife seems determined to find fault in everything in South America, often mentioned the lack of manners of the locals and how filthy everything is. "There is no places of resort or of being of interest, no pleasant walks or rides, in fact nothing except catholic churches. Plenty of those if you are inclined to visit them." Eventually, she begins to enjoy her surrounds and find companionship in her neighbors, and in particular an American named Judy. She even waxes poetically about the fruit she can get there, and how much the whole family enjoys it. "I determined from the first of my decision to come to make up my mind to nothing and then I should not be disappointed." "I am not homesick, and though we are what many would call unpleasantly situated, I never had so happy [a] two months in my life as the last two." These three letters have been hand-bound by a thread into a booklet. The first page has a hand colored illustration on the top. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Age toning and light soiling. The first page has a 1 1/2" x 1/2" spot of what appears to be red wax from a seal. A book devoted to the history of Saco Bay, Maine, that is meant to inform the travel about the best sites to see. Written by John Staples Locke, it starts off with a preface that romances travel.  "Some travellers (sp.) see and enjoy more than others. The most informed enjoy most. The greater the knowledge of a locality the greater the pleasure of travel. What to one is a barren, useless tract, with nothing of interest, is to another a thrilling reminder of early warfare, heroic struggles, and daring deeds." Saco Bay itself is a small curved embayment in the Gulf of Maine. Located to the south is Biddeford Pool which is a large tidal pool near the town of Biddeford, Maine's first recorded settlement (then known as Winter Harbor). Old Orchard Beach, Pine Point, and Prout's Neck are other destinations one can visit nearby.  The book has been divided up into 9 chapters: Early Settlements, Government and Laws, Indian Wars, Old Orchard Beach, Biddeford Pool and Surroundings, Historical Houses, Ferry Beach or Bay View, Pine Point and Prout's Neck, and How to Reach the Shores of Saco Bay. At the end of the book there is a hotel directory. Additionally, taped bound into the book is a large fold out map of Saco Bay (Measures 32 1/2" x 12" unfolded). There are numerous black and white illustrations of people and places of note throughout the book as well. There is a previous owner's bookplate on the front interior cover. Board covers with applied marble. 105 pages. Measures 7 3/4" x 5".
 Massachusetts Boatman's Meticulous Journal containing  Milage, Expenses, and Records of Trips for the Polaris, 1911-1919. F. W. Barry, Beale & Co..Boston, MA.1911 Burleigh The Old Colony Railroad: Its Connections, Popular Resorts, and Fashionable Watering-Places. Rand, Avery, & Co..Boston.1874
An unknown boatman's journal detailing the mileage, expenses, and trips taken on a launch (an open motor boat) named Polaris. The journal has been divided into several sections, with one side of the journal being used as a "Mileage and Cash" ledger, while the back portion is used for "Miscellaneous and Operation of Engine." These titles have been written on the journal's cover so that the reader knows which section they are on. Starting on the "Miscellaneous and Operation of Engine," the journal starts in 1911, when the boat was ordered that March. The owner visited the shop twice before the boat was delivered to him in 1911. Based on anecdotal evidence contained within other entries in the journal and advertisements in local newspapers (not included) that ran around the time of purchase, the boat was most likely constructed at the Atlantic Company in Amesbury, MA. and was a gurnet dory. What follows are various entries of advice from friends or workers at the Atlantic Co. on how to run the boat's engine and records of minor repairs. Additionally there are summaries of  the 1911-1913 seasons chronicling the time in the water, distance traveled, gallons of gas used, and repairs/maintenance.  