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 A Circular for 69,000 Acres Farming Land, Securing $20,000, 6 per Ct. 30- Year Bonds. Bank of Warsaw.Lyon County, KS.[1885]
A circular advertising the sale of bonds for farmland in Lyon County in Kansas.  The circular promoted the desirability of the land by emphasizing how close it was to several important railroads, such as Missouri Pacific R. R. and the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R., as well as the low debt the township itself carried (meaning taxes would be low). The back of the circular provides information on the laws that detail how a bond can be issued and how the state of Kansas ensures the legality of the bonds. Single page, double sided. Measures 10" x 6 1/4".. There was around 69,000 acres available in Agnes City Township, which was located 30 miles southwest of Topeka, KS. Each bond was issued with 6 percent interest over 30 years and was financed by the Bank of Warsaw, located in Warsaw, NY.
 A Collection of Materials Relating to Charles G. Sargent, A Textile Machinery Manufacturing Company . Charles G. Sargent .Graniteville, MA.1870s
A collection of materials relating to the business firm of Charles Grandsion Sargent (1819-1878), which was a successful textile machinery manufacturing company in Graniteville, MA. It was founded in 1854 by Sargent himself, and after his sons joined him, became known as the C. G. Sargent's Sons Corporation. Collection includes: Four advertising circulars for several of Sargent's machines such as the Metallic Waste Card machine, Cold-Air Wool-Drying Machine, Wool-Washing Machine and the Burring Wool Machine, an envelope with two sample waste boards for the Metallic Waste Card, and a letter regarding the purchase of a machine in a mixture of English and German. The advertising circulars contain a variety of black and white illustrations of the machines, consumer testimonials, and open letters to the public written by Sargent extolling the benefits of his machines. Measures 10 3/4" x 8" (largest), 5" x 2 3/4" (smallest).
 Broadside - Sale of Real Estate Notice, In Rockland. Ship Builders Bank.Rockland, ME.1855
This notice of sale was for nine different pieces of property in and around Rockland, ME all owned by the Shipbuilder's Bank, a small privately owned bank. The auction most likely was a way for the bank to settle outstanding debt incurred by Rockland companies. The notice for the auction was given on May 16, 1855, but the actual auction took place on June 26th 1855.  The properties being sold include Henry Morse Quarry, Russey Quarry, Atlantic Ship Wharf and Lime Manufacturing Company, Lime and Wood Wharf. Single-sided sheet. Measures 8 1/2" x 71/2".
 Brochure for New England Music Camp. New England Music Camp.Oakland, ME.[1940]
A brochure for New England Music Camp located in Oakland, ME. Started in 1937 as a nonprofit by Dr. Paul E Wiggin and his wife Nina Wiggin, the camp's goal was to cultivate and refine the musical skills of the youth as well as help to support the physical, emotional, and social well-being of young musicians. The brochure starts with a brief summary of the camp and then continues in more detail regarding the exact nature of the musical education, both instrumental and vocal, provided by the camp. For example, each student a has weekly private lessons, and that they are to practice at least one hour a day in one of the camp's twenty-one practice cabins. There are also a variety of group projects provided by the camp, so that students learn to play as a unit. A 'fully balanced symphonic unit' practices for an hour and fifteen minutes each day as well. Additionally, every Sunday the camp's youth provide outdoor concerts for the locals, family members, and past alumni. Throughout the brochure are printed photographs of the facilities, students playing their instruments, as well as other more ubiquitous camp activities such as swimming, archery, dances, canoeing, and playing tennis. At the back of the brochure is a page of 'General Information', which includes such facts as the camp enrollment (120 campers between ages 12-20), the cost, medical services, and a list of items to bring to camp. Additionally there is a page featuring the camps song, 'By the Shores of Messalonskee', including its score, and a page showing an illustration of Maine and the different routes one can take to get to camp. The camp is still in operation today and is run by the original directors grandchildren. 28 pages. Printed photographic wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 12" x9"..
 Catalogue of Books, Ancient and Modern In the English and Foreign Languages, No. 53. John Wilson.London, England.October 1834
A catalogue of 16 pp and almost 800 books sold by John Wilson, in what was most likely his going out of business sale. On the first page of this catalogue it states " being obliged to remove from London on account of ill health, he has greatly reduced the Prices of the Book sin the present Catalogue, in many instances that are inserted UNDER COST PRICE, is object being to realize a Sale as soon as possible." Printer G. Norman. 16 pages. Thread binding. Measures 9 3/4" x 6 3/4".
 Contracts and Broadside for the Auction of the Ship Inn. W. T. Hickman and Son.Southampton, UK.1883
In 1883, the Ship Inn, a roadside public house, was put on auction by the lawyers W. T. Hickman and Son. This collection features the large broadside for the auction, and three unused contracts for bidders. The auction was advertised to all "innkeepers, brewers, trainers of racehorses and others". The inn boasted a large bar, smoking room, tap room, underground cellar, kitchen, scullery, and seven bedrooms along with domestic offices, water, stabling for 6 horses, sheds, piggeries and a large garden. The auction was to be held in at the White Hart Hotel in Stockbridge, on July 4, 1883. Contracts measure 10 1/2" 4 1/4" (folded), 20 3/4" x 16 1/2" (unfolded). Broadside measures 35 1/4 x 20 3/4. The broadside features the same text as a portion of the contract. .
 Digest of the Patent Laws of the More Important Foreign Countries, with Information to Inventors of Desirous of Obtaining Foreign Patents . Brown, Coombs & Co..New York.1866
A 4 fold, 10 page pamphlet regarding the Patent Laws of the 'more important' foreign countries. The publisher, Brown, Coombs, & Co, was a law firm that specialized in patent law and had offices in New York and Washington, DC, as well as the  principal European Capitals. The pamphlet briefly gives a synopsis of patent law, before given a small summary of the laws of the 'more important' foreign countries of the world. The countries listed in this pamphlet Great Britain, France, Belgium, Austria, Russia, Prussia, Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, Canada & Nova Scotia, British India, and Australia.  Measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" (folded), 15 1/2" x 5 1/4" (unfolded).
 Elaborate Traveling Salesman Sample - Price List with Watertown NY clients, Calendar Pad Catalogue, Extensive Calendar Samples including Hand Painted Bamboo Panels and much more. George H. Jung Co..Cincinnati OH.1927-1929
A salesman's kit for the George H. Jung Company, Calendars and Advertising Specialties. It consists of approximately 125 items. It includes: An Advertising Blotters Catalog - 44pp with 3-6 specimens per page, information on sizes, pricing  and a tipped in envelope inside back cover with examples of the various blotter cards. Measures 8 1/2" x 11 1/2". 1929 Calendar Pads Catalogue -24 pp.  Begins with pricing information, styles, thread stitching, weights and new styles for the year on the inside cover.  The first page includes examples of attached embossed calendar pad covers.  Followed by pages of printed small format calendar pages in various colors and designs.  It concludes with actual large format fold-out pages - the largest is 15" x 20". Book measures 10" x 15" Price List Effective December 15th, 1927, The Jung Co. 47 pp. illustrated wrap.  Prices for an exhaustive list of novelty advertising products from the ordinary calendars and fans to mirror cards, adkerchiefs, weather barometers, flying birds (paper), feather darts, advertising spoons and much more.  Also includes information on hand painted calendar panels.  The catalog has been altered by the salesman to include three (3) typed pages of clients in the Watertown NY area.  Brads hold the pages in place. Measures 7 1/4" x 4 1/2". Two (2) samples of Kraft paper envelopes Onward to the actual samples. The reverse of most all of the samples has printed information identifying the sample, the subject matter and any accompanying features etc.  Both illustrations and photographic images. Popular themes of the day (and most times) include children, lovely women, nature and humor. The largest calendar back is 3" x 20". The samples can be loosely categorized as follows: Completely printed paper calendar pages including borders (18) Background cards with tipped on or applied illustrations Two part backings with solid background tipped on frame with applied images including two groups in "Special Priced Leader folders (approximately 70) Pictorial chromos (5) mostly 16 1/2" x 12". Bamboo calendar panels with hand painted scenes (10)  largest is 64" x 12" Die-cut deeply embossed card with wall pockets (4)   Card stock signs (3) Weather Barometer (1) Hand fans (2) Show cards (6) Housed in a 16 1/2" x 24" lacquered card stock two part box with carrying handle at top and straps for securing the closure.. An excellent view into promotional printing and publishing for 1927.  With all array and manner of design from the elaborate and deeply embossed gaudy wall pockets to the streamline painted bamboo calendar tops. A fine teaching aid.
 Everything is Card Magic, A Trade Catalogue. Kard King Studios.Carmel, CA.16681
A trade catalogue about the "art" of card magic. Published by Kard King Studios, a magic shop that specializes in magic done with a deck of cards. The catalogue itself is a single fold blue heavy stock cover, with four legal size pages attached onto the interior with staples. These pages are then folded so that the catalogue is flat. These interior pages list each item currently in stock at Kard King Studios along with a short explanation of the item and the magic trick.  There are approximately forty-five (45) items on the list, such as the X-Ray deck (, Miracle Card Trick, Sterlings Walking Card, and the New Queens Mystery. The catalogue is careful to explain the magic trick each item performs without telling the reader how to perform the magic trick itself. The reader would need to purchase the item to receive detailed instructions. For example, for an item called 'The Haunted Desk', the catalogue provides the following instructions: "The performer has three different spectators select and replace three different cards and replace them in three separate [sic] positions in the deck. The performer then places the deck on his outstretched palm of his Hand. IN a mysterious and haunted fashion the deck begins to move first sideways then backwards to its original position but a card has been left protruding on each side. Again the deck moves forward and then backwards, leaving a card protruding in front. The spectators are asked to remove the protruding cards and they are found to be the previously selected cards. Complete, ready to work, full instructions. Price..... $1.00" The front cover states "This is a copy, No. 112". Measures 9 1/4" x 5 1/4" (folded catalogue), 14" x 8 1/2" (unfolded interior pages).
 Financing the American Family, 100 Years of Progress in Family Finance with Promotional Flyer for United Charities of Chicago. Household Finance Corporation.Chicago, IL.1933
In 1933 Chicago hosted it second World's Fair in forty years, and it was called "A Century of Progress". It was held at the lake front from June 1st to November 1st in 1933 and May 26th to October 1st in 1934. The 'Household Exhibit' produced by the Household Finance Corporation, told "the story of Family Finance in beautiful paintings, sculpture, and talking pictures", and it contended that "modern economic difficulties requires quite as high courage and as much enterprise as was displayed by men and women of covered wagon days." The item is the 16 page advertising booklet for the exhibition which showcases some of the paintings used to juxtapose different financial realities between 1833 and 1933. Such as two colorful paintings of families from each era in their homes, with the two captions: "The pioneer family of 1833 built its own home out of materials bountifully provided by nature." and "The average city family of 1933 rents the home it occupies from a speculative builder." The booklet continues on to further describe the differences of family life, delving deeper in the financial difficulties families might now face getting a loan. The last section provides advice on how to get a personal loan for your family. The booklet also comes with a large insert, advertising the Untied Charities of Chicago, which features two black and white before and after images -  one poor family without help from the charity, and the family once it received help. 6 pgs. Staple bindings. OCLC 7 (Jan 2020) Measures 9" x 6" (booklet), 14" x 8 1/2" (insert).
 Four Part Presentation Piece  Data on Cooperation between Employers and Employees, United Shoe Machinery Company,  Excellent Presentation. .Beverly, MA.c1915
The introductory piece is addressed to Librarians explaining the purpose of the presentation as being a representation of an actual operation and of proved mutual advantages as an adjunct to all of the theoretical works on the subject found in libraries. The second piece with an Egyptian motif cover is titled "The Story of Three Partners" a 50 pp booklet. The three partners are self-preservation, self-perpetuation and the secret of success "Service". A comprehensive narrative on the philosophies and workings of the company illustrated with images from photographs including not only the company's works and machinery but the recreations facilities and some of the activities available the employees. The third piece with a cover done in the style of M.C. Escher is titled "Efficiency Through Hygiene" an 18 pp booklet explaining the importance of proper light, air, heat, sanitary conveniences water and effective safety devices employed at the factory. Diagrams and images from photographs show "how simple a large plant with satisfactory conditions can be brought about".  The cover illustrates the interior of a typical building drawn in exact mathematical proportions. The plant comprises sixteen building of reinforced concrete construction with floor space of more than twenty-one (21) acres. The fourth piece with a multicolor sphere or globe on the cover is titled "The Ball " The universal Symbol of Play. "Good Sport-Good Health-Good Work" a 50 pp demonstrating the numerous social activities, sporting events and more provided by the company.  Numerous fold-out pages with images from photographs of activities. Houses in a 13" x 10" slip case designed for the presentation. .
 Hulet Saw Mill, Poem Published on Broadside. Cosmopolite.Connecticut.1854
A poem entitled Hulet Saw-Mill, which discusses both the mill, its owner, and how his estate was argued over after his death by his heirs. The poem itself its set to the tune of "King Solomon" and was written in September 1854 for Hulet Depot. At the top of the poem is a wood cut of a homestead, and there is also an ornamental border. Below is an excerpt of the beginning of the poem: "My fancy took a sudden flight, while I lay on my bed, To the region where old Mashentuck lifts up its sullen head; The passage made me wary. I sat me down to rest Where many a winter rattle snake has made his winter's nest. While there I sat musing upon the lonely hill, My senses were attracted by the sound of Hulet's mill; I looked out to the southward, across the old shrub-plain, I saw the saw-mill tenders all marching in a train. There were a mixed-up multitude, as you may understand, The looked some like the ancient tribes, once in the holy land; They seemed to me like vagabonds while marching o'ver the ground, And not a Priest or Levite among them could be found." A the base of the poem is the line "Printed not a hundred miles from Chepatchet", a town in Rhode Island. However, considering that Rhode Island is only approximately 37 miles by 48 miles, it is unlikely that this broadside was printed in that state. Indeed the OCLC entries list the place of publication as "[Connecticut?]". OCLC 3 (Oct 2019). Measures 15 1/2" x 5 1/2"..
