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Elisabeth NaramoreWilliam and his Friends: A Group of Notable Creatures in the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Viking PressNew York1936
28 unnumbered pages. Yellow applied printed cover with matching dust jacket, black and white photographs throughout. William is a blue hippopotamus that lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He takes the reader around to show off his friends, other art animals. There is a description of the item and when and where it was created as well as what it is made of.  Japanese quail menuki, a French marble hen, a Greek bronze horse, and Egyptian faience Jerboa mice are among a few of the animals featured. 7 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Charles Clark  Munn. Boyhood Days on the Farm: A Story of Young and Old Boys by Charles Clark  Munn, 1907. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co.Boston.1907
A 403 paginated book that  pays homage to the ideal of the New England country farm boy and what boyhood life on a New England farm in the early 1900s was like. In the preface the author writes: "The old time type of New England farm boy is fast passing into oblivion, and with him all the surroundings that made him what he was... and in his place has come a new type of boy that soon grows dissatisfied with farm life and seeks the town. It is to rescue from oblivion just a faint picture of the old fashioned boy... [the author] has the hope that those among its readers who were country born will in memory live their youth again with all its fond recollection and all that made it sweet and sacred ." There four full page black and white illustration (one is missing from this copy) Along with several smaller charming black and white line drawing illustrations at the head of most chapters. This is a library copy of the book from the Connecticut Agricultural College, which later become apart of the University of Connecticut. There are two book plates, one that states the name of the library, the volume and class number, and the date it was rebound (November 1932) and the second that simply states that the book may be loaned out in two week intervals with a fine of 2 cents for every day thereafter. Measures 7 1/2" x 51/2", Illustrator: Frank T. Merrill. This book was rebound by the library in November 1932, as such it is missing the original illustrated cover. The new covers show little edge wear due to rubbing. While the original binding was most certainly cracked, it was repaired. The thread used to rebind the interior pages is visible throughout, but the pages themselves are tightly bound. One of the four full page illustrations is missing, and the last image must have been reinserted in the wrong place during the rebind as it is on page 276 instead of 270 (as it is listed under in the front). Some of the interior pages are soiled and have minor stains, a few pages even have small tears, but nothing that effects the readability of the book.  There is some penciling throughout, as well as on the interior cover. The latter states that the book is a library discard and has a brief summary of the book. This was most likely done at the time the library discard and then sold sold the book.
The Electro-Chemical and Specialty Company Trade Catalogs
Manufacturer: The Electro-Chemical and Specialty Company Location: New York Date: c1890s Pages: (3 total pieces) 2 are single fold sheets, 1 is a single page Subject Matter: Batteries There is a total of three pieces: The Atlantic Primary Battery Catalog (the" best and most economical battery for running fan motors, sewing and dental machines, and phonographs"), a catalog for various batteries, and an order form. The two catalogs have a comprehensive description and price list with some B&W illustrations of the products. The pages are toned, and the Atlantic Battery Catalog was folded at some point. Largest: 11" x 8 1/2"
Cutter Price List
Cutter Price List
Price: $25.00
Manufacturer: Hitchcock Manufacturing Location: Cortland, NY Date: September 1st, 1892 Pages: Single Fold Subject Matter: Sleigh, Industrial A price list for various parts to a sleigh. The cover has an illustration of a sleigh in three colors: yellow, pink and black. The text is black with accents in pink. There is some general toning to the price list, as well as crease marks from where it was original tri-folded. Additionally there are some intact tears along those fold marks, and some missing surface litho. 9 1/2" x 6 1/4"
Only That, and Nothing More: Spelman Brothers Trade Catalog
Manufacturer: Spelman Brothers' Bazaar and Bargain Goods Location: New York Date: c1880s Pages: 18 (including covers) Subject Matter: Summer goods, trade catalog A sales catalog sent to stores by the Spelman Brothers to advertise their wears in different stores. This was a sample of the catalog that could be ordered (not including the orange cover which would be removed on the final printing), and each store could stamp their name on the bottom of each page. The Spelman brothers claimed that "it sells the goods for you", and no prices were listed so that each store could set their own prices. The items sold in the catalog have brief descriptions and often a B&W illustration to go with it. Some examples of the items sold are: hats, hammocks, fans, camping equipment, "fancy flannel outfits", summer corsets, and drapery scarfs. These catalogs were sent free of charge in return for a "generous order of goods". The whole catalog was folded at one point, and the crease marks are still evident. There is minimal edge wear, and a few intact tears. 9" x 4 1/2"
Modern Painting Reproduced in Art Calendars de Luxe for 1912
Manufacturer: Gerlach-Barklow Co Location: Joliet, Illinois Date: 1912 Pages: 16 (including covers) Subject Matter: Art Calendar A catalog for the Gerlach-Barklow de Luxe line of calendars that was advertising directly to stores who sell calendars asking them to "wait for the Gerlach-Barklow Line" . The calendars were known for their "elegant simplicity" and "real water colors" with "no airbrushing" used. The pages show B&W collages of various types and sizes of calendars sold, with 3 full color, tipped in pictures showcases the art in their calendars. No prices listed. Covers have minimal edge wear, and the bottom right corner has crease marks from having been bent all the way through the text block to the back cover. The interior pages show minimal toning, and some staining caused by  the adhesive used to tip in the pictures. 10 1/4" x 8 1/2"
Cromwell Gardens Seed Catalog
Manufacturer: An. N Person Inc Location: Cromwell, CT Date: 1924 Pages: 68 Subject Matter: Garden Full color covers, with comprehensive description, cultural and pricing information, images from photographs in B&W with periodic full color. There is a tear away order sheet in the back. Partially cover separation, and toning. 10"x7".
Sandra Vanderpool Molly Brown, A Paper Doll. ..1991
A paper doll of 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown' designed by Sandra Vanderpool, with four (4) dresses and accessories. Margaret 'Molly' Brown was an American socialite and philanthropist. She is however most remembered for encouraging the crew on the of the Titanic on her and other surrounding life boats to return and look for survivors of the sinking. Comes in an envelope. Doll cut by designer. Envelope Size: 9" x 6" Number of Dolls: 1 Doll Size: 8" No. of Costume Pages: 4 folded sheets .
Notes on New Remedies and Price List
Manufacturer: F. W. Schoonmaker, Manufacturing & Dispensing Pharmacist Location: New York, NY Date: c1890 Pages: 10 Subject Matter: Medical Supplies and Medicine A price list of all the goods offered. New items include a description and B&W illustration. Covers have edge wear and are toned, and is reinforced with tape in one location. Some of the edges are missing pieces. Interior pages have general toning and soiling. 9" x 5 1/4"
Tycos Instruments Hydrometers
Manufacturer: Taylor Instruments Companies Location: Rochester, NY Date: 1925 Pages: 24 Subject Matter: Manufacturing, Hydrometers Comprehensive descriptions and pricing as well as B&W illustrations of the items being sold. The text on the covers is embossed with blue accents. Covers show some edge wear, and there is a small stain on the front cover. Binding staples are rusted, and the interior center page is detached from text block. Paper chalking. 10 1/2" x 7 1/2"
1889 Catalog Standard Stallions
Well illustrated catalog standard stallions Mambrino Wilkes, Steele, Diomed Wilkes and Jingles, owned by John B. Clarke of Manchester, NH 1889
Catalog: Leadwork for the Garden, May 1932
58 pages, most of which have illustrations of lead statuary, some shown in garden settings.
Ross-Tacony Crucible Co. - Clay Bonded & Carbon Bonded Graphite Crucibles & More
Ross-Talcony Crucible Co.  Manufacturers of Graphite Crucibles.  Ross-Talcony Crucible Co.  Philadelphia.  Established 1871.No date.   Soft cover.  28 pp. A catalogue dedicated to Graphite Crucibles-  clay bonded type and carbon bonded type. Also includes the following related products Nozzels, Sleeves, Phosphorizers, Magnesia Crucibles, Skimmers, Stirrers, Base Blocks, Special Refractories for Foundry Use and much more.  Black & white in-text and full page illustrations. Comprehensive narrative descriptions with sizing and tables.  Measures 5 1/2" x 8".  Very good with light cover wear.
Berger Bros - Hardware anbd Supplies 1892
Berger Bros. Supplies. Manufacturers of Tinners' Hardware.  Berger Bros.  Philadelphia.  1892.  Soft cover.  80 pp. Includes fine Malleable and Gray Iron Castings and Roofers'.  Contains Clamp Hanger, Berger's Through Hangers, Galvanized Steel Crestings, Dampers, Hooks and much more. Measures 5" x 7 1/4". Profusely illustrated in black and white.  Numerous examples for each product type. Evidence of staple rust, staple not present,  text block detached from covers but present.
Woman's Institute Fashion Service - Spring & Summer 1923
Woman's Institute Fashion Service Spring & Summer 1923.  Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences, Inc.  Scranton, Penn.  1923.  Soft cover.  Unpaginated.  Woman's Springtime Fashion.  Contains Variations of One-Piece Dress, Draped Dress, Costume Suit, Sports Apparel, Misses' Costumes, Junior Fashions, Millinery Fashions and more.  Black & white fashion illustrations with multiple views often showing variations on a pattern.  Comprehensive narrative that describes the fashion the material and pattern requirements, construction and fitting and finishing.  Measures 9" x 12".  Overall good condition.
Woman's Institute Fashion Service - Fall & Winter 1923 - 1924
Woman's Institute Fashion Service Fall & Winter 1923-1924.  Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences, Inc.  Scranton, Penn.  1923.  Soft cover.  Unpaginated.  Woman's Fall & WInter Fashion.  Contains Coat Dress, Side-tiered Dress, Basque Dress, Self-Trimmed Wrap, Coats and Suits, Misses' fashion, Junior Fashions and more. Black & white fashion illustrations with multiple views often showing variations on a pattern. Comprehensive narrative that describes the fashion, the material and pattern requirements, construction and fitting and finishing.  Measures 9" x 12".  Overall good condition.
Folio - Business Room Furniture, W. & J. Sloane NY, c1920
Business Room Furniture.  W. & J. Sloane.  New York. No date. c1920.  Fifty-five (55) plate of office and business furniture. Images from photographs.  Each plate includes a title and design number. Contains Swivel Desk Chair, Side Chair, Telephone Table, Costumer, Sofa, Book Case, Console Table and Mirror, Flat Top Desk, Table, Typewriter Desk, Bench and more. Brown toned plates, Images from photographs.  Includes Design number and name.  Some with sizing information.  Measures 8 1/2" x 11 1/2".  Heavy wear on folio, side flap detached but present, bottom flap lacking.  Plates in good condition with one exception - edge wear and intact tear.
Andrions for Large Fireplaces
Manufacturer: Todhunter Location: New York Date: c1920s Pages: A single 4-fold brochure Subject Matter: Brief descriptions for andrions, fireback and fire tools with an enclosed price list. There are 10 B&W photographs of the items being sold. The descriptions include what they are made from, if they are reproductions, and their measurements. Light soiling and toning throughout, otherwise fine. 6 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Studd and Millinngton's "Toga Coats"
Manufacturer: Studd & Millington Location: London Date: 1914 Pages: 16 Subject Matter: Coats A short description of each coat sold plus a B&W illustration. No prices are listed. Included with the catalog is a short letter to the recipient, a gentleman from New York, inviting him to the store the next time he is in London. The edges show some light cover wear, and the top corner of both the covers and the interior pages are slightly bent. The letter inside the catalog is slightly toned. 8 3/4" x 5 1/4"
Exhibition Catalog of the work of Jackson Pollock
Manufacturer: Museum of Modern Art Location: New York Date: 1956 Pages: 36 Subject Matter: Jackson Pollock, modern art This is an exhibition catalog from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is of an exhibit of the work of Jackson Pollock that opened in the year after the artist's tragic death. There was a total of 44 pieces in the exhibit, most on loan from either private collectors, or other museums. Twenty (20) of the pieces featured are shown in the catalog with a black and white photograph, one piece has a full page color photograph. Covers show some slight edge wear and soiling. The interior page are toned. 10" x 7 1/2"
Rogers & Company Engravers and Printers, Chicago and New York building series number one. Rogers and Co..New York.
Printed folded paper with color silk screen image, number one in series, red and black text and border.  "The first number of a sequential series picturing progress in the erection of the great new building to house Rogers & Company New York", the front page features  a screened image of two builders and steel beams and two horses. Image is black, white, blue, and red. The inside has one page with Number One and a red lined border and the company logo. The back explains what the series is about and why it was created. 15" x 11". staining- mainly on edges, some wear
John Ruskin. The Stones of Venice. Volume the First. The Foundations and Volume the Second. The Sea Stories. John Wiley & Sons.New York.1887
584 pp. Cloth hard cover with two volumes of the Stones of Venice, architectural illustrations. Volume 1, 434 pp. Volume 2, 150 pp. Both volumes bound in one book, features Italian architecture and stone work. 8" x 5 1/4". wear on cover, inscribed
To Escape Optiphosis, Advertising Brochure for Curtis Lighting
"Glare is the gangster of light," this brochure claims in its opening salvo. It continues on to declare "It beats upon your brain with the bludgeon of brilliance. It strips you of stamina, rifles you reserve and plucks your power, and makes off with you energy." Serving as an advertisement for Curtis Lighting, this brochure features their product 'X-Ray Reflectors', which is an indirect lighting element that cuts down on the glare you would get from direct lighting. The small brochure continues on to say that it helps with optiphosis, which according to 'lighting engineers' and optical science is any illness that can be caused by a harsh glare, such as headaches, loss of productivity, and nausea. The brochure itself is printed in black with green accents used in the designs or illustrations. The front cover has a wonderful art deco influenced illustration of eyes with light beams hitting their pupils. Single fold brochure. Measures 7" x 3 1/2" (folded), 7" x 7" (unfolded)
Leaflet - Massey's Patent Revolving Boot & Shoe Heal Protectors. Massey Revolving Shoe Heel Co..New York .1880s
An 8" x 5" two-sided leaflet describing the merits of this heel protector.  It boasts: It will save from 25 to 50 percent in boot & shoe bills.  It will, in a great degree, prevent slipping on ice.  It will support the ankle and keep the foot erect.  It gives a neat finish to the shoe, and maintains it. etc. Includes pricing starting at 50 cents a pair. The reverse provides instructions for adjusting the protectors with detail on removing the entire heel, worn layers, etc. and how to rotate the heel.  Illustration depicts installed product and internal view. .
Lansing Company Truck Catalogue - Warehouse Trucks & Much More 1913
Truck Catalogue No. 11-T Lansing - Company.  Formerly Lansing Wheelbarrow Company.  Lansing Company. Philadelphia. 1913.  Soft cover. 86 pp. with 6 additional pages dedicated to coal cars. Handtrucks and carts.  Contains Steel Wheelbarrows, Warehouse Trucks, Russel Paper Truck, Stone Car, Forge Shop Truck, Cotton Trucks and more.  Black & white in-text illustrations.  Brief narrative descriptions including price lists.  Measures 4 1/2" x 6". Good with light fading on cover margin.
Brasses by Ball and Ball
Manufacturer: Ball and Ball Brasses Location: West Chester, PA Date: 1936 (catalog), 1937 (price list) Pages: 28 (printed on single side), 8 pp price list Subject Matter: brass household items, furniture knobs A catalog of reproductions of antique furniture knobs made from brass. The tag line of this company is  "when the originals wear out, replace them with these copies!" The catalog itself has no descriptions, just illustrated pictures in B&W with a series and  item number beside it. Each pages has approximately 12 items on it. Included with the catalog is the corresponding price list with a perforated business card (for easy removal) attached. The price list is divided up by series, and it lists a very brief description, and the size, weight and cost of the item. There is minimal edge wear to the covers, however the cloth spine as started to wear down on the edges. There is some missing surface litho on both the front and back covers as well as some stains on the back cover. The front cover and select interior pages have penciling, as well as some soiling due to finger prints. The price guide is in good condition; it was originally tri-folded so there are crease marks still evident. Additionally, the binding staples have rusted, otherwise fine. 10 3/4" x 8 1/4"
Art and Decoration: Crepe and Tissue Paper
Manufacturer: Dennison Manufactoring Co Location: Boston Date: 1907 Pages: 96 Subject Matter: Decorations made from Paper A comprehensive guide to crepe and tissue paper, including prices. There are B&W photographs of various samples of the crafts that can be made from crepe and tissue paper, as well as some B&W illustrations of templates, patterns and products. The covers show some edge wear, and sight fading. Additionally, they are detached from the text block. The front cover, at the top, was signed by a previous owner. The back cover is missing a small piece from the bottom left corner. The interior pages shows general toning and soiling. Some pages have stains on them from where the ink was smudged at one point.  8 1/2" x 5 1/2".
