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J E Powers A Book for Boys. D Lothrop & Co.Boston.1886
J E Powers A Book for Boys. D Lothrop & Co.Boston.1886
Price: $30.00

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.
Rogers & Company Engravers and Printers, Chicago and New York building series number one. Rogers and Co..New York.
Rogers & Company Engravers and Printers, Chicago and New York building series number one. Rogers and Co..New York.
Price: $45.00

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
Statement for the Purchases of Crockery due to the Estate of John Ginley, Gettysburg, PA, 1812. .Gettysburg, PA.1812
Statement for the Purchases of Crockery due to the Estate of John Ginley, Gettysburg, PA, 1812. .Gettysburg, PA.1812
Price: $45.00

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.
 The Recipe and a Right or License to Make and Use Superlative Honey. Merano Butterfield.Iroquois, IL.September 1859
The Recipe and a Right or License to Make and Use Superlative Honey. Merano Butterfield.Iroquois, IL.September 1859
Price: $45.00

A single side license, folded into quarters. This license gives the owner the right to make and sell Superlative Honey, patented by Merano Butterfield. It also provides the recipe for the honey. This license is owned by Eleanor Ford of Iroquois, IL. It is dated September 16, 1859 and is signed by Butterfield. Measures 8" x3" (folded), 12 1/2" x 8" (unfolded). Missing a large section at the bottom. Please see picture. Minor faded penciling.
 Business Card – Arthur A. Waite, Children’s Chalk-talker . ..c1880s
Business Card – Arthur A. Waite, Children’s Chalk-talker . ..c1880s
Price: $50.00

A 2 7/8” x 1 1/8” with trompe l'oeil corner giving the illusion of the corner being flipped forward. Printed in black and white, as a chalk board. The card reads Arthur A. Waite, Children’s Chalk-talker? John 3:16 in the upper right corner. It is for Arthur Waite, who began his career as a mesmerist and medium and converted to Christianity around 1870 and deemed himself an artist evangelist.  He delivered evangelizing sermons to children using illustrated chalk-talks. .
 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
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
Price: $50.00

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..
Preston's Complete Time Table (A Perpetual Calendar), and Preston's Tables of Interest
Preston's Complete Time Table (A Perpetual Calendar), and Preston's Tables of Interest
Price: $65.00

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".
 Programme Insert - Perfumed Sachet (Envelope) Promoting  'Enamel of American' for the Complexion. Francois Gregoire & Co..Philadelphia, PA.c1865
Programme Insert - Perfumed Sachet (Envelope) Promoting 'Enamel of American' for the Complexion. Francois Gregoire & Co..Philadelphia, PA.c1865
Price: $65.00

An 2 3/4" x 4 1/2" illustrated envelope use to perfume a programme - prepared by  Francois Gregoire & Co., proprietors of the 'Enamel of America', a beauty product meant for a woman's complexion. The envelope features the bust of a woman, at a desk, surrounded by several items, such as book and guitar. There are additional decorative elements as well, such as leaves and a border, used to enhance the illustration. . To add an element of sophistication and style to any performance, one could add a sachet or envelope of perfumed face powder, both promoting the product and adding an fragrance to the programme.
Prospectus and Promotional materials for selling Egyptian Regulator Tea. ..c1900
Prospectus and Promotional materials for selling Egyptian Regulator Tea. ..c1900
Price: $75.00

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". .
 Spring & Summer of 1872, image of a Skep Beehive Printed in Red Ink. King, Weikart & Warren.Alliance, Ohio.1872
Spring & Summer of 1872, image of a Skep Beehive Printed in Red Ink. King, Weikart & Warren.Alliance, Ohio.1872
Price: $75.00

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"..
C.D. Van Allen Van Allen's Common Sense Churn Transfer of Patent. .Syracuse, NY.July 23, 1861
C.D. Van Allen Van Allen's Common Sense Churn Transfer of Patent. .Syracuse, NY.July 23, 1861
Price: $95.00

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".
K. Nagashima Japanese Tea Advertisement on Rice Paper. The Morey Mercantile Co..Shizuoka, Japan.13636
K. Nagashima Japanese Tea Advertisement on Rice Paper. The Morey Mercantile Co..Shizuoka, Japan.13636
Price: $95.00

