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Alice Murphy School Reports for the Day School for Young Ladies and Girls, February 1890 to June 1892 and examination excuse, 1903.New Haven.1890-1892, 1903
A collection of 15 reports for Miss Alice Murphy, 1 excuse from examination card from 1903. Reports from Day School for Young Ladies and Girls, New Haven. Principals: Miss Orton and Miss Nichols. reports are signed A.K. Murphy. Examination excuse card is from 1903 and is signed H.J. Whiton. . loose reports, slight creases and staining
N. E. Sanitarium, Training School for Missionary Nurses Graduation Invite for the Missionary Nurses Class of 1905 . .Melrose, MA.1905
A three page invite for the graduating class of 1905 for the New England Sanitarium, Training School for Missionary Nurses. Located along the border between the two Massachusetts towns of Stoneham and Melrose, the sanitarium and nursing school were apart of a Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The sanitarium would later become known Boston Regional Medical Center before it closed in 1999. This formal invite to the graduation of the  class of 1905 has thick stock paper covers, with yellow string binding. The front cover of the program is has gilt school seal and text. The interior pages features the event details, the school motto- "Not I, But Christ"- and includes a list of graduates, eleven total- three men, and 8 women. Measures 5 1/4" x 4".
 Haddon Hall, Health Baths for Men and Health Baths for Women Flyer. Chalfonte-Haddon Hall.Atlantic City, NJ.[1930]
A single fold flyer, done in an art deco style, advertising Haddon Hall, a spa apart of the casino and resort known as Chalfonte-Haddon Hall. The cover of the flyer features a sun with its rays of light shinning down on two figures- a man and a woman each wrapped in a towel. The woman is on the front of the flyer while the man is on the back. The interior of the flyer lists the benefits of their health baths. These baths included  the use of 'super-sun', which was ultra violet light and infra red rays given out by specialized lamps. These lights were designed to give a 'healthily tan', much like modern day tanning beds. Two illustrations are at the base of the flyer, depicting a man getting a massage and a woman using the 'super-sun' lamps. Measures 8 3/4" x 3 3/4" (folded).
Buie Clinic and Hospital, Marlin Sanitarium Bath House The Buie Clinic and Hospital, Marlin Sanitarium Bath House and the Falls Hotel Brochure. .Marlin, TX.[1920]
An eight page folding brochure for the Buie Clinic and Hospital which was a sanitarium and bath house in Marlin, TX, which claimed to help cure a variety of chronic diseases. The baths of the sanitarium were connected to the 'Falls Hotel' via an underground tunnel. The water used in the baths was supposed similar to those found in European bath houses, and the brochure even features a comparative chemical analysis between Buie's waters and Carlsbad, Bohemia. The brochure features 8 images from photographs of the facilities, grounds and connecting hotel. The inside of brochure has a piece that folds out to list all the doctors who worked at the Clinic. Measures 6 1/4" x 1/4"  (folded),  13" x 1/2" (unfolded).
Victor H Lindlahr [Editor] Set of Three Issues of Journal of Living, No. 21,25,38. Journal of Living Publishing Corp.New York, NY.1943
These three issues, all under 25 pages, help the reader stay healthy through eating properly, and often provide meal guides or lists of food items that provide specific nutrients, like rice contain vitamin B1 or Brussels sprouts containing vitamin C. The issues in this set are: No. 21 For Women after 40, No. 25 Eat to Stay Young, and No. 38 How to Use Vegetables as Medicines. All of them are edited by Victor Lindlahr (1897-1969) was an American radio presenter and health food writer. He is perhaps most famous for authoring a book in 1940 called "You are What You Eat". Measures 7 1/4" x 5 1/4"..
William Howard Hay The Hay Way to Health. Pocono Haven.Mount Pocono, PA.1936
An 8 page booklet advertising "The Hay Way to Health", otherwise known as the Hay diet created by Dr. William Howard Hay (1866-1940). Hay was an American physician who was the owner and director of Pocono Haven, a sanatorium in Pennsylvania. The booklet describes Hay's thoughts on how to obtain good health, which according to him "depends on vital foods, fresh air, exercise, rest, sunshine, water, and recreation." The booklet continues on describe the treatments options available at Pocono Haven, in particular the  'Hay diet', which is a food combining diet that separates food into three groups: alkaline, acidic and neutral. Alkaline foods were carbohydrates such as rice, grains, and potatoes. Acidic food were the proteins, like meat, fish, and diary. Neutral food were vegetables and nuts. 8 pages, printed wrapper. Staple binding. Measures 6 1/4" x 3 3/4".
 Correspondence to Blanche Annis Leavitt, a Teacher from Belmont, NH. .Belmont, NY.1897 - 1911
Blanche Annis Leavitt (1881 - ?) was a teacher at Belmont Grammar School in in the early 1900s. The collection includes various correspondence and ephemera associated with her time at Belmont Grammar School, from her students to her co-workers, to her family. The bulk of the collection dates from 1901 - 1907, as Blanche would marry Ira Woodman Leavitt in 1907, and appears to have left the teaching profession. There is a total of forty-four (44) pieces in this collection: nine letters from students, four letters from family (mainly her nephews), five letters from friends, seven invites to various activities put on by students, and 19 pieces of ephemera (including 7 visiting cards). Collection is in chronological order. Items of note include: Teaching Certificate, December 1900 A handwritten teaching certificate awarded to Blanche Leavitt by E S Moulton, a member of the School Board of Belmont. New Hampshire Summer Institute for Teachers Program, August 1901 A 24 pp (including wrappers) program for the 8th annual Summer Institute session in Plymouth, NH from August 12-24, 1901. What was essentially an early teaching conference on education, there are lectures on drawing to arithmetic to psychology. The program lists each lesson available, the various transportation methods to get there, as well as a list of speakers. Courtship Letter, June 1903: Written by Clarence M Johnson, this letter describes a rather awful date he took Blanche on, when he took her for a drive. If appears as though nothing was on his side as the weather was terrible and Johnson spends most of the letter apologizing and asking to see her again. Kappa Sigma Fraternity Invite, February 1905 An invite from the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at New Hampshire College (later became New Hampshire University) for a dinner. What is especially of note is the beautiful engraving of the star and crescent symbol associated with the fraternity. There is also visiting card for a Robert M Wright included with the invite. Family Letter, May 1906 While the letter itself gossips about the family and friends they know, included with the letter is a 1901 Canadian penny. It was given to her to "fill up her bank" Various Letters from Students, circa 1906 - 1907 The majority of these seem to have been written after Blanche Leavitt has left the Belmont Grammar School. In general, the children write a little bit about their life and their new teacher, Ms. Hill. It is apparent in the letters that the children prefer Leavitt to their new teacher. To view this collection please click on the following link:
 Unused Set of Courtesy Posters To Color. Beckley-Cardy Co., Set 562.Chicago, IL.1929
A set of 9 twelve 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" line drawing captioned images to be colored by students. Each provides a message on courtesy and specific instructions as to the color of crayon to use for each element of the picture.  The messages include Do Errands Willingly Be Thoughtful of Others Practice Good Manners at Home Be a Little Gentleman "Speak No Ill!" Do Not Push or Crowd Never Brag or Boast Don't Wear Fancy Clothes to School Be Courteous in an Audience Courtesy Prevents Quarrels Help Older People Be Mannerly at Table The reverse of each is blank.  Two color cover depicts boy on roller skates helping a girl on skates who had fallen. . Makes me want to color outside of the lines and pick my OWN colors.   But that wouldn't be very courteous of me...
 School Record for the 6th School District in Woodbury, CT . ..1841-1896
A manuscript journal recording all of the official actions of the school district beginning with the appointment of George N. Judson as moderator of the School Committee for 1841.  The record includes information on the appointment of committee members through the years and all activities related to the school building.  A primary focus is the acquisition of cords of wood; it begins by noting who it was purchased from and the price.  Bethlehem CT was added to the district in 1853.  In 1859 the committee added a committee member responsible for measuring the cord wood for accuracy. Also includes information on dates for summer seasons, hiring of teachers and taxes to support them, acquiring a new stove, voting for repairs and more.  In 1881 voted to lay a new ash floor with pine walls and overhead. At that time an audit report was also released by the committee (not included). A request for taxs to pay for school house running lines. Last record 1896.  Measures 8" x 6 1/2". A good resource for community leaders, cost and type of wood in the Woodbury CT area, .
Bethesda Sanatorium Bethesda Sanatorium, an Advertising Folding Brochure. The Smith-Brooks Press.Denver, CO.1917
An eight page folded brochure for Bethesda Sanatorium, a Christian Institution specializing on the treatment of tuberculosis. Located in Denver, CO, overlooking the Rocky Mountains, the institution sits at about five thousand feet above sea level. This high altitude, that is 'light and dry' was supposedly "not so irritating to the respiratory tract, and [it] gives a better opportunity for healing of the diseased tissues." What is interesting about this sanatorium in particular is that it stresses that "the institution is not a hospital in any sense of the word. The Sanatorium is a Health University, where patients are taken and taught methods of living by which they are able to effect an arrest of the disease." Most of the sanatoriums around this time consistently made claims that they could 'cure' all types of diseases, including tuberculosis, rather than stressing teaching their patients how to manage and live with chronic diseases. The brochure also includes nine (9) printed photographs of the facility, grounds and staff. 8 folding pages. The institution is still open today, but is now known as the Bethesda Christian Counseling Midwest, Inc. Measures 9" x 4" (folded), 16" x 9" (unfolded).
US Air Force Recruiting Service A Trio of Items Relating to WAF: Women in the Air Force. .Quincy, IL.1963-1965
This small collection encompasses a trio of items relating to the recruitment of WAF, or Women in the Air Force.  According to the brochures in this collection the career fields open to WAF were personnel, administration, supply, education and training, air traffic control and warning, transportation, accounting, finance, auditing, and medical assistant (in either medical or dental fields). Additionally officers in the WAF were "active in the realm of space, in assignments as psychologist, physicists, chemist, and other scientific specialties".  The three items in this collection are: 1) "Opportunity for Young Women", a folded double sided folded brochure that provides basic information on the requirements and benefits of being a WAF. There is a tear off section to send in for more information. Additionally there are several small black and white printed photographs of WAF in action, as well as a colored illustration of a WAF on the front cover. Printed on the base of the brochure is: "CWE 64-1B-250M  * GPO : 1963 0-698-290"   2) "Your Daughter in the US Air Force", 14 page booklet with illustrated wrappers. There are images from  photographs throughout of various WAF at their jobs or socializing. It is clear the booklet's aim was to parents of young women in order to help them either encourage their daughters to join or alleviate their fears from their daughters joining the USAF. "A young woman's years of service in the Air Force will give her more poise and maturity, and a better understanding of the world in which she will live... a young woman who learns one of the technical skills of the Aerospace Age has a bright future. In or out of the Service, good jobs await women with this kind of experience... your daughter's living quarters and off-duty hours will be supervised by women officers, specially selected and trained.... As parents you will experience a deep sense of pride that your daughter is working at an interesting and challenging job. Pay starts at $78.00 dollars a month."  Printed on the back is: "CWE 64-28-150M * GPO: 1964 O-773-745.  3) "WAF: Women in the Air Force", a single fold brochure directed towards young women themselves. It is printed in blue and has five printed photographs of WAF in action. The tone of this brochure fluctuates between flattering and condescending, and uses a combination of historical references of women's roles in previous conflicts, to their current hopes for career and independence, the possibility of travel, and possible romantic future to attract recruits. "Rosie the riveter and her sister the sergeant rejected the kitchen sink and the Monday wash in the brave new postwar world...  two major avenues leading to a commission are open to WAF... the Air Force Academy, of course, is not open; no female may be admitted to these hallowed halls as cadet, but a WAF officer did serve as a registrar there for six years... while there are some variations in the type of quarters the enlisted WAF will find at her duty station, they offer the comforts and off-duty life that is not unlike a college sorority house...  only unmarried girls may enlist, but there is no prohibition against marriage once they are in the Air Force... The Air Force, as a matter of fact, tends to be sympathetic toward young love when it blossoms on an Air Force base. Some 15 percent of the WAF are married to husbands in Air Force Uniforms... it is tougher for a girl to get into the Air Force than it is for a man. She must pass tests with a higher marks... while she is not required to do push-ups or run the four minute mile, the physical requirements are as exacting in the own way as they are for the men... while the majority [of WAF] find their way into some type of administrative duty... a few of the girls somehow manage to attach themselves to more unusual occupations. One is a traffic dispatcher for an air police squadron. And amazingly, a WAF was recently nominated Maintenance 'Man' of the Month for her work in Electronic Countermeasures shop." Printed on the back is "S65-3534". According to a stamp on all three of these brochures, they originated at US Air Force Recruiting Service in Quincy, IL, which was ran by SSGT Paul W. Vest. The WAF were eventually disbanded in 1976 when women were accepted into the USAF on an equal basis as men.  The largest measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/4". To view this collection, please click on the following link: The National Security Act of 1947 formed the basis of the US Air Force as separate branch of the US Military (prior to that it was a part of the US Army), and in 1948 WAF was formed under the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, which also allowed women to serve directly in the military rather than the 'auxiliary' roles they held in the past. At this point the military began actively recruiting women to fill a variety of, mostly administrative, rolls. For the USAF there were specific requirement for WAF. They were to be between the ages of 18 and 27 (though if younger than 21 written consent from a parent or guardian was required), a high school graduate, unmarried and without dependents, pass a mental and physical exam, and of "good moral character" (normally determined by written references from the young woman's community).