 Illustrated Billhead - William Coulson & Sons, Manufactures & Merchants of General Household Linens . William Coulson & Sons.New York.1914
William Coulson & Sons was a founded in 1764 by William Coulson in Lisburn, Ireland. It manufactured on large looms a variety of fine household linen goods, such as table cloths and napkins. The company were the creators of 'damask linen' and the first company to successfully working in the  fabric armorial devices, national emblems, and heraldic designs. The also were a one point holders of a Royal Warrant from King George III, King George IV, Queen Victoria, and King Edward VII. This billhead is for their New York offices and is dated December 19, 1914. A large stylized engraving covers the top third of the billhead, and features three illustrations. The largest on is an image of a man working at a damask loom. Of the two smaller images, one features the seal of King George V, (in reference to their Royal Warrant), and the second features a woman seated at an Irish spinning wheel. The billhead is a receipt for A. E. Carlton, Esq of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Single page. Measures 11" x 9".
 Illustrated Broadside Special Offer on Children's Trays - Sales Promotion. The Newark Tray Co..Newark, NJ.1882
A 12" x 9 1/2" illustrated broadside  promoting a sales competition for The Newark Tray Co. Illustrations of two trays; one depicts a child feeding chickens, the other children on an archery range. The "Announcement Extraordinary" is to store owners to call the attention of their clerks to the prizes that were being awarded by company.  Prices range from $10 - $200 and are to be awarded at various times during 1883.  Reverse is blank..
 Illustrated circular - Chairs and Washstands  -J. W. Mason & Co., Terms, Net Cash in Current Funds. J. W. Mason & Co. .New York, NY.April 22, 1864
A single-fold advertising circular and price list with updated prices  for J. W. Mason & Co., a furniture, specifically, chair manufacturers. A fine woodcut of the exterior of the building with a horse drawn wagon piled high with chairs adorns the top half of the first page. The following narrative stated that the company was raising prices due to "another raise in material costs", but wanted to reassure customers that orders received already received would be filled at their old prices. The interior pages contain the new price list for the various chairs manufactured by J. W. Mason. Some of the types of chairs are: Boston rocking chairs, Prescott chairs, children's chairs, Vail's folding chairs, revolving chairs and cane stools. The company even made cribs, saloon tables and towel racks. Included at the bottom was the cost of boxing the item. Back page is blank. Single fold. Measures 10" x 7 3/4"..
 Illustrated Price List, Chas. Beseler, Manufacturer of Compress Air Atomizer, Air and Gas Pumps, Globe Inhalers, Gas Receives, &c.. Chas. Beseler.New York, NY.1888
A wonderful illustrated scientific trade catalogue of compress air atomizers and gas pumps. There are seventeen (17) engravings throughout the trade catalogue, some of the illustrations are of:a compressed air receiver, novelty air pump, gas compressor, and an inhaling apparatus. This trade catalog was printed by J. E. Crankshaw, Jobbing Printers on Fulton Street in New York, NY. Yellow illustrated covers. 23 pgs. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 7 1/2 x 4 1/4".
 Lightning Rod & Whaling Voyage Insurance Policies + Photographs Belonging Joseph Vera of New Bedford, MA. .New Bedford, MA.1869-1873
A grouping of four items belonging to Joseph Vera, New Bedford, MA.  The first is an insurance policy  relating specifically to his home being destroyed by fire caused by lightening strikes.  The policy is associated with the installation of a Cleveland Lightening Rod and its proper maintenance and use.  A fine half-page vignette of a home being protected by the lightening rod adorns the 1869 policy.  The second item, a policy with China Mutual Insurance Company for his whaling ship, Bark Orlando at and from Menado to continue wherever she may go on a whaling voyage with all the usual privileges until she returns to New Bedford, dated 1873. The last two items in this collection are a pair of photographs of Joseph Vera. The first photograph shows Vera sitting with a small dog in his lap and a young boy, presumably his son or grandson, sitting next to him. This photograph measures 4" x 2 1/2" and is mounted on a board. The second photograph appears to be a duplicate of the first, however it has been cropped and enlarged to just show Vera and the dog. It is also the mirror image of the first. It measures 6 3/4" x 6". Minor wear, light penciling on reverse of policy, corner chip on photo. Commonplace items of the day for the affluent New Englander . . Joseph Vera, a Portuguese immigrant became a prominent business man in New Bedford, MA. In addition to owning a men's outfitting store, a rooming house, and a farm in Mattapoisett, was also heavily invested in the whaling industry.
 Notice from Fur Manufacturer regarding receipt of Inferior Skunk Pelts and Pending Price Reduction.. Belt, Butler & Co..New York, NY.Feb. 14, 1889
A 3 1/4" x 5 5/8" notification card printed on heavy stock, titled "SKUNK".  It is a notification to traders regarding the recent heavy receipts and the inferior quality of most of the Skunk sent advising that prices will particularly on all woolly, brownish and bitten skins that will be assorted into lower grades and assigned value accordingly. Other kinds of skins will continue to be paid at the prices quoted in their circular of February 14, 1889. . Belt, Butler & Co. were sellers of wools, hides and furs. Skunk pelts are divided into four grades, with the most prized being the ones with a greater amount of black. These grades are further subdivided in value according to their locality, with the most valuable occurring in northern regions, where the fur is finer and darker.  Skunks are notable for being easy to trap, even approaching traps they had been previously caught in. Because skunks are difficult to kill without having them discharge their musk (and thus ruin their fur) they were typically dispatched with a paralyzing blow to the lower back or drowned if caught in a box trap.
 Peoples Ferry Company Circular. Peoples Ferry Company.Boston, MA.1853
A circular sent out to the stockholders of the Peoples Ferry Company on October 10, 1853. The company was a city subsidized ferry transportation for Boston Harbor, between East Boston and Boston. This circular was sent out to inform the stockholders of possible changes to their by-laws which could be voted on at a meeting on October 28, 1853. The company itself did not prove profitable and even with help from the city of Boston, was forced to liquidated in 1868. On the back it is inscribed "Certificate of Shares in Peoples Ferry Co., August 3rd, 1854" Single fold. Measures 10" x 7 3/4" (folded) 15" x 10" (unfolded).
 Photograph of Group of Men in Costume, Surrounding the Parade Wagon of E. A. Bloser Wholesale & Retail Jeweler. Elias Alexander Bloser.Newville, PA.[1890]
A black and white photograph of a large group of mostly men and young boys standing in front of E. A. Bloser Wholesale and Retail Jeweler store. In the center is a wagon with the stores name in front, with men in bizarre costumes standing around and on the wagon. One of the costumes appears to be a dog face. The wagon also appears to be carrying various small grandfather clocks. There numerous flag and other patriotic decoration on both Bloser's store front and that of Swope's Drugs next store. While this photograph was most likely taken during a parade, It is unknown exactly which holiday the parade was celebrating. The photograph has been dated to circa  as E. A. Bloser founded his store in 1873 in  Boserville, PA before moving his store from Newville, PA, where this photograph was taken. In 1892, Bloser again move his store to New Keningston, PA. As Bloser was involved in a number of fraternal orders - Free and Accepted Masons, the Patriotic Order Sons of America, the Knights of Malta, and the Local Encampment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellow- and the photograph mainly depicts men, it is possible that the photograph is of one of these fraternal orders.   The photograph itself is mounted on white card. Measures 8"x 5 1/2" (photograph), 10" x 8" (board). Elias Alexander Bloser was born on May 27, 1857 to Simon Peter Bloser (1815-1885) and Catharine Alexander (1824-1895) in Bloserville, PA. He had several siblings: Soloman B. Bloser (1851-1934), Mary E. Bloser Stover (1854-1910), Henry Mohler Bloser (1861-1934), James W. Bloser (1865-?), and George F. Bloser (1867-?). He married Catharine "Kate" A. Stine (1858-1931) in 1877 and had three children: Frank John Bloser (1878-1948), Annie Catharine Bloser Douglas (1879-1975), and Clarence Alexander Bloser (1891-1957). He died on October 26, 1936 in Carlisle, PA.
 Promotional Booklet - "The only House in America that sells exclusively for CASH in Every Instance - Prices Bear Evidence of it.. R. H. Macy & Co..New York.1890
32pp. unnumbered. Illustrated cover with a young lad holding a promotional sign while leaning out a window in a brick wall. Foreign offices and manufacturers are printed on the several of the bricks.  The inside cover shows a grid with groupings of products with a narrative that includes "There is only one Macy's." It begins by discussing the enterprise and then explains the store floor by floor  followed by 13 full page illustrations of the interior of the store and one image from a photograph of the glass-cutting shop. These are followed by additional information on services provided and 8pp of advertisements for other New York businesses. The inside back cover has an image of the exterior from the shipping department view on 13th and 6th, the outside cover has a view of the 5th avenue view. Measures 5" x 7". .
 Promotional Brochure - Chevrolet Offers you Modern Mohair Velvet Upholstery - At No Extra Charge. Evans-Winter-Herb.Detroit, MI.1930s
A tri-fold brochure promoting the wonders of modern mohair velvet upholstery for your new Chevrolet.  Promotional points include New (no one has had Mohair Velvet upholstery in the past, Beautiful -  for centuries people have admired velvet; now there is a new twist, Durability - includes an illustration of the machinery used to create the fabric and finally Easy to Clean - dust it or use plain soap and water. The brochure concludes with why high quality upholstery in your car is important - it is the most personal item in your car and if the upholstery doesn't look beautiful it wont wear well (??!!). Measures 6" x 3 1/4".  .
 Publisher's Circular to Reseller's re Album pricing . W. J. Holland.Springfield, MA.1865
The single sheet circular announces a reduction in price a grouping of albums sold by the company.  It also provides a promotional pitch and testimonials.  It concludes with blank price list information. Measures 11" x 8 1/4". .
 Retirement Album for W. B. Gray, Western Electric Company. Western Electric Company.Baltimore, Maryland.1952
William B. Gray was a Works Comptroller who worked at Western Electric Company, Point Breeze works in Maryland who retired in the summer of 1952. He was presented with a scrap album by his coworkers upon his departure. The first page of this album starts with W. B. Gray's, often referred to as Bill throughout, business card with a hand written note that says he retired on August 1, 1952. Next is a program for Gray's Testimonial Dinner thrown in his honor. The rest of the album is full of short notes written to Gray from his coworkers that are full of well-wishes at his retirement. The majority of the album has on each page two 8" x 5" pasted in notes with the phrase "Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot". Written on each of these pieces of paper are the notes, hand written and typed, from Gray's coworkers. Often pasted on next to the note is a picture, general a head shot, of his coworker who wrote the note. At times these pictures have been cut out so that only the head (and no background) of the picture is shown.  The notes themselves go from general well-wishes on a happy retirement, to memories about past times sometimes with humor thrown in. A few are even poems. One note that stands out in particular is actually a punched out computer time card with a sentiment written onto it. There are also several pages of just photographs throughout the album, generally either group images of employees or Gray in the outdoors with several unknown individuals. Lastly there is a copy of his employment contract. Loose in the album are a company organizational chart from Aug. 1945 and a copy of "The Pointer" a company newsletter from August 1952 which as an article on Gray's retirement. Below are two examples of the notes (the first an acrostic): "W with rod and lure B beguile the finny denizens of streams; G off your fish after R eeling in you catch and A dmit to the gurgle of white water - Y our travail has ended." "Best Wishes for a Happy Retirement; Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think." Green Leather covers with gild lettering. 80 pgs. Approximately 95 photographs, some of which are cutouts. 127 letters/notes. This count does not include loose items or the program, contract, or business card. . William Breathitt Gray II was born on October 3, 1888 to William Breathitt Gray I (1847-1915) and Mary Jane Draper Gray (1956-1922) in Utica, MT. Originally, a rancher on his parents farm, he moved to Chicago in the early 1920s to start work at the Western Electric Company. He married Mabel Dell St. John Gray (1892-1965) on December 23, 1916. They would have two children together, William Breathitt Gray III (1917-?) and David Wallace Gray (1919-?). He moved to Florida with his wife after his retirement, and died on January 11, 1976.
 Souvenir Catalog from the Keystone Watch Case Company from the World's Columbian Exposition. Keystone Watch Case Company.Philadelphia, PA.1893
This item is the souvenir catalogue produced by the Keystone Watch Case Company for the World's Columbian Exposition, located in Chicago in 1893. The fair was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World. The company sold a variety of of ornate watch cases in solid gold, gold filled, silver and nickel. This catalogue provides a description for the watch cases sold by Keystone, including several illustrations of their most decoratvie cases. The watch cases designs were designedmostly by James Boss a skilled watch case maker, who eventually sold his designs to the Keystone Company. Beyond Boss' designs, there are also descriptions and illustrations of the Cyclone rolled plate cases, screw cases, leader silver cases, and silveroid cases. Along with information and illustrations of watch cases are eight (8) full page illustrations of different buildings and scenes from the World's Columbian Exposition. Some of the buildings depicted are: Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, Mines and Mining Building, and Electrical Building. On the front cover of this souvenir catalog is printed "What Everybody ought to know about watches". On the back cover, in blue ink, is an illustration of factories and main offices of the Keystone Watch Case Company. 40 pgs. Printed wrappers. Red string binding. OCLC 3 (July 2020). Measures 7 3/4" x 5 1/2"..
