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In this context an "Album" describes a collection of materials, often penned or drawn by hand, with printed additions accumulated by an individual or multiple people on a common theme. Album is also used as the broad term to include volumes also described as commonplace, piece, "sentiment," autograph, or copy books. Journals and diaries are also examples of albums.

A "commonplace book" is "a book of literary passages, cogent questions, occasional thoughts, or other memorabilia." The terms "piece book" and "copy book" also refer to this genre. Many of the albums contain copies of speeches, contemporary poetry and other quotations.

A "scrapbook" or "clipping book," is distinguished from an album as it contains material which was originally printed or written elsewhere and then attached to the pages of the book. "Lesson books" and "exercise books" include material that was copied in the classroom or prepared as a school assignment, and "autograph books" contain signatures and often "sentiments" of friends and acquaintances.

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Friendship Album of Alice M. Case from Cornville, Maine, c. 1881Cornville, Mainec. 1881
Red fabric cover, pencil signatures and writings. A friendship album from Cornville Main (population 932 in 1880 census according to Wikipedia), dates range from 1880-1884 with the majority from December 1881. 2 3/4" x 4 1/2". wear on cover, the writing is in pencil and can be difficult to read
Autograph Album for Ella S. Knapp, Danbury Conn. 1878Connecticut1878-1884
Red cloth embossed Autograph album with signatures for the years 1878-1884. Inscribed "A Christmas Gift." Some pages contains a name and town while others have decorative writings as in  friendship album. Many pages have embossed die-cut Victorian scraps. Locations are primarily Danbury, CT but also list Marbledale (a village in Washington, CT), Middletown, Sherman, New Canaan, and New Milford, CT as well as Brooklyn  and Fergusonville New York. 4 3/4" x 7". wear on cover, some oxidation, scrap at beginning of book torn, missing page at beginning
 19th Century Autograph Album belong to William from Westerly, RI. ..1880-1898
An autograph album from the later 19th century with a beautiful and unique cover. On cloth boards, the front and back strip is embossed with scrolls and floral designs. It is silver stamped with accents of red and black. The pages are gilded edged and the title page of the album has a wonderfully colored butterfly and fan in pink, purple, and green, along with the text 'Autographs'. The album belonged to a boy named William, often referred to Willie, and the autographs within the album date from 1880 to 1898. The majority of the pages of the album are filled with only autographs, date and location. Most of them are from Westerly, RI, though there is a few from Chicago, IL. The later portion of the album also has some poetry (including an acrostic poem) and a few illustrations. Some of the more interesting notes are quoted below: "Remember, I say when you look on these pages, That writing in albums is like working for wages." "Live so you will not be afraid to die." "Watch your thoughts and words and deeds; If you would reap a good harvest, sow good seeds. Little by little the coral insect builds up a reef; Little by little, in God's Book, we fill a leaf. In noble name and happy heart, may you excel; Eternally in the "New Jerusalem" may you dwell." "I am not old enough to write my name in your book, Uncle Willie, I get my Mother to." And on the last page of the album: "Last in your album, Last in your thought, Last to be remembered, First to be forgot." There are three illustrations in the album. One of the illustrations is a bird in flight carrying the name card of the artist. It was done in ink. Another is again the name card of the artist, but with a tree branch behind it, in ink. The last is one is painted in green, red and pink. It shows several small flowers in various stages of bloom. Measures 6 1/4" x 4". To view this album, please click on the following link: The covers show some minor edge wear due to rubbing, mainly on the corners and the back strip. The color of the embossing has also been worn off in some places. One of the interior pages has tape repair. Minor soiling due to age. Text block is semi detached from boards.
Album of Friendship, Friendship Album of Jennie, New Jersey.     c 1874
Blue gilt blind stamped cover. Frontispiece, 3 plates. Album belongs to 'Jennie', one signature indicates a location of  NJ, most pages are blank, end page lists the names "Dora, Jennie, Lillie, Eva, Pauline, Gertie" and also "Freddie" the poem under mentions "six sisters fair". 8 1/2" x 7" wear on cover, some foxing throughout
Collection of handwritten and typed recipes . ..
9 recipes and recipe books, most are hand written but there is one set of typed recipes on Herald Tribune Home Institute paper. Recipes include: Genuine Bay Rum, Cold Slaw Dressing, Preserved Strawberries, Orange Marmalade, Sour Milk Cake, Cake Pie with Fruit, Cookies, Current Wine, Confection of Senna (which is on the back of an 1855 advertisement for house repairs),  The typwritten collections is titled "Italian Recipes" "Vitamins in Italy"  by the Browns. It consists of 6 typed pages of Italian recipes such as Ravioli,Osso Bucco, Scaloppine Con Funghi, and Pollo Al Vino Bianco. Herald Tribune Home Institute published a cookbook ca. 1940's. . some recipes have staining and tears, all recipes are able to be read but some handwritings are difficult to decipher
Album of Gems, Friendship Album of Matilda S. Bidell, Coxsacki, New York.     c 1851-1852
Red gilt, blind stamped cover. Albums belonged to Matilda S. Bidell, first entry after owner's dedication is message from her husband William, most entries from Coxsacki, NY. 8" x 6 1/2" binding loose, leather on spine has come off, some staining on front pages
Charming Handmade Christmas Letter  Album with Family Photos and color Landscape photocards c1910s.
A 6" x 4 1/2" handmade album.  The covers are constructed of a deeply embossed card with floral border and a photograph of the writer at center. The first page is a printed Christmas greeting , perhaps from a Victorian gift book.  Contents includes snippets from and full size color photocards interspersed with manuscript pages and additional  pictures; one of the writer, a second of a young relative.  The correspondence is from Oswaldtwistl, Lancaster England.  The photocards are scenery from the area. The correspondence is newsy with word of family doings. Ribbon tie binding. Cover separated and repaired with new ribbon.
Handwritten Letter from Mrs. Frances Hall to Mrs. Heagy Regarding Help with Clothing her Children. ..1952
A pencil written letter from Mrs. Frances Hall to Mrs. Heagy writing to seek her assistance in clothing her children. 1952. The note was delivered to Mrs. Heagy by Johnny Hall, her son who apparently worked for Mrs. Heagy. Written by a poorly educated woman in partial sentences first praising the recipient for being so nice to her son and then asking for old clothes she may have for children “I have got girles and boy all size”. She then discusses the need to work “to pay up my Bill it takes so much to clothes the children”. Envelope included. .
Scenery Autograph Album belonging to "Anna", BHS class of 1883Bridgeport, CT1882-1886
Blind stamp with silver embellishments, front cover titled "scenery album". A combination of scenic color and black and white plates interspersed with autographs.  Scenes from locations across the country.  One hand drawn sketch. Autographs mainly from Bridgeport, CT in 1883 with notes and quotes. One repeating quote in foreign language. May references to "BHS '83", handwritten notes state marriage and deaths of signers. 4 1/4" x 7". wear on cover, inside binding coming apart , pages all still intact
Bruxelles Friendship Album and Sketch Book, 1887-1916
Embossed color cloth cover,hand drawn original artwork cut and glued onto pages, some with  verses and signatures.A few pages say "to Flo", dates range from 1887-1916. Detailed and beautiful artwork; pencil sketches, pen and ink, watercolors, and paints, create a unique album. Verses included on some pages, credit to original authors. Some artwork is signed or initialed. Locations are not listed. 7 3/4" x 5". wear on cover, spine broken, some pages loose; one leaf separated from spine foxing and staining from rust  from stapled binding
 Autograph Album, Maine and New Hampshire, 1887 and 1888. ..
Red cloth embossed velvet cover, three (3) line drawn sketches of birds, specific towns  listed are East Rochester, NH; West Sebano, ME; West Lebanon, ME; Lebanon, ME; Milton Mills, NH. Simple verse and messages with author's name, location, and date. 5" x 7 3/4" . velvet cover worn
 Edith Beatty's "Aldine Autograph Album with Decorated Spaces and Lines for Sentiment and Name", Conshohocken, PA, 1880-1898. ..1878
Stamped cloth cover, decorative pages. The friendship album of Edith Beatty, most pages signed Conshohocken, PA. Two pages mention the Class of '95. Many simple pages with brief verse or reference to schoolmates. One longer dedication at the front and the back. Class of '95 chant included, "Wee! Wee! Wee!' Wow! Wow! Wow! Conshohocken High School Bow! Wow! Wow!" 8 1/4" x 7". end papers reinforced, appear to be previously detached.
 Chauncey Buell's Book - Ludlow Massachusetts, 1834 -1841.
Includes wages paid to others including tasks performed from 1834-1841 followed by a receivables ledger.   Last entry death record of Chauncy, who died at age 60 (1853) , Anne who died at 91 years and Margaret who died at age 65. The Buell family of Ludlow was descended from William Buell (or Be well) of Chesterton, Huntingdonshire, England, who came to New England about 1630 and settled at Dorchester, Mass., but removed a few years later to indsor, Conn., where the family took a prominent part in the early history of the town.Chauncey Buell,' the first of the Ludlow Buells, was born March  1, 1793, at Somers, Conn., coming to Ludlow about 1820, where he died Sept. 12, 1853; married April 24, 1821, at Longmeadow, Anne Lathrop, born Dec. 24, 1794, at East Wiindsor, Conn., died Feb. 17, 1886.
"Your Favourite Walk" Photo and Memory Album created by Cissie, UK.     1909
Handmade, hand tied album with photographs and a handwritten letter from a niece, Cissie, to her uncle. Addressed 473 Carlton Place Oswaldtwistle, there is a photograph from Douglas Harbor  Isle of Man and the niece refers to her uncle getting settled in the "land of the free and the home of the brave" while referencing her travels in the UK Names mentioned include Peggy, a new niece Lizzie, brother Dick, and Aunt Maggie. 5" x 6 1/2" some staining from photograph and mounts
Two Weeks Without Pay; Being the Happenings from June 20 to August 13, 1923 - personal journal New York/New Jersey
unpaginated. Paper bound personal diary from June 20 to August 13, 1923, handwritten and made to look like a published book by drawning a title page.Preface from the 'editor' is presumably the author of the diary and begins "The second spoke continues and finishes the last days in jail (school)." July 7th mentions he bought 4 letters to put on his jersey (jeff)n however a letter on August 6th is addressed to "Clarence". The diary depicts the life of a teenager in 1923; getting a massage to remove skin blemishes, events at school, grades, work done on the car and the repairs, lots of swimming and flirting. Friends mentioned are Dietz, and Art, Bill,and Red Lovett, Higgsy (later listed as George Leroy Higgs, apprentice chemist), Rich Beck, and his pop. He wants to get a job at Price and Lee (publishing company) and talks of Kempson's (publishing company) where he currently works. Accounts of his days; working, friendships, cars, trips to Pennsylvania, Asbury Park, Dreamland Park, and Midland Beach. Gets his license plate for $9.20, the number is 293514. Other names mentioned Elizabeth, Bee (Beatrice), Carrie Frey, Captain Ratchford (park police), Jean Ahern,and an Edee who did not swim one day because she "had the monthlies". A wonderful look into the life of a teenager in 1923. Many details and emotions. Last page mentions that "due to the popularity if these books another volume will be published immediately". 6" x 3 1/2". pages intact, some writing messy but overall easy to read
Rimmels Almanac - National Flowers. E. Rimmel.London & Paris .1876
16pp including 6 full page illustrations. The first and last 2 pages are the Daily Almanac for the year. The interior pages feature information on  Philadelphia Exhibition,  Perfume for Handkerchief, Toilet Waters, Complexion, Toilet Soap, Hair Products, For the Teeth and Sundrie.  The elaborate fanciful illustrations feature the flower women of Russia, France, England, Germany, Spain and Turkey,.  Measures 3 1/2" x 2 5/8". .
Autograph Album of Miss Lena Spray. .New York.1870 - 1901
A partially filled autograph album from the late 19th century, with the bulk of the autographs dating to the 1870s. Hidden among the autographs are a few gems. There is one expertly rendered water color depicting flowers. Additionally there is one embossed die cut Victorian scrap pasted to a page. Lastly there is s a pressed flower pinned to a page beside a poem. Leather embossed stamped covers with gilded lettering. The interior pages are gilt-edged, and the title page is a graphic design in gold and blue with the text 'Autographs'. Some of the autographs within the album are faint, as they were done in pencil. Most are in ink though. Measures 7 1/2" x 5". To view the album please click on the following link: Detached front cover, and semi detached back cover. Taper repair to binding. Partially missing and detached back strip. Covers show wear due to rubbing.
 Unique Fan Shaped Friendship Album. .Shongo, NY.1895-1897
A uniquely shaped friendship album owned by a young lady named Dora, from Shongo, NY in the late 1890s. The album is fan-shaped, with its covers in blue velvet. The front cover is embossed velvet with the spokes of a fan and flowers. The interior pages are partially filled, with short notes and poems from Dora's friends and family members. Measures 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" (fan's edge x fan's curve).. Edge wear to the velvet due to rubbing. The embossing on the cover is hard to see. Interior pages are toned, and two are loose.
Hand Crafted Wedding Shower Album for Louise Constructed Entirely of Wrap & Gifts Received.Norwich VT.1943
An ingenious remembrance constructed completely from the gift wrap and tags received at a Miscellaneous Shower at Pearl Roger's, Norwich, Vermont, November 17, 1943 penned on the front cover.  The entire album (with the exception of the inside cover boards) are created of wrapping paper from individual gifts presented at the shower; each with the gift card affixed to the page. The center pages include the names of the attendees and a summary of the evening.   The last page has an applied birthday greeting. Interfoliata: Two snap-shots of a young girl with a basket and a paper umbrella, the back captioned advising this is the show basket that contained these gifts. Also includes a silhouette of a boy named Bruce. Ribbon tie binding. Charming.  Measures 6 1/2" x 5'. .
Mrs. Geo. M Hamlen Letter from Wife of Founder on letterhead of Mallalieu Seminary - A High Grade School for Both Sexes. .Kinsey, Henry County, ALA.1901
An 11" x 8 1/2" letter sheet with a large image from a photograph of the exterior of the Mallalieu Seminary, Kinsey, Henry County, Alabama. The adjacent narrative provides information on the school, it's fees and affiliation to the "Emeline S. Hamien Industrial Home of Girls" in which they are taught the various branches of good home making, sewing, garment cutting and also have the advantages of the seminar".  The content of the letter written to a mother who made a  20 cent donation for a King's Daughter membership and advised their work in the South is prospering with for which we thank God and take courage.    Also references the recent $5,000 and $2,000 gifts received.  Concludes with discussion about the Camp Meeting and upcoming King's Daughters convention at Cottage City. .
 Autograph Album Miss Bertha, Late 19th Century . Aldine Authograph Album.Flushing NY.1885 - 1891
The Aldine Autograph Album with decorates spaces and lines for sentiment and name.  With maroon velvet covers this autograph album dates from 1885. It belonged to a young woman named Bertha who lived near Flushing, NY. The majority of the signers appear to have been classmates or family members. Along with their signatures, there are sometimes notes made by Bertha herself, either denoting the age of the individual, when they died or were married. There is also a list of students in the Class of 1892. The individuals who signed this album are mostly from Flushing or College Point, NY, but there are a few from various towns in Connecticut (Southington, Woodstock Valley and Hartford), Foxcroft, Maine, and even one from Oakland, California. Below are a few of the more interesting or humorous notes within the album: "It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house."        - Proverb 21:9 from the bible, Written by 'Uncle William' "You ask me to write in your album, hardly know how to begin, For there is nothing original in me, except original sin." "Leave no tender word unsaid Love while love shall last– The mill cannot grind With the water that has past.”         - From a poem by Sarah Doudney, Written by Ada May Long And at the end of the album: "Way back here, way out of sight, I write my name just for shite." One last hidden gem in this album is a full page ink illustration depicting a ribbon among flowers. The piece is expertly rendered and even appears 3D. This item is an Aldine Autograph album, and among the pages are ten printed  'decorated spaces'. There are a total of four different illustrations: a bird carrying a flower (repeated 3 times), a lily floating in a pond (repeated 3 times), birds flying under a bridge (repeated twice), and a flower boarder (repeated twice). Measures 7" x 4 1/2" To view this album please click on the following link: Rubbing on covers, Interior pages are loose in the first folio, some detached. Text block is semi detached from boards.
 Diary of Young Girl, Frankie Brown, Daytona Florida, 1919. ..
Black leather cover, preprinted generic pages, lined pages for each day of the year filled in by hand. Calendar journal with identification page identifies the book as belonging to Frankie Brown in Daytona Florida, some answers are tongue in cheek and give the feeling of a preteen or teenage writer. The next section has preprinted pages of calendars, value of foreign coins, rates of postage and stock, populations, weather, and holidays. The journal then begins on Wed. Jan, 1, 1919. Each page is filled in completely. It begins "you are a new diary and I wonder if you are nice. Your predecessor was. Your name is Elizabeth". Entries discuss friends, activities, crushes 6" x 3". heavy wear on cover, sections of text block detached
Matlida J Peterson's19th Century Autograph Friendship Album
Matilda J Peterson was born in 1866 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and died in1958 (according to a note at the back of the album). This album was given to her by W. A. Peterson for Christmas in 1881. The album is partially filled with short notes, generally in verse and two different versions of an ink drawing of a bird on ferns. At the beginning of the album, Matilda or Tillie as she is called, addresses her friends: "My album is a golden spot Where all my friends may sow, Where thorns and thistles flourish not, But flowers alone may grow. With smiles for sunshine, tears for showers, I'll water, watch and guard these flowers." Between 1882 and 1887. Tillie’s friends wrote in this album, the majority of which were her classmates at Ligonier High School. Below are for examples: "All going to Brother McKinley’s church, and you to stay at home and get dinner." “Remember a ‘Miss’ is as good as mile, when asked to be ‘Mrs’, Consider a while.” “Love and ware are two great compeers, War sheds blood and love sheds tears; War has spears and love has darts, Ware breaks heads and love breaks hearts." “Our school days will soon be o'er, The day is drawing nigh, When we shall part as before, Perhaps not to meet till on high. But, may we meet in a school room, That is grander far than this, And be much happiness in that room, For the hard lessons we learned in this.” The album itself is brown cloth over boards with stamped decorations. The front cover has two horses, gilded flowers (gold has mostly faded) and green painted basket weave in the top right corner. The back cover has a stamped bow made from ribbons and tassels. It appears as though Matilda hand colored in the titled page of the album, which simply states “Autographs” with a gold ink. Measures 7” x 4 1/4"
 Friendship Album of Ida Ward. .Eagle Lake, Indiana.1882-1890
A friendship album belonging to Ida Ward of Eagle Lake, Indiana. (The lake itself is now called Winona Lake in Warsaw, IN). The album is partially filled, mainly with verses from her friends and family. Although there are many blank pages, this album is not lacking in entries as some pages have up to five different entries on them. Red leather stamped covers. The front cover has a floral design with decorative borders. It is both gilted and vermeil (silver-gilt). Additionally, a blue background has been painted on in the lower left corner. The back cover also has a stamped designed of ribbons in a bow. Gilt edged pages. Measures 7" x 4 1/4" . Edge wear do to rubbing. Damage to the back strip. Toning on interior pages due to age.
Repurposed 1878 Diary -  Manuscript Lace Patterns & Potpourri Recipes. ..1881-1902
The diary through mid-March is absent and begins with a short news clipping for Torchon Lace.  This is followed by manuscript instructions for Drusella Lace followed by a random pencil sketch of a farm house.  This is followed by Hansom Wide Lace, Knitted Diana Lace, Pretty Knit Lace.  Mid-April through November is blank. The next entry is Filling for Rose Jar, Green Pot-pourri and another drawing of a farm house.The final page has sketches for signs for a Boarding House and a Dentist.   Brief but interesting content.  Measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/4".  .
Alice G. Teel Social Letters from a Teacher at The Southern Industrial Institute, For the Training of White Youth. .Camp Hill, ALA.1915
Two letters from Alice G. Teele, an instructor at The Southern Industrial Institute, for the Training of White Youth writing to Mrs. Eugene Howlett, Charleston SC.  The content relates to what appears to be the socially prominent of the area and there  comings and going; politely snide at times. The final comment of the second letter reads "The Tuskegee paper has come with our names into it!".  The closing of that letter reads "Homesick".  Measures 8 3/8" x 5 1/2".  Total of six manuscript pages.  Includes original envelope..
Vacation Notes - Pyrography Decorated Suede Cover Depicting the exterior of "The Northfield", Northfield MA, July 3 - 12, 1898.
A 7 3/4" x 5 1/4" suede cover with suede tie binding. The cover is pyrography decorated and depicts the exterior and grounds of the Northfield Chateau. The journey begins with the traveler leaving Springfield MA at 3:30 pm on July 3, 1898. Based on the content of the 20 pencil written pages it appears that the gentleman was attending a religious retreat with numerous lectures. The writer describes content of the lectures and his interpretations. The retreat was apparently also attended by his son. The writing concludes with "Enjoyed being with my boy up here and it was sure good food for thought that has found a resting place in my heart". First and last page heavily toned from acid leaching from the leather. (
 In search of a job - Letters of Recommendation & Certificates for Josephine Smith, West Gardner ME 1864.  . ..
