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 Invisible Guest Dinner, 1921Montclair European Relief Committee, NJ for Czecho-Slovakia Children .
Invisible Guest Dinner, 1921Montclair European Relief Committee, NJ for Czecho-Slovakia Children .
Price: $35.00

A single-fold promotional brochure for "Invisible Guest Dinner" Montclair, NJ, Tuesday Evening, January 18, 1921.  The menu was Stew (rice soup), Bread and Coca, which is exactly what the Hoover Kitchens in zecho-Slovakia are feeding the children they serve.  It equals approximately 700 calories a day. The children are the Invisible Guests. The brochure promotes the organization and lists the Montclair European Relief Committee officers and members. Measures 9" x 4"
Joseph Lee  Play and Playgrounds . .1908.
Joseph Lee Play and Playgrounds . .1908.
Price: $45.00

A reprint of an essay written by Joseph Lee, the man considered to be the grandfather of the playground movement. It was published after he was named the chairman of the Playground Association of America's Committee on State Laws. The essay covered not only his philosophy of play, but the types of play recommended for various ages, the importance of variety in play, the necessity of leadership and supervision, and the character values that come from play. Measures 9" x 6"..
 Home Play and Play Equipment for the Preschool Child . Children's Bureau Publication, No. 238 (US Dept. of Labor)..
Home Play and Play Equipment for the Preschool Child . Children's Bureau Publication, No. 238 (US Dept. of Labor)..
Price: $55.00

A 22pp booklet with illustration of children at play on cover promotes play as a way of learning. Contents includes Play a way of learning - playing along, with other children, Parties and Christmas, Imitative play, Pretending, Training the senses; Play equipment - Toys, Books and pictures and Outdoor play equipment; Suggestions for further reading.  The Outdoor equipment section includes diagrams and instructions on constructing a sand box, play plank and sawhorse, swing and climbing bar, and finally swing, rings and trapeze.  Back cover depicts image from photograph of children at play with a sand box, play planks, a packing box and a wagon. Measures 9 1/4" x 6". .
 Aesthetic Movement Influenced Pledge Card, Abstain from Drinking, Smoking and Opium. ..1870s
Aesthetic Movement Influenced Pledge Card, Abstain from Drinking, Smoking and Opium. ..1870s
Price: $75.00

A pledge card given as an agree to abstain from alcohol, smoking, and drugs. The deeply embossed card depicts an innocent young girl holding an overflowing bowl of liquid and a bouquet of ribbon tied wild flowers, design influenced by Aesthetic movement. Printed next to the image is: "Trusting in Gods Help, I solemnly promise to abstain from the use of alcoholic drinks, as a beverage, and from the use of tobacco and Opium in every form." Measures 4 1/2" x 3..
Rev A.D. Mayo Building for the Children in the South. Bureau of Education.Washington D.C..1884
Rev A.D. Mayo Building for the Children in the South. Bureau of Education.Washington D.C..1884
Price: $85.00

16 pages, paper wrappings. Mayo's main topic in this booklet is about providing the structural needs and means for establishing quality education for all. He believes that taxation should be used in order to truly support public schools, and that it is a priority.  Teachers also should be of good quality and educated in the profession in order to make schooling effective. In this address he makes it very clear that he truly believes that a good, solid education for everyone could improve not only the children's future, but the future of the country as a whole. As soon as the south started to implement his teachings that they would find their region becomes better for it. It is broken up into several subjects, such as "The Awakening of the People", "Local Taxation for Education" "National Aid for Education" and "The Free Library". Addressing aspects of his vision of a better American education system, Mayo believes he found the solution for the south.  Although in segregated schools the need for higher education for African American children was emphasized as well. Measures 9" x 5 3/4". The Department of the Interior for the Bureau of Education felt that the information that Rev A.D. Mayo was both gathering and discussing, especially with his concentration of education in south, this publication would be a beneficial read and a useful resource. .
Playgrounds Association of Philadelphia - Why? Document No. 3.. .Philadelphia.1909
Playgrounds Association of Philadelphia - Why? Document No. 3.. .Philadelphia.1909
Price: $85.00