The Art of Drawing; A Collection of Elementary Manuals: Fancy Subjects-F. GrenierE. Gambart and Co.Londonn. d., ca. mid 1800
Original publisher cover, rebound in red covered board, heavy stock paper. The first 8 pages have dual pictures-the first a semi complete illustration and the second a completed form, the remaining pages are full page. 6 1/4" x 9 1/2"
Save the Staff of Life to Feed the Staff of the Nation
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 ½".
The One & Only La Jolla Coloring Book
16 pp (including covers) coloring book. The front cover is in color, depicting a boy riding a flying red crayon to a castle in the sky. The coloring book acts as advertising for the neighbor hood of La Jolla (within San Diego). There are pictures for children to color of different stores, such as Susan's Toys, Harry's Coffee Shop, or Old Europe (a sandwich shop). There even coupons for one to cut out and use at the stores. Measures 10 3/4" x 8"
Helen Jill Fletcher The See and Do Book of Dolls and Doll Houses. H. S. Stuttman Company.New York.1959
128 pp. Brown hard cover book, with illustrated book cover. This book gives detailed instructions on how one can make both their own dolls and their own dollhouse filled with homemade doll furniture. The book jacket states, "One does not have to be gifted to make a doll or doll house or doll clothes.... Mother and child together- and even brother and father, for there are boy dolls too- will find making a doll or doll house a game that the whole family can enjoy." The book starts with a simple rag doll, before showing the reader how to take that design and change it into dolls from all around the world, such as a French doll, an Eskimo doll, and a Chinese boy doll. The book continues on to different types of dolls, such as twig dolls, and sock dolls, before moving on to doll clothes and finally doll furniture. The furniture is all made from various, cheap and easy to find materials. Such as a canopy bed that uses a bit of fabric, empty candy box and four pencils. The book is full of black and white illustrations (often with the background of the drawing showing an accent of color) that show the reader how to put together the various items. Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4".. The book jacket shows minor edge wear due to rubbing. It also has a few small tears along the edges.
 Treatise on Art Needle Work with Twenty Color Plates, Series # 8. M Heminway Sons Silk Co..New York.c1900
107 pp. A comprehensive guide to various patterns for needle point utilizing the manufacturer's products to make them. This catalog is the 8th in the series. It starts with a beginners guide to needlepoint, along with B&W photographs of the various stitches used in needle work. The treatise includes B&W illustrations of the designs, and templates for them, as well as 20 color illustrations of completed designs. The templates are for a variety of nature inspired elements, including plants and animals, as well as decorative styles, such as eyelet stitching. Measures 8" x 5 1/2".. Front cover fully detached, back cover partially detached, with most of the back strip missing. The interior pages are toned, with some stains.
William L. Price, Frank S. Guild Model Houses for Little Money With an Additional Chapter on Doors and Windows. Doubleday, Page & Company.New York.1904
This book is intent on making it easier for a person to decide the design of their house by offering detailed examples complete with illustrations to best guide the decision. 193 pages, hardcover. It is broken up by area (suburban, city, lot area), price (the lowest for $1,000, the highest for $4,000), there are options for everyone looking to create their own place. Including floor plans for Churches and Cabins. There is also the addition suggestion for remodeling doors and the importance of windows. All the suggestions come with little narrative explanations that offer some personal opinions as well as advice. Doing their part for American homeownership, designing your own house has never been simpler. Includes full page illustrations and floor plans throughout. Measures 6" x 4". .
 The "Dummy" Salesman - Hosiery, Underwear, Notions, Handkerchiefs, Ribbons, Fleischer's Yarns, Leather Goods - L. J. Carleton Co.. John B. Clarke Co..Manchester, NH.c1930
36pp. wraps. A pun by the owner titles the catalog a "dummy" salesman. The inside cover includes "Our Policy" First - To be Reliable, always. Second - Good Service. It's to our mutual advantage. Third - Dependable Merchandise, at one printed price. An extensive array of products ranging from sewing notions, to garter supports, shoe laces, stationery, veiling and slip-pon veils, Winsor Ties, Corset Laces and Linen Thread. Includes brief narrative description and pricing images.  Images from photographs and illustrations periodically found in-text. Index inside back cover. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 3/4"..
 Rhode Island School of Design Saturday Morning Class Brochure. Rhode Island School of Design.Providence, RI.[1910]
A single fold informational brochure for the Rhode Island School of Design's Saturday Morning Classes which were for students of all ages. This brochure focuses on the drawing courses offered by them: freehand drawing, design, and mechanical drawing. As the focus of this brochure is drawing classes, it is ironic then that the illustration on the front cover is a photograph of a hand made pitcher and bowl. The interior pages of this brochure provides some general information on the program, and although it is stated that this program is for students of all ages, the text emphasizes elementary school children. For example it states, "children have a natural love for form and color, and this sense is often lost in later years if it is not encouraged and developed." The back cover of this brochure provides a brief outline of the ground covered in each of the courses. Single-fold brochure. Measures 6 1/4" x 4 x1/4" (folded), 8 1/2" x 6 1/4" (unfolded)..
New York State Canal System; The Modern Inland Water Route Affording Economical Transportation Between the Great Lakes And the Atlantic Seaboard. January 1931.  .
32 pp. brochure providing a comprehensive overview of the New York state canal system with images from photographs of the construction and operation of the canals.  Also includes a map of the Barge Canal System. .  Measures 9" x 6". Light discoloration; cover only.
The Strathmore Quality Deckle Edge Book Papers; Strathmore Japan, Old Cloister, Strathmore, Old Stratford, AlexandraMunder-Thomsen PressBaltimore, MD1906
Embossed Gilt cover, frontispiece picture of factory, sample pages of Strathmore Quality Deckle edge book papers. Volume 1; Series 149; Issued Oct. 15, '06 by the Mittineague Paper Company in order to show Strathmore paper in the best manner. Begins with a history of the company. 9 1/2" x 6 1/2"
 A Blank Lettersheet Featuring an Illustration of Eastman Place, the Estate of the Late H. G. Eastman. .Poughkeepsie, NY.[1880]
A single fold unused  lettersheet with a black and white illustration depicting the Eastman Place, the home of Harvey G. Eastman (1832-1878) in Poughkeepsie, NY. The image shows a the house in the distance, surrounded by manicured grounds and large trees. There is a stone walkway that leads from the house toward the foreground of the engraving where it meets a short stone wall. A man in a cart pulled by two horses is exiting the walkway at a break in the wall. The lettersheet does date from the 1880s, as the date field found below the engraving is "188_". However, the engraving itself dates back to at least 1870, as it was used in a gardening journal called "The Horticulturist, and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste" published in 1870, which featured biography on Eastman Place. Measures 9 1/4" x 6" (folded).. Harvey Gridley Eastman was born on October 16 1832 to Horace Eastman (1807-1898) and Mary A. Gridley (1812-1889) in Marshall, NY. He had several siblings: Cornelia Eastman (1835-1858), and Edward P. Eastman (1842-1866). He married Minerva "Minnie" Clark (1837-1907). They would have one child: Cora Eastman Woodruff (1858-1904). Harvey was an educator who opened Eastman National Business College in Poughkeepsie in 1859. He was elected to the NY Assembly in 1871 and 1873. The was also elected and served three terms as Mayor of Poughkeepsie in 1871-1874, and 1877 until his death.. He died on July 13, 1878 in Denver, CO, after having spent over a month there attempting  to recover from ill health. After his death, his wife would remarry and her last name changed to Gaines. Harvey was the cousin of George Eastman of Eastman-Kodak fame.
Toilettes - 1896
Toilettes - 1896
Price: $65.00
Toilettes August, 1896. Volume XVI No.8.  Toilettes Publishing Company.  New York.  1896. Soft cover. Unpaginated.  Women's Fashion. Contains Toilettes, Dresses, Paris Fashion, Vienna Fashion and more. Illustrated inside covers.  4 full page color plates.  In-text black & white illustrations. Many pages are constructed with fashion collage and narrative descriptions.  Measures 5" x 6 3/4". Minimal toning on covers, 2 color plates at centerfold detached but present, light staple rust.
E. C. Gardner (Eugene Clarence) Homes and How to Make Them. James R Osgood and Company.Boston.1874
314 page book, with gilt stamped covers, 1st edition. The book compiles forty-three (43) letters between an architect and his friends. These letters "are composed of hints and suggestions relating to to building of homes... [and] aim to give practical information to those about to build." This book is a wonderful piece of early architectural Americana style known as ‘Stick Style.’ This book features 30 black and white illustrations, some of which are full page blue prints to houses or rooms described in the letters. The list of illustrations has two pictures entitled 'On a Sidehill' and 'Only One Corner', supposedly printed on pages 43 and 48 respectively. However, this is not the case, they are located earlier in the book, one opposite the title page and the other right before the first letter begins. All the other illustrations are located where they are supposed to be. . Minor edge wear, particularly on the spine. Minor foxing.
 Horse Drawn Parade Float - Harvest Festival - Flora, Ceres, Pomona. .Raymond, NH.1914
Black and white photograph on brown mount. Depicts women standing on a parade float, being pulled by two horses: float consists of a large cart, draped in white fabric, with 16 women and their driver on board. All of the women are wearing white dresses, and there is a sign attached to the back of the cart that reads "Flora, Ceres, Pomona" - likely a reference to their local Grange Society's positions with the same name. "Novelty Photo For Duplicates, E. Hayes, Beverly Mass."  is stamped on the backing. 12" x 10" -  8" x 6" photograph .
G. L. & H. J. Gross Illustrated Booklet of the Auction of Marsden Perry's Home, the Historic Ward-Perry House. Remington Printing Company.Providence, RI.1903
An illustrated booklet for the auction of the Ward-Perry House, a historic residence in Providence, RI. The house was built for Mrs. Eliza Ward by her father Joseph Brown in 1814. It is a large brick mansion done in colonial style. It was purchased by Marsden J. Perry in 1892 where he made some minor renovations "to bring the house up to the requirements of modern living". Perry himself was a wealthy gentleman involved in the banking and both electric and gas utilities, who owned several houses across New England in Providence, RI, Newport, RI, and New York City. The booklet features twelve (12) printed photographs of the interior rooms of the mansion. The real estate managers G. L. & H. J. Gross ran the auction for Marsden Perry who had most likely decided to sell this house due to the fact that in 1901 he 'upgraded Brown houses' when purchased the more famous John Brown House. John Brown was Joseph's brother, and had made a name for himself as a prominent statesmen whose wealth came from the merchant and slave trades. His house was an even larger brick mansion in Providence, RI of which John Quincy Adams is purported to have said it was "the most magnificent and elegant private mansion that I have ever seen on this continent."  It is unknown who purchased the Ward-Perry House at the end of this auction. 16 pg. Green wrappers. Measures 7" x 5 1/4". Marsden Jasael Perry was born on November 2, 1850 to Horatio M. Perry (1813-1853) and Malvina Susan Wilson Perry (1829-1904) in Rehoboth, MA. After his father died in 1853, his mother remarried William R. Miller (1834-?) and this union resulted in two half- siblings: James H. Miller (1854-1940) and Josephine E. Miller West (1864-1947). At twelve he enlisted in a Massachusetts Company during the Civil War and served as a Provost Marshall. In the early 1870s he moved to Providence, RI and entered in the banking business, eventually becoming the Director of the Bank of America. He first married Candice D. Hubbard (1843-1919) in 1872 and divorced in circa 1884. In 1901 he married Marian Lincoln Bogart (1862-1938). He helped raise her son from in earlier marriage, Pelham W. Bogart (1896-1959) and they had one son together, Marsden Jasael Perry Jr. (1902-1970). He died on April 15, 1935 at his home in New York, NY, but is buried in Providence, RI.
Helen Lee Peabody Portrait Silhouettes Cut by Baroness Eveline Von Maydell. ..[1930]
Baroness Eveline Von Maydell (1890-1962) was a well known silhouette artist who exhibited and sold her work internationally, mainly due to the fact that she relocated across the globe to several locations during her life. This short booklet is most likely an undated exhibition catalogue to an unknown art gallery or museum in the US. The catalogue features twelve (12) of Maydell's most popular silhouettes, such as 'Portrait of Mrs. W. K. DuPont', 'Portrait Group of Countess L. Szechenyi with her Children" and "Portrait of Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt Jr." Accompanying the silhouettes is a short history of the art of silhouettes and how the Baroness learned the art written by Helen Lee Peabody. Maydell lived in the United States from 1922 to the late 1950s, not including several years spent in Europe in the late 1940s before returning to the US at the advent of WWII. The catalogue was most likely produced during that time period. Additionally there is a poem composed by J. G. Allen, called "Tribute to Baroness Maydell" that was published in 1929 and is printed on the last page of the catalogue. Furthermore, a few of the silhouettes within the catalogue are dated within the caption to the 1930s.12 unnunmbered pgs., including illustrated wrapper. Staple binding. Measures 8" x 6".
 Commercial Writing Books, Revised Indiana Edition, Belonging to Sylvia Fulton. Indiana School Book Co..Indianapolis, IN.1895
A copy book meant for practicing penmanship which belonged to a ten year old girl, named Sylvia Fulton, during her fourth grade year. The top of each page has several words or phrases printed, which then the student was meant to repeatedly copy below. Some of the words and/or phrases used were "Rev. Running Gunning Geo.", "Vt. Vineyard Uniform U.S.", "Greatness is not goodness Geometry", and "Justice overtakes wrong January". The interior covers of the writing book provide instructions on how to hold a pen correctly and examples of "movement drill exercises" for one to practice. The front cover features several different engravings, all done in red ink. There is a boy and a girl seated at their desks, surrounded by a decorative border which features numerous tiny circles with images meant to represent the different states. In the center of the front cover is a large circle with an image representing the state of Indiana - a man chopping wood in a valley with what appears to be a wild boar in the background. The back cover features instructions on the "Essential Penmanship, Classification and Analysis of Letters". Completely filled. 24 pgs. Illustrated wrappers. Measures 8 1/2" x 7" . This child's strengths were most likely in areas other than penmanship.
1958 Quick-Chek Trouble Finder. Reliable Selection..1958
A volvelle designed by the Reliable Selection Company that allowed the user to diagnose what Radio Tube within their TV was malfunctioning as "80% of your TV troubles are tubes. Save money on unnecessary service calls with this amazing dial wheel." A TV radio tube would translate the received signal into a picture on the screen as well as the audio, and generally speaking their were a variety of tubes housed within a television that translated different parts of the signal, be it sound or visual. This volvelle had 28 (14 on each side) ways a TV could be malfunctioning due to a faulty tube. The volvelle had three die cut openings: the first is in a shape of a TV that provides an illustration of the type of error one might see on the screen, such as 'snow' or wavy lines, the second opening was immediately below that and had a written description corresponding to the above illustration of not only how the screen was malfunction, but possible corresponding sound issues as well, the third and last opening was on the bottom have of the volvelle, and listed the corresponding tubes that might need to be replaced to fix the malfunction Printed in three colors withdetailed instructions on using the volvelle and changing a TV tube. It proclaims, "Can you change a light bulb?... Then you can change a tube!". Accompanying this text are two illustrations, one on each side. The first one is of the box the tubes come in, and the second is of what looks like to be a type of vending machine, which has emblazoned on it "Do it Yourself!  TV Radio Tubes Quik-Chek Tester". At the top of the wheel is hole so that one could hang it on the wall. Measures 7 1/4" (diameter)..
La Vada Zutter Spatter Ink Techniques. Sandford Ink Company.Chicago, IL & New York, NY.1938
A short book that describes the art of Splatter Ink, and the various techniques that can be used to accomplish different looks and designs. The book contains several examples of the types of stencils that can be used in the art form as well as ideas for what splatter ink can be used for, such as small gifts like hot pads, wall plaques, calendars, greeting cards, lamp shades, decorative plates, posters, and commercial art. Additionally there are examples and instructions for the different splatter ink techniques, such as positive and negative units, figure illustration, silhouettes, cartooning and layout, stick drawing, crayon resist, paint brush stenciling, tempera resist, and lettering. Additionally there are examples of finished works, from art to advertising posters. The majority of the book are these printed examples with minimal text used at the base of the pages for instructions. 22 pgs. Illustrated covers. OCLC 13 (May 2020). Measures 11" x 8 1/2".