A letter of reference, a certificate and her high school report card were the tools used by Miss Josephine Smith in 1864 to attempt to secure a job as a school teacher.   Apparently they worked as this grouping also includes two letters from the Superintendent of  Schools attesting she is qualified to teach for the 1866 and 1867 terms. .
 Amended 1867 The (old) Farmer's Almanack to include Ledger Pages and Records of Payment to Household Staff, A. D. Webber, Esq.  Wellesley, MA. Brewer & Tileston.Boston.1867
A 7 1/2" x 4 3/4" almanack that has been amended with the addition of marbled paper cover and the insertion of a blank lined papers before each month. Given the entries, this book was being used to record payments to household staff. Completed monthly including the name of the individual and the amount. One entry of note "Settled with James by paying him $55.00 and he left -- A well meaning man but stuipd and no driver".    Also includes additional pages of expenses from 1866..
Calculations for a tavern keeper's profit - pros and cons of the tavern license law. ..c1860s
A 10" x 8" sheet with manuscript page prepared to show an innkeeper that the license law would have a positive impact on profits. The argument is for license laws. The argument is essentially that under the law a tavern keeper would pay 48 cents per quart vs. unlicensed purchases of 16 cents per quart. The calculations are based on the same level of consumption and show a one year net profit $2,862 at 48 cents per quart and $732 a year net profit at 16 cents per quart. Includes a statement that thae license law is anti Democrat.  Letterfolds, "Tavern Keeper Profit" penned on reverse. .
 Prospect House Public Invitation with note on reverse re new building. Reformer Press, Brattleboro.Brattleboro.c. 1877
The advertisement is for the Prospect House that was located on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield N.H. The sheet has a brief summary of the amenities of the House and the opening date with the intent to generate interest to visit. It is printed on one side, and on the reverse blank side there is the drafting of a note in references to the Prospect House. There are two versions, one a slightly revised copy of the other, both seem relatively unfinished. They incorporate information that can be found on the advertisement, as well as details gathered from other sources, such as the plan to build a large hotel, twenty-five summer cottages, and the use of a sixteen horsepower steamboat. 10" x 7".
Pencil Sketches by Sophia Long Deani.  c1860s
A 6 1/2" x 8 1/4" sketchbook with marbled paper wraps. Naive drawings including love birds in a basket, a church yard, a basket of fruit with a bird(in the style of a theorem), an ancient castle, a fortress on a river and more.
 Album of Remembrance -  Mrs. Loretta Mitchell, 1863-1886. Leavitt and Allen.New York (publisher location).1861-1886
Friendship album of Loretta Mitchell. The first page of the album has an inscription and poem written by Loretta herself. The rest of the album includes short notes from her family and friends, including her husband, Frederick, and her two daughters, Lottie and Lilly. The entries in the journal date from 1861-1886, and when locations are noted, they are primarily Chicago but also mention Niles, Michigan. Penciled in front of book is " L.W. Mitchell 493 Wells St Chicago Ill."  There are four black and white engraved plates featuring women throughout, this includes the engraving on the album's title page. Below are some short excerpts from the album: "No jeweled beauty is my wife, Yet in her earnest face There's such a world of tenderness She needs no other peace. Her smiles and voice around my life IN light and music tune And dear, oh very dear to me, Is this young wife of mine." - Excerpt of poem written by Loretta's husband, Frederick "Friendship is a name, which is few confined, The offspring of pure and noble mind. Rarely we find those who in truth poses This brilliant gem of earthly happiness." - Excerpt from an entry by James Albrines, her nephew Blind stamp cover with gilt embellishment titles "Album of Remembrance". Interior pages are gilt edged. Measures 8" x 6 1/2".. Loretta Wood Mitchell was born on August 18, 1834 in New York City to Jamie Forsher and an unnamed woman. She married Frederick Mitchell (1832-1911) and together they had three children: Charles Irving Mitchell (1857-1939), Lottie Mitchell Wait (1861-?), and Lilly Mitchell (1865-?).
The Hen Yard Account. ..1876
A naive handcrafted 4 leaf ledger relaying the activities of the hen yard in 1876.  A naive hen adorns the front cover.  The front page annotates the number of Chickhens (sic) raised and died as well as the number of cocks, and the number of sold pullets, hens and roosters, plus the money received and paid. The total number was 14.  The next two pages are "memoranda" with 4 different entries on events relating to medical issues, laying habits and the demise of some of the birds. The final page is a count of the birds that died and the cause.  Measures 4" x 3 1/2"..
Clara D Nelson Commonplace Book of Clara D. Nelson featuring Poetry and Verse. .Sutton, New Hampshire.c1873
The book is full of poems that were copied down by Clara. Some of the poems included are The Golden Side by Mary Ann Kidder, Six Little Feet on the Tender, Drifting Apart, [Rev. Henry Brown and the] The Old  Home, Watching and Waiting [for me] by Marianne Farningham, Peace by J. G. Whittier. Additionally, there are 13 poems on newspaper, eight of which have been pasted together. Lastly their is a piece of paper with what appears to be a shopping list on it. "There is many a rest in the road of life, If only we would stop to take it; And many a tone from the better land, If the querulous heart world make it! To the sunny soul, that is full of hope, And whose beautiful trust ne'er faieth [sp], The grass is green and the flowers bright, Though the wintry storm prevaileth..." - The Golden Side by Mary Ann Kidder Cloth over Board covers, 16 leaves. Red tape binding. Half filled out. Measures 8" x 7".. Clara Danforth Sargent Nelson was born on September 26 1845 to Daniel Davis Sargent (1816 - 1887) and Mary W Chase (1822 -1920).  in Hopkinton, NH. She was married on November 17, 1868 to Harris Burpee Nelson (1843 -1928). She had three children George E Nelson (1870 - 1900), Eugeen L Nelson (1871 - 1955), and Carl Harris Nelson (1874 - 1971). Both her and her husband were farmers in New Hampshire. She died on March 15, 1932 in Sutton, NH of influenza.
 Inventory Book for Builder, 1903-1906 . ..
paper cover with cloth tape binding, handwritten pages of builder's inventory lists. A detailed listing of building supplies from 1903-1906. An unknown builder documented the inventory for his business. The first page starts with "fire pails, painted 453", "railing for automatic fire door  397 1/2' " the list continues throughout the book and contains sprinkling heads and  water closets then goes on to specific areas of the building; basement, machine shop, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th floors. Other entries are for coal along with "Fogarty's time record". Later in the book is a listing of names and locations many of which are crossed out, these have dates from the 1860's on them but appear to be in a similar hand. 6" x 4 1/2". worn, tear in cover
Partnership agreement for Giffin, Denniston & Co. makers of Watch Case and the dealing in Watches, New York City, 1850 . ..
A  4 page manuscript partnership agreement document describing the terms and conditions of the three person partnership including the purchase of the business of Thomas Bond, the shop and tools.  They are Stephen Clarke, Nelson Andrews and John H. Giffin. Signed and sealed on reverse. Measures 10" x 7 3/4". .
An Array of Notes of a Mother's trip by train Across America, c1884. ..c1884
An array of snippets and pages detailing a trip a young family took by train in 1884. A mother, family, and their two young children started in Boston and headed west. They stopped in Niagara Falls, Erie Canal, Denver, Salt Lake, Price Canyon, Black Canyon, Chicago, and Washington DC.  The journal is written on a variety of papers, two (2) folded sheets, four (4) loose papers, three (3) scrap papers, and one (1) top half of a hotel letter head. . While some of the pages appear to be a journal of some sort, other were obviously notes, just written down, such as "Washington Monument 555 ft high".  Measures (Largest) 8" x 5".. Minor soiling and toning due to age. Otherwise fine.
Salemen's Sample Book - International Selection of Silk Fabric Labels for Clothing. ..
22 page sample book with 5-10 different woven silk examples of silk and cotton fabric labels for garments.  Printed in a variety of styles, shapes, languages, etc.  Some with illustrations.  Others designed to be written on. A city in the Netherlands is penned on the inside cover. The labels are printed in Greek, Portugeuse, Spanish, French and English.  Labels from countries throughout Eurasia. Measures 7 1/2" x 10 1/2"..
A Victim of Woman's Rights
A 9" x 7 3/8"  hand colored lithograph.  It is titled "A Victim of Woman's Rights".  It depicts a gentleman in an apron with his hands in the wash tub while a disapproving wife looks on.  It is captioned "That's right, Old Dad, stir up the suds,  And haste to purify the duds; But ere I'd have a wash-tub lover, I'd take and whitewash him all over".   Letterfolds and discolorations.
An Essay on the life of Charles Dickens by Nellie M Krehbiel c 1900. ..
An 18 page handwritten report or essay with three (3) images from photographs and one drawing. Paper covers with ribbon binding.  Titled Charles Dickens 1812-1870. Nellie M. Krehbiel. Embossed Victorian floral scrap affixed to front cover.  Although it is structured as a school project the factual narrative is written subjectively. e.g. "In later life Dickens preserved grateful remembrance of this gentleman, who recognized his pupils abilities and resolved  that they should not lie fallow for want of early cultivation".  Content includes Parents, Birth, Boyhood, Youth, Marriage, Friends, Manhood, Last years, Dickens' Works, Death and References.  A pen and ink drawing captioned Little Charles Dickens at the blackingware house.  Meausres 9" x 6'. . Believe author to be Nellie M Krehbiel. 1886–1967 Delevan, Cattaraugus, New York.
The Standard Diary  no. 532 of anonymous writer in Massachusetts.   The Standard Diary Co  1912
Brown fabric cover of printed journal, lined paper, beginning has standard information such calendar, holidays, populations, weights and measures, presidents, and a variety of tables. The journal is very detailed. Each day of 1912 is filled in with weather, organ lessons given, callers, information about chickens, and daily life. The end contains addresses, accounts,days she played organ and amount received, births, deaths,  detailed listings of chickens and laying habits, poultry eaten and sold.  Last page is a list of names of pullets in 1911-1912. 5" x 3"
1844 Friendship Album or Piece Book with Wallpaper Cover belonging to Philena Kendall, Wilmington, DE.
Hand constructed book with various pastel paper sheets and wallpaper covers. The paper sheets were most likely hand cut as they are slightly different sizes. Only four (4) penned sentiments and well wishes from friends and family. One page with calligraphic border design. Measures 6" x 8".
 Newspaper Cover Handmade Commonplace Book, June 4, 1809.
8 pages of laid paper stitched in place between a portion of a newspaper page from 1809.  Includes Bible verses and quotes, bills sent to Bridgeport Bank, Mohawk Bank and several to  Manhattan Bank.  This is followed by additional devotionals and banking notes.  Articles on the covers include petitions of the New York state assembly, buildings to be sold or leased,  want ads and advertising and a partial editorial on a letter written by John Adams.  Measures 7" x 4 3/4".
 Alice Woodforde Calligraphy Book in multiple German scripts including Gothic, French, English and more..
A 9" x 7 5/8" specimen book or examination for Alice Woodforde.  Includes a title page with her  name. A page and a double page with various German script alphabets including (old) Gothic.  Another page "The Evening Prayer" in French" and a poem "Flowers" by Longfellow in English with pencil drawn flowers at the top of the page.
An Account Book of Benjamin Clark, Exeter, MA 1824-1830; Provisions Merchant - all types
A 7 3/4" x 6"  approximately 50 page ledger or day book with marbled paper cover.  A day book or account book with additional informational entries on local events. Entries begin with the driving of various named cows, followed by Benjamin Clarks tax bills for 1824.  Mr. Clark is merchant of all things... Ledger entries begin with a credit for 30 pounds of old iron left with me when I bound his wheels.  Followed by information on cheese and potato sales and other food products including 'veel'.  Includes ales of timber,  pork and lamb, calf skin, buttons, ribbon, etc.  Also includes periodic weather reports Oct 12, 1828 "this morning there is a whitefrost this is the first frost that I have ssen this fall".  Additionally he would credit debtors for  "a day's work".  One page is an Account of What I have received this year 1830", listing the butter and cheese he received by date including dates and amounts and costs for the entire year; with a second page dedicated to corn and potatoes and livestock. Additional yearly accounts for 1828 and 1829.  An upside down entry on the inside back cover reads "Monday, Dec. 28, 1829 uncommonly warm.. Moderate wear; one leaf detached but present.
Friendship Album, New York 1893-1904. ..
A quaint friendship album with a unique cover: a wooden front cov erand a red velvet back cover. The album contains signatures mostly from Catskill, New York in 1893, with others from Eminence, NY. The center pages are signed H.H.S. 1904, which most liklely stands for Hobart High School. The first page is signed Miss Cora Huyck and three pages toward the end of album are addressed to "Cora". While most of the pages are simply signed with a date and location noted, several have verses or short notes on them. Two pages are of note, as they contain whimsical color drawings. One depicts a sailboat on a lake, and the other a calligraphy bird surrounded by flora. Color flourishes. 4 1/2" x 6 1/4". The velvet back cover shows slight wear, particular along the edge, otherwise in great condition.
Friendship Album of Louisa Stott, North Billerica, Mass. 1878-1883. ..
This friendship album has a leather cover with gilded letter and design accents on top cover and spine,and a stamped edged border. The majority of the gilded edge pages are filled with signatures and verses. Additionally there is a whimsical calligraphy color line drawing, done in pen, of a bird surrounded by flora. The verses and quotes are uplifting, such as: "The world is what we make, and if we improve ourselves, we improve the world." The entries are mainly from towns in Massachusetts such as Lowell, Chelmsford, North Billerica, Stoneham, and Lawrence. Other locations include New Hampshire, Maine, one from England, and two from Aberdeen Dakota (before it became North and South). A grouping signed "Com. College". The bulk of the signatures are from 1878. . There is slight rubbing on cover edges. The leather is discolored slighting, and the cover is slightly bowed. There a stain on the interior covers from the glue as it deteriorated. Otherwise in great condition.
 Friendship Album of Minnie Brutsche filled with Poems, Victorian Cutworks, and Flower Transfers. .New York.1884 - 1904
A friendship album from the late 1880s belonging to Minnie Brutsche, a child of German immigrants. The album was given to Minnie by her aunt, Lena Brutsche. The album is full of notes, poems, and quotes from her friends and family. Approximately half the album is in German, including notes from her mother, father, and husband. There are several original acrostic poems that spell out Minnie's name throughout the album, one of which is in German. One note that at first glance appears to have been written by a child, was actually written by an 86 year old woman (she notes her age below her signature). There is even a pressed flower tucked in-between two of the pages. There are variety of illustrations in the album. There are two sketches done in pencil - one of a bunch of flowers, and the other of a sailing boat. Additionally there are three ink drawings of a dog, swan and an owl done by the same person. What is one of the more remarkable pieces of artwork in the album is a watercolor done by Minnie's brother-in--law, which features a theorem style floral design inside a decorative boarder with a quote. There are about 10 embossed Victorian cutwork scraps (many with wear), mainly floral designs. What is the real treasury in the album though are the floral transfers that can be found throughout. They range in size from about an 1 1/2" tall to 5", and there is just shy of a dozen of them scattered throughout the album.   Lastly, there are often short notes from Minnie herself. There are some notes regarding the relationship of the individual to herself, or their career (there are two notes with the phrase 'in candy business' added to them). Additionally Minnie sometimes traces a faded date or phrase. On the two notes written to Minnie by her brother-in-laws, she notes when they died and the age they were at the time of death. The covers are a tan crushed velvet, in a design meant to resemble an animal hide. The interior pages are gild-edged. Measures 8 1/4" x 5 14" To view the album, please click on the following link: The covers show some minor wear caused by rubbing, this is evident on the corners and the back strip. The binding is cracked in places and the pages are loose. There are also a few loose pages, but these appeared to have been cut out at one point and then inserted back into the album.
 Novelty Remembrance Album with Hidden Messages for Tilla on Leaving her first Teaching Assignment. .Bluff Creek, Iowa.1898
A 5" x 4 3/4" remembrance album created from a school notebook.  22 leaves, all inscribed. The base of the notebook is cut in the shape of a V.  The bottom 2/3s of the page is folded to conform to the V shape, thus hiding a portion of the message written on the page. The folded pages, some with uniformly spaced slits to allow "sealing" the page with a ribbon.  Others only folded.  One with ribbon remaining.   The notes are from students and coworkers, many with "remember me" sentiments in the folded pages.  Other's reference "Frank" presumably a beau. Some provide specific instructions on the top portion of the page when to open --. when you are lonely, on your birthday.   Appears to have been well read..
Family Album Containing 32 Illustrated color Belgium telegrams for 2 Weddings 1940s-1950s.
The brightly colored telegrams are congratulations on the marriages of Jean Pier Stockhelm to Laura Jane spooner of Memphis and a second wedding, that of Nicole Fraipont to Michael Stockhelm. Also includes wedding pictures, children's pictures from the 1940s and 1950s.  Housed in somewhat worn leather album.  Measures 10" x 8".
 Massachusetts Boatman's Meticulous Journal containing  Milage, Expenses, and Records of Trips for the Polaris, 1911-1919. F. W. Barry, Beale & Co..Boston, MA.1911
An unknown boatman's journal detailing the mileage, expenses, and trips taken on a launch (an open motor boat) named Polaris. The journal has been divided into several sections, with one side of the journal being used as a "Mileage and Cash" ledger, while the back portion is used for "Miscellaneous and Operation of Engine." These titles have been written on the journal's cover so that the reader knows which section they are on. Starting on the "Miscellaneous and Operation of Engine," the journal starts in 1911, when the boat was ordered that March. The owner visited the shop twice before the boat was delivered to him in 1911. Based on anecdotal evidence contained within other entries in the journal and advertisements in local newspapers (not included) that ran around the time of purchase, the boat was most likely constructed at the Atlantic Company in Amesbury, MA. and was a gurnet dory. What follows are various entries of advice from friends or workers at the Atlantic Co. on how to run the boat's engine and records of minor repairs. Additionally there are summaries of  the 1911-1913 seasons chronicling the time in the water, distance traveled, gallons of gas used, and repairs/maintenance.  Next, is a chart that states the distances to various points traveled to in miles. This was most likely complied in an effort to know how much gas might be need for various trips. Lastly, in this portion of the journal  is a section of pages which gives instructions on how to use the engine and perform maintenance on it. Flipping the journal over and starting on the "Milage and Cash" cover, the journal records the date of each trip take, its starting point and/or destination as well as the mileage of each trip. Often times there are notes regarding the people accompanying the owner on the trip, as well as short notes on what the trip was for, such as coon shooting or fishing. At the end of each year the total mileage is tallied up. After several blank pages a ledger for cash expenses incurred, such as an anchor and fire extinguisher. Immediately following this is a list of gasoline expenditures, including the gallons bought and  the cost. At the end of each year the total amount used has been added up, and, for example, in 1911 190 gallons costing a total of $28.10. These various  ledgers in the journal cover 4 seasons, from 1911 to 1914. At one point there are brief notes detailing the expense of storing the boat from 1915-1918, followed by the entry "Sold Polaris and tender, with fithnap and accessories, to Mrs. Anna D. Porter of 280 Lowell St. Peabody, MA, for $600. She is to pay the storage for the current year.' Following several blank pages, there are several extremely detailed records of some of the trips taken between 1911-1914. For example, on a trip from Haverhill to Annisquam (a waterfront neighborhood of the town of Gloucestor), the location of the boat was documented every ten minutes.   At times these trip entries have time stamp records to the exact 1/2 minute. Interspersed throughout the journal are four photographs that have been pasted in. Two photographs are attached to the front and back interior covers and depict the boat, Polaris, itself. There are quotes about motor boats, cut from newspapers pasted behind the photographs. The other two photographs are pasted on interior pages, one is of the lighthouse on White Island, while the other one depicts a buoy. Included are ten loose sheets, mostly lists of items left in the boat, or repairs needing to be done. Lastly there is a trimmed piece of cardboard that depicts an advertisement for the International Typographical Union, that was most likely used as a book mark. Red leather covers. Graph interior pages. Approximately 1/3 filled out. Measures 6" x 3 3/4".
Anonymous Quotes and Thoughts on the Sermons of Reverend Moses Drury Hoge from 1894 to 1898. The Washington Life Ins. Co..New York.1893
A tiny pocket journal, written by an unknown individual whose entries mostly consists of quotes from sermons delivered by Reverend Moses Drury Hoge (often referred to in the journal as Dr. Hoge). Along with the quotes, are the writer's thoughts on these sermons. Dr. Hoge was a well-known preacher and orator for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After the war he rebuilt his church in Richmond, VA, and travel extensively to preach. The entries start in 1894 and continue to 1898, and below are a few excerpts: "The sermon was simple and beautiful- quite characteristic of Dr. Hoge. The rule of happiness as taught by the Scriptures, he says, 'to recognize and appreciate present blessing'.  The word 'thought' in the earlier language (of King James time) [meant] care,  anxiety , foreboding. 'Thought' now signifies those mental processes granted to us; memory, expectation, reflection." - Jan 5, 1896 " 'I beseech you (said Dr, H.) by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.' In the Yosemite Valley rise vast walls and columns of rock which echo back the thunder. But if a door perches in a crevice, or on a ledge and coos the rock echoes back the gentle note of the dove, and if a little lost child weeps at the base of the cliff, the rocks echo back the weeping child. The sermon illustrates not the sternness and terrors of God's wrath but the compassion, the meekness, gentleness and sympathy of Christ." Oct 16, 1898 Also in this journal as several quotes or excerpts of speeches, such as speeches written upon the deaths of Civil War General Robert E. Lee and Senator Edward Cary Walthall (Mississippi). One of the more hilarious quotes from the journal is "Referring to turkeys: There shall be nothing graver than the gravy, and nothing more stuffy than the stuffing." Additionally there are two loose pages, one is a newspaper clipping of a poem entitled "My Cigarette" and the second is a hand written quote in Latin. This journal was published by the Washington Life Ins. Co, and most likely given out by an insurance agent by the name of Thomas L. Alfriend, a prominent insurance and business man from Richmond, VA. The cover of the album has "L. Alfriend" embossed on the front. There is a section of the front cover missing some surface leather where the first name would go. This journal most likely did not personally belong to Alfriend as there is an entry on February 16, 1896 which details the journal owner's mother's death. Alfriend's mother died years before in 1852. Black leather covers. Gilt-edge pages. 72 pages. Approximately two-thirds filled. 4 1/4" x 2 1/".