Next, is a chart that states the distances to various points traveled to in miles. This was most likely complied in an effort to know how much gas might be need for various trips. Lastly, in this portion of the journal  is a section of pages which gives instructions on how to use the engine and perform maintenance on it. Flipping the journal over and starting on the "Milage and Cash" cover, the journal records the date of each trip take, its starting point and/or destination as well as the mileage of each trip. Often times there are notes regarding the people accompanying the owner on the trip, as well as short notes on what the trip was for, such as coon shooting or fishing. At the end of each year the total mileage is tallied up. After several blank pages a ledger for cash expenses incurred, such as an anchor and fire extinguisher. Immediately following this is a list of gasoline expenditures, including the gallons bought and  the cost. At the end of each year the total amount used has been added up, and, for example, in 1911 190 gallons costing a total of $28.10. These various  ledgers in the journal cover 4 seasons, from 1911 to 1914. At one point there are brief notes detailing the expense of storing the boat from 1915-1918, followed by the entry "Sold Polaris and tender, with fithnap and accessories, to Mrs. Anna D. Porter of 280 Lowell St. Peabody, MA, for $600. She is to pay the storage for the current year.' Following several blank pages, there are several extremely detailed records of some of the trips taken between 1911-1914. For example, on a trip from Haverhill to Annisquam (a waterfront neighborhood of the town of Gloucestor), the location of the boat was documented every ten minutes.   At times these trip entries have time stamp records to the exact 1/2 minute. Interspersed throughout the journal are four photographs that have been pasted in. Two photographs are attached to the front and back interior covers and depict the boat, Polaris, itself. There are quotes about motor boats, cut from newspapers pasted behind the photographs. The other two photographs are pasted on interior pages, one is of the lighthouse on White Island, while the other one depicts a buoy. Included are ten loose sheets, mostly lists of items left in the boat, or repairs needing to be done. Lastly there is a trimmed piece of cardboard that depicts an advertisement for the International Typographical Union, that was most likely used as a book mark. Red leather covers. Graph interior pages. Approximately 1/3 filled out. Measures 6" x 3 3/4". 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". .
Rev. Frederic Denison, A.M. Picturesque Narragansett: Sea and Shore with Illustrated Providence and Newport . J.A. & R.A. Reid, Printers, Publishers and Engravings.Providence .1880  Travel Scrap or Memento Book  -  Monograms, Hotel Logos, Fraternity Insignias etc.. ..1930-1940s
This book has everything that is needed as an introduction to the shore area of Rhode Island. There are advertisement for various businesses that are located in the relevant area. Two fold-out maps are also included in the book, for ease of navigating when visiting. The majority is dedicated to giving brief descriptions of a variety of places to visit and sight see. Broken up into three sections, Providence, Bay and Shores, and Newport, each has locations recommended. For example, Dexter Asylum, Fort Dumplings, and Redwood Library, to  name very few. There are also illustrations of some locations mentioned throughout. 9 3/4" x 6 3/4". First map measures 27" x 24" and second map measure 18" x 22". A unique scrap travel book  compiled by an unknown person with each page filled will snippets from letterheads from the stationary of the hotels the individual has stopped at. These pieces of the letterhead have been cut out and pasted into the album and there is a range of a singe (larger) piece to up to over twenty pieces on each page. The hotels range from all over North America, from the Wellington Hotel in Chicago to the Hodson in Waterbury, CT, to Hotel Geneye in Mexico City, Mexico to Hotel Windsor in Atlantic City, NJ. There are also letterheads from transportation means, such as "S.S. Brookline". "Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway - En Route", and the "S.S. Mongolia" Sometimes the entire logo and name of the hotel isn't cut out, and only a portion, like the initials of the hotel or their logo. For example, there is one that is only the image of a shield with "The Barclay" written on top of it.  Additionally, there are also a few pages of cutouts from military letterheads such as "United States Army", "Army & Navy", "Second Army Corps", and the "Metal of Honor". In the beginning of the album the pieces were  arranged with purpose, such as creating the letter "W", within a few pages this effort ended.  Also includes a few pages of monograms and fraternity insignias, college flags, fraternal organization insignias and more.  Fifty (50) leaves with virtually all with material covering the front and back pages. The album showcases the wide variety of styles and designs hotels used on their stationary. While the majority of these letterheads are in black and white, there are a few that have color as well as being embossed. Interleaves. Leather cover.  Measures 10" x 7". .