 Aunt Matilda's Selected Receipts and Useful Information. I. L. Cragin & Co. .Philadelphia, PA.[1890]
An advertising booklet for Dobbins Electric Soap, a laundry soap produced by I. L. Cragin. The company used 'electric' in the title to in order to capitalize on people's fascination with electricity at that time. The soap itself was formulated with a very alkaline base, which actually gave it a bit of a 'sting' which reminded people even more of electricity. This booklet starts off with several pages of advertisement for Dobbins Electric Soap, particularly emphasizing how the soap is so strong, one doesn't need to be rough with one's clothes to clean them. The booklet spends the rest of its pages alternating between Aunt Matilda's recipes and testimonials from customers who have used the soap. Some of the recipes included are: Pea Soup, Pepperpot, Broiled Salmon, Roast Duck, Chicken Croquettes, Lobster Salad, and Lemon Pie. It is unclear if the title of the booklet was meant as a play on words or a spelling mistake, after all it is full of recipes and 'receipts' from Dobbins' Electric Soap's customers in the form of testimonials. On the inside front cover, I. L. Cragin states if you buy 15 bars of their soap, and mail in the wrappers as proof, they will send you a dollars worth of "first class sheet music for free!" Also there is an advertisement for S. E. Brackett, a grocery and general store in Leeds Junction, ME, that states if you buy 7 bars of soap from them you can get seven "beautiful Shakespeare cards". 32 pg. Printed wrappers. String binding. OCLC 6 (Apr. 2020) Measures 4 1/2" x 3".
R. N. Thomas Illustrated Billhead for Corn Husking Supplies. Corn Husking Supplies.Shenandoah, IA.2837
A receipt from Corn Husking Supplies in Shenandoah, IA on the company's official billhead. Corn Husking Supplies was owned by R. N. Thomas selling a variety of tools and supplies necessary for corn husking. A large portion of the tools he provided were designed and patented by him. The billhead was printed on carbon paper, and this item is the yellow bottom sheet carbon copy. At the top of the billhead are two wonderfully detailed black and white illustrations. Each is of a hand holding a different tool used in corn husking. The two tools pictured are from R. N. Thomas patented designs: Adjustable Twin Spur Husker No. 3, and Scientific Husker No. 1. The billhead is a preprinted form with blanks for quantity and price. The receipt is for an order bought by F. C. Massey of Osborn, OH, on October 7, 1907, and it was paid for on April 26,1908. Single sheet on yellow carbon paper. Measures 12" x 8 1/4"..
Book of Traps, Guns, and Trapper's Supplies: 1931-1932 Edition
Manufacturer: FC Taylor Fur Company Location: St. Louis Date: 1931 Pages: 52 (including covers) Subject Matter: Hunting, trapping Comprehensive descriptions with prices. Full color covers, with the interior page's illustrations mostly in B&W, but with orange accents on some pages. Besides the illustrations of the items being sold, there are also line drawings of animals with fur, such as the badger, beaver, raccoon, mink, and the marten. With each animal illustrated there is a small description of the animal's habits, where it can be found, traps to use, trapping methods, and how skin and stretch the fur. The coves show some edge wear, with a small missing piece on the back cover. The interior pages show some general toning, otherwise fine. 10 3/4" x 7 3/4"
"Nobleman" Engraving from the History of the University of Cambridge
This engraving features a man in a blue beautifully embroidered robe holding a black graduation cap. The artwork was done by Thomas Uwins and engraved by J. Agar. This engraving from Rudolph Ackermann's book "History of the University of Cambridge, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Building" published in 1815 by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh. Measures 13 1/4" x 10 1/2".
"Proctor" Engraving from the History of the University of Cambridge
This engraving features a man in a dark robe standing by a desk holding a book by a chain handle. This engraving has been colored with brown accents for the desk's wooden legs and the clasps on the book. The artwork was done by Thomas Uwins and engraved by J. Agar. This engraving was from Rudolph Ackermann's book "History of the University of Cambridge, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Building" published in 1815 by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh. Measures 13 1/4" x 10 1/2".
 Our '98 Book: A Combined Catalogue and Instruction Book on the Subjects of Silk Embroidery and Popular Fancy Work. The Brainerd & Armstrong Company.New London, CT.1898
76 pp. A guide with comprehensive descriptions of items sold and instructions on how to utilize them in order to make embroidery or the like. The cover is in color, designed to look like an embroidered rose. There are 21 color plates illustrating finished embroidered designs, such as the Japanese Chrysanthemum, and the borders for the designs. The rest of the book has numerous B&W illustrations of different items to create using embroidery, such as picture frames. The last few pages of the book are the price list, and that is printed in red. Measures 8 1/2" x 7 1/4". The covers have edge wear, with some intact tears and a piece of the top right corner missing. Additionally, they were printed off center. The interior pages have general toning
A Treatise on Shades and Shadows and Linear Perspective.  Charles Davies A.S. Barnes & Co New York 1855
159 pp. Brown hard cover with leather spine, 21 fold out black and white plates. Consists of explanations of shades and shadows, ellipse,curves, and lines. The first part of the book has two chapters; definitions and first principles and application and constructions. The second part, Linear Perspective, has two untitled chapters. The plates are 8 1/2 x 11 prints. 10" x 6" foxing throughout, book is solid with fold out plates intact
The Deister Concentrator Company: Manufactures of Concentrating Tables for Every Purpose
Manufacturer: Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana Date: 1915 Pages: 72 Subject Matter: Mining Tool, Industrial Comprehensive descriptions provided for their concentrating tables. B&W illustrations of the table, and its individual parts are included. Prices not listed. Covers show some wear, with a few intact tears along the edge. The first few interior pages have foxing on the lower portion, additionally at some point the catalog was damaged by water, some pages show a faint water stain, all are slight crinkled, but this does not effect the legibility of the catalog. One page is missing some surface litho as it stuck to the corresponding page. Some paper chalking. 9"x 6"
Art and Decoration in Crepe & Tissue Paper
Manufacturer: Dennison Manufacturing Location: Boston Date: 1914 Pages: 96 Subject Matter: Decorations made from Paper Comprehensive descriptions and pricing. Samples of crepe and tissue paper are included. Images from B&W photos of the products and uses, as well as both B&W and color illustrations for possible design ideas and uses for crepe & tissue paper. For example there is an illustration of a decorated car for a parade and costumes of various animal and plants for children made from crepe paper. There are patterns to cut out and use in the back of the catalog as well. Covers shows minimal cover wear, along with one tiny blue stain on the back cover. Toning. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Associated Tile Manufacturers, Details of The House of Tiles Portfolio at Architectural and Allied Arts Exposition. 1925
Manufacturer:  Associated Tile Manufacturers Location: New York Date: 1925 Pages: Subject Matter: Tile, Architecture The Exposition was held in conjunction with American Institute of Architects Convention, Grand Central Place, NYC, April 20 - May 2, 1925. A list of Associated Tile Manufacturers at base on cover.  A paper portfolio with 12 plates with images from photographs on the front and designs on the reverse.  Includes images and plans for Tudor Fireplace, Venetian Breakfast Nook, Tudor Living Room, Colonial Bathroom, Craftsman Sun Room, Exterior Spanish style decor, Spanish Dining Room, Colonial Kitchen, Spanish Patio, Italian Hall, Roman Bathroom and Shower and Spanish-American Bathroom. Measures 7 1/2" x 10 1/2".
 Directions for Making Tissue Paper Flowers, and Fancy Articles. Northrop, The Art Dealer.New Haven, CT.1886
16 pp. staple booklet. Yellow wraps.. Instructs the reader on how to make various tissue paper flowers or other items such as tissue paper lamp shades.  Instructions on making Tulip, White, Jasmine and Fuchsia. The last few pages of the booklet have advertisements, including instructions on how you can order all the tissue paper needed to make the flowers in the book. Other advertisements are for pens, pocket cutlery and "something new" colored transparent visiting cards. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 3/4".
 Trade Catalogue for Beldt's Aquarium. Beldt's Aquarium.St. Louis, MO.1933
A trade catalogue for a store called Beldt's Aquarium, which sold various aquarium supplies, such as the fish, aquatic plants, other aquatic animals such as turtles, outdoor water plants and the equipment need to house the animals. The catalogue contains black and white  illustrated images of a variety of fish and other animals that they sell. There are printed photographs of the plants and equipment that they sell. Additionally, there are two color illustrations, one of several fishes they sell and one of several outdoor water plants. The catalogue includes prices for each item and two tear out order sheets. The covers of the catalogue have woodblock illustrations due in blue and green of fish swimming underwater with lilies on the water's surface. 32 pages. Printed wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 9 3/4" x 6 3/4".
Olivery Byrne Circular - To Patentees and Manufacturers of Machinery in Practical use in the United States - Dictionary of Machines, Mechanics and Engineering. D. Appleton & Co., .New York.1849
A single-fold circular announcement and description of the upcoming publication of Dictionary of Machines, Mechanics and Engineering.  Inside pages blank. May 1, 1849. Postally used.  Addressed to a Nail Machinist in Bridgwater MA.   Measures 10" c 8"..
B. H. Rand Rand's Introduction to Penmanship: New Series, In Eight Numbers, Number 8. B. H. Rand.Philadelphia, PA.1855
A copy book, apart of B. H. Rand's series, "Introduction to Penmanship". This copy book is full of practice penmanship, both  in regards to letters of the alphabet and signatures. These exercises are often on the margins of the pages, or over top of other text as the pages themselves are often full of lyrics to a variety of songs, such as "Zula Zong" (spelled Zuola Zong), "When You and I were Young Maggie", and "Home Again". These songs appear to have been either religious in nature or folk songs, most of which appear to have been published circa 1860-1870. These copy book appears to have been used by numerous people to practice their signatures. The majority of the names within the book appear to be connected to the Hemphill family of Due West, South Carolina. The signature most often found in the book is James Calvin Hemphill (1851-1927), but members of his family to appear also appear (mainly siblings and in-laws): John Lind Hemphill (1838-1899), Robert Reid Hemphill (1840-1908), and Eugenia Cornelia Brewton Hemphill (1847-1935). It is also possible that the book originally belonged to James' father, Rev. William Ramsey Hemphill as towards the end of the book there is what appears to be an original 5 page sermon on the bible verse Hebrews: Chapter 4, Verse 9, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God". Additionally there are two short, single page essays on on respect and the bible verse, Revelations Chapter 21, Verse 7. Lastly, one of the last pages has an incomplete alphabet of words. Each letter is given four or seven words that start with the corresponding letter. For example the letter 'M' has: Money, Monkey, Music, March, May, and Mr. This alphabet only goes until the letter 'P'. Brown printed wrappers with penciling. String binding. OCLC 3 (March 2020) Measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2". Maj. James Calvin Hemphill was born on May 13, 1851 to Rev. William Ramsey Hemphill (1806-1876) and Hannah Smith Lind Hemphill (1808-1895) in Due West, Abberville County, SC. He had several siblings: John Lind Hemphill (1838-1899), Robert Reid Hemphill (1840-1908), Isabell Hemphill (1845-?), and Mary Elizabeth Hemphill (?-1840). He graduated from Erskine College in 1870, where is father was a professor.  He married Rebecca Mariner True Hemphill (1855-1923), in 1878 and it is unclear if they had any children together. James was a journalist, mainly for South Carolina local newspapers, but at one point was a Washington correspondent. He was perhaps most well know for his attempts to discredit then Presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson. He died from injuries resulting from a fall from a train car on November 20, 1927 in Abbeville, Abbeville County, SC.
Joseph E. Meyer Indiana Botanical Gardens Product Catalogue. Indiana Botanical Gardens.Hammond ID.[1925]
128 pp catalogue of herbal based products, creams, compounds, oils, liquids, plain bark, leaves, flowers and seeds. Narrative descriptions including uses ingredients and directions along with pricing information. A plethora of uses from disease, to shampoo and health maintenance. In-text illustrations throughout .  Measures 6 1/2" x 2 3/4".. The history of the Indiana Botanic Gardens, Inc., begins in 1910 with the founding of the company by Joseph E. Meyer. Joseph desired to have a business of his own, preferably something in the printing industry. Giving consideration to his set of skills, Joseph realized that he knew a great deal about printing and even more about nature. A company that sold herbs through a catalog would be a profitable endeavor for Joseph Meyer thanks to his possession of an old printing press and vast knowledge of natural remedies. It was with the blending of these two passions that gave birth to Indiana Botanic Gardens, Inc. The early bindery at Indiana Botanic Gardens, initially called the Indiana Herb Gardens, began in a small cottage in the rear of Joseph Meyer’s Hammond, Indiana home where he started growing and harvesting plants in a vacant lot. In the beginning, the business barely made living expenses for the family. Meyer’s children assisted him with activities like gathering herbs from nearby fields, packaging boxes, feeding the printing press, and binding catalogs with needle and thread.In 1918, the 400-page book, The Herbalist was printed and business expanded. Since the company was now able to sustain itself, it moved from Meyer’s cottage to a more formal and larger building off of Calumet Avenue in Hammond (pictured on the right). The same year that The Herbalist went into publication, Joseph purchased a wild tract of land on the Little Calumet River. The land held a profusion of medicinal plants and virgin forest. In 1926, a beautiful English gabled building was built. This became the home of the newly named Indiana Botanic Gardens, Inc.
 Dictionary Doings and Developments, Webster's Unabridged (Now International) Dictionary. Springfield, MA,Clark W. Bryan & Co. 1890 . ..
A 24 pp. booklet originally published in The Paper World, October 1890. Discusses Webster's dictionary, it's development, it's founders and old-time and present publishers, Messrs. G. & C. Merriam & Co. It begins with the life work of Noah Webster, L.L. D., the progression of the dictionary and the part played by the Merriams.   6 1/2" x 5".
The Quarterly - Gibson Drug Co.Catalogue- 1912 with Color Illustrations Carter's Inks & Glues & Much More
The Quarterly - A Catalogue of Proprietary Medicines, Pharmaceutical Supplies and Druggists' Sundries.  Gibson Drug Co.  New York.  1912.  Soft cover. 120pp. followed by 4 page full color appendix of Carter's Ink, mucilage and glues. A diverse catalog organized as follows 1. Price list of patent medicines, followed by color coded price list sections  2. Atomizers, Chamois, Perfumes, Sponges, Syringes and Water Bottles, 3. Price list of Confectionery, 4. a Stationery section with black & white in-text illustrations, a brief description and pricing information including a comprehensive section on pencils, pens and erasers. U.S.and American Bank Note Co's Playing Cards and much more and finally 5..a Price list of Eaton, Crane & Pike CO's papeteries, tablets and envelopes. All with brief descriptions,black and white illustrations and price information.  A wide array of offerings including  Alkaseptine, Bathodora, Colorite, Nuxpeptyn, Pile Oil, Solvent, Tissue Phosphates, Stationery items, Carters ink and much more.  Advertising profusely throughout.  Measures 9" x 11 1/4".
The American Wringer Company, Horse-Shoe Brand Wringers, Catalog No. 9, New York, NY 1910

The American Wringer Company, Horse-Shoe Brand Wringers, Catalog No. 9, New York, NY 1910 104 pp. catalog with embossed paper covers. Profusely illustrated with chromolithograph illustrations of available product. Each product page provides fine color imagery, a comprehensive narrative description and size information. Corresponding price list included. Measures 6” x 9”. Condition: cover wear, ¼” of left margin title page affixed to free end paper (may have been production error). Light water stain lower margin.

Ruth E Adomeit The Happifats Cookbook, Angeleno Doll Club. Angeleno Doll Club.Los Angelos, California.1969
The Happifats cookbook, is a miniature book, 1st edition, with recipes inspired by dolls. Each recipe is accompanied charming by a black and white, with accents of hand coloring done in crayon.  Some recipes included are: Raggedy Ann Bars, Hello Dolly Dingles, and Brownies Supreme.  These book was compiled by Ruth E Adomeit and published by the Angeleno Doll Club which was a women's association in Southern California. All the illustrations in this cookbook are of a specific type of doll known as Happifats. They are bisque dolls (a doll made partially or wholly out of bisque porcelain and they are often characterized by their realistic, skin-like matte finish) that are solely inspired by the illustrations of Kate Jordon which appeared in John Martin's Books from 1913 to 1921. John Martin's Book was a children's magazine aimed at five- to eight-year-olds, and included stories, illustrations, and puzzles.  Measures 3" x 2".. Minor edge wear, otherwise fine.
 Price List of Materials for Wax Flower Making Sold by Schumacher Bros. Schumacher Bros.Portland, ME.
Circular folded into 4 sections, printed on blue paper. Lists the prices for all of the different things needed to make wax flowers, accompanied by pertinent details. Products include sheet wax, wire, gilt leaf moulds, wooden moulding tools, tin flower cutters, looking glass stands, and "extra fine colors" with elegant sounding names, commonly known in this period but alien now, like 'Naples Yellow' and 'Violet Carmine' and more. 5" x 3".  [folded] .