 Retirement Album for W. B. Gray, Western Electric Company. Western Electric Company.Baltimore, Maryland.1952
William B. Gray was a Works Comptroller who worked at Western Electric Company, Point Breeze works in Maryland who retired in the summer of 1952. He was presented with a scrap album by his coworkers upon his departure. The first page of this album starts with W. B. Gray's, often referred to as Bill throughout, business card with a hand written note that says he retired on August 1, 1952. Next is a program for Gray's Testimonial Dinner thrown in his honor. The rest of the album is full of short notes written to Gray from his coworkers that are full of well-wishes at his retirement. The majority of the album has on each page two 8" x 5" pasted in notes with the phrase "Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot". Written on each of these pieces of paper are the notes, hand written and typed, from Gray's coworkers. Often pasted on next to the note is a picture, general a head shot, of his coworker who wrote the note. At times these pictures have been cut out so that only the head (and no background) of the picture is shown.  The notes themselves go from general well-wishes on a happy retirement, to memories about past times sometimes with humor thrown in. A few are even poems. One note that stands out in particular is actually a punched out computer time card with a sentiment written onto it. There are also several pages of just photographs throughout the album, generally either group images of employees or Gray in the outdoors with several unknown individuals. Lastly there is a copy of his employment contract. Loose in the album are a company organizational chart from Aug. 1945 and a copy of "The Pointer" a company newsletter from August 1952 which as an article on Gray's retirement. Below are two examples of the notes (the first an acrostic): "W with rod and lure B beguile the finny denizens of streams; G off your fish after R eeling in you catch and A dmit to the gurgle of white water - Y our travail has ended." "Best Wishes for a Happy Retirement; Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think." Green Leather covers with gild lettering. 80 pgs. Approximately 95 photographs, some of which are cutouts. 127 letters/notes. This count does not include loose items or the program, contract, or business card. . William Breathitt Gray II was born on October 3, 1888 to William Breathitt Gray I (1847-1915) and Mary Jane Draper Gray (1956-1922) in Utica, MT. Originally, a rancher on his parents farm, he moved to Chicago in the early 1920s to start work at the Western Electric Company. He married Mabel Dell St. John Gray (1892-1965) on December 23, 1916. They would have two children together, William Breathitt Gray III (1917-?) and David Wallace Gray (1919-?). He moved to Florida with his wife after his retirement, and died on January 11, 1976.
 Letters of Mary Adeline in Holliston to Lovina Emerson, 1848-1849. ..1848-1849
Two letters from Mary in Holliston, MA to her friend, Lovina Emerson, in Southboro [sic], MA. The letters detail the life of Mary and her close relationship with Lovina. The letters are almost two years apart and show the changing lifestyles between the two. Mary is teaching while Lovina is starting a family. They have mutual friends that are discussed along with the happenings in their hometown. Feb. 29, 1848; Holliston; addressed Southboro, Mass - A letter, from Mary, to update her friend. Mary has not written and cannot believe how much time has gone by since she came from Southboro. She asks about Lovina’s mother’s health and the school that Mr. Alden is teaching in. She discusses her students and how some are almost twenty years old and some not quite four years old. The total number of students is 62, twenty-five of them under the age of eight. Mary mentions the dramatic change in Holliston and how it is not easy to recognize, “the Railroad, the Depots & several new buildings nearby, make the place look quite differently from what it used to.” She wishes the “people were only growing better” and explains “the evil one” is hard at work and has succeeded in setting up a “dancing school.” Mary comments that her cousin Charles envies Mr. Emerson’s “happiness in getting such a wife.” She talks of Miss Lydia Walker and how her gentleman “did not wait upon her home once” and questions if she will avail of the 1848 Leap Year (presumably referring to the folk lore that women can propose to men on leap day). Their friend Almira passed away and Mary is concerned that so many of their friends have passed, their turn will come soon. She asks to be remembered to Lovina’s mother, husband, and daughter. A short note on back mentions running into mutual friends and another begs her to please destroy this letter and the next one. Dec. 10, 1849; Holliston; embossed cover addressed to Ireland Depot, Springfield, Mass  - This letter, almost two years later, explains the changes in Lovina’s life. It opens with the happiness at Lovina’s reception. Lovina is excused for not writing “under present circumstances” and Mary then mentions how Lovina requests a boy’s name for her new son. Mary suggests George and Charles as her favorites but teases that Mr. Emerson would prefer names like “Cassivelaunus [sic], Huniades, or Orophernes.” Mary discusses mutual friends and how she is considering “going to the far west, to train the young ideas that shoot a little this side of sundown.” She then laments of the problems of teaching; some of the students are only three and they are “so restless and noisy that I hardly know how to endure” and “the thought of the amount of responsibility that rests upon the teacher is almost overwhelming.” She goes on to discuss how a parent’s responsibility is so much more and wishes Lovina good thoughts on raising her son. Mary states that Lovina must be “looking forward to the time when if his life is spared he will be an actor in the busy scenes of life” and “may strength from above be given you for the fulfillment of your arduous though pleasant task.” She is shocked by the news of Dr. Parkman’s murder and the implication of Proff. W. (referring to the Parkman-Webster murder case-John Webster was indicted for the murder of George Parkman in January 1850  after Parkman disappeared in November 1849 and remains were found under Webster’s furnace). Looks to be remembered to her teacher, Mrs. F, and Mary (possibly Lovina’s daughter). Names briefly mentioned in the letters-Elizabeth Chamberlain, Lydia Walker, Moses and Adeline Rockwood, Almira Woodward, Maria Whitney, Miss Newton, Mr. Buller, John Batchelder. .
Caroline Holt Low Literacy Phonetic Spelling - A letter to a "Lebbe" about life and sons returning from war. .Kenosha, WI.1866
An 8" x 6 1/2" letter sheet with letter to "Lebbe" penned on both sides. A friend or former care giver getting in touch with a dear one with information on daily life and her sons returning from the war.  Of particular note is the use of colloquial phonetic spelling.  The letter begins "Wall Lebbe I was very glad to here from you and to here that you was wall and geting a long so wall as for me and the Rest of the famely ar all wall and I hope that those few lines will fond you and yours all wall as you said that you will Be a Mother By this time it Cant be that  that lettel bebbe that I washed and dreed 18 years a go wall Lebe it so and I would like to Come and see you and Dress your Bebbe for you and now I think i am in titeld to a presant dont you think So wall Lebe I would like to have ad you Come and make ous a veset and see my solders Boys Abram as Bene verey sick and he as get his descharge and Has got home and Henery he as Jus Came home on a ferlow for 30 days and poor William is stil doon south. .." This is only the front page of the letter; quite interesting. .
 Scrap Album for Selina Lawrence, 1873-1875, possibly England. ..
Stamped leather cover with decorative edges and "Scrap Album" on cover. Front end paper has an ex-libris Prize award for Miss S. Lawrence for Improvement in Drawing dated July 25, 1873. The first page has  the name Selina and 1873 created with drawn flowers.  The next is an acrostic poem by Charles Steele or Sheele. The rest of the book contains drawings and sketches by various people. All are dated 1873 or 1875 except one unfinished sketch dated 1897. There is one photograph of a house by a hill. Most pages are unused. An envelope addressed to Miss Selina Leonard Clifton Bristol is tucked in the back. It contains a photograph of a young man dated October 1873 . The postmark is stamped Sheffield. 9 1/2" x 7 1/2". cover wear, back strip detaching, foxing
James Chancy  Merchant Accounting Book of James Chancy, Grocer.  E. G. Hoose.Salem, MA.1820-1823
James Chancy was a grocer in Salem who used this copy book to keep an accounting of his customer's purchases between 1820-1823. For each entry Chancy lists the name of the customer, under which lists the date and items purchased. Sometimes it also records when he was paid, normally in cash. Sometimes the pages have been crossed out with an X, the reason for this is unknown, but perhaps it meant the account was closed. The front cover has two woodcut engravings. The first is a ship with clouds. The second is an intricate decorative device surround the bookplate. -  The back cover has a multiplication and numeration table on it. As well as a list of the days in a week, and months in year. Additionally is the saying: "All you that in fair writing would excel, How much you write, regard not, but how well. Bear your pen lightly, keep a steady hand, And that's the way fair writing to command." Brown covers, 46 pages. Printed by E. G. Hoose. Half-filled. No OCLC, Feb 2019. Measures 7 1/2" x 6 1/4".
Personal Writings and Sketch Book of Adelaide Beebe, Lowell School of Design, M.I.T. 1890s.
A book titled Design that begins with a few sketches of elements of design.  This is followed by some factual writings on specialty fabric and design houses in the northeast, followed by numerous poetry verses and quotes from notable authors and poet.  The book concludes with ten (10) fine samples of pen and ink and watercolor design samples most likely for silk fabric.  Blind stamp Lowell School of Design, Mass. Institute of Technology.  Adelaide Beebe graduated from the Lowell School of Design in 1897.    Several blank pages, a few pages appear to have been removed.
 Miscellaneous Extracts, During the year 1837. ..
A hand constructed booklet measuring 6" x 3 3/4" with an array of factual data from the year 1837 embellished with historical events from as early as the 15th century.  A few facts of interest: -The death of King William the 4th took place in June, and the ascension to the throne of the Princess Victoria at the age of 18. -A table annotating the churches of Boston including the year of origination and the pastor  including Orthodox Congregations, Baptist and Episcopal Churches accompanied by information at the base for smaller churches. -Highest salary paid to a governor of a state was $4,000 to NY and PA; the lowest $400 to RI -Imports and Exports in gross dollars for 1825, 1830, 1835 -Salary of the President is $25,000 and Vice President is $5,000--etc. through cabinet and justices -97 captains in the Navy in 183.8 Includes 13 pages of "extracts" the remainder is blank.  Also includes additional smaller booklet with five like pages..
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"
Charles R. Morrill (1918-1986) WWII Basic Training Notebook of Charles R Morrill. ..1944
A WWII notebook comprised of notes from Charles R Morrill's basic training as an infantry man in the Army. It is clear that the majority of the notebook are his notes taken during his training. Covered in Morrill's training is a variety of weapons he might encounter (60 M M Mortar M-2, M 1 Garand self-loading rifle, and bangalore torpedos), basic first aid, tracking and scouting, navigational skills, chemical warfare (identifying different gases and how to use the gas mask) and how to safe guard information. Included with the notebook is two additionally pieces of paper. The first is hand written legend for symbols that are most often found on maps and the second is a printed piece of paper with 10 names on it. Printed at the top is Call -- 309, Oct. 11, 1944, 10 men. The number 309 was Morrill's draft number, and his, along with the ten men listed on page were, number was called on Oct 11, 1944. Morrill and the other men were officially registered on Oct 12, 1944 in Manchester, NH. By the end of the war, Morrill was a Corporal in the army and was officially discharged on Aug 4, 1946. Later after returning home to New Hampshire, Morrill would marry Evelyn Eisler (1916-2008), and eventually pass away in 1986. The notebook itself is a Blue Horse Composition Book that has been cut in half. Measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Below are some memorable quotes from the notebook: "Pride will win battles" "Man must have courage, intelligence and leadership... we are absolutely not cannon fodder. Infantry (riflemen in particular) are safe. No other branch takes the ground, [and] all other branches support us." "Carelessness in talk [and] handling equipment weakens [the] whole unit." "[Your] gas mask is as vital as [a] life savor or parachute." To view this item, please click on the following link: Edge wear on notebook. Interior pages are soiled and toned due to age. Covers have stains as well.
Joseph Shaws Book. G. W. Mentz.Philadelphia.1823
Large format stenciled wraps. An applied label on the cover reads "Joseph Shaw's Book 1823". 20 unnumbered pages; 15 with verses.  Executed in a fine hand.  The verses include Church Fellowship I Cannot Tell Address to Young Ladies, written in a question an answer format penned in black and brown ink alternately. Ode on Washington's Birth Day Hymn by Pierpont The Genius of Masonry. Excerpt from Clymer's Anniversary "Strike, Strike the lyre, let cannons roar And haild the auspicious day When Freedoms sons undaunted swore To spurn a monarchs sway" Measures 12 1/2" x 18" . Covers detached and separated with wear.  Toning and discoloration first few pages.
 Travel Scrap or Memento Book  -  Monograms, Hotel Logos, Fraternity Insignias etc.. ..1930-1940s
A unique scrap travel book  compiled by an unknown person with each page filled will snippets from letterheads from the stationary of the hotels the individual has stopped at. These pieces of the letterhead have been cut out and pasted into the album and there is a range of a singe (larger) piece to up to over twenty pieces on each page. The hotels range from all over North America, from the Wellington Hotel in Chicago to the Hodson in Waterbury, CT, to Hotel Geneye in Mexico City, Mexico to Hotel Windsor in Atlantic City, NJ. There are also letterheads from transportation means, such as "S.S. Brookline". "Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway - En Route", and the "S.S. Mongolia" Sometimes the entire logo and name of the hotel isn't cut out, and only a portion, like the initials of the hotel or their logo. For example, there is one that is only the image of a shield with "The Barclay" written on top of it.  Additionally, there are also a few pages of cutouts from military letterheads such as "United States Army", "Army & Navy", "Second Army Corps", and the "Metal of Honor". In the beginning of the album the pieces were  arranged with purpose, such as creating the letter "W", within a few pages this effort ended.  Also includes a few pages of monograms and fraternity insignias, college flags, fraternal organization insignias and more.  Fifty (50) leaves with virtually all with material covering the front and back pages. The album showcases the wide variety of styles and designs hotels used on their stationary. While the majority of these letterheads are in black and white, there are a few that have color as well as being embossed. Interleaves. Leather cover.  Measures 10" x 7". .
 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.
Jonathan D Roberts An Accounting of the Guardianship of Timothy Stevens. .Farmington, NH.1856 - 1864
A copy book used to by Jonathan D. Roberts to keep an accounting of his guardianship of Timothy Stevens from 1856 - 1864. On the first page is a note that states Roberts was appointed Stevens guardian on February 5, 1856 and that this fact was advertised in the Dover Gazette on the first Tuesday in February.  Next is an inventory of the Estate of Timonth Stevens valued at $1,011.37. What follows is a list of expenses incurred by Roberts, such as the cost of board, travel to the probate court, the cost of his services and a list of different bills paid out. The front cover has an engraving of a monument that states "To Washington". The back cover has a multiplication table on it as well as the note "Always for sale, a general assortment of Blank, School, and Miscellaneous Books..." There is no mention of a publisher. No OCLC, Feb 2019. Yellow covers, 16 pages. Completely filled. Measures 8" x 6 1/2".
A Remembrance Book including wrapping paper and ribbons from every gift received by a child 1943. ..
A large format scrap album beginning with the birth certificte for Lyle Edward Baumgartner, born at Paradise Valley Sanitarium and Hospital ,April 1, 1944. The first page is titled Christmas 1943 (before he was born).  The mother of this child saved and mounted the gift tags, ribbons and a sample of the wrapping paper for each gift the child received captioned with item and the giver. This is followed by the Shower Feb 1944 with the previously described materials a narrative on the events of the show including an actual game that was played, a photo of all of the gifts and the addition of any greeting cards or other notes received.  The birth of the child includes more gifts plus a brochure for the mother's hospital "reservation" and possible charges, the nursery idetnification card, birth notices etc. It includes war rations used to purchase his food and first letters received in the mail.  This almost 3" thick book concludes after his second Christmas. Album measures 13 3/4" c 11 1/2".. Edge chips on scrapbook pages.
An original Get Well Story and Whimsical Drawings to a hospitalized child by  Sidney Ernestine Warfel. .Chicago.1946
A two page typed story to Virginia Whitley at St. Joseph's Hospital , Joliet IL. 1946. The story begins with I do not know you and you don't know me, but what difference does that make? She had heard she was ill and needed something to bright her days, so Sidney wrote a nonsense story  with the characters Ellalulu, Lally Dee, the Dog --Beauty Belle, Ellalulu's cat- Sput and the moneky.  Accompanied by sitck figure drawings each measures 2 1/2" x 3 3/4".  With original envelope. Charming. .
Cora Sprague Velvet Cover Triangular Friendship Album Of Cora Sprage, featuring secret messages. .Hackettstown, NY.Nov 1888
A unique triangle friendship album of Cora Sprague that was given to her upon her departure in November 1888 from Centenary Collegiate Institute, a preparatory school located in Hackettstown, NY (now known as Centenary University). What is unique about this album is the construction. Each note as been folded down into a triangle which was originally pasted closed. On the front of each note was a small missive that directed Cora when she could open the note. Most of them feature specific dates, but some are more ambiguous and cheeky. Such as, "Open when you so desire ", "When in trouble," "on the anniversary of your silver wedding", and perhaps most uniquely "to be opened some moonlight evening, alone in the year 1890". The majority of the notes feature well wishes for a happy and prosperous life. There are several mentions of a wedding and husband, so Cora's departure from the school might have been caused by an impending marriage to an unknown man. Most of her friends ask her to remember her time at C. C. I. fondly, or reference specific unknown events. Such as " 'Sit still my heart, sit still.' When very much excited and this quotation comes in your in mind, remember me and the circumstance under which I gave it to you." Light brown velvet covers. Ribbon binding. Triangle album, 39 leaves. Measures 10 1/2" x 5 1/4" .
Anna Robinson Account of deaths from illness due to fever epidemic in Connecticut by Stricken Woman. .Killingly, CT.1814
In two lengthy manuscript accountings a young woman relays first, her concern at the numbers of individuals dying and subsequently her near death and recovery.   The first is to her parents on March 11, 1814 expressing her sorrow and dismay at the deaths of friends, and relaying the names of all of the communities in the area where the fever was present.  She proceeds to account the numerous families with several  members in a household succumbing, usually within days of one another. She expresses concern for the doctor's health as he has seen patients day and night for a month.   Apparently the first person fell ill in December of 1813.  She is bemoaning their fate and her despair and then writes "---but stop. Let me not give you any uneasiness on account of my words". The recollections of others passing fills the remainder of the letter. The second letter written to her brother is started on April 20, 1814 and concludes on May 4.  The letter opens with admonishing  her brother for not writing for two years and then goes on to explain that she is near death with the fever.  Apparently because of the severity of the illness  can only write four lines.  The next line begins with the 21st followed by a couple of paragraphs as well as the 23 and the 25.  On May 4 she concludes the remainder of the letter advising that she was just carried back to her home and was beginning to recover. Followed by demanding a visit and continues her despair about the situation.   Each letter over 1 1/2 pages. 14" x 9" paper.. Anna A Robinson Birth about 1780 Death 4 Apr 1826 In searching for a  fever epidemic in eastern CT in 1814, none could be found.
Hand Made Inspirational Commonplace Book - Hand Penned Thoughts for the Year c1909. .Massachusetts.c1906
Watercolor heavy card covers with polka-dot silk ribbon binding.  An endearing and thoughtful hand penned daily inspirational book. Each page represents a day of the year with a daily inspirational passage from poets, notables such as Florence Nightingale, Beecher the social reformer and abolitionist, philosopher, Bible passages and more. Some are original thoughts.  Measures 4 1/2" x 6".  .
J.W. Orr, Engraver (NY) Blank Books Adapted to Fulton & Eastman's Book-Keeping, by Single and Double Entry - "Merchant Day Book" - Dry Goods Fabric & Sewing Supplies. Moore & Nims.Troy, NY.1848-
This copy book was provided to customers by the Manufacturers Moore & Nims. An unknown individual has used it as a ledger for their business. The ledger dates from January 3, 1848 to March 29, 1849, with all but the last few pages filled out. It is clear from the entries the author owned a dry goods store with an emphasis on  fabric store as most of the items mentioned are fabric, thread or buttons. It also includes the sales of condiments, spices and dried fruits. Each entry is dated, tells the name of the customer, what was purchased and the cost. An engraving by J. W. Orr is on the front cover. It features a heavily decorated floral and scroll border. On the front interior cover is a message "To the Pupil" which continues onto the back interior cover. The back cover features an advertisement for Franklin Globes produced by Moore & Nims. There are seven globes engraved in this advertisement. OCLC -1 (Feb 2019). However the book cataloged has 24 pgs., versus this book which as 36 pages. All the other fields match this item. Green paper covers, 36 pages. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4"..