 A Collection of Menus and related Ephemera from Yale, circa 1902. Yale.New Haven, CT.1902
A collection of four items relating to Yale University. The first item is program to the 25th Annual Banquet of the Yale News, which took place on March 7, 1902. This was the quarter-centennial for the Yale Daily News, and the ten page program (including covers) features a menu and a list of guest, as well as a little description of the newspaper itself. Portions of this program look as though they are a newspaper rather than an event program. String binding. Measures 8" x 5 1/2". The second item is the menu from the Alumni dinner on June 25, 1902 that took place at University Hall. It is a single fold program with a decorative blue ribbon. The interior of the menu features a black and white photograph of University Hall, and a menu, that lists such dishes as larded fillet of beef and Neapolitan ice cream. Measures 5" x 4" (folded), 8" x 5" (unfolded). The third item is menu to an unknown, undated event at Yale. Each item on the menu has 'Yale' in the title, such as Yale Oyster Stew and Yale Apple Pie. The menu is printed with blue ink  and features several small decorative devices along the border. Measures 10" x 4". The last item is a small, possibly unrelated, card with a handwritten sentiment. Measures 3 1/2" x 2"..
 A Pair of Letters from Emily to her Family discussing her trip to Yorktown, particularly her experience at a "Colored Meeting" . Yorktown.January 1869
A pair of letters from Emily to her family keeping them appraised of her trip to Yorktown [NY] in January 1869. The two letters are written within a day of one another, with one addressed to her parents and one to her brother. The family's last name is not mentioned. The letters are jam-packed with the events of daily life. She is somewhat ill perhaps with consumption and speaks often of her health.  Additionally religion plays a significant role in her writing.  Of note in the letters is Emily's description of a 'colored meeting' she went to, which was a church service for African Americans. Emily writes about how the 'spirit' moved the church members to what she perceived as frightening noises and groans, and that due to this she wouldn't feel comfortable going to another service. The letters also discuss Emily's health and her fear that she might have bronchitis. As well as updates on her family. Measures 7 3/4" x 4 3/4". Below are a few excerpts from the letters. "I went to a colored meeting one evening and does seem to me I could not go again, they hold it late about 10 o'clock and the spirit moves them to such noises and actions, sometimes they would screech [sic] and shot and sing and groan till it seemed like confusion confounded. I pitied [sic] them for there is no white-folks church to learn from and I was almost frightened so I did not get to sleep until late that night." -  Emily to her parents, January 12, 1869  "Samuel saw an old French Dr. on the boat- when he went to B. - and told him how I was, said he should call it a dry consumption. He said worse than Dr. Powers. Sad I ought to stay here a year and then not stay where it was a cold winter. Said he thought if I could have the chills it would change the course of the disease... I think our little bute [sic] is getting to be a little fast, got so she runs away  from school (well seems to me I should have one of the boys go out to help her from running away - Little boys I mean) It seems Emilus likes me best and don't hesitate to tell of it - I know Abbie must feel bad to have him say anything. " Emily to her Brothr January 1869.  Marginalia in every blank space. From a margin note: "I was selling a negro some woolen pips and he stole one out of the box right under my nose-- I did not know enough not to hand him the box - so I let him pick out one and he got 2". A stream of consciousness with abrupt changes in subject matter from sentence to sentence, as expressed in the second quote above.
A Collection of Business Correspondence to Merchant James Beals. .Windsor, MA.1830-1838
A collection of thirteen (13) letters written to a merchant James Beals, alternatively spelled Bealls, located in Windsor, MA. The majority of the letters come from wholesale merchants in Massachusetts and New York. The collections contains bills sent to Beals, list of items purchased, information on shipments, and requests for payment. The items most often purchased by Beals are: gin, rum, brandy, tea, tobacco, raisins, cloves, and starch. Of note in the collection are two letters from wholesale merchants in New York, that in addition to their normal business correspondence with Beals, also remark on the cholera epidemic of 1832 and the number of cases around them. Includes one printed letter from a senior partner of the firm going out of business, Forbes & Freeman requesting all outstanding payments. Another is from a man who attended a recent railroad meeting, requesting that Beals furnish him with an accurate assessment of the amount of shipments from the town of Windsor on the railroads. All the letters in the collection are folded stampless post. On some of them "PAID" is stamped in red. Side note: One of the letters is misaddressed to Beals in Pittsfield, MA, a neighboring town of Windsor, MA. The letters have been organized chronologically. Below are some excerpts from the letters:

"Your order for the above dated 29th Apl, came to hand this morning & we ship the same day by Hudson Bargo No. 2 to leave this afternoon for Hudson. Teas of every description/ more especially Helkin/ have advanced very much in price & a quantity of equal with that sent you as billed above would readily command 60 @5 at wholesale." April 2, 1831, New York, NY.

"A committee was appointed yesterday at the railroad meeting at Lenox to ascertain the amount of tonnage from the several towns in this county - Can you furnish me with as accurate a statement as can be made the amount of tonnage from the town of Windsor, & the passengers to & from New York." - October, 18, 1831, Stockbridge, MA.

"The cholera seems to continue in this place much the same as it has done for several days here & there is about 20 to 25 cases a day and about 6 to 8 deaths, this numbers is not very alarming as yet. It being only about on half more deaths than our usual bills of mortality. We are in hopes that it will soon pass off as the cases are not to malignant but more mild." - July 17, 1832, Albany, NY.

"Sir, we have this day put on board the Oirecto [sp?] the above goods agreeable to your order of 30th and wish them safe & speedily to hand. The dreaded disease called the cholera still remains in our city, but appears on the decrease and we hope that it will soon leave us, for 3 or 4 days past the cases and deaths have not raised much." Aug. 4, 1832, New York, NY

"The necessity which I and my partners are under to make payments for our debts render it imperative upon us to call upon you for what you owe on the note in our hands. You must be sensible that we have already been disappointed several times when you promised that we should have the money. " - November 30, 1835, Greenfield, MA.
True Stories by the Chain Gang - Told in 7 Parts-- Hijinx at Summer Camp
The retelling of camp pranks on typewritten cut-outs artfully arranged in seven (7) pages.  The pages are titled A Hot Pie Party - Pizza , beer and dancing The Bottle Brigade - bottles and wet sheets for 2 campers Professor and the Springs - springs removed from a tipsy professors bed The Rocks and the Two Frogs- rocks in the shape of a man & live frogs in their beds The Two Missing Shoes - shoes nailed to a tree The Missing Bed - professor's bed hidden in the woods The Steak Barbeque - open fire with steak sandwiches chased by Manhattans... The work of a talented young man from Stratford, CT documenting his days at camp near Boonton NJ. Mischievous and at times somewhat mean spirited pranks.  Measures 11"   x 15"
 Scrap Book Album of Russell Roosen, Bridge Player from Detroit, Michigan, 1927-1945. Educational Press, Inc.New York.1950
Russell W Roosen was an expert bridge player from Detroit, Michigan. He competed professionally in the game as well as taught classes and gave lectures at the local country clubs.  This album is a scrap book, filled with newspaper clippings and other memorabilia. Throughout the late 1920s and 1930s Russell Roosen was a champion bridge player that competed on the national level. The majority of the newspaper clippings are from this time and feature a variety descriptions of the games he played. In addition to the clippings, there are several flyers and promotional materials from when he began teaching bridge classes. Roosen was even sent on a cruise to the  Thousand Islands where he taught bridge on the ship. When the war broke out, Roosen enlisted in the Army. At this point the album shifts to a record of his time as a Private in the Army serving in the Pacific Ocean Theater during WWII. The majority of items included from this time are local Detroit clippings that mention him, photographs from his Army days and a few pieces of correspondence. One of which was sent to him by a  member of the Detroit Free Press which starts off stating, "Your most interesting letter, with perhaps the most interesting section riddled by censor, got in this morning..." Another funny tit bit comes from a newspaper clipping which talks about the trouble Roosen almost got into by describing himself on an Army questionnaire as a "bridge expert". His superior officer, at hearing that he was a "bridge expert" mistakenly thought he meant an expert in bridge construction and he was promptly assigned to guard a bridge. The article ends with "If he is as good a bridge tender as he is a bridge player, the officer made no mistake." A the end of the book is a letter, mechanically signed by President Harry Truman, thanking Roosen for his service. Red covers, with a stamped border design, and the name "Russell Roosen" gilded on the front cover. Approximately 50 pages of the scrap book is filled with ephemera. The materials within the scrap book date from 1927 to the mid 1940s, however the scrap book itself is from 1950 and as such the album must have been assembled after 1950. The book was published by the Educational Press, Inc, from New York and was 'size B' from their "Book Shelf Scrap Book and Album" collection.  11 3/4" x 9 1/2". Russell W. Roosen was born on May 15, 1908 in Detroit, Michigan to Peter (1994-?) and Elsie (1889- ?)  Roosen. He had one sister, Gladys Roosen (1907- ?). Russell became an extremely proficient bridge player at a young age, eventually becoming the bridge columnist for the Detroit Free Press for over twelve years. He was a five-time winner of the MBA's (Michigan Bridge Association Stein Trophy, and he managed several local bridge clubs, including Knickerbockers and the Metro for 25 years. He was also a nationally known composer of bridge problems, and he invented the diagrammed deal as a way of illustrating all the cards in a single diagram. When he moved to Connecticut with his wife, Jeanne, in 1985 the MBA named a tournament after him. Russell died in New Haven CT, in March 1995, he was 86 years old and at the time of his death was an Alzheimer's patient.
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.
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:

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.

 A Collection of 30 Issues of Le Sourire, A Paris Journal. .Paris, France.1900-1913
A collection of thirty (30) issues of "Le Sourire", a French illustrated humorist serial publication under the direction of Maurice Mery and Alphonse Allais. It was a weekly publication, normally issued on Saturdays. Le Sourire, meaning the Smile, was launched in 1889 and ran continuously till 1939, with the exception a few brief years where publication ceased due to World War I. The serial was intended to compete with a similar journal known as Le Rire (The Laugh). Each issue features a color illustration on the front and back cover, while several black and white illustrations, ranging in size from small vignettes to full page works. Additionally there are short stories, articles, and advertisements (all in French). The magazines provided a great resource for both artistic and political Parisian culture at the time. The bulk of collection (22 issues) are from 1900-1901, however there are issues as late as 1913. The numbering of each issue was originally numbered consecutively, even as years past. At some point, they switched over to restarting the numbering at the beginning of each year, while including the year in publication. The issues within the collection are as follows: 1900 (12 issues): 38,39,41,44,45,46,50,51,52,53,57,59 1901  (11 issues): 63,66,73,74,75,81,88,91,96,97,98 1902 (2 issues): 116,147 1904 (1 issue): 224 1905 (1 issue): 304 1911 (1 issue): 13 Annee # 27 1913 (1 issue): 15 Annee # 27 Special Edition, No Date: A Travelers Les Ages Measure 12 1/2" x 9 1/2". To view the collection, click: .
Margarete Hoenemann A Collection of Seven Art Class Lesson Plans on Drawing Outlines for Grades 1-8. .Salem, MA.1931-1932
A collection of seven different lessons plans of art teacher Margarete Hoenemann for the 1931-1932 school year. The lessons plans include typewritten notes and artwork either intended to be used as samples for the lesson or as artwork decorating the lesson plan itself. The artwork includes drawings, constructed images, colored pencil, watercolor, silhouettes, and stencils. Six of the seven lessons plans, include lessons for Grades 1-8, while the the last one only has a lesson plan for grades 1 &2. The lessons plans are hand bound using brads, and with one exception, have covers with small pieces of artwork on them. Margarete Hoenemann was an art teacher who worked in or around Salem, MA. By the 1960s she would become the Art Director for Salem Public Schools. Measures 12" x 9" To view this collection, please click on the following link: Margarete M. F. Hoenemann was born on October 4, 1907 to Theodore Emil Hoenemann (1870-1948)  and Bertha M. Bertais Hoenemann (1875-1955) in Boston, MA. She had one sibling, Gretchen Hoenemann (1908-?). Her father was a sculptor, and was perhaps where Margarete gain her artist interests. It is unknown when she died.
 A Collection of Materials Relating to Charles G. Sargent, A Textile Machinery Manufacturing Company . Charles G. Sargent .Graniteville, MA.1870s
A collection of materials relating to the business firm of Charles Grandsion Sargent (1819-1878), which was a successful textile machinery manufacturing company in Graniteville, MA. It was founded in 1854 by Sargent himself, and after his sons joined him, became known as the C. G. Sargent's Sons Corporation. Collection includes: Four advertising circulars for several of Sargent's machines such as the Metallic Waste Card machine, Cold-Air Wool-Drying Machine, Wool-Washing Machine and the Burring Wool Machine, an envelope with two sample waste boards for the Metallic Waste Card, and a letter regarding the purchase of a machine in a mixture of English and German. The advertising circulars contain a variety of black and white illustrations of the machines, consumer testimonials, and open letters to the public written by Sargent extolling the benefits of his machines. Measures 10 3/4" x 8" (largest), 5" x 2 3/4" (smallest).