 1932 Illustrated Catalog from the Mennonite Publishing House With Blank Order Form and Envelope. Mennonite Publishing House.Scottdale, PA.1932
120pp. Yellow paper wrapper. Small illustration of an alter with a bible on top on the front cover, black and white photograph of the Mennonite Publishing House on the back accompanied by a list of services they provide and their address. Catalog includes anything a Mennonite may need, whether they are ministers, teachers, or lay people. The majority of the items are texts, such as bibles, Sunday school books, and pamphlets, some of which are accompanied by small color or black and white illustrations of their front cover. Also includes educational materials like black boards and maps, and administrative items such as ledgers. All items have a thorough descriptive narrative providing its price, size, and relevant details. Catalog includes a two-sided  'Order Blank' and envelope with the company's name and town on it for purchasing. Measures 9" x 6". .
A. Meineke & Sons Punjab Goods, Indian Punjab Furniture, manufactures of Rattan, Reed and Willow Furniture. Cramer, Aikens and Cramer.Milwaukee, WI.1890s
A trade catalogue featuring a wide variety of furniture, such as tables, bowl stands, wall pockets, and screens, in the Indian style. The front cover features a gilded image of a stature that is most likely the Indian Goddess Indra, as the stature is sitting on three elephants (the Goddess preferred method of transportation)The brochure is folded to create 8 pages, and each interior page has one to two images of pieces of furniture and their corresponding descriptions and prices. In addition to the catalogue is a singe page  insert, printed with red ink, for the same store advertising some of their other goods such as crockery, bric-a-brac and art decorators. According to this insert these come not only in the Punjab style but also in Japanese and Oriental designs. The back cover features an illustration of the factory and warehouse.  Trade catalogue: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (folded) 22" x 8 1/2"(unfolded). Measures Insert: Measures 8 1/4" x 6".. The business was established in 1855 - importers of toys, accessories and more
Cora Massie Stephens  Flyer for the  Tabernacle of Witness, An Engraving. W. E. Stephens.St. Louis, MO.1895
A flyer for the sale of "The Tabernacle of Witness", an engraving done by Cora Massie Stephens (1856-1943). The engraving was being sold by William Edward Stephens (1850-1918), Cora's husband and owner of W. E. Stephens & Co. (eventually renamed Stephens Lithographing and Engraving Company). The flyer is divided into two sections. The first section has a black and white print of the engraving, along with the text "Every Sunday School, and Every Pastor, Superintendent and Christian Worker should have a copy." This flyer was attempting to sell a larger and more colorful version of the engraving then was sold previously. The version for sale was 32" x 47" and has been "lithographed in ten colors and three bronzes, on heavy lithograph paper". The second section of this flyer included testimonials from a several past customers praising the quality and composition of the engraving. At the bases of the flyer, in red, is the text "Special Discount of 25 per cent. [sic] to Delegates to the Eighth International Convention". It is unknown what convention the flyer is referring to. With the flyer is two envelopes, the first one originally held the flyer and is emblazoned with the word "Important!". The second envelope is slightly smaller than the first and was meant as a return envelope and has the company's address on it. Measures 12" x 9" (flyer), 6 1/2" x 3 3/4 (envelope).
The importance of Fertilizer told in The Three Brothers: Phosphorus, Potash, and Nitrogen, A Tale from the Arabian Nights which may still be experience at the present day.
Agricultural and Scientific Bureau, N. V. Potash Export MY..Amsterdam, Holland.[1900].  The Three Brothers is a parable that tells the story of three brothers, Phosphorus, Potash and Nitrogen, who one by one arrive at the city of Kalif and try to end its famine. Eventually the realize they must work together in order end the famine by getting the grain to grow. The brothers are meant to each represent an aspect of a 'good fairy' that helped their father's grain to grow. Phoshorus makes the grains large and ears full, Nitrogen makes the plants grow fast, and Potash which gives plants their health and vigor. Each page is illustrated in four colors, green, red, black and brown. N. V. Potash Export MY. is a Holland based company who specializes in fertilizer and have offices in New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Jackson, and San Jose. This parable is mean to showcase how fertilizer can help grains grow. 14 pgs., pictorial wrappers. Staple binding. OCLC 1 (Jan 2020) Measures 6 1/4" x 3 1/2". From the original by Dr. W. Jervitz, Steglitz-Berlin.
 Why I Live in the Neighborhood Gardens, A Flyer for Apartments. Neighborhood Gardens Apartments.St. Louis, MO.[1935]
This single fold pamphlet advertises for the Neighborhood Gardens which is an apartment complex located in St. Louis that was first built in 1935, and is still an existence today. The front page of this pamphlet lists eighteen (18) reasons why someone would want to live there, such as: "I get so much for my money in these modern apartments", "I like the sound proof, attractive walls", "every living room is sunshinny [sic] and airy and opens on a balcony," and "Neighborhood Gardens has been built for folks who care; for folks who need and want this kind of housing." The inside of the pamphlet has three black and white printings of linoleum cuts of the exteriors of the apartment complex. The back side has four floor plans of some of the apartments available along with a list of the amenities at the complex and what is in the local neighborhood. Single fold. Black and white. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (folded), 11" x 8 1/2" (unfolded)..
 Wolf Miners Safety-Lamps, Fidelity International Agency, Sole Agents for America. .New York.[1900]
A product list for Friemann & Wolf of Zwickau a German company that made a variety of safety lamps for miners. They also made a variety of attachments for the lamps, such as magnets for locking, and an apparatus for filling the lamp. The product list was produced by Fidelity International Agency, who were the sole agents for the Friemann & Wolf's products in America. The product list is printed on the back side of a double-sided tri-fold brochure. The front side has two black and white realistic illustrations showing miners using the lamps. Also, in the center is another black and white image, this time more artistic then realistic, showing an old-fashion miner with using lamp, and has information about the agency. Additionally, there are gilt gold metals, representing when the lamps won a gold metal in Paris in 1900 during an unnamed exposition. There is an loose insert as well, that on one side lists the world wide agents who sell the lamps, and the other side has another black and white realistic illustration of miners using the lamps. Measures 7 1/2" x 5" (tri-fold, folded)..
 Lettersheet  - Top of Mt Washington with inscription "Tip Top House" Mt. Washington, July 28, 1857. Carew Manufacturing Company.South Hadley, MA.July 28, 1857
An unused lettersheet which features a detailed engraving of the of the Tip Top House, a famous hotel found at the summit of Mt. Washington, in Sargent's Purchase, NH. The engraving shows an active hotel with numerous men on horses and other individuals walking around or playing with dogs. On top of the flat roof of the hotel, a telescope can be scene, which was placed there by the hotel owners in order to create an observatory for the guests to use. There is a caption at the base of the engraving, "Top of Mt. Washington, 6285 feet above Sea Level". Written below that is "Tip Top House, Mt. Washington, July 28th, 1857. The lettersheet itself was made by the Carew Manufacturing Company, a Massachusetts based paper mill and company that was known for high quality writing papers. At the top right of the page is an embossed emblem that states, "Congress, Carew Co." with an image of a Capital Building. Measures 10": x 7 1/2". The hotel itself was built in 1853 and is made from rough cut granite and is a rectangular structure. The hotel, or a reconstruction of it, is still in existence today, and is on the National Registrar of Historical Places and is a part of Mt. Washington State Park.
T. E. Cowart A Texan Farmer's Letter to his Mother - difficulty of farming in down pours and wind - difficult conditions.... .Lockney, TX.5054
A long letter from Tucker E. Cowart, a Texan farmer, written over the course of a month to his mother, Amelia in Bonham, TX. The letter provides an update on Tucker's life, family and farm. It is also clear that even though his mother lives in Bonham, some 350 miles away from Tucker in Lockney, some of the land Tucker is farming does belong to to her. Due to the unseasonable dry summer and wet fall, Tucker has been having problems with his various crops, and portions of this letter reflect his anxiety of this. During the course of the year Tucker has planted several types of corn, wheat, and oats. Additionally, there appears to be a possible land dispute with one of their neighbors (who was loaned a portion of the Tucker's land in years prior), and Tucker seems to be considering hiring the town's land surveyor in order to make sure he is actually remembering the boundaries of their land. The letter itself is three double sided pages and a corresponding envelope. Below is are several excerpts from the letter: "It has been trying to rain for about a wk. Rained about all night last night. We didn't need it. We have had plenty of rain this fall, none in the summer. Crops are short, crops are good in some localities. No good crops right close around here. Planted 31 acres of kaffir corn, 15 acres of maize, 8 acres of wheat, 15 acres of oats on your end of the field. Kaffir didn't head, from knee high to waist high. I cut it, made good many bundles. Few heads in the maize. Staid [sic] dry to [sic] long for anything. Your wheat and oats didn't grow at all. No season. I plowed it all up, cultivated the land all summer kept it clear, sowed it in wheat this fall to a very good stand." "We had some windy weather last wk. The wind blew hard from the north, blowed [sic] all the cotton out. A man south west of us had about 40 or 50 acres of cotton. The fellow west of us had about 400 acres of Russian Thistles. The wind broke them all off, they rolled up against his fence, tore it down. Rolled on across the dutchman's cotton patch. The thistles have little thorns on them. The cotton stuck to them. They kept rolling. I guess they are down about Big Springs now at the speed they were going, cotton and all. The Thistles are getting to be a sight in the country." "The children seem to keep very well. They put on their shoes since it got cool. Farris feet are so rusty - he is getting uneasy about them. He thinks he is turning to a negro, the rust won't come off. Lucy is well and hearty, she has gone visiting the sick. This aft [sic] left the Indians here with me, they are making lots of racket.". Turner E. Cowart was born on January 15, 1870 to Alexander Johnston Cowart (1845-1908) and Amelia L. Lovelace (1850-1930) in Texas. He had several siblings: Wilsie B. Cowart (1872-1873), Annie Maud Cowart (1873-1899), Arlie Robert Cowart (1874-1899), Mack D. Cowart (1876-1964), Bruce W. Cowart (1880-1894), John C. Cowart (1882-1909), Lottie Mae Cowart (1886-1962), William Edgar Cowart (1890-1874), Thomas Roscoe Cowart (1890-1988) and Amelia Elizabeth Cowart Ragland (1895-1925). He married Lucy E. Hartman (1890-1977) on October 30, 1907 and had two children together: Farris E. Cowart (1909-1984) and Juanita Elizabeth Cowart Drake (1910-1973).  Turner had moved to Lockney, TX in or around 1905 and farmed on his land there until 1956, when he moved to Plainview, TX. He died shortly thereafter on January 5, 1958 in Hale, Texas of a heart ailment.
 Coal Heaving Wasn't Included in Her Marriage Contract. Wayne Home Equipment Company.Fort Wayne, IN.[1962-1978]
A wonderfully tongue in cheek catalogue from the Wayne Home Equipment Company, which sold a variety of heating equipment and home furnaces. The cover of this catalogue has a three color linocut print showing a woman in tears as she is shoveling coal into a furnace with the caption, "coal heating wasn't Included in her marriage contract." The title page of the item, has a black and white illustration of a head shot of a woman with the caption, "a Wayne will chase away her worries." The rest of the catalogue has a series of black and white illustrations either depicting figures calling the Wayne Company to get a furnace installed, Wayne employees delivering oil, families enjoying the heat in the house, or of the Wayne furnace itself (both in parts and as a whole). One of the pictures is in color - it is the one of the family happily enjoy the heat produced by the furnace. A second image which depicts the whole furnace has red lines depicting where the heat is and its airflow. Accompanying the illustrations are descriptions of the furnaces sold, some of which incorporate humor such as "Your neighbors will thank you for keeping the winter air free from coal-smoke and soot," and "this silent, tireless fireman in your household will be on the job twenty-four hours per day." The rest of the descriptions are full of bravado and claims of superiority to other products on the market such as, "There is nothing that excells [sic] the safety, simplicity, and reliability of the perfected Wayne oil burner", and "The pump is the heart of an oil burner; the firing head may be styled the lungs; and the control mechanism, the brains. If any one of these are deficient, you have a weak and faltering mechanism. Wayne has a perfectly sound and sturdy heart; it has two well designed and efficient lungs, and its controls are the best that money can buy." Towards the end of the catalogue, there are four printed black and white photographs of supposed residences of individuals who had installed Wayne's furnaces and short testimonials. Additionally, there is a chart with the dimensions and specifications of the furnace. The interior back cover page is actually a tear off form to fill in for an estimate to install a Wayne furnace. The Wayne Home Equipment Company was founded in 1928 by Norbert G. Berghoff, and it manufactured a variety of home furnaces, water and space heaters, boilers, and industrial ovens. In the 1940s they acquired the Zepher Pump Company and expanded into water pumps. The company remained family owned until 1978 when it was sold to the Scott Fetzer Corporation, at which point the company focused solely on the water pumps and by 1991 had moved its factory and business to Harrison, OH. The company is still in business and known as Wayne Water Systems, A Scott Fetzer Company. This particular catalogue for the Wayne company was distributed by a authorized dealer and installer of Wayne products, Bibb Heating & Equipment Company in Baltimore, MD, which was established in 1962. Their information has been stamped on the back cover of the catalogue. Bibb Heating & Equipment is still in business today. Due to the founding dates of Bibb Heating, this catalogue is dated between 1962 and 1978 when the Wayne company was sold. 11 pgs. Illustrated covers. OCLC 1 (June 2020, though this item has a date of 1929, which is around when the company was first established so might not be the same item). Measures 9 3/4" x 7"..
A. W. Sutton Correspondence on an El Rico Land Company Letterhead which Features an Engraving of Caterpillar Tractor. El Rico Land Company.San Francisco, CA
A letter to a Mr. Peter Goettsch of Nicolaus, CA, regarding payment of his dividends in the El Rico Land Company. Originally enclosed with this letter was check for $400. The letter is on a specialized letterhead, meant for exactly this type of correspondence. The majority of the letter is preprinted with blank sections in order to fill in the date, check number and amount. The letter is signed by the company's secretary, A. W. Sutton. In the background of the letter is a blue screened image from a photograph depicting a single Caterpillar Tractor pulling four large trailers behind it, filled with what appears to be sacks of grain.  Single page letter with corresponding envelope. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (letter), 6" x 3 1/2" (envelope).. In the Caterpillar Times, Vol. 35, No. 11, pg. 5 (a promotional magazine of the Caterpillar Tractor Company available on Google Books named Caterpillar Times, Volumes 35-37) in November 1915, there is what appears to be another image, but at a different angle, of this same engraving printed in the issue. The caption there reads "The biggest load ever pulled into El Rico, Calif. Outfit of the El Rico Land Company. Total load - 55 tons, 1300 pounds." There is not much information on the El Rico Land Company, but they appear to have been an investment company/ land colonization company based in San Francisco which purchased land in and around the San Fernando Valley, specially El Rico, CA, in order to encourage people to move there and farm it.
Authentic Reproductions of Antique Lighting Fixtures
Manufacturer: I. Sack Cabinet Hardware Co. Location: Boston, MA Date: c1920 Pages: Two sections of 61, numbered, printed single sided pages, one section is the illustrations and descriptions of items, the second is the corresponding price list. Subject Matter: Lighting The catalog is a folder with brad clips. It is divided into two sections, each with their own set of numbered pages. The first section has all the illustrations and brief descriptions of the items sold. The second section is a corresponding price list with instructions for ordering. There were originally approximately 60 pages in each section, but due to the format of the catalog some have been removed and are missing.   The folder has toning and soiling, some interior pages missing. Otherwise fine. 11 1/2" x 9 1/2"
 Liquor Catalog and Price List, The Yellow House, Curacao, D.W.I. Die-cut in the Shape of Luggage. .Curacao, D. W. I. .c1935.
A 20 pp catalogue die-cut in the shape of a piece of luggage with litho on alcohol labels on the luggage.   The catalog includes scotch, aperitifs, sherries, rye, bourbon, Irish whiskies, ports, gins, rum, cognacs and brandies.  The title page reads "The Yellow House" (La Casa Amarilla) Curacao- NWIPrice List of Liquors in Bond.  We deliver to the ship free of chard.  Your name and Cabin No. tagged on each case.  Place your orders early.   Measures 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". An extensive array.. Today the Yellow House is a Duty Free Perfume and Costmetic Retailer.
Georges Apchain Georges Apchain Musical Instruments Catalogue . Frederick W. Binzen & Company.New York.9771
The catalogue offers not only the sale of instruments, but the accessories and necessities in order to care for a variety of types. There is brief instructions for care of woodwind instruments. Following is a wide variety of woodwinds, from different types of Cabart oboes, to piccolos, to English horns. Short narrative descriptions with the various styles are offered, along with their price. Then there are accessories for almost all instrument types, from mouthpieces, to violin cases, to music stands, and tuning forks. There are illustrations of some of the products throughout to give a visual idea of the items being sold. 9 1/4" x 6".   .