 Musings, Verse and Sentiment by an Unidentified Gentlemen Embellished with Whimsical Illustration Snippets. 1825. ..
A  book of musings by an unidentified gentleman with the first entry on September 27th, 1825. Entries include To the Flower called Forget me not!, A recipe for Courtship, the tea of Sympathy, The Rose of the Valley, On Leaving a Place of Residence, A Fragment, Lines written beneath a Picture, The Choice - Supposed to be written by a young lady and much more. Many of the pages are embellish with relevant often whimsical or satirical cut-out illustrations.  Also includes numerous short thought entries.  An English gentleman.  Unnumbered pages. Measures 9" x 7 1/2"x 3/4" . Front cover detached but present. Back strip lacking. Few pages detached Moderate to heavy wear.
Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps Autograph and Drawing Album, c1915-1918 (W.A.A.C.). ..
A astonishing friendship album filled with quotes, verses, and drawings belonging to Amelia Isabel Mackenzie, a member of the W.A.A.C. The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (1917–1918), which later became known as Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (1918–1920) was the women's unit of the British Army during and immediately after the First World War. It was formally instituted on 7 July, 1917 and between January 1917 and November 1918.  over 57,000 women served in the unit. The corps was disbanded in September 1921 and unfortunately most of the service records of the corps were destroyed during a German air raid in September 1940.   The front cover of the album is stamped with the flags of Russia, France, Britain, and Belgium. Entries consist of drawings and sketches as well as verses. The first page is a hand drawn British flag and the inscription "12th Dec 1917, Q.M.A.A.C. April 1918". An example of a verse is: "Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time" Among the verses are several drawings. For example a wonderful water color of a sunset in Gourock, Scotland,  and a whimsical drawing of a kitten playing with a glove. One page has a unique listing of names written from a central point and a sprig of flowers pressed in. Dates of the signatures range 1915-1918. 5 1/2" x 7". Covers show heavy wear, and are partially detached. Pages are still bound, but are  coming loose. The pages themselves are slightly soiled, but otherwise fine.
 Copy Book of Religious Hymns.  Cover illustration - Pen Mightier than the Sword. Benjamin B. Mussey & Co..29 Cornhill, Boston.c1850
This blank book was published by Benjamin B. Mussey & Co. sometime in the mid 1800s. The unknown owner of the book used it to copy hymns of a religious nature. There are six hymns in total in the book, "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" by James Montgomery (based on Matthew 25-40), "A Romish Lady", "The Orphan's Song", "The Gloom of Autumn" by Selah and Timothy Gridley, "Remember the Poor" by Rev, H G. Barrus and "Dying Hymn" by Alice Cary. Below is a quote from the "Dying Hymn": "Earth, with its dark and dreadful ills, Recedes and fades away; Lift up your heads, ye heavenly hills; Ye gates of death give way; My soul is full of whispered song - My blindness is my sight; The shadows that I feared so long Are full of life and light..." The front cover has an engraving of a Prince meeting Clio, the Nymph of History, along with a parable. Essentially the parable is meant to show how the pen is mightier than the sword. Elaborate border decoration. On the back cover is a multiplication table as well as a list of other books sold by Mussey. No OCLC, Feb 2019. Blue-green wraps.  Strong color.  24 unlined pages. Measures 8" x 6 3/4".
John Robins Sharpless Sr. Diary of John R. Sharpless, Lawyer from Pennsylvania, includes trip to World's Fair . .Catawissa, PA.1893
An 1893 pocket diary for John R. Sharpless, a twenty-two year old man who was studying to become a lawyer. While doing so he was working for William H Rhawn, a prominent attorney from Sharpless' hometown of Catawissa, PA. Sharpless writes short, detailed, entries on a daily basis, until he stops abruptly on October 29. Each entry includes the weather, both temperature and description, as well as a list of everything he had done that day. The majority of Sharpless' life at that point revolved around the law, either in the form of various cases he was working on for his boss, Rhawn, or studying for the bar exam. Additionally a large portion of the diary is dedicated to his courtship of Lois Gearhart, the woman who, a few short years later, would become his wife. Other topics include various social activities with his friends and family, such as card games, billiard games, sleigh rides, or fishing trips (he was avid angler). Two events of note take place during this year, the first of which is his trip to the Chicago World's Fair (aka World's Columbian Exposition) with a group of his friends, including Lois Gearhart. There they spend over a week in late July visiting the fair grounds and the various attractions. The second event takes place on April 24 when his boss' 13 year old son, Harry Rhawn, runs away. What follows over the next month and a half are various trips both he and his boss take in an effort to find the young boy. The Rhawn family took out various adverts in newspapers, even going as far at to send the boy's description to the Chicago PD, fearing he was trying to make it to the World's Fair. The boy was eventually found in Erie, PA, almost 300 miles from his hometown, and John was sent to retrieve him. Below are some quotes from Sharpless' entries. "8, cloudy. Worked hard in morn in office. Learned that I could not be admitted in February, Good sleighing... new resolution to study like the devil." - January 15 "33, clear. Nice day. Worked at office in morn. At Bloom (PA), with Steve Blady to identify burglars in afternoon in jail house. At home in evening." - January 30 "28, clear, cold and windy. Streets and roads like glass. All covered with ice. Everybody falling... Burglar case called. At Danville for two hours in afternoon. Spent time with Lois Gerhart." - February 7 "48, clear. At Bloom in morning doing lots of business. Rhawn finished argument in Pevagh case. I hustled Blackstone until supper time... Examined for admission to the bar, at the 11 train with examiners. Harry Rhawn left town." - April 24 "54, cloudy. Eventful day. I got up early as W. H. Rhawn sent for me. He went to Phila to see if Harry was killed. I was admitted to bar in morn. Did all of Rhawn's business. World's Fair opens. [Joseph Smith] Harris takes charge of P & R RR [Philadelphia and Reading Railroad] - raining hard in eve, umbrella fixer beats me [in] billiards." - May 1 "Redder case at Catawissa settled. Lois and I at [Chicago World's] Fair Grounds. Went to Midway Plaisance, saw about everything. Spent some time at the Penna [Pennsylvania] Building. Lois home. I saw T. Thomas [Theodore Thomas] orchestra. Lois & I to see Buffalo Bill." - July 27 "55, cloudy. Home and put on fishing clothes. Rhawn, Gilbert, and I fishing in canal. Caught 72 bass." - October 19 Brown leather covers, with two pockets on the front. Standard Diary No. 67. Informational pages in front, such has units of measurement, list of holidays, and city population. Pages have gilt fore edge. There is an pocket folder attached to the interior back cover, as well as a slot for a pencil. Measures 6" x 3 1/4".. John Robins Sharpless Sr, was born on September 20, 1871 to Ambrose Harder Sharpless (1843-1919) and Mary Brobst Sharpless nee Robins (1848-1922) in Catawissa, PA. He graduated from Catawissa High School and attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. While studying law he worked for William H Rhawn (1856-1919), a distinguished lawyer from his hometown. On December 16, 1893 he was admitted to the bar in the PA countries of Columbia and Luzerne, and soon moved to Hazleton, PA. There he opened up is own law practice and he remained in the area for the rest of his life. He married Lois Martin Gearhart on December 1 1896 in Danville, PA and together they had two children, Jean Sharpless Garriss (1899-1994) and John Robins Sharplesss Jr (1904-1980). He died on Jan 9, 1953 in Hazleton, PA after a short illness.
Rebecca Hileman. The 'School Friendship Book' of Rebecca Hileman in High School in Loda. Illinois, 1920-1923. The Reilly & Lee Co.Chicago.1919-1923
The very well documented high school years of Rebecca Hileman from Loda, Illinois are captured as Rebecca filled scores of pages with over 100 photographs of friends and family, name cards, souvenirs of school events, news clippings, letters and more. Includes some memorabilia such as a dance program, graduation invites, a piece of Wrigley gum and its wrapper, a typist certificate and lots postcards. In one section Rebecca lists all the faculty and the subjects they taught, as well as creating her own mini yearbook by grouping headshots together by class, All in all this scrapbook is a  fascinating picture of a young girl's school life in the early 1920s. The scrapbook itself was published by The Reilly & Lee Co, and was designed and illustrated by Clara Powers Wilson. 9" x 6 1/2". Covers are soiled and slightly bend due to the overabundance of the interior contents. Back strip is partially detached due to 'overstuffed' contnet. Binding is loose and mostly detached. Interior pages are toned and soiled due to age, some pages have minor tears. A few of the photographs have become lose and gone missing over the years. There is a stain caused by the Wrigley gum. Additionally some ephemera was never glued down, simply tucked into the book.
Fred K. Reigner Social and Event archives from the  Pottstown chapter of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). .Pottstown, PA.1953-1956
A well organized three-ring binder chocked full of material relating to the activities of this social club for men interested in planes and aviation. It includes over 150 individual pieces of ephemera.  The archive was maintained by the chairman, Fred K. Reigner.  The categories include: Civil Air Patrol Notices 1953 Newspaper Clippings Letters Received Letters mailed and an array of loose materials including the layout of the Pottstown Airport, a revoked Civil Patrol airman's card, an insignia circular, menus and invitations for local events and fly-ins and much more.  For a comprehensive description click HERE. In November of 1953, the Pottstown chapter of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) - a social club for men interested in planes and aviation - elected Fred K Reigner as their new Chairman. The Chairman had a lot of responsibilities, especially in the Pottstown AOPA – JB “Doc” Hartranft, the President of the AOPA in 1953, was quoted in a local Pennsylvania newspaper complimenting the chapter, saying “you folks really do what you plan.” As Chairman, Frank K Reigner planned dozens of outings around Pennsylvania and beyond, sending letters almost daily to coordinate their meetings and social events. In one binder, he kept his notes and copies of all his correspondence for the year he was Chairman, leaving behind an incredible snapshot of the world of the AOPA in the 1950s.
A collection of five (5)  immediate post WWII typewritten letters embellished with watercolor illustrations superimposed on the letter sheets and/or applied at the top of the page. . .California.1945
The content is politically oriented and tongue-in-cheek.  The letters were addressed to Miss Eleanor Langlois of Guernewood Park, CA from J. E.  Langlois and Oscar Smith, both of San Francisco.   J.E. is Eleanor’s father.   The letters are dated August 13-20, 1945. August 14, is labeled V-J Day when Japan surrendered after WWII. The letters mention riots in San Francisco, food rationing, and  refers to their dog Geep. The letter writer mentions his tiring of meat loaf and his excitement to get eggs and lists the many ways he would like to cook them. He questions of they have gotten sugar yet. He is on edge and mentions how he jumps when ever he hears a noise. He has a sarcastic air and references times significant to the time such as Aunt Jemima's pancake mix and Seely mattresses. .
Anonymous Woman Commonplace book - Religious, Poetry, Prayers and minor Accounting. ..c1850
A journal from the mid 1850s by an unknown individual, but one who is  very devout. The journal starts off as a diary, where only a line or two was written every few days. For example "Sewing Circle", "Attended Church and Sabbath School", and "Heard Dr. Jewett Lecture about temperance." As the journal progresses the entries start to grow in length. The author discusses everything from travel (to the countryside) to books  that they have read, including the History of the Reformation Began by Martin Luther. In addition to the diary, there is also poems and prayers written in the book as well. These tend to be written in pencil, and have faded a bit. On the inside covers are scribbles of math, and the first page of the journal is an accounting slip which references boarders and the dates they were stayed. There are two inserts of scrap paper, one has accounting on it, and the other a cutwork pattern, a simple sketch of a branch with leaves that has been partially cut out . Board covers with applied marble, 40 leaves. Author used both pencil and ink. Near complete, few blank pages. Measures 7 1/2 x 6 1/2..
 Commonplace Book, Pocket Diary of August Maria Ward Bissell. .New York.1868
A wonderful commonplace book of Augusta Maria Ward Bissell, who lived in Warwick, MA. This commonplace book is a small pocket diary for the year 1868. While each entry is short, normally consisting of a few brief sentences, the details Augusta Ward chooses to record about her life give the reader a robust outlook on her life and that of the local townspeople. Each entry starts off with a note on the day's weather, generally including the mornings temperature and a few words on the weather conditions such as  "wet day", "summerish", "some sprinkles". She continues on next with short notes on the day, who visited who, what sermon or lecture she heard that day or small notes on the doings of her family, friends, and neighbors. Additionally, marriages, sicknesses, and deaths are recorded as well. Below are some examples of her entries: "7 above morning, cloudy some. A surprise party at Mr. Richards in the evening. Went to meeting as Ms. Conants, Minister Association at Charlemont this week." Feb. 13 "14 morning, fair 30 at one. Dr. and Mary Draper called. Alin Felder called. Sleighing is growing poor. A subscription was started on Sunday to buy Sabbath school books for our library." "63 morning, fair 84 at one, fair. Rev. Mr Brooks called. Sarah Ball called. Ann Marie & I picked some strawberries. Mrs. James Derby has moved into Mrs. Fashe's house." June 19 "55 morning very rainy. Horace Mason called. Justin [brother] and I visited Aunt Catherine. Charles Hill's son died today of fever. Mr. Young and his family went west Tuesday." Sept. 4 In addition to all of her regular notes throughout the year, it seems that she meets Rev. Oscar Bissell, her future husband about midway through the year. He appears to have been a traveling Reverend who preached at several local churches and meetings. One can see the growth of their relationship as the year progresses. What starts as any other entries of the detailing the sermons she goes to, become notes of Mr. Bissell calling on her to spending the evening (Dec 15) to them exchanging letters. This is clearly the beginning of their courtship that would result in their marriage in November 1869. This marriage was rather unusual for the time as she was 39 years old. Augusta would go on to have 3 children within the next five years with Oscar. Lastly, at the end of the journal there are a series of list, starting with a list of the year's marriages and deaths, continuing with several accounting lists of expenses (such as the extraction of a tooth or purchases of a diary) and work she was paid for. Black leather covers. Gilt edge pages. Completely filled. Measures 4" x 2 3/4".. Augusta Maria Ward Bissell was born on June 24, 1830 in Warwick, Massachusetts to Sylvanus Ward (1802 -1856) and Anna Draper Ward (1801-1856). She grew up with three siblings, one sister, Harriet Anna Ward (1828 - 1856), and two brothers Artemas Draper Ward (1837 - 1914) and Justin Edwards Ward (1847 - 1929). She married late in life, at age 39 to Rev. Oscar Bissell (1822 - 1910) on November 1, 1869. Together they had three children Frederick Bissell (1871 - ?), William Foster Bissell (1872 - 1945) and Alma Ward Bissell (1875 - 1869). Augusta died in Brimfield, Massachusetts on December 30, 1898 of La Grippe, otherwise known as influenza.
P.S. 86 Tooled Copper Cover Remembrance Scrapbook Given to Mrs. Nufer by her Students upon her retirement. .New York.1949
Anna Louisee Nufer retired as Principle of New York PS 86 on September 19, 1949. On that day she was presented with a scrap book made by the teachers and students of PS 86. The covers are green leather with a tooled copper illustration of the story "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe." The dedication page of this scrap book is also tooled copper affixed to wallpaper, which states the date the book was given to Mrs. Nufer. The scrap book is 23 leaves, and consists of thank you notes in general written by the teacher and signed by all of the students in their respective classes. Each page was done on a colored construction paper often with hand drawn borders. One page that stand out in particular has a water color of the world and a poem full of plays on words: "The world is you 'Erster' and see what's inside You made your 'cherse ter' While you feel better Instead of 'Worster' " Attached to the back inside cover is a hand made card filled with poetry across 22 pages. The front of the card has a painted silhouette of a sailboat. The first page of this card has an adorable crayon drawing of children marching holding flags along with the inscription "Testimonial Dinner to Mrs. Anna L Nufer, Hotel Madison, November 7, 1949." Within the card are little missives and poems written on each page from fellow friends and teachers. Green leather covers, rope binding. Tool cooper cover and dedication page. Measures 13 1/4" x 11 1/2" . Anna Lousie Nufer nee Kaelin, was born on September 23 1887 in Manhattan, NY to Herman Kaelin and Anna Genevieve Becker (1867 -?). She married Christian F. Nufer (1891 - 1970) and had one daughter named Doris Rose Nufer Fisher (1917-2006). She started teaching in 1913 at PS 71. Eventually she would become principle at PS 86, and retire in 1949. She died on January 4, 1979 in Needham, MA.
Stutz Family, Elizabeth A. Stutz Poetry and Recipe Album of the Stutz Family. .Middletown, Ohio.c1830-1915
A family scrap album of magazine and newspaper clippings of poetry and recipes. The majority of the clippings are poetry. Each page of the scrap album has three narrow columns of clippings pasted on. The clippings date from the 1830s all the way until around 1915. A Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stutz is the only name written in the album, however as some of the clippings predate her birth, this book mostly like belonged to another family member, perhaps her mother first. In fact there is a loose draft of a letter written by an unnamed woman to her brother making reference to 'Lizzie's father'. While the majority of the album are clippings form various magazines or newspapers, Interspersed throughout are several handwritten poems, at least one of which is original poetry by Lizzie Stutz. The majority of the recipes within this album are loose pages that have been placed inside the album for safe keeping. There are a few loose short stories as well. In addition to these loose pieces of ephemera, there are several items of a more personal nature. There is a report card for Lizzie Stutz from 1875. Based on the image of the school printed on the report card, she attended Union School (sometimes referred to as South School) on Yankee Road & 4th Ave, in Middletown, OH. In addition to the school report card, there is a gathering of line paper, presumably what was once a part of a separate journal The front page of this gathering has a stylized bird drawn in ink with the words "Lizzie Stutz, Room 12, Class 9" written in-between the feathers. The first half of this gathering comprises of practice lettering, sometimes a single letter written over and over again, and sometimes a word or phrase whose spelling allows for practice of a unique combination of letters. The latter have of this gathering must have been completed at a different time (indeed on of the entries has the date 1879), as the subject matter is a bit more advance. There are math notes and completed algebra problems, as outline lines for several different essays, such as one on coal and Henry Clay. Another personal item in the album is a photograph, presumably of Lizzie Stutz. It is a sepia side view portrait pasted within its own decorative storage folder. Below are a few excerpts from the poems found within the album: "... Choose times with a lullaby flowers, And sing through the watches you keep- Be soft with your coming and going- Be soft she is falling asleep. And what would my life be without her Pray God that I never may know Dear friend as you get her about her Be low oh be low with your weeping- be low Be low oh be low with your weeping Your sobs be sorrow to her I tremble lest while she is sleeping..."  - Excerpt from original poem by Elizabeth A Stutz "This is the eldest of the seasons; he moves not like spring with gradual steps, nor grows From bud to beauty, but with all his snows, Comes down at once in hoar antiquity. Now comes the season when the humble want, And know the misery of their wretched scant; Go ye, and seek their homes who have the power, And ease the sorrows of their trying hour."  - Winter "Let's take this world as some wide scene, through which in rail but buoyant boat, With skies now rude and now serene, Together thou and I must float; Beholding oft on either shore, Bright spots where we should like to stay, But Time plies swift his flying oar, And on we speed- away, away."  - Excerpt from 'The Boat of Life' by Thomas Moore Marble covers, Measures 11" x 7 3/4". Elizabeth A. Stutz was born in 1863 to George Stutz (1832-1899)  and Matilda Klepinger Stutz  (1834-1913)  in Ohio. She had two sisters Dora Belle Stutz Redder (1861-1927) and Harriet (Hattie) A. Stutz Flory (1868-1952). She married John H Plettner (1866-1924) on October 21 1888. She died in 1918.
1818 Hand penned and illustrated booklet - Um 24ten Weinmonat  -24 Wine Month (October).
Hand constructed booklet with wall paper covers. Pen and ink line drawings and text. Calligraphy script.  German language. Whimsical imagery. Perhaps a birthday book.  Laid paper.  (
9 Letters Between Sisters and Cousins, Wheelers and Spragues, Massachusetts 1819-1852
A series of nine letters from 1819-1852 from a Massachusetts family.   In summary discussions include wanting to become a teacher to teach her siblings, a healing water in short supply to “cure” a little boys eye disease, the price of wheat, concerns about scarlet fever, the cost of a home ($400), a “hard cough” that may take a relative and the passing of a family member. The correspondence are both between cousins or siblings discussing their everyday lives. The majority of the correspondence is a set of letters from Celia Harris to her sister Polly Wheeler, from the 1840s to the early 1850s. It would appear that for whatever reason there was some estrangement between Celia and the rest of her family, as they barely exchanged more than one letter a year despite repeated requests for more frequent correspondence or a visit.  Some points of note include: · One of the sisters is taking classes along with the hope that she soon will be qualified to teach her sisters as well. · A note about obtaining a small amount of curing waters that washed out a lot of the matter from a child’s eyes,  and without the water the child may lose his eyesight. · The amount and price of wheat · The bountiful harvest and price of fruit · A warm winter lead to “weak sleighing” · Purchasing a house that is warm for $400 · The death of a relative leaving a widower with 5 children Additional information available. .
Illuminated Calligraphy with Flora Embellishments - Our Darling Elsie
A 13 1/2" x 10 3/4" card with illustrated  calligraphy reading "Our Darling Elsi __ Mors Janua Vitae--Talitha cumi"  Translating to Death is the gateway to (everlasting) life -- and Little maid, arise (a Syriac or Aramaic expression.  Crests of Agnus Dei and IHS.  Adorned with dried forget-me-nots, daisies, fern and lily of the valley.   Well executed in vibrant colors. Reverse has pen and ink of The Ruin - Mt. Edgcumbe.  with a Milton verse.  Dated Aug. 24, 1887.
