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C1830s  Watercolor Overlay Transformation Set – Lovely Woman with  Six (6) Overlay Personae in Handcrafted Box
A 4 x 4  sheet with profile view of lovely lady accompanied by six (6) different watercolor costumes that overlay the woman creating a different personae with each overlay.  Some as men, others as woman of different age and class,  or travelers from different lands. Found in a handcrafted box with a marbled  paper silhouette of the woman on the cover..
Jennie Album of Friendship, Friendship Album of Jennie, New Jersey.    . .Rahway, NJ.1874
A friendship album, aptly titled "Album of Friendship", belonging to a woman by the name of Jennie. Her last name is never mentioned. The album is mostly blank, but the entries date from 1874, and when a location is noted, it is Rahway, NJ. One of the entries of note is a poem about "six sisters fair". The title of the poem are the six names: Dora, Jennie, Lillie, Eva, Pauline, and Gertie. The six names surround another word, "Freddie", and within the poem is the line "I have seen six sisters fair, Oh, that I were but a Freddie, In such sisterly love to share." Based on this line, it is possible that Jennie's last name is Frederick, but that is a hypothesis. Another unique entry is a short rebus, which is not deciphered. Please see the photographs. Below are a few excerpts from the entries: "Jennie, on they album's page Yet hath fallen no darkening [sic] stain Type of thine own guileless age, May that guileless age remain!" - Juus Amicus [Jus Amicus is Latin for 'The Right Friend'], January, 1st, 1874. The poem is originally by Re. J. H. Clinch, and is from a 1842 Ladies Companion "This is the second rhyme today, Both very poor in there way: The sooner I stop, the better it will be For your autographical company" - S. R. Ryno, Rahway, NJ, July 22, 1874 Blue gilt blind stamped cover. Frontispiece, 3 plates. Gilt edge pages. Measures 8 1/4" x 7" To view this item, please click on the following link:
Morgan's Dioramic View of the Coronation at Westminster Abbey.
A novelty print, one of a series of transparency prints.  Scene of the interior of Westminster Abbey fitted up for the coronation of Queen Victoria. When held up to the light, depicts the queen on the throne. Both prints adhered to a window mount, with English inscription adhered below, including publisher's address . June 28th, 1838.  Image 9 3/4" x 7"  at center of mount paper.   Caption at base reads "This print at first represents a View of the Interior of the Abbey, the day previous to the Ceremony of the coronation of her most gracious Majesty Queen Victoria and on gradually raising it before the light, the Galleries will become occupied.  In the foreground the Queen will be seen sitting in the chair being crowned, with her Nobles  around her and the whole effect of this splendid scene will present itself to your view.
Uncut Engraving  Patriotic Perpetual Calendar, American Flag, George Washington.c1820-30
An 8    x 11  sheet with engraved patriotic imagery designed to be cut and assembled to create a perpetual calendar. Two (2) tabs to be cut and inserted to provide the days of the week and the months and the days in a month. Excellent. Corner clip on sheet margin.. .
Prophetic Flowers - Fate, Character, Wish, Ruling Passion & When to be Married
At first glance one sees an artfully executed watercolor stem with leaves topped by blue and yellow polished paper pinwheel flowers.  Upon close examination one sees that the flowers open to display a different hand penned answer beneath each of the petals.   The reverse explains this Victorian key to one's fate and love life.  It is a Prophetic Flower.  Each of the five (5) flowers foresees ones Fate, Character, Wish, Ruling Passion and When to be Married.  It measures 8 3/4" x 7" and is on heavy stock card.  c1850s..
Rebus Puzzle Card – a Rhyme for the Children
4 x 2 rebus puzzle card. Presumably part of a series as it is marked Number 3. Reverse is blank. Can you solve the puzzle? .
Hand Made Rebus Menu, December 25, 1900. ..1900
A 2 3/4" x3 1/4"  ten page menu cut in the shape of a leaf with a ribbon tie 'binding'.   The first page is a verse by Burns beginning with"some hae meat that caan' eat And some could eat that want it:..."  A rebus on each page identifies the dish being served. My personal ability to solve this particular rebus are limited, but I can say they are having some sort of gravy and pie... Pen and ink and watercolor.. Slight toning due to age, otherwise fine.