C.D. Van Allen Van Allen's Common Sense Churn Transfer of Patent. .Syracuse, NY.July 23, 1861
A transfer of patent certificate for the Common Sense [Butter] Churn. The churn was invented by C. D. Van Allen and patented by him in July 1861 with an O.B. Cowles purchasing shares in it at that time. This certificate is represents when Van Allen transfer his share and ownership of his invention to Jefe M. Sharp of Roxbury, NJ, in November 1861. At the bottom of the certificate it states that the It was received by the US Patent Office on November 30, 1861 and entered into their "Transfer of Patent" files. Reverse is blank.  Measures 13 1/2" x 8 1/2".
 Sand Toy for Grands Magasings Du Printemps. .Paris, France.1890s
This paper toy depicts a woman on one side milking her cow and a little girl drinking milk at the table on the other side. Both the little girl's glass of milk and the stream of milk produced by the cow are tissue paper with a capsule of sand behind it. This means that as you turn the postcard over, the sand gives the illusion of milk gushing from  the cow's utter into the pail on one side, and the milk disappearing from the glass as the girl drinks it on the other side. The toy was sold by Printemps, a French department store, sometimes called Grands Magasings Du Printemps, with 'Grands Magasings' (translates to big store) being the class of store it was. The store focused on beauty, lifestyle, fashion, accessories and men's wear. It was founded in 1865 by Jules Jaluzot and Jean-Alfred Duclos. Printemps is credited with revolutionized retail business practices as they marked their goods with set prices rather than the haggling style (that started the price based on the customer's appearance) that was predominate at the time. The store is still open today. The product itself was made in Japan. Measures 4 3/4" x 3 1/4".
Commercial And Industrial Association Montgomery, Alabama: A Guide to its History, Landmarks, Industry, and Culture. Brown Printing Company.Montgomery, Alabama.c1900
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"..
 Everything is Card Magic, A Trade Catalogue. Kard King Studios.Carmel, CA.16681
A trade catalogue about the "art" of card magic. Published by Kard King Studios, a magic shop that specializes in magic done with a deck of cards. The catalogue itself is a single fold blue heavy stock cover, with four legal size pages attached onto the interior with staples. These pages are then folded so that the catalogue is flat. These interior pages list each item currently in stock at Kard King Studios along with a short explanation of the item and the magic trick.  There are approximately forty-five (45) items on the list, such as the X-Ray deck (, Miracle Card Trick, Sterlings Walking Card, and the New Queens Mystery. The catalogue is careful to explain the magic trick each item performs without telling the reader how to perform the magic trick itself. The reader would need to purchase the item to receive detailed instructions. For example, for an item called 'The Haunted Desk', the catalogue provides the following instructions: "The performer has three different spectators select and replace three different cards and replace them in three separate [sic] positions in the deck. The performer then places the deck on his outstretched palm of his Hand. IN a mysterious and haunted fashion the deck begins to move first sideways then backwards to its original position but a card has been left protruding on each side. Again the deck moves forward and then backwards, leaving a card protruding in front. The spectators are asked to remove the protruding cards and they are found to be the previously selected cards. Complete, ready to work, full instructions. Price..... $1.00" The front cover states "This is a copy, No. 112". Measures 9 1/4" x 5 1/4" (folded catalogue), 14" x 8 1/2" (unfolded interior pages).
 The Pratt & Cady Company's Patent Straight-Way Values, A Flyer. Ripley & Kimball, Agents.St. Louis, MO.[1881-1887]
A single fold circular for a Straight-Way Valve made by the Pratt & Cady Company. These valves are meant for use in radiators, though whether they are meant for commercial or residential use is unclear. This new style of valves makes "them much shorter and stronger than the former style, at the same time retaining all the advantages of access to the seats, for seating and repairing through the small angle opening." The flyer itself features four engravings of the valves. The two on the front are gold foiled and depict the outside of the valve. The two fine illustrations on the interior section of the flyer are cross sections of the valves done in black and white. There is additional gold foiling on the border and other decorative design elements. Included in the text of the flyer is a more detailed description of the valves and a price list. The flyer is dated based on newspaper advertisements by Ripley & Kimball that show that they were in business together from October 1881 to February 1887, when the business changed partners and became Ripley & Brouson. Single-fold, double sided. Foiling detail. Measures 8 1/2" x 5" (folded), 10" x 8 1/2" (unfolded).
The Riverside Press, Catalogue of Cuts and Price List of Printing for Poultry and Live Stock Breeders and Business Men in General c1908
An unpaginated catalog with paper wraps.  Brisben NY.  Includes examples of cuts and ordering instructions.rubber stamps designed for the poultry trade, information on advertising and marketing inlcuding "How to get a Fancy Price for Fresh Market Eggs".  Woodcuts of poultry and various life stock. Measures 6" x 9".  Condition: cover reinforced with book binding tape.
 Le Lilliputien . A Rouyer, Editeur, Paris. No. 359 - Handwork Patterns Secular Subject Matter, April 1877. ..
A 4 1/4" x 2 5/8" wrapper with nine fold-out pages of cross-stitch or petit-point patterns All in full color.   The reverse advertises different products and locations in Paris. This pattern booklet was for April 1877..
Patriotic Paper Label - Williams' Genuine Yankee Soap. J. B. Williams & Co.Glastonbury CT.c1860
A 4 1/2" x 6 3/4" paper label promoting Williams' Yankee Soap. Patriotic in nature depicting an American flag with red, white and blue printing. Formerly Williams & Bros, Manchester (established 1832).
 We Two, Carriers Greetings for 1910. Cleveland Press.Cleveland, Ohio.1910
A three page calendar for the year 1910. The calendar is a Courier Calendar that was produced by the newspaper Cleveland Press. Each page features a doll couple from a different country. The first image of dolls from Britain: the girl doll has blond hair and is in a green dress, while the boy is a toy soldier in the uniform of a Buckingham Palace guard. The second couple is from Japan, and features the boy and girl dolls in traditional clothing, kissing. The last couple is from Sweden, the girl in a traditional Swedish milk maid outfit hugging the boy doll, with both wearing wooden clogs. At the base each of the pages are two lines to poem, which altogether is: "For every star a drop of dew- For every heart a heart as true. Like to like is drawn, love As I am drawn to thee! I am made for love and her, And she for love and me." The right margin of each illustration features the calendar months.  The first page only has January on it. The second has February through July, and the last page has August through December on it. The three pages are hole punched at the top and bound together with a piece of twine. Measures 10 3/4" x 7 1/4".
 Typographic Messenger, Volume 5, No 4. - Scale of Sizes and Prices of  Printers' Cards. James Conner's Son Publishers.New York.October 1870
A magazine meant for professional or enthusiasts who were devoted to the typographic arts. This particular volume was printed in October 1870, and is Volume 5, No. 4. The front cover of this issue is an advertisement for Printer's Cards sold by John Robinson from New York. There is a diagram that shows the various cards he has per sale and their cost.  Some of the interior pages start with the 'History of the Art of Printing', quarter page to full page illustrated advertisements, generally for printing press, paper cutters and different type faces (Gothic #5, Wood Type, etc.) and decorative device border examples. Of note is a full page price list advertisement for The Newton Copper Type Company and Philadelphia Printing Ink Works. Pink covers. 20 pp. Pages are numbered 50-64. Measures 13" x 9 1/2".
Selick Krigstein Mono-Rote-Kriculator. Merriam Paper Co. .New York.1938
A three-layer volvelle made by the Merriam Paper Co. meant to help determine the equivalent weight, count or bulk between two different sizes of paper bundles. The wheels have four different color-coded sections: yellow, green, white, and tan. On the front of the volvelle, in the center there is an example given to show one how to use the wheel. On the back there are four different sets of instructions on how to use the wheel to determine count, bulk, weight, and reductions. Diameter 8"..
Catalogue of Cuts and Price List of Printing for Poultry and Live Stock Breeders and Business Men in General. Riverside Press.New York.
A catalogue that list and provides examples of illustrations that Poultry and Live Stock Breeders can use while advertising their products. At the beginning there is a price list for different sizes of envelopes, note head, memo head, letter heads, statements, shipping tags, post cards, circulars, folders and booklets. There are approximately 165 different images of live stock that farmers could choose from to help advertise their goods. While the majority of the images are of chickens (different kinds of chicks, hens, and roosters) there are also images of ducks, pigs, rabbits, dogs, turkeys, sheep, and goats. Additionally there are several fonts one can use from. 40 pg. (including covers). Staple booklet. Measures 9" x 6".
 The Centennial Series of Spelling Blanks, In Three Numbers, No. 1: Words, belonging to Florence Hudson. Sheldon & Co, .New York, NY.1876
This composition notebook is especially designed for spelling exercises and spelling test with each page featuring three columns where one can list individual words. Some but not all of the pages appear to have been graded, and feature an 'X' besides words that were spelled wrong. On one of the last pages of the notebook there are written several sentences. It is unclear if theses were meant a draft for an essay or something else. Each sentence has an underlying geography theme, often mentioning a city, its location, and what natural landscapes surround the location. The front cover uses highly stylized fonts for the title, with a decorative border. Back cover is a list of other "Popular and Useful School Books published by Sheldon & Co." Brown wrappers. String binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019). Measures 8 1/2" x 7 1/4"..
 Van Housen's, Paper Favors and Accessories Specially Designed for Costuming and Decorating in a Pageant and Club work, Playlets, etc., A Trade Catalogue, No. 81. Van Housen.Chicago, IL.1920
A trade catalogue for the company call Van Housen, based in Chicago, which sold paper, mostly crepe paper, party favors, costumes and accessories. This items were intended for short time use, either as a Halloween costume, theater costume, or any sort costume parties such as Carnival Celebrations, Masquerade Dances or Football parades. While some of the items sold are complete costumes, such as the Chinaman, Merry-Go-Round Girl, King's Jester, and Spanish Girl, the majority are meant as accessories, such as hats, umbrellas, wants and wings. Several of the costume accessories sold are: minute man hat, farm straw hat, drum major hat, police office cap, puritan hat and collar, Chinese hat, Indian hat, Japan maid hat, and a bird hat. Each item is drawn in black and white, and featured on a model. For most of the culturally based costumes, such as Chinese or Indian hat, the model appears to have been drawn to represent that culture (or the stereotypical view of the culture), however the exception is the Japanese maid hat, which is clearly worn by a white woman. Other paper items sold are paper baskets, flowers, paper lanterns, paper decorations, and paper doilies. Additionally some of the items sold by Van Housen's were not made of paper such as small metal bells, noise makers, and waxed butterflies. The covers of the catalogue are in color and shows images of various costumed people at a party. On the back cover its states "Catalogue No. 81". 22 pgs. Pictorial wrappers. OCLC 0 (Dec. 2019).
 Plan for Fenwick Hall, presented by The New Saybrook Co.. Kellogg & Bulkeley. Lith.Hartford, CT .[1871]
An 11 2/4" x 9 1/4" plan for the Fenwick Hall, a Victorian wood frame hotel in Old Saybrook CT. It depicts an illustration of the exterior of the hotel and the plan of First Floor including a dining room and grand salon with captions identifying each room.  Reverse is blank. This was presumably a promotional piece for potential guests.. William M. Bates (1834-1914) was a hotelier and the driving force behind The New Saybrook Co.   The land for the hotel had previously been a salt farm owned by colonist George Fenwick, governor of the Saybrook Colony and his wife, Lady Alice Fenwick. It was sold to The New Saybrook Co. in 1870.  Fenwick Hall was named after Lady Fenwick.  A year later the railroad between Fenwick and Hartford opened, drawing the families of wealthy Hartford industrialists, financiers and insurance company executives to the shore.
 A Circular for 69,000 Acres Farming Land, Securing $20,000, 6 per Ct. 30- Year Bonds. Bank of Warsaw.Lyon County, KS.[1885]
A circular advertising the sale of bonds for farmland in Lyon County in Kansas.  The circular promoted the desirability of the land by emphasizing how close it was to several important railroads, such as Missouri Pacific R. R. and the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R., as well as the low debt the township itself carried (meaning taxes would be low). The back of the circular provides information on the laws that detail how a bond can be issued and how the state of Kansas ensures the legality of the bonds. Single page, double sided. Measures 10" x 6 1/4".. There was around 69,000 acres available in Agnes City Township, which was located 30 miles southwest of Topeka, KS. Each bond was issued with 6 percent interest over 30 years and was financed by the Bank of Warsaw, located in Warsaw, NY.
A Catalogue of Old, Rare, and Curious Books, Comprising History, Genealogy, etc.,Selected from the Stock of George E. Littlefield, No. 7 Boston, MA. June 1, 1882
The Colliery Engineer Company German Text (335) : Lettering Course. The International Correspondence Schools.Scranton PA.1899
A single-fold large format instruction on Lettering Plate, Title: German Text. One page depicts the text in upper and lower case. June 25, 1893.   John Smith, Class No 4529.  The following 2pp. is a comprehensive narrative providing basic information on the letters and detailed information on structuring, spacing etc.  Measures  11" x 16".  .
Nathaniel Waterman Waterman's Kitchen Furnishing Billhead with engravings of products. Waterman's Kitchen Furnishing Rooms.Boston.1851
A 6" x 6 /12"  illustrated billhead with engraved images of Waterman's products across the top. Products included a shower bath, coffee filter, refrigerator, broiler, lantern and lamp tea-kettle.  Caption promotes the Cornhill and Brattle locations and the availability of catalogues containing cuts and description o f products and a list of all articles required in a perfect Kitchen Outfit, for either the City, Suburban, or Sea-side residence.  Reverse blank. bottom margin trimmed..
Chicago Garment Rack Co.  Chicago Garment Rack Co Catalog Number Eighteen . .Chicago.c. 1925
Advertising "Many New Merchandising Ideas" in this booklet, the catalogue offers anything a clothing store might possibly need in order to display their items. 83 pages, stapled in paper wrapper. From bargain tables to automatic adjustable dress forms to garment racks, this little catalogue offers it all, including small, decorative palm trees for the store. Included with the items are illustrated representations, some are of just the products, others include garment and possible use of displays. There are also brief descriptions of the items along with prices, as well as any available options for the product, if offered. The booklet has anything that would be required to create a clothing store, except for the clothes. Measures 6" x 4 1/2"..
Vivian M. Shaw Legends of Letterland by a Big Bird - ABC book. A. N. Palmer Company.New York.1930
A wonderfully charming book on penmanship. Vivian Shaw uses the Palmer Method, considered to be the authority on cursive instruction. Each letter is shown in its upper and lower case forms, with some letters, such as 'F' having 3 forms due to the various ways in which the upper case letter can be formed. For each version of every letter there is a little story and poem to go along with an anthropomorphic illustration of the letter. The cover depicts an owl wearing a suit and holding a book perched on a tree branch. 62 pages, OCLC-1 (of the 1930 version, Feb 2019). Plates by: Ester E. Painter.  Measures 7 1/2" x 5"..
Marine Machinery - Catalogue 1913
Marine Machinery Catalogue.  American Engineering Company.  Consolidation of Williamson Brothers Company of Philadelphia (1865) with American Ship Windlass Company formerly Providence (1857).  Philadelphia.  1913.  Hard cover.  198 pp.  Marine Machinery.  Contains Anchor, Capstans parts, Dredge Winch, Hoists, Quadrant Steering Gear, Towing Bitts, Valve Gear, WIndlasses, Yacht Capstans and much more.  Black & white in-text finely details illustrations.  Comprehensive narrative descriptions often explaining the purpose and use of the individual machine.  Also includes diagrams and tables.  Measures 6 1/4" x 9 1/4".  Replaced endpapers, and most likely rebound; the title page has a 2" separation at base. Cover wear.
The Royal Porcelain Book - Royal Worcester c1910 -Fine
The Royal Porcelain Book. Albert Frost & Sons.  c.1910.  20pp. soft cover with ornate embossed cover design. The first two (2) pages a sort of title page  endpapers is attached tissue and reads "The Story of Royal Worcester China and some Notes on a visit to the ancient city of Worcester" bordered with floral decorative devices  Eight (8) fine chromolithograph color plates depicting examples of fine wares created by the firm; each faced with  textured glassine. The text is a history on Royal Worcester Porcelain in narrative.  Floral decorative devices border the pages with deckled edges. Concludes with the applied tissue endpapers.  Measures  8 1/2" x 11 1/4".  Edge wear on covers.
La Visite a la Ferme [The Visit to the Farm]. Olivier-Pinot.France.c1876
24 pp (including covers) Eight (8) full page color plates plus the cover.  All with extreme detail. Plus black and white vignettes.  Tells the story of a man and his three children, Marie, Sophie, and Jules, when they visit a farm in the French country side. While there they see cows, learn how to milk them and make butter and cheese. Additionally they go to the barnyard and see a variety of animals, and participate in the harvest of the vegetable fields and fruit orchards. Lastly the children take a trip to the wine cellar. OCLC - 1 only (3/2018).   Inscription from a previous owner 1883. In French. Measures 10 3/4" x 8 3/4". Edge wear, covers partially detached at base (approximately 2 1/2"). Covers glued to margin top portion of book. Two stains on the front cover along the top left. Pages are toned and soiled due to age. Inscription by early owner.
