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Only That, and Nothing More: Spelman Brothers Trade Catalog
Only That, and Nothing More: Spelman Brothers Trade Catalog
Price: $25.00

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" more info
Art and Decoration: Crepe and Tissue Paper
Art and Decoration: Crepe and Tissue Paper
Price: $50.00

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" more info
Charles Folsom Dealer in Fire Arms, Ammunition, Sporting Goods, Cutlery and Novelties
Charles Folsom Dealer in Fire Arms, Ammunition, Sporting Goods, Cutlery and Novelties
Price: $50.00

Manufacturer: J. Stevens & Co.'s Celebrated Arms Location: New York Date: November 1883 Pages: 112 Subject Matter: Sporting Goods Comprehensive descriptions with pricing information for all types sporting goods. The catalog has a wide range of items for sale including various fire arms and ammunition, hunting knifes, hunting traps, card games, puzzles and small musical instruments. There are B&W illustrations throughout the catalog of the goods being sold. Charles Folsom was the sole agent for J. Stevens & Co.'s Celebrated Arms. This is his sale catalog, #31 A. Covers show foxing and toning and edge wear. The front cover and first section of interior pages have detached from the text block. One of the two staples used for binding is missing. The interior of the back cover is reinforced with tape. The interior pages show heavily toning, edge wear and some intact tears throughout. 6 3/4" x 5" more info
The One & Only La Jolla Coloring Book
The One & Only La Jolla Coloring Book
Price: $50.00

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" more info
Helen Jill Fletcher The See and Do Book of Dolls and Doll Houses. H. S. Stuttman Company.New York.1959
Helen Jill Fletcher The See and Do Book of Dolls and Doll Houses. H. S. Stuttman Company.New York.1959
Price: $50.00

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. more info
 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
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
Price: $70.00

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 more info
Art and Decoration in Crepe & Tissue Paper
Art and Decoration in Crepe & Tissue Paper
Price: $75.00

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" more info
 Directions for Making Tissue Paper Flowers, and Fancy Articles. Northrop, The Art Dealer.New Haven, CT.1886
Directions for Making Tissue Paper Flowers, and Fancy Articles. Northrop, The Art Dealer.New Haven, CT.1886
Price: $75.00

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". more info
Ruth E Adomeit The Happifats Cookbook, Angeleno Doll Club. Angeleno Doll Club.Los Angelos, California.1969
Ruth E Adomeit The Happifats Cookbook, Angeleno Doll Club. Angeleno Doll Club.Los Angelos, California.1969
Price: $85.00

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. more info
 Price List of Materials for Wax Flower Making Sold by Schumacher Bros. Schumacher Bros.Portland, ME.
Price List of Materials for Wax Flower Making Sold by Schumacher Bros. Schumacher Bros.Portland, ME.
Price: $85.00

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] . more info
 Le Lilliputien . A Rouyer, Editeur, Paris. No. 359 - Handwork Patterns Secular Subject Matter, April 1877. ..
Le Lilliputien . A Rouyer, Editeur, Paris. No. 359 - Handwork Patterns Secular Subject Matter, April 1877. ..
Price: $100.00

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.. more info
Pettibone Bros. Mfg. Co. Manufactures of Uniforms and Society Goods, Banners, Badges, Flags, Regalia, Paraphernalia, etc. Catalog No. 674.
Pettibone Bros. Mfg. Co. Manufactures of Uniforms and Society Goods, Banners, Badges, Flags, Regalia, Paraphernalia, etc. Catalog No. 674.
Price: $150.00

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 x 10 . Condition: cover wear. 1 OCLC.

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Catalog of Dennison Mfg. Co. Tags and Printed Gummed Labels, 1903.
Catalog of Dennison Mfg. Co. Tags and Printed Gummed Labels, 1903.
Price: $175.00

Filled with illustrations of labels in two color and multi-color examples, plus two pages of use of gold and silver inks. . more info
Alba W. Currier Handmade Game of Jack Straws with Instructions. ..1929
Alba W. Currier Handmade Game of Jack Straws with Instructions. ..1929
Price: $225.00

A handmade game of Jack Straw, though more commonly known as pick up sticks or pick up straws. The game can also be referred to as spellicans or spilikins. This hand carved wooden set was made by Alba W. Currier in December of 1927, the game consists of one hook, and 35 wooden straws. There are 5 plain sticks and then 9 sets of 3 carved sticks. Each set is different and are carved into pitch forks, 2 different types of shovels, rifles, spears, axes, hoe, pipes, and birds. Lastly there is one horse head, one donkey head and one Indian head. The donkey and the horse have pencil-drawn features, like their eyes and mane, and the donkey is labeled O.U.D. The game also comes with hand written instructions on how to play and the point value for each type of straw. The birds are worth the most at 60 points each. The longest straw (the donkey) is 5". . more info
George W. Creelman A Collection of Seven Letters on Keewaydin Camp Letterheads from a Father to his Son, during his Freshman Year at Harvard University. Keewaydin Camps Limited Partnership.Lakeville, CT.1931-1932
George W. Creelman A Collection of Seven Letters on Keewaydin Camp Letterheads from a Father to his Son, during his Freshman Year at Harvard University. Keewaydin Camps Limited Partnership.Lakeville, CT.1931-1932
Price: $225.00