15 pp. Illustrated wraps. This booklet includes a few short essays extolling on the benefits of playgrounds for children's physical and mental health. The photographic image on the front cover depicts children playing in muddy water in the street gutter.  It was the prevalent thought of the time that outdoor play was essential in helping prevent the spread of tuberculosis and enforcing moral character. There are five black and white images from photographs (both full and half page) meant to help illustrate the various points of the essays. Each photograph comes with a caption, one of which hilarious states, "Craps, a game of chance, in which character has no chance." The booklet was also meant as a means of soliciting donations to the Playgrounds Association of Philadelphia. The back cover has a section that could be torn off and mailed in with a donation. Includes the Objectives of the Association, The Advance of the National Playground Movement, In the Playground Movement Philadelphia has not taken its Rightful Place, Philadelphia and the Playground Movement, How Can Playgrounds be Obtained?, Play as a Citizen Maker, Play as a Preventive of Crime and Play and Health. There are two script  notes on the back cover directed to the reader imploring them to join the movement. Measures 9 1/4" x 6". . A system of supervised playgrounds is essential in order to build up a robust motherhood and a vigorous citizenship for the next generation of Philadelphians
Onondaga Indian Wigwam Co. Indian Wigwams and Playsuits - Holiday Supplement to Catalogue No. 11.
Onondaga Indian Wigwam Co. Indian Wigwams and Playsuits - Holiday Supplement to Catalogue No. 11.
Price: $125.00

A two-fold holiday supplement presented by the Onondaga Indian Wigwam Co.  The cover depicts an illustration of Santa standing in front of the chimney.  Information about a men's and boys' Santa outfit below.   The remaining pages have provide product information and images from photographs for various boys' playsuits including Indian Chief Outfits, Military Outfits, Cowboy Outfits, Boy Scout and Policeman Outfits.  Also includes one page of play wigwams to construct Product information includes a product number, narrative, and price per dozen.  Measures 7" x 6 1/2" when folded. .
 The Charter and Constitution of the Providence Female Charitable Society, 4th Edition. John Carter.Providence, RI.1804
The Charter and Constitution of the Providence Female Charitable Society, 4th Edition. John Carter.Providence, RI.1804
Price: $200.00

The Providence Female Charitable Society was first formed in 1800, to help 'indigent women and children'. One of the key conditions to a woman receiving aid from the Society was that any children of theirs deem to be 'of proper age' had to be in school. The Society's first charter and constitution printed in 1801, this item is the 4th Edition of that charter was printed in 1804. Along with the by-laws of the Society a list of members and donors are included. The Society is still in existence today. Replacement blue wrappers. 12 pp. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".  OCLC - 5 paper copies.  April 2019..
Set of Six (6) Diorama Cards to Familiarize Children people from other lands. .Japan.c1926
Set of Six (6) Diorama Cards to Familiarize Children people from other lands. .Japan.c1926
Price: $250.00

Translation from the card depicting Japanese children:  If we sail to the east from Japan, we shall find America: in the west, lies China.  So there are many countries around us.  This card-game consists of a set of six cards which represent six countries.  Little Friends! Please paint all of them with colours and use them for your play as a game of traveling and visiting. The nations of the world are different from each other in customs, habits and languages, but they are the family of God. We are brothers and sisters.  Let us become good friends.   The set includes six (6) 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" cards with a color illustration at top of children in their native attire and surroundings from Japan, China, Italy, Russian, Holland and America. Printed signature of illustrator "Mitaniko" (?) bottom right of each image.  Beneath the image is a narrative written in Japanese that describes each country and its customs in a couple of sentences. A complete translation is included with the set.  Additionally the are black and white die-cut characters and scenes corresponding to the images on the cards. Once the child would have painted the scenes and characters it was the intent to create six (6) little dioramas, each fold out scene card has two slots and all of the characters have self stands at the base allowing the child to move them about while engaging in play.  Found in original sleeve with original paper packaging actually mailed from Japan.   The scenes have not been colored. A charming play set intended to familiarize children with peoples of other lands..
John Robins Sharpless Sr. Diary of John R. Sharpless, Lawyer from Pennsylvania, includes trip to World's Fair . .Catawissa, PA.1893
John Robins Sharpless Sr. Diary of John R. Sharpless, Lawyer from Pennsylvania, includes trip to World's Fair . .Catawissa, PA.1893
Price: $275.00