Kay Whitcomb Keith A Collection of Hand Made Christmas Cards and Other Correspondence of Enamel Artist Kay Whitcomb. .La Jolla, CA.[1961-1965]
A collection of five items relating to Kay Whitcomb (1921-2015)  who was an American enamel artist who graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and worked mostly in California but exhibited her work world wide. Most of Whitcomb's work was abstract, and while she most often worked with enamel, she was also known for her painting and print work. All of the items within the collection are some form of correspondence with Douglas Rowley of Massachusetts, a long time friend and printer of some of Whitcomb's photographic work. Three of the items are handmade Christmas cards from December 1963, 1964, and 1965 that feature Whitcomb's artwork. Each card features an image created by Whitcomb and a short note. The 1963 card is most likely a linocut print of what appears to be an artist rendering of a church and short generic holiday message. The 1964 card features a photograph of one of her enamel works entitled "Angel Panel, Enamel on Copper" beside a bible quote from the Gospel of Luke. Additionally there is a handwritten note describing the changes in the skyline and at a local art museum. The last card, from 1964, features what appears to be another linocut, that was printed on dark pink tissue paper and is an artist rendering of a shepherd and one of his sheep. There is also a short handwritten note in this card, updating Rowley on one of their mutual friends as well as requesting an enlargement of a photograph that Rowley had previously printed for her. The last two items in this collection are exhibition cards. The first is for an undated exhibition of Whitcomb's, "Paintings & Enamels", at the Library Gallery in La Jolla. The card is black and white set on a brown card stock, and features a collage of several drawings, most likely some of which were featured in the exhibit. The last item is for an exhibit in August of 1961. This card's information is in Italian, and appears to have been for a series of enameling workshops and corresponding exhibit of Whitcomb's in Positano, Italy at the Palazzo Murat Hotel. The card features a black and white printed photograph of what appears to be a large outdoor piece of Whitcomb's at the top of an outdoor stairway. On the back of the card is a note to Rowley, which describes several items that Whitcomb would like Rowley to print for her along with a short personal note. Measures: 8 1/2" x 11" (largest, 1963 card unfolded), smallest 7" x 5" (undated exhibition card).. Kay Whitcomb Keith was born in 1921 in Arlington, MA into a family with a long line of metalsmiths. She went to the Rhode Island School of Design graduating in 1942. In 1944 she joined the US Marine Corps Women's Reserve at Camp Pendleton, CA where she used her drafting skills. After apprenticing under artist Doris Hall, she moved to Winchester, MA, using a GI loan she opened her own studio in Winchester, MA. She briefly was married to a man by the last name of Keith and had two children. After the divorce, she and her children would move to California, eventually settling in La Jolla, CA. She eventually began teaching enamel art at La Jolla Art Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art. She continued creating art and exhibiting her art work all over the world, even celebrating her sixtieth year in enameling in 2006. She died in 2015 and is buried in Cambridge, MA.
 Hand made Teaching Aids and Lesson Plans  for Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Robinson. .Snowhegan, ME.c1950
An array of materials used by a first grade teacher including series of mimeographed work sheets (tests) to to develop Motor Skills, Motor Control, Reversals, Rhyming Words, Riddles in Rhyme, Visual Discrimination, Spatial Relationships, Completion, Identifying Opposites, and more. Some with index cards attached with hand written notes on the procedure and desired results .  Also includes handmade color flash cards to teach children colors and  color charts with color names to match.   Also includes individual alphabet letters, die-cuts of food, counting aids (using straws to count).  Additionally wall prints by Hayes school publishing, etc. Two posters on dental hygiene.   Last but not least class photos of Mrs. Robinson's AM and PM classes. .
All the Wrong Types of Food, A Collection of Recipe Books
A seven (7) piece collection of recipe books relating to weird and unusual food. This strangeness can be do the recipe books almost religious adherence to using an unusual ingredient in every dish or to recipes that are either actually bizarre or just unfamiliar to modern day sensibilities. Below is a short description of each item in the collection.   "Sixty-Five Delicious Dishes Made with Bread : Containing Tested Recipes Compiled for the Fleischmann Co." Publisher: The Fleischmann Company, New York, 1919. Compiled by Marion Harris Neil. This recipe book was intended "to show the various uses of Bread combined with other things which make wholesome, economical and tempting dishes". Sometimes this works, such as the different recipes of stuffing, dessert, or toast and other times, not so much. A few examples of dishes that might not go over so well with a modern-day crowd are: Oysters in a Crust Case, Eggs and Green Peas, and the Prune and Nut Sandwich. Several black and white illustrations of the prepared foods. 30 pgs, plus tear off order form. Blue illustrated wrappers. Staple binding. OCLC 34 (March 2021). Measures 7" x 5". "Good Enough to Eat With A Spoon! Slade's Peanut Butter". D. & L. Slade Company, Boston, MA, 1931. All the recipes "from soup[s] to nuts" in this brochure incorporate peanut butter in them. Some of the more esoteric ones are: Slade's Peanut Butter Tomato Soup, Peanut Butter and Chopped Prunes, Peanut Butter Roast (the peanut butter forms cakes as a meat substitute), and Slade's Peanut Butter Whipped Cream [Salad] Dressing. The brochure is only text, with the exception of the front, which has an illustration of a jar of peanut butter with a spoon on a black background. 8 part folded brochure. OCLC 1 (March 2021, Note: within a collection). Measures 6" x 3 1/2" (folded), 14" x 6" (unfolded). "Delicious Recipes That Hit the Spot! By Liberty". Publisher: Liberty Cherry and Fruit Company, Covington, KY, [1935]. To be fair to this entry in the collection, whether or not one likes maraschino cherries will determine whether some of the recipes are desirable. Some examples of the recipes included are: Cherry Tapioca, Cherry Mallows, Coffee Maraschino, Liberty Ice Cubes, Shady Quaff (an ice tea), and Baked Banana with Marshmallows. The majority of the recipes are accompanied with a small illustrations accented in red. 8 part, folded brochure. Hole punched. OCLC 1 (March 2021). Measures 6 3/4" x 4" (folded), 16" x 6 3/4" (unfolded). "New Recipes of Flavor : OXO Cubes" Published: OXO Ltd. [1935]. A recipe book for OXO cubes, also known as bouillon, broth or stock cubes. Some of the stranger recipes in the booklet are: American Chop Suey, Jellied Consomme, and OXO Bouillon, the latter of which was just the cube dissolved in hot water. Yum. Small black and white illustrations throughout. 16 pgs. Illustrated wrappers. Staple binding. OCLC 0 (March 2021, NOTE: This item comes up as a variant title of 'Recipes of Flavor', also some versions, like the Canadian one, has 36 pages). Measures 7" x 4 3/4". "The Occident Pantry Pals Invite You to Try Occident Flour Tested Recipes." Publisher: Russell- Miller Milling Co. Minneapolis, MN, 1940. A booklet of over forty-five (45) recipes that use the product 'Occident Flour'. The recipes are broken up into the following categories: Yeast Breads, Quick Breads, Cakes & Icings, Cookies, Pastries, and Desserts. While the majority of the recipes in this booklet seem like new versions of traditional ones, there are a few weird ones such as; Jelly Roll, Bohemian Kolaches, Refrigerator Rolls, and Cottage Pudding. Colorful illustrations throughout, either of the food or of the three food fairies named Speedie, Tastie, or Eazie.  46 pgs. Illustrated wrappers. Staple binding. Printed on back cover: D6B-500M-8-40. OCLC 2 (March 2021). Measures 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" "Make it Right with Lard". Published: National Live Stock and Meat Board, Chicago, IL, 1941. A short baking booklet filled with a variety of recipes utilizing lard. "If it calls for fat, use lard". Their standard pie and cake recipes are just fine, but some of their other ones are a bit out there, such as: Bran Biscuits, Currant Turns, Economy Croquettes, and Potato Doughnuts. Printed black and white photographs of the finished baked products, text is accented with orange. 10 pgs. Illustrated wrappers. Staple bindings. OCLC 4 (March 2021). Measures 7" x 5". "New Recipes for Good Eating". Published The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, 1949. A recipe booklet specifically designed to utilize the P&G product, Crisco. It is divided up into seven chapters: Short Cuts to Good Cooking, Frying, Pastry, Cakes, Cookies, Breads-Biscuits-Muffins, and Combination Dishes.  While most of the recipes within the booklet aren't all that strange (though Creamed Ham is up there), it is absolute adherence to the use of Crisco that is strange to our modern day sensibilities. Accompanied by both color and black and white photographs of the finished dishes. 112 pgs. Illustrated wrappers. Staple binding. OCLC 35 (March 2021). Measures 7 3/4" x 5 3/4". To view the collection, please click on the following link:
 Collection of Correspondence and Memorabilia of Clara Wallower, Wellesley College, Class of 1902. .Wellesley, MA.1896-1936
This collection centers around Clara Wallower's time at Wellesley. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence addressed to Clara, starting in 1896 when she was attending Dana Hall. In total there are over forty (40) letters. The early letters are mostly from her friends or family in Pennsylvania. Two of these early letters express concern over how much Clara is fretting over her school work. As these letters were written in, or around the time of Clara's grandmothers death in 1896 it is likely that they were worried about how Clara's grief was affecting her. Two letters are from the same friend, Rowena Millar, who writes, in great detail, about a disagreement the two had. Some of the letters are addressed to "Taddie", an apparent nickname for Clara. One such letter is from March 1900, sent by her father. He was visiting Joplin, checking on the progress of his various business ventures there while staying at the hotel he owned, the Keystone Hotel. In the letter he discusses a banquet he will be attending that will benefit the Joplin branch of the YMCA. Additionally, he also sent and discusses a newspaper clipping that announced Rockefeller's gift of $100,000 to Wellesley. In 1897, Clara and her parents took a trip to Europe. After she returned home, one of her fellow traveling partners, Mary, who had continued on with her European tour, wrote to Clara of her experiences. The letter consists of Mary's time in Germany in August/September of 1897. She was present when the King of Siam, King Chulalongkorn, otherwise known as Rama V, visited Germany on his grand European tour. She saw him two times, first while visiting the Charlottenburg Palace and the tomb of Queen Louise of Prussia, where he was touring there with Prince Albert. Apparently both their carriages left at the same time, and Mary's carriage was able to drive side-by-side with the King’s for several minutes. According to Mary, the King smiled and bowed to them. The second time Mary saw him was during a parade held in his honor in Berlin. She describes the parade as "thirty to forty thousand troops, all finely dressed, marched by and the Kaiser and Kaiserin on horseback." Mary concludes the letter discussing various gifts she purchased, such as a seal fur coat, and how she developed the film she had taken on the trip. Clara received three letters from an Olive Wells, who was also on a world tour at the time. The first letter in July 1897 describes her trip to China. Olive was not impressed at all by China, and was horrified by several of the things she saw there. She describes how Chinese woman would have their feet bound and are therefore unable to walk without the help of a maid. She describes how disturbed she was to see dead rats for sale on the streets and how she was called 'foreign devil'. She appears to have gotten along better on a small island she stopped on, during her passage from Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia. Her second letter is from October 1897 when she has already reached Italy. She talks briefly about her time in Italy and the cities she plans to visit, before discussing the classes she would like to take back at Wellesley and where she might stay when she returns. Her last letter is from January 1898, when she has returned to her home in Brooklyn, NY. In this letter, she is responding to some relationship drama between one of their common friends, Carrie, and her ex-fiance Don. Don had written Clara (letter is included in collection) asking her to talk with Carrie and report back to him. Clara, unsure of what to do, had turned to Olive for advice. Most of the remaining correspondences are either invites between Clara and other Wellesley girls, inviting each other to lunch, or courtship correspondence. For instance in 1897 she received two letters from a suitor, W. M. Murdock, who requests the pleasure of her presence at a Yale vs Harvard game. There is another letter from an Edward Moore, begging Clara's forgiveness for missing their date due to illness. There are a dozen or so other courtship invites that don't mention Clara by name, but appear to either be invites for groups of people to dances at an unnamed country club or hotel in Pennsylvania.                               In addition to the correspondence, there are also various items of memorabilia relating to Clara's time at Wellesley. First is Clara's formal acceptance letter to Wellesley, as well as her academic transcript that she would have needed to present to the school's Secretary upon her arrival. There are two programs from Wellesley Tree Day, dated 1897 and 1899. There is a program from 1896's Float Day. On the back inside cover of this program is a list of who she went with, which includes Olive and Mary. The last couple of programs in this collection are from the Glee and Mandolin Club Concert for the years 1897 and 1899. The collection also includes various invites either to or from Clara to a variety of clubs or activities at Wellesley. The first of which is the Agora of Wellesley, which is a political society that would meet to debate the various important worldly issues. There are two invites, the first of which is from 1897 to discuss the 'Cuban question', and the second is from 1900 to discuss the 'Transvaal question'. The second society Clara appears to have been a member of is the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society, whose goals are to further the study of arts in a scholarly fashion. The invite 'requests the pleasure of your company at The Barn'. It is dated April 23rd, with no year, but as it also mentions the day of the week (Monday), it is most likely form 1900. The next few items also lack a year, however it has been deduced by the day of the week. The first is invitation is from the "Faculty of Stone Hall" from 1899. The second is an invitation from the class of 1899 to meet the class of 1898 from June 1898. The last two are replies from two girls in 1899, who are accepting the invitation of the class of 1902. One of these replies comes with an envelope address to Clara, so it would appear as though she played some role in hosting this event. The last two items of the collection are a bit of outliers. The first is an original song composed by 'Elizabeth' in 1900. The relationship between Clara and Elizabeth is unknown. The last item dates to 1936. It is a typed copy of an address given by Albertine Reichle (Class of 1939) in memory of "Norumbega's founder." As Norumbega is a building on the campus, it appears that it was meant to honor Alice Freeman Palmer, the president of Wellesley college when it was built. The guest of honor was then Wellesley President Ellen Fitz Pendleton, who would die later that year. Taken as a whole  this collection of over 55 items provides a great window into the life of a Wellesley girl at the turn of the 19th century. To view this collection, please click on the following link: Clara Wallower was born on April 16, 1880 to Elias Zollinger Wallower and Maria Dorothy Hoover Wallower in Harrisburg, PA. Her father was a prominent business man who owned the Harrisburg Star Independent newspaper and was also member of a group of Harrisburg investors who were financing mining operations in the mineral district of southwestern Missouri. He took great personal interest in the growth of Joplin, Missouri, investing much of his own personal wealth in the city, and even eventually building the Keystone Hotel in downtown Joplin. Due to her father's financial success, Clara grew up in wealth and privilege. She attended the Dana Hall School, which is an independent boarding and day school for girls located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The school served as Wellesley College's unofficial preparatory program, and indeed Clara was admitted into the freshman class of 1898-1899 at Wellesley. She would eventually graduate in 1902 and settle back down in Harrisburg, PA and marry Horace Montgomery Witman. Horace was a graduate of Gettysburg College and the Yale Divinity School. He worked with his father and brother in a wholesale grocery business in Harrisburg. Together, Horace and Clara would have three children, Harriet Hoover Witman, William Witman II, and Barbara Carmony Witman. Her son William would become a Foreign Service Officer, eventually becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Togo. Both her daughters, Harriet and Barbara, would attend Wellesley College. Clara died in 1964.
