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 The Greely Plum, printed in plum colored ink.. ..
A single fold 11" x 8 1/2" circular promoting The Greely Plum, presented by O.K. Gerrish. Large illustration of plums on front page accompanied by Gerrish's promotion.  Followed by an attestation that Gerrish is the agent for the Greely plum, with the remainder of the inside and back pages are testimonials by satisfied customers.. Light wear and letter folds
 Price List of Materials for Wax Flower Making Sold by Schumacher Bros. Schumacher Bros.Portland, ME.
Circular folded into 4 sections, printed on blue paper. Lists the prices for all of the different things needed to make wax flowers, accompanied by pertinent details. Products include sheet wax, wire, gilt leaf moulds, wooden moulding tools, tin flower cutters, looking glass stands, and "extra fine colors" with elegant sounding names, commonly known in this period but alien now, like 'Naples Yellow' and 'Violet Carmine' and more. 5" x 3".  [folded] .
Rufus P. Stebbins Address of the Subject of Peace, Delivered at the Odeon, On Sabbath Evening, February 7, 1836. On the Anniversary of the Bowdoin Street Young Men's Peace Society. William Peirce.Boston, MA.1936
The item is a copy of an address given by Rev. Rufus P. Stebbins, (1810-1885), a member of Harvard Divinity School on the society's first anniversary in 1836. His speech was considered to be an attack against the concept of a "defensive war". That term is defined as a war in which one country is mainly just trying to defend themselves from another, versus a war where both sides are attacking, invading, and trying to conquer each other. In this way, according to the "Just War tradition", which is a doctrine on military ethics, a defensive war is considered to be a "moral justifiable" criteria for war by military strategists. After the address is printed the first annual report of the society as well as its constitution and list of its current members. Noted members of the society were Amasa Walker, Charles K. Whipple, Isaac Knapp, and Rev. Henry C. Wright. It is unclear if the society was at the time of its establishment attempting to fight against a particular war, or the idea of war in general. It should be noted though that America had just finished one of its Indian wars (Black Hawk War in 1832), and had just embarked on another Indian War, the Second Seminole War, in 1934 (also known as the Florida War and it would continue until 1842). 32 pg. Missing wrappers. OCLC 5 (July 2020). Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/4". Below is an excerpt from the address. "... War is not satisfied with this. It demands our lives. The very object of war is to kill. It is murder; 'cool, calculated, money making' murder. It is murder in its worst forms. Crime is stamped as a virtue... [war] originate[s] in the worst passions of the human heart, it produces the most disastrous effects upon man's happiness and virtue. Surely then war is unchristian, and Christians should not engage in it. But I shall be asked, if all war is wrong; if we must not, sometimes, vindicate our rights by sword, and by the same instrument, sometimes maintain our honor? In other words, I shall be asked if defensive war is wrong. It is a just and proper question, and should be answered. I shall answer it in the language of our holy religion. Love you enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you; and pray for those that despitefully use you and persecute you... I ask, once more, and ask in solemn earnestness, those who advocate defensive war, to define it. The fact is, in war, might gives right. If you conquer, it is a glorious cause; if you fail, you are hung for treason. Christians, then, I repeat it, never should fight. ". The Bowdoin Street Young Men's Peace Society was a pacifism society founded in February 1835 with a ladies branch added in March of the same year. They are perhaps most well known for distributing a pamphlet that is widely considered to be the first attempt at peace education directed at the youth. It featured a conversation between two young brothers, William and Frank, as one attempts to educate the other on the Principles of Peace.
Williamsburg Mission to the Jews Circular & Donation Envelope
R. F. Gundry , M. D. The Richard Gundry Home, A Circular. The Richard Gundry Home.Catonsville, MD.[1910]
A 8 3/4" x 5 1/2" circular with a black and white image  from a photograph of the main building at the Richard Gundry Home, surrounded by foliage. Followed by a brief description of the home, its consulting physicians, and a list of doctors who refer to the home. Advertisements for the home started mentioning the "heretofore know as Harlem Lodge" in or around 1910. Measures 8 3/4" x 5 1/2". The Richard Gundry Home, formally known as the Harlem Lodge,  was established in 1891 to treat a variety of mental and nervous disorders, as well as exhaustion or addiction to alcohol or opium. The Home was named in memory of Dr. Richard Gundry, Sr.  (1829-1891) and was owned by his wife, Mrs. Mary M. Gundry  (1838-1908) and their son Dr. Richard Fitz Harris Gundry (1866-1924). Mary acted as the proprietor with her son as the resident physician until 1898 when Mary retired, and her son gained complete ownership. The Home had five buildings, and it prided itself on its modern conveniences, like steam heating and electricity, as well as its many "attractions to divert the mind" such as its extensive library, bowling alley, conservatory, and orchard. The house had the capacity for 45 patients who were in the course of their treatment expected to engage in various outdoor work, such as gardening or sports.
The New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb Circular of President and Directors of the Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb.... E. Conrad. .New York, NY.1818
Wraps. A circular that was distributed by the New York Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, and its full title is: "Circular of President and Directors of the Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and the Petition to the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York with their Favorable Report and Patronage, &c." It's purpose is to promote and inform the citizens of New York, of both its needs and what had already been done for the school by its Board of Directors and the New York City Legislator. Not a public appeal for donation, but encourages generosity. It begins with the accomplish that was written by Silvanus Miller, Esq.,  stating that the directors of the school were "impelled by a sense of duty, and a desire to promote the welfare of those unfortunate persons committed to their superintending care, to make this appeal to a charitable and benevolent public... deprived of their sense of hearing, and the power of speech, they posses all those sensibilities and affections ... [and] without the fostering care of benevolent instruction, and the steady and kind supervision of endearing friends, these [children] must languish in ignorance, remain the monuments of negligence, of inattention, and oftentimes, of wretchedness." It continues on to describe some of the education these children will receive such as "the two handed alphabet" (sign language), and " the knowledge of connexion [sic], and the significance of the letters, to their uses in spelling and reading, and the power of arithmetical numbers, combinations and actual calculations", along with the belief that these instructions "must be taught early in life." The next part of the circular is the written petition from the school to the legislators of New York City. It draws comparison between London, who had recently funded a school for the Deaf and Dumb, and New York, often calling New York the "London of America". It includes some information on the founding of the school, in the prior year (1817), the current amount of pupils, and their needs. At the end, there is a listing of the resolved items on the petition, in which the legislators agreed to fund $500 towards the school, as well as to fund ten students' tuition costs (not to exceed $40 per student per year), and paid the rent on the school room. It concludes with Board minutes thanking  the legislators for the funding as well as detail the cost of schooling and tuition at the school. OCLC-0 (Aug 2020) 16 pgs. Measures 8" x 5". The school is still in existence today and is in fact known as the second oldest school for the deaf in America. It was renamed at some point to The New York School for the Deaf, and is currently located in White Plains, NY.
The Non-fouling and Self-canting Reliance Anchor, Joseph T. Williams, Philadelphia. June 1, 1875
A single-fold illustrated circular containing a narrative describing the product and the (16) Points of the Old Anchor and the Reliance Anchor Contrasted. The back page is directed at the yacht owner now having access to the best anchor. Letter folds..
Circular for A. F. Seward's Astrologer's Planetary Hour Indicator
A circular for two products made by Professor Alfred F. Seward, the "world's foremost astrologer". Front cover features a black and white image from a photograph of the A. F. Seward & Co. store interior. They were "publishers of Books, Occult Literature, Horoscopes, Annual Planetary Forecasts and Predictions". The first item described is Seward's "Astrologer's Planetary Hour Indicator" which is a compass sized instrument that "can be carried in the vest pocket; [and] it will tell you at a single glance just what plant rules the hour, as every hour of every day is either positive or negative and is ruled by the sun's rising and setting." According to Seward, the planetary hours affected every action one took, and the hour in which the event took place would indicate success or not. He then describes which planets give positive effects (Sun, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars) and negative effects (Mercury and Moon), and why. Additional photographic image of a pile of several of these instruments as well. Reverse features an illustration of an astrological calendar and description of each astrological sign. At the base is an advertisement and illustration of Seward's book, "Astrological Bureau of Information for Business Men" which allows the reader to "excite and amaze the wonder of your friends by the accuracy with which you read their character from the date of birth". Four page folded brochure, double sided. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 3/4" (folded), 22 3/4" x 8 1/2" (unfolded).
Improved Noiseless Rowlock for the Adirondack Boat c1875 Boston.
A 10” x 8” broadside promoting Frederick D. Graves’ Improved Noiseless Rowlock with images of canoers, rowlocks in place and a close-up of the rowlock. The narrative describes the benefits of the rowlock and how it stabilized the boat and prevents the rower from “catching a crab” (capsizing). The base promotes the Adirondack Boat for Sporting Purposes. Reverse is blank. Letter folds..
 Waters’ Patent Improved Paper Boats for Racing, Exercise, Pleasure, Shooting, Fishing & Traveling. .Troy, NY.1875
Waters’ Patent Improved Paper Boats for Racing, Exercise, Pleasure, Shooting, Fishing & Traveling. E. Waters & Sons, Sole Builders, Troy N.Y. c1875. Illustrations and brief description and pricing information on the Adirondack Gig, 14 Ft. Gig, Ladies’ Gig with two views, Dingey, New York Working Boat, Stannard Skiffs with three views, Rob Roy Canoe, Baden Powell Canoe and the Indian Canoe. Letter folds, light discoloration at base. Minimal wear.  .