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.
 23 Select Papers on the many facets and factors surrounding the Playground. Second Annual Playground Congress.New York, NY.1908
23 Select Papers on the many facets and factors surrounding the Playground. Second Annual Playground Congress.New York, NY.1908
Price: $425.00

A set of 23 booklets, mostly 8pp. in which each one is the text from speeches given at several different conferences held in 1908 discussing the importance of playgrounds. Most were given at the Second Annual Playground Congress which was held on Madison Ave in New York City from September 8th - 12th, 1908.  The congress was considered to be a huge success. In attendance were representatives, mostly mayors from large cities from thirty-one different states, and even delegates from Canada and Puerto Rico. Each booklet is numbered. Booklets included are: 22-33, 35-36, 39-41, 43, 50, 60-61, 64, and 66. Includes: Landscape Gardening for Playgrounds The Significance of Recent National Festivals in Chicago What the Playground cando for Girls The Need of a Play Organizer Winter Organization of Playgrounds Some Inexpensive Play Ground Apparatus Recent Playground Development in Chicago The Playground from the Standpoint of the Executive Officer of the City The Relation of Play grounds to Juvenile Delinquency The Playground as a Phase of Social Reform Can the Child Survive Civilization? Children of the Century The Home Playground The Playground a Necessary Accompaniment to Child Labor Restriction Why we Want Play Grounds Annual Report of Mr. Lee F. Hanmer Annual Report of Dr. Henry S. Curtis Playgrounds and Playground Equipment The Business of Play New Jersey Playground Law Report of E. B. DeBroot, Director Gymnasiums and Playgrounds South Park Commission Chicago Folk and National Dances The Playground as a Factor in School Hygiene Each booklet measures 9" x 6".. City Library of Manchester NH deaccession
"As the Twig is Bent" a hand drawn Childhood Labor Poster
"As the Twig is Bent" a hand drawn Childhood Labor Poster
Price: $500.00

A 17 1/2" x 14" hand drawn poster about child labor. The poster features an image of Uncle Sam hold his top hat in hand and looking down on a small stunted tree that is growing out of a rocky landscape. On a rock near by the tree is the wood 'labor' and on the tree trunk itself is the wood 'childhood'. At the base of the poster is a pasted-on quote, “As the twig is bent.” The quote is derived from Alexander Pope's Epistles to Several Persons, published in 1732 “Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.” This saying is often misquoted as “As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined” or “as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” It is meant to extoll on the idea that early influences have a permanent effect and more importantly that the effects of parental, environmental and peer influences can have a huge impact on a young molding mind and will shape who they are and how they act later in life. In this instance, in the context of child labor, it is meant to make the viewer reflect on how hard labor can permanent effect a child. The image itself is drawn in black charcoal with a blue color pencil beneath that was used during the first sketch of the images. It is signed Batchelder. On the back of the poster, it is stamped “PUP Dec 2 1934.”  Edge wear.
Original Art - Children are the World's Most Valuable Resource and its Best Hope for the Future
Original Art - Children are the World's Most Valuable Resource and its Best Hope for the Future
Price: $500.00

A 12" x 23" original tempera work.  A stenciled orange naive paper doll chain across the page backed in yellow with green accents.  John F. Kennedy penned at top.  "Children are the World's Most Valuable Resource and its Best Hope for the Future" penned at base.  The vibrant colors of the mid to late 1960s.   Unidentified. 1/4" x 1/2" water stain bottom margin with minimal detraction.