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 The Little Chap: A Small Newspaper Published During the School Year - Andover (Philips Academy) . Edward H. Williams, III.Andover, Mass.1621
The small newspaper is published one a week during the school year and includes short, often local news. The two-sided printed newspaper is roughly divide into three sections, general news, sports news, and advertising. The news includes mostly area information, this issue includes ticket sales to a baseball game and the strange fishy taste and smell to the water. The sports sections include scores of games, as well as upcoming ones, most importantly the Andover versus Exeter game that is happening in a few days. The advertisements on the reverse side are of local stores and shops. At the bottom of the first page is a little outline of a little chap. Measures 6 3/4" x 5 1/4". .
Florence L. Smith A Children's Letter to President William McKinley after his Assassination Attempt. Washington Locating Club.Chicago, IL.[September 6-15, 1901]
A manuscript letter sent to President William McKinley by a children's club wishing him health and recovery after the assassination attempt on his life on September 6, 1901. The club was the "Washington Locating Club", which was located in Chicago. The children had met President McKinley the year prior "during inaugural week under the auspices of 'Heart's Chicago American' school children's excursion." McKinley was apparently going to meet with the school children again on October 5, 1901, but due to his death, obviously never made it. At the top of the letter is a drawing done in pen of the US Capital Dome. The letter is signed by six children, though the letter appears to have been written by the Secretary of the club Florence L. Smith (1887-?), who based on census records (confirmed by her address), was thirteen at the time of the letter. Pasted onto the side of the letter is a card with Florence's name and address. Measures 13 1/2" x 8".  President McKinley would die from his injuries on September 14, 1901.
Burr Wendell. Thoughts of a Young Boy, Four Essays - Summer, Honest, Perseverance and Work. ..c1860s
A young boy during the civil war writes his thoughts on "Summer", "Honest", "Perseverance" and "Work". "Summer" is a simple recounting of what the season of summer is like, from children at play to the slow ripening of apples on the trees. In "Honest" the boy comes to the conclusion that if one starts to lie about the 'little stuff', that leads to lying about the 'big stuff'. "Perseverance" emphasis the importance of never giving up. Perhaps the most interesting of the four pieces, is the boy's thoughts on "Work". He starts off the missive by emphasis the value of hard work, but then continues on to describe the types of work the men around him are doing. Such as an unnamed fort that they are building to protect them from the rebels and their "bullets and cannon balls". Along with others making, rifles, pistols, cannons, drums and shoes. He continues on to mention that some of the men have fought in previous Civil War battles, including Battle of Roanoke Island, Battle of Fort Donelson, and Battle of Fort Sumter (the note actually mentions Fort Johnson which was involved in that battle). The front of each letter is named "Burr Wendell" # 1, 2, 3, or 4.. All but #4 (Honest) have little drawings on the front. Largest Measures:12 3/4" x 8".. The letters have some stains on them, due to the writer trying to correct some spelling and grammar mistakes.
A Young Boy's sketch book - patriotic & military. ..1850s
A 5 3/4" x 10 1/2" hand made book by a little boy  Initials W. B. R. The book is structured with brown paper on verso and pencil drawn illustrations on the right.  Includes 8 pages of sketches including the cover. The cover depicts a saltbox house with lightening rods  and a fenced in pasture.  This is followed by allegorical images of an anchor and a Masonic symbol at the top of a page where a wolf chances a deer.  The next page is a village skyline with both a small British and larger American flag flying overhead.  A train is at the station --stick figure characters.  The following page is a marching band of soldiers ; one with a sword, a drum, bugle, fife bayonette and American flag.  This is folled by another page of page of solders with packs and bayonets.  And so it goes additional patriotic symbolism including American flags, firing cannon, eagles, etc.  Concludes with a calf nursing while a bull looks on....
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.