Wilhelmina Reid Fleming Journal of Original Poetry of W. R. Flemming. .Helensburgh, Scotland .1920-1940
A leather bound poetry journal of Wilhelmina Reid Fleming that contains both Flemming's amateur original poetry, either in handwritten, typed, or newspaper clipping form, and some copied poems of other more famous poets. Below are some excerpts of her poetry: "How silently the frost king weaves His flowers upon my window pane! All night he must have been at work Such wondrous patterns to attain."  --  Excerpt from the Frost King "The West Wind is calling his red flocks home, To the empty folds below. From the pastures high Of the leaf-filled sky, And he whispers soft and low."  -- Excerpt from Autumnal Flocks The front cover of the journal has a decorative floral stamped design in the form of a circle. Approximately one third of the journal is full, pages are gilt edged. The spine of the journal has columns. There are two pressed flowers, one loose, and one which as been attached to a pasted in note card. There is one loose piece of paper found within the pages with another poem on it. Attached to the back interior cover is an envelope that was most likely used to store clipping before they were added to the journal. There is still one folded piece of paper within the envelope that has a handwritten copy of the poem "Tree" by Joyce Kilmer. Measures 10 1/2" x 7 1/2". Although prolific, beyond the clippings, that most likely were from a local newspaper. Wilhelmina's work is unknown. She was also an artist. Wilhelmina Reid Fleming lived in Helensburgh, Scotland, with her husband John Arnold Fleming. Their house was called Locksley. Wilhelmina and her husband married in 1914 and had no children. She died in 1963. Her husband, John passed away on October 22, 1966.
 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. Letters are folded and addressed with stampless post, date answered and occasionally a red worn wax seal. The Ward family history and ancestry list a John Howard Wells (1784-1844) married  Julia Tracy (1797-1893) in May 1829 and had 5 children; Henry Dana, Ebenezer Tracy, Franklin, Martha Caroline, and John Howard. These names correspond with names that appear in the letters as friends and family of the couple. Puluski, Sept 4, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY -Wells opens with the acknowledgment that he received her last letter and mentions that “it had been a long time traveling to the west and back.” He appears to tease her about a “reproof” in her last letter and offers her “almost any charge you may choose to bring against me.” He informs her that due to the health of one man and “obstinacy of mother” he will be unable to engage a house for the fall. He explains that they will need to purchase “Cabinet ware” and begs her pardon but feels it would be better for him to purchase items. He tells her to mention if there are specific items she has interest in and he will look into them on the way to N. York. He mentioned their engagement to his brother but expressed that it “probably may be told as a great secret to a number of persons very soon.” He says he will see her in October. Ans. Oct 8, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Letter has been torn off, only the outer paper with address and date are left Puluski, Dec 8 (?), 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells left Tracy and did not arrive home until late. His eyes were inflicted with an infection and he needed to remove all light so was not able to write. He sent a flower pot and two parcels and wants to ensure they arrived. He purchased cloth for Caroline, it was the “cheapest piece” and “was told it was fashionable.” He mentions the “Mountain Ash was not forgotten” but he was traveling in the stage from Albany and passed the place where he saw them. He requests she tell Mrs. Ward he will “bear it in mind some future opportunity.” He discusses the weather and if it stays mild will have the cellar dug for his house. He will put it “24 feet from the street” which he assumes she will think sufficient. He questions of she would like the “juice of Linnen” (?) in the winter and if so he can send it by “way of Brattleboro and Hartford.” Puluski, Dec 31, 1828  To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is extremely happy to she was not “visited with the dreaded evil” and believes he was “more fearfull [sic] than necessary.” He is gratified that Caroline was suited with his choice and says that if she is as “well suited in making a much more important choice” he would be happy to give his opinion. His eyes have almost healed and “as well as when I received your kind prescription. “The new merchant, Mr. Brazton, is getting married and Wells hears the bride is a pleasing young woman whom he hopes will be a pleasant acquaintance for Tracy. His neighbor, the Lawyer, “is the most malicious person I ever knew” and is “bent upon injuring me in every possible way.” Wells wishes her a Happy New Years and wishes that she will be “happily situated here before tit shall have half expire.” He says they should be grateful for the many Blessings and he feels favored “of being united to one who is all I could wish her to be.” He asks about her brother, Frank, and explains about getting her orders and the money he has set aside for her. Richland, March 16, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is pleased Tracy enjoyed herself in Hartford. He regrets that he did not have all the plans ahead worked out or he would have visited. He is in a “quandary” as there is 12-16 inches of snow and the ground is hard. He is unable to complete the cellar on schedule. He is trying to “hire a house that will answer for one year.” He plans to continue and hopefully finish in July. He considers staying at the tavern where he stays now but there are 8 Gentleman “(so called)” and no Ladies. He thanks her for the offer of using the orders and he may use $100 since it is mutually beneficial for them to invest when she comes. There is an “Anti-Masonry” movement beginning there (also called Anti-Freemasonry and defined as "avowed opposition to Freemasonry" –Wikipedia). He is concerned that it will “create considerable ill feeling among those who have heretofore been friendly.” He asks h=if he should invite Mr. Walton to their wedding. He plans to be with her on the 12 or 16 of May and wants the ceremony “to take place the day after my arrival.” He asks if she would like to “start immediately or remain a few days?” March 18 - He held onto the letter because he had the prospect of getting a house for one year. He informs her that he is successful in “hiring one at $65.” It is one and a half stories and includes a sketch at the end of the letter. He decides to not commence building until she is with him but he will be able to rent it if they chose to not occupy it the whole time (referring to the rented house). Richland, April 15, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Reference her last letter and expresses regret that her mother is ill. He understands that she does not want to travel and wishes to care for her mother. He has rented a house and has made preparations for keeping house. He says he will not invite anyone to their wedding until he sees her which he is hoping will be before May 1st. He mentions the “interesting period” she is now witnessing and how it “is indeed a time when Christians have great reason to be thoughtful that the Savior is indeed as we trust Redeeming the Souls of Sinners.” He says he hopes she will witness “a great ingathering of Souls” and “every Blessing may attend” her but feels he is “not worthy so great a blessing and privilege.” He is concerned that he is “so divided from various causes here.” He hopes her mother will be better when he sees her and sends his love and affection.   .
Travel Journal for European Grand Tour, July 27 – August 30 with detail on each locale while traveling through Great Britain, France and Italy.  C1880s.  Thirza Merriam Rowley.. ..
A collection of 30 legal size pages of narrative describing the itinerary from a European grand tour taken by most likely Thirza Merriam Rowley wife of H. Curtis Rowley and daughter of Homer Merriam. The journal of loose pages is structured by date and provides a daily accounting by specific locations visited and recounts of activities including sites seen, commentary on modes of transportation, local customs and brief references to her traveling companions.   She was accompanied by a Gardner, who may have been her bother Arthur Gardner Merriam.   She was not hesitant in expressing her opinion of areas and seemed to show a strong interest in landscaping, stone buildings, and the most ancient locations.   Travel began on July 27 and concluded on August 30. Found in the family papers of Arthur Rowley.  For a comprehensive summary of the travels click HERE (#) $375.00 . paper chipping and brittle
Annotated Sketch book for works done by Charles William Bauhan, Landscape Artist, October 1924-July 1925.
Includes eighteen (18) original works.  Most dated and several identified.   Thirteen (13) are watercolors of landscapes, gardens and exteriors of homes including Twin Doors (NJ) and the home of Professor Stone of Cornell U, built in 1751 and located in Canaan, CT.  There are also floor plans for the first and second floors of the Canaan CT home.  Also includes landscapes of Eagle Rock and Belville, NJ.  One sketch depicts phases of an eclipse as it occurred.  Also found are notes on mileage and travel time, a bit of poetry and some annotations on the content of the drawings.  It is marked Book 30, believed to be one of a series of workbooks.
The Girl's Graduate Journal belonging  to Dorothy Bradford, Class of 1935
The scrap book album belongs to Dorothy Bradford who attended North Central High School, in Spokane, WA. A portion of the album also covers her time at Havermale Junior High School. The first third of the album is full of newspaper clippings dealing with either her or her friends at North Central. The rest of the majority of the album are various pieces of memorabilia, such a programs, greeting cards, cloth sport letters dance cards, and ribbons. There approximately 40 photographs, of which half are head shots of fellow classmates. The rest show her and her friends engaged in a variety of activities, such as musical performances and a 'doll show'. There is one image of Dorothy where she appears to be dressed up as Hitler with the caption "Heil!" underneath. Dorothy was an avid tennis player and was president of the Girls League. She was also a member of the orchestra, which makes sense as her father, Lowell Bradford (who was crippled with infantile paralysis since childhood) was the Musical Director at North Central High School. At the back of the album is a pressed carnation that Dorothy presented to her at a Girls League event. The album itself is a first edition published in 1925 by Reilly & Lee Company in Chicago. It is arranged by Janet Madison and decorate by E. J. McDonald. It is a photographic/scrap book album, with numerous blank pages for its future owners to fill. Blue cloth covers with elaborate gilt floral design and lettering on the front. String-tied binding. Original printed publishers box with a few broken joints. Measures 9" x 8"
Pocket Diary - School Age Boy's Daily Writings in Make-do Leather Book
Small size book constructed of a front and back book cover two leaves of lined laid paper cut to fit the covers an held in place wtih thread. Old sewing repair holds covers together at backstrip.  A button is affixed to the front cover and a leather closure is sewn on the back cover with a buttonhole that clasps over the button.   When opened it reveals the daily activity of the lad of few words.  The pages are titled at the top of each month beginning with January 1857.  Many of the lines in the first half are occupied with "To School"  Some additional lines include: -school didn't keep , setting up wood, - made an axe handle - did nothing - Do work for Brown - Haying - A happy mood - Setting up wood - Killed the hog - made a gate - Picking Rocks - Cutting Bushes - To work for Brown- Holding plow for Clough - Drawing Stone and Plowing -Picking Apples - Making "sider" (cider) - Drawing dung - a couple of lines of secret code .  Each of the tasks is repeated numerous time.  The life of a young boy in an 1850s tweets!  Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  .
 Friendship Album for Mabel Cavalier with sentiments and 22 plus full page drawings, watercolors and novelties. .Forest Gate, London.1930
Hard cover album with unnumbered pages with numerous sentiments and verses written in 1930.   Additionally watercolors that include a woman skier, an interpretation of a worker in Hong Kong, a Harlequin holding a clown, a finely executed scene from nature, a fishing boat, a sports girl and much more.    Measures 6 3/4" x 8".. wear on cover
 Friendship and Lover's Album - Numerous Entries from the Same Three People. J. C. Riker.Harts Village, Dutchess County, New York.c1850
A unusual friendship album belonging to Eliza Howland. With the exception of one or two entries, the album appears to have been written by three people writing over years (c1850). The entries are written by Omega, Rover and Hiram. Hiram is later identified as Hiram Howland, and he is presumably Eliza's husband. On two of Omega's entries she has also drawn a colorful dove holding an olive branch in its beak. The majority of the entries are written by Hiram and tend to be love poems, mostly original. Most of his entries are simply titled 'To Eliza', though at times his is more descriptive in his naming, such as 'With You I Am Happy', 'A The Plighted Vow' and  'Written on the reception of a Bible', Additionally, there are two letters, with their corresponding envelopes. The letters were written to Eliza by Hiram on Valentines day and are love poems as well. Below is a quote from one Hiram's poems in the journal: "My thoughts wander back to the days of my youth, When my heart was both gullible and free, Then ambition did prompt me to wealth, fame, and truth, While my hopes were all centered on thee But the ambition has fled with the year that have flown while my hope of vain fortune is river Still with thee I am happy, I love and be loved. Till summoned to mansions in heaven..." On the cover there is gilt stamp which states "Religious Album" along with the original owners name, "Eliza". There are six black and white engravings (including the title page) depicting religious scenes, such as when an angel appeared to the shepherds to proclaim the birth of Christ. Brown leather board covers with gild stamp design. 60 leaves, with interleaves in front of the illustrations. The pages are multicolored, and gilt fore edge. The journal is approximately half filled (first half of book).  Measures 7 1/2" x 6"..
Mensuration – Part 1st Continued by Mark Brayshaw1845
(Part 1 of the study of measuring of geometric magnitudes, lengths, areas, and volumes)  Hand penned with cyphers, illustrations and calligraphy. A quarter leather exercise book with marbled paper covers for Mark Brayshaw.  Embellished with decorative lettering, design and calligraphy.  Some elements in watercolor. The book includes numerous exercises, beginning with the stated problems of mensuration followed by examples of the solution including some diagrams.  Excellent demonstration of problem solving skills as well as penmanship skills..
Child's drawing book with forty-four (44) graphite drawings. C1880
Thirty-one (31) school girl drawings of girls and women in Grecian bend bustle style costumes. Many of the images have been named by the artist. Thirteen (13) additional drawing by a different hand, most likely a boy, Native Americans, Soldiers. All naive. Three (3) finished in watercolor. Delightful. Measures 7" x 4". Fragile.
A River Story -  To Ada Hudson on her 16th Birthday from Agnes Hornung 1892
A handmade book constructed with plain paper and stock covers and a ribbon binding to hold the pages in place. "A River Story" is penned on the cover and title page.  The story of the life of a river from its infancy as a tiny stream and how it grows to meet life's challenges including waterfalls and  powering a waterwheel and growing weary from toiling long and hard.  It concludes with "My life has been long and happy and many wonderful and beautiful scenes awit me in the other higher broader life (which in this instance is flowing into the ocean to be free from worry and overwork)...And last farewell to you, my dear readers. Every page of text is accompanied by a relevant pen and ink drawing. Measures 7 1/2" x 8 1/2".. Cover wear with chip from top margin and corner chips. Light toning. Accompanied by a note from Agnes Hornung giving this book to Ada Hudson on her 16th birthday, March 11, 1892, as a token of love and remembrance from her friend.
Correspondence from Christopher Greaves, who had attended Yeates Institute, Belmont, Lancaster PA to Ludwig F. C. Haas, of Lancaster PA while attending Phillips Academy, Andover MA. . ..1901-1903
June 25, 1901 – South Lowestoft Discussion: · Birthday wishes · Bird egg collection · Lots of questions on classmates and activities · Attending games in motor cars · The New English Stamps · The ferry rockets Illustrations: · Greaves at his desk composing letter with lots of questions · Bull ramming ostrich with head in the sand; bull about to be hit by a cattle catcher on a train · Two views of a cherry tree before and after damage Five (5) crests. January 6, 1902 Discussion: · Discussion about a photo he’d received with the last letter · Christmas holidays and presents · Putting up two new bird boxes · Playing golf and bicycle riding · Hunting and other sports Illustrations: · Man riding a horse · Scared cat · Students escaping from lecture · Bicycle riders · Birds’ nests · Golfers · Self-portrait Six (6) postage stamps March 18, 1902 Discussion: · News in previous correspondence · Request for US stamps School football (soccer) · Crow’s behavior in the UK and US and spending time on the Conestoga with friends seeing the many blackbirds and finding three (3)dead crows in a nest · Discussion on where-abouts and disposition of previous classmates Illustrations: · Baby birds in a nest – mama bird hovering above · Haas McDevilt Champion figure staking day – series of views · Boy and man chased up a tree by dogs · Prof. Lader Shands of Harvard “How to raise potatoes” · Mc Briggs alias Christopher Greaves (letter writer) August 15, 1902 Discussion: · Thanks for splendid stamps, sharing with friends · Didn’t get the eggs his birthday, bird nesting · Comments on Haas’ hideous nightmarish pictures · Congrats as treasurer of Athletic Association; teasing about bagging the money · Crew races and how funny friends looked with head’s shaved Illustrations: · Treasure of Athletic Association collecting fees · Bicycle riding and tricks · Bird nesting in the meadows “keep your eyes open” · Bird scooping fish out of water · Men hunting rabbits One (1) stamp August 20, 1902 – Forest Hill, Oxford Eng. Discussion: · A school chum had accused him of getting married · Discussions on bird migrations cross the Channel, Mediterranean sea N. Africa, Southern Spain · King’s illness before coronation · Summer guest and their activities while in town · Bicycle touring in country side · Attending Coronation Procession in London – lots of Americans; naval review mostly foreign warships were away · Boating picnic at Oxford · Boer generals in London · Big railway races in America · Questions on classmates Illustrations: · Man reading NY paper looking for marriage announcement · Birds dressed in vacation attire approaching a train to S. Spain · Man in knickers playing golf · Fishing from a canoe · Man eating watermelon · Little girls · Man with umbrella atop airship with balloon tied to a pig February 1903 Discussion: · “royal shoot” with Prince Wales, · Collecting stamps or crests · Collecting “English Eggs” and updating the collection · Many terrible rail accidents in the US , wonders if the “flying machins will come in fashion” · The wonders of the Marconi system · Playing golf · Re Ludwig’s picture in long pants—a new sensation getting old · Bluebirds’ nests and wondering about their habits · Football (US) and Sir Thos. Lipton “lifting” the America Cup. Illustrations: · Boy sneaking an egg from a nest · American football · Granny peddling an air balloon · Series of views of an ice skater racing and falling November (no year) Discussions: · Collecting Crests · Playing football · Two vessels driven ashore due to rough weather Illustrations: · Golfer · Boys falling on ice while skating · A rabbit Four (4) crest, two (2) postage stamps. .
Three Autograph Albums c.1870s -1930s. .Massachusetts.c.1870s -1930s
Three autograph albums with a few hand drawn illustrations. The majority of the autographs in the albums are from 1870s and 1880s and are from towns in or around Martha's Vineyard and are  also accompanied by a note indicting if the signer was "dead" normally followed by a year. Most of the years noted are during the latter portion of the 1910s, and therefore most likely caused by World War I. The latest death note is dated 1930. The first autograph album (measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/4"), is filled to the brim with autographs and phrases. It has a cloth cover with stamped decorations and gilded edge pages. This album was owned by Ethel Lynn Beetle, the wife of Edward Roth (the owner of the third album). She lived in San Francisco and was the niece of Judge Charles H Chamberlain. Among the autographs there is a die cut advertising card for Jay Gould, and two colored hand drawn illustrations. The second album (measures 7" x 4 1/4") is a partially filled with a leather cover that has gilded and stamped decorations on it as well as gilded edged pages. While this album is the least filled, the majority of autographs come with poetry or quotes in addition to the signature. This is the only album of the bunch without the notations in regards to the death of the signer. The third and last album (measures 7 3/4" 5") also has a leather cover that has gilded and stamped decorations on it as well as gilded edged pages. This album was owned by Edward Roth, who spent the majority of his life practicing medicine in and around Martha's Vineyard. The majority of the autographs in this album date from 1883 when he departed to San Francisco and he is wished well on his travels across the continent. He practiced for several years in San Francisco before returning to New England, first to Yale, and then Martha's Vineyard. Along with the autographs there are several newspaper clippings for important family events, such as his marriage to Miss E. L. Beetle and the first birthday party of his son Edward Roth Jr. There are also 3 hand drawn illustrations as well. Along with the notes regarding the death of the signers, there are also a few denoting whether or not they were since married. To view the images please click on the following link: Previous owner indicted that these three autograph albums were compiled at Methodist Episcopal events on Martha's Vineyard during the 1870s and 1880s. All with cover wear; loose or partially detached covers.  Some soiling from handling.
Miniature Manuscript The Lords Prayer and Apostles Creed. .Slatington PA.c1860
A 4 1/2" x 3 3/4"  sheet with a miniature hand penned and decorated Lord's Prayer and Apostles Creed.  The Lords Prayer is written horizontally and measures 5/8" in diameter.   The Creed is written in a circular format.  Extensive geometric starburst devices around the Lords Pray and intricate geometric scolloped designs surrounding the Creed.  An eternal wreath with flowers and leaves surrounds the work.  Pennsylvania Dutch influence. Caption at base reads ""Being justified by faith we have peach with God through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen".  Reverse is blank.  Found in an envelope addressed to Miss Nellie Hughes of Slatington PA. .
Photo Album: I Corp Solider during Occupation of Japan includes Orphans and Red Light District, 1946
A photo album with over 70 photographs taking during the occupation of Japan ranging from August 1946 to Christmas of that same year. The album itself has no publishing marks, but the embroidered scene on the cover of a Japanese outdoor theme suggests that it was originally purchased in Japan. All the images are held in place by photo corners, and there is only missing photograph.
Contents include several pictures of the Brock’s superior officers but most are either of his bunk mates or of scenes around Honshu. Of note are several pictures of Japanese orphans on Christmas outside of the Red Cross building. There are also pictures of Brock and his fellow soldiers having Christmas Dinner in the mess hall. Throughout the album there are numerous street scenes filled with the local Japanese people, there is even one of a Japanese monk. Several pages of the album are full of pictures from Japan’s Gion District, otherwise known as the Red Light District. There quite a few pictures of humorous signs, either advertising the district or attempting to ensure that no soldier entered it. For example, there is a photo from inside the Grand Kyoto Cabaret (obviously the signs attempting to deter Brock did not work) that states: “Soldiers Remember!!! Public displays of affection by men in uniform towards the women of any nation are in poor taste.” Other images in the album are from when Brock was able to visit other parts of Japan, including Mt. Fuji, Mt. Hai, and a zoo. Measures 11 1/2" x 9".