Reise durch die Schweiz or Voyage en Switzerland . Otto Maier.Germany.1891 James McClatchy & Co. Sacramento County and its Resources; Our Capital City Past and Present.  A Souvenir of The Bee. H. S. Crocker Co..Sacramento, CA.1894
Applied litho of scenic overlook depicting a valley and the Alps above on heavy pressed board 13 1/4" x 15" box.  Fine three-fold  game board with images of sights and scenes of Switzerland with a map of Switzerland at center. Track board in the style of Game of Goose. Measures  23" x 24 3/4". Original game believed to include 7 lead counters, 3 dice, game cards (5 sets of 6 cards, 1 set of 4 cards, 1 set of 1 card), lead coins, 15 card cards, 1 medal of misfortune, 1 decoration, rules of the game This game includes 1 lead counter, 2 dice, a total of 16 cards, lead coins, 1 medal of misfortune (Ich habe Pech!), and the rules of the game. . The story of Ravensburger begins in 1883 with Otto Maier, a German publisher living in the small town of Ravensburg, in the south of Germany, near Lake Constance. In addition to his printing activities - he was printing instructional manuals for craftsmen - the idea came to him of developing a game with which he could play with his family. This is how he created the board game "Around the World in 80 Days", based on the novel of the same name published by the French writer Jules Verne. Made in a traditional and artistic way, the game had a great educational value. These characteristics would form the common thread of the Ravensburger Spiele's history? 196pp. Soft covers.  Cover and title page illustrations by S.F. Photo Eng. Co. Large format book with images from photographs throughout both in-text and full page.  Fold-out 22" x 18"  agricultural map showing uses of the soil in 1894. Crops included Orchards, Vineyards, Vegetables, Berries, Hops, Alfalfa, Grain, Grazing Land and swamp and Over-flowed land.  Information on the city and the county including discussions by district within Sacramento.  A lot of attention to agrarian activities. Index and Index of Illustrations.  Concludes with full page advertisement for The Evening Bee including a photographic image of the collage of Writers and Executive Force.  Measures 91/4" x 12". .
John Robins Sharpless Sr. Diary of John R. Sharpless, Lawyer from Pennsylvania, includes trip to World's Fair . .Catawissa, PA.1893  Collection of Correspondence and Memorabilia of Clara Wallower, Wellesley College, Class of 1902. .Wellesley, MA.1896-1936
An 1893 pocket diary for John R. Sharpless, a twenty-two year old man who was studying to become a lawyer. While doing so he was working for William H Rhawn, a prominent attorney from Sharpless' hometown of Catawissa, PA. Sharpless writes short, detailed, entries on a daily basis, until he stops abruptly on October 29. Each entry includes the weather, both temperature and description, as well as a list of everything he had done that day. The majority of Sharpless' life at that point revolved around the law, either in the form of various cases he was working on for his boss, Rhawn, or studying for the bar exam. Additionally a large portion of the diary is dedicated to his courtship of Lois Gearhart, the woman who, a few short years later, would become his wife. Other topics include various social activities with his friends and family, such as card games, billiard games, sleigh rides, or fishing trips (he was avid angler). Two events of note take place during this year, the first of which is his trip to the Chicago World's Fair (aka World's Columbian Exposition) with a group of his friends, including Lois Gearhart. There they spend over a week in late July visiting the fair grounds and the various attractions. The second event takes place on April 24 when his boss' 13 year old son, Harry Rhawn, runs away. What follows over the next month and a half are various trips both he and his boss take in an effort to find the young boy. The Rhawn family took out various adverts in newspapers, even going as far at to send the boy's description to the Chicago PD, fearing he was trying to make it to the World's Fair. The boy was eventually found in Erie, PA, almost 300 miles from his hometown, and John was sent to retrieve him. Below are some quotes from Sharpless' entries. "8, cloudy. Worked hard in morn in office. Learned that I could not be admitted in February, Good sleighing... new resolution to study like the devil." - January 15 "33, clear. Nice day. Worked at office in morn. At Bloom (PA), with Steve Blady to identify burglars in afternoon in jail house. At home in evening." - January 30 "28, clear, cold and windy. Streets and roads like glass. All covered with ice. Everybody falling... Burglar case called. At Danville for two hours in afternoon. Spent time with Lois Gerhart." - February 7 "48, clear. At Bloom in morning doing lots of business. Rhawn finished argument in Pevagh case. I hustled Blackstone until supper time... Examined for admission to the bar, at the 11 train with examiners. Harry Rhawn left town." - April 24 "54, cloudy. Eventful day. I got up early as W. H. Rhawn sent for me. He went to Phila to see if Harry was killed. I