A collection of 12 metamorphic advertising trade cards promoting the use of Tobacco.. ..1880s
A group of 12 metamorphic advertising trade cards each depicting an unpleasant situation, when the card is opened flat the scene changes to a happily ever after situation,all as a result of using tobacco.   Provided an effective means of advertising the technique was used by Wilson & McCallay's, Jackson's Best, Duke of Durham, Railroad Mills Snuff, Piper Heidsieck, Allen's Jewel, Bagley's, Dime Durham and Pogue's Sitting Bull.   The use of tobacco was behind increased wealth, well-being, taming 'savage' native Americans, curing stomach disorders and heart burn and improving home life.  Two of the cards are a slightly different format; one a small child so eager to get to the tobacco she falls off a piano stool and with sliced pages showing influencers like George Washington, Bismarck and Ben Butler all promoting the product.   Various publishers. .
 9 Different Picture Story Book Get Well Greeting Cards featuring Activities, Rebus, Inventions Behaviors and More.. ..
A grouping of  9 different 1940s and 50s get well greeting card booklets, each with a different slant on hospitalization and recovery.   They all measure approximately 6" x 5" and have multiple pages with 18 pp (including covers) the longest.  They include: 12 Rube Goldberg style inventions for the bedridden including automatic back scratcher, medicine tester, book holder, "ah" recorder, etc. Sorry Yer Sick - with a barnyard themed picture story The Tale of Little Nell -  comic enactment of Nelly, the Villian, Marmaduke and poor old Pa. A Big Dose of Fun for the Convalescent -  Crossword puzzles, number and word games, tricks and quips and best of all---an envelope on the inside back cover with an answer booklet. A diary to cheer you up (ready made) Good Luck - Fix-em Shop -a doctor and nurse repair a patient as though it were a wrecked car "getting gears adjusted". To One Who is Ill - The Answer to the Big IF - picture story describing why you should hurry up and get well. The House that Cheer Built for a Convalescent -  The house that Jack Built style book.  Characters include Cheer, Friend, Germ, Doc, Nurse, Wish, Luck, Card and Pal. A Rebus -in letter form to "Deer Convales - Ant" exceptionally  charming. .
 Invitation, Ticket and Menu for Krewe of Athenians Ball. .New Orleans.
A grouping containing three (3) items including a 4" x 5 3/4" embossed invitation for the Krewe of Athenians Ball, to be held at "The Auditorium".  The actual 1 3/4" x 3 1/4" ticket stub for the Midnight Supper-Dance, The Roosevelt Hotel and a single-fold6 1/2" x 4 1/2" menu printed on heavy stock with the embossed emblem of the Krewe of Athenians  at the top. The cover reads "Souper Dansant in honor of Her Majesty, The Queen of 1931, Her Maids, The Debutantes, Ex-Courts". The menu within includes Crabmeat Cocktail, turtle soup and much more.  Reverse is blank. .
Boxed Set - Early Litho Puzzle Blocks or Cubes- Bizarre Imagery -  Children Trampled by Animals & Children at War. ..c1860s
A 7" x 4 1/2" x 2"  litho on wooden box with sliding top.   Includes 15 six-sided cubes to create the puzzles.  Includes five (5) litho sheets illustrating the puzzle.  Additionally, the box cover has the sixth puzzle.  Five of the six are images of children either being trampled by farm animals or children with weapons, as though perhaps pretend "war"...  Box wear; minor wear on cubes. .
 Novelty Die-cut Drum shaped pamphlet promoting Rogers Drums - Civil War - Soldiers Farewell. Rogers & Blackman.Columbus, OH.c1906
A single-fold 4" x 3 5/8" pamphlet die-cut in the shape of a drum. within is an illustration of a Civil War soldiers Farewell and the verse"Following the Drum".   At the base of the page is pricing informaion on Drums. . The Rogers company was started in 1849 by an Irish immigrant from Dublin named Joseph Rogers. Rogers came to the United States and started crafting drum heads. ... Rogers is probably most famous for its "Dyna-Sonic" snare drum, which featured a number of innovations.
Fine and Delicate Cutwork Parrot on a Perch. ..
A 7 1/4" cut paper parrot mounted on a 10" x 8 1/4" backing sheet.  The body is constructed of scallop cuts and pinprick while the layered feathers with fine cut tendrils along both edges of each feather.  The blades of grass and flowers are all cut from a single sheet.  Feet constructed of brown fabric. The eye and beak are cut from polished paper.  Done in the style of Elizabeth Cobbold..