An Archive of Ephemera of the Rowley Brothers Wholesale Stationers
H. C. Rowley and W. C. Rowley. Utica, NY.

A small business archive consisting of seventeen (17) pieces of ephemera relating to the Rowley Brothers Stationary Business in Utica, NY, which date from circa 1866 to 1898. The pieces in the collection take one through the various incarnations of the business. The Rowley brothers, H. C. Rowley and W. C. Rowley first went into business in 1866 with their maternal uncle, Orrin Curry (1816-1915), under the name Curry, Rowley & Co. By 1869, their uncle would remove himself from the business, and it would be known as Rowley Bros. & Co. In 1879, when H. C. Rowley moved to Springfield, MA to join in business with the Merriam family, of Merriam-Webster Dictionaries fame, W. C. Rowley would remain in Utica, and the business would continue under the Rowley & Horton, due to a new business partner by the name of George Calvin Horton (1843-1898).

The archive includes two business cards; Rowley Bros. & Co. and Curry, Rowley & Co., two business envelopes, mimeographed price list with card sizes, one book seller label, 16 pp. concertina fold traveling agent's catalogue, one blank notebook which covers advertise the business, and six newspaper clippings regarding the business and two (2) advertising labels; Rowley Bros. & Co. and Rowley & Horton. The catalogue lists materials such as writing papers, blank books, inks, pens, and tin ware, along with their prices. The book seller label has an illustration of a hard bound book with the store's name on it. The blank book is of note, as it actually contains an error. The printed covers have been attached upside down to the blank interior pages. The newspaper articles cover a variety of subjects such as a thwarted break in at the store in 1877, the announcement of H. C. Rowley leaving the business to go into business with the Merriam family in 1879, a notice of support for A. B. Ballou an employee of Rowley & Horton running for county clerk, and the obituary of G. C. Horton. Measures 28" x 5 1/2" (largest, advertising booklet unfolded), 2 3/4" x 2 3/8" (book seller label)

General wear. Irregular margin on back page of catalogue. Newspaper clippings have small holes where they were pinned together. Crease marks at folds. Some pieces show evidence of glue.

Lewis Wetherbee A Collection of Three Farming Ledgers belong to Lewis Wetherbee of Ashby, MA. .Ashby, MA.1846-1873
A collection of three farming ledgers belonging to Lewis Wetherbee, a farmer in Ashby, MA. The first is an 'Egg Ledger' and dates from 1846-1873. It begins with a list of items bought by Wetherbee for his family and farm. The list only continues until early 1847 and consists of such items as sugar, tea, pepper, oil, nutmeg, cream tartar and candy. The remainder, from 1849 thru May 1873, is a ledger of the eggs sold including the date of the transaction, number sold, to who and price sold. 20 pages (including the four sewn in). Printed wrappers. String binding. Completely filled in. Measures 6" x 3 3/4". The second ledger is a farming ledger, 1851 to 1873 with an accounting of a variety of agricultural subjects. The first second is a record of when crops, such as corn, oats, turnips, and potatoes, were planted and harvested, the number of bushels planted or the acres planted. Also includes (1863-1871) presumably work horses purchased. This is followed by 'Stock' and includes all information on animals purchased, sold, birthed or died (1851-1873). Includes cattle, sheep, and pigs, most of whom Wetherbee names - Red, Rosa, Fanny, Eliza, and Nancy to name a few. Signs of Spring - The next section is a list of dates between 1851 and 1873 when Wetherbee either first saw a robin or when the apple trees were fully in bloom. On the back cover is a list of important weather events between 1852 and 1868, such as first frost or a large snow storm. 16 pages. Printed wrappers. String binding. Nearly completely filled in. Measures 6" x 3 3/4". The last ledger is entitled 'Things Sold' and dates from 1858 to 1873. This ledger includes a list of all items sold by Wetherbee from his farm, whether they be plant or animal products. The ledger includes the date of transaction, item and amount sold, buyer and sale price. Including bushels of potatoes, ham, pork, cheese, butter, oats, lamb, vinegar, sausages, beans, cider, apples, and whole animals such a chickens and calves. Additionally, egg sold are also included on this ledger, even though Wetherbee also kept a separate ledger to record the eggs he sold. 28 pages. Blue wrappers. String binding. Nearly completely filled. Measures 7" x 4 1/2". All of the ledgers contain some amount of scrap paper, which either has quick calculations on it, or appears to have been used to blot the drying ink. The farming ledger does have a scrap of paper with the following short note: "Sowed guano on wheat, 7 lbs. from red side to Foster west, one row of oats, one squire west from Ginnaton. Planted some potatoes. July 21, 1857". Two of the ledgers (Egg Ledger and Farming Ledger) are memorandum books sold by Stephen Shepley of Fitchburg, MA, who along with blank books sold a variety of "school, miscellaneous and law books, bibles, testaments, toy books, stationery, &c." To view images, click: . Lewis Wetherbee was born on December 27, 1819, along with his twin sister Charlotte Wetherbee Cragin (1819-1884) to Silas Wetherbee (1786-1863) and Mary Lucy Green (1793-1853 in Ashby, MA.  Lewis was a farmer in Ashby, MA, his whole live. He died on January 16, 1890, at the age of seventy due to consumption.
 Contracts and Broadside for the Auction of the Ship Inn. W. T. Hickman and Son.Southampton, UK.1883
In 1883, the Ship Inn, a roadside public house, was put on auction by the lawyers W. T. Hickman and Son. This collection features the large broadside for the auction, and three unused contracts for bidders. The auction was advertised to all "innkeepers, brewers, trainers of racehorses and others". The inn boasted a large bar, smoking room, tap room, underground cellar, kitchen, scullery, and seven bedrooms along with domestic offices, water, stabling for 6 horses, sheds, piggeries and a large garden. The auction was to be held in at the White Hart Hotel in Stockbridge, on July 4, 1883. Contracts measure 10 1/2" 4 1/4" (folded), 20 3/4" x 16 1/2" (unfolded). Broadside measures 35 1/4 x 20 3/4. The broadside features the same text as a portion of the contract. .
Robert and Thomas Dunker Horseshit, the Offensive Review: A Collection of Four Magazines. Scum Publishing Company.Hermosa Beach, CA.1965-1969
The collection consists of four magazines entitled "Horseshit, the Offensive Review", Numbers 1-4, that were published over the course of several years. It was an independent magazine published by two ex-military brothers, Robert and Thomas Dunker. One the inside cover of the first magazine, the brothers state their reasoning for starting this magazine. They "decided that there was a real need for a magazine that would combine strong, fearless, humorous drawings with witty, intelligent, outspoken writing..." and continue on to state that in order to put out the magazine "they have to be unmarried so they can do what they want without asking permission, they have to have a passionate belief in their own ideas and they also have to be skeptical bout their own ideas, they have to be nuts." A large portion of the content, either written or drawn is surreal, sexual explicit or political in nature. The magazines features short stories, articles, poems, and illustrations that are meant to provoke a response from the reader as they often tread the line between humor and offensiveness. For example there is an illustration of a mural of a cop getting pissed on by a little boy, several short verses like "Working is like making love to an ugly woman, not so bad after starting, but ugh, what a chore to start," and an article called "The Angled Banana." This article first tells the reader that the artists who drew the sexual illustrations found in the Karma Sutra were imprisoned for it, and their cell's walls were full of more illustrations which the have re-created for you. The description of these positions then humorous describe them, such as "If it should happen that the woman has not been able to bathe, as when her lover approaches her at an unexpected time; or if she has been eating garlic or onions, then the position known as 'aclospin' or the 'head cold' is used." The accompanying illustration depicts a couple 'in congress' with the woman holding his nose closed. Each magazine is around 50 pages long and has black and white illustrations, though the covers are sometimes in color. The majority of the artwork was done by Robert, and the writing by Thomas. Staple binding. Measures 11" x 8 1/2".
Clerk of the Court Collection of Court Summonses from Lincoln County, Maine. Lincoln County Court of Maine.Lincoln County, ME.1828-1853
A collection of seventeen (17) legal summons to the Constables of various towns in Lincoln County, Maine. The summons date from April 1828 to July 1853 and were sent by the Clerk of the Court for Lincoln County, ME, which during these dates were Nathaniel Coffin, J. Smith, and E. B. Bowman.  The majority of the summonses were for jury duty. The summons were preprinted letters in which it stated that Constable of the town was required to inform the town and its citizens that they were required to send a representative to court on the appointed date to serve on a jury.  At the base of the form was a section for the town constable to fill in the name of the town resident that would be answering the summoning, and certify that they informed said citizen of their duty, and sent the summons back to the Clerk. There is often small calculations for reimbursement on these summons for such things as the cost of postage for mailing it back. There are three court summons in this collection which are not jury duty summons. The first is a warrant for the arrest of Martin Munroe (1783-1867) of Thomaston, for the assault and battery of against his wife, Eliza Munroe (1785-1865). There is a short note on the back of the summons in which it states that Munroe was found and brought to the court. There are also several calculations done for expenses incurred by the transfer of Munroe, such as lodging and food that were to be reimbursed. Unfortunately no information on the outcome of this case was found, though a genealogy search revealed that the two stayed married after this event and had two daughters. The second court summons is an order of appearance to Nathaniel Quint and Thomas Sandford, both of Topsham, ME, to appear before a judge regarding a matter of financial debt between the two men. On the back of this summons is written "Quint v. Sandford" and a short note regarding the outcome of the case, which was in favor of the plaintiff, for $78.76.  The last is also an order of summons but for the representative of the town of Thomaston, ME, which was brought under indictment for their failure to maintain some roads within the town. The case, entitled State v. Thomaston, would eventually be won by the town of Thomaston. On the back of the summons is a note by Peter Fuller, the town’s Sheriff that states that they send the Town Clerk Oliver Foles to argue the case. All of the summonses were sent by folded, stampless post. The majority of the letters have a number written on the outside. They have been organized chronologically. Measures (sample) 7 1/2" x 3" (folded), 12 1/2" x 7 1/2" (unfolded). To view the collection, please click on the following link: . On a historical note, the original boundaries of Lincoln County in Maine covered almost 90% of what is currently the state of Maine, and as such as the state’s population crew, it was carved out into several additionally countries. This means that some of the towns that these summons were sent to are no longer apart of the present day Lincoln County, but rather apart of Maine counties of Sagadahoc, Kennebec, Knox, Androscoggin, and Penobscot. The names of the exact towns the summons were sent to are: Litchfield, Nobleboro, Whitefield, Thomaston, Topsham, Dresden, Friendship, Lewiston, Alna, Bath, Phippsburg, Webster, Bowdin, and Edgecomb.
Letters of John H. Wells to Miss Julia Tracy, 1828-1829. ..
A collection of 5 letters from John H. Wells to his fiancé Julia Tracy. Letters are very neutral, only implying affection when signing off. They depict the planning for marriage, preparing a house, what arrangements to meet again, and generic descriptions of what is occurring during his life. Wells does mention interesting topics such as the Anti-Masonry movement, items needed to set up house, wedding planning, religious sentiment, and contain a sketch of a house floor plan. The letters are sent to Tracy in Middletown, CT and come from Wells in Puluski and Richland, NY.