was admitted to bar in morn. Did all of Rhawn's business. World's Fair opens. [Joseph Smith] Harris takes charge of P & R RR [Philadelphia and Reading Railroad] - raining hard in eve, umbrella fixer beats me [in] billiards." - May 1 "Redder case at Catawissa settled. Lois and I at [Chicago World's] Fair Grounds. Went to Midway Plaisance, saw about everything. Spent some time at the Penna [Pennsylvania] Building. Lois home. I saw T. Thomas [Theodore Thomas] orchestra. Lois & I to see Buffalo Bill." - July 27 "55, cloudy. Home and put on fishing clothes. Rhawn, Gilbert, and I fishing in canal. Caught 72 bass." - October 19 Brown leather covers, with two pockets on the front. Standard Diary No. 67. Informational pages in front, such has units of measurement, list of holidays, and city population. Pages have gilt fore edge. There is an pocket folder attached to the interior back cover, as well as a slot for a pencil. Measures 6" x 3 1/4".. John Robins Sharpless Sr, was born on September 20, 1871 to Ambrose Harder Sharpless (1843-1919) and Mary Brobst Sharpless nee Robins (1848-1922) in Catawissa, PA. He graduated from Catawissa High School and attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. While studying law he worked for William H Rhawn (1856-1919), a distinguished lawyer from his hometown. On December 16, 1893 he was admitted to the bar in the PA countries of Columbia and Luzerne, and soon moved to Hazleton, PA. There he opened up is own law practice and he remained in the area for the rest of his life. He married Lois Martin Gearhart on December 1 1896 in Danville, PA and together they had two children, Jean Sharpless Garriss (1899-1994) and John Robins Sharplesss Jr (1904-1980). He died on Jan 9, 1953 in Hazleton, PA after a short illness. This collection centers around Clara Wallower's time at Wellesley. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence addressed to Clara, starting in 1896 when she was attending Dana Hall. In total there are over forty (40) letters. The early letters are mostly from her friends or family in Pennsylvania. Two of these early letters express concern over how much Clara is fretting over her school work. As these letters were written in, or around the time of Clara's grandmothers death in 1896 it is likely that they were worried about how Clara's grief was affecting her. Two letters are from the same friend, Rowena Millar, who writes, in great detail, about a disagreement the two had. Some of the letters are addressed to "Taddie", an apparent nickname for Clara. One such letter is from March 1900, sent by her father. He was visiting Joplin, checking on the progress of his various business ventures there while staying at the hotel he owned, the Keystone Hotel. In the letter he discusses a banquet he will be attending that will benefit the Joplin branch of the YMCA. Additionally, he also sent and discusses a newspaper clipping that announced Rockefeller's gift of $100,000 to Wellesley. In 1897, Clara and her parents took a trip to Europe. After she returned home, one of her fellow traveling partners, Mary, who had continued on with her European tour, wrote to Clara of her experiences. The letter consists of Mary's time in Germany in August/September of 1897. She was present when the King of Siam, King Chulalongkorn, otherwise known as Rama V, visited Germany on his grand European tour. She saw him two times, first while visiting the Charlottenburg Palace and the tomb of Queen Louise of Prussia, where he was touring there with Prince Albert. Apparently both their carriages left at the same time, and Mary's carriage was able to drive side-by-side with the King’s for several minutes. According to Mary, the King smiled and bowed to them. The second time Mary saw him was during a parade held in his honor in Berlin. She describes the parade as "thirty to forty thousand troops, all finely dressed, marched by and the Kaiser and Kaiserin on horseback." Mary concludes the letter discussing various gifts she purchased, such as a seal fur coat, and how she developed the film she had taken on the trip. Clara received three letters from an Olive Wells, who was also on a world tour at the time. The first letter in July 1897 describes her trip to China. Olive was not impressed at all by China, and was horrified by several of the things she saw there. She describes how Chinese woman would have their feet bound and are therefore unable to walk without the help of a maid. She describes how disturbed she was to see dead rats for sale on the streets and how she was called 'foreign devil'. She appears to have gotten along better on a small island she stopped on, during her passage from Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia. Her second letter is from October 1897 when she has already reached Italy. She talks briefly about her time in Italy and the cities she plans to visit, before discussing the classes she would like to take back at Wellesley and where she might stay when she returns. Her last letter is from January 1898, when she has returned to her home in Brooklyn, NY. In this letter, she is responding to some relationship