 Spring & Summer of 1872, image of a Skep Beehive Printed in Red Ink. King, Weikart & Warren.Alliance, Ohio.1872
A broadside advertising the store called the Bee Hive located in Alliance, Ohio and owned by King, Weikart & Warren. It was store that sold a variety of dry goods, with this specific broadside advertising their hosiery department, dress goods department, black alpaca goods, white goods (such as gloves and handkerchiefs), trimming department, domestic good department (cotton goods), and their shawls department. Supposedly everything was offered at rock bottom prices, that would beat any competition out there. The top of the broadside has an illustration  of a skep bee hive with bees flying around outside of it. Measures 12 1/2" x 6"..
 Subscriber Copy of Contract for a Plank Road in Oneida County, New York - Deerfield to Remsen. .Oneida County, New York.1847
A manuscript copy of a contract for the Northern Plank Road located in Oneida County in New York. Presumably prepared for subscribers. The plank road was designed to go from "northern termination of Deerfield Corner of the Deerfield McAdam Road to the northern termination of the present turnpike near High Tavern in the Town of Remsen." There are a list of 49 subscriber names and the agreed upon sum each individual offered to fund the construction of the road.  Amounts ranging $2000 to $38.  Signers include Horatio Seymour (a future governor) and Henry R. Hart. The contract is written on single fold blue paper. 12 1/2" x 7 3/4" (folded), 15 1/2" x 7 3/4" (unfolded). Between  1844 and the mid 1850s there was a 'plank road boom' and over 10,000 miles of road, mainly in the Northeast, where constructed by the end.
 Tennessee Journal of Medical and Surgical Diseases of Women and Children and Abstracts of Medical Sciences.  Volume I No. 1. H. J. Wells, MD.Nashville, TN.April, 1884
14pp.  Sent as a sample copy. Begins with an editorial on the intent of the publication and tidbits on colleagues, insurance, improving the publication, etc. This is followed by excerpts from "Selected Articles"  including An Undescribed Disease of the Fallopian Tubes, Offensive Catamenial Discharges, Effects of Lime-Juice on the Menses, Water for Infants, Diarrhea - Caster Oil, Removal of Wens without the Knife and many more. Most are one to for paragraphs in length. This is followed by acknowledgments of Medical Professionals and friends.  Finally, it concludes with an 8 pp article by the publisher defending himself from an attempted professional and moral assassination by Prof. Deering J. Roberts, Editor of the Southern Practitioner.  Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4".. The 8 page rebuttal may have been the true intent of the publication.  This was the only issue published.
 The Aerifying Egg Beater Circular and Letter. Hale & Company.Newburyport, MA.1866
A circular filled with testimonials for the Aerifying Egg Beater patented in 1866 and produced by Hale & Company in Newburyport, MA. The first page has a wonderful woodcut of the manufacturing building of Hale & Co., along with a description of  the item. The beater uses a "system of aerifying, as it fills the eggs with minutely divided and finely subdivided particles or globules of pure air." The interior of the circular lists numerous testimonials. On the back of the circular is draft of a letter written by J. Hale Jr, owner of Hale & Company, to a William Pebt, Esq. regarding the possible sale of a mailing list of approximately 5,000 names and address. The letter is dated January 31, 1870, and when Hale & Co. had been bought out by another company.  Single fold circular. Measures 10 3/4" x 8" (folded).
 The Famous Original Black Water Baths. The Famous Original Black Water Baths.Alden, NY.1915
The town of Alden in New York became famous in 1891 due to the discovery of black mineral water, more often referred to as black water, a thick, rotten egg smelling water with supposed healing properties. This booklet is advertising for the "Famous Original Black Water Baths" and its opening of our their new modern bath house. This new bath house was "thoroughly equipped with every convenience for the treatment and comfort of our patients." In addition to the baths themselves it had: sun parlors, sanitary drinking foundations, heated swimming pool, billiard room, tennis courts, steam and electricity. The booklet describes the town of Alden, Old Faithful (the original well used to drill for the black water), a description of the facilities, a scientific analysis of the black water (which was mostly chlorine, bromide and sulfuric acid), description of the care and food received there, expenses (both of your stay and price of bottle black water for at home use), and their hours of operation. They claimed that the black water helped mostly with rheumatic cases, and was "good for the stomach", liver and kidney issues, (unnamed) skin diseases, and nervousness. Apparently it was a "common occurrence to see people arrive in Alden on crutches, in wheel chairs, and on cots, and within a few days walk from the bath house to their boarding houses." The water itself was so heavy that one would "float like a cork" while taking a bath in it and the water left the "pores of the skin filled with pure salt". Interesting, unlike other bathhouses of the era that used a more traditional mineral water, patients here were required to bring their own sheets and towels. The booklet includes twenty-two (22) black and white printed photographs of the bath house, its grounds and the town of Alden. Additionally there are two printed maps, one a map of Buffalo, Alden and surrounding towns, and the second, is a larger map of western New York detailing its paved highways. The front cover has a colorized photograph ?? of the bath house itself. The resort had originally opened in a much smaller bath house in 1904. Operation continued in their new bathhouse until 1964 when it closed and the building itself was converted into a church. Printer: Ashby Printing Company. Staple binding. 20 pages.  Measures 8"x 4".
 The Montgomery Patent Gauge Cock, A Flyer. Ripley & Kimball, Agents.St. Louis, MO.[1881-1887]
A circular for the Montgomery Patent Gauge Cock, which is a mechanism on a boiler that helps to determine and relieve the steam/water pressure in a boiler. This flyer has a fine color illustration of the actual gauge cock on the top of the page, along with a detailed description of the part itself. Also included at the base of the flyer is a list that details seven points as to why the Montgomery Patent Gauge Cock is better than any on the market, such as "its simplicity, great strength and handsome finish," and "the packing cannot be blown out". The flyer is aimed at "engineers, boiler makers and users of gauge cocks", and was produced St. Louis agents Ripley and Kimball. The flyer is dated based on newspaper advertisements by Ripley & Kimball that show that they were in business together from October 1881 to February 1887, when the business changed partners and became Ripley & Brouson. Single sided. Measures 10 1/2" x 8".
 The Pratt & Cady Company's Patent Straight-Way Values, A Flyer. Ripley & Kimball, Agents.St. Louis, MO.[1881-1887]
A single fold circular for a Straight-Way Valve made by the Pratt & Cady Company. These valves are meant for use in radiators, though whether they are meant for commercial or residential use is unclear. This new style of valves makes "them much shorter and stronger than the former style, at the same time retaining all the advantages of access to the seats, for seating and repairing through the small angle opening." The flyer itself features four engravings of the valves. The two on the front are gold foiled and depict the outside of the valve. The two fine illustrations on the interior section of the flyer are cross sections of the valves done in black and white. There is additional gold foiling on the border and other decorative design elements. Included in the text of the flyer is a more detailed description of the valves and a price list. The flyer is dated based on newspaper advertisements by Ripley & Kimball that show that they were in business together from October 1881 to February 1887, when the business changed partners and became Ripley & Brouson. Single-fold, double sided. Foiling detail. Measures 8 1/2" x 5" (folded), 10" x 8 1/2" (unfolded).
 This card contains maxims of wisdom and humor, and valuable information for business men - a charity for The One-Armed Boy. Craig, Finley, & Co..Philadelphia, PA.c1880
A three-fold heavy stock charity card, costing 5 cents, designed to entice businessmen. Entitled the "One-Armed Boy" the front cover has the short poem: "Please sir, buy my card, Half a dime is all I ask; To lose an arm is very hard, To give a mite appears no task." Underneath this poem is the declaration that the 'bearer of this card lost his arm by accident'. The folding card contains, 'maxims of wisdom and humor, and valuable information for business men.', including: 'Proverbs of All Nations', 'Business Maxims for Business Men', ' Business Law', and a list of 'Counterfeit Bills Now in Circulation.' The latter list covers 4 sections, and includes the bank it was printed from and the bill denomination. Measures 3 3/4" x 2 1/4" (folded), 9" x 2 1/4" (unfolded0..
 Trade Catalogue - Washfountain, an Industrial Wash Basin for Multiple Users. Bradley Washfountain Co..Milwaukee, WI.1924
Embossed illustrated card stock wraps depicts image of a group of women washing their hands under a washfountain.  Spidered tissue free end papers.  Tipped in page atop cover page with images of certificates of approval and department of labor acknowledgments. Color exterior of the building.  The introduction describes the three year old companies success  with placement of it's products in factories railway and comfort stations, clubs, hotels, schools, orphanages, office buildings and more.  This is followed by an explanation on how they are used and what they really are.   Essentially a wash basin or sink that can be used by a number of people at one time. This is followed by product specifications, composition materials such as marmorite, granite and ceramic, plumbing diagrams and much more.  Images from photographs throughout of operational washfoutains and their locations.  All are top[ed] with soap dispensers.  Measures 11" x 8"..
 Trade Catalogue for Beldt's Aquarium. Beldt's Aquarium.St. Louis, MO.1933
A trade catalogue for a store called Beldt's Aquarium, which sold various aquarium supplies, such as the fish, aquatic plants, other aquatic animals such as turtles, outdoor water plants and the equipment need to house the animals. The catalogue contains black and white  illustrated images of a variety of fish and other animals that they sell. There are printed photographs of the plants and equipment that they sell. Additionally, there are two color illustrations, one of several fishes they sell and one of several outdoor water plants. The catalogue includes prices for each item and two tear out order sheets. The covers of the catalogue have woodblock illustrations due in blue and green of fish swimming underwater with lilies on the water's surface. 32 pages. Printed wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 9 3/4" x 6 3/4".
 Typographic Messenger, Volume 5, No 4. - Scale of Sizes and Prices of  Printers' Cards. James Conner's Son Publishers.New York.October 1870
A magazine meant for professional or enthusiasts who were devoted to the typographic arts. This particular volume was printed in October 1870, and is Volume 5, No. 4. The front cover of this issue is an advertisement for Printer's Cards sold by John Robinson from New York. There is a diagram that shows the various cards he has per sale and their cost.  Some of the interior pages start with the 'History of the Art of Printing', quarter page to full page illustrated advertisements, generally for printing press, paper cutters and different type faces (Gothic #5, Wood Type, etc.) and decorative device border examples. Of note is a full page price list advertisement for The Newton Copper Type Company and Philadelphia Printing Ink Works. Pink covers. 20 pp. Pages are numbered 50-64. Measures 13" x 9 1/2".
 VendOmeter News journals and pamphlet, 1928. ..1928
Three (3) VendOmeter journals January-February 1928, Vol. 2 Nos. 1-2: features the "New Automatic Vendometer Serve-Yourself Drinking Fountain", photographs of the New York Executive Offices, and articles on company. March-April 1928, Vol. 2 No. 3-4: features information about their first store "In Process of Construction at 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue New York", articles on production, upper management, and company relations. September 1928, Vol. 2 No. 3: the new store is open and "operating Sixteen Hours Daily", information on public response, manufacturing, and production. Also included one (1) pamphlet on the story of VendOmeter with a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Rice Electric Refrigerator. 11" x 8 1/2".
 Zylonite Spectacleware Catalogue. American Optical Company.Southbridge, MA.12997
A trade catalogue for American Optical (AO) which is one of the most renown makers of eye wear in the world. The catalogue starts off with a black and white illustration a birds eye view of their manufacturing campus in Southbridge, MA. Next is general information on the brand, how to place orders, and their quality guarantee. At the time AO had fourteen (14) glasses styles, with the booklet providing black and white illustrations of the glasses and a chart with prices depending on size and RX. Additionally, there are seventeen (17) different styles of the frame arms of glasses also pictured. Also included is information on four (4) different frame adjusting appliances, including illustrations, and a chart of size measurements.  16 pg. Printed wrappers with red borders. Staple binding. OCLC 0 (Aug. 2020). Measures 10 1/2" x 7 3/4". . American Optical was founded in 1833 by William Beecher, who began making spectacles after being apprenticed to a jeweler. In 1843 they made the first eye glass frames from steel and by 1872 had made several patented technological advancements which made eyeglasses affordable to the masses. The company proved to be an extremely successful venture and by 1892 had become the largest optical company in the world. Beyond commercial success the company started producing military eye wear, such as aviation goggles and sunglasses. The company can even claim to be the makers of the first sunglasses on the moon, as the Apollo 11 crew wore them on their moon mission. The company is still in business today, however their primary business is now sunglasses, and their manufacturing plant has moved from Southbridge, MA, to Chicago, IL.
A Catalogue of Old, Rare, and Curious Books, Comprising History, Genealogy, etc.,Selected from the Stock of George E. Littlefield, No. 7 Boston, MA. June 1, 1882
A Collection of Business Correspondence to Merchant James Beals. .Windsor, MA.1830-1838
A collection of thirteen (13) letters written to a merchant James Beals, alternatively spelled Bealls, located in Windsor, MA. The majority of the letters come from wholesale merchants in Massachusetts and New York. The collections contains bills sent to Beals, list of items purchased, information on shipments, and requests for payment. The items most often purchased by Beals are: gin, rum, brandy, tea, tobacco, raisins, cloves, and starch. Of note in the collection are two letters from wholesale merchants in New York, that in addition to their normal business correspondence with Beals, also remark on the cholera epidemic of 1832 and the number of cases around them. Includes one printed letter from a senior partner of the firm going out of business, Forbes & Freeman requesting all outstanding payments. Another is from a man who attended a recent railroad meeting, requesting that Beals furnish him with an accurate assessment of the amount of shipments from the town of Windsor on the railroads. All the letters in the collection are folded stampless post. On some of them "PAID" is stamped in red. Side note: One of the letters is misaddressed to Beals in Pittsfield, MA, a neighboring town of Windsor, MA. The letters have been organized chronologically. Below are some excerpts from the letters:

"Your order for the above dated 29th Apl, came to hand this morning & we ship the same day by Hudson Bargo No. 2 to leave this afternoon for Hudson. Teas of every description/ more especially Helkin/ have advanced very much in price & a quantity of equal with that sent you as billed above would readily command 60 @5 at wholesale." April 2, 1831, New York, NY.