Clark Family A Collection of Ephemera Relating to the Clark Family of Amity, CT. .Amity & Woodbridge, CT.1778-1848
A collection of approximately thirty-eight (38) pieces of ephemera relating to the Clark family of Amity, CT. The the bulk of materials dating from the 1790s to the 1810s. The majority of the collection focuses on the patriarch of the family, Lazarus Clark (1795-1818), following his death the remaining materials relate to his sons, Jeremiah, Andrew and William, or one of his grandsons, Alinzaor (Jeremiah's son). The collection mostly consists of Receipts and payment intent - fourteen (14) in number, which were short financial agreements between Lazarus and other gentlemen in which he agreed to pay with "lawful money" the debt he owed. Several make reference to a time frame in which he had to pay back the debt, such as sixty days or one year, at which times there is also reference to paying an interest on the debt. It appears as though once Lazarus would pay of the amount owed, he would either rip off or cut out his name from the note so that the note was no longer valid. There are a few notes of this nature between his sons and/or grandsons and their debtors. Measures 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" (sample). Itemized Invoices for goods and servic -There are approximately a dozen detailed bills belonging to Lazarus in which individual items itemized out varying in length from a few items to to the majority with full page itemizations (over 40 itemes) Some examples of the items and amounts purchased are: quart lisbon wine, silk & thread for Patty (Lazarus' daughter), 5 yards linen, and  half a pound of sushen tea. There are some indications in the Woodbridge town history that Lazarus' house was a tavern at on. Woodbridge Citizen Ledger-  42 page booklet bound by thread  which appears to be missing its wrappers, if not a page or two. Names of Woodbridge's citizens, listed alphabetically, with some sort of unidentified adjacent checkmarks.  It appears that it might have something to do with the town's taxes, as on the back of the book is written "It was voted by the inhabitants of the town of Woodbridge at their meeting in December 18, 1786 and for a period thereafter, rate to be paid the First of April next." There are short notes beside some of the names indicating if the amount was paid, though sometimes these notes state that it was paid by a different individual than the one named. Measures 6 1/4" x 3 1/4". There several loose papers  filled out in a similar manner, one of the smallest of which does say "Amity Bill 1795". On one of these pieces it appears as though the amount owed was divided up between ten men. Their names, amount owed, and the calculations done in order to figure out the amount owed by each individual are recorded. Another item is a letter, dated August 19th, 1805, from David Brown of Derby. The letter concerns a tippet that Mrs. Hotchkiss took and destroyed, and Brown appears to have been writing Lazarus in the hopes that he would help to resolve the matter before Brown would be forced to "putting of it in suit without any further delay." This letter supports, along with the possible tax records that Lazarus held some sort of important position within the town, however the exact position is never specified either within the items in collection, or the research done on Lazarus himself. The collection also contains a second booklet, with four pages of content including a similar list of names, plus six pges of genealogical records, such as marriage, birth and death dates. The remainder is blank. The last three pieces of ephemera in the collection are relating to the sale or transfer of land in the area, however only one of which names a Clark within the text.  In that document it relates the sale of Dible Farm to a William Clark in 1828. Of the two land agreements not naming a Clark, one is the deed to the piece of property called Green Farms in Fairfield, CT, and the other is a copy of the land deed for a property belonging to a Joseph Syler. There is even a short note on the back of this copy which states "Fees for Searching records & Copy, $ 0=25 [sic]". Measures 12" x 7 3/4" (sample). One piece has a small note on the back along with these practice signatures which has the appearance of a short diary entry, discussing the day's weather before it ends abruptly. To view the collection, please click on the following link: Lazarus Clark was among one of the first settlers of the town of Amity in Connecticut, and he even swore an oath of fidelity to this end in 1784, along with all the other citizens of the town. The town of Amity is no longer in existence today, however it was located in what is now part of Bethany, Orange, and New Haven, with the majority of it located in Woodbridge, CT. In fact the house Lazarus Clark built for his family in 1795, which still stands today, is in Woodbridge, CT. Due to Lazarus' being a part of the founding settlers of the town, he was one of its prominent citizens, and there are indications in the town records that he was a Deacon at the local parish. Lazarus Clark was born on December 23, 1745, in Milford, CT to David Clark (1713-1800) and Hannah Peck (1716-1815). He married Dennis/Denise Bradley (1753-1802) in 1771. They had seven children: Lazarus Clark Jr. (1773-1806), Dr. Jeremiah C. Clark, Dennis Clark Carrington (1780-1847), Oliver R. Clark (1780-1847), Patty Clark Riggs (1785-?), Andrew Clark (1789-1865), William Clark (1895-1862) and David William Clark (1829-1889). Lazarus and his family were some of the first official settlers of the town of Amity, later Woodbridge, CT. After his first wife died, he married Hannah Baldwin Clark (1747-1823). He died on August 19, 1818 at the age of 72 in Woodbridge, CT.
Robert Simpson Woodward (1849-1924) A Social Archive of Invites, Photographs and other Materials of Robert Simpson Woodward. .Washington, DC.c1905-1908
A collection of approximately 50 pieces of ephemera belonging to Robert Simpson Woodward who was a distinguished Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University and later President of Carnegie Institution. The majority of the collection consists of invitations, and their corresponding ephemera such as programs, RSVP cards, envelopes, and calling cards. Some of the invites were for Carnegie's various graduation functions, the German Ambassador Hermann Freiherr Speck von Sternburg, the American Institute of Architects, and the Literary Society.  There are three large formal invitations, one from the Periodical Publishers Association of America, one from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the other was for a dinner with a select group of individuals: Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell, Secretary of State Elihu Root, Darius Ogden Mills, former US Assistant Secretary of State John L Cadwalader, President of Phelps Dodge Cleveland H. Dodge, Henry L Higginson (founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and John Billings. Additionally there are a few short letters, the subject of which is generally a lengthy invite to a dinner or meeting. The smallest of these items are 3 3/4" x 2" and they go up to 12" x 9". Lastly there are two photographs of Woodward. First, a small black and white one (4" x 3 1/4") inset on a larger piece of paper (11" x 8 1/2"). The second is a larger sepia toned photograph (10" x 8"), printed by Portrait Studios Underwood and Underwood. This photograph comes in a folder. . Robert Simpson Woodward was born on July 21, 1849 in Rochester, MI to Lysander Woodward (1817 - 1880) and Peninah Axford Simpson (1825 - 1894). Robert first attended Rochester Academy, graduating in 1868. He went to the University of Michigan to study engineering and graduated in 1872. He worked as a geographer for the US geological survey from 1884 to 1890. He became a Professor of Mechanics at Columbia University in 1893 and in 1904 left that post to become President of Carnegie Institute of Washington, DC, where he remained until 1921. He was also President of several societies, such as American Mathematical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Robert married Martha Gretton Bond (1851 -1937) on March 1, 1876 in Detroit, MI. He had four children, Alice Woodward (1876-1878), Robert Simpson Woodward Jr (1879-1849), Karl Wilson Woodward (1881-1962) and William Lysander Woodward (1885-1946). He died June 29, 1924 in Washington, DC after a long illness.
A Collection of Ledgers Relating to Warren D. Rowley's Merchant Business Personal Financial Accounts
Geraldine S Kurnentz Schrier Ladieswear Garment Patterns: Coursework of Gerri Kurnentz from the Fashion Institute of Technology. .New York, New York.c1957
This binder belonged to Geraldine "Gerri" Kurnentz during her time as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. The binder contains two distinct courses on ladies wear garments and their corresponding work. Each section starts with the syllabus for the course, followed by Gerri's work and various handouts. These typed syllabus and instructional handouts provided by the school are often stamped with her teacher's name, such as N. Angelier (Nancy L Angelier) and F Leto. The two courses featured in this binder are Pattern Drafting and Design taught by Angelier and Apparel Design, taught by Leto. The coursework often consists of hand-drawn miniature patterns- drawn to scale- which are pasted or pinned onto graph paper. On particularly difficult tasked, such as the inclusion of a notched collar, multiple tiny pattern pieces are affixed to the drawn pattern with straight pins.  At times these patterns are also made from canvas or tracing paper which has been pinned into the graph paper. Along with the patterns are her notes and magazine cutouts of illustrations of the articles of clothing she was attempting to make. Interspersed between all of this are a few newspaper articles she found interesting and a few fashion sketches. It is unclear if these sketches are Gerri's original designs or simply sketches of the dresses she was trying to create. Some of the techniques and/or patterns she learned in these two courses are:  a Notched collar, a Dolman Sleeve, a Ragian Sleeve, a elongated armhole, a petal skirt, and a princess dress. 2 in, 3 ring binder with blue fabric covers. The pages of the binder are encased in plastic sleeve inserts, of which there are 67 (including the one on the front cover).  As such there are approximately 134 (a few plastic inserts are single sided). The binder dates from the mid 1950s, but no later than 1958, as Gerri was married in that year and her name changed to Schrier.  Measures 11 1/2" x 10 1/2". Geraldine "Gerri" S Kurnentz was born on September 3, 1938 to Sidney Kurnentz and Bessie Kurnentz nee Schwartz. She married Richard Schrier in New York in 1958. She eventually moved to New Jersey and had at least two children. Gerri died on July 3 2017.
5 Birthday Odes & 1 Sonnet Written by Samuel R. Wiley, Written Annually to Silas Leach on the Occasion of (Wiley's) Birth 1889-1901 "On the recurrence of my Birthday"
A series of correspondence from Samuel R. Wiley, San Francisco, CA to Silas Leach, Wilkes Barre, PA. Each of the Odes and the Sonnet are penned in a lovely hand with calligraphy embellishments at the top. Some with red and black borders. Philosophical and thought provoking works by an octogenarian.
A Collection of Twenty-Four (24) Baby Books or booklets collected over a 50 year period by a single collector. ..1908-1991
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Collection of 20th Century Paper Dolls used in Fashion Advertising to Children Directly. .United States.1917-1996
In the 1880s companies saw a way of reaching a wider audience by creating advertising material that was directed towards a young audience. The hope was that children might help to direct their parent's spending habits. By the early 1900s, advertisers had perfected this technique and had come up with a wide variety of paper games and toys meant to attract a child's attention. One such paper toy that was used by advertisers was paper dolls. With the combination of cheap printing and a surge in the popularity of paper dolls, manufacturers of all kinds of household goods took advantage by using them to promote their wares. The fashion and clothing industry in particular used this to great effect, as these ads were designed to mainly target young girls, and encourage them to desire to dress like their favorite paper doll. This collection consists of 11 items (25 dolls) of advertising paper dolls. Below is a brief description of the items within the collection. Dandyline Company Paper Doll (1917) The Dandyline Company, based in Chicago, IL, made dresses for young girls in the early 1900s. It then sold them to retail stores across the country along with an advertising paper doll. While the two dolls in this section are extremely similar, they are slightly different. This is mainly seen in the details of the yellow dress they are both wearing. The back of the doll had a space for the retail store to print its name and address.  This is the "Little Sister" series and includes two dolls and 14 costumes. Note the gender specific objects being held by the costumes. The back of each out had a Lot No. so that one could order the exact outfit. The two stores on the back of the dolls in this collection are E. M. Devine in Philadelphia, PA, and Hirsch D. G. Co. in Decatur, IL. 2 Dolls + 13 outfits, CUT, Measures 7" x 2 1/4" (Doll) FA Quality Family (c1920) During the 1920s a company by the name of FA Quality Trimmings, which sold various ribbons and trimmings meant to accent clothing, started a line of dolls called the FA Quality Family. It was a set of 4 dolls- Mother, Sister, Betty, and Buddy (Buddy is missing from this collection) with three outfits each.  On each sheet is the advertising phrase: "These cut out dolls serve two purposes; to amuse the children and to give you the style suggestions designed by experts." 3 UNCUT SHEETS (3 dolls + 9 outfits), Measures 7 3/4" x 5" Stories and Fashion (1934) Like the title suggests, this 16 pp. black and white booklet contains both paper dolls and short stories. Published by Mabley & Carew, a prominent department store in Cincinnati, Ohio, its goal was to help sell the clothing available at its store. The book contains six dolls: Mary, Tommy, the twins Betty & Bobby, Billy and Baby Jane. Beside each outfit is the price and department store floor in which it can be found on. The stories in this booklet are: The Little Boy and the Brook, My Fairy, and the Baby Stuart. Cover is detached. 6 Dolls + 10 outfits with accessories, UNCUT Booklet, Measures 7 1/2" 5 1/4" Miss Sunbeam Paper Doll Set (1949) Sunbeam Bread used their Miss Sunbeam doll to not only encourage the purchase of their baked goods, but also as a mean of selling their "Simplicity Printed Patterns". These sewing patterns allowed mothers to recreate the dresses Miss Sunbeam wore for their daughter. Next to each outfit was a product code that correlated to a specific sewing pattern. There are two pages for this item, the first page, with the doll, is in color, while the second page is in black and white. This would allow the child to have even more fun with the toy by coloring in the outfits. These two sheets are stapled together. 1 Doll + 9 outfits with accessories, 2 UNCUT SHEETS, Measures 12" x 8 3/4" Miss Sunbeam Paper Doll Set (c1950) The same paper doll as mention in the previous item, but with new outfits, mean for a new season. These outfits, along with the product code also gave an age range. Additionally this version had a teddy bear paper doll as well. 1 Doll + 9 outfits with accessories, 2 UNCUT SHEETS, Measures 12" x 8 3/4" Gibbs Kids Paper Dolls (c1950) Produced by Gibbs Underwear Company, based in Philadelphia, PA, Gibbs Kids was a series of paper dolls intended to help local retailers sell their clothes. The doll featured is the "10 year old Sister", and it showcases 4 outfits. What is unique about this item is not all the outfits paired with the doll are made or sold by Gibbs. Additionally, on the back of the sheet is a stamp that says "Compliments of Paperdoll Gazette, Shirley Hedge, Editor, Route 2, Princeton IND. 47679" 1 Doll + 4 outfits, 1 UNCUT SHEETS, Measures 12" x 9" Carter's School Wise Cut-Ups (Sept 1952) Printed in the September 1952 issue of McCall's, a monthly American women's magazine that ceased publication in 1992, was a printed ad for Carter's. Carter's was a clothing store for children selling clothes from 'cradle through school'. This ad features two dolls, a Big Sis, and a Baby Sis, each with their own outfit. The ad speaks directly to the child stating that their outfits mean that "Daddy saves dollars galore!" 2 Dolls + 2 outfits, 1 UNCUT SHEET, Measures 13 1/2" x 5 1/4" Pretty as Picture (1961) In a children's magazine, entitled 'Jack & Jill', a paper doll was printed for Vogue Patterns, a company that sold patterns for fashionable clothes. This doll was designed by Betty Jaxon and was meant to capitalize on the Easter holiday. In two sheets, a doll named Jill (there are two version of the same doll, each in a difference stance) is surrounded by colorful, fashionable outfits. Each outfit has the pattern number printed on its tabsThe Pretty as a Picture sheet was a store give-away, the second sheet is a proof presumably for future designs. 2 Dolls + 10 outfits with accessories, 2 UNCUT SHEETS, Measures 14" x 10 1/4" (Larger sheet) Bendel's Cut-Out Dolls (1962) Henri Bendel was an innovator when it came to high end luxury fashion and his boutique shop in New York City soon became a beacon of luxury for the cities elite. He also was a strong proponent fashion-centric illustration, and since paper dolls are a natural progression of that he soon had several books of them that he used to sell his clothes. The item is a 12 pp. booklet with paper wraps. The cover is an illustration of a cut out sheet of paper dolls. The book includes three (3) paper dolls and four (4) pages of outfits. The reverse of the page provides a narrative description, sizing information and pricing for each of the paper doll costumes. There is even an introductory note in the beginning of the book that asks the children not to cut out the dolls until mother has ordered the desired outfits. 3 Dolls + 21 outfits with accessories, UNCUT Booklet, Measures 9" x 7" Vind Garn Til Vinterens Dolls (1966) Published in Familie Journalen, Denmark's longest running weekly family and women's magazine (it was started in 1877), are two paper dolls. The advertisement is for Dale Crepe, a yarn company in Europe. The dolls are meant to help selling knitting patterns, and each sweater is a pattern you can purchase. There is a both a boy and girl doll, each with fours knit sweaters, and at least one knit hat and pair of mittens.  In Danish. 2 Dolls + 8 sweaters with accessories, 2 UNCUT SHEETS, Measures 13 1/2" x 10" Look Book Holiday (1996) This advertising pamphlet was aimed directly at both young boy and girl fashionistas. This is evident even in the title, as a 'Look Book' is a collection of designs compiled to show off a style or clothing line. Even the names of the outfits advertised in this accordion folded pamphlet are titled to reflect that. Such as "Glamor Girl", "Updated Classics", and "Long, Lean Look". Published for the holiday season by The Children's Place, an American specialty retailer of children's apparel and accessories since 1969. It comes with two dolls, a boy and a girl with several outfits each. The pamphlet is printed in color and is double sided. As such, it is impossible to cut out both dolls and all the outfits from the same pamphlet. 2 Dolls + 13 outfits with accessories, UNCUT, Measures 5" x 3 1/4" (folded), 26" x 5" (unfolded) To view this collection, please click on the following link: .