drama between one of their common friends, Carrie, and her ex-fiance Don. Don had written Clara (letter is included in collection) asking her to talk with Carrie and report back to him. Clara, unsure of what to do, had turned to Olive for advice. Most of the remaining correspondences are either invites between Clara and other Wellesley girls, inviting each other to lunch, or courtship correspondence. For instance in 1897 she received two letters from a suitor, W. M. Murdock, who requests the pleasure of her presence at a Yale vs Harvard game. There is another letter from an Edward Moore, begging Clara's forgiveness for missing their date due to illness. There are a dozen or so other courtship invites that don't mention Clara by name, but appear to either be invites for groups of people to dances at an unnamed country club or hotel in Pennsylvania.                               In addition to the correspondence, there are also various items of memorabilia relating to Clara's time at Wellesley. First is Clara's formal acceptance letter to Wellesley, as well as her academic transcript that she would have needed to present to the school's Secretary upon her arrival. There are two programs from Wellesley Tree Day, dated 1897 and 1899. There is a program from 1896's Float Day. On the back inside cover of this program is a list of who she went with, which includes Olive and Mary. The last couple of programs in this collection are from the Glee and Mandolin Club Concert for the years 1897 and 1899. The collection also includes various invites either to or from Clara to a variety of clubs or activities at Wellesley. The first of which is the Agora of Wellesley, which is a political society that would meet to debate the various important worldly issues. There are two invites, the first of which is from 1897 to discuss the 'Cuban question', and the second is from 1900 to discuss the 'Transvaal question'. The second society Clara appears to have been a member of is the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society, whose goals are to further the study of arts in a scholarly fashion. The invite 'requests the pleasure of your company at The Barn'. It is dated April 23rd, with no year, but as it also mentions the day of the week (Monday), it is most likely form 1900. The next few items also lack a year, however it has been deduced by the day of the week. The first is invitation is from the "Faculty of Stone Hall" from 1899. The second is an invitation from the class of 1899 to meet the class of 1898 from June 1898. The last two are replies from two girls in 1899, who are accepting the invitation of the class of 1902. One of these replies comes with an envelope address to Clara, so it would appear as though she played some role in hosting this event. The last two items of the collection are a bit of outliers. The first is an original song composed by 'Elizabeth' in 1900. The relationship between Clara and Elizabeth is unknown. The last item dates to 1936. It is a typed copy of an address given by Albertine Reichle (Class of 1939) in memory of "Norumbega's founder." As Norumbega is a building on the campus, it appears that it was meant to honor Alice Freeman Palmer, the president of Wellesley college when it was built. The guest of honor was then Wellesley President Ellen Fitz Pendleton, who would die later that year. Taken as a whole  this collection of over 55 items provides a great window into the life of a Wellesley girl at the turn of the 19th century. To view this collection, please click on the following link: https://goo.gl/photos/7tkUCSU17pfsqNVN6. Clara Wallower was born on April 16, 1880 to Elias Zollinger Wallower and Maria Dorothy Hoover Wallower in Harrisburg, PA. Her father was a prominent business man who owned the Harrisburg Star Independent newspaper and was also member of a group of Harrisburg investors who were financing mining operations in the mineral district of southwestern Missouri. He took great personal interest in the growth of Joplin, Missouri, investing much of his own personal wealth in the city, and even eventually building the Keystone Hotel in downtown Joplin. Due to her father's financial success, Clara grew up in wealth and privilege. She attended the Dana Hall School, which is an independent boarding and day school for girls located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The school served as Wellesley College's unofficial preparatory program, and indeed Clara was admitted into the freshman class of 1898-1899 at Wellesley. She would eventually graduate in 1902 and settle back down in Harrisburg, PA and marry Horace Montgomery Witman. Horace was a graduate of Gettysburg College and the Yale Divinity School. He worked with his father and brother in a wholesale grocery business in Harrisburg. Together, Horace and Clara would have three children, Harriet Hoover Witman, William Witman II, and Barbara Carmony Witman. Her son William would become a Foreign Service Officer, eventually becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Togo. Both her daughters, Harriet and Barbara, would attend Wellesley College. Clara died in 1964.