An advertisement, written on rice paper, for Solitaire Tea which was a green tea produced in the Shizuoka region of Japan. Solitaire Tea was produced by the Morey Mercantile Co, based in Denver, CO, and it was first launched In 1902. It was a part of the Solitaire Brand, the company's premium quality store brand, which provided various spices, coffee, tea and canned fruits and vegetables. This advertisement is a letter sent directly from  the tea agent located in Shizuoka, Japan in May 1937. The agent, K. Nagashima, describes the tea garden from which Solitaire Tea comes from, "the hillsides are now entirely covered with green tea bushes, just sprouting their first crop of leaves that are very young and tender." The letter closes with the slogan for the tea, "Solitaire Tea once in a consumer's teapot makes a friend for life." The letter is written on rice paper, on top of which is a letterhead for the Solitaire Tea brand. It depicts two boxes of tea and at the center a Japanese woman sitting in her garden making tea. At the base of the letter is an illustration of a Mt. Fuji, the volcanic mountain located in the Shizuoka region of Japan. Under the mountain are small green hills, a river with a bridge, and finally in the foreground a tea garden with its tea bushes neatly lined in a row. The letter comes with an envelope, addressed to Mrs. H. A. Weinrech of Loveland, CO. On the envelope there is a depiction of a box of Solitaire Tea and the small illustration of the mountain with the tea garden that is also found at the base of the letter. The envelope is enclosed in a rice paper envelope that has been self sealed. Letter measures: 7" x 2 3/4" (folded), 22" x 7" (unfolded). Envelope measures: 8" x 3". The Morey Mercantile Co. was established in 1884 by Chester Stephen Morey (1847-1922)  and it sold a variety of coffee, spices, tea, canned goods, matches, writing tables, and cigars. Chester's son, John William Morey (1878-1956) took over the company in 1922 just after his father's death and grew the store into one of the largest grocery businesses in the West. In 1956, John Morey sold the business to Consolidated Foods Cooperation, but unfortunately died soon there after. In 2014, Chester's great-great-grandson, Mark A. Ferguson, open a restaurant in Denver, CO called Solitaire in honor of his family's history.
 Illustrated Broadside Special Offer on Children's Trays - Sales Promotion. The Newark Tray Co..Newark, NJ.1882
Illustrated Broadside Special Offer on Children's Trays - Sales Promotion. The Newark Tray Co..Newark, NJ.1882
Price: $95.00

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..
 VendOmeter News journals and pamphlet, 1928. ..1928
VendOmeter News journals and pamphlet, 1928. ..1928
Price: $100.00

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".
 Typographic Messenger, Volume 5, No 4. - Scale of Sizes and Prices of  Printers' Cards. James Conner's Son Publishers.New York.October 1870
Typographic Messenger, Volume 5, No 4. - Scale of Sizes and Prices of Printers' Cards. James Conner's Son Publishers.New York.October 1870
Price: $100.00

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".
Selick Krigstein Mono-Rote-Kriculator. Merriam Paper Co. .New York.1938
Selick Krigstein Mono-Rote-Kriculator. Merriam Paper Co. .New York.1938
Price: $100.00

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"..
Catalogue of Cuts and Price List of Printing for Poultry and Live Stock Breeders and Business Men in General. Riverside Press.New York.
Catalogue of Cuts and Price List of Printing for Poultry and Live Stock Breeders and Business Men in General. Riverside Press.New York.
Price: $100.00

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".
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
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
Price: $100.00

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.
Two (2)Thread Samples Sets with 63 Different Colors. J & P Coats and Gudebrod Brothers Company..c1880
Two (2)Thread Samples Sets with 63 Different Colors. J & P Coats and Gudebrod Brothers Company..c1880
Price: $120.00

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"..
Contract to Let - Brick School House - Township No. 10. .Liberty MO.1870
Contract to Let - Brick School House - Township No. 10. .Liberty MO.1870
Price: $125.00

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..
S. H. Benson A Guinness Sport Folio - Whimsical Promotion. Guinness.Dublin.1950s
S. H. Benson A Guinness Sport Folio - Whimsical Promotion. Guinness.Dublin.1950s
Price: $125.00

