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Jennie Album of Friendship, Friendship Album of Jennie, New Jersey.    . .Rahway, NJ. 1874
Jennie Album of Friendship, Friendship Album of Jennie, New Jersey. . .Rahway, NJ. 1874
Price: $130.00

A friendship album, aptly titled "Album of Friendship", belonging to a woman by the name of Jennie. Her last name is never mentioned. The album is mostly blank, but the entries date from 1874, and when a location is noted, it is Rahway, NJ. One of the entries of note is a poem about "six sisters fair". The title of the poem are the six names: Dora, Jennie, Lillie, Eva, Pauline, and Gertie. The six names surround another word, "Freddie", and within the poem is the line "I have seen six sisters fair, Oh, that I were but a Freddie, In such sisterly love to share." Based on this line, it is possible that Jennie's last name is Frederick, but that is a hypothesis. Another unique entry is a short rebus, which is not deciphered. Please see the photographs. Below are a few excerpts from the entries:
"Jennie, on they album's page
Yet hath fallen no darkening [sic] stain
Type of thine own guileless age,
May that guileless age remain!"

- Juus Amicus [Jus Amicus is Latin for 'The Right Friend'], January, 1st, 1874. The poem is originally by Re. J. H. Clinch, and is from a 1842 Ladies Companion
"This is the second rhyme today, Both very poor in there way:
The sooner I stop, the better it will be
For your autographical company"

- S. R. Ryno, Rahway, NJ, July 22, 1874

Blue gilt blind stamped cover. Frontispiece, 3 plates. Gilt edge pages. Measures 8 1/4" x 7"
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H. Jannin Le Petit Poucet Lithographed Puzzle . H. Camus.Paris.c. 1870
H. Jannin Le Petit Poucet Lithographed Puzzle . H. Camus.Paris.c. 1870
Price: $175.00

This six piece wooden puzzle with applied depicts a critical scene in the life of little Tom Thumb. The color lithograph is done by H. Jannin depicts the two parents at a table by a fire with sad expressions, as the caption reveals that the mother and father have decided to "loose" Tom in the forest. The mother has her hands clasped beneath her chin and the father with a hand over his heart to convey the difficult decision they made. All the while, Little Tom is eavesdropping right behind them. The puzzle is simple and is doable for a small child. Measures 6 3/4" x 5". . more info
Boxed Set - Early Litho Puzzle Blocks or Cubes- Bizarre Imagery -  Children Trampled by Animals & Children at War. ..c1860s
Boxed Set - Early Litho Puzzle Blocks or Cubes- Bizarre Imagery - Children Trampled by Animals & Children at War. ..c1860s
Price: $325.00

A 7" x 4 1/2" x 2"  litho on wooden box with sliding top.   Includes 15 six-sided cubes to create the puzzles.  Includes five (5) litho sheets illustrating the puzzle.  Additionally, the box cover has the sixth puzzle.  Five of the six are images of children either being trampled by farm animals or children with weapons, as though perhaps pretend "war"...  Box wear; minor wear on cubes. . more info
Boxed Litho on Wood Puzzle Set and Architectural Blocks
Boxed Litho on Wood Puzzle Set and Architectural Blocks
Price: $375.00

Four (4) different litho on wood jigsaw picture puzzles (Two puzzles printed on both sides). What makes this particularly interesting is that the pieces can also be used to create the architectural elements  noted on the  inside of the box lid. Housed in a wooden box. Also includes three of four of the picture guides. Measures 6 1/2" x 16".  Marked D.R.G.M. 77392. more info
The Jolly Jig-Saw Book - 1939
The Jolly Jig-Saw Book - 1939
Price: $425.00

The Jolly Jig-Saw Book, Packed with Jig-saw Puzzles and Story-rhymes. John Leng & Co., London. 1939. A hardback book that includes five (5) different rhyming verses with a relevant actual jig-saw puzzles as part of the book. Each has a small black and white illustration of the completed puzzle, that the child was encouraged to paint. Includes No Dogs Allowed, The Good Ship “Cheese-Straw”, Piggy and the Pantry, The Monkey’s Puzzle and Mouse Mountaineers. 7 ¼” x 10”. Puzzle are complete with illustrations unpainted. Four of five retain the original fold-out cellophane shield to prevent the puzzle from falling from the book as the pages are turned. more info