 Contracts and Broadside for the Auction of the Ship Inn. W. T. Hickman and Son.Southampton, UK.1883 Travel Journal for European Grand Tour, July 27 – August 30 with detail on each locale while traveling through Great Britain, France and Italy.  C1880s.  Thirza Merriam Rowley.. ..
In 1883, the Ship Inn, a roadside public house, was put on auction by the lawyers W. T. Hickman and Son. This collection features the large broadside for the auction, and three unused contracts for bidders. The auction was advertised to all "innkeepers, brewers, trainers of racehorses and others". The inn boasted a large bar, smoking room, tap room, underground cellar, kitchen, scullery, and seven bedrooms along with domestic offices, water, stabling for 6 horses, sheds, piggeries and a large garden. The auction was to be held in at the White Hart Hotel in Stockbridge, on July 4, 1883. Contracts measure 10 1/2" 4 1/4" (folded), 20 3/4" x 16 1/2" (unfolded). Broadside measures 35 1/4 x 20 3/4. The broadside features the same text as a portion of the contract. . A collection of 30 legal size pages of narrative describing the itinerary from a European grand tour taken by most likely Thirza Merriam Rowley wife of H. Curtis Rowley and daughter of Homer Merriam. The journal of loose pages is structured by date and provides a daily accounting by specific locations visited and recounts of activities including sites seen, commentary on modes of transportation, local customs and brief references to her traveling companions.   She was accompanied by a Gardner, who may have been her bother Arthur Gardner Merriam.   She was not hesitant in expressing her opinion of areas and seemed to show a strong interest in landscaping, stone buildings, and the most ancient locations.   Travel began on July 27 and concluded on August 30. Found in the family papers of Arthur Rowley.  For a comprehensive summary of the travels click HERE (#) $375.00 . paper chipping and brittle
Travel Log & Photo Albums Dedicated to Josh by Y Bennett and Sneed with 3 Journeys in 3 Years. 1935-1937 Illustrated Letters by Anna Morey on her Grand European Tour
The 12” x 9” spiral bound album begins with a dedication page followed by three maps, each with a route outlined in red ink. The first trip was from June 15 to 23 (1935) consisting of 1981 miles driven at an average cost per person of $25.00. This is followed by a daily log indicating where they ate and slept each day and the miles driven. This is followed by where they played tennis and gold, the mountain peaks they visited with elevation. Noted highlight – One flat (tire). The subsequent pages are structured with the location visited, followed by numbered captions that correspond to the mounted and numbered snapshots. Most locations have two (2) to four (4) pages of snapshots. Locations include Gettysburg, PA, Blowing Rock, NC, Natural Bridges VA, Endless Caverns – New Market, VA, Provincetown, and Cape Cod, MA. a. The next trip June 12 – 28, 1936 was 1,700 with gas and oil costing 23.61 at 16 miles per gallon in the Ford V8 named “Henry”. The next page is photos of Henry. Followed by various lakes in Maine including Moosehead and Wesserunsett, Indian Hill, Skowhegan, Downey Bros. Circus at Waterville, nature scenes from Cape Cod. b. As is known to happen by the third year, 