Mid -18th C. Poem & Watercolor - an acerbic commentary on the artifices and contrivances of contemporary womanhood
The hand painted satirical caricature measures 5 3/4 x 9 inches and the accompanying poem is also on a 5 3/4 x 9 inch page.  Loosely translated the verse  is titled "Confidential report on the findings during an autopsy" and begins The heart was split and perforated by arrows that had entered it  a sponge's ____ would have been useful to suck up the filth That Which won her honor is a wreath, now decomposed, has many to knick and is wispy as brushwood, rods for children's rumps (complete loose translation accompanies the verse.  Art is signed in the bottom right "Detiene Fapres Reinhart".  Created on laid paper ; some wear. .
Memory Album - Phililp Bethel Boude - His Book - Wawonaissa (NH) Photographs of a Camp with Wilderness Theme Watercolor Border Decorations. ..1911
Suede cover with pyrography decorated cover reading "Wawonaissa" with wildflower decoration. The hand penned title page reads "Philip Bethel Boude - His Book - 1911 with drawings of candles at the base.  The next page is a penned verse by Agnes L. Tierney that begins "When the rapture of summer has set the pulse athrill...Most pages have a photograph of life at the "camp" or the surrounding water, all embellished with hand drawn watercolor border decorations of items relevant to the photograph. Approximately 50 pages.  Few with watercolor decorations but with out photo, few with remnants of a lacking photo (2-3?). Measures 7 1/2" x 10".  Cover wear. .
1883-84 Sketch Book Diary in Graphite & Watercolor, Ashburnham, MA.
An unpaginated sketch book executed in graphite and watercolor with occasional accompanying verse or caption belonging to N. Helen Rowley, Ashburnham, MA. It depicts various views of landscape and scenery in the area. Many of the drawings are captioned or described on the reverse. Some are associated with outings and social events On pencil sketch is a depicting approaching a large home on a hill with mountains in the background.  The reverse identifies it as the Summit House, Mt. Wachusett, Princeton Mass and includes the autographs of those in attendance.  After the 1883 social season, the medium changes from graphite to watercolor. There is also the addition of appropriate quotable verses. A more formal or structured approach. After a few pages the book reverts to the more casual presentation style. One somewhat naive yet dear image depicts a woman seated on a hammock held in place by a tree and a post, while a young girl sits on a straight back chair and reads; a second woman sits in a chair sketching --perhaps a self-depiction.  Each wearing fanciful hats. Drawings of Island on Naukeag Lake, Allen Burr taking his lunch at the pic-nic in Handley Woods, Old Tree - Handley Woods, "The Ward and Mary" (named trees) Ashburnham, The Bastile at Handley Farm, Island in Secretary Lake, Mill Dam under Jewell Hill, Naukeag Club House, Frankort Hill from the Fence, Fort Winthrop - Governor�s Island and more. Measures 6" x 9 7/8".
Album of 17 Original Watercolors Done in the Same Hand. The subject: Things Floral, The Alphabet of Angela - Language of Flowers c1870s-80s.  1870s
Somewhat naive yet elegant watercolors, all with a floral or nature theme. Each is captioned in pencil. The first is captioned Preparing for Winter showing a young girl gathering sticks. There are single floral specimens, garlands and mixtures of both. Includes flowers as Inidan Azilie, Persian Tulip and Pomegranate. A bouquet in a vase is captioned The Alphabet of Angela. Of additional note are two Flower People translations from the Language of Flowers. The first is Rose and Beauty and the second is Elgantine  Poetry. Measures 8" x 6"..
John Greenleaf WhittierAutographed Cabinet Card, Manuscript Sign Verse and pen and ink of "The Captain's Well" 1870s-1880s
A grouping of materials related to Whittier.  The first is a cabinet card with Whittier's signature at base.  The second is a 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" page from an autograph album with what seems to be an original verse penned and signed by John G. Whittier, Amesbury 1878.  The reverse has an drawing by Alice C. Boynton, Boston MA. The third is a 4" x 4 1/2" piece of shingle with a pen and ink somewhat naive drawing of "The Captain's Well".  It is captioned "And I knew in that vision beyong the sea, The very place where my well must be". Penned on the reverse "Picture of the 'Captian's Well' at Amesbury on a shingle from John G. Whittier's House in Amesbury". This is being sold only as an illustration, there has been no attempt to confirm that the wood shingle is from Whittier's home. The final item is a snippet from a letter penned by Whittier..
Souvenir Album: Written by husband and wife Joseph and Susan Miller 1855-1860 w Watercolor drawings and punch paper bookmark love token.  Thornton IA.
A brown gilt stamped album of what appears to be Jesus and "the woman at the well" on front cover and large lidded ewer on the back cover. Five full page engravings depicting somber scenes of  people and places.   The album begins with a Preface and an array of writings by Joseph including Apostrophe ot my Happiness, The Nice House Keeper, The Highland Chief, The Out-going and In-coming Year (1855-56).  This is followed by a single entry from his departing cousin in 1857.  This is followed by  the Inagural Address of the President Of the New Paris Congress. The next entry is by Susan and surrounded by a hand drawn watercolor floral wreath or eternal ring of flower.  Also includes two full page floral drawing by Susan.  In addition Susan has added little watercolor floral spray in the upper right corner of Joseph's writings.  On the Preface page she penned "Susan Miller Joseph Miller" beneath the floral display.   Interfoliata includes a pressed dried flower and a punch paper and ribbon bookmark with "Forget me not Joseph" cross stitched on the punch paper. Measures 7 3/4" x 6". Moderate wear; top and bottom portion of back strip lacking; edge wear on covers.
 Wenzel H.Kreb's work in the "Kindergarten" School . .Roslindale, MA.November 1894
19 leaves with works on both sides. Presented in a lined hard cover copy book.  The inside cover has an applied folded paper work with an image of George Washington at the center.  The remainder of the book includes yarn works, woven paper with several types of weaves, and envelope folded by Wenzel, circle art an embroidered butterflies on a 1986 calendar etc.   Several of the pages have been dated, which aids in seeing Wenzel's progress as he matured through the year.   Includes an embroidery of the American flag, concentric circles, concentric lines,  and an embroidery of a potato complete with 'eyes'.   The woven papers are rather complicated with opposite color weaves at the woven intersections.  Measures 8" x 7". . Bend, near break front cover. Heavy back strip wear.
India Allen Diary and Commonplace Book Belonging to India Allen, an educated woman in mid 19th Century New York. .New York.1841-1848
A diary/common place book from New York in the 1840s. It belonged to a young woman named India Allen. Not much biographical information is known about India, beyond the fact that she lived at 6 Washington Square, New City. Based on her writing it is clear that she and her family comes from some means, and moved within some very high social circles. The first half of this journal is mostly quotes from a variety of well-known authors, such as Longfellow, De Ponte, Wilde and Pitt Palmer. The majority of these quote entries are dated between 1841 -1846. At the start of the New Year in 1846, India begins to record almost daily entries until June of the same year. These short entries detail her daily life, what she did each day (read, sew, who she called on) and the events or dinners she went to. While they are short, they are sometimes quite humorous. On January 3, she writes, “Went to a party, enjoyed myself tolerably.”  In 1848 India goes into great detail about a wedding she attended in May of 1848, listing other guests and gifts that were received. Additionally around this time are some of India’s most emotional entries as she describes the death of her very close friend, Fidelia Marshall (1826-1848). In two entries, which she titled “A Brief Sketch on the Last Hours of my Departed Friend”, and “Obituary Written upon the Death of My Friend.” These two entries in particular showcase India’s intelligent and reflective disposition. The rest of the journal is again filled with quotes from literature, as well as a few recipes, such as Cayenne Pepper Tea (meant  for sore throats). Measures 7 3/4" x 6 1/2". . Edge wear, particularly heavy on the back strip. Binding is loose but intact. Minor water stains on the back cover. The ink blotting paper used by the owner is included in the back of the journal. Penciling on some interior pages. Missing bottom of one page.
Dean Brothers Blank Book & Printing Co.  Fruit, Produce, Butter and Eggs Shipper Journals. .Chicago.1870s-1890s
A collection of five journals for Fruit, Vegetable, Butter and Egg Shipper Journals from the 1870s-1890s. The four larger format journals are most likely from Chicago detailing the various farms from which they received their product. Four of the journals list out each farm and their location and are believed to be from the 1870s-80s. They are accompanied by a letterhead for J. C. Wallace, Commission Merchant, Jobber and Shipper in Foreign and Domestic Fruits, Nuts, Produce, etc. Chicago 1875. The titles of these four journals are: "Early Fruit and Vegetable Shippers, No. 3 Bermuda Veg. Shippers", "Butter and Eggs", "Shippers of Early and Late Potatoes", and "Shippers of Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Huckleberries, Gooseberries, Whortleberries, Snowberries, Dewberries, Currants, Cherries and Winter Green Berries, and Elderberries".  Each of these journals is approximately 120 pages long with an alphabet index tab on the side. The shippers are organized alphabetically by last name, followed by their location. With the exception of the "Early Fruit and Vegetable" journal which also includes locations in Bermuda, all the farming locations are from various towns all over the United States. Often within each letter there are subcategories, mostly references to either 'early' or 'late' seasonal shipments. However the Berry Journal is also subdivided by individual berry type (all of which were listed in the title of the journal), and the Butter and Egg Journal which has the subcategories of Butter and Eggs, Creamery Butter, Roll Butter, and Pickled Eggs.   The locations are predominantly Midwest and southern states including Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, etc. Butter and eggs journal also includes Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa.  Black leather covers, measure 13" x 8".   The fifth fruit journal is a smaller ledger with a variety of information in it. It starts with a list, approximately 37 pages long, of shippers of fruits and vegetables. It is most likely from the Boston area from the late 1890s.  This journal was accompanied by envelopes from the New England Fruit & Produce Co. The is an average of 8 shippers listed on each page, which includes their names and locations as well as the exact items they are shipping. Such as peaches, asparagus, tomatoes, grapes, melons, onions, or pears. The next 24 pages of the ledger lists the sales from September 20, 1897 to October 9th, 1897. These daily sales lists are either detailed list of each product sold that day, or a more simple list which simply totals the amount of cash sales for that day.  Measures 11 3/4" x 5 1/4". . Extensive information on growers and producers and the networks required to feed America at the time. The assumption of Chicago for the first journals is based on the bookseller labels in the journals and the accompanying letterhead.   The Boston location was determined by reference to Boston based individuals in the journal and the address on the accompanying envelopes.   All of these materials were found in one location without further information.
 Journal of Flowers and Poetry, Reinterpretations of Old Tales. ..c1880
68 pg. journal filled with poetry and watercolors of flora. There are a total of 25 poems in the journal, as some cover multiple pages, however this is a watercolor piece on every page depicting various flowers. At times one can see the pencil the artist used to sketch the flowers before using paint. The poems are reinterpretations of old stories, for example "What the Old Man Does is Always Right" by Hans Christian Anderson. On the front inside cover, it album has been self -titled, "Monty, Getty, with the Author's Love." The artist has number each page themselves and created an index at the back of the book listing each poem and its corresponding page. Some of the poems included are "The Tame Seagull", "The End of Two Black Beetles", and "The Story of a Greedy Crow". 9" x 7 1/2".
. Autograph Album and Sketch Book created by Employees of the Ministry of Munitions, Drawing Office,  includes Women's Advancement, Fine Watercolors and Sketches - some Chinese Characters. . .Town Hall Anerley, S. E. London .1918
Town Hall Anerley, S. E. London.1918. An autograph album with sentiments and sketches created by various employees of of the Ministry of Munitions, Drawing Office.  Predominantly populated by women, as it was the type of work women did in wartime.   Includes sentiments such as "Nature, impartial in her ends, When she made Man the strongest; In justice too to make amends, Made Woman's tongue the longest". Also another titled "Woman" discussing woman's skills, etc. It also includes a hand penned "Each in His Own Tongue" originally by William Hubert Carmuth. A French and English translation on Friendship.  Also comments about working in the Drawing Office.  Also includes fine watercolors and pencil drawings. .
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 March 2, 1901 letter inquires as to Leach's receipt of the last sonnet and also discusses booming real estate market in San Francisco and the town's mourning for General Sherman. This is followed sequentially by a surprise Ode to Leach penned on his birthday April 6th.  Additionally this group includes a copy of a Birthday Ode written to Rhoda Luce who turned 90 in 1899.  Finally a cabinet card of Wiley dated October 1889.  Moving and thought provoking.. A note accompanying the Birthday Sonnets read "All written by S. R. Wiley who, himself, was between 85 and 90 years old.  An old friend of Uncle Silas, to whom he also sent four birthday odes in commemoration of his own birthday anniversaries.
A group of 33 Correspondence from Various Automobile  Manufactures to an Albany, NY area Auto Distributor/Dealer, all from 1914-1915. ..
Content includes manufactures' handling of dealership requirements, commissions, handling of consumer matters; both sales and complaints.  Companies represented include:The Enger Motor Car Co.,  The  Selden Car, Marion Motor Cars, Lewis Cars, Regal Motor Cars,Ford Motor Cars, Oakland King Regal, Pierce Arrow, Skinner Motor Cars (Packard, Chalmers, Dodge), General Electric (Maxwell-Briscoe car) and Sutdebaker.  Related merchants include: Kenwell & Brown - Garage and Repair Shop and Exide Battery Depots. Content includes Negotiated price on a Studebaker was $14,000; that on a lingering Marion "Six $1,400. Lack or delays in replacement parts Cost of a battery $199--complete with rubber jars Negotiation of an agency territory for Saratoga, Washington & Warren counties (NY state) Details on the Selden passenger bus including various vehicle specifications and financing arrangements. The possible change from a 12 to a 6 cylinder care for Selden in 1917.
Friendship Album: Sketches, Watercolors, and Poetry, 1915-1916. .United Kingdom.
A friendship album from the United Kingdom full of quotes, poetry, and twenty-two (22) original artwork pieces, from 1915-1916. The covers are leather with the word 'Album' gilded onto the front cover.  The pages are gilded-edge as well. Some notably poetry in the album is the "Hey, diddle, diddle," poem by Mother Goose, and an original poem entitled "The Taxi". Below is a line from that poem: "Hark the Taxi's at the door- Tick! Tick! Tick! Every tick a little more- Tick! Tick! Tick!" The art work in the album showcases a wide variety of skill levels, and mediums, such as ink, pencil, color pencils, and watercolors. Of note is an ink drawing of a Colonel, a watercolor of a Swedish maiden in clogs on the waterfront, an ink drawing with a poem about a little naughty bear, an watercolor and pencil drawing of "A Song for Five Fingers", a watercolor of a fairy at play, a watercolor of "Little Black Sambo", and a beautiful abstract watercolor of ballerina with a colorful tutu, Also Included is even a needle and thread with the line "A stitch in time, saves nine." Measures 8 1/2" x 7 1/4". To view this album, please click on the following link: Covers show minor wear due to age and rubbing. Bind is loose, with a few pages semi-detached. There is edge wear on the bottom of the backstrip, and the top is missing a portion. That missing section continues onto the back cover.
Laura Beaumont Moseley (nee Hadley) Photo Album of her time at Vassar College
The main item in this collection is a photo album that Laura put together of her time at Vassar between 1918 and 1920. There are images of her fellow classmates and teachers, and some campus buildings such as Taylor Hall, the library, and what appears to be her dorm room (labeled as 403 Main). Some of the individuals of note in the photographs are Professor Burges Johnson, Minne Cumnock Blodgett (a school Trustee), and Ella McCaleb (the college’s first dean in 1913). There are four large photographs of the 1919 Junior Party, an annual event at Vassar where plays and such were put on by the students. There is a paper doll chain in the album, that appears to to illustrate Laura and her four close girl friends: Pater, Cyr, Lucy, and Cherub. There are some family photographs in the album, most likely from when she was visiting the family farmstead, named Snake Rock Farm in Sandy Hook, CT. Additionally there are photographs of a large group of her friends and their beaus at an unknown lake. The majority of the photographs also have some notations by them such as “the three roommates” and “Delicious! May I have the recipe?” While the people in each photograph are often identified, it has been mostly done with either by a nickname or their initials. In addition to the album there several loose photographs, including what appears to be a class picture. Furthermore, there are over ten envelopes with negatives. These envelopes are addressed to one of Laura’s three address, 93 Whitney Ave (where her parents lived), Snake Rock Farm in Sandy Hook, and 403 Main (her address at Vassar) and sometimes include receipts.  There are just over a hundred black and white photographs, and approximately forty-five (45) corresponding film negatives. The photographs vary in size, ranging from 3” x 2” up to 9 ½” x 6”.  Additionally, there are 5 duplicate photographs (4 loose, 1 in the album) of the library at Vassar. Also included in this collection are two homework assignments.  One of the assignments is an essay on the symbolic meaning of a circle (undated), and the other is an essay in Italian (dated November 26, 1919), on several prominent figures who recently visited America, such as the King and Queen of Belgium. The latter assignment is typed and graded, while the former is handwritten with no additional marks. The handmade magazine dates from May 1912, and appears to have been created by Laura in humor. It is three pages long including the title page. The second page has a quote from a geometry book discussing how to find the angle of a triangle. Below it is a humorous interpretation of that geometrical problem entitled “The Horrible Result of Trying this Experiment in the Town of Groton, Triangle ABC.” It shows an illustration of a street with two buildings, the town hall (with the sign “Who Enters Here Leaves Hope Behind, Town Hall”) and the Police Department. Laura is depicted near the police department looking up a man identified as Peter Zeus who is standing on the roof of the town hall. The illustrations shows the reader how to calculate the angle between Laura on the ground and Peter on the roof. Beside the town hall, is a small figure falling, which is meant to illustrate Peter is falling or jumping from the roof. The last page of the magazine has a Sonnet that hilariously discusses how to write a sonnet for class. To view this collection, please click on the following link:
Herbarium Journal with Watercolors. .England.c1900
A charming herbarium journal that can be read in two different directions. If you open the book one way, the reader finds a herbarium with 59 pressed specimens, mainly flowers, taped to the pages. When the reader flips the book and reads it in the opposite direction, instead of specimens, there are watercolors illustrating each entry. There are 43 entries in this section, however only 33 pages of watercolors, because in 10 instances the artist doubled- up on a single page. With each specimen/illustration the author lists the plants common name, scientific name, family genus, a brief description and where and when (month only) the author found the plant. The owner of the journal most likely lived in England, as several of the descriptions of the locations the flowers were found mention the River Exe which is near Devon, England on the Bristol Channel Coast. The water colors were done first on a sketch paper which was then pasted into the journal. Similarly the specimens were pressed and dried and then secured by several small pieces of tape on a separate sheet of paper before being pasted into the journal. Of the 59 specimens, 3 have been inserted loose into the blank pages between the two sides of the journal with no identifying information. Additionally, there is 1 specimen pasted in with no description and 2 descriptions of flowers with no corresponding specimen (the latter of which was not included in the  count). Some of the flora illustrated are: Primrose, Speedwell, Lady's Smock, and Hedge Wound Wort. Some of the specimens included are: Water Forget Me Not, Penny Royal, Long Stalked Crane's Bill, and Scarlet Pimpernel. Black covers, 137 leaves. Measures 7 3/4 x 6 1/2.
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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 Daniel Warner's Day Book - Payment Records, Days in the Moon's age, Math Problems, Remedies for Man & Beast and much more.. .Henry County, Indiana.1846
Leather bindings with penned cypher front cover.  Begins with ledger entries followed by a series of math problems a table to show the number of days in the Moon's age, to be bled on, so as to receive Good Health.  Includes "A True Story" written in German more cyphers.  Remedies To stop the Blood, To Destroy a Tumor of the Neck, To cure a Tinche or film of the Eye, Cure for the Bots of Horses, For Eye Blisters, For the Burning, For being Liver-Grown, For the Night Burning and for the Cardiaca.  More math problems and cyphers that we called 'story problems' in elementary school. The book concludes with a Cure for Dyspepsia. Measures 7 1/2" x 6 1/4".  . Cover wear
 A Manuscript, Watercolor, Pen and ink Work - A Book of Ships. ..c1928
A hand crafted paper book with 24 leaves. It includes 10 watercolors of ships throughout the ages from the first log canoe to a 1920s passenger liner.  Each full page watercolor is accompanied by an informational narrative. The center of the book includes a center-fold of a printed illustration by Charles S. J> Delacy - Section of the 'Revenge'.   The illustrations are well executed although done by an amateur hand.   The book opens with a copied verse CARGOES by John Masefield, that begins Quinquireme of Ninevah from distant Ophir  Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,  With a cargo of ivory  And apes and peacocks... It concludes:   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,  Butting through the Channel in the mad March days  With a cargo of Tyne coal,  Road rails, pig lead, Tirewood, ironware, and cheap tin trays. Decorative grosgrain ribbon closures. The final watercolor in the book puts an image of the Santa Maria next to a 1928 to exemplify the changes in modern history.  Measures 10 1/2" x 9".   . An interesting and thoughtful work, most likely a ship enthusiast and not a school project.