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".
 Pirates of Penzance, Midwinter International Exposition Benefit Ticket. Golden Gate Operatic Society .San Francisco, CA.October 7,1893
Pirates of Penzance, Midwinter International Exposition Benefit Ticket. Golden Gate Operatic Society .San Francisco, CA.October 7,1893
Price: $125.00

In 1893, Michael H. de Young, the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, after going to the World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago had an idea- maybe he could bring a similar fair to San Francisco? As San Francisco, like most of the nation, was suffering from a depression at the time, his plan was met with skepticism. Eventually he won over the local businessmen and soon the rest of the city. In order to raise money for what would become known as California's Midwinter International Exposition, he sought private donors from all over the city. The Golden Gate Operatic Society agreed that the proceeds from the sale of tickets to Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance would go towards the fair. The ticket is printed on bright yellow card stock with a red stamp in the center declaring California's Midwinter International Exposition, Jan. 1894. On top of the stamp, printed in black, is the information about the event, (location, cost, time, etc.). Measures 4 1/2" x 2 1/2".
Frank Hiram Crosby Letter from a Commission Merchant regarding Wood and Flour on French's Hotel Letterhead. .New York.1859
Frank Hiram Crosby Letter from a Commission Merchant regarding Wood and Flour on French's Hotel Letterhead. .New York.1859
Price: $125.00

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" ..
Illustrated Letterhead with specifications for "turned stuff" for hoops with handles. The Princess Hoop Manufacturing Co..Bound Brook, NJ.1882
Illustrated Letterhead with specifications for "turned stuff" for hoops with handles. The Princess Hoop Manufacturing Co..Bound Brook, NJ.1882
Price: $125.00

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.
 Photo Album promoting Kolmar Cosmetic Laboratories - Building Interiors, Exteriors and Production . .Minneapolis, MN.1930s-1940
Photo Album promoting Kolmar Cosmetic Laboratories - Building Interiors, Exteriors and Production . .Minneapolis, MN.1930s-1940
Price: $140.00

An album of 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" photographs (real photo postcard stock) to promote Kolmar Laboratories, the largest contract manufacturer of color cosmetics in the  world in it's day.  Contains 12 photos  including women inspecting and packing Serrate Puffs, an assembly line, scientific method of measuring shades of rouge, lipstick and powder in in "dominant Hue", a research and control laboratory, the lipstick moulding department,  An additional loose photo of Newark NJ plant. . Company was founded in 1921 by Mr. Lessing L. Kole  in a small store in Milwaukee WI with Dr. Frederick Marsek, who had been the Chief Chemist for Palmolive in Milwaukee.  The name was derived from their names.  The company continued to grow and is still the largest contract manufacturer of color cosmetics in the world.
 Subscriber Copy of Contract for a Plank Road in Oneida County, New York - Deerfield to Remsen. .Oneida County, New York.1847
Subscriber Copy of Contract for a Plank Road in Oneida County, New York - Deerfield to Remsen. .Oneida County, New York.1847
Price: $175.00

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.
 Retirement Album for W. B. Gray, Western Electric Company. Western Electric Company.Baltimore, Maryland.1952
Retirement Album for W. B. Gray, Western Electric Company. Western Electric Company.Baltimore, Maryland.1952
Price: $175.00

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.
James Chancy  Merchant Accounting Book of James Chancy, Grocer.  E. G. Hoose.Salem, MA.1820-1823
James Chancy Merchant Accounting Book of James Chancy, Grocer. E. G. Hoose.Salem, MA.1820-1823
Price: $200.00

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".
Rules for Building and Classification; Record of American and Foreign Shipping. American Shipmasters' Association.New York.1877
Rules for Building and Classification; Record of American and Foreign Shipping. American Shipmasters' Association.New York.1877
Price: $225.00

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".
Account Book prepared by Isaac Curry, Trenton, NY, 1832-1852, a merchant in South Trenton, who also served as an executor on various estates
Account Book prepared by Isaac Curry, Trenton, NY, 1832-1852, a merchant in South Trenton, who also served as an executor on various estates
Price: $250.00