1938 some of the enthusiasm had waned. The snapshots were mounted neatly, but no captions or trip information. This trip was most likely across northern Vermont and New York State. The page prior to the 1938 trip has photo hinges affixed, but there is no evident that photos were ever mounted on that page. Front cover detached but present. . A collection of 6 illustrated letters with 24 pages written by Anna Morey while she and her husband traveled through Germany and towards Paris on their grand European Tour. Anna is clearly writing to a young boy, and most likely a family member (nephew or young cousin) she often makes reference to her parents (his grandparents). Anna and her husband Charles tour through the Germany countryside, mostly alongside the Rhine on a carriage. Some of the towns mentioned in the letters are: Godesbert, Unkel, Goppingen, Ahrweiler, Lochmuhle, Neuwied, Brussels, Cologne, Brun, Koblenz, and Salzig. Inserted into the letters are tiny sketches, done in pen, of some of the sites and people Anna encounters. Additionally, she adds several printed pictures of the hotels or castles she visits. There is a total of nine drawings and six prints. The collection contains two completed letters and two separate sheets that are partial letters.  Below are some quotes from the letters: “It was very refreshing & we found they used it for all purposes, even the horses were watered with the same drink and I offered a dipper full to the master puppy but one taste was quite enough for although very hot, he showed there was difference by leaving it.” – Discussing Godesberg’s Mineral Spring “These castles on the Rhine look very picturesque from the river or road below and it seems sad when within its crumbled walls to feel that time will do the same to all we now behold. So we too must all pass away and be forgotten like those who once inhabited them.” “Unkel – A very small town I shall always remember, the stones were by nature arranged in the such a curious manner. One could be easily reminded of the Giant’s Causeway form the picture books for that is the only place I’ve seen it.” “Passing through the town of Lochmuhle, we were assailed by beggars and for the first time since the journey commenced. The dog was quick to know they had had no right to ask, or rather trouble us, and his pellicular look was enough to make them think he would bite them. His hair stood out as though he was constantly electrified and he barked as through his lungs were never in better order, than when he was using them.” (accompanied by an illustration of the dog) “Most all the working people smoke pipes [in] this form, and sometimes they are half a yard long and attached to the belt.” (accompanied by an illustration of a man smoking a pipe) “You can give my love to all, and pass the letter round as I cannot write to each one. Kiss all for me and when you grow to be a man and I am an old lady, I shall expect you to write me.” “… and to see the fine Caste of Ehrenbreitstein. We took a guide and examined it with much interest… We saw plenty of soldiers, a great many cannons and ammunition of all kinds but the view of the town was charming.” - aka Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Emma S. Doughten Emma S. Doughten's European Trip, April 1901 - September 1902. ..