Advertising Coloring Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. .United States.1888-1932
This collection has 15 unused items in it published from 1888 to 1932. The items in this collection were published by a variety of companies, from Colgate Toothpaste to Palmolive Soap. Below are a brief description of the items of note within the collection. Coloring books have been around for a long time. It all started in the 1880s when the McLoughlin Brothers, invented the coloring book. They, along with Kate Greenaway, produced "The Little Folks' Painting Book". Since then other pioneers in the genre, like Richard F. Outcault, who in 1907 produced "Buster's Paint Book", began to popularize this artistic medium. Soon this highly popular trend was noticed by the advertising industry, who jumped on the band wagon. They began to publishing a variety of coloring books, mainly directed towards children, advertising a wide variety of products such as soaps, cereal, paint, or coffee. Until the 1930s, these coloring books were designed with the intent for them to be painted instead of colored. Often 'color blocks' were provided with the books, which with the addition of a wet paint brush, would serve as the paint for the child to use. Towards the end of the 1930s, this practice waned as crayons came into wide use. Warner's Artist's Album, 1888 Two coloring books, or 'Artist Albums' published by H.H. Warner Company, a supplier of Warner's Safe Remedies and Warner's Log Cabin Remedies. These coloring books were given out to stores that sold their products. Stamped on the front of one book is "C. Veeder, Dealer in Pure Drugs, Medicines, and Warner's Safe Cures, other Safe Remedies, and Warner's Log Cabin Remedies in stock. Rosendale, NY". What is also interesting about these items was that the Warner Company was using these 'Artist Albums' album to host a contest. The first page states that "H. H. Warner & Co., proprietors of Warner's Safe Remedies and Warner's Log Cabin Remedies, will pay $3,621.00 IN CASH PRIZES for the best Colored Album (in Water Colors) of Warner's Artist's Albums". The company provided small colored versions of the art work on the interior cover page, and would judge on how well each artist matched the drawing. The two coloring books have different covers, but the interior pages are the same. Each cover depicts two separate images. The first album cover portrays two children coloring and an image of Santa going down a chimney. The second album's cover depicts a young boy at his easel painting a log cabin, and another image of a woman and young child admiring a still life painting.  Measures 11" x 5 1/2" Take This Home and Let Your Little Ones Color It, c1890 This coloring book was a take away from Prof Burk's Equine College, a traveling entertainment show from the late 1800s. This particular book was from a 'school children's matinee' show in Bellows Falls, Vermont on July 8. There are two illustrations for children to color, along with a colored version to serve as a guide. The rest of the vividly color images, depict scenes from the show, such as children surrounding a barrel of candy, a horse performing a trick, a miniature horse "taking a lesson in drawing", a candy factory, and an image of children on ponies with the tag line "A free ride on the ponies for all children at the matinee. Measures 5" x 3" (folded), 18" x 3" (unfolded) Our Country Drawing Book, c1903 Published by the Collins Baking Company of Buffalo, New York, this coloring book is unique for the fact that instead of images for a child to color, there are maps. With a total of sixteen (16) maps, the various states and territories of the US, and its neighboring countries are shown. In-between each page is a wax like paper to protect the colors of each map from overlapping. Measures 6" x 5 1/2" The Adventures of Ceresota, 1912 This coloring book accompanies it's drawings with short story about the Greek Goddess Ceres, and the adventures her son, Ceresota, goes on. Written by Marshall Whitlatch and illustrated by Alice Sargent Johnson, it was published by the Northwestern Consolidated Milling Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This coloring book has twelve illustrations for the reader to color. Along with each illustration there is a color version printed alongside it. The images themselves show Ceres and her son, the Greek pantheon at court, the Amazon, a Japanese Court, an Indian medicine man, a store front, and a mill. There are instructions on how to color each illustration as well. Originally, accompanying the book was a small folder containing Japanese color pads but it is missing from this collection. Measures 8" x 5 3/4" Happy Hours, Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes and Drawing Book, 1914 This 48 page coloring book was produced by the Ernest J. Goulston Advertising Agency in Boston, MA for the Smax Pies sold by Fox Bakery in Charlestown, MA. Each whimsical illustration has a colored version and blank one for you to "Get out your paints or crayons and see if you can color this print like the one on the opposite page." There are short Mother Goose nursery rhymes throughout, along with short facts about Smax Pies. Measures 7 3/4" x 7 1/4" The Elfin Treasure, 1920s Illustrated by HGC (Helen Grace Culverwell) Marsh-Lambert, this coloring book was created for Colgate Toothpaste, and told the story of a young girl, Patty, and her learning how to make her teeth white, like "pearls". This book has a both several printed colored images as well as blank ones for the reader to color. Additionally, in the back there is chart for children to use while learning how to brush their teeth that once completely filled out would allow the child to become a part of the "Colgate Health Club". The back interior cover page has a draw by numbers puzzle. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" Alabastine, Home Coloring Book, 1928 Published by the Alabastine Company, this coloring book showcases several beautifully designed interior rooms. Alabastine was a wall coating derived from gypsum that was mined from the extensive shale beds that occur abundantly around Grand Rapids, Michigan. Though not identical, painting walls with tinted Alabastine would be similar to painting with Plaster of Paris. The effect created a durable surface that was easy to maintain. This coloring book depicts two sets of seven interior rooms, one black and white, and the other is a colored example of what the room should look like. Additionally, there are several places for the reader to also practice their calligraphy. Alabastine sold an "outfit of water colors and brushes or crayons" that could be purchased separately. The center interior page is semidetached. Measures 10 1/4" x 8 1/4"s The remaining items in the collection are: Our Little Artist (1890s, Freihofer's Famous Bread, comes with color blocks), Little Monarch House Painter: Little Artist (1902, Monarch Paint, comes with color blocks), Baby Bunch: A Story Painting Book (c1920, Nestle's Milk, partially colored in), The Dutch Boy's Hobby: A Paint Book for Girls and Books (1926, National Paint Company, comes with color blocks),$250 Every Month for Children Who Can Paint (1927, Shredded Wheat Company), Jack Flies Around the World (1927, Palmolive-Peet Company) and Kellogg's Rhyme and Color Book (1932, Kellogg Company, partially colored in). To view this collection, please click on the following link: .
A Collection of 12 Novelty Advertising Pieces Directed towards Children. .United States.1890-1948
As the advertising market became flooded with an overwhelming amount of material all competing for the consumer's attentions, companies began to come up with a variety of different ways to get and keep the attention of the public. One of these ways was this was achieved was to add a gimmick or game to the advertisement. From hidden images to pop-ups, sliced metamorphic animals and movable pictures, these advertisements were colorful and eye-catching. This collection features twelve (12) items that date from 1890 to 1948. Below is brief description of a few items of note, as well as a list of the rest of the items within the collection: New England Red School House, c1890, C. M. Henderson & Co. The Little Red School House was a trademark of the C. M. Henderson & Co., and an image of it was stamped on the bottom of one of each pair of shoes it sold. In order to promote the company's 'Red School House Shoes', this cut out school house was given out to any boy or girl found wearing or purchasing a pair of the Henderson shoes at participating stores. Printed in red and black the uncut sheet includes the red school house, plus cutouts of people, a chimney, trees, and a fence, all which could be assembled with a series of folds and a bottle of glue in order to "construct in miniature the famous little building." Measures 12" x 61/4", uncut. Links of Goodness, 1905, Armour's Star Frankfurters The front panel features a drawn colored illustration of men, women, and an automobile waiting in line for Armour's Star Frankfurters. The inside panels features a colored illustration of a pop-up roll revealing a frankfurter inside a bun. Below the pop-up are a few paragraphs promoting the hot dog. The rest of the inside panels are dedicated to six recipes that utilize Star Frankfurters in them. The recipes listed are: Star Frankfurters and Potato Salad, Star Frankfurter Rolls, Cooking Star Frankfurters, Star Frankfurters and Baked Potatoes, Casserole of Star Frankfurters and Potatoes, and Roasted Star Frankfurters. Next to the recipe is another colored illustration depicting a plate of frankfurters and an unopened a package. On the back cover the numbers 120722 are printed along with "patent pending." Measures 5" x 3" (folded), 11 1/2" x 3" (unfolded) The Little Gingerbread Man, 1923, Royal Baking Powder Company This book tells the story of a King, and how on the eve of his daughter, the Princess, he bans any sort of cake or tart in the land because he can't stand his cook's baking. In near by kingdom, the Queen of all the Flour Folk, along with a gingerbread man come up with a plan to overturn the King's edict. Beside the text of the story are several recipes for desserts that use Royal Baking Powder. The recipes in these book, can also be found in t the 'Royal Cooking Book', also published by the Royal Baking Powder Company. At the end of the story there is a note that tells the reader that then can send in for their own copy of the cookbook. The illustrations in this book are colorful and full of whimsy. The artwork is by Charles J. Cory, while the story itself has been attributed to Ruth Plumly Thompson of Oz fame. Measures 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" Kellogg's Nursery Rhymes, 1928, Kellogg Company This fabric book is a part of a series called the Nursery Rhymes or Fairyland Doll Series. There were four dolls in the series: Tom, the Pipers Son, Little Bo Peep, Mary and her Little Lamb and Little Red Riding Hood. Each uncut fabric sheet came with a 12" to 15" cloth doll and two pages of a nursery rhyme book. The book in the collection only has two pages, telling the classic nursery rhyme of Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son. In addition to the text there is a small, red illustration on the bottom of each page. No doll is included in the collection, just the book. 4 pp. (including covers) Measures 3 3/4" x 3" Cococubs Race Game Board, c1934, Cadbury Bros. Ltd. This board game was a promotional gimmick by Cadbury to help sell their drinking chocolate just as Britain was coming out of an economic depression. The game pieces were called Cococubs, which were hollowcast hand-painted lead figures of various anthropomorphic creatures. The game board could fold in half for easy storage. One side had the instructions, and the 'Story of the Game' with illustrations of Cococubs around border, and the other side featured the colorful playing boar. This collection does not come with any of the game pieces, just the board. Measures 15 1/2" x 7 1/2" (folded), 15 1/2" x 15" (unfolded) Hires Magic Story, 1934, The Charles E. Hires Company The Charles E. Hires Company produced Hires Root Beer, which was first introduced in 1876 and is considered the second longest continuously made soft drink in the United State (now owned by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group). Charles Hire believed firmly in the power of advertising, famously stating, "doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does." This particular book has a series of invisible pictures that once rubbed with either 'a coin, spoon, or pencil' would be revealed. The story is about three children, White Birch, Ginger and Rooty, and how they discover the different flavors of root beer: Birch Beer, Ginger Beer and the original Root Beer. On each page is a colorful illustration, story text, and a magic square that, when rubbed would reveal another picture. None of the hidden images have been revealed. There is an offset printing error on several of the interior pages that only effects the illustrations. 12 pp. (including wrappers) Measures 6" x 4" The Ivory Caste Game, 1935, D & W Gibbs, BOARD ONLY Produced in 1935 to advertise D& W Gibbs "Dentifrice" Toothpaste, this board game is a variant of Snakes and Ladders. Gibbs slogan was “Your teeth are Ivory Castles – defend them with Gibbs Dentifrice.,” and as such the board game also served as a way to promote dental hygiene, as the goal of the game was to be the first player to reach the “Land of Health and Happiness.” Along the way there are various difficulties to help and hinder the player; for example, the Gibbs Fairy helps, an Imp hinders, and a Giant (called Decay!) handicaps the player at the start of the game. Various spaces have actions associated with them that send the player to other squares. Such as “Here’s my plane, I’ll take you to 49” and “It’s a nice puddle – miss a turn and stay in it”.  Printed on cardboard, designed to fold in half, the board also has two holes at the top to allow it to be hung up as an advertising item. Rules are printed on the back of the board. The game came with a dice and 4 colored counters. This collection contains ONLY the game board itself, nothing else. Measures 18” x 14” (unfolded) and 14” x 9” (folded) Kellogg's Jumbly Book, 1948, Kellogg Company The brightly colored book filled with forty-two (42) animals dressed up in various costumes. Several of the 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. Minor penciling on back cover. Measures 8" x 6" Other items in this collection: Little Red Riding Hood Star Rhymes (1890, Schultz & Co., Star Soap), Pied Piper Cut Out Story Book (1930s, Pied Piper Shoe Co.), Kellogg's Story Book of Games: Book #4 (1931, Kellogg Company), Kellogg's Funny Jungleland: Moving Pictures (1932, Kellogg Company), Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sprat (1932, Kellogg Company), and Mother Goose (1935, Kellogg Company, Illustrator Vernon Grant). To view this collection, please click on the following link: .