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
J.W. Orr, Engraver (NY) Blank Books Adapted to Fulton & Eastman's Book-Keeping, by Single and Double Entry - "Merchant Day Book" - Dry Goods Fabric & Sewing Supplies. Moore & Nims.Troy, NY.1848-
J.W. Orr, Engraver (NY) Blank Books Adapted to Fulton & Eastman's Book-Keeping, by Single and Double Entry - "Merchant Day Book" - Dry Goods Fabric & Sewing Supplies. Moore & Nims.Troy, NY.1848-
Price: $250.00

This copy book was provided to customers by the Manufacturers Moore & Nims. An unknown individual has used it as a ledger for their business. The ledger dates from January 3, 1848 to March 29, 1849, with all but the last few pages filled out. It is clear from the entries the author owned a dry goods store with an emphasis on  fabric store as most of the items mentioned are fabric, thread or buttons. It also includes the sales of condiments, spices and dried fruits. Each entry is dated, tells the name of the customer, what was purchased and the cost. An engraving by J. W. Orr is on the front cover. It features a heavily decorated floral and scroll border. On the front interior cover is a message "To the Pupil" which continues onto the back interior cover. The back cover features an advertisement for Franklin Globes produced by Moore & Nims. There are seven globes engraved in this advertisement. OCLC -1 (Feb 2019). However the book cataloged has 24 pgs., versus this book which as 36 pages. All the other fields match this item. Green paper covers, 36 pages. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4"..
  A collection of printed material relating to paper bags and other paper based product packaging, including samplesc. 1924-1932
A collection of printed material relating to paper bags and other paper based product packaging, including samplesc. 1924-1932
Price: $275.00

This array of materials includes information and samples from Paterson Vegetable Parchment (butter wrappers), includes price lists, samples in one and full color, color illustrated letterhead depicting product, a directory of distributors and more. -Sample book of various colors for DeLuxe Stripe Machine Glaze glassine Dealers’ Price List of Folding Paper Boxes, 1932 includes many illustrations, some in color depicting -boxes of numerous designs and styles. Accompanied by an illustrated letterhead depicting the various containers made by the Standard Box Company. -Flyer for Embossed Holly Glassine with sample, a two (2) leaflets for “Green Crown” Liners to Dress Up Your Fruit, Artographic Paper Products Co. 1926 -Price Lists and two (2) sets of samples for all components of a candy box for Hirsch Products Manufacturers of Paper Specialties, NYC -Flyer from Strathmore Press, Inc. Fancy Candy Box Tops -Grocers’ Bag Base Price List, Union Bag & Paper Corporation, 1937 -White Silk Bond pamphlet and sample, “For the Discriminating Merchant, by the Roll -Howard Bond “Nature Made the Lily White” Howard Paper Co., Urbana, Ohio. -Leaflet for Quality Twines, Ludlow Sales Corporation, image from photograph of samples -Schorsch & Co., NYC, Price list and five (5) illustrated sample bread bags for different size and shaped bread -Six (6) sample illustrated candy bags . wear from age on some bags, some discoloration
John Robins Sharpless Sr. Diary of John R. Sharpless, Lawyer from Pennsylvania, includes trip to World's Fair . .Catawissa, PA.1893
John Robins Sharpless Sr. Diary of John R. Sharpless, Lawyer from Pennsylvania, includes trip to World's Fair . .Catawissa, PA.1893
Price: $275.00

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.
Special Agents of the P.O. Department October 6, 1864
Special Agents of the P.O. Department October 6, 1864
Price: $300.00

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. .
 Lightning Rod & Whaling Voyage Insurance Policies + Photographs Belonging Joseph Vera of New Bedford, MA. .New Bedford, MA.1869-1873
Lightning Rod & Whaling Voyage Insurance Policies + Photographs Belonging Joseph Vera of New Bedford, MA. .New Bedford, MA.1869-1873
Price: $325.00

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.
 Contracts and Broadside for the Auction of the Ship Inn. W. T. Hickman and Son.Southampton, UK.1883
Contracts and Broadside for the Auction of the Ship Inn. W. T. Hickman and Son.Southampton, UK.1883
Price: $350.00

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. .
Warrren Graeff Photographer Archive - Photos & Brochures - Bank Architecture - Tilghman Moyer & Company. ..1920s-1930s
Warrren Graeff Photographer Archive - Photos & Brochures - Bank Architecture - Tilghman Moyer & Company. ..1920s-1930s
Price: $450.00