Cot y Arraut/ La Filosofia (The Philosophy) - 1910s Barcelona Fashion with fine illustrations.. R. Tobella.Barcelona.1917
There are 8 leaves, 6 leaves of which are on regular paper and feature featuring black and white fashion renderings- women in and children in current fashion of the time.  The last two leaves are printed on heavy card stock and have partially embossed/stamped color woodblock illustrations of 19th century fashion, and on the verso, prices and description of the line. There is also additional product information on the inside wrappers. The outer wrapper has a elaborate yet whimsical color woodblock depiction of a 19th century  street scene with several figures walking and three stain glass windows in the background. Deckled edge illustrated wraps and red string binding. The woodblock illustrations are signed by Cesar, while the black and white fashion renderings are signed by another indecipherable  individual.   Not located in OCLC. Feb 2019. Measures 9" x 6 1/2".
Class of 1917 Initial Instruction for Infants or The Babies' Botany Book, A Grind Book from Smith College. Smith College.Northampton, MA.1914
8 pg., staple booklet. A humor filled book, which appears on first glance to be a baby book on botany. However upon closer inspection, one realize that the book has noting to do with botany. It is actually a 'Grinds' Book from Smith College, a women's college in Northampton, MA. These 'Grind Book's, also called Freshman Grinds, were created as a result of a long-standing competition that has existed between the First Year (Freshman) students and the Second Year (Sophomore) students, and were printed and placed either on the doorsteps or in the mailboxes of incoming Freshman. These books were often full of humor, poking fun at the incoming class, such as when the Class of 1908 produced a take-off of modern baby books, entitled "Babies Own Journal", which offered instructions on how to keep the baby member of the Class of 1909 happy, health, and clean. The Freshman class was often referred to as 'babies' as they knew nothing about campus or college life, and the Grinds often reflected that idea. "The Babies Botany Book", die cut to be shaped like a baby sucking a bottle and holding a doll, also reflects this idea, and includes five poems instructing the 'baby' reader on the various times of 'specimens' found. In this case they are referring to five of the stereotypical personalities of young incoming Freshmen. The poems are titled Grind-ia Greasi-ma (a Book Worm), Athlet-a Long Legorum (the athlete with long legs), Fusser Blushiorum (a flirty girl), Freshman-a Weepiosa (a homesick freshman), and Rusher Constant-a (an overachiever). Along with each poem is a black and white lined drawing. These drawings are also humorous in nature, for example the poem about the Athlete, depicts a girl's head with a long braid acting as the center of a flower and its stem, surrounding by basketballs representing the flower petals. Below is one of the poems found within this book. "This 'red-eyed-Susan' does not grow Where 'black-eyed-Susans' do, Nor is its color --A melancholy 'blue'; You'll find that early in the Fall It's everywhere about; 'Tis watered most by tears. But Time Can always Weed it out And for this flower to droop its head Is natural, must be granted: 'Tis torn from its own native soil, And is, of course, transplanted."    - Freshman-a Weepiosa Another funny bit to this book is the inscription which reads: "A collection of typical specimens weeded from the abundant growth of the year 1918, by 17 Botanists." Measures 8" x 4 3/4".
 The Montgomery Patent Gauge Cock, A Flyer. Ripley & Kimball, Agents.St. Louis, MO.[1881-1887]
A circular for the Montgomery Patent Gauge Cock, which is a mechanism on a boiler that helps to determine and relieve the steam/water pressure in a boiler. This flyer has a fine color illustration of the actual gauge cock on the top of the page, along with a detailed description of the part itself. Also included at the base of the flyer is a list that details seven points as to why the Montgomery Patent Gauge Cock is better than any on the market, such as "its simplicity, great strength and handsome finish," and "the packing cannot be blown out". The flyer is aimed at "engineers, boiler makers and users of gauge cocks", and was produced St. Louis agents Ripley and Kimball. The flyer is dated based on newspaper advertisements by Ripley & Kimball that show that they were in business together from October 1881 to February 1887, when the business changed partners and became Ripley & Brouson. Single sided. Measures 10 1/2" x 8".
Lettersheet with an Engraving of the German Peace Festival . ..[1871]
The German Peace Festival was celebrated all across the US in most major cities (including but not limited to New York, Baltimore, Washington DC and even Honolulu! The festival was to commemorated the end of the Franco-Prussian War. The festival in the cities consisted of large parades with floats, soldiers in uniform, and German singers. The engraving itself takes up nearly the entire front page of the single fold unused lettersheet. The main portion of the engraving shows a parade serpentining the sheet, with a variety of parade floats, squadrons of men on horseback or marching in uniform, German and American flags, and marching bands. At the top of the page are three close ups of sections of the parade.  The first features several men in uniform on horses pulling a float with the Goddess of Victory, Nike, on top. The second features a large marching band with drum major at the front. The last image features another horse drawn float, however the float this time is of a giant top hat. This may or may not be in reference to the late President Lincoln. The base of the engraving is captioned with "Deutsches Friedensfest in Amerika [German Peace Festival in America] 187_". There is no indication as to which city this particular representation of the festival took place in. The interior pages of this lettersheet are lined. Single fold. Measures 10 3/4" x 8 1/2" (folded), 16 3/4" x 10 3/4" (unfolded)..
Describing Circular Embroidering & Ornamenting Machine for Rug Patterns. E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns.Boston, MA.1881
An advertising booklet for E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns which starts out by promoting the employment options involved to all persons, men, women and children, in the field of rug making. Men can become official agents of the company selling patterns and supposedly can earn enough that they can hire children to help sell the patterns. By doing this the children are reportedly able to make up to two dollars every day after school. Women on the other hand, after purchasing the patterns, can make and sell the rugs themselves. The patterns are meant to imitate the Turkish Rugs, that were becoming exceedingly popular, but rather expensive. The booklet provides a brief description of how to make the rugs using their patterns, as well as supplies you will need to make the rugs. The tools needed to do so, a rug hook and yarn, are also sold by the company. The booklet then describes the 132 rug patterns they sell. Each pattern has a description of the design of the rug itself, size of the rug made, and cost of the pattern. One of the company's main selling points for their patterns was that the patterns were printed on cloth not paper, like other patterns of the time. Additionally patterns for slippers or ottomans. Concludes with testimonials from people who have sold the rugs, as well as information on the Bronze Metal the company won at the 1878 American Institute Fair of New York and the Diploma given to them by the 1878 Mechanics Fair Boston. There are several black and white images throughout, including two rug designs: one a standard oriental design, and the second of large lion. The front cover has a black and white images of a women in a white dress sitting and embroidering a rug which has been stretched out on a wooden frame and is leaning against a table. This image is enclosed in a decorative border which looks like a wooden frame held together with slim nails. The back cover has a black and white engraving of a women in black dress sitting and embroidering a rug that has been set within a standing wooden frame. binding. OCLC 0 (July 2020). Measures 5" x 3 3/4". E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns was founded by Edward Sands Frost. He was original a tin peddler who started his company in Biddeford, ME, in 1868 by creating zinc stencils to transfer rug designs to burlap. He sold his company in 1876 due to ill health to James A. Strout, who kept the business running until the early 1900s when interest in the designs waned. Afterward the Newbury Yarn Company continued to sell Frost's designs well into the 1930s. 24 unnumbered pgs. Illustrated covers.

 I Want You, Catalogue No. 200 - Novelty Post Cards, Valentines, Birthday Cards & Booklets and much more. A. S. Mankin & Co..Alexandria, VA.[1912-1913]
A trade catalogue for a stationary company, called A. S. Mankin & Co., out of Alexandra, VA. The company sold a variety of cards and post cards for all sorts of occasions. While the majority of the cards were made from paper, there were a few which featured "silk pillows", sometimes scented, attached to the cards to enhance their looks. Also, although there were cards for specific holidays, such as Christmas and Valentines Day, the bulk of the cards sold were nonspecific but with interesting designs. For example: comic post cards, sea shell post cards, equitable fire post cards(cards featuring photographs of the fire that took place at the Equitable Life Assurance Building), love scene post cards, cat post cards, mechanical panorama cards, animal cards, and French carnival cards. With the exception of a few pages toward the end of the catalogue, each page features four items. For each item there is a brief description of it, the cost, and a black and white photograph of the individual card or series. The catalogue also features a limited number of non stationary items, such as pins, transparencies, fans, model air planes, and post card albums. The front cover features a black and white illustration of a Native American in stereotypical dress, holding a tomahawk in one hand and a rifle in the other. The back cover features a large advertisement for "J. Koehler's Arabian Balsam", a type of cure-all concoction mean for wounds, but supposedly particularly effective against blood poisoning. 23 pgs. Printed wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4"..  Little was found on A. S. Mankin & Co., with the exception of advertisements for its products between 1908 and 1913. Due to the presence of in this catalogue of post cards featuring the burning of the Equitable Life Assurance Building in New York, which occurred in January 1912, this catalogue is mostly likely from between 1912-1913.
Practical Instructions in Enamel Painting on Glass, China, Tiles,etc., to which is added full instructions for the manufacture of the vitreous pigments required.  Henry James Snell Brodie & Middleton London c 1874
94 pp. Green embossed gilt cover, has both blank and gold text and images, 12 color plates including frontispiece and some illustration among text. Instructions for painting on glass, china,  and tile. Includes how to make and apply stain, firing, types of porcelain, and gilding china. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"  some discoloration, loose spine, slight wear on cover, "Newman, Soho Square" book seller stamp
White & Wyckoff Mfg. Co - Stationery Lines Embossed Labels c1930s
Unpaginated trade catalog with examples of embossed paper cover and labels within. It is Sterling Worth - White & Wyckoff Mfg. Co., Manufacturing Stationers, Holyoke, Mass c1930s. Includes thirteen (13) label samples, mostly embossed to represent their various tablets, papeteries and composition books. Many of the labels are chromolithography.  Also includes company history and images from photographs of the White & Wyckoff staff.  Measures 5 1/2" x 9".  Condition: heavy cover wear. Overall VG+
 The Time is Now, Project Rural Conference. NAACP.Raleigh, NC.December 14-15, 1979
A card stock poster from a 1979 conference, hosted at the Sheraton Crabtree Hotel in Raleigh, NC. The slogan for the conference was "The Time is Now" and the poster features an illustration of a African American man holding a pitch fork standing in his fields, surrounded by chickens. In the distance there another individual, which based on the head-ware may have been intended to be a woman, riding on a tractor plowing a field. Below the illustration are the dates for the conference. The text and illustration are printed in blue. Measures 15" x 11 1/2". Project Rural was an initiative developed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with the goal to educate black Americans in the need for retaining possession of their land. Project Rural was an acronym for Retention, Utilization, Revitalization, and Acquisition of Land, and developed in the 1970s, its aim was to address the starling static that black Americans had lost 10  million of the 15 million acres of land that they owned after the American Civil War.
The Language of FlowersGeorge Routledge and SonsLondon
80 pp. Applied litho cover, 25 in-text illustrations, border imagery throughout, printed in color by Edmund Evans. A listing of flowers and their symbolism along with beautiful illustrations by Kate Greenaway. The last half of book has meanings with the kind of flower and poetry and prose. 6" x 5"
 Herbick & Held Type Specimen Book belonging to Violet Symons, Pittsburgh, Pa. c1950s . Herbick & Held Printing Co..Pittsburgh.c1950s
Stamped leather cover with personalization of "Violet Symons" on bottom right corner. A large format top fold spiral book designed for page addition and subtraction. It includes a complete line of typographic stock for the company and is to be used by clients to judge appearance, compare fonts and assist n layouts. The introduction describes the Copy Fitting process and provides information on Proofreading. This is followed by tabbed sections with several pages of examples for eighteen (18) different type faces. Examples include Bookman, Century, Garamond, Karnak and Scotch Roman. 12 ½”x 9 ¼”.
 Seven (7) Razor Cut Engrossed Salesman Samples, Howard C. Rice,1912. ..1912
Seven (7) made by hand salesman samples featuring razor cut art and engrossed calligraphy penmanship. Beautifully decorated cards with penman's samples of engrossing and razor cuts. 2 1/4" x 3 3/4". slight fading on one card
Dr. Jaeger's Sanitary Woolen System Co. --Jaeger the Standard Underwear of the World.  Nineteenth Edition
48 pp. catalogue.  Illustrated  Concludes with index.  A full system of woolen underwear made suitable for summer wear.  Includes clothing for men, women and children. Men's items a and includes such items as the men's normal sanatory combination suit, chest protectors, smoking jackets and camel's hair velour slippers.  Women's items include Sanatory undervests, normal sanatory drawers,  woolen knitted negligee corset and woolen hosiery.  Children's wear includes infants bandages, Gertrude Suit, sleeping combination suits and  knitted knee warmer.  Also include medical devices such as abdominal and girder belts.  Many other products, all include sizing and pricing information and a narrative description.  Measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2".
Louis Gaylord Clark Circular - Announcing Daniel Webster's Life, Eulogy, and Four Great Orations.. Wilbur M. Hayward & Co..Rochester, NY.1853
Single-fold 11" x 8" circular announcing the volume printed in the best style of typographical art, on a superior quality of paper containing 184pp. and a steel portrait of Mr. Webster extant.  Lists the orations and price list for publisher copies in paper or muslin.  Inside pages blank.  Printed on stationery with embossed scroll and arrow upper left "Carson & Co. .
Frank Hiram Crosby Letter from a Commission Merchant regarding Wood and Flour on French's Hotel Letterhead. .New York.1859
A letter written by Frank Hiram Crosby, most likely a commission merchant, in New York. It is unclear who he is writing to, but in the letter he discusses the price of flour he purchased, three to five cents per pound, and the sale of wood. He goes into some about of detail regarding the wood, as it seems as though it was harvested from two different locations, one of which produced a higher quality wood, and therefore fetched a better price. The letter concludes with the recommendation that the recipient get in touch with the foreman of the lumber company to see if they can purchase next season's wood from the preferred location in advanced. The letter itself is written on a letterhead from the French's Hotel in New York, where a single room was 50 cents per day and the letterhead request that one should "not believe runners or hackmen who say we are full."  Measures 9 1/4" x 13 3/4" ..
Gretchen's Home. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
A die-cut litho on heavy card stock home with a quasi-tudor style.  Complete in a glassine sleeve with directions for building affixed to the sleeve.  Besides the pieces for the house includes a 2 1/2" figure; Gretchen to be cut-out and stood next to the house. Unused.  Sleeve measures 14" x 10 1/2".  The series has four houses and includes  Gretchen's Home, Rita's Cottage, Chiquita's House and Toytown.. William G. Johnston and Company, founded in 1857, was a well known Pittsburgh printing and book-binding firm in the late 1800s and early 1900s. William G. Johnston, the son of a prominent Pittsburgh printer was born August 22, 1828. He attended the Western University of Pennsylvania (now, the University of Pittsburgh) before organizing a party to head to California during the 1849 gold rush. In 1857, Johnston founded the William G. Johnston and Company at Wood St. and Second Ave. and later erected a new building at 900 Penn Ave. and Ninth St., Pittsburgh, to house the company. Johnston died on June 1, 1913.
 The Southern Workman, Vol 39, No. 12. The Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute.Hampton, VA.3988
Some of the articles within this volume are "African Agriculture by Monroe N. Work, The Indian of To-day by Henry Roe Cloud, and The American Rural School by William A. Aery. Additionally there are ten images from photographs found within the three articles entitled Progress in Porto Rico, Restoration of Roman' Marriage Place, and the Awakening of Asia. 60 pgs. (pages are numbered 644-704). Tan printed wrappers. Measures 10" x 6 1/2" . The Southern Workman is a journal founded by Civil War General and Educator Samuel Chapman Armstrong, and is a magazine "devoted to the interest of the undeveloped races." Armstrong was the first Principal of Hampton Agricultural Normal  and Agricultural Institute (later known as Hampton College, now known as Hampton University), which was founded after the Civil War to help provided education to freedmen. The school also focused on educating other minorities, such as Native Americans.
Stephen Paine Thermometer, Urinometers, Hydrometers... Flyer by Stephen Paine. Paine & Webster.Providence, RI.[1860]
Stephen Paine was a manufacture and dealer of scientific items, but more specifically, optical Goods. Opening in 1860, with his partner Mr. Webster, his shop on Westminister St, in Providence, RI, sold spectacles, eyeglasses, opera glasses, and optical glasses, optical goods, and fine jewelry. This particular single-fold trade catalogue for the store lists inventory on a variety of glass thermometers, hydrometers, urinometer, and lactometer. The flyer claims that the store has "one of the largest stocks in New England" and that "especial [sic] attention given to selecting first-class, accurate Thermometers for Mechanical uses." Measures 10" x 8" (unfolded).