"A committee was appointed yesterday at the railroad meeting at Lenox to ascertain the amount of tonnage from the several towns in this county - Can you furnish me with as accurate a statement as can be made the amount of tonnage from the town of Windsor, & the passengers to & from New York." - October, 18, 1831, Stockbridge, MA.

"The cholera seems to continue in this place much the same as it has done for several days here & there is about 20 to 25 cases a day and about 6 to 8 deaths, this numbers is not very alarming as yet. It being only about on half more deaths than our usual bills of mortality. We are in hopes that it will soon pass off as the cases are not to malignant but more mild." - July 17, 1832, Albany, NY.

"Sir, we have this day put on board the Oirecto [sp?] the above goods agreeable to your order of 30th and wish them safe & speedily to hand. The dreaded disease called the cholera still remains in our city, but appears on the decrease and we hope that it will soon leave us, for 3 or 4 days past the cases and deaths have not raised much." Aug. 4, 1832, New York, NY

"The necessity which I and my partners are under to make payments for our debts render it imperative upon us to call upon you for what you owe on the note in our hands. You must be sensible that we have already been disappointed several times when you promised that we should have the money. " - November 30, 1835, Greenfield, MA.
A Collection of Ephemera Relating to Ives Toys and Their Model Trains
A Collection of Ledgers Relating to Warren D. Rowley's Merchant Business Personal Financial Accounts
A group of 33 Correspondence from Various Automobile  Manufactures to an Albany, NY area Auto Distributor/Dealer, all from 1914-1915. ..
Content includes manufactures' handling of dealership requirements, commissions, handling of consumer matters; both sales and complaints. Companies represented include:The Enger Motor Car Co., The Selden Car, Marion Motor Cars, Lewis Cars, Regal Motor Cars,Ford Motor Cars, Oakland King Regal, Pierce Arrow, Skinner Motor Cars (Packard, Chalmers, Dodge), General Electric (Maxwell-Briscoe car) and Sutdebaker. Related merchants include: Kenwell & Brown - Garage and Repair Shop and Exide Battery Depots.
Content includes Negotiated price on a Studebaker was $14,000; that on a lingering Marion "Six $1,400.
Lack or delays in replacement parts
Cost of a battery $199--complete with rubber jars
Negotiation of an agency territory for Saratoga, Washington & Warren counties (NY state)
Details on the Selden passenger bus including various vehicle specifications and financing arrangements.
The possible change from a 12 to a 6 cylinder care for Selden in 1917.
A Grouping of 22 Bookseller Labels/Tags from the 18th and 19th Centuries. ..[1825-1920]
A collection of twenty-two (22) bookseller labels (also called Bookseller Tags) from the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the more unique and largest labels in the collection is from the Female Benevolent and Library Society. This was a small library founded in 1825 by the female members of the town of Seekonk, MA. This society formed the basis of what has become the town's Public Library that is still in operation today. The next earliest labels are Berard & Mondon and E. A. Rice & Co. and based on store records and addresses, they date from between 1834-1842 and 1836-1840. The majority of the labels are from the New England/New York era, but several are from Europe, London and Paris more specifically. There are two sets of labels from the same store, Brentano's Booksellers & Stationers and The Book Shop, however the labels themselves are different. The Brentano's tags are two different colors, red and orange, while The Book Shop's tags are from two different locations. The labels range in size from 1" x 1/4" up to 2 3/4" x 1 3/4". Below is a list of all the labels in the collection, as well as the location of the bookseller. Berard & Mondon (New York, NY) Borghese (unknown) Brentano's Booksellers & Stationers (New York, NY) Red Tag Brentano's Booksellers & Stationers (New York, NY) Orange Tag E. A. Rice & Co. (Lowell, MA) Female Benevolent and Library Society (Seekonk, MA) Gregory & White Booksellers (Providence, RI) Hallaway House Bookshop (Wellesley, MA) Leighton, Son, and Hodge (London) Paul Elder & Co. (San Francisco, CA) Signs of Our Time (Not a bookseller, but a misc. book tag) The Book Shop (75 Westminster St., Providence 3, RI) The Book Shop (5 Grosvenor Bldg., Providence, RI) The Galignani Library (Paris) The Little Shop (Warrenton, VA) The Personal Book Shop (Boston, MA) The Sporting Gallery and Bookshop, Inc. (New York, NY) W. A. Butterfield (Boston, MA) W. B. Clarke Co. (Boston, MA) W. Bone & Son (London) W & G Foyle Ltd (London) Wildy's Sons Ltd (London) .
A Set of Two Photographs Depicting Christmas Displays of Butcher Stores
The first photograph is a black and white image of a Christmas display of various meat and seafood products. The caption "Jorden & Co. Meat Market, 1894" is on the bottom. The photograph shows the interior of the store with the store counter and walls behind it cover in meat products with a table in the center of the store covered in various seafood products. A "Merry Christmas" banner surrounded by foliage hangs from the ceiling. In the display are several different sizes of whole fish, lobster, rabbit, large birds such as pheasant, turkey or chicken, and large slabs of hanging meat, most like from a cow. The photograph is mounted on board. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" (photograph), 9 1/4" x 7 3/4".

The second photograph depicts a black and white image of a exterior front of a butcher store with various meat products hanging from the windows. Two men in the traditional white apron stand on the sidewalk in front, and a third man can be seen through the doorway wearing dark clothes. The sign above the door says "Bright Bros.". There are various birds (with no heads) hanging on the exterior wall, most appear to be plucked chickens, though there are two larger birds with feathers, mostly likely turkey or pheasants, on display as well. Additionally there are several whole small pigs on the window sill., seated next to a stacked display of canned meat. Also hanging of the walls are large sides of beef. In-between the various meat products are green wreaths and garlands. The photograph is mounted on board. On the back of the board is written: Photo Bright & Wile, Main St., Old Hunter Block, empty lot [as of] 1989. Butcher & grocer later Greenblath Store". Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/4".

General wear. Minor scratches. The second photograph is missing the bottom left corner of the matte board.
A. W. Sutton Correspondence on an El Rico Land Company Letterhead which Features an Engraving of Caterpillar Tractor. El Rico Land Company.San Francisco, CA
A letter to a Mr. Peter Goettsch of Nicolaus, CA, regarding payment of his dividends in the El Rico Land Company. Originally enclosed with this letter was check for $400. The letter is on a specialized letterhead, meant for exactly this type of correspondence. The majority of the letter is preprinted with blank sections in order to fill in the date, check number and amount. The letter is signed by the company's secretary, A. W. Sutton. In the background of the letter is a blue screened image from a photograph depicting a single Caterpillar Tractor pulling four large trailers behind it, filled with what appears to be sacks of grain.  Single page letter with corresponding envelope. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (letter), 6" x 3 1/2" (envelope).. In the Caterpillar Times, Vol. 35, No. 11, pg. 5 (a promotional magazine of the Caterpillar Tractor Company available on Google Books named Caterpillar Times, Volumes 35-37) in November 1915, there is what appears to be another image, but at a different angle, of this same engraving printed in the issue. The caption there reads "The biggest load ever pulled into El Rico, Calif. Outfit of the El Rico Land Company. Total load - 55 tons, 1300 pounds." There is not much information on the El Rico Land Company, but they appear to have been an investment company/ land colonization company based in San Francisco which purchased land in and around the San Fernando Valley, specially El Rico, CA, in order to encourage people to move there and farm it.
Account Book prepared by Isaac Curry, Trenton, NY, 1832-1852, a merchant in South Trenton, who also served as an executor on various estates
Pictorial paper wrappers, illustration of cow on front, the Selling of Joseph to the Ishmaelites on the reverse. A detailed accounting on accounts payable and receivable on portions of each of the estates. Includes a detailed accounting of an auction of the property of Calvin Pennell. Only a partial accounting, back cover indicates $21, 120.43 brought forward. 6 1/2" x 7 3/4". toning
An Archive of Ephemera of the Rowley Brothers Wholesale Stationers
H. C. Rowley and W. C. Rowley. Utica, NY.

A small business archive consisting of seventeen (17) pieces of ephemera relating to the Rowley Brothers Stationary Business in Utica, NY, which date from circa 1866 to 1898. The pieces in the collection take one through the various incarnations of the business. The Rowley brothers, H. C. Rowley and W. C. Rowley first went into business in 1866 with their maternal uncle, Orrin Curry (1816-1915), under the name Curry, Rowley & Co. By 1869, their uncle would remove himself from the business, and it would be known as Rowley Bros. & Co. In 1879, when H. C. Rowley moved to Springfield, MA to join in business with the Merriam family, of Merriam-Webster Dictionaries fame, W. C. Rowley would remain in Utica, and the business would continue under the Rowley & Horton, due to a new business partner by the name of George Calvin Horton (1843-1898).

The archive includes two business cards; Rowley Bros. & Co. and Curry, Rowley & Co., two business envelopes, mimeographed price list with card sizes, one book seller label, 16 pp. concertina fold traveling agent's catalogue, one blank notebook which covers advertise the business, and six newspaper clippings regarding the business and two (2) advertising labels; Rowley Bros. & Co. and Rowley & Horton. The catalogue lists materials such as writing papers, blank books, inks, pens, and tin ware, along with their prices. The book seller label has an illustration of a hard bound book with the store's name on it. The blank book is of note, as it actually contains an error. The printed covers have been attached upside down to the blank interior pages. The newspaper articles cover a variety of subjects such as a thwarted break in at the store in 1877, the announcement of H. C. Rowley leaving the business to go into business with the Merriam family in 1879, a notice of support for A. B. Ballou an employee of Rowley & Horton running for county clerk, and the obituary of G. C. Horton. Measures 28" x 5 1/2" (largest, advertising booklet unfolded), 2 3/4" x 2 3/8" (book seller label)

General wear. Irregular margin on back page of catalogue. Newspaper clippings have small holes where they were pinned together. Crease marks at folds. Some pieces show evidence of glue.

An Archive of over 600 pieces of Jacob Meck (1859-1930), prominent merchandising entrepreneur, postmaster, and cigar manufacturer, Meckville, Berks County, PA, 1864-1911. ..