 The Boob Wheel Co., Circular Letter Head. The Boob Wheel Co..Cincinnati OH.1909
A 9 1/4" in diameter letterhead printed on paper die-cut in the shape of a circle, with wheel and spoke border design. The company sold wheels, poles  and shafts, so the wheel shaped letterhead was a natural promotion for product awareness. Reverse is blank.  Accompanied by file note responding to the correspondence..
Hidden Object Puzzle promotes Candy Store; a century ahead of it's time (no game app required). ..
A 6" x 3 1/2" stock puzzle card promoting a candy store.  The tope portion with hidden objects appears to be a young girl in a somewhat surreal scene above mountains, a stream and dead streets.  Captioned at top Hidden Away in this Curious Picture is a cat, a serpent, a lizard, a fly, a mule, an elephant, two birds, a rat, a boy, a dog, a fish and five other objects.  Caption at base reads "To find the best Ice Cream call at CURTIS Candy Store.  Reverse is blank..
Asa Bullard A Teacher's Gift . Taggard & Thompson.Boston.1863
48pp. Cloth covers.  Gilt stamp decoration on spine title.   Inscribed to Miss Phebe from Lizzie free endpaper.  Woodcut engravings throughout including frontispiece and title page.  Measures 4 1/2" x 3"..
Watercolor Cruikshank's Comicalities  reveals Curmudgeonly Patient. ..c1830
A 9" x 7" card that at first appearance looks like a watercolor of Cruikshank's Comicalities.  Upon closer view it opens to reveal a watercolor of a curmudgeonly sort.  It is captioned "THE PATIENT" What train of maladies has led To this your very sad condition... Has laid you prostrate on your bed, A prey to Surgeon and Physicians? Inscribed HC..
H. Jannin Le Petit Poucet Lithographed Puzzle . H. Camus.Paris.c. 1870
This six piece wooden puzzle with applied depicts a critical scene in the life of little Tom Thumb. The color lithograph is done by H. Jannin depicts the two parents at a table by a fire with sad expressions, as the caption reveals that the mother and father have decided to "loose" Tom in the forest. The mother has her hands clasped beneath her chin and the father with a hand over his heart to convey the difficult decision they made. All the while, Little Tom is eavesdropping right behind them. The puzzle is simple and is doable for a small child. Measures 6 3/4" x 5". .
Fantaisie-Fantasia-Fantasie-Fancy- Scenes for Ladies of Leisure to Construct. ..c1840
A large folio with die-cut opening in cover to create a "picture frame".  It includes 2 plates and an array of cutout hand finished engraved images of  women, children and accessories.  The two 12" x 9 1/2" plates have numerous slits at the base  Each of the images has a tab at the base.  The individual women are placed in the incisions or slits creating elegant scenes from the serene to the severe.  Includes two pattern sheets with eight (8) different scenes. Endless scenes can be created beyond the scenes shown.   Twenty-four (24) images and accessories..
Kellogg's Jumbly Jungle Book - Metamorphic Sliced Pictures. Kellogg Company.Canada.1948
The brightly colored book filled with forty-two (42) animals dressed up in various costumes. Six (6) pages are cut in 6 pieces to provide a numerous hilarious combinations of heads, bodies and feet. In fact there are over 335 different animal combinations! Below each section of animals is a short verse that serves a duel purpose of describing what the animals are doing and advertising Kellogg cereals.  Measures 8" x 6"..
Miniature Manuscript Perpetual Calendar for the 19th Century - Volvelle. ..
A 2" in diameter miniature perpetual calendar penned in red and black with turquoise embellishment.  The interior wheel or volvelle  is attached with string instead of a grommet and includes months and days of the week, while the outer sections on the base include the dates and years.  The outer ring reads "A Calendar for the XIX Century.  Time in advance behind him hides his wings, Behold him when he pass'd by what then is seen And all mankind in contradiction strong And seems to creep decrepit with his age: But his broad pinions swifter than ye wind Rueful  aghast , cry out at his career!"  Reverse is blank..
 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".
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"..
Raggedy Ann and Andy Paper Dolls and Coloring Book. Saalfield.1944
A large format book with heavy stock litho covers.  Includes four (4) pages of paper doll clothes for Marcella, Raggedy Ann and Andy.  There are three (3) paper dolls plus toys to be punched out on back cover. The remainder of the book is an unsed captioned coloring book of scenes of adventures with the two dolls and the young girl.  Measures 14" x 11". .