Hand Made Birthday Album - A Tribute to Our Grandmother on her Eightieth Birthday, January 12, 1886.  from her ever affectionate Grandchildren.
Velvet covered album with handmade works demonstrating penmanship, stitchery, watercolor and pencil drawing, etc.  Each created by a different child.  Includes an Acrostic Prayer surrounded by a watercolor of the Holy Bible, Three (3) pen and ink drawings of a sail boat, a pier, a sack of flour, Charcoal of harbor scene, Three (3) watercolors of birds, nests, foliage and flower, sAn embroidered horseshoe on silk.  Measures 5" x 8".  String tie has been replaced.  Otherwise fine.
Commonplace Book Illustrated in Pen and Ink and Watercolor- Birds, Spelling, Greek Architecture, The Eye, Trees, Joan of Arc
A 21 page commonplace book complete with index and profusely illustrated in black and white with color embellishments. The index page is boarded by patriotic scenes of an eagle atop a shield and three American flags bordering the side. The subjects include Birds, The Tailor Bird, Wood Pecker, Spelling, Greek Architecture, The Eye, Trees, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Joan of Arc and finally Ar.  Concludes with a lone canoer on a lake.  Anonymous.  Appears to be the work of a senior elementary or high school age child. Measures 8 1/2" 8".  Housed in a school composition book. c 1910s..
 Ledger of a merchant and Francis Haskell, Deer Isle, ME--Accounts of Early Inhabitants, Schooner Constitution and Schooner Victory, 1835-1850. ..
An unnumbered 130 pages of text with purchases, contra credit, information, school expenses and on animals going to pasteur.  At on place in the book it reads "Francis Haskell's Book Deer Isle".  It includes entries for numerous early inhabitants as well as Captain Asa Richardson followed by information on potatoes sold in Philadelphia, materials purchased for the Schooner Constitution (1934), Captain Jonathan Haskell and the Bill of Stores on Board the Constitution.  It includes information on Hospital Money.  Accounts of William Greenlaw to Union Constitution, the Account of Sales Constitution Cargo.   Rich with information on local purchases and those aboard Schooners. Includes accounts from various members of the Marshall, Webster, Richardson, Haskell, Saunders including several Captains.  Measures 7 1/2" x 6 1/2. .
3 Autograph Albums - Campmeetings. .Oak Bluff.1874-1883
These three albums are being offered as a collection. Two of these albums are near complete, while the album with the latest dates is sparse, with only 25 of the 100 or so pages used. One album has a board cover in brown cloth, with "Autographs" gilt stamped on the cover and spine. The other two albums have leather board covers, with "Autographs" stamped in gilt, and additional gilt decorations on the cover and spine.   One of the albums was owned by Edward Roth, who spent the majority of his life practicing medicine in and around Martha's Vineyard. The majority of the autographs in this album date from 1883 when he departed to San Francisco and he is wished well on his travels across the continent. He practiced for several years in San Francisco before returning to New England, first to Yale, and then Martha's Vineyard. Along with the autographs there are several newspaper clippings for important family events, such as his marriage to Miss E. L. Beetle and the first birthday party of his son Edward Roth Jr. There are also 3 hand drawn illustrations as well. Along with the notes regarding the death of the signers, there are also a few denoting whether or not they were since married . Two of the albums are 6 1/2" x 3 1/2"; the third is 7" x 4 1/2". Includes signatures from a wide variety of people, including signatures from local authors such as SC Wheeler, the Roth family, and crew members of the USRC Samuel Dexter, a ship famous for it's role in the rescue of the SS City of Columbus in 1884.  . The first so-called campmeeting in what became known as Wesleyan Grove was held in 1835. In subsequent years the congregations grew enormously, and many of the thousands in attendance were housed in large tents known as "society tents." A congregation from a church on the mainland would maintain its own society tent. Conditions were cramped, with men and women sleeping dormitory-style on opposite sides of a central canvas divider. All with cover wear; loose or partially detached covers.  Some soiling from handling.
Agnes Anne Cureton Hoffman Extensive Scrap Album - League of American Pen Women, Society of Natural Sciences, Women's Clubs, etc/ . .Buffalo, NY.1922-26
A jam packed 45 leaf large format scrap album created by a women portraying her professional and social activities for four (4) years. Well constructed.  Contents include correspondence, programmes, menus,  invitations, brochures,  tickets, place cards, bridge tallies and more.  Agnes became a member of the American Pen Women's Club in 1922, the album includes her acceptance letter and articles throughout of activities, conferences, newspaper accounts and  a mimeographed Animated Pen Women's Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1 (1922), etc.  She was also a member of the Society of Natural Sciences with various programmes, etc. from that society.   The album includes memorabilia from many local events  including Nichols School, a private co-educational school. It appears she had interest in social welfare  as she donated to the Buffalo Branch American Committee for Devastated France and purchased shares in the Women's Home Missionary Society.   Numerous newspaper clippings from women's social and political events. The album includes several pieces of memorabilia for the Sons of the American Revolution.    She was also active in the Persian (Cat) Society.   Additionally, it includes travel brochures and from locations and events including the Federal Guild of Women's Club at Chautauqua, brochures, one die-cut from the British Convict Ship "Success" of the infamous Felon Fleet and menus from various locations in New England for the most part.  One particular newspaper article of note  was a report from March 29, 1923 relating an incident in Breslau where village women .  The primary offense: formed a phalanx, linking themselves together by interbraiding their hair and tying their hands together to protect the village priest who had committed some minor offense. Second Line Formed: When finally a charge of the (200 soldiers) cavalry crushed the human wall beneath the hoofs of the horses, a second line formed about the door of the church, hurling hot and burning salt in the eyes of the soldiers.  Other articles of women's achievements.  Fifty-six were arrested.  Additional content includes political and religious memorabilia.   Measures 14 1/4" x 12 1/2". . Agnes Anne Cureton Hoffman. 1873 – 1963
The Token Album, A Friendship Album of Addie A Allen, 1858-1864. John C. Riker.New York.c1860
A friendship album of Addie A. Allen who mostly likely lived in Connecticut. The album itself dates from 1858-1864, with the bulk of the entries dated between 1858-1860. The majority of the material from 1862-1864 are notes added to the journal, presumably by Addie, when one of her classmates died. While most of then entries are short, under a page, several are lengthy entries, almost taking the forms of letters as the author's reminisce over their friendship with Addie and wish her well in her future endeavors. Along side the entries are three dried and pressed plants specimens, which are labeled: moss and a flower from California, and a fern from India. Additionally there is a piece of red silk sewn into the journal and is labeled as a piece of the battle flag of the 2nd Connecticut Artillery. The last item of note within the album is a lock of hair from Joseph R. Toy who volunteered for the Union Army during the Civil War, but died of typhoid and malaria at a hospital near New Orleans, LA in 1861. He wrote what appears to be an original poem in the album. An excerpt of that poem as well as several other entries is provided below. "So here where love and friendship, place The offering which the heart holds dear, I turn; my humble name to trace, And pay my willing tribute here.- Henceforth let fortune frown, or smile, Let skies be clear or clouds attend, My soul shall not rest unmoved the while Content that thou has called me friend." - Joseph R. Toy, Simsbury, CT, June 9th, 1860 "Addie dear, if in after years we should be forced to speak the parting word, let us not forget the days that have flown and if not permitted to meet again on this earth may we meet in Heaven when there is no more parting." - Ellen Kimball, Avon CT May 20, 1858 "What shall I wish you more than has been wished, for should all the good wishes herein expelled ever be realized, your years would out number the sand upon the sea-shore. Friends would ever be around you, your life would be one of undisturbed joy- no sorrow could ever come near. But Addie this cannot always be. Death will come. Friends may desert, then have your heats affection so fired upon heavenly things, that when the hour of trail comes as come it must, you shall not falter. And when you stand upon the bank of that river, which all must one day cross, may you fearlessly plunge beneath its dark waves, knowing you have a friend in Heaven." - Fannie Albert, her teacher, Avon, CT, February 28, 1859 Brown stamped leather covers. The decorative stamping on the covers forms a border. The stamped image on both the front and back covers is gilded, and is the same image of bird with foliage in the background. The front cover has the words 'The Token Album', which are gilded as well. The pages are gilt edge, and while the majority of the interior pages are white, there are a few colored pages. Additionally there are 6 black and white engravings placed throughout the notebook. The album is mostly filled out. Measures 7 3/4" x 6".
 Album with Original Art and Hand Colored Lithography, musings and verse. .England. c 1830-1850s
An artist's scrap book filled with over fifty (50) pieces of original art work and hand colored lithography and other pieces.  What makes this scrap book a unique find, is the consistent fine quality of the work within. Some of the hand-colored lithography is so expertly done that it becomes hard to tell whether or not it is a lithographic print. Pieces of note are: the portrait of a young girl with ringlets, and another portrait of a man in a turban. Some beautiful landscapes of farmland (rendered in pencil), an old stone bridge (watercolor), a boldly colored butterfly  (color pencil) and bird (ink & color pencil), and  'A Pas de Deux' of crabs (ink).   Additionally includes a pith watch paper with a thistle. A finely detailed tropical bird on a rose stem with nearby butterfly adorned with dried flora. Along with artwork there are several original pieces of music and poetry. There are two pieces of music, a ballad and a round, along with their music score. The poems are both original pieces, and quotes from other notable poets of the day. Once such quote, written in beautiful calligraphy, is from the poem entitled "Woman" by Eaton Stannard Barrett. "Would Woman govern tyrants? she concedes In slight concerns, and hence in weight, leads. Opposes first, to make surrender prized, And while she gives advice, appears advised" Gilt and blind stamp leather. The pages are  gilt-edged. The majority of the book has tipped in art work that has been secured to the page by glue and/or thread. Furthermore the majority of the lithographic prints within have been hand colored, but not all. Most of the artwork is unsigned, however when it is, the initials are general the same three names, E.B., E.T., and A.C. Wigan. There is reference to the Armstrong famil as well. A letter is included with the note "To my sister Daisy Armstrong, from my mother Mrs. Armstrong".  The bulk of the material in the album dates from the 1930s. Measures 9 1/4" x 7 1/4". To view this album, please click on the following link: Covers show some wear, and the back strip and edges are slightly damaged due to rubbing. The binding is partiallyA few interior pages are loose and/or detached. There is some glue residue on the interior pages as well, due to the original owner pasting in prints, but nothing that affects any of the artwork.
Clergyman’s Sunday School Visiting Diary chronicling visits made to the homes of students of the  Sabbath School of the 2nd Presbyterian Church, Troy NY, commencing April 6, 1847-1864. 1847
According to the first entry (hidden in the back of the book) the effort of home visits was under- taken by the superintendent “for a little time past, I have been troubled by efforts made by Mrs. Warren, patron of the Episcopal church, to induce poor families whose children have been in our SS to take the children from us, and send them to Episcopal SS (se visit, June 12, 1847). Were it to a Baptist or Methodist S.S. I should be glad to see the children lease us to enjoy the greater advantage offered; but I feel that the instruction under which they would come in the SS would not be evangelical, and gladly would I retain them with us. But apparently cannot succeed in doing so, June 14 - Yesterday I was notified by a teacher of two other families the children of which were leaving our school for the Episcopal as above”. This is followed by 70 plus pages of documentation of visits that include details on the home environment, social conditions, the sobriety and religious beliefs of the children’s fathers and more. Most of the interaction is with the mothers of the children. When troubling situations arose, the superintendent would say a prayer. The book documents the daily affairs of the less fortunate parishioners over a period of greater than twenty years. There are a few entries at the end of the diary for the early 1880s. Measures 11" x 8 1/2"..
 Artistic Penmanship - Master Richard Clarke - Burnham School -Poetry with Illuminated Letters. .Northampton, MA.1865
4 leaves. Elaborately decorated cover with gilt enhanced illustrated of boy conquering a mountain.  He carries a flag reading "Excelsior". He has penned "Master Richard Clarke Burnham School. June 1845" in the cartouche. A large format album with decorative border designs printed in different colors with different flowers and flourishes.   Master Clarke has copied four (4) verses each with some illuminated and otherwise accentuated letters.  The verses are School Recollection - Cowper The Moss Rose - Krummacher The Reaper and the Flowers - Longfellow What of the Night - Anon Each of the titled with a different flare - of particular note is The Moss Rose created of miniature penned moss and roses.  Numerous fine accents from the weeping willow "MY"" to the grape arbor "They".  Special attributes have been used in lettering the poets names.  Measures 17" x 13". .
 Kodakery, Manuscript on Photography with Photos and Drawings. ..c1920
This handmade photography guide, called, Kodakery, contains a series of drawings, photographs, and printed photographs, used to illustrate the art of photography. Made from a photo album, it contains 23 pages of written text, 5 pages of drawings, 26 individual photographs, and 16 printed photographs. Kodakery is a term that was derived from the camera name "Kodak", and according to this guide it meant "the taking of pictures, developing and finally printing to show the picture." The guide starts off with a description of the camera itself, its various parts and 6 different types of lenses (miniscus, concave, convex, meniscus achromatic, rapid rectilnear, and anastigmatic lenses), and more specifically how light enters the camera through the different lenses. The guide continues on to provide in-depth explanations of a fixed focus camera and of that of an adjustable focal length, and what that means for the camera's depth of focus, even discussing what F-stops are best for different types of pictures. Next the guide discusses the film itself and its different parts: a strip of celluloid, a gelatin, and a silver bromide, before continuing on to instruct the reader on how to develop the film and how make prints from the negatives. This section is rather in depth, as it goes into the room requirements, the chemicals needed, how to enlarge prints, and different contrast filters that can be used. The guide ends with a series of quick tips for the reader to remember, such as "be sure the temperature of the developer and fixing is below 70 degrees" and "fixed focus cameras have great depth of focus." On ever other page of the guide are either drawings, actual photographs or printed photographs used to illustrated the text. For example, there is a drawing of each of the different types of lenses, a series of four printed photographs that show how the use of different contrast filters affect the image, and actual photographs used to illustrated what a photograph looks like when it is either under or over developed. Green covers, 50 pgs. Measures 10 1/4" x 7 1/4" The photographs and printed photographs are held in place by photo corners, while the text pages are line paper that has been pasted in. It is unclear if this album was meant to be a first draft for a printed photographic manual, or made for a school assignment. .
Anonymous My Marvelous Album -  Pen & Ink  and Watercolor Tongue in Cheek Picture Puzzles Drawn by One Hand. .United Kingdom.c1860s
The tone is set for this album containing 59 pen and ink and/or watercolor drawings by the verbiage on the image on the inside cover of a scroll with a whimsical lad at top reads: In Truth it is not every Book, That's suited to the Mind, In some for ever you may Look, And no Amusement find... But seldom does an Album fail, To please both grave and Gay, It teems with many a joyous dale, And many a mournful Lay. So Reader Learn, Who'er you be, Wise, Witty, Grave, or Lad, 'Tis like the World in some degree, Made up of Good and Bad. Neatly executed. Some done after Cruikshank. Measures 8" x 11".. Covers separated but present.
Emma S. Doughten Emma S. Doughten's European Trip, April 1901 - September 1902. ..
Presented in two albums, the travels of an unaccompanied female on a European tour.  In early 1901 Emma Doughten began her European Tour, traveling mostly by rail, she visited numerous countries, such as Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, England and Scotland. Emma narrates every portion of her trip with exacting, detailed, entries of the sites she sees and the people she meets. From the extolling on the history of each art piece, cathedral, palace, or chateau she visited to her interactions with fellow travelers or the townsfolk she met. Often, she would spend pages writing all she learned while visiting the historic site of the day. Along with her written journal entries, in order to illustrate the numerous sites visited, are pasted-in postcards. From the view of the Louvre from across the Seine in Paris to the various small towns she visited in the high Alps in Switzerland.   Starting her journey in Spain, she visited various locations, such as Ibiza and Gibraltar. Continuing on to Austria she visited Innsbruck and Vienna and saw such sites as the Hofburg Imperial Palace and the Tyrolean State Museum. A short train ride later she spent some time Germany visiting the various sights in Munich and Dresden. Making her way to Switzerland and she traveled on the Axenstrasse Highway, a picturesque road built along steep cliffs on the east side of the Lake Lucerne. The views along this throughway are spectacular as it weaves through the many rock fall galleries and tunnels along its route. From there Emma traveled on the Gotthard Railway, a Swiss trans-alpine railway that runs from northern Switzerland all the way to the country's boarder with Italy. The railroad takes its passengers through the Alps by means of the Gotthard Tunnel, making several stops along the way to the tourist towns that are scattered throughout the Alps. Along the way, Emma also saw the Rhonegletscher (otherwise known as the Rhone Glacier, located in the Swiss Alps and is the source of the Rhône River and one of the primary contributors to Lake Geneva), Le Pont Suspendu (a large suspension bridge which at its inauguration in 1834, it became, for a time, the longest suspension bridge in the world, as well as one of the first to use wireline cables instead of chains. It was destroyed in 1923 to make way for the Zaehringen bridge.), and Matterhorn (a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy, it's a huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak and it is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe). Eventually making her way into Italy, Emma spent some time along Lake Maggiore; a long, thin, lake on the south side of the Alps that is noted for its picturesque surroundings of greenery-filled mountains, before traveling on to some of the more well-known Italian tourist destinations. Such as Milan, Florence, Sienna, Rome, Assisi, and Pompeii. One lesser known spot Emma visited was Bussana Vecchia, a ghost town in Liguria, Italy, that had been abandoned by its citizens due to an earthquake in 1887. From there she continued onto France, stopping in Paris and visiting all the classic sites: The Louvre, The Vendome Column, Notre Dame, The Arc de Triumph, Place Charles de Gaulle, and Saint-Jacques Tower. Leaving Paris, Emma visited almost too many French Chateaux to be named, though some highlights are the Chateau de Cheverny, the royal Château de Chambord, and the royal Château de Blois. Emma continued on through the coast of Brittany and Normandy visiting such sites as the Carnac stones (an exceptionally dense collection of megalithic sites around the village of Carnac in Brittany), and Mont-Saint-Michel (an island fort that houses several strategic fortifications since ancient times). Using the French port city of Calais, Emma traveled across the English Channel to the cliff top town of Dover. There she started her last leg of her journey, exploring the British Isles. Traveling north through England, she visited London, Canterbury, Oxford, and Salisbury. Additionally, she spent some time at Stonehenge, Shakespeare's birthplace and Land's End (found along the coast of Cornwall, it is the most westerly point of mainland England). From there she moved onto Scotland, where she spent time visiting various lochs and their nearby towns and castles. Such as Dunstaffnage Castle by Loch Etive, Stirling Castle near Stirling City, and Durham Castle in Durham. Additionally, she also spent some time in Edinburgh and Linlithgow. Here the journal rather abruptly ends, with no real conclusion or statement how Emma traveled home. Additionally, on the last 20 or so pages of the journal Emma has left several blank sections were she obviously meant to go back and paste in the postcards of the sites she was describing but never got around to it. However, placed in-between pages of the journal, there are two envelopes full of postcards from England and Scotland, that she most likely meant to use. Additionally, the beginning of her trip is also a bit of a mystery. The first journal's binding is damaged and it looks as though several pages at the beginning are missing. As Emma made a point of recording on the inside cover of both journals where she was when she started them and the date, one is able to confirm that she started in Gibraltar. Overall, these journals provide an amazing insight into the popular 'European Tour' at the very beginning of the 20th century. To view this collection, please click on the following link: This collection consists of two journals. The first journals' shows heavy cover wear. The front cover is detached and the back strip is missing. It appears that the first few pages of the journal are missing. Some additional pages are loose or detached. The second journal covers also show moderate cover wear. The back strip is partially detached and the binding is loose by intact, though some individual pages are fully detached from the binding. Both journals are mostly written in pen, though the first few pages of the first journal are written in pencil, and therefore is had to read in places. Additionally, there are some stains in both journals due to the paste and/or tape used to adhere the postcards.
Cahier de Couture  (Sewing Book)  A School Girl Sample book accompanied by watercolor illustrations. ..300
18 leaves, including covers. A watercolor decorated  sewing sample book.  The book is designed with page cut-out for textile display with the remainder of each pocket fold page sealed. The sample is visible on both sides of the page.   Each textile sample is accompanied by a relevant watercolor.  Sewing samples include various stitches, blind seams, flat fell seams, sleeve plackets, various laces, mesh fabrics, cross stitch of a young girl with a watering can, cuff gathers, button holes, pleats, embroidery,an alphabet sampler, an embroidered illustration of a coach with coachman, a princess collar and puff sleeves. Illustrations include early aviation, horseless carriage, a bone crusher bicycle, a rocket shipe and an angry moon and early illumination  (a campfire, a candle, a fireplace and a lamp).  Also includes depictions of Egypt, Greece and Rome, middle age Gothic,  the Renaissance,  Empire period, stages and coachmen, bonnets and other finery, a flapper girl and concluded iwht a girl from the 1950s.  Measures6 1/2" x 10".. Few pages with inking on ssewing sample.
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.

Categories include:
  • 82 receipts for Food including o Extensive monthly receipts for fish, pork and meat o Weekly and/or monthly receipts for general groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, butter and cheese. Mostly from different vendors o Liquor and wine bills
  • 59 receipts for Utilities o Water bills o Coal, Wood & Coke o Ice o Electric Light, Heat and Power Co.