Barbara Plummer & Barbara Barnett A Collection of 28 Paper Doll Sets by the Jones Sisters. 1987-2011
This collection of 28 paper dolls by the Jones Sisters, a pair of women, named Barbara Plummer and Barbara Barnett, who designed paper dolls. The majority of the collection are limited edition runs that were sold at the yearly Paper Doll Convention. The collection date from 1987-2011, with the bulk of them dating from the late 1980s. What is unique about these paper dolls are the outfits, as the majority of them are constructed from wall paper. The wall paper is used as 'fabric patterns' to form the base of the design, and are flushed out with ink and color markers. The collection has been organized into four categories: Military, Career,  Fashion and Miscellaneous. Each paper doll set contains one, uncut paper doll and a variety of cut (by the designer) outfits and accessories. Two of the sets have two dolls - a mother and daughter pair, and a child and doll pairing. Each set comes with a title page with the name of the doll, its series (were applicable), date (three of the dolls sets in the collection are undated) and designer. Often times the title page would also list if any portion of the sales of the dolls were going to a charity, such the American Cancer Society, Make a Wish Foundation, Breast Cancer Research and Multiple Sclerosis. The sets are stored in a custom made wallpaper folder. Three of the paper doll sets in the collection, under the Military category, do not have the same design aesthetic and packaging. One was made in 2002, and feature uncut outfits, not made with wallpaper. The doll itself has its look based off of a real female combat pilot, and her outfits span several centuries, and comes in pairs. Each period represented include one fashion outfit and one combat or nursing outfit. The other two were made by Barbara Barnett in 2011 for the Paper Doll Convention in Dayton, OH. They both are Military women, (WAC: Women's Army Corp & SPAR: Semper Paraus Always Ready, the USGS Women's Reserve Force), and each set features two uncut pages of a paper doll, and her outfit/accessories. These pages are printed copies of dolls that look like they were drawn by ink and marker, without the use of wallpaper like the rest of the sets in the collection. During the over thirty year span Barnett and Plummer worked together, they alternatively worked under the names of the Jones Sisters and Two Bs' Design. Some of the items in this collection are made solely by Barnett. A database of the dolls is available upon request. Measures (wallpaper folder) 8 3/4" x 5 3/4" .
LT. Edward A Kimpel, Letters - WWII Correspondence re War, Homefront & Parenting.
A collection of approximately 145 letters from a US Navy Reserve Communications Officer during World War II. Lt (JG) Edward Andrew Kimpel Jr served in the Navy in the Pacific Ocean Theater from 1942 to 1945. The lengthy correspondence between him and his family members, mainly his wife, Virginia, covers a variety of topics, including but not limited to: naval battles in Pacific Ocean Theater, attacks by Japan's airplanes, daily life on the ship, the censorship of wartime correspondence, Edward's various duties on the aircraft carriers he served on, discussions on wartime rations, and familial relationships between his wife, his parents, and his children.... Of particular note are the issue with son Edward (III) who later entered a life of crime. See complete discription for detail.
A S Van Eerde. Collection of Artwork, Drawing, and Sketches by A S Van Eerde, c1920s - 1940s. ..c1920s - 1940s
A collection of over seventy (70) pieces of artwork by A S Van Eerde. The work is in various stages of completion, such as notes, outlines, sketches, illustrations, and completed works.   A S Van Eerde was a commercial artist that designed advertisements for clients. He also sold his own fine art and was a writer/illustrator that did covers and interiors for magazines like "American Legion Weekly", and comic books. He had a short-lived comic strip called "2038 AD: An Excursion to Mars", that ran only four installments in "Amazing Mystery Funnies" comic book series published by Centaur between 1938-1940. Among the collection is a series of six (6) watercolors that depict what "Daddy & Bruce" did during their day together, such as visiting the Museum of Natural History, and the zoo. Another series of six (6) watercolors depict several hilarious moments, such as a young girls 'sensible winter outfit' and an early morning conversation at the bus stop. There are several one off pieces (in ink, pencil or watercolor): rides at an amusement park,  a master painter painting using paint by number, a professor putting helium in his car tires instead of air, and sketches of different advertisements, as well as some finished products or possible reference pieces. Please view the collection by clicking on the link: . The collection is overall in good condition. On some pieces there are glue stains on the back. The sketches and notes are on a finer paper, which as caused some very minor tears along the edges on some pieces. Some of the paper is toned and soiled. But overall fine.
An Archive of Manuscript Children's Poetry, Games and Puzzles - Intended for Publication
Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97.
Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97. The estate belonged to David Wallace and his wife Ruth, who was the widow of Hopper Mott, a prominent New York City family.

J. T. Melchior A Comprehensive Manuscript Three Volume Language Series Set of Saxona, the Teutonic Element in the English Language, or A Primer of Anglo Saxon Words . .Jasper, IN.1915-1920
A three volume set that explores in depth the etymology of the English Language, in particular the Teutonic (Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family, of which Anglo Saxons spoke) element found within the language. These three volumes were hand crafted by J. T. Melchior, and include the history of the Germanic Tribes invasion of what is now the United Kingdom, language charts, vocabulary lists, and mathematical analyses of English writing samples (mostly derived from newspaper clippings) to exemplify how many English words origins are Teotonic. The author's passion for this subject comes through from the very first page, the forward, where he states: "The bold Anglo-Saxon folk who settled in the merry England at a time now long agone [sic]; and their hearty speech - OUR MOTHER TONGUE - as it was in ye olden time and as it is spoken now, herein are told about in homely self-written words. JTM (all Saxon words)". The titles of the three volumes are as follows: Language Series Volume 1 "Saxona": The Teutonic Element in the English Language, A Primer of Anglo Sazon Words (1915, 120 pages), Language Series Volume 2, "Teutona", Anglo-Teutona, The Teutonic Element in the English Language (1920, 89 pages), and Language Series Volume 3, Indo-European Words, Language Charts (no date, 30 pages). The books also come with three printed maps, one hand drawn map, and five hand drawn language diagrams. J. T. Melchior is most likely John T. Melchior from Jasper, IN, who was a teacher for eight years before taking over his father's general store. Upon his retirement from his business, he dedicated his time to studying history and literature. Volume One has green marble covers with red accents while volumes two and  three have green covers with black accents, with a brad binding. The back cover of volume two has an embossed decorative design. Measures 9" x 8".. John T. Melchior was born on March 25, 1858 to John Baptiste Melchior (1823-1883) and Anna Schuler (1829-1906) in Jasper, IN. John was a sickly child, who due to a chronic affliction, was invalid from the age of seven to eighteen. He became a teacher and taught in the Ackerman adn Buechler (Indiana) township schools for eight years, before having to leave the profession due to a serious throat infection. He then worked at his father's general store, before taking over the business in 1907 upon his father's retirement. He married Mary Catherine Jochim (1862-1957) on November 22, 1881 and had four children: Nicholas Robert Melchior (1882-1912), Edward D. Melchior (1887-1916), Hugo Melchior (1890-1983), and Marcella C. Melchior (1899-1930). John retired from the general store (which was then taken over by his sons) in 1913, at which time he focused on his life long passion of history and language. He died on May 21, 1939 have a long illness, and is buried in Jasper, IN.
Collection of 110 Get Well Greeting Cards- How we Encouraged those who Ailed 1920s-1950s
A collection of 110 different get well cards, predominantly for children and dating from the 1930s to the 1950s with others 1910 to 2000. A majority of the cards in this collection are light-hearted in nature and intended to “cheer-up” the recipient.  Selected from a 30 plus year extensive collection of greeting cards, the get-well cards are among the most creative and entertaining.  Common threads are humor and depicting people or anthropomorphic animals being cheerful and experiencing improved wellness.  Condition is generally very good, many are signed.  Some with tape marks and light corner bends.  Overall, an interesting representation of socially acceptable means of dealing with illness at the time.  To view the details on the collection click HERE .
85 Years of Print Reinforcing a Women's place is in the home doing "Women's Work"
Historically, ingrained by print media, from early childhood females are depicted as being responsible for domestic matters and chores. | This is played out in this small collection of 20 items from the earliest piece an 1865 advertising cover depicting a mother with a modern washer with crank wringer while her child sits near by washing her dolls clothes to the latest a 1949 children's book titled "My Busy Week" a series of images with relevant rhyming verses on a little girls roles in domestic work and play and how she should be equally happy at work and play. | An offset to the remaining items in the collection is a 1921 piece produced by the Women's Bureau - US Department of Labor titled "When Women Work" it contrasts good and back working conditions for women working outside of the home and reinforces the need for gender equality and reinforces that "America will be as strong as her women". | A majority of the materials in the collection are booklets or pamphlets and are  illustrated with women and/or girls using the products.  The primary objective of many of these pieces is to stress an improved method or product, making less work for the woman, but specifically for the women, there is no implication these products would be used by men.   Categories include Cleaning and Sanitation, Cooking & Baking, Gender Roles, Laundry, Domestic Product Catalogs, Shoveling Coal, Sweeping and Vacuuming and Working Women. | A database describing each of the items is available via pdf or in our Catalogue for this fair - found in our "booth" at the lower right.
Einar S A Collection of 23 miniature pen and ink landscapes created by one woman - elements of nature. .Sweden .1909
A collection of 23 small format cards featuring landscapes. The subject matter reflects nature in a particular locale throughout the year. It includes three (3) seasons of a sparsely treed country lane, an array of water scenes through the trees, just trees and just water.   While contemplating the images one conjures a sense calm, peace and serenity. Each illustration in done in black ink, on the blank side of a note card. The majority of the images are of landscape scenes featuring forests, mountains, or lakes. Three of the illustrations have accents of red ink as well. One unique card in this collection depicts on the lined side of the note card, a head of a donkey with the caption, "That's me." Several of the note cards have "Minum Kultani" on them, which is Finnish for "my love". One card features the below quote: "I feel today as if life were at an end. I guess that my window faces  west. Cohen was right in his saying that 'life is very funny proposition after all' - but I don't see where the fun comes in, not even on pay-days and I wonder." Another: "There is more summer in Sweden than any place else (in the hearts - written on reverse)" This quote is signed with the name Einar, a Scandinavian boy's name meaning warrior or leader. The illustrated note cards in the collection often have either Einar or the initials E. S. on them. Additionally a few times the illustrations are dated. It is clear that some of these note cards were originally used for study purposes as on the back of some cards are some notes, such as exogamy (a scientific term)  or Schweizerisches Rechtslexikon by K. Brodtbeck (Swedish Legal Dictionary). Previously used as note cards and repurposed for drawing. The note cards themselves are 5" x 3" with a single hole punch at the bottom. Four of the cards in the collection have been done on smaller trimmed note cards, the smallest of which is 3 1/2" x 2". One of these smaller cards has been done in pencil rather than pen. .
An Archive of over 600 pieces of Jacob Meck (1859-1930), prominent merchandising entrepreneur, postmaster, and cigar manufacturer, Meckville, Berks County, PA, 1864-1911. ..