Presented in two albums, the travels of an unaccompanied female on a European tour.  In early 1901 Emma Doughten began her European Tour, traveling mostly by rail, she visited numerous countries, such as Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, England and Scotland. Emma narrates every portion of her trip with exacting, detailed, entries of the sites she sees and the people she meets. From the extolling on the history of each art piece, cathedral, palace, or chateau she visited to her interactions with fellow travelers or the townsfolk she met. Often, she would spend pages writing all she learned while visiting the historic site of the day. Along with her written journal entries, in order to illustrate the numerous sites visited, are pasted-in postcards. From the view of the Louvre from across the Seine in Paris to the various small towns she visited in the high Alps in Switzerland.   Starting her journey in Spain, she visited various locations, such as Ibiza and Gibraltar. Continuing on to Austria she visited Innsbruck and Vienna and saw such sites as the Hofburg Imperial Palace and the Tyrolean State Museum. A short train ride later she spent some time Germany visiting the various sights in Munich and Dresden. Making her way to Switzerland and she traveled on the Axenstrasse Highway, a picturesque road built along steep cliffs on the east side of the Lake Lucerne. The views along this throughway are spectacular as it weaves through the many rock fall galleries and tunnels along its route. From there Emma traveled on the Gotthard Railway, a Swiss trans-alpine railway that runs from northern Switzerland all the way to the country's boarder with Italy. The railroad takes its passengers through the Alps by means of the Gotthard Tunnel, making several stops along the way to the tourist towns that are scattered throughout the Alps. Along the way, Emma also saw the Rhonegletscher (otherwise known as the Rhone Glacier, located in the Swiss Alps and is the source of the Rhône River and one of the primary contributors to Lake Geneva), Le Pont Suspendu (a large suspension bridge which at its inauguration in 1834, it became, for a time, the longest suspension bridge in the world, as well as one of the first to use wireline cables instead of chains. It was destroyed in 1923 to make way for the Zaehringen bridge.), and Matterhorn (a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy, it's a huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak and it is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe). Eventually making her way into Italy, Emma spent some time along Lake Maggiore; a long, thin, lake on the south side of the Alps that is noted for its picturesque surroundings of greenery-filled mountains, before traveling on to some of the more well-known Italian tourist destinations. Such as Milan, Florence, Sienna, Rome, Assisi, and Pompeii. One lesser known spot Emma visited was Bussana Vecchia, a ghost town in Liguria, Italy, that had been abandoned by its citizens due to an earthquake in 1887. From there she continued onto France, stopping in Paris and visiting all the classic sites: The Louvre, The Vendome Column, Notre Dame, The Arc de Triumph, Place Charles de Gaulle, and Saint-Jacques Tower. Leaving Paris, Emma visited almost too many French Chateaux to be named, though some highlights are the Chateau de Cheverny, the royal Château de Chambord, and the royal Château de Blois. Emma continued on through the coast of Brittany and Normandy visiting such sites as the Carnac stones (an exceptionally dense collection of megalithic sites around the village of Carnac in Brittany), and Mont-Saint-Michel (an island fort that houses several strategic fortifications since ancient times). Using the French port city of Calais, Emma traveled across the English Channel to the cliff top town of Dover. There she started her last leg of her journey, exploring the British Isles. Traveling north through England, she visited London, Canterbury, Oxford, and Salisbury. Additionally, she spent some time at Stonehenge, Shakespeare's birthplace and Land's End (found along the coast of Cornwall, it is the most westerly point of mainland England). From there she moved onto Scotland, where she spent time visiting various lochs and their nearby towns and castles. Such as Dunstaffnage Castle by Loch Etive, Stirling Castle near Stirling City, and Durham Castle in Durham. Additionally, she also spent some time in Edinburgh and Linlithgow. Here the journal rather abruptly ends, with no real conclusion or statement how Emma traveled home. Additionally, on the last 20 or so pages of the journal Emma has left several blank sections were she obviously meant to go back and paste in the postcards of the sites she was describing but never got around to it. However, placed in-between pages of the journal, there are two envelopes full of postcards from England and Scotland, that she most likely meant to use. Additionally, the beginning of her trip is also a bit of a mystery. The first journal's binding is damaged and it looks as though several pages at the beginning are missing. As Emma made a point of recording on the inside cover of both journals where she was when she started them and the date, one is able to confirm that she started in Gibraltar. Overall, these journals provide an amazing insight into the popular 'European Tour' at the very beginning of the 20th century. To view this collection, please click on the following link: https://goo.gl/photos/D3imq9fr2z6YSUuF8. This collection consists of two journals. The first journals' shows heavy cover wear. The front cover is detached and the back strip is missing. It appears that the first few pages of the journal are missing. Some additional pages are loose or detached. The second journal covers also show moderate cover wear. The back strip is partially detached and the binding is loose by intact, though some individual pages are fully detached from the binding. Both journals are mostly written in pen, though the first few pages of the first journal are written in pencil, and therefore is had to read in places. Additionally, there are some stains in both journals due to the paste and/or tape used to adhere the postcards.