 The Rumba, as Taught by Arthur Murray , Flip Book. Bromo-Seltzer..1940s
A flip book produced by the Bromo-Seltzer Company in conjunction with Arthur Murray, the American Dance instructor, in order to teach the dance know as the Rumba. Each page as a photograph and corresponding instructions, so that when you flip through the book, you can see the dance. Two sets of dances; starting from the front of the book and turned over and started from the back. The back cover has an advertisement for that states "You feel like dancing when you Relieve Headaches with Bromo-Seltzer, Keep a Bottle Handy!" The entire book is done in a blue ink, and is bound by a single staple. Measures 2 1/2" x 2"..
Fine and Delicate Cutwork 3 Birds on a tree branch. ..c1810
A 6 1/2" cut paper scene with three (3) birds perched on tree branches  on a 10" x 8 1/4" backing sheet.  The bodies are constructed of razor feather cuts and pinprick feet. Miniature feather cuts around the eye.   Done in the style of Elizabeth Cobbold..
 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).
Know Your States Volvelle for Tip Top Bread. Enriched Tip Top Bread..[1959]
A vibrant colorful volvelle created by Enriched Tip Top Bread, both to advertise their bread and also teach the user interesting facts about the individual states. This double sided volvelle, has five openings on each side that reveals a fact about each state as you turn the wheel. For each state you learn its nickname, population, size in square miles, capitol, state flower, and what it is noted for. For example the state of Wisconsin, aka the Badger State, is noted for vegetables, dairying, furs and iron. The volvelle is double side as it only twenty-four states on each side of the wheel. The background of the volvelle has an image of the Statue of Liberty against the night sky. Each side of the wheel has a box of quick facts about Alaska and Hawaii with the note that their admission to statehood is pending. At the base of the volvelle is  Tip Top Bread's motto "If it's still fresher than TIP-TOP -it's still in the oven!" Measures 5 1/4" x 4 1/2".
 Original Pen & Watercolor Eternal Knot of Love Extra Illustrated with a man and a women, pairs of hearts and hands and flowers and lovebirds c1840s
A 6 1/2" x 10 1/2" hand penned  and watercolor eternal knot of love with a continuous intersection verse committing one's affection.  Of particular note in this love knot is the paired illustrations in the central grid.  They include pairs or couples;  a man and a woman, hands, hearts, love birds, roses, forget-me-nots and trees.  Floral  embellishments amidst the   wandering and twining verse reads: This is love and worth commending still beginning never ending like a love knot that is twining in a round still up at squaring in and out whose ever angle more and more doth entangle still hath a measure still in moving never fair but always loving twining arms extending kisses each partaking others blisses true love is a precious treasure loves aching weeping still together both in one bliss in either never breaking ever bending this is love worth commending. . Letter folds. Single separation on fold line. Light toning.
 Promotional Cards Depicting Scenes from Veiled Prophet Grand Ball, St. Louis c1900; One promotes Blanke & Bro. Candy Company. ..1870s
Five (5) different 5 1/4" x 4" heavy stock cards depicting various scenes from a Veiled Prophet grand ball including the procession of the Veiled Prophet and his followers, the Veiled Prophet surrounded by his  court, the sublime Veiled Prophet welcoming the envoys, the entrance of he Veiled Prophet and retinue at Grand Ball and finally The Veiled Prophet.  The last card is also promoting Blanke & Bro. Candy Company.  St. Louis.  Reverse of cards blank.  Copyrighted by J. Curtis Waldo.  A. Gast & Co. St. Louis (printer)..
Our Next President - Select your Favorite Mechanical Trade Card - Garfield or Hancock. A. Thompson..1880
A two-part mechanical trade card held together with a grommet. The die-cut top layer is captioned "Our Next President" at top and "If not your choice, turn the bottom card around".  When the instructions are followed one sees either an image of Garfield or Hancock.  Compliments of F. W. Brewster & Co., Dealers in Fine Boots, Shoes and Rubbers, Mills Block. Pittsfield, Mass.  Reverse is blank. Measures 4" x 4 3/4". .
La Place de Vendome. A. Giroux & Cie..Paris.[c1833]
An accordion-folding peepshow with four cut-out panels. The front with three (3) peepholes. Hand colored engravings.  Central view and alley views both sides. The front-face label consists of a view of railings and open gates with sentry boxes and staffage. There is a peep-hole in the center and a small peep-hole on either side.   The view in the peep seems to be from the north looking south across the Place de Vendome, and then down the Rue de Castiglione towards the Jardin des Tuileries.  A man on the first cut-out panel views the statue of on the top of the column through a telescope.  On the left can be seen the Theatre Royal.