George W. Creelman (1872-1951) was the Vice President of the Keewaydin Camps, as well as the Master of Mathematics at Hotchkiss School, a private high school in Lakeville, CT. This collection features seven letters written by him, to his son, Brenton "Brent" W. Creelman (1912-1944), during Brent's freshman year at Harvard University. The letters discuss Brent's courses and grades (he had trouble in Economics), job offers (at Sears Rosenbuck (sic) and the Peabody Museum), various sites his father enjoyed during his time at Harvard (such as the Glass Flowers Collection), Brent's finances and allowance ($50 per 10 weeks), and the updates on their friends and family. Two of the later letters are addressed to a nickname for Brenton, Crelque. The letters are dated from October 1931 to February 1932, and are written on stationary that reflects George W. Creelman's careers both at Keewaydin Camps and Hotchkiss School, however the majority of the letterhead focuses on the summer camp. The top features a small green border of a silhouette of a forest and mountain with the logo for the camps - a moose inside an orange and green triangle - in the center. Below that is the camps director name, John H. Rush, and the locations of the various camps that comprised Keewaydin Camps, three for boys and three for girls. Under that is George's name, title, and address, at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. At the base of the letterhead is three scenes, done again in green ink. The scene on the left features a group of boys camping by a shore with tents and one pushing a canoe out into the lake. The center image shows a man on a horse with a mountain vista behind him. The last image on the right shows a group of boys paddling three canoes on a lake. This includes Creelman's camp on Devil's Island, and it is now known as Keewaydin Temagami. Seven (7) single and double sided letters on Camp Keewaydin stationary. Measures 11" x 8 1/2". To view the collection, please click on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/EyqjiUA3eJ8Kfqzw8. The Keewaydin Camps themselves are among the oldest summer camps in America having been established in 1893 by A. S. Gregg Clarke, whose camp nickname was "The Commodore". As the original site for the camp grew to be crowded and as Clarke felt, too near civilization, he gradually expanded his camps to include several different locations, all over American and Canada. Furthermore Clarke also extended the memberships to the camps from men, to also eventually include young boys and eventually girls as well. By the 1920s, the camps were run by a Board of Directors, of which included George W. Creelman, under the name of Keewaydin Camps Limited Partnership. Creelman himself would also serve as Vice President of the Limited Partnership for several years, (during which time the correspondence takes place in). As a Vice President, like many of the man important to the running of the camps, Creelman was given a nickname, the "Colonel". By 1938 the camps were so numerous and the board so large with very diverging interests, that it was agreed upon that they should be disbanded with many of the camps being purchased by individual camp directors or board members. This is what Creelman and his business partner William K. "Major" Gunn did for the camp on Devil's Island, by Lake Temagami (spelled Timagami on the letterhead), which was one of the original camps purchased by Clarke. Eventually Creelman and Gunn would sell the camp in in 1947 to other members of the original board. Although many of the camps under the original banner of Keewaydin Camps folded over the years, those still in business in 2002, reunited under one corporation, the Keewaydin Foundation, and are still in existence today. George Willis Creelman was born on October 1872 in Nova Scotia, Canada to John Dennis Creelman (1844-1898) and Rachel Brenton (1852-1938). He had three siblings Gilmore Brenton Creelman (1877-1967), Arthur Bradford Creelman (1881-1949) and Susan Anna Creelman Place (1885-1981). He married Helen Lousie Douglass (1874-1955) on December 27, 1906, and had three children George D. Creelman (1908-1981), Margaret C. Creelman Nelson (1910-1993), LTJR Brenton "Brent" Welles Creelman. (1912-1944). George attended high school at Cambridge Latin School and received his B. A. from Harvard in 1896 and began teaching math at several private schools, including Hotchkiss School, of which he would eventually become the Master of Mathematics there. He was first on the Board of Directors for Keewaydin Camps, served as Vice President for the camp for several years before purchasing one of  the in 1938 and eventually selling it in 1947. His nickname at the camp was Colonel. He died on December 2, 1951 in Florida, while wintering there. He is buried at Hotchkiss Cemetery, in Lakeville, CT.   Brenton "Brent" W. Creelman, is George's youngest son, and the recipient of the letters. Brenton graduated Hotchkiss School in 1931, and was attending Harvard University at the time of the correspondence. He graduated from Harvard in 1935. In 1937 he was engaged to Miss Bernice Hempel (1913-2002), before breaking it off. In 1940 he married Elizabeth Rollins (1915-2006). Both him and his wife taught at Eaglebrook School, a private middle school for boys in Deerfield, MA. With the start of WWII, Brenton enlisted in the Navy on December 9, 1942, and became an officer reaching the rank of Lieutenant Junior. He was captain of PT-311, a Motor Torpedo Boat a part of the Patrol Torpedo Boat Program in Italy. In the early morning hours of November 18, 1944 while patrolling the waters in the Ligurian Sea (south, southwest of La Spezia, It), Creelman's boat struck a land mine and sank. Only five crew members survived, unfortunately Brenton Creelman was not one of them. Brenton is listed among the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial in Florence, Italy. more info