Master Walter Willison Stephens A 12 year old boy's journal with in-depth reporting on all fires in his town and baseball stats.. .Moberly MO.1903, age 12 years 4 1/2 months
A 56 pp composition book with an accounting of Master Stephens in 18 chapters.  A drawing of fire equipment with crossed axe and nozzle is captioned No. 7 Nozzle (with dyslexic Zs). The first 17 deal strictly with intricate details about what appears to be every fire in his town of Moberly for quite some time.  The first chapter describes the advancements of the town and their fire equipment, moving from steam engines.  His writes about company's 1-7 with an emphasis on No. 7, a company started by three teenage boys, Jack Reynolds a lad of 15 and two of his chums Will Hathaway age 18 and Clement Robbers , 15.  The narrative describes their equipment in great detail including information on stopcocks, the length and diameter of their hoses and much more. Chapter 2 begins the detailed recollections of the fire starting with the sound of the alarm bells, through the hitching of horses to equipment, who was working, the distance to the fire and comprehensive details of the events at the fire. "About 12:15 on a mild spring day the alarm rang out no. 17.  The roar of horses hoofs rumbled to it and the doors snapped open.  The hitch was quickly made and so the company leaped into their places, the wagon tore off.  Jack had the reins and he skillfully guided the...."   In Chapter 15 he begins with "Company 7 received its monthly (sp) salary that week and all the bills were paid off and the members of the company received $60 a piece for themselves.    Also two 6-gallon chemical Babcock fire extinguishers to be cared on one's back by modern shoulder straps were bought and placed in a rack in the wagon:.  The accountings continue through Chapter 17 and abruptly on page 37 his interest turns to baseball beginning with a table of pitch counts for Baton Rouge, Mobile, Meridian, etc. The remainder of the book is dedicated to grids of hits by player by inning on various teams, with the exception of two drawings of distressed baseball players. Measures 8 1/2" x 6 3/4".. Although meticulous in detail, penmanship is scrawling.  Misspelling throughout.  A fine 12 year old's accounting.
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.
 5  Naive 20"  Folk Art Paper Dolls - Buster Brown, Robert, Bertha, Nan & Lenora . .Nebraska.1910s
Five (5) crayon drawn and decorated paper dolls created from 'make-do' materials-- the back of pressed board advertising signed. The first is 21 1/2" older girl in a blue dress with large white colors. Her face is drawn as profile with an exaggerated nose and chin. Her hair is curled in tendrils. Created in two pieces. Her feet and legs are applied and watercolor decorated. The second is a 19 3/4" younger fuller girl done in crayon. This doll is actually dressed with a silk bow in her hair, an islet lace neck choker and a handmade chiffon dress, banded at top with the same ribbon as used on her hair. Here gray and orange boots are crayon.   The remaining three each measures about 18 1/2". A boy and girl in sailor influenced attire. The third is a Buster Brown look-alike, wearing the familiar red suit with black neck bow and big round eyes. This dolls appear to be created by the same individual. .
A grouping of Three (3) Drawing Books by Ethel Pratt c1910. 1910
Three (3) carefully constructed homemade books with pencil drawn sketches of the day to day life of one young girl, Ethel Pratt. The books appear to span a period of time beginning when a young talented girl created simple naive sketches, some embellished with crayon. A loose page depicts a young girl reading a book to a bunny with other rabbits looking on. Others depict her friends, often with dolls. One scene shows a horrified young girl watching a dog carrying her dolly away. As she matures the drawing become more complex and boys begin to appeal..
The Liliputian Writing Set
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.
A Young Lad's  200" long Scroll  Picture Story. .Chelsea (Boston) .
A 2 3/4" x 200" scroll picture story created by a young boy.  Created in a naive hand black crayon.  References to Chelsea (MA). The events of a young boy's real or imaginary daily life.   It begins with scenes of perhaps a school or common building, a pound with geese and swans and a home, followed by a bull in a field, a paddle boat and sailboat in water nearby.  This is followed by a scene of the horse drawn Chelsea laundry wagon and a battalion of firefighters pulling pump No. 1 to a burning house.   This is followed by a column or section marker and random animals and people.  The boy's next experience is a train with an arch reading "Look Out for Engine", another scene of the Chelsea Laundry wagon, this time on a bridge and going in the opposite direction with an approaching rider, perhaps a soldier  on a horse and a drawbridge in the background ending with a parade of soldiers followed by a cannon; Another section break.  A military vessel, sailboat and a lighthouse a ship and a vessel..