A group of materials from the Tilghman, Moyer & Co., architectural and construction firm from the 1920s-30s.  It includes photographs, promotional newsletter and a large format soft cover presentation book all with images from photographs or actual photographs of the interior and exterior of the bank buildings, with emphasis on decorative design and vaults.  The materials are as follows: Over 30 actual 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" photographs, interiors and exteriors from banks in the mid-Atlantic region including Tokama Park, Souderton, Perkesic, West Chester and Phoenixville. All but two are identified on reverse with pencil notation. Ten (10 ) promotional pieces provided by the firm as Fore site Supplements" all included interiors, exteriors, a floor plan and narratives of  identified banks throughout the region.  All but the one from 1928 are 6 pp fold-outs, 1982 is 8 pp. Each with a marketing narrative 1928 - Without Leaving Your Desk 1928 - Expressing Your True Self 1928 - Thorough the Publics Eye Jan 1929- We All Know These Things May 1930 - Architecture Is for Every-day Use July 1930 - An Asset the Statement Doesn't Show Oct. 1930 - Art has Changed Its Tempo Dec 1930 - What does the Public Think Jan  1931 - Does Your Bank Building Owe You Anything Mar  1931 - Prices Claim Attention The final item is an unnumbered 70 plus page book titled Bank Architecture - Illustrated from recent work designed built decorated and furnished by the  Tilghman Moyer company of Allentown Pennsylvania.  Each page with a single image from a photograph of a particular feature of a particular bank.  Each identified as to the feature, the bank name and location.   Images 7 1/4" x 5 3/4".  Book measures 13 1/2" x 10 1/4". .
 Four Part Presentation Piece  Data on Cooperation between Employers and Employees, United Shoe Machinery Company,  Excellent Presentation. .Beverly, MA.c1915
Four Part Presentation Piece Data on Cooperation between Employers and Employees, United Shoe Machinery Company, Excellent Presentation. .Beverly, MA.c1915
Price: $450.00

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. .
Dean Brothers Blank Book & Printing Co.  Fruit, Produce, Butter and Eggs Shipper Journals. .Chicago.1870s-1890s
Dean Brothers Blank Book & Printing Co. Fruit, Produce, Butter and Eggs Shipper Journals. .Chicago.1870s-1890s
Price: $500.00

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.
A group of 33 Correspondence from Various Automobile  Manufactures to an Albany, NY area Auto Distributor/Dealer, all from 1914-1915. ..
A group of 33 Correspondence from Various Automobile Manufactures to an Albany, NY area Auto Distributor/Dealer, all from 1914-1915. ..
Price: $550.00

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.
Promotional Material for Urlings Flaxen Thread Lace including Samples of Urling's Lace and Threads compared to Common Lace and Threads. . .London .1817
Promotional Material for Urlings Flaxen Thread Lace including Samples of Urling's Lace and Threads compared to Common Lace and Threads. . .London .1817
Price: $950.00

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.
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 . ..
Price: $1,150.00

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 ˝” 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 (http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/phebe-oliver-morton_22451705?geo_a=r&o_iid=41014&o_lid=41014&o_sch=Web+Property) Peter Vaughan, 1791-1874 (http://vaughan-vaughn.org/res-danielv.htm ) Children: Cyrus, Eveline, Peter, Phebe, Hepsibah, Mary Rebecca Morton Carpenter, 1799-? Gideon Carpenter, 1790-? (http://carpentercousins.com/wc-584-desc/aqwg195.htm) Children: William, Charles, Albert, Edwin, Jane .
A grouping of 125 Building Applications from San Francisco buildings 1906 - 1945
A grouping of 125 Building Applications from San Francisco buildings 1906 - 1945
Price: $1,800.00

These requests for permits range from the building of motion picture theaters, to automobile related establishments (on Van Ness), warehouses, a Tamale Parlor, savings and loans, and much more.  An application to build at the northeast corner of Sutter and Stockton Streets, dated April 25,1927 was submitted by J. Henry Meyer & Co., a noted financier and President of the California Street Railway Company and banking firm of J. Henry Meyer & Co.   Forty-three (43) of the  requests were for locations on Alabama Street dated from October 12, 1906 to June 24, 1932.  For a more comprehensive list click HERE..