 Catalogue of Books, Ancient and Modern In the English and Foreign Languages, No. 53. John Wilson.London, England.October 1834
A catalogue of 16 pp and almost 800 books sold by John Wilson, in what was most likely his going out of business sale. On the first page of this catalogue it states " being obliged to remove from London on account of ill health, he has greatly reduced the Prices of the Book sin the present Catalogue, in many instances that are inserted UNDER COST PRICE, is object being to realize a Sale as soon as possible." Printer G. Norman. 16 pages. Thread binding. Measures 9 3/4" x 6 3/4".
 Illustrated Billhead - William Coulson & Sons, Manufactures & Merchants of General Household Linens . William Coulson & Sons.New York.1914
William Coulson & Sons was a founded in 1764 by William Coulson in Lisburn, Ireland. It manufactured on large looms a variety of fine household linen goods, such as table cloths and napkins. The company were the creators of 'damask linen' and the first company to successfully working in the  fabric armorial devices, national emblems, and heraldic designs. The also were a one point holders of a Royal Warrant from King George III, King George IV, Queen Victoria, and King Edward VII. This billhead is for their New York offices and is dated December 19, 1914. A large stylized engraving covers the top third of the billhead, and features three illustrations. The largest on is an image of a man working at a damask loom. Of the two smaller images, one features the seal of King George V, (in reference to their Royal Warrant), and the second features a woman seated at an Irish spinning wheel. The billhead is a receipt for A. E. Carlton, Esq of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Single page. Measures 11" x 9".
A Pair of Copybooks belonging to Charles A. Carlton . ..[1855]
This pair of copy books belong to Charles A. Carlton and they showcase the penmanship practices of individual letter, and how one flows into another. The two copy books are entitled: 'The Original Duntonian System of Rapid Writing, Revised and Improved, Designed for Academies, Seminaries, and Common School, No. 4', published by Whittemore, Niles and Hall in Boston, MA in 1855 and 'Potter & Hammond's Analytical and Progressive System of Penmanship, in Twelve Numbers, No. 4' published by Potter, Hammond & Co. in 1858 (OCLC 1, Dec 2019). Both books utilize similar systems designed to enhance one's penmanship and rapid writing. The systems involve a series of printed lines, letters, words, and/or phrases printed at the top of each page that one would then repeatedly copy. Each book starts off with simple curved lines repeated over and over again, with each section the curves becoming tighter and closer together. In the next section, individual letters are repeated over and over again with particular attention paid to how one letter connects into the next. For example, repeating the letter 'm' over and over. Eventually individual words are practiced such as 'testament', 'unicorn' and 'reminded'. At the end of the copy book, whole sentences are repeated, such as: "By a good deportment we gain reputation,"  and "Neglect no opportunity to improve the mind." Both covers  feature decorative filigree and borders as well as small engravings of a hand holding a pen. Each cover has a space where the owner of the books, Charles A. Carlton, can write their name. The back covers have different printed advertisements. In the case of 'The Original Duntonian System of Rapid Writing' has information on other books sold by its publisher. The ''Potter & Hammond's Analytical and Progressive System of Penmanship' has information on 'The Providence Commercial Academy', a school for penmanship, book keeping and mathematics as well as a small engraving at the base of the page of a nib of a pen. Both have brown wrappers and string bindings. Measures 8 1/2 x 6 3/4".
 A New Location, Wm. R. Cardy Co. Succeeding Herschman E. Cardy, Printers Embossers, Engravers, Binders. Wm. R. Cardy Co.Chicago, IL.[1930]
Wm. R. Cardy Co. was a printing company owned by William Robert Cardy (1872-1933), that was located in Chicago and also did embossing, engraving and binding. This brochure is advertising a new location and change of business name. Cardy had had a partner in the past, Hershman, but now he owned the company outright. The front cover features a beautiful, ornate, and colorful lithographic border done in a medieval style with an image of a printer at a press on the bottom. The design is done in a combination of blue, red, green, and some gilding. The font chosen is also highly stylized and reminiscent of a font used in the medieval ages. This same style of border is continued on the interior page of the brochure along with a drop cap letter and information about their new location and printers. On the bottom of the back cover it says "printed on medieval parchment". Single fold brochure. Measures 8 1/2" x 6 3/4" (folded), 11 1/2" x 8 1/2" (unfolded) .
George F. Murdock Composition Notebook for the Winter Term of George F. Murdock. .Stow, MA.1879-1880
A composition notebook for twelve year old George F. Murdock during the winter term of his "3rd Class". It has thirteen (13) short essays, short stories, and/or sample letters with subjects ranging from Paul Revere, a description of what is in the classroom or seen from his window, and a short story of about a man on the moon. Murdock himself would late go on in life to become an educator and high school principal. It is clear that some of these entries were graded as the majority have a grade written on the top in pencil. Presumably each assignment was graded out of ten points, and Murdock received 9's, 9.5's, and 10's. Below are some excerpts from the composition notebook: "This man lives in a yellow farm house which contains sixteen rooms. Besides the house the man has a a woodshed, a large barn, and a farm containing one thousand acres which covers the surface of the moon. His farm is a very valuable one requiring but little attention except in harvest time' so the man has a good deal of leisure and makes himself very comfortable. He is the only person found on the moon; but once a balloon containing several persons lost it sway , and while trying to get back to the earth it touched the moon near the man's house. The people were kindly cared for by the man and after several months they set sail for the earth which they reached safety..." - Excerpt from "The Man in the Moon", January 8th, 1880 "One Thanksgiving evening when I had been indulged at the supper table more hat usual I went to bed while the clock was striking eight and was soon asleep. I dreamed I was preparing to go to Europe. I spent a week packing my trunk and arranging things at home so that they would be preserved until I returned. I arrived at the depot which seemed to be somewhere in New York and went aboard the train for Boston. On reaching that city I hired a hackman to carry me to the wharf. After riding about ten hours the hack stopped; I stepped out and found myself in a forest. I gazed around for a minute and turned to speak to the coachman; but he, the carriage, and horses were all gone. Suddenly night came on, and it began to rain. After many wanderings I found an opening in a rock; I entered and found a large room under the rock with supper waiting for me to which I bountifully helped myself, and then went to bed..." - Excerpt from "A Dream", January 26, 1880 Tan wrappers, lined interior pages, two thirds full. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4". George Frederick Murdock was born March 8, 1867 to Charles Nathanael Murdock (1835-1904) and Julia Ann Temple (1841-1873) in Hopkinton, MA. He had at least one sibling: Charles Henry Murdock (1865-?). He married Abbie Barker Wade (1867-1939) on February 9, 1893 and had three children: Arthur Wade Murdock (1893-?), Evelyn Louise Murdock (1897-1980), and Frederick M. Murdock (1911-1995). George was the Principal of Major Victor E. Edwards High School in West Boylston High for twenty six (26) until his retirement in 1938. His date of death is unknown.
Promotional Booklet Hope Farm for Children
 Typothetae Dinner Guest Log. Edward H. Stuart.Pittsburgh, PA.7661
A tongue-in-cheek guest log for a 'Typothetae Dinner' at the Chatham Tavern in Pittsburgh, PA. The dinner was a "Ye Gathering of ye Kindred Spirits to pay homage to a fellow craftsman, Frederick [sic] W. Goudy, at ye Typothetae Dinner". Goudy (1865-1947) was an American printer, artist and type designer. Some of his more well known font creations are Copperplate Gothic, Goudy Old Style, and Kennerley. Along with the "shade of Harry Lawrence Gage", there were were thirteen others who signed their name on the card, and as the word 'Typothetae' infers, the dinner was attended by a variety of men in the printing business. At the end of this description there is a list of the men that were able to be identified, along with their place of work. At the end of the list, there is a bit a humor, as it states "and others too respectable to mention". Under this is information on the printer, who was also one of the attendees, Edward H. Stuart. It states that it was printed "with loving care and thoughtful kindness... set in Kennerly [sic] [a Goudy Creation] of course." There are oddly two spelling mistakes on this item. The first of which is Goudy's name, as it spelled Frederic not Frederick, and the second is the name of the font used by Stuart, it is Kennerley not Kennerly. Lastly, of possible note, this dinner took place at a Tavern almost a year after prohibition started, and this might be the reason no record of the tavern itself existing was found. Single page, double sided. Measures 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" List of names: Arthur C. Gruver, works for MacGregor Cutler Printing Company  in Pittsburgh, PA George W. Kinnard & Edwin H. Stuart, Owners of a Typographic Service in Pittsburgh, PA Vic Young, Manager of Globe-Wernicke Co. a print shop Edwin H. Stuart, Printer & Designer in Pittsburgh, PA John Hoyle, Director of Printing in the Printing Department of Carnegie Institute of Technology.
 The Japanese Marriage Ceremony Promotional Brochure by Department Store . William Rae.Kobe, Japan.?1930?
This tri-fold pamphlet details the Japanese wedding ceremony, starting from the arrangement of the couple by their family, to their wedding ceremony and what life for the bride is like after the wedding. The pamphlet was created by William Rae as a way of stirring interest in Japan and its culture in order to sell items from his store in Kobe, Japan. He sold a variety of household goods, such as table wear, kitchenware, jewelry, cabinets and screens. While the store was located in Japan, the store sold items that were decorated in a variety of 'oriental' motifs, mainly directed towards a western audience. The front of the pamphlet has a colorful and stylized engraving of the Japanese wedding ceremony. The back has a list of items the store sold, as well as a directions on ordering items either by mail or in person at his store in Japan. The advert emphasizes that he had "over 1000 different sets, always kept in stock.  Measures 7" x 5 1/4" (folded)..
Ruth Kalmar Wilson (Artist) Junior Cross Summer Cards, Containing 10 Cards Designed by Ruth Kalmar at age 14 years. Austrian Junior Red Cross.Vienna, Austria.[1936]
A set of ten (10) postcards featuring a young boy and girl in a variety of summer activities originally drawn by Ruth Kalmar (1916-2012) when she was fourteen and in Franz Cizek's Juvenile Art Class in Vienna, Austria.  The images depict a charming young, blond boy and girl in a variety of outdoor settings, such as on a walk holding a white rabbit, fishing on a dock, playing in the sand on a beach, and riding a scooter together. The prints are bright and colorful, and the children themselves depict an idealized sweetness and innocence of childhood. These prints are actually postcards, and on the back of them is a space to write a short message and address. Additionally, the cards are captioned with "Junior Red Cross Summer Cards, Austrian Junior Red Cross, Vienna I, Stubenring 1, By Ruth Kalmar (14 years old), former pupil in Prof. Cizek's Juvenile Art Class, Vienna". Numbered 1-10. In original folder with Junior Red Cross The text on the envelope features the title of the set of cards and a brief description. Measures 5 3/4" x 3 3/4" (postcards).. Franz Cizek (1865-1946) was an Austrian genre and portrait painter who was also well known as an art teacher and art education reformer, particularly when it came to teaching art to children. In 1903, Cizek started a small art school for children ages 4 to 14, with classes each Saturday, broken up into two hour blocks, the first for the younger students, and the second for the older ones. Cizek's students would produce an overwhelming amount of art work, which, starting in the 1920s, was used to promote a variety of childhood charities. Ruth Kalmar attended Cizek's art school between 1926-1930, and in her last year, at age fourteen, completed the set of ten images seen on the postcards. Ruth Kalmar (now Ruth Kalmar Wilson) herself, would become an artist and designer in her own right, traveling the world and teaching at several prominent schools, such the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Tufts University, Harvard University's Art Program for Children and Massachusetts College of Art.
 Zylonite Spectacleware Catalogue. American Optical Company.Southbridge, MA.12997
A trade catalogue for American Optical (AO) which is one of the most renown makers of eye wear in the world. The catalogue starts off with a black and white illustration a birds eye view of their manufacturing campus in Southbridge, MA. Next is general information on the brand, how to place orders, and their quality guarantee. At the time AO had fourteen (14) glasses styles, with the booklet providing black and white illustrations of the glasses and a chart with prices depending on size and RX. Additionally, there are seventeen (17) different styles of the frame arms of glasses also pictured. Also included is information on four (4) different frame adjusting appliances, including illustrations, and a chart of size measurements.  16 pg. Printed wrappers with red borders. Staple binding. OCLC 0 (Aug. 2020). Measures 10 1/2" x 7 3/4". . American Optical was founded in 1833 by William Beecher, who began making spectacles after being apprenticed to a jeweler. In 1843 they made the first eye glass frames from steel and by 1872 had made several patented technological advancements which made eyeglasses affordable to the masses. The company proved to be an extremely successful venture and by 1892 had become the largest optical company in the world. Beyond commercial success the company started producing military eye wear, such as aviation goggles and sunglasses. The company can even claim to be the makers of the first sunglasses on the moon, as the Apollo 11 crew wore them on their moon mission. The company is still in business today, however their primary business is now sunglasses, and their manufacturing plant has moved from Southbridge, MA, to Chicago, IL.
Higgins & Seiter - Catalogue No.14 - Fine China and Cut Glass
Higgins & Seiter Catalogue No.14 FIne China-Rich Cut Glass.  Higgns & Seiter.  New York.  c.1880s. 165 pp. soft cover catalogue followed by order forms  The focus is on Fine China-Rich Cut Glass, contains Almond dish china, Berry bowls cut glass, Coffee pots, Dinner sets, Fairy lamps, Hall clocks, Jam jars, Majolica ware, Ramekins, Steins, Welsh rabbit mugs, and much more.  black & white in-text and full page illustrations,, 8 full page color plates.  Brief descriptions with pricing and some with sizes.  Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Cover repair.  Achival tape reinforcment.  Light staple rust. Light tonging throughout. Chips on covers.. Lack of pgs. 119-120, 45-48.
Pettibone Bros. Mfg. Co. Manufactures of Uniforms and Society Goods, Banners, Badges, Flags, Regalia, Paraphernalia, etc. Catalog No. 674.

16 pp catalog with narrative descriptions size and pricing information. The first 9 pages are dedicated to Parade banners and bannerettes including description on how the organizations emblem is hand paints on the banner and the lettering process. Painted by union sign painters. Also includes silk US flags, parade outfits, pennants, burgees, badges, and parade badges including those with gold leaf embossing, celluloid covered medallions and gold or silver plate medallion. The back cover depicts White Duck Uniforms for Parades. Measures 7 ¾” x 10 ¼”. Condition: cover wear. 1 OCLC.

H. E. Schulse The Earth.  Uniclok Globe Handbook.  A Pocket Manual of the Earth, Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars and ... (Uniclok Globe). Universal Clock & Globe Corporation.Wilmington, DE.1931
53 pp. wraps.  Narrative text with full page and in-text illustrations and graphs throughout.  The globe is  the Telechron Motored Electric Uniclok.  It provided accurate time throughout the world with the aid of an electric lamp socket.   Primary content Uniclok Globe Directions, The Earth (numerous sections), Demonstrating with Uniclok Time Dial & Globe, The Moon, The Sun, The Zodiac and Zodiacal Constellations, Questions and Answers, Different Models and Information.   Measures 7 1/2" x 5". .
3 Promotional Items Le Thermogene: Capsicum Cotton wadding to treat  ailments. Le Thermogene.Paris.c1900
A collection of three items (in French) advertising 'Le Thermogene' a patent medicine product that was meant to help with a variety of ailments such as coughing, bronchitis, flue, sore throat, colds, joint pains, and rheumatism. The product was a heating pad that was composed of soft cotton wadding that had been treated with capsicum and could be placed on various parts of the body. The first item in the collection is flyer (measures 8 1/4" x 5 1/4") featuring a fire-eating circus performer in a green body suit holding the product (represented as large orange objects) and breathing out fire. This artwork was designed by Leonetto Cappiello (1875-1942) who was an Italian and French poster art designer who is nowadays often referred to as the "father or modern advertising." This was due to the fact that he was the first to use bold figures that popped out of their contrasting black background. The second item in this collection is a single-fold pamphlet (Measures: 6 1/4" x4 3/4" folded, 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" unfolded). This pamphlet provides simple, and to the point information about the product as well as depicting 6 illustrations of figures show how the product can be used on a variety of places on the body. On the front is the same circus figure by Cappiello found on the flyer, however this time the only color used is in the product the figure is holding, and the fire coming out of his mouth. The last item in the collection is a small 12 page staple booklet that is chalk full of more detailed information about the product. The back of the booklet actually has the image of the circus performer, while the front of the booklet has a roaring fire in a fire pit.  .