The column, made from bronze of canons captured at the Battle of Austerlitz, is shown crowned with the figure of Napoleon in military uniform, as reinstated by Louis-Phillipe on July 29 1833, the third anniversary of the July Revolution.  Most probably it was this occasion that prompted this peep-show's publication.  
There is a German plagiarism of this peepshow in the David Robinson Collection.  It has the title: 'Der Vendome Platz in Paris. La Place de Vendome. The Vendome Place'.  It measures 145x200mm.

Gestetner (Hyde) pg. 106
Handmade Pith Paper Woman with Overlay Costumes - 8 Nationalities. ..[1860s]
A 3 1/8" somewhat naive watercolor paper doll drawn and cut from pith paper and applied to a plain paper backing. Also includes eight (8) different costumes of various nationalities including Old English, Bohemian, Polish, Circassian, Russian, Italian, Chinese and Prussian.  Each in traditional attire with head ware. Each captioned at base. Reverse is blank.  Overlays measure 5" x 3 1/2". .
La Calculateur Suchard Milka - Candy Container and Calculator. Suchard.Switzerland.[1900]
A two-part cylindrical litho on pressed board candy container for Sucha Milka milk chocolate. The box promotes the product and is also a handy multiplication calculator.  The exterior cylinder has staggered die-cut squares that align with a fixed multiplier.  The multiplicand is printed at the end of on the inner cylinder. The product is displayed through the die-cut shapes. As you turn the cylinder the multiplicand and the product change. 1 3/4" in diameter. 5" long..
US Naval Training Device Center Hand Semaphore Trainer Volvelle. Huntington Specialties Company..1964
A volvelle for "hand semaphone" or otherwise known as flag semaphone, which is a telegraphy system used to convey information across distances by means of visual signals. While the system can be used with bare or gloved hands, generally speaking flags or flashlights (at night) are used. Produced for the US Naval Training Device Center by the Huntington Specialties Company, this two side volvelle has instructions both for signaling and receiving hand semaphone. As one turns the wheel the the sailors 'arms' reflect the proper signal for each letter in the alphabet. For some reason they are 29 letters on each side as three letters (D, R, and L) are repeated. Measures 4 1/4" x 4"..
B.F. McDonald Co. Double Sided Insta-Aid - First Aid at a Glance Volvelle or Wheel. Davis Emergency Equipment Co., Inc.Newark.1932
A 4" volvelle printed on both sides with assistance for twenty (20) emergency situations from  Asphyxiation and Alcohol Posiging to Arteries Bleeding, Fractures, Heat Exhaustion and Wounds. Each side include two die-cuts  one for the injury and the other for Symptoms and Treatment.  One side has an illustrations  depicting a skeleton with the vascular system, denoting Arteries and Points of Pressure for Controlling Hemorrhages.  This side also includes  basic eight (8) points of first aid for most vascular related first aid.  The reverse illustrates Artificial Respirations along with the information on the wheels. In original sleeve. .
Mica Overlay Transformation - 9 Merchants. ..
Featuring a 5 1/2" x 4" watercolor master mica card with painted scenic background with the head positioned towards the center of the card.  Includes nine (9) hand painted overlay on mica  Various occupations including potter, carver, paver and farmer. A metamorphosis occurs as each costume is applied over the master card. Housed in archival slip case..
 The Baseball Batting Averager, Finds Averages in a Jiffy, A Volvelle . Atlantic Specialties Company.Boston, MA.1950
A volvelle or wheel that helps the user find the batting average of any baseball player "in a jiffy". The user needs to turn the wheel until the arrow is pointing to the the number of times a player was at bat, this number appears through the opening on the top disk. Then one can read the battling average of the player on the top disk directly opposite the number of hits made, which is on the bottom disk. The volvelle can calculate the batting average of a player, as long as they have been at bat between 35 to 640 times. In the center of the volvelle is a black and white illustration of a man at bat, swinging and missing the ball, with the catcher and umpire behind him. The back of the volvelle is blank with the exception of a stamped "39 cents". Dated through "Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Third Series", which is a book found on Google Books that lists the copyrights of items by year. Measures 8 1/4" (diameter).
 3 Volvelles from Educational Series. Dvorine, Israel.Baltimore MD.[1928]
Three (3) different 3 1/2" x 7" early learning educational volvelles with mirror images  both sides. They include a circus that various animals occupy, a magician's box with different objects appearing and disappearing and a fish tank with various tropical fish.  Marked B14, B24 and B 37.