An Archive of over 600 pieces of Jacob Meck (1859-1930), prominent merchandising entrepreneur, postmaster, and cigar manufacturer, Meckville, Berks County, PA, 1864-1911.  Jacob Meck, of Pennsylvania, was one of 11 adult children born to Benjamin and Elizabeth Ruth. He operated a grocery store beginning in 1879. He was the postmaster of Meckville, Berks County, PA after being nominated by David McKendree Key (U.S. Democratic Senator from Tennessee and U.S. Postmaster General). The post office was located in the store and the village was named Meckville after him. Meck later expanded his business, opening a liquor store in 1894, a creamery, feed store, and shirt factory in 1902, and then establishing Eagle Canning Company in 1905.  Meck began a cigar manufacturing business in 1884 and ran it through 1907 when time restrictions forced him to abandon it. In 1913 he ran for Recorder of Deeds as a democratic candidate. Above images are small sampling of collection He married Hettie Esther Becker in 1877 and the couple had seven children. Many personal correspondences are from his sons Walter (1878-1961) and Allan (1886-1977?). Walter opened the Meck and Coldren Mill with D.D. Coldren in 1900 where they manufactured cotton underwear. Walter remained with the business until 1950. Allan became a minister and became a well-respected president of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, where an Allan S. Meck Award honors his memory. The collection relates to the cigar business and grocery store; including financials, invoices, advertisements, and correspondence. Also postmaster papers, circulars, covers (envelopes), and personal correspondence and documents and includes: · Financial, business and personal from multiple banks and the Internal Revenue Service and detail amounts of deposit and credits, many are from Myerstown National Bank, including overdraft notices, settlement of bills, bank notices, bank notices, revenue license receipt, etc. · Post office/post master, 1883-1887 (20 items), others without dates-many ask for names and addresses of residents who may have interested in a particular consumer good or in a particular trade and request information be posted or handed out. o notes to postmaster o circulars o Grocery business (approx. 381 items) § Postal Cards, 1879-1888 including notice of payments both due and received, calling cards with dates of vendor visits, advertisements for example for Hardware, Iron, and Oil Merchants, Garden Seeds, Oriental Spice and Coffee Works, Personal notes such as one regarding having Meck’s sign painted and requests for goods to be delivered. § Payments received, 1879-1888. § Invoices, predominantly from 1879-1887 § Correspondence, predominantly from 1879-1910 (129 items) of note a letter dated Oct 5, 1886, Meck endorsed a David McCauley where McCauley reneged on his agreement and the company wants to know how Meck will handle the need for payment. o Circulars (120 items) § Pharmacy (7 items)-includes quackery, patented medicines, specimens of cards, of note is a letter head for World Dispensary and Invalids’ Hotel in Buffalo New York § Proctor and Gamble (12 items)-notices for advertising including Ivory Soap “Creeping Babies” (a possible reference to the poem “Thoughtful Santa Claus”, also leaflets such as “Town Talk” “Half Moon” “Clean Quick” which have descriptions and prices of goods. § Clothing and Shoes (14 items)-notices of auctions and sales, endorsements, price lists, of note 8 page 1881 trade journal for the Goodyear Rubber Company § Books (16 items)-order forms and publishers book descriptions, circular letters, a business circular written by a doctor; if a consumption patient fills in answers to questions they receive a book, ad for “New and Splendidly Illustrated Polyglot Family Bible”, newspaper style advertisement for “The History of Christianity” by Rev. John S.C. Abbott D.D., and Denison’s Descriptive Catalogue of Amateur and Standard Plays, Dialogues, Tableaux, Readings, Books for Teachers, Etc. § Insurance (5 items)- descriptions and costs of services § Agriculture and Farming (17 items)- some circular letters with illustrated letterhead, booklets, ads for fertilizer, scales, animal meal, minerals, oils, and tools, of note “The Wise Farmer” ad for improved butter color. § Miscellaneous (1 item)-1883 Kentucky Lottery § General Goods (Dry Goods, Household) (39 items)-newspaper style advertisements for tea, silverware, lighting, needles, and other household supplies, watches, mirrors, scales, laundry supplies, and paints, of note ads for an electric battery which gives 5 currents and a Peterson’s Patent Label Maker. § Food (6 items)- listing of testimonials, sales, notice of items available, of note an ad for “Poor Man’s Easter Egg Dyes”. § Modern Houses (3 items)-sample pictures with descriptions of homes available for building, includes basic pricing · Cigar Business, run from 1884-1907 (approx. 74 items)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         o Postal Cards, 1880-1889, and no date-includes calling cards and types and quantities of cigar orders such as “Lady of Lake” and “Royal Boquet” and “send 1.000 Minnie and 1.000 Gyrrell’s” o Cigar documents 1886-1887-assortment of topics, of note one letter of Aug 24, 1886 requests a reorder but “under no circumstances do we want any with that binder on that you bought of Frymyer. If you do you will spoil your future trade with us as we cannot possibly handle any segars at any price that do not burn” and a premium for J.R. Mast who is giving away free boots with the purchase of “Boot Plug” tobacco; letters also include: § orders § references § Advertisements-includes Weissinger and Bate’s “Prune Nugget” chewing tobacco and Bausman and Mast’s Seed Leaf and Havana Tobacco § correspondence o Invoices, 1879- 1898-lists the names of cigars, quantity, and pricing o Covers (envelopes)-return addresses for cigar companies and tobacconists in Pennsylvania · Personal Correspondence (118 items) o To Jacob Meck, 1880-1911, no date (98 items)-many addressed to father from Walter and Allan, may be store related but do not have businesses referenced, others are a combination of business and personal, for example Walter discussing orders and his daughter’s health o other addressees, 1864-1910, no date (20 items) § includes letters to/from family members, a number of letters are to Allan § 1903 report on “Reformation History of France” by Allan Meck, about 17 years old · Meck documents (3 items) o notice of new item available in store (2 copies) o 1913 letter of introduction, democratic candidate for Recorder of Deeds · Covers (envelopes)-an assortment of covers, most have stamped postal marks and postage stamps, predominately with advertisements, mostly illustrated or with cameo illustrations, addressed to Meckville, Berks County and Hamlin, Lebanon County, one with Kutztown (there are no circulars or documents included with these) (#26000327) $1,150.00 Social History 2. [ Manuscript] A Series of 10 Family letters from Rebecca (Morton) and Gideon Carpenter of Vermont to Phebe (Morton) and Peter Vaughan of Middleborough, Massachusetts, 1827-1848.  A collection of ten (10) letters primarily from Rebecca Carpenter to her sister Phebe Vaughan but occasionally contain correspondence between Peter Vaughan and Gideon Carpenter. Letters are on 12 ½” x 8” single fold papers and folded to create stampless covers, six covers have stamped postmarks. Letters are predominantly from the 1820’s. · Earlier letters are addressed to Peter but are to ‘sister.’ They discuss family and friends, health issues, money, and children. · Peter and Gideon discuss business; Peter sends a horse for Gideon to sell. · An undated letter to Peter reveals Gideon is paying a man to search for Morton family land in England as he hears that the family overseas has come into a land fall. He hopes for names, marriages, births, and deaths in order to prove a relationship. · Rebecca discusses daily life, spinning, washing, not wanting to cut her young son’s hair. She mentions a feeble child and one who was recently buried after ten weeks with “dropsy in the head.” · Rebecca’s health is not well and their mother comes to live with her. · Rebecca shows deep concern that Gideon is not a farmer but that he is unable to make a profit at his trade. · She wonders if he might be able to work his trade if they are able to move “down there” to the New Bedford and Taunton areas. She requests Peter to send any information possible. · She expresses happiness that Phebe has received the “Pearl of great price” probably referring to Matthew 13:45-46, King James Version and hopes she will not stop until she achieves “perfect love.” Joseph Smith who later began the Church for Latter Day Saints, grew up in nearby Sharon, VT. · Later letters mention their mother losing her faculties, Rebecca’s son Charles buying a house and her moving in. She details the house and property, explaining she has two rag rugs, a wood shed that will hold two cords, the number of rooms, and how the house has a pump to the cistern that brings water to the sink in the kitchen. The last letter shows Rebecca’s severe ill health and her inability to work, the boys helping and her daughter Jane helps as much as possible. Rebecca has extreme pain and the doctor recommends blisters and bleeding. (#2600094) $275.00 Phebe Oliver Morton Vaughan, 1795-1869 ( Peter Vaughan, 1791-1874 ( ) Children: Cyrus, Eveline, Peter, Phebe, Hepsibah, Mary Rebecca Morton Carpenter, 1799-? Gideon Carpenter, 1790-? ( Children: William, Charles, Albert, Edwin, Jane .
The Magic of Color in Vintage Advertising - Fifty Years of Color Brochure Covers  - 1880s-1920s
A collection of over 50 cover illustrations selected for first impression attraction to the color image. Spanning 50 year  from the 1880s through the 1930s. Consists predominantly of booklets with a few programmes, a box top etc. The collection may be used in many ways to understand the use of color illustrations in advertising.  Some initial observations follow; |The change in design and use of color by decade. It demonstrates the evolution of design from the flourishing elaborate Victorian design through the gentle and feel good calmness of the first quarter of the 20th Century ending with the angular, streamline brilliant pops of color of the late 20s and 30s influenced by Art Deco and flight of fancy designs. Note the variants in the inks as time progressed. | A second observation of the collection is the various visual messages employed to inform or persuade the viewer to look further  | Drama - the die-cut bars of a jail cell to the dramatic images of the star | Emotional Draw -  from the young boy with his American flag to the College chaps gathered around the piano singing | Endorsers - From Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty promoting remedies to the Goddess of the Harvest  selling Farm Land in Florida | Flight of Fancy - The Linebooks from the Chicago Tribune with pops of color and floating objects to Toy Tinkers with  vibrant shapes. | Influencers - Images that put you into the picture from the lady golfer to the mother and child under the rainbow of happiness if you used this product this will be you. | Juxtaposition - often used by remedy makers - from plain folk to glamourous actresses appearing with a life size bottle of the product. | Non-Sequitur - from scenes of Egyptian pyramids promoting remedies to a anthropomorphic cat promoting as a printer | Picture Tells The Story - From the man with the headache to Oil Comes to Us | Product Depict -  from rich prunes to rice coating the world | Product Superiority - run fastest with Keds to the finest spice cookies | One booklet, Peruna for Catarrh. has two different forms of advertising both the juxtaposition on the front the nurse holding the products on the reverse. | To this point we have only examined the covers. One item of particular note is Toy Tinkers - a fold-out 8pp. pamphlet that includes futuristic design, emotional draw with loving families playing games together, whimsy and excellent product display. |  Aside from the advertising imagery  the booklets  include information on various types of products including  Appliance, Clothing,Cream Separator, Food, Household goods & Remedies, Insurance, Medical, Military, Pianos, Printing, Promotion - Land, Promotion - Natural Resource, Promotion - Newspaper, Promotion - Patriotism, Promotion - Town Remedy, Shoes, Theatre, Toy and more. | The possible uses for this collection are many.  
Price Lists - A collection Spanning 100 Years Examining the Availability, Distribution, Price and Pricing Consideration of Food & Other Commodities
The collection includes 83 food and associated commodities price lists, catalogs, ledgers, invoices, postal card advertisements and more. It spans a 100 year period and provides considerable information regarding the availability, distribution, price and pricing consideration of these commodities.  The materials represent 40 different American markets, with heavy weight on New York, Boston and Philadelphia in the earlier years. The collection includes both retail and wholesale information. Approximately 60% of the materials are pre 1890.  | The journey begins with a 1834 printed list of  Ship Stores put up by Hampton and Coffin in New York, including available provisions for both the Ships Stores and Cabin Stores.  This is followed by a ledger from a merchant in Sea brook New Hampshire detailing his sales for 1854-1855. By 1861 the printed Commission Market/Exchange reports with reports from Albany, NY, Boston, MA, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA and Washington DC were appearing consistently over the course of the next 30 plus years and included information on previous period sales, expected prices and information on availability and likelihood of price fluctuation. Commodities by exchange varied significantly and although called and Egg and Butter Exchange one many find Beans, Butter, Cheese, Eggs, and Meats or such things as Includes Ginseng, Snake Root, Butter, Beeswax, Flax, Dried Fruit Eggs, Rags, etc.  Of note - fur skin from house cat.  Includes envelope to customer in Tennessee.  Also included are catalogues from variations on a single food  to one catalogue from Retail Price List Cob, Bates & Your Importers and Grocers with 56 pp. and hundreds of categories. | The collection includes 27 specialty pieces with price lists for Baker, Confection, Biscuits, Butter Color, Canned Goods and Pickles, Confectioner, Country Produce, Eggs, Fish, Fruits, Honey, Jams and Marmalade, Canned Tomatoes and Nuts, Jellies, Kara Corn Syrup, Liquors, Meat, Meats & more, Salted, Pickled & Smoked Fish, Ship Stores and Cabin Stores, Syrup, Tea and Coffee, Tobacco, Liquor, Groceries Liquor and Preserves & Canned Goods.  | The Butter Color headline reads "How to Increase the Value of Butter". A  comprehensive overview of all things  Perfected Butter Color.  The reverse has the Golden Rules for making gilt-edged butter and The Best System of Setting Milk. | Gordon & Dilworth Table Delicacies boasts "More than one hundred Domestic & Foreign Fruits and Vegetables transmuted into Table Delicacies. All of our Productions bear this (displayed) Trade-March Label. We will prosecute all Infringements of the same." | As the years progress more and more retail materials appear including weekly flyers with "Specials" . An interesting tidbit in the 1911 California Fruit Product   Company  - Direct from California introductions and information on the Dakota Car leaving on Nov. 5th for distribution in Dakota.  |   Another interesting marketing approach was the use of printed price lists on Postal Cards presumably sent to regular customers. | The journey ends in the 1930s a large format broadside type list with an image from a photograph of The Tower home Welfare SA. Genoa Colorado. selling a variety of foods, household products, sundries, school supplies and tobacco.   It indicates it is providing candy, nuts and oranges at Christmas time for the children of Lincoln County to be sure none goes without. In researching this location it can only be found as a roadside attraction with no mention of groceries. | This is the tip of the iceberg of information available in this collection. A link to the collection database is available upon request and can also be linked through our Catalogue at the lower right corner of our booth.