Chiquita's House. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
A die-cut litho on heavy card stock home with a Spanish style.  Complete in a glassine sleeve with directions for building affixed to the sleeve.  Besides the pieces for the house includes a 2 1/2" figure; Chiquita to be cut-out and stood next to the house. Unused.  Sleeve measures 14" x 10 1/2".  The series has four houses and includes  Gretchen's Home, Rita's Cottage, Chiquita's House and Toytown.. William G. Johnston and Company, founded in 1857, was a well known Pittsburgh printing and book-binding firm in the late 1800s and early 1900s. William G. Johnston, the son of a prominent Pittsburgh printer was born August 22, 1828. He attended the Western University of Pennsylvania (now, the University of Pittsburgh) before organizing a party to head to California during the 1849 gold rush. In 1857, Johnston founded the William G. Johnston and Company at Wood St. and Second Ave. and later erected a new building at 900 Penn Ave. and Ninth St., Pittsburgh, to house the company. Johnston died on June 1, 1913.
Patrick Joseph Carmody Fruit Growing in Victoria . Advertising and Intelligence Bureau, Lands Department .Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.1909
An advertising booklet meant to attract farmers into establishing fruit farms in the Victoria, Australia. The main portion of the booklet is written by Patrick Joseph Carmody who was the Chief Inspector of Orchards for the Department of Agriculture in Melbourne. He asserts that "Victoria, compared with all other countries stands unrivaled for the last few years in the expansion of the industry of fruit production." The rest of the booklet discusses the suitability of Victoria for fruit growing, how to dispose of the produce, state assistance offered to growers, the approximate cost to set up, the variety of fruit one can plant (Jonathan Apple, Cleopatra apple, Winter Nelis pear, etc.), pruning, and future development in the industry. Additionally, there is a smaller section dedicated to the 'Lands Administration in Victoria', where it provides information and advise on how to get land by various means, such as auriferous (rental) lands, lands by auction, and swamp/reclaimed lands, as well as the different types of land sites (business, garden, or residential). It also provides information on the various licenses one might need, such as grazing and bee farm licenses. Lastly there is a small section on the agricultural laborer's allotments as well as their home allotments. Approximately fifteen (15) printed black and white photographs. Advertisements on the inside covers. 16 pg. Pictorial wrappers. Staple Binding. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".
 Writing Book, An Accounting Book, Ledger for Purchase of Brewster Farm, an apple farm and resulting operation of the farm near Portsmouth NH, 1870-1880. Cutter Tower & Co..Boston, MA.
This blank notebook has been partially filled out with an account of the expenditures of an unknown individual, dating form 1870-1880. It lists sold products such as apples and pears and payments for services, taxes, etc.  Many of the entries include buyer or seller's name. The first entry is the purchase of Brewster Farm for $3,000. Shortly after L.L. De'Rochement purchased a portion  of the farm for $700. The front cover has a large engraving of a hand holding a pen with a decorative border. The back cover also has a decorative border, but with a multiplication chart at the center. Blue wrappers. String binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 8" x 6 3/4".
 From the Shadow of the Matterhorn, A Catalogue of Carved Ivory Flowers. H. Reeve Darling.Los Angeles,  CA.1915
A catalogue for a series of carved ivory flowers. The booklet starts off with an excerpt from a poem about Matterhorn, one of the more famous of the Swiss Alps: "The opal light makes crystal bright, Old Matterhorn's crest of snowy white." Next comes a rather fantastical description of the Swiss Alps, of Matterhorn in particular, and the nature that surrounds the mountains, as well as the people who live there. The reader is then told a story of an outsider who visited the Alps and his discovery of the Swiss Alps "peasant-carvers". Particular attention is paid to the carvers who create "ivory flowers", which are carving in the shape of variety of flowers that were made from elephant tusks. "Flowers seem to be the especial delight of these deft carvers. So simple, so real and rare, indeed are they, that one is almost persuaded that they have just been plucked from the stem, with all the distilled dew and freshness of the morning upon. No one who loves flowers can turn away from these ivory creations." Once the story of the 'discovery' of these carvers has been related, the booklet continues on to relate that the ivory flowers have now been brought to American and how they make absolutely perfect gifts. At the center of the booklet is a double page image from a photograph of eighteen (18) different ivory flowers available for purchase. These flowers were sold either as stand alone pieces or as a piece of jewelry, such as a brooch or a pendant for a necklace. The last few pages list the variety of ivory flowers available, if they are sold painted (for example a pink rose), description of the various sizes of each flower, a description of the the various stages of flower openings available for each flower type (from buds to open flowers) and the cost. Some of the types of carved flowers are: roses, forget-me-nots, anemones, orchids, snowdrops and irises. The front cover has a color linocut illustration of Matterhorn with some some cabins in front. The cover also has a triangle pocket where the shadow cast from the mountain serves as a background for an embossed pink rose. The back cover has an advertisement for Darling's Flowers, who sold these ivory flowers as well as real flowers. 16 pgs. Illustrated wrappers. Staple bindings. OCLC 0 (July 2020). Measures 5 3/4" x 3 1/4".. The store was owned by Henry Reeve Darling (1887-1953). His shop was located in Los Angeles on West St., within the Hayward Hotel. While his obituary stated that he opened the store in 1918, it was most likely actually opened a few years earlier, around 1915 as that is the copyright date of this booklet. Around 1950 Darling retired and sold his florist business. There is still a Darling's Flowers open in Los Angeles, but it is unknown if it is the same store (especially as its website mentions it was founded in 1925).
F. J. Strittmatter F. J. Strittmatter's & Wife, An Advertising Booklet for A Series of Apiary Houses --Honey Harvesting. F. J. Strittmatter Co. Inc. .Bradley Junction, PA.[1915]
A advertising booklet for a family run bee farm in Bradley Junction, PA. What is unique about this item, is the fact that Frank Strittmatter (1880-1969) acknowledged his wife, Matilda M. Sharbaugh Strittmatter (1881-1930), as his business partner within this booklet. This was unusual for the times, because while numerous wives have no don't helped in their husband's business ventures, their contribution was normally not mention in any advertising. Strittmatter's wife, however was an equal partner in the business, which is made clear from the start. On the front cover of the booklet, rather than a title, simply has a photograph of the husband and wife team and the caption, "F. J. Strittmatter & Wife with a swarm of bees on bare arm, Originators of the Present Business". Additionally, throughout the booklet, Strittmatter makes clear that this business is a venture between him and his wife: "this is our home 'House Apiary' with our garage in the basement... our four children, all of whom have been given honey almost everyday of their lives... we are loves of flowers... we also raise nearly all kinds of garden plants for sale in season... we deliver large quantities out every season... we now have several apiaries... remember we are specialists in the business."  The booklet provides a history of their bee farm, their expansions over the years, and the medicinal benefits of honey. It contains seven (7) printed black and white photographs (including the one on the cover) of the farm and their family. There are also two (2)black and white illustrations, one of the 'honey-extractor' machine,  and the other of their logo. In addition to honey, the family farm also was a plant nursery. The company itself was started in 1902, and the husband and wife team worked together up until Matilda's death in 1930. Afterward the business was renamed at one point to Strittmatter Honey and Plant Company, and there are advertisements for company in newspapers through the early 1940s. In is unclear exactly when the company went out of business, however by October 1947 there are notices of sale of the business property. 12 pg., including printed covers. Staple binding. OCLC 0 (August 2020). Measures 6" x 3 1/2". . Francis "Frank" Joseph Strittmatter was born on October 3 1880 to Demetrius Augustine Strittmatter (1833-1916) and Margaret Zern (1837-1923) in Cambria Co., PA. He had nine siblings: Cornelius Andrew Strittmatter (1863-1883), Sylvester Strittmatter (1865-1883), Alexander Strittmatter (1867-1939), Philomena T. Strittmatter Scanlan (1869-1948), Simon Strittmatter (1870-1956), Thomas Strittmatter (1872-1872), Boniface Strittmatter (1873-1961), Lucy F. Strittmatter Tomlinson (1875-1931), and Mary M. Strittmatter (1877-1895). He married Matilda "Tillie" M. Sharbaugh (1881-1930) on May 23, 1905 in Carroltown, PA, and had eight children: Gilbert Strittmatter (1909-?), Mary Margaret Strittmatter-Devincent (1910-1987), Xavier F. Strittmatter (1913-1986), Charles A. Strittmatter (1914-1988), Genevieve Strittmatter (1916-?), Walter Irvin Strittmatter (1917-2000), Rita Strittmatter Godet (1919-?) and Basil Strittmatter (1920-2015). Together Frank and his wife Matilda ran a bee farm in Bradley Junction, PA. After her death in 1930, due to tuberculosis, he continued the business by himself for many years. On August 18, 1962 he married again, a women by the name of Matilda Amelia Hecker-Murphy (1879-?). Newspapers at the time state that it was his third marriage, though no record of a third wife, besides this article,  has been found. He died on January 16, 1969 in Lakemore, OH.
 Catalogue and Price List of Original Label Designs, Talcum Wraps and Sachet Envelopes in Stock with  Chromolithograph Images. . The Harden Lithographing Co..Phhiladelphia.1909
An unpaginated chromolithograph label catalogs beginning with explanations on Blank Lables and Lettered Labels followed by prices per 1000 labels by product number.  Followed by information on Labels in Color --"Special Designs".  The remainder of the catalogue provides different design.  Measures 4 3/4" x 6 3/4".. Cover wear; some cuts.
The Last Rivet: the story of Rockefeller Center, a city within a city, as told at the ceremony in which John D. Rockefeller, Jr., drove the last rivet of the last building, November 1, 1939.   Columbia University Press New York c 1940
45 pp. Green cover is covered by a tan dust jacket with silver rivet all over, a mylar sheet is covering the dust jacket and a label with the title is affixed, text is written in black and red,frontispiece contains numerous black and white photographs by Berenice Abbott and Margaret Bourke-White et al. 11 1/4" x 9" faint discoloration on some pages, no marks or tears, rivet cover, spine slightly loose
Seeley's Hard Rubber Specialties
Manufacturer: I. B. Seeley & Co. Location: Philadelphia, PA Date: 1884 Pages: 78 Subject Matter: Medical Appliances Comprehensive descriptions, some prices, and B&W illustrations of medical devices made from rubber used to relieve various ailments, such as abdominal pain, rheumatic affections, and the 'falling of the bowels.' Covers show heavy wear, along with general soiling and toning and several stains. The front cover is signed.  The string binding is loose, and there is a burn mark on the right side that continues through the majority of the book (this does not effect any text or illustrations).  There is also a faint water stain on the top corner of approximately the last 15 pages. 9" x 6".
Catalog of Dennison Mfg. Co. Tags and Printed Gummed Labels, 1903.
Filled with illustrations of labels in two color and multi-color examples, plus two pages of use of gold and silver inks. .
H. F. Wendell & Co Catalog of Fine Memorial Goods. .Leipsic, OH.1920
A catalogue for H. F. Wendell, located in Leipsic, Ohio, who claimed to be the largest memorial house on earth. This catalogue focuses on memorial cards shows 9 photomechanical prints of some of the styles offered by H. F. Wendell. Each of these prints come with a style number, size, description and price. One example of the cards, is Style No. 1, and it is advertised as "the most beautiful memorial card ever designed for children." If can even be finished in gold. The cover depicts the home office of the company surrounded by decorative elements. 12 folded pages. Measures 6" x 4" (folded), 18" x 8" (unfolded).
A. F. Merrill, D. P. Merrill, & E.M. Merrill A Set of Three Composition Notebooks belonging to the Merrill Siblings. .Falmouth, ME.1864-1869
A set of three composition notebooks belong to the Merrill siblings of Falmouth, ME. Their names were: Abbie Frances Merrill (1853-1944), Deering P. Merrill (1857-1941), and Esther M. Merrill (1855-?).  Below is a description of each child's copybook: Esther's copybook is entitled "The Scholar's Economical Writing Book for Common Schools" and was published by Sanborn & Carter, with no publication date listed. As this copybook features what appears to be the beginning exercises of penmanship and writing, this book was most likely used by Esther in the early 1860s. The book starts off with writing exercises where a single letter is repeated before moving on to individual words and short sentences, such as "Alabama" and "A man manners influence his fortune". Esther's full name is also repeated on a page as she learned how to write it. The front cover features a geometric decorative border, while the back features are more symmetrical delicate decorative border and a multiplication table. Yellow wrappers. String Binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4" Abbie's copybook is entitled "The Young Lady's and Gentleman's Writing Book or Book for Compositions" published by O. L. Sanborn & Co. of Portland, ME. Abby has dated this book from 1864-1865. The copybook features a series of sentences repeated, such as: "Avoid temptation through fear that you might yield" and "Vice punishes itself but virtue secures its own reward." The last several pages are copied fake invites, receipts and short letters. The front cover has a decorative border that looks like lace. The back cover has a multiplication table. Dark blue wrappers. Sting binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 8" x 7" 'Writing Book' is a copybook full of penmanship exercises belonging to Deering when he was twelve years old in 1869. The In additional various morality sayings that were repeatedly copied,  the book also features the repetition of common words or titles like Mr., Mrs., Miss, and the days of the week, as well as local building and businesses such as the local seminary school, 'Westbrook Seminary', and the court house. The book itself was published by L. S. Manufactory of Cambridgeport, MA, with no publication date. Illustrated teal wrappers with a school days border and an engraving at the center of a group of school children, one of which is wearing a dunce cap. The back features the same school days border with a engraving of the store front of L. S. Learned. Teal wrappers. Sting binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 8 1/4" x 7". The Merrill siblings lived in Falmouth, ME in the mid 1800s. The children were born to John Alexander Pope Merrill (1823-1918) and Elizabeth Susan Merrill (1830-1907). The siblings names were: Abbie Frances Merrill (Feb 1853- Oct 8, 1944), Deering P. Merrill (1857- Dec 28, 1941), Esther M. Merrill (1855-?), Mary E. Merrill (April 2, 1866- Sept. 17, 1956), and Rueben Merrill (1878- Jan 29, 1979).
 Illustrated Price List, Chas. Beseler, Manufacturer of Compress Air Atomizer, Air and Gas Pumps, Globe Inhalers, Gas Receives, &c.. Chas. Beseler.New York, NY.1888
A wonderful illustrated scientific trade catalogue of compress air atomizers and gas pumps. There are seventeen (17) engravings throughout the trade catalogue, some of the illustrations are of:a compressed air receiver, novelty air pump, gas compressor, and an inhaling apparatus. This trade catalog was printed by J. E. Crankshaw, Jobbing Printers on Fulton Street in New York, NY. Yellow illustrated covers. 23 pgs. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 7 1/2 x 4 1/4".
 Illustrated circular - Chairs and Washstands  -J. W. Mason & Co., Terms, Net Cash in Current Funds. J. W. Mason & Co. .New York, NY.April 22, 1864
A single-fold advertising circular and price list with updated prices  for J. W. Mason & Co., a furniture, specifically, chair manufacturers. A fine woodcut of the exterior of the building with a horse drawn wagon piled high with chairs adorns the top half of the first page. The following narrative stated that the company was raising prices due to "another raise in material costs", but wanted to reassure customers that orders received already received would be filled at their old prices. The interior pages contain the new price list for the various chairs manufactured by J. W. Mason. Some of the types of chairs are: Boston rocking chairs, Prescott chairs, children's chairs, Vail's folding chairs, revolving chairs and cane stools. The company even made cribs, saloon tables and towel racks. Included at the bottom was the cost of boxing the item. Back page is blank. Single fold. Measures 10" x 7 3/4"..
The National Casket Company, Inc. Bronze Sarcophagi, 1923
28 pp.embossed light weight stock wraps.  Presented by Zwack & Sons, Funeral Directors, Albany N.Y.Illustrating and Describing some Ancient Customs, Past Masterpieces and Present Tendencies in the Finest Types of Burial Enclosures. Color illustrations with narrative description including model numbers (no pricing information included. Also in-text single color illustrations and decorative devices.  Includes original envelop. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/4".  Condition: overall excellent..  1" margin tear at margin on blank fly page.
Heywood Wakefield Furniture No. 103A - Wicker or Reed Fiber & Wood 1929
Heywood Wakefield Reed Fibre and Wood Furniture Catalogue 103A.  1929.  Soft cover.  151 pp.  catalog. Art Deco influenced cover design. The first 84 pages dedicated to wicker furniture with the remainder wooden.  Reed and Fibre furniture including Bassinet, Cane Webbing, Children's Cabinet Chairs, Couches, Day Beds, Ferneries, Invalid Chairs, Serving Tables, Plant Stands, Tabourets.  Wood furniture including Billiard Chairs, Colonial Chairs, Dinerette Furniture, Fernery, High Chairs, Ladderback Chairs, Steamer Chairs, Windsor Chairs and much more. Black & white illustrations with sizing information. Occasional color room vignettes including brightly colored fabric on cushions and drapery within predominantly black & white illustrations and images from photographs with brief descriptions including size information.  Order form and introductory letter inserted.  Measures 13 3/4" x 10".  Cover wear, edge chip.