  • 72 receipts relating to transportation and communication o Fairbanks’ scales o Western Union telegraph monthly bills o Newspaper subscriptions and box rental o Steamships, mercantile fees and sail making o Railway passage o Express companies
  • 92 receipts for miscellaneous household receipts including o Livestock feed o Crockery and glassware o Guns and gun material o Trunks, bags, shawl straps o Plate glass o Watches, clocks, jewelry o Slate, tin, copper gravel roof o Carpets, wallpapers & draperies o Cloths and clothing o House, ship, sign and ornament painters o Stoves, ranges, furnaces, tin and sheet iron ware
  • 16 receipts for horses and carriage care and maintenance o Stabling o Horse shoeing and other animal maintenance o Horse and carriage furnishings o Carriage maintenance and repair including painting An interesting letter from a Manufacturer of Light Carriages and Wagons about laying pipe for water allowing adequate supply for 20 families.
  • 77 receipts for plants and seeds, fertilizer, garden supplies and ornaments, greenhouse supplies. This appears to have been a great passion for the household. Many of the receipts are multiple pages of large quantities of trees, plants and seeds from the premiere producers at the time. o Trees, plants and seeds from nurseries and auctions o Fertilizer and farming tools o Greenhouse and garden equipment and pasture leases o Letters regarding “master gardening” and requests for refunds for plants that died .
 Autograph and Sketchbook of Dorothy Borrajo, 1907-1915											. .England.1907-1915
A lovely autograph and sketch book given to Dorothy Borrajo by her classmates as a souvenir when she left school in 1907. The interior cover has a pasted in list of all of Dorothy's classmates. Throughout the sketchbook there are numerous drawings and poems written by her friends from 1907 to 1915. Drawings are in pencil, ink, color pencil and watercolor. Some of the poems and drawings are quite humorous. One depicts a mother by the ocean with her two swimming daughters, glaring at a man, with the caption, "Momma disapproves of mixed bathing." 9" x 7 1/2". Well executed images reflecting all walks of life including racial stereotypes, daily life and more. To view images, please click on the following link: . Minor wear. Binding reinforced.
M Varney Sketch Book and Friendship Album Madgie Varney w "First Washing Day. .England.1908-1947
A humorous sketch book and friendship album owned by Madgie Varney, given to her by Bob (Robert) Varney in 1908. The album has over 65 original art work, with 3 photographs, and two music scores. Approximately 10 pieces are done either by Madgie or R M Varney. The majority of the pieces are humorous in tone, for example a drawing of two large leaves hanging on a clothes line with the caption, "First Washing Day". Some of the artwork has been pasted in, while others were drawn directly on the page. A variety of mediums were used, such as pencil, ink, and watercolor.  The majority of the pieces were drawn between 1908-1910s, however there are some as late as the 1940s. There are two images from the Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/4" To view this album, please click on the following link: Cover and edge wear due to rubbingSome soiling due to use and transfer from pencils.
 Anayltic Workbook including Textile Specimens, Philadelphia Textile School, Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Arts by Adolphe Rusch, Jr. Pioneer in Lightweight Aviation  Fabrics.
A hard cover analysis book created by a student Adolphe Rusch, Jr. while a student at the Textile School.  In depth analysis for each fabric including warp required, filling requires, warp dressing and filling arrangement details.  This is followed by the actual finished piece of fabric and detailed hand created grids including deisn, harness chain and drawing-in draft to exemplify of how the fabric is constructed. The final component is all of the specifications for the loom. The book includes analysis of Cotton Waisting, Trousering, Figured Madras, Woolen Trousering, Fancy Dress Goods x 2, Fancy Madras, Worsted Suiting, Weave Analysis, Weave Analysis for Mourning Suiting and Fancy Worsted Trousering.  Measures 10" x 8 1/2". Adolphe Rusch Jr.  was a prominent member of the American silk industry and became an inventor of note in the pioneering of aviation fabrics. A 1919 Article in Textile World Journal by Rusch was titled "Aviation Textiles and Chemistry; An Interesting Review of Their Combination for War". He also patented electrically conductive flexible cable.
Rennee Kellett & Gwen Divison Typescript & Illustrations: Unpublished Book - Grannie's Book of Fairy Stories. .London.c1960s
Includes two stories titled The Story of King Hippus-Woppus & Queen Lovely Lady and The Strange Adventures in the Forest, of Little Diamond-Eyes. The first is 44pp long.  The characters include King Hippus-Woppus, Lovely Lady,  Kim Dymo (Lovely Lady's Father the King), Katta-Wann-Shee (sorcerer), Princess Dream-of-Delight, Araminta (the Cat) and Mr. Whiskers, Prince Braveheart, Princess Happy-All-the-Day, King Kee-Hiley, Queen Lotus Blossom, Prince Ti-Yemminnots, Chinnamooni (sorcerer), Robert the Raven, Prince Kiska and the Great Scientist.   A charming yet simple story even with the long cast of characters. The second story is 18 pp and tells of the adventures of a girl called Little Diamond Eyes including subplots of The Fairy Dewdrop and The Friendly Frogs, Dewdrop in Danger and  A Peep into Fairyland. Includes 7 full page illustrations in black and white and gray-tones.  Each with a printed captions.   Measures 10 1/4" x 8 1/4".  Loose-leaf..
Typed Autobiographical Accounting of Childhood with 11 Original Watercolors - Charles Henry Kingsley-Baille
Housed in a contemporary box with the watercolor monogram (IC) for his sister Ivy Clifford. When opened one finds a 55 pp. typewritten autobiography of the childhood recollections of Charles Henry Kingsley-Baille.  Dedicated to his wife, Ethel and his sister Ivy.  Kingsley-Baille had moved to Canada as a young adult. The foreward describes the occasion for writing the memoir being the death of his wife's grandmother and the regrets of her granddaughter on not having recorded her life's recollections.  Signed by the author at the end of the Foreward. Written in three parts with 11 relevant watercolors.  Charles was the third son of Edmund John Baillie, a successful nurseryman, the three parts centering on the three Chester (England) houses the family lived in, all named Woodbine.  The story concludes with the death of his father in 1897.  Although he refers to it as an autobiography, the author remembers local characters, scenes and events as his family grew ever larger. His "father interested himself in several societies - the Chester Society of Natural Science, the Kingsley Memorial Society, the Ruskin Society, the Archaeological Society of Chester, and several others. He was most active in promoting the erection of the Grosvenor Museum in Chester, which was made possible by the generosity of the Duke of Westminster, who donated the building site, and started the fund with a cheque for £10,000". Charles also remembers an original watercolor by Ruskin given to his father by the artist which hung above his mother's desk, as well as other pictures and letters of Ruskin and "an immense brown and white decorative panel by Walter Crane". Among the other works owned was an immense picture by Dame Clara Knight and one of a Pomeranian dog "by an artist friend of father's - Arthur Boddington - a very strange man - and a confirmed agnostic.   One of his personal accounts was cataloging approximately 8,000 volumes  of his father's books.   There is discussion about his father's beliefs on running a business, the landscape of the three Woodbines and the  characters referenced.   It concludes on a bit of sad not with a postscript from his sister advising that the house which was sold to become a girl's school upon their monther's death had overgrown weeds where the daffodils once flourished. The watercolors include Mike Stout, Fisherman and Wife Beater,  Waverton Church from a watercolour by William Welsh,  The Shocked "Pastor", Baddy,  Father's Coachman, John Huxley,  A view of Woodbine with Daffodil's taken from a Photograph., The Old Town Crier,  La Vinia, Wardell making his bow  and Old Jess (the dog) From a photograph. Measures 7 1/4" x 4 1/4".
 Wigmaking - A Comprehensive Hand Made Large Format Album complete with hair, mesh, weaving, knotting and instructions.. ..c1940s
Large format folio with 35 leave. The index is divided in two sections - Weaving and Knotting.  Includes actual hair, caps, weaves, etc.  The topics include Weaving Broadwork: Origin and use Weaving diagrams Weaving sample Marteau digrams Marteau sample Pin curl diagrams Pin curl sample Two stem switch diagrams Two stem switch sample Diamond mesh diagrams Diamond mesh samples Half crepe and full crepe Crepe Pads Curling hair diagrams Method of curling hair Knotting Knotting sample diagram Knotting sample Types of net used in boardwork Chignons Tension springs and positional springs Bracing Ladies toupet pattern Ladies toupet pattern sample Gents scalpette Gents toupee sample Wig measurements Pattern for semi-transformation Pattern for a full wig Mounted transformations Sideburns and mustaches Drawn through parking Knotted parking Hand penned.  Measures 11 1/2" x 16 1/2". .
Helen Maria Imrie, etc. A Fine Ladies Album and Commonplace Book - Helen Maria Imrie . .Scotland.1839-1866
34 leaves.  Two rows of elaborate stamped decorative devices on cover; outer border gilt stamped. An array of different colored pages, some with Dobbs Patent embossed border decoration including French love sentiments. A fine lady's book.  The content is complete and the book is filled with the exception of two pages.  The content includes an array of art including eight (8) cut-out and applied original floral arrays, two (2) near full page watercolors in charcoal and watercolor featuring a pair of grouse signed W. Gunton 1832, a small perforated paper  with  watercolor of a bird, pencil drawing of Portrait of Rembrandt,  pencil drawing of lads around camp fire, pen and ink of Lord Byran, fine miniature penwork titled "Affection" with laurel wreath and a pair of love birds,  pencil drawing of a male dancer and his shadow, an applied 2 1/4" x 4 1/2" hand penned eternal love knot, a loose fine cutwork depicting a shelter with a shepherd and sheep, applied pencil and pen work of shoes through the ages from 1544-1830, tipped-in  watercolor of floral array and a provocative pencil and watercolor of a young woman. The writings, mostly by the owner with a few entries by others, mostly women include A Friendship Wreath (poem), Boarding school Notice - interpretation of what was needed, Character of Napoleon Bonepart as drawn by Wm Phillips 1814 narrative,  character of Madame de Stache as drawn Lady Morgan of France (narrative),  Retrospection by J.A.S. in 1866, Translation of some French verses to Lord Byron, Copy of "A Maltese Woman's Petition" original sent to Ladies Malta Charitable Society, The Cost of War, The Answer, Character of James the First of England, A Stranger, "Since your honor is so good", Love of God, Recipe - a Cure for Love, Oh moralists, who heard of happiness and self-respect, When did personal variety listen to the suggestions of Prudence, Luther - A Fragment (26 verse poem), miscellaneous verses and writings. Measures 10 1/4" x 8 1/4". . Most likely Helen Maria Imrie 4 Aug 1820 - 24 Jul 1904, Ferry-Port-on-Craig, Fife, Scotland.
Book of Origins -Genealogy of Isobel Kemp Cox – Complied by Marion Buckley Cox,branching back to a witness of the signing of the Magna CartaBailey's (6th Ed) Photo=Ancestral Record with Supplements.
A comprehensive genealogy of the Cox Family dating all the way back to the early 1600s with some branches of the family reaching back even further. The Cox family has a rich history where they were both apart of or witness to some of the major events in American and English History. From witnessing the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, to being one of the first settlers of New Amsterdam (modern day New York City) and Hartford, CT. The genealogy narrative indicates family participation in the Boston Tea Party and Bacon’s Rebellion in 1679. The book itself was designed by the Rev. Frederic W Bailey, and it is his sixth edition of the Photo-Ancestral Record Book. Recorded in the book are the names, location of birth, and birth and death dates for each branch of the family tree. Where the complier of this genealogy knew; added in are burial locations, when individuals immigrated to America, including the ship they traveled on, as well as notations on where she discovered this information.  Photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, family letters, and other ephemera adorn the pages throughout this treasure.  As one continues to read through this genealogy it almost seems as though there wasn’t one important event or figure in American history that was not connected to this family. Family Connections and Family Lore of Note: The Temple branch of the Cox Family Tree is said to be descent from the famous Lady Godiva and the Earls of Mercia. George Yeardley, whose ancestor witnessed the signing of the Magna Carter, was one of the first settlers in Jamestown, and three time colonial Governor of the British Colony of Virginia.  His wife, Temperance Flowerdew, was one of the witness to the Last Will and Last Testament of John Rolfe’s, husband to Pocahontas. Hamutal Hammond Welsh (1735 – 1815) “conceived a great dislike for her husband”, apparently tried to kill him several times, even burning down their barn at one point. Captain John Clapp, who later became the Clerk of the First Provincial Assembly in New York, is said to have barely escaped being eaten by an alligator in South Carolina. William King and his wife Dorothy came to America and settled in Salem. After converting to Quakerism, suffered persecution at the hands of the local government in the 1660s. The family ghost story of “Aunt Swan”, Elizabeth Donnell, wife of General John Swan, who dreamt that Death himself was coming for her, and a week later mysteriously died suddenly. It is said her ghost still haunts the house she died in, and she has become known as the “Lady in White”. Elias Nexen (1740 – 1831) was appointed first Collector of the Port of New York under the Continental Congress. Jacob Bump served with General James Wolfe during the French and Indian War and participated in the taking of Quebec in 1759. John Donnell owned the “Willow Brook” house for a time in Baltimore, Maryland, which housed the famed ‘oval room’. This house was one of the first times, besides the White House, that an oval room was used in America. Gustav Lurman, who served in the 1st Maryland Cavalry, CSA, during the Civil War was saved by “Aunt Charlotte”, an African American woman who hid him when he crossed the northern lines while on duty. Enos Bronson, or “Uncle Enos” was an editor for the Federalist Gazette of the United States, and supposedly took over Benjamin Franklin’s printing press. .
 Friendship Album" To Susan"  with Asian and other themed Decoupage,  Imagery, Watercolors, Drawings, Sentiments, Enigma, etc.. .UK.1847-1854
Gilt stamp brown leather cover. The introductory page is comprised of a finely executed cut-out handcolored floral spray with a lithograph verse at center.  It is titled "Album" and begins "To Poets, Painters, Enigma and Conundrum Makers and all those who wish to shine in this Literary Society..." Includes numerous applied engraved scenes throughout. Off special note is the decoupage of cut-out Asian themed imagery throughout. Additionally there are watercolors and drawings.  Many sentiments, verses, enigmas, a verse titled 'on the Death of a precious Child', 'The Slave's Dream', 'the Nightingale'.  The majority of the entries are from 1847-1849.   However it appears that someone added a few rather whimsical Victorian scrap embellishments c1880.  Measures . Covers reinforced.
Anon. Manuscript Adaptation of The History of Little Fanny . ..c1810s
Wraps. 8 pages. Each page is a different scene from the original book of the History of Little Fanny, Exemplified in A Series of Figures. This manuscript adaptation paraphrases the original toy  book with different original watercolor costume for each scene.  it focuses on the morality lessons.  A single head and neck is moved from scene to scene. Includes five (5) of the seven (7).  Measures 9 1/4" x 7 1/4". . come all ye little ones, and quick draw near. A gift I offer for the approaching year. A little doll who boasts a pretty face, And wondrous strange! her clothes a moral trace"
Louis Gansler Manuscript Wedding Album Presented to Mr. & Mrs. Fred Wagner as a Souvenir of their Wedding. .Mill Hill, Barnet, England.1897
A 27 page half-bound album with gilt stamp front cover reading Souvenir July 6, 1897 with the bride and grooms initials and a pair of love birds.  A manuscript remembrance of the wedding embellished with hand drawn watercolor imagery.  The dedication page dated Easter 1898 reads "To my dear Cousins as a token of Love and Esteem - Louis Gansler, Followed by a Preface and Presentation Page including particulars about the wedding. It was the marriage of Lizzie Meadows and Fred Wagner. This is followed by An extensive seven page narrative on the actual wedding and after parties that included a breakfast and evening trip to a local restaurant.  This event was not attended by the newlyweds who were off to Switzerland via London. List of Guests - annotated for bridesmaids and groomsmen List of Presents x 2 Invitation to an Evening Concern at the great Dining Hall of "Ye Calfe's Head," Worsten followed by additional rules and activities for the event.  Whimsical; tongue-in-cheek. "Epithalamion" an adaptation of Edmund Spenser's poetry. The Biter Bit - the tale of a prank at the event Telegrams from those unable to attend and the bride and groom announcing they were already in London at the time of the event A printed wedding invitation and keepsake A photograph of the newlyweds with fine watercolor border embellishments and scripture. A group photograph of the wedding guest Photos of some of the presents and the church. The watercolor drawings and page borders are well executed, thematic and charming.  Great care was taken the selection and development of content and the execution. Measures 10 1/2" x 14 1/2". . The Preface states: The Object of the writer in preparing this book has been to produce a permanent record of an interesting event; and the attempts at embellishment are not meant as a display of any artistic talent, but rather to make the production as attractive as the limited capabilities of the writer would admit, and it is -- hoped that it may prove interesting to many who were present at the wedding.   It is earnestly hope that any personalities the writer has indulge in will cause no offence, and should anyone feel annoyed at anything herein contained they are assured that the offence has been unintentional, and  pardon humbly pleaded for. Thanks are due to those who have kindly supplied the writer with various details, and to Mr. Robt. Alison for the poem "Epithalamion".
Charles Arthur Hannaford RBA (1887 - 1972) An Watercolor Typescript Album Created to commemorate parents-in-law Rank Albert Allchin and Emily Cooper 1879-1929. .Wroxham,Norfolk, England.1972
A large format album reconstructed album  illustrated and narrated by   Charles Arthur Hannaford. The majority of the content, excluding the narration was created by his father in law and reflected the life of Frank Albert Allchin and his wife Emily Cooper, between the years 1879 and 1929. The cover of the album has applied steel initials of the couple handwrought by a member of the Blacksmiths' Guild. This fine  album contains  16 typescript pages of commentary, preceding each of the 16 watercolor pages.  Each page is noteworthy and in most instances includes some original watercolor(s) from the original album. They include a galleon at Fowey with the Allchin's family of ·St. Willow· in the background; St. Albans, 1925 "St. Albans" Holborn - sketch made in 1929 - of particular note as the background created by Hannaford was done after his mothers-in-law wedding veil.  The white flowers at top are cut away from the background page and the watercolor is tucked beneath it. A copy of their marriage certificate precedes this page. A view of Tredudwell Manor, Cornwall, with accompanying letters (1972) from Colonel Shakenley who lived at the Manor, embellished with farm animals, bees, etc. The Royal Fowey Yacht Club, embellished with the yacht clubs pennant A series of seven (7)small watercolors telling the story of mending the torpedo . Caricatures of Figures in Weymouth, 1916; Emily in her Cornish garden Frank's Pro bono work Two (2)  fold-down pages of family tress illustrated with nine (9) small watercolors and photographs A miniature deck of individually made watercolor cards laid out as a game of Patience with a flap when lifted revealing a devil seated atop the ace of hearts A watercolor of a rowboat at sea, about 1879 embellished with a pictorial map of the route to their first country home in Cornish Houses of Parliament Frank in his Cornish garden A child's pencil drawing of his/her siblings with a watercolor of same, presumably created by Charles     identifying each of the children A miniature handmade watercolor book signifying Emily's love of reading and a photograph of Frank at his desk. the marriage certificate of Frank (born Frederick) and Emily. Presented in a beautiful leather bound album with initials on the front Measures 10 1/2" x 15". Exceptional remembrance in both composition and content.. Charles A Hannaford, born on 4th August 1887, was the son of the renowned landscape and coastal painter, Charles E Hannaford (1863 – 1955). Charles A Hannaford was educated at Devonport High School and studied art at Plymouth Art School. Although he inherited his father’s artistic talent he went into the banking profession. On retiring from Lloyds Bank in 1935, he settled in Wroxham,Norfolk where he founded “Broads Tours Ltd”. As well as running the business, he used his talent in producing delightful watercolors. Many of his painting were illustrated in the small booklet he produced entitled “The Charm of the Norfolk Broads”. This also featured a centerfold map with drawings of mills, inns and all the landmarks showing places of interest along the waterways and the larger Broads. Charles A Hannaford painted right up to his death on 8th August 1972 age 85, the year this book was created.
 A Victorian Album with 78 Works comprised of album cards, hand penned poetry and verse and original art and design. Hildesheimer & Faulkner..1870-1880s
Large format album with 39 leaves with applied fine chromolithograph album cards and illustrations on both sides of the page, in other words 78 decorated pages.  .At the center of each page is an applied album cards surrounded by watercolor illustrations and elements relevant to the card and elaborate watercolor border designs. Some pages also include manuscript verse done for the most part in artistic writing styles. The decorations vary widely from a chain link necklace,  to arching stalks of corn and a hand fan.   One set of pages includes a verse with little pen and ink scenes from nature with anthropomorphic animals and a large gold man in the moon.  Another set of pages has an Aesthetic movement theme with appropriate cards and a tiny pen and ink drawing with a woman and an Oscar Wilde character admiring a sunflower.  A full page is dedicated to the verse "It's Vera Weel' with the appearance of a page of illuminated manuscript.  Each page frame worthy, although a much stronger impact as a single work. The cards,verses and decoration are an interesting study in social history and visual culture Album measures 14 1/2" x 11 1/4". . Although the creator is unknown Great Grandfather Harry 1859-1933 book of calligraphy cards and drawings