An Archive of over 600 pieces of Jacob Meck (1859-1930), prominent merchandising entrepreneur, postmaster, and cigar manufacturer, Meckville, Berks County, PA, 1864-1911.  Jacob Meck, of Pennsylvania, was one of 11 adult children born to Benjamin and Elizabeth Ruth. He operated a grocery store beginning in 1879. He was the postmaster of Meckville, Berks County, PA after being nominated by David McKendree Key (U.S. Democratic Senator from Tennessee and U.S. Postmaster General). The post office was located in the store and the village was named Meckville after him. Meck later expanded his business, opening a liquor store in 1894, a creamery, feed store, and shirt factory in 1902, and then establishing Eagle Canning Company in 1905.  Meck began a cigar manufacturing business in 1884 and ran it through 1907 when time restrictions forced him to abandon it. In 1913 he ran for Recorder of Deeds as a democratic candidate. Above images are small sampling of collection He married Hettie Esther Becker in 1877 and the couple had seven children. Many personal correspondences are from his sons Walter (1878-1961) and Allan (1886-1977?). Walter opened the Meck and Coldren Mill with D.D. Coldren in 1900 where they manufactured cotton underwear. Walter remained with the business until 1950. Allan became a minister and became a well-respected president of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, where an Allan S. Meck Award honors his memory. The collection relates to the cigar business and grocery store; including financials, invoices, advertisements, and correspondence. Also postmaster papers, circulars, covers (envelopes), and personal correspondence and documents and includes: · Financial, business and personal from multiple banks and the Internal Revenue Service and detail amounts of deposit and credits, many are from Myerstown National Bank, including overdraft notices, settlement of bills, bank notices, bank notices, revenue license receipt, etc. · Post office/post master, 1883-1887 (20 items), others without dates-many ask for names and addresses of residents who may have interested in a particular consumer good or in a particular trade and request information be posted or handed out. o notes to postmaster o circulars o Grocery business (approx. 381 items) § Postal Cards, 1879-1888 including notice of payments both due and received, calling cards with dates of vendor visits, advertisements for example for Hardware, Iron, and Oil Merchants, Garden Seeds, Oriental Spice and Coffee Works, Personal notes such as one regarding having Meck’s sign painted and requests for goods to be delivered. § Payments received, 1879-1888. § Invoices, predominantly from 1879-1887 § Correspondence, predominantly from 1879-1910 (129 items) of note a letter dated Oct 5, 1886, Meck endorsed a David McCauley where McCauley reneged on his agreement and the company wants to know how Meck will handle the need for payment. o Circulars (120 items) § Pharmacy (7 items)-includes quackery, patented medicines, specimens of cards, of note is a letter head for World Dispensary and Invalids’ Hotel in Buffalo New York § Proctor and Gamble (12 items)-notices for advertising including Ivory Soap “Creeping Babies” (a possible reference to the poem “Thoughtful Santa Claus”, also leaflets such as “Town Talk” “Half Moon” “Clean Quick” which have descriptions and prices of goods. § Clothing and Shoes (14 items)-notices of auctions and sales, endorsements, price lists, of note 8 page 1881 trade journal for the Goodyear Rubber Company § Books (16 items)-order forms and publishers book descriptions, circular letters, a business circular written by a doctor; if a consumption patient fills in answers to questions they receive a book, ad for “New and Splendidly Illustrated Polyglot Family Bible”, newspaper style advertisement for “The History of Christianity” by Rev. John S.C. Abbott D.D., and Denison’s Descriptive Catalogue of Amateur and Standard Plays, Dialogues, Tableaux, Readings, Books for Teachers, Etc. § Insurance (5 items)- descriptions and costs of services § Agriculture and Farming (17 items)- some circular letters with illustrated letterhead, booklets, ads for fertilizer, scales, animal meal, minerals, oils, and tools, of note “The Wise Farmer” ad for improved butter color. § Miscellaneous (1 item)-1883 Kentucky Lottery § General Goods (Dry Goods, Household) (39 items)-newspaper style advertisements for tea, silverware, lighting, needles, and other household supplies, watches, mirrors, scales, laundry supplies, and paints, of note ads for an electric battery which gives 5 currents and a Peterson’s Patent Label Maker. § Food (6 items)- listing of testimonials, sales, notice of items available, of note an ad for “Poor Man’s Easter Egg Dyes”. § Modern Houses (3 items)-sample pictures with descriptions of homes available for building, includes basic pricing · Cigar Business, run from 1884-1907 (approx. 74 items)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         o Postal Cards, 1880-1889, and no date-includes calling cards and types and quantities of cigar orders such as “Lady of Lake” and “Royal Boquet” and “send 1.000 Minnie and 1.000 Gyrrell’s” o Cigar documents 1886-1887-assortment of topics, of note one letter of Aug 24, 1886 requests a reorder but “under no circumstances do we want any with that binder on that you bought of Frymyer. If you do you will spoil your future trade with us as we cannot possibly handle any segars at any price that do not burn” and a premium for J.R. Mast who is giving away free boots with the purchase of “Boot Plug” tobacco; letters also include: § orders § references § Advertisements-includes Weissinger and Bate’s “Prune Nugget” chewing tobacco and Bausman and Mast’s Seed Leaf and Havana Tobacco § correspondence o Invoices, 1879- 1898-lists the names of cigars, quantity, and pricing o Covers (envelopes)-return addresses for cigar companies and tobacconists in Pennsylvania · Personal Correspondence (118 items) o To Jacob Meck, 1880-1911, no date (98 items)-many addressed to father from Walter and Allan, may be store related but do not have businesses referenced, others are a combination of business and personal, for example Walter discussing orders and his daughter’s health o other addressees, 1864-1910, no date (20 items) § includes letters to/from family members, a number of letters are to Allan § 1903 report on “Reformation History of France” by Allan Meck, about 17 years old · Meck documents (3 items) o notice of new item available in store (2 copies) o 1913 letter of introduction, democratic candidate for Recorder of Deeds · Covers (envelopes)-an assortment of covers, most have stamped postal marks and postage stamps, predominately with advertisements, mostly illustrated or with cameo illustrations, addressed to Meckville, Berks County and Hamlin, Lebanon County, one with Kutztown (there are no circulars or documents included with these) (#26000327) $1,150.00 Social History 2. [ Manuscript] A Series of 10 Family letters from Rebecca (Morton) and Gideon Carpenter of Vermont to Phebe (Morton) and Peter Vaughan of Middleborough, Massachusetts, 1827-1848.  A collection of ten (10) letters primarily from Rebecca Carpenter to her sister Phebe Vaughan but occasionally contain correspondence between Peter Vaughan and Gideon Carpenter. Letters are on 12 ½” x 8” single fold papers and folded to create stampless covers, six covers have stamped postmarks. Letters are predominantly from the 1820’s. · Earlier letters are addressed to Peter but are to ‘sister.’ They discuss family and friends, health issues, money, and children. · Peter and Gideon discuss business; Peter sends a horse for Gideon to sell. · An undated letter to Peter reveals Gideon is paying a man to search for Morton family land in England as he hears that the family overseas has come into a land fall. He hopes for names, marriages, births, and deaths in order to prove a relationship. · Rebecca discusses daily life, spinning, washing, not wanting to cut her young son’s hair. She mentions a feeble child and one who was recently buried after ten weeks with “dropsy in the head.” · Rebecca’s health is not well and their mother comes to live with her. · Rebecca shows deep concern that Gideon is not a farmer but that he is unable to make a profit at his trade. · She wonders if he might be able to work his trade if they are able to move “down there” to the New Bedford and Taunton areas. She requests Peter to send any information possible. · She expresses happiness that Phebe has received the “Pearl of great price” probably referring to Matthew 13:45-46, King James Version and hopes she will not stop until she achieves “perfect love.” Joseph Smith who later began the Church for Latter Day Saints, grew up in nearby Sharon, VT. · Later letters mention their mother losing her faculties, Rebecca’s son Charles buying a house and her moving in. She details the house and property, explaining she has two rag rugs, a wood shed that will hold two cords, the number of rooms, and how the house has a pump to the cistern that brings water to the sink in the kitchen. The last letter shows Rebecca’s severe ill health and her inability to work, the boys helping and her daughter Jane helps as much as possible. Rebecca has extreme pain and the doctor recommends blisters and bleeding. (#2600094) $275.00 Phebe Oliver Morton Vaughan, 1795-1869 ( Peter Vaughan, 1791-1874 ( ) Children: Cyrus, Eveline, Peter, Phebe, Hepsibah, Mary Rebecca Morton Carpenter, 1799-? Gideon Carpenter, 1790-? ( Children: William, Charles, Albert, Edwin, Jane .
C.D. Van Allen Van Allen's Common Sense Churn Transfer of Patent. .Syracuse, NY.July 23, 1861
A transfer of patent certificate for the Common Sense [Butter] Churn. The churn was invented by C. D. Van Allen and patented by him in July 1861 with an O.B. Cowles purchasing shares in it at that time. This certificate is represents when Van Allen transfer his share and ownership of his invention to Jefe M. Sharp of Roxbury, NJ, in November 1861. At the bottom of the certificate it states that the It was received by the US Patent Office on November 30, 1861 and entered into their "Transfer of Patent" files. Reverse is blank.  Measures 13 1/2" x 8 1/2".
Catalogue of Cuts and Price List of Printing for Poultry and Live Stock Breeders and Business Men in General. Riverside Press.New York.
A catalogue that list and provides examples of illustrations that Poultry and Live Stock Breeders can use while advertising their products. At the beginning there is a price list for different sizes of envelopes, note head, memo head, letter heads, statements, shipping tags, post cards, circulars, folders and booklets. There are approximately 165 different images of live stock that farmers could choose from to help advertise their goods. While the majority of the images are of chickens (different kinds of chicks, hens, and roosters) there are also images of ducks, pigs, rabbits, dogs, turkeys, sheep, and goats. Additionally there are several fonts one can use from. 40 pg. (including covers). Staple booklet. Measures 9" x 6".
Color Japonesque Advertising Broadside - Heron & Toads Holiday Goods . A. Stowell & Co..Boston.[1870s]
A 10 1/2" x 9 1/2" rice paper broadside  with an illustration of toads among the bamboo reeds as a heron flies overhead.  It is captioned Holiday Goods  and titled "Some of Our Inducements for the Holidays".   Followed by a list of various novelty, fancy goods and jewelry.  Printed in red, green and black. .
Contract to Let - Brick School House - Township No. 10. .Liberty MO.1870
A 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" broadside - Contract to Let - Sealed proposals will be received by the undersigned until the First Day of July, 1870 for the erection of a BRICK SCHOOL House, 81 feet long and 51 feet wide, two stories high for Sub-District No 2, in  Township No. 10, in Clay county, MO. Plans and specifications of which, can be seen by calling on the undersigned at Liberty MO.   M. R. Singleton, Wm. Harding, James Love - Local Direct'rs..
Cora Massie Stephens  Flyer for the  Tabernacle of Witness, An Engraving. W. E. Stephens.St. Louis, MO.1895
A flyer for the sale of "The Tabernacle of Witness", an engraving done by Cora Massie Stephens (1856-1943). The engraving was being sold by William Edward Stephens (1850-1918), Cora's husband and owner of W. E. Stephens & Co. (eventually renamed Stephens Lithographing and Engraving Company). The flyer is divided into two sections. The first section has a black and white print of the engraving, along with the text "Every Sunday School, and Every Pastor, Superintendent and Christian Worker should have a copy." This flyer was attempting to sell a larger and more colorful version of the engraving then was sold previously. The version for sale was 32" x 47" and has been "lithographed in ten colors and three bronzes, on heavy lithograph paper". The second section of this flyer included testimonials from a several past customers praising the quality and composition of the engraving. At the bases of the flyer, in red, is the text "Special Discount of 25 per cent. [sic] to Delegates to the Eighth International Convention". It is unknown what convention the flyer is referring to. With the flyer is two envelopes, the first one originally held the flyer and is emblazoned with the word "Important!". The second envelope is slightly smaller than the first and was meant as a return envelope and has the company's address on it. Measures 12" x 9" (flyer), 6 1/2" x 3 3/4 (envelope).
Dean Brothers Blank Book & Printing Co.  Fruit, Produce, Butter and Eggs Shipper Journals. .Chicago.1870s-1890s
A collection of five journals for Fruit, Vegetable, Butter and Egg Shipper Journals from the 1870s-1890s. The four larger format journals are most likely from Chicago detailing the various farms from which they received their product. Four of the journals list out each farm and their location and are believed to be from the 1870s-80s. They are accompanied by a letterhead for J. C. Wallace, Commission Merchant, Jobber and Shipper in Foreign and Domestic Fruits, Nuts, Produce, etc. Chicago 1875. The titles of these four journals are: "Early Fruit and Vegetable Shippers, No. 3 Bermuda Veg. Shippers", "Butter and Eggs", "Shippers of Early and Late Potatoes", and "Shippers of Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Huckleberries, Gooseberries, Whortleberries, Snowberries, Dewberries, Currants, Cherries and Winter Green Berries, and Elderberries".  Each of these journals is approximately 120 pages long with an alphabet index tab on the side. The shippers are organized alphabetically by last name, followed by their location. With the exception of the "Early Fruit and Vegetable" journal which also includes locations in Bermuda, all the farming locations are from various towns all over the United States. Often within each letter there are subcategories, mostly references to either 'early' or 'late' seasonal shipments. However the Berry Journal is also subdivided by individual berry type (all of which were listed in the title of the journal), and the Butter and Egg Journal which has the subcategories of Butter and Eggs, Creamery Butter, Roll Butter, and Pickled Eggs.   The locations are predominantly Midwest and southern states including Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, etc. Butter and eggs journal also includes Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa.  Black leather covers, measure 13" x 8".   The fifth fruit journal is a smaller ledger with a variety of information in it. It starts with a list, approximately 37 pages long, of shippers of fruits and vegetables. It is most likely from the Boston area from the late 1890s.  This journal was accompanied by envelopes from the New England Fruit & Produce Co. The is an average of 8 shippers listed on each page, which includes their names and locations as well as the exact items they are shipping. Such as peaches, asparagus, tomatoes, grapes, melons, onions, or pears. The next 24 pages of the ledger lists the sales from September 20, 1897 to October 9th, 1897. These daily sales lists are either detailed list of each product sold that day, or a more simple list which simply totals the amount of cash sales for that day.  Measures 11 3/4" x 5 1/4". . Extensive information on growers and producers and the networks required to feed America at the time. The assumption of Chicago for the first journals is based on the bookseller labels in the journals and the accompanying letterhead.   The Boston location was determined by reference to Boston based individuals in the journal and the address on the accompanying envelopes.   All of these materials were found in one location without further information.
