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 The Arms Student Vol XXII No. 1 - Published by the Students of Arms Academy, Shelburne Falls, MA, Dec 1908. Shelburne Falls Messenger.Shelburne Falls, MA.1908
The Arms Student Vol XXII No. 1 - Published by the Students of Arms Academy, Shelburne Falls, MA, Dec 1908. Shelburne Falls Messenger.Shelburne Falls, MA.1908
Price: $56.00

16pp. white paper wrapper, front and back cover printed in red ink. Small illustration of the school on the front cover, also printed in red. School newspaper for the winter term in 1908. Included possible course outlines, the scores from recent sporting events, recent scientific discoveries, alumni news, