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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] .
 The Berger Family Swiss Bell Ringers. A Daily Post Print.Detroit, MI.[March 1871]
A Detroit Daily Post Print advertising the Berger Family Swiss Bell Ringers at their start of their touring season, with their Grand Opening in March.  Includes bell ringing, character sons, facial portraitures, character impersonations and the Silver Cornet Band. The balladist, William K. Lavake, on the program only began touring with the group in the fall of 1870, (from a Detroit Free Press article on October 7, 1870), and Louisa Berger Russell died in March of 1872 right as their touring season would have begun. Also due to the lack of emphasis placed on the female members of the family, this is most likely from the beginning of the 1871 touring season. Single sided. Measures 10 x 3 3/4". The Berger Family consisted of the parents Henry and Anna Marie, and their five children: Frederick, Louisa, Anna Teressa, Henry George, Bernhart, and Henrietta. This Daily Post features a list of the performances which range from various singing solos and duet bell medleys to cornet solos (played by Anna Berger) to Facial Portraitures and Character Impressions done by humorist Sol Smith Russell. The Berger Family had immigrated from Germany to the United States around 1850, and the patriarch of their family, Henry Berger, made a career out of building organs. After a fire burned down his organ factory in March of 1861, his children, all of whom possessed extraordinary musical talent, began performing in small concerts. Between 1863 and 1868 the family toured with a variety of groups. First In 1863 with MacFarland Dramatic Company, during which time  Henry Berger died. Then with the Carter Zouave Troupe (a juvenile vaudeville company) between 1864-1866, and, lastly, with the Peak Family for several years. During their time touring with the Peak Family, they become well known for their Swiss Bell Ringing, and in 1869, they launch their own company. To round out their act, a popular humorist Sol Smith Russell also joined the group. Shortly thereafter in September of 1869 Russell would marry the eldest daughter of the group, Louisa Anna Marie Berger. The Berger Family Swiss Bell Ringers soon become extremely popular mostly owning to the novelty of female performers, especially female performers who played brass instruments, something that was almost unheard of at the time. Indeed by 1872 most of their advertising centered around the female members of the Berger family, often declaring "Lady Orchestra" and "Lady Cornet Players". This hype was particularly centered around Henrietta Berger who was an excellent cornet player and, eventually, Ester "Etta" Morgan, the first woman concert saxophonist, who joined the group in the mid 1870s. The Berger family would tour the United States for the better part of a decade before retiring. By this point in their lives, two of the Berger children had died (Anna and Bernhart) and the rest of the children were looking forward to settling down. They performed their farewell concert in May 1880 at the Academy of Music in Troy, NY.  After their retirement Frederick Berger married Etta Morgan in 1881 and would also eventually become become Sol Smith Russell's manager until his retirement. The Item itself, in addition to the list of performances features a decorative border consisting of flowers and a smaller engraving of a violin and cornet.
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..
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.  .