Dr. Bulter Wilmarth  A Letter between Two Doctors about working together at a Sanitarium and the Use of Homeopathic Medicines. .Lowell, MA.September 26, 1849
Stampless post. A letter between two doctors, Dr. Bulter Wilmarth and Dr. John Hero that discussing the various patients at a local sanitarium in Lowell, MA, that Wilmarth is treating. There is also some talk about the possibility of the pair working together, either at the current sanitarium or purchasing a sanitarium together elsewhere. This idea for the men to buy and run a sanitarium together does not appear to be a new one, but rather one that they have been kicking around for a while. Dr. Butler Wilmarth seems to be temporarily working at the sanitarium in Lowell, it is unclear if he was asked for fill in for a doctor there and heard about the possible sale of the sanitarium or if he is there as a potential buyer and decided to take on some work there to see if he like it. One thing is clear, that while it appears as though Dr. Wilmarth has respect for the "water cures", other homeopathic remedies are not to his liking, even as he does his best to learn about them and treat patients using them. The two doctors, Wilmarth and Hero, were friends that had first established their relationship as a mentor-student bond when Hero was studying medicine under Wilmarth. The two did not purchase the sanitarium discussed in the letter, but a few years later, in 1851, they would purchase one in Westboro, MA. Below are some quotes from the letter: "But I am in quite an interesting and instructive school myself and I wish you was here to share a part in the labor and responsibleness of the institution.  Here is considerable head-work to do, I assure you - I have about all sorts of diseases and dispositions to deal with and need much wisdom as well as some patience to get along with so many crooked patients, bathmen [sic], cooks, waiters, &c. I have been able to keep things pretty straight yet. We have 28 patients now. Some are doing well, some stationary some growing worse if any thing. It is no small task to answer all their questions, explain all their difficulties, and encourage them to hope and persevere. Some of the are quite homeopathic and want to be swallowing pellets and powders. Dr. Foster has lots of homeopathic medicine, so I give a little hurf [also known as cress or lepidium sativum], and coffea [coffea cruda] and bell [belladonna?] and hyos [hyoscyamus niger] and bryonia and mercurius. But for my life, I can't tell whether it does any good or not." "I hope to return in about 2 weeks, and that cant make a thousand dollars difference with the cold hearted owner. I think - if it does - let it go to the first bidder. There are more places in N.E. (New England) than Grapton or Worchester or even Milford.... It is some expected Dr. Tortes will leave here. I have been invited by the owner to hire, or buy, this their stand in such an event. Here everything is ready, furniture and all for operations. Never fear (if the Lord will) we will do something next season some where." . Dr. Butler Wilmarth was born on December 18, 1798 in Montague, MA to Peggy Coleman. He was an illegitimate child, and while his biological father was never named, Butler believed that he was a man of some note in town. In 1802 he was bound out to town selectman Amos Wilmarth of Rowe, who would eventually adopt him, and Butler would take his name. He began studying medicine at the age of 23 under the tutelage of Dr. William F. Selden. On March 1, 1831 he married Phila Osgood (1806-1859). Together they had two children: Jerome Terome Wilmarth (1831-?) and Phila Wilmarth Weston (1841-1903). In 1841 he would become a convert to hydropathic remedies, after he himself fell it and was cured by such treatments. He worked and established a variety of different bath houses in Massachusetts and New York before establishing one with a former student of his, J. H. Hero in Westboro, MA. In 1851 he was elected President of the Hydropathic Association of Physicians and Surgeons. On May 6, 1853, while returning from the association's annual meeting, the train he was on suffered a catastrophic collision at the Norwalk Bridge in CT. Wilmarth and over forty-five others would perish in the train accident, which is considered to be the first major US railroad disaster. . John Henry Hero  was born on December 30, 1820 to John Hero (1787-1861) and Polly Claffin (1791-1832) in Milford, MA. He had several siblings: Susannah H. Hero (1811-?),  Horace B. Hero (1812-?) Eliza H Hero (1814-1867), Hannah H Hero (1817-?), Izanna Chamberlain Hero (1823-1914), and Edwin H Hero (1831-?). He married Irene Morse Parkhurst (1822-1906) on September 22, 1850. They had three children: Butler Wilmarth Hero (1859 -1932) who was named after John's friend, mentor, and business partner, George Hoyt Hero (1861-1933), and John P. Hero (1863-1865). John studied medicine with Dr. Butler Wilmarth of Hopedale and graduated from Central Medical College in Syracuse, NY. Him and Wilmarth formed a strong mentorship bond that, in 1852, resulted in him and Wilmarth going into business with one another in Westboro by opening a bath house. In 1853, after Wilmarth's death, Hero would become the sole owner. On January 6, 1898 John would die of heart disease, which was a complication of his stomach cancer.
Dr. Howard G. Thornton A Letter from the Physician, Howard Thornton to his brother, regarding the uptake in his business and the high water levels of the Mississippi River. .Poplar, Mississippi.April 7, 1890
A two page letter from Howard G. Thornton, a physician and surgeon located in Poplar, MS. He is writing his younger brother, Ed, who lives in Commerce, TX, with their parents. Thornton describes a busy winter in Mississippi, with lots of sickness, and a rainy spring, which as caused the Mississippi River to have rather high water levels. Thornton also spends a great deal of the letter encouraging his brother to study hard, in particular, to start studying medicine, and that he will do everything to help him. To that end, he has supplied his brother with a subscription to the journals, 'Home and Farm' and 'Colinder Journal'. Below are some excerpts from the letter. "I have been very busy with practice &c. We have had a great deal of sickness this winter. My practice is increasing so much I have had to buy another horse. I have physicians on all sides of me but I am getting my fair shair [sic] of practice." "I wish you would try and prepare yourself and read medicine. I will give you all the assistance I can if you will study your books at home and read good books and papers, do not let your mind run off on trashy books &c." "We have had so much rain in this country the people are very badly behind with crops. The Miss. River will soon be in about eight miles of me. I am about forty miles of the river. It is thought that tit will be the highest that has ever been. It is up to [sic] high, water marks on the Government gage now and the signal service reports another rise coming. The levies are already badly broken, and that will tear them all to pieces." The letter and corresponding envelope are written on Howard G. Thornton's business stationary. Measures 9 1/2" x 5 3/4" (letter), 6"x 3 1/2" (envelope).
E. L. Benzon Circular - To Woolen Manufacturers  - Stephen R. Parkhurst, Patent Burring Machine. J. H. Bufford's Lith..Boston.1848
An 11 1/2" x 9 1/4" single-fold circular with testimonial insert sheet.  The cover depicts a rendering of the machine manufactured at Ballard Vale, Mass for E. L. Benzon, 59 Milk Street, Boston.  Content includes information on how to order, queries, directs and an introductory message by E. L. Benzon dated June 28th 1848.  The insert sheet includes testimonials from satisfied customers along the eastern seaboard.  Stampless post..
Engraved Illustrated Business Card Brewster & Co. Carriage Makers. .New York .[1875]
A 5 3/4" x 3 1/4" engraved illustrated business card for Brewster & Co. (of Broome St.) Carriage Builders. Fifth Avenue & 14th St. and Broadway & 47th St. New York.  The finally detailed engraving depicts five gentlemen and a woman, lap blankets in place trotting along in a fine carriage pulled by four horses.  Reverse is blank..
Fabric Weaver's Journal and Spec Book
1845-1856. Textile weaving, Journal, textile patterns, business and industry. A total of 14 manuscript pages organized by year and including the article that was woven, the weave pattern including colors, the number of biers in the weave, the size of the fabric, specific weaving techniques, knots, etc. -- Any design element associated with the particular fabric. It begins in 1845 and is titled "Cotton" that continues for 6 pages. The next page is titled "SHAG". This completes the run of pages in the "front of the book". When turned upside down and opened from the back, it begins with information from 1848 - 1856 and includes the same time of information. The format may be accounting either for multiple weavers or materials types. Some of the articles mentioned include horse blankets, striped trousers, diapers, towels, pocket handkerchiefs, neck kerchiefs, mixed blankets, jacketing, full cloth, cheese cloth and more. There are four blank pages. Measures 6 3/8" x 4".

Surface wear. An interior page has been used at a much later date for jotting a note or two without relevance. Additionally the blank pages adjacent the last pages of weaving information have been inexplicably glued to the reverse.

Frank Hiram Crosby Letter from a Commission Merchant regarding Wood and Flour on French's Hotel Letterhead. .New York.1859
A letter written by Frank Hiram Crosby, most likely a commission merchant, in New York. It is unclear who he is writing to, but in the letter he discusses the price of flour he purchased, three to five cents per pound, and the sale of wood. He goes into some about of detail regarding the wood, as it seems as though it was harvested from two different locations, one of which produced a higher quality wood, and therefore fetched a better price. The letter concludes with the recommendation that the recipient get in touch with the foreman of the lumber company to see if they can purchase next season's wood from the preferred location in advanced. The letter itself is written on a letterhead from the French's Hotel in New York, where a single room was 50 cents per day and the letterhead request that one should "not believe runners or hackmen who say we are full."  Measures 9 1/4" x 13 3/4" ..
G. L. & H. J. Gross Illustrated Booklet of the Auction of Marsden Perry's Home, the Historic Ward-Perry House. Remington Printing Company.Providence, RI.1903
An illustrated booklet for the auction of the Ward-Perry House, a historic residence in Providence, RI. The house was built for Mrs. Eliza Ward by her father Joseph Brown in 1814. It is a large brick mansion done in colonial style. It was purchased by Marsden J. Perry in 1892 where he made some minor renovations "to bring the house up to the requirements of modern living". Perry himself was a wealthy gentleman involved in the banking and both electric and gas utilities, who owned several houses across New England in Providence, RI, Newport, RI, and New York City. The booklet features twelve (12) printed photographs of the interior rooms of the mansion. The real estate managers G. L. & H. J. Gross ran the auction for Marsden Perry who had most likely decided to sell this house due to the fact that in 1901 he 'upgraded Brown houses' when purchased the more famous John Brown House. John Brown was Joseph's brother, and had made a name for himself as a prominent statesmen whose wealth came from the merchant and slave trades. His house was an even larger brick mansion in Providence, RI of which John Quincy Adams is purported to have said it was "the most magnificent and elegant private mansion that I have ever seen on this continent."  It is unknown who purchased the Ward-Perry House at the end of this auction. 16 pg. Green wrappers. Measures 7" x 5 1/4". Marsden Jasael Perry was born on November 2, 1850 to Horatio M. Perry (1813-1853) and Malvina Susan Wilson Perry (1829-1904) in Rehoboth, MA. After his father died in 1853, his mother remarried William R. Miller (1834-?) and this union resulted in two half- siblings: James H. Miller (1854-1940) and Josephine E. Miller West (1864-1947). At twelve he enlisted in a Massachusetts Company during the Civil War and served as a Provost Marshall. In the early 1870s he moved to Providence, RI and entered in the banking business, eventually becoming the Director of the Bank of America. He first married Candice D. Hubbard (1843-1919) in 1872 and divorced in circa 1884. In 1901 he married Marian Lincoln Bogart (1862-1938). He helped raise her son from in earlier marriage, Pelham W. Bogart (1896-1959) and they had one son together, Marsden Jasael Perry Jr. (1902-1970). He died on April 15, 1935 at his home in New York, NY, but is buried in Providence, RI.
H. A. & G.M. Church Ephemera Relating to H. A. & G.M. Church - Manufacturers of gold Chains, Bars, Hooks, Swivels, Split Rings &c.. .New York.1878
A group of ephemera including a manuscript letter with corresponding advertising cover to a colleague regarding the  designs of chains and "drops".  An engraved business card for Church's gold chains.   Finally, includes are two (2) style of tags (six total) o affix to the chains warranting every link hard soldered.  Letter sheet measures 8 1/4" x 5 3/8". .
Harriet S. Rowley An Idiosyncratic Common Place Address Book . .Massachusetts .[1919-1930]
A one of a kind commonplace address book, that belonged to Harriet Sophia Rowley (1853-1943), which includes not only the addresses of her family and friends, but also that of local businesses she likes. Sometimes these notes are by the business name or type, but other times it is listed under the goods that is sold there. Often she makes extraneous notes about the business as well. Some examples are: "Apples,  Mrs. Frank T. Ives, Amherst (Bought in 1919, good)", "Artificial Flowers, made by a one armed ex soldier, Geo. Bryant shop at 68 Emrose St. (Nov. 21) Pine Point, Springfield, MA", "Flower information. Garden Index. Copyright, 1933, S. A. Murphy, N.Y.C. Good for Xmas, a Treasure for My Garden", and "Tea Room, 'The Barn', Harvard Mass. Tel. Harvard 167, dinners a la carte. Antique shop also. Good. Arthur de Lanqis Prop."  Interspersed are occasional statements of fact "Soldiers in barracks U.S. Armory grounds during World War". At the back of the address book is a list of her friends and family members' birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Additionally as they died, she made a note of that date as well. Measures 6 3/4" x 4". Harriet Sophia Rowley was born on February 16, 1853, to Warren Dunham Rowley (1800-1854) and Harriet Maria Curry (1818-1889) in New York. She had several siblings: Warren Curry Rowley (1841-1928) and Hiram Curtis Rowley (1844-1922), Sarah Cornelia Rowley (1850-1952), Nancy Helen Rowley (1846-1925), and a half sister, Nancy Davis Rowley (1837-1846). She lived in South Trenton, NJ with her family until they moved to Utica, NY In 1866. She eventually would move to Springfield, MA and lived with her brother Hiram until his death in 1922. Harriet herself died at the age of 91 on October 26, 1943.
Illustrated Letterhead with specifications for "turned stuff" for hoops with handles. The Princess Hoop Manufacturing Co..Bound Brook, NJ.1882
The letterhead has two vignettes printed in red of children with hoops with handles identified as The Normandy and The Princess. It is for the Princess Hoop Manufacturing Co, office of J. L. M. DuFour and I. R. Edgar.  The letter is written to Messrs H. B. Smith & Son of West Chesterfield Ma. Mr. DeFour is requesting samples of  "runed stuff" numbered from 1 to 12 including prices by product and specifications for dimensions on each model and desired quantities.  Also includes illustrated postally used cover.. A letter with both graphic appeal and interesting content requesting samples for a wood turner to create a variety of hoop handles.
Isaac Parker Circular for Susquenhanna Slate with unrelated Pair of Letters Written to Rev. W. Chidlaw . Susquehanna Slate.Slate Hill, PA.February 1859
The item is two letters addressed to Reverend Benjamin William Chidlaw written on a finely illustrated circular. The letters are written on a single page, which has been folded in half, with the first letter written on the inside fold and the second has been pasted onto the backside. What is perhaps most salient about these letters, is the stationary it is written on. The front of this single fold stationary is from Isaac Parker's business, Susquenhanna Slate which is "Equal to the Best Welsh" and located in Slate Hill, PA. It has a beautiful black and white illustration on the top half of the page which showcases the quarry and excavation equipment used to remove the slate. On the bottom, it provides information on the quarry itself, such as that the slate is used for roofing materials and that they are the go-to slate quarry who provides materials for the US Government for roofing public buildings. In regards to the letters themselves, the first is a letter from Isaac Parker, and in the note he states that enclosed is $15.00 to help with Reverend Benjamin William Chidlaw's mission of establishing Sunday schools out west. Reverend Chidlaw worked as a missionary for the American Sunday School Union (ASSU) which was founded in 1824, in order to fulfill its mission for the promotion of Sunday (or Sabbath) schools that would help in the early literacy and spiritual development in children. While the mission first started in Pennsylvania, it soon grew, and began to focus on providing schooling for children in other areas, such as the central west. Reverend Chidlaw was the first commissioned missionary of the ASSU to help in this endeavor. The second letter is from Petre Carter, who sent the donation for Parker to Chidlaw as Parker didn't know where to send the money. Single fold. Measures 8 3/4" x 5" (folded), 10" x 7 3/4" (unfolded)..
J E Powers A Book for Boys. D Lothrop & Co.Boston.1886
16 pp, red paper covers. An advise book for young boys hoping to succeed in business. The book is broken up into categories: One thing at a time, the way to win (all on one page), the things explained, and hard to understand. On the first page of the book, it describes 'the chance' each boy takes in business. It states "a boy can do some things better than a man. These are given to boys to do; but boys who do them well are scarce.... A girl is a boy in business." The interior cover page lists the author as "by a man who was once a boy himself and knows what boys are good for and what is good for them", however the author, J E Powers, appears under the copyright notice. Title Cover: How a Boy Had Better Behave in Business and What is Going to Come of It. Measures 3 3/4" x 2 1/2".. Minor edge wear. Toning due to age.
James Chancy  Merchant Accounting Book of James Chancy, Grocer.  E. G. Hoose.Salem, MA.1820-1823
James Chancy was a grocer in Salem who used this copy book to keep an accounting of his customer's purchases between 1820-1823. For each entry Chancy lists the name of the customer, under which lists the date and items purchased. Sometimes it also records when he was paid, normally in cash. Sometimes the pages have been crossed out with an X, the reason for this is unknown, but perhaps it meant the account was closed. The front cover has two woodcut engravings. The first is a ship with clouds. The second is an intricate decorative device surround the bookplate. -  The back cover has a multiplication and numeration table on it. As well as a list of the days in a week, and months in year. Additionally is the saying: "All you that in fair writing would excel, How much you write, regard not, but how well. Bear your pen lightly, keep a steady hand, And that's the way fair writing to command." Brown covers, 46 pages. Printed by E. G. Hoose. Half-filled. No OCLC, Feb 2019. Measures 7 1/2" x 6 1/4".
John Robins Sharpless Sr. Diary of John R. Sharpless, Lawyer from Pennsylvania, includes trip to World's Fair . .Catawissa, PA.1893
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.
Laws of business for all the states of the Union. :With forms and directions for all transactions.. Jones Brothers & Co..Cincinnati.[1874]
Single-fold circular describing the contents of the book followed by comments/testimonials of esteemed users. Measures 9 1/2" x 6".   Also includes a 3" x 6" two-sided flyer summarizing the content including pricing information. It annotates those who would find the work essential. .
Lewis Wetherbee A Collection of Three Farming Ledgers belong to Lewis Wetherbee of Ashby, MA. .Ashby, MA.1846-1873
A collection of three farming ledgers belonging to Lewis Wetherbee, a farmer in Ashby, MA. The first is an 'Egg Ledger' and dates from 1846-1873. It begins with a list of items bought by Wetherbee for his family and farm. The list only continues until early 1847 and consists of such items as sugar, tea, pepper, oil, nutmeg, cream tartar and candy. The remainder, from 1849 thru May 1873, is a ledger of the eggs sold including the date of the transaction, number sold, to who and price sold. 20 pages (including the four sewn in). Printed wrappers. String binding. Completely filled in. Measures 6" x 3 3/4". The second ledger is a farming ledger, 1851 to 1873 with an accounting of a variety of agricultural subjects. The first second is a record of when crops, such as corn, oats, turnips, and potatoes, were planted and harvested, the number of bushels planted or the acres planted. Also includes (1863-1871) presumably work horses purchased. This is followed by 'Stock' and includes all information on animals purchased, sold, birthed or died (1851-1873). Includes cattle, sheep, and pigs, most of whom Wetherbee names - Red, Rosa, Fanny, Eliza, and Nancy to name a few. Signs of Spring - The next section is a list of dates between 1851 and 1873 when Wetherbee either first saw a robin or when the apple trees were fully in bloom. On the back cover is a list of important weather events between 1852 and 1868, such as first frost or a large snow storm. 16 pages. Printed wrappers. String binding. Nearly completely filled in. Measures 6" x 3 3/4". The last ledger is entitled 'Things Sold' and dates from 1858 to 1873. This ledger includes a list of all items sold by Wetherbee from his farm, whether they be plant or animal products. The ledger includes the date of transaction, item and amount sold, buyer and sale price. Including bushels of potatoes, ham, pork, cheese, butter, oats, lamb, vinegar, sausages, beans, cider, apples, and whole animals such a chickens and calves. Additionally, egg sold are also included on this ledger, even though Wetherbee also kept a separate ledger to record the eggs he sold. 28 pages. Blue wrappers. String binding. Nearly completely filled. Measures 7" x 4 1/2". All of the ledgers contain some amount of scrap paper, which either has quick calculations on it, or appears to have been used to blot the drying ink. The farming ledger does have a scrap of paper with the following short note: "Sowed guano on wheat, 7 lbs. from red side to Foster west, one row of oats, one squire west from Ginnaton. Planted some potatoes. July 21, 1857". Two of the ledgers (Egg Ledger and Farming Ledger) are memorandum books sold by Stephen Shepley of Fitchburg, MA, who along with blank books sold a variety of "school, miscellaneous and law books, bibles, testaments, toy books, stationery, &c." To view images, click: . Lewis Wetherbee was born on December 27, 1819, along with his twin sister Charlotte Wetherbee Cragin (1819-1884) to Silas Wetherbee (1786-1863) and Mary Lucy Green (1793-1853 in Ashby, MA.  Lewis was a farmer in Ashby, MA, his whole live. He died on January 16, 1890, at the age of seventy due to consumption.
Memorandum of Expense of Materials, Labor, etc., for the Building by the Nine Mile Creek in South Trenton (NY), 1844
A small ledger regarding the expenses, both material and labor, for the construction of an unidentified building along the Nine Mile Creek (also spelled Ninemile Creek) in South Trenton, NY. The owner of the building or the purpose of the building is never specified. The ledger starts with a list of materials purchased for the construction, such as lumber, stone and shingles between April 1844 and September 1844. After a few blank pages of particular interest are a number of notes of agreements  between the owner and various contractors for various aspects of construction with detailed specifications and agreed to payments. These notes start in June 1844 and end in May 1845, and deal with everything from the construction of the cellar and chimney, to the installment of doors and painting. Four of these notes have been pinned into the ledger. The last section is a list of days in August and September of 1844 that two men, Humphrey and Jones, worked on the site. Nearly half filled (not including pinned in notes). Marble covers with pasted on title. Measures 6" x 4".
Paul H. Huedepohl "Promoting and Conducting 'Learn-to-Swim' Campaigns" Informational Booklet. Jantzen Knitting Mills.Portland, OR.1933
A how-to guide for how to run a 'Learn to Swim' Campaign produced by Jantzen, a swim wear company founded in 1916 in Portland, OR. A 'Learn to Swim' Campaign was geared to helping individuals regards of age or gender learn how to swim in order to help both prevent drowning deaths and healthy exercise. The booklet takes the reader through how to get sponsors, advertise the campaign, the registration process, scheduling of classes, and final the teaching of the lessons themselves (including swimming tests and a certificate example). Through out the book are small black and white illustrations of forms such as registration cards and certificates as well as the examples of the different elements of the swimming lessons such as "Dead Man's Float" and the "Flutter Kick". Illustrated wraps. 24 pages. Staple binding. Two holes have been drilled on the top and bottom of the binding. No OCLC (Aug 2019). Measures 7"x 5".
Press of the Chamber of Commerce Tribute of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York to the Memory of Horace B. Claflin. Atlantic Publishing & Engraving of New York.New York.1885 - 1886
Two items advertising the memorial of Horace Brigham Claflin who was an American merchant who founded the Bulkley & Claflin Company (later after Claflin's death it became known as H. B. Claflin Company). Over the years this bank was acquired many times, and is still in existence today under JP Morgan Chase.  The first item is apparently from the  Dry Goods Bulletin which serves as an memoriam/obituary for Claflin. The front side has an engraving of Claflin as well as his birth and death dates (December 18 ,1811 - November 14, 1885). The back side has a description of his life. Measures 14 1/4"  x 12 3/4". The second item is a 16 pg. booklet done by the New York Chamber of Commerce, that is the minutes of the meeting following Claflin's death as well as a biographical sketch of the man. The booklet states that "Mr. Claflin was one of the great merchants which the present century has produced, and his life and character present a striking illustration of the maxim, 'Act well your part, there all the honor lies.' " (pg. 3) The meeting end with several resolutions, one of which was "the entire community [of dry good merchants] are called upon to mourn the loss, not only of the most eminent member of their profession, but also of a true friend." (pg. 11, #1) This was accomplished when on the day of his funeral "the wholesale stores and commission houses throughout the dry goods district in New York City closed at noon, and business was suspended. That portion of the City usually so active and busy was silent and deserted." (pg. 15) The booklet also includes a portrait engraving of Claflin. Black covers. Measures 9 1/4" x 6".  This was a dry good business that acted as middlemen between the manufacturers and retailers of dry goods. Additionally, he founded the Continental Bank of New York in 1870 along with Jacob H. Schiff, Marcellus Hartley, Robert L. Cutting and Joseph Seligman.
Preston's Complete Time Table (A Perpetual Calendar), and Preston's Tables of Interest
54 pages, Green cloth over board. This item is two books in one: Preston's Complete Time Table, and Preston's Tables of Interest. There were bound together by the publisher. The first is a perpetual calendar which allows the reader to figure out the "number of days from any dat in any given month to any date in any other given month. The second book allows the reader to figure out the "interest on any sum from one dollar to five hundred dollars" when that interest is computed at 6 percent. Measures 10 1/2" x 8".
Price Lists - A collection Spanning 100 Years Examining the Availability, Distribution, Price and Pricing Consideration of Food & Other Commodities
The collection includes 83 food and associated commodities price lists, catalogs, ledgers, invoices, postal card advertisements and more. It spans a 100 year period and provides considerable information regarding the availability, distribution, price and pricing consideration of these commodities.  The materials represent 40 different American markets, with heavy weight on New York, Boston and Philadelphia in the earlier years. The collection includes both retail and wholesale information. Approximately 60% of the materials are pre 1890.  | The journey begins with a 1834 printed list of  Ship Stores put up by Hampton and Coffin in New York, including available provisions for both the Ships Stores and Cabin Stores.  This is followed by a ledger from a merchant in Sea brook New Hampshire detailing his sales for 1854-1855. By 1861 the printed Commission Market/Exchange reports with reports from Albany, NY, Boston, MA, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA and Washington DC were appearing consistently over the course of the next 30 plus years and included information on previous period sales, expected prices and information on availability and likelihood of price fluctuation. Commodities by exchange varied significantly and although called and Egg and Butter Exchange one many find Beans, Butter, Cheese, Eggs, and Meats or such things as Includes Ginseng, Snake Root, Butter, Beeswax, Flax, Dried Fruit Eggs, Rags, etc.  Of note - fur skin from house cat.  Includes envelope to customer in Tennessee.  Also included are catalogues from variations on a single food  to one catalogue from Retail Price List Cob, Bates & Your Importers and Grocers with 56 pp. and hundreds of categories. | The collection includes 27 specialty pieces with price lists for Baker, Confection, Biscuits, Butter Color, Canned Goods and Pickles, Confectioner, Country Produce, Eggs, Fish, Fruits, Honey, Jams and Marmalade, Canned Tomatoes and Nuts, Jellies, Kara Corn Syrup, Liquors, Meat, Meats & more, Salted, Pickled & Smoked Fish, Ship Stores and Cabin Stores, Syrup, Tea and Coffee, Tobacco, Liquor, Groceries Liquor and Preserves & Canned Goods.  | The Butter Color headline reads "How to Increase the Value of Butter". A  comprehensive overview of all things  Perfected Butter Color.  The reverse has the Golden Rules for making gilt-edged butter and The Best System of Setting Milk. | Gordon & Dilworth Table Delicacies boasts "More than one hundred Domestic & Foreign Fruits and Vegetables transmuted into Table Delicacies. All of our Productions bear this (displayed) Trade-March Label. We will prosecute all Infringements of the same." | As the years progress more and more retail materials appear including weekly flyers with "Specials" . An interesting tidbit in the 1911 California Fruit Product   Company  - Direct from California introductions and information on the Dakota Car leaving on Nov. 5th for distribution in Dakota.  |   Another interesting marketing approach was the use of printed price lists on Postal Cards presumably sent to regular customers. | The journey ends in the 1930s a large format broadside type list with an image from a photograph of The Tower home Welfare SA. Genoa Colorado. selling a variety of foods, household products, sundries, school supplies and tobacco.   It indicates it is providing candy, nuts and oranges at Christmas time for the children of Lincoln County to be sure none goes without. In researching this location it can only be found as a roadside attraction with no mention of groceries. | This is the tip of the iceberg of information available in this collection. A link to the collection database is available upon request and can also be linked through our Catalogue at the lower right corner of our booth.
Promotional Booklet - "The only House in America that sells exclusively for CASH in Every Instance - Prices Bear Evidence of it.
R. H. Macy & Co. New York.  1890. 32 pp. unnumbered. Illustrated cover with a young lad holding a promotional sign while leaning out a window in a brick wall. Foreign offices and manufacturers are printed on the several of the bricks.  The inside cover shows a grid with groupings of products with a narrative that includes "There is only one Macy's." It begins by discussing the enterprise and then explains the store floor by floor  followed by 13 full page illustrations of the interior of the store and one image from a photograph of the glass-cutting shop. These are followed by additional information on services provided and 8 pp of advertisements for other New York businesses. The inside back cover has an image of the exterior from the shipping department view on 13th and 6th, the outside cover has a view of the 5th avenue view. Measures 5" x 7".
Promotional Brochure - Las Vegas and Clark County Nevada - farming in the Desert
16pp. booklet with large images from photographs of the area throughout.  The narrative begins with extensive geographic and geological information on Las Vegas and Clark County. This is followed by captioned images of town centers and quickly moving to several pages of captioned images of various agricultural projects dubbed "desert outside the fence - farm within" Scenes of grapes, alfalfa, fig trees, apricots, olives, walnuts and much more. This is followed by images of recreational and industrial areas and concluding with the Basin Site of the reservoir at the location planned for the Boulder Canyon Dam. The final page of narrative written by the Chamber of Commerce emphasizes why one would want to live in Las Vegas including cheap power.  Measures 8 1/2" x 11".
Promotional Material for Urlings Flaxen Thread Lace including Samples of Urling's Lace and Threads compared to Common Lace and Threads. . .London .1817
A printed promotional sheet for Geo. Fred Urlings & Co. Urling's Lace by the King's Royl Letters Patent. 147 Strand near Somerset House.  c1817. A printed letter  announcing the relocation of their lace business.   Of particualr interest is the placement of actual threads and lace in the "window" of the new building.  The reverse announces the appointment of Urling as the Manufacturer of Flawen Thread Lace to the King.  Measures 9" x 12". . Edge wear and toning.
Prospectus and Promotional materials for selling Egyptian Regulator Tea. ..c1900
24 pp prospectus and promotional brochure encouraging individuals to become sales agent for the Egyptian Drug Company selling Egyptian Regulator Tea. A buy low, sell high scheme including illustrations and text promoting the teas effect on indigestion, pimple, boils, old sores, ulcers, dyspepsia, corpulency, sick headache, rheumatism, nervous debility, neuralgia and premature old age.  Additionally includes numerous testimonials. The back cover depicts a scene on the plantations of the Egyptian Drug company, at Karnak, Upper Egypt.  Additionally, includes an order form and a single fold pamphlet titled "The Secret of Beauty"  with before and after illustrations to be disseminated with the product.  With original envelope.  Brochures measure8 1/2" x 6". .
R. N. Thomas Illustrated Billhead for Corn Husking Supplies. Corn Husking Supplies.Shenandoah, IA.2837
A receipt from Corn Husking Supplies in Shenandoah, IA on the company's official billhead. Corn Husking Supplies was owned by R. N. Thomas selling a variety of tools and supplies necessary for corn husking. A large portion of the tools he provided were designed and patented by him. The billhead was printed on carbon paper, and this item is the yellow bottom sheet carbon copy. At the top of the billhead are two wonderfully detailed black and white illustrations. Each is of a hand holding a different tool used in corn husking. The two tools pictured are from R. N. Thomas patented designs: Adjustable Twin Spur Husker No. 3, and Scientific Husker No. 1. The billhead is a preprinted form with blanks for quantity and price. The receipt is for an order bought by F. C. Massey of Osborn, OH, on October 7, 1907, and it was paid for on April 26,1908. Single sheet on yellow carbon paper. Measures 12" x 8 1/4"..
Rogers & Company Engravers and Printers, Chicago and New York building series number one. Rogers and Co..New York.
Printed folded paper with color silk screen image, number one in series, red and black text and border.  "The first number of a sequential series picturing progress in the erection of the great new building to house Rogers & Company New York", the front page features  a screened image of two builders and steel beams and two horses. Image is black, white, blue, and red. The inside has one page with Number One and a red lined border and the company logo. The back explains what the series is about and why it was created. 15" x 11". staining- mainly on edges, some wear
Rules for Building and Classification; Record of American and Foreign Shipping. American Shipmasters' Association.New York.1877
48 pp. Textured paper wrappers. Gilt stamp. This book details the instructions for how to survey and classify a ship according to the rules provided by the American Shipmasters' Association. The book starts with a list of resolutions and recommendations of the NY Board of Underwriters in conjunction with a list of prominent merchants that support these new regulations for the building and classifications of American shipping vessels. Each vessel must be survey and classified by an approved agent/surveyor (list provided), and a sample certificate is provided. The book continues on to detail how future construction of shipping vessels, either wood or iron, can meet these rules. There are a few blank pages at then end of the book, on one of these pages is an incomplete letter dated February 16, 1878 to a 'dear Frank'. The letter is written by an unknown individual updating Frank on the comings and goings of their friends and family. It is clear by the letter, and the talk of storms at sea, that Frank is a sailor of some kind. The front cover features a gilded stamp design of end eagle holding an anchor on a rock with a ship a full sail in the background. Surrounding this design is a decorative border of rope with an anchor in each corner. Measures 8 3/4" x 7 1/2".
S. H. Benson A Guinness Sport Folio - Whimsical Promotion. Guinness.Dublin.1950s
A humorous and colorful advertising booklet for Guinness Stout. The booklet contains a series of illustrations featuring people doing different sports activities in late Victorian/ Edwardian dress. The activities has been organized by month, so for example, in January the figures are ice skating and in September they are hunting. The illustrations themselves are quite humorous, for example, the illustration of the ice skating shows the same man in the variety of ways he fell down on the pond. In addition to the illustrations each page has a corresponding poem. Below is an example: "Describing his win, with a Guinness in hand, The Rider, who's still fun of beans, Says he won by a head, and we all understand It's the head of a Guinness he means." - March, a horse racing scene Illustrated covers. Stapled Booklet. 16 pages. Designed by S. H. Benson. Printed by John Waddington Ltd. Illustrations by Antony Groves-Raines. Measures 9 1/4" x 6 1/2".
Selick Krigstein Mono-Rote-Kriculator. Merriam Paper Co. .New York.1938
A three-layer volvelle made by the Merriam Paper Co. meant to help determine the equivalent weight, count or bulk between two different sizes of paper bundles. The wheels have four different color-coded sections: yellow, green, white, and tan. On the front of the volvelle, in the center there is an example given to show one how to use the wheel. On the back there are four different sets of instructions on how to use the wheel to determine count, bulk, weight, and reductions. Diameter 8"..
Special Agents of the P.O. Department October 6, 1864
Single-fold lined legal sheet with hand penned Date of Appointment, Name, Address, Place of Service, Per diem and Annual Salary for special agents from February 1862 forward. Service locations include Army of Potomac, Gen. Sherman's Army, District of N.J. for 60 days, and geographic locations by states or parts of state.  Additionally includes Special Agents for Particular Purposes including to attend to mail on Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, in connection with letter cariers system, and to look after rebel mail in Maryland.  Finally includes Special Agents in charge of Post Offices in Washington N.C., Vicksburg MS., Natchez MS and Knoxville TN.Measures 12 1/2" x 8".  Letter folds. .
Statement for the Purchases of Crockery due to the Estate of John Ginley, Gettysburg, PA, 1812. .Gettysburg, PA.1812
A statement for a bill rendered to Joseph M Ginley and the estate of John Ginley on January 22, 1812.  The original purchase was for $100.90 worth of crockery on May 2nd, 1811 from the firm of O'Neil and Boyd. It was agree that the sum would be payable at 90 days with interest staring after 3 months. It was sworn before a judge. The bottom of the statements notes that the bill was paid in full, with interest for a total of $103.92 April 27th, 1912. Measures 9 1/2" x 7 3/4" (Folded Letter sheet). Toning due to age, some small tears along the fold creases. A small section of the back page of the letter is missing, this does not affect the actual text of the letter.
Stephen Paine Thermometer, Urinometers, Hydrometers... Flyer by Stephen Paine. Paine & Webster.Providence, RI.[1860]
Stephen Paine was a manufacture and dealer of scientific items, but more specifically, optical Goods. Opening in 1860, with his partner Mr. Webster, his shop on Westminister St, in Providence, RI, sold spectacles, eyeglasses, opera glasses, and optical glasses, optical goods, and fine jewelry. This particular single-fold trade catalogue for the store lists inventory on a variety of glass thermometers, hydrometers, urinometer, and lactometer. The flyer claims that the store has "one of the largest stocks in New England" and that "especial [sic] attention given to selecting first-class, accurate Thermometers for Mechanical uses." Measures 10" x 8" (unfolded).
The Laws of Powerful Selling.
Housed in an impressive leather album with deeply stamped “Laws of Powerful Selling” on the front cover. A system of educational modules that could be individually purchased to improve one’s selling skills. Well-designed predominantly text modules with occasional black and white or color illustration. The book concludes with a section titled “The Titles of Laws of Powerful Selling”. Each title is accompanied by a one or two sentence overview of the module. Titles include but not limited to The Law of Poise, Voice, Eye-Interpretation, Artistry, Lethargy, Desire, Facial Expression, Sales-Architecture, Dominance, Multiple, Phantom, Smile, Siren Call, Minor-Decision, Plate Glass and many more. Measures 11 ½” x 9 ½”. Edge wear on back strip.
Two (2)Thread Samples Sets with 63 Different Colors. J & P Coats and Gudebrod Brothers Company..c1880
The first sample thread set in this collection was produced by J & P Coats, and has 21 different shades of spool cotton thread. On the front cover is an image of two women seating in a field, with one sewing something in her lap. On the back cover is a spool of thread tied to a flowering branch with tiny birds flying around it. The sample set is a single fold booklet, with the samples wound around hard chips of paper. The thread is done so tightly that the thread samples almost look like they are paint samples. Additionally instead of numbers to identify the shades of thread, they have be named. For example: Van Dyke Brown, Dark Steel, Dregs of Wine, Light Prune, and Sapphire. Single fold with manufactured tape binding. Measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/2". The second of the sample thread sets was made by Gudebrod Brothers Company (successors to Cutter Silk Manufacturing Company) and has 42 different shades of spool silk and twist  thread. The front of the sample set has the company information on it while the back cover lists some information on the product, along with the tag line "leading spool silk for generations". On the front cover, written in pencil is "April 1902". The Gudebrod Brothers renamed their company in 1895 (several years after purchasing Cutter Silk Manufacturing Company), so it is unclear if this is the date of the sample set or if it was written on at a later date. 4 pages. Measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/4"..
Unused Copybook Cover. Isaac Wilcox.Providence RI.[1840s]
A copybook cover printed by Isaac Wilcox, Bookseller and Bookbinder, NO. 5 Market Square, Providence, RI.  Cover illustration is an allegorical shield with   an anchor and "Hope" floating on the sea.  Multiplication Table on the back cover portion. The reverse is blank. Measure 8 1/2" x 14 1/4".
W. A. Bonney New Family Grocery Store for Hyde Park & Fairmount, A Broadside . .Boston, MA.[1870]
A broadside advertising a change of ownership for a grocery store in Boston, MA. The store itself was located near the Boston neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Fairmount. The grocery was originally leased by a W. T. Allen, and, according to the broadside,  is now leased by W. A. Bonney who "has put in a good assortment of FIRST-RATE FAMILY GROCERIES, and he hopes by keeping good goods and selling at low prices, to obtain a good share of your trade." According to the broadside the store sold a wide variety of items such as sugar, flour, spices, tea, coffee, tapioca, arrow-root, oranges, lemons, apples, currants, and kerosene oil. Little is known about the business itself, except for the fact that it again changed hands in 1874, though Bonney's family would still continue live above the store for a short while. A newspaper article on November 21, 1874 in the Boston Post states that a fire broke out and the building, both grocery and apartment, were destroyed. In the same article it notes that the grocery recently changed hands from W. A. Bonney to H. O. Camp, and the Bonney family was able to save most of their furniture. Single sheet, single sided. Measures 12" x 9"..
W. H. Wise Correspondence - Amity Matrimonial Association for Unmarried Persons. Amity Matrimonial Association for Unmarried Persons.Pennsylvania.Jan 17,1882
A letter written to a Miss Jane Marner discussing the policies she holds from W. H. Wise, Vise President of the Amity Matrimonial Association for Unmarried Persons. Even though the name sounds like a match making service, it was most likely a fraternal organization of sorts turned insurance company. The letter discusses policies that Marner holds, and that due to the "failure of our company, we have come to the conclusion to transfer the policies into another company.... we have selected one of the best companies in the city of Reading... the Standard Company." What follows next are the instructions on how to receive the new policy. Marner including a fee or forfeiture of her existing policies.  Measures 8 3/4" x 5 1/2" ..
Your Postal Service ... With Sincere Holiday Greetings from Your Rural Mail Carrier, 'Service with a Smile'
A short magazine style booklet provided by the US Postal Service to libraries or individuals in more rural locations. On the front cover it states, "A handbook of accurate information concerning the Postal Service, particularly compiled for rural mail patrons coming to you direct from the National Capitol in Washington D. C., and well meriting a place in your library." It contains a variety of different information on current postal rates, and short biographical information on postal employees such as the Postmaster General and First Asst. Postmaster General. Additionally, it contains well over a dozen articles, such as: 'Rural Patrols Obligations Regarding Mail Boxes Are Most Reasonable', 'Bogus Rye and Silk Swindle Defraud Public', 'Parcel Post System Inaugurated for Farmer, Why Doesn't He Use It?', and 'Salary of Rural Carrier Suffers in Comparison with that of Other Workers'. There are approximately twenty-two (22) black and white images from photographs throughout. The covers are mostly printed in red, with the front showing a holiday scene of Santa delivering letters and presents. The back cover has a holiday message, and eleven (11) printed photographs of postal carriers at work throughout the country. 19 pgs. Illustrated wrappers. OCLC 0 (Jan. 2021). Measures 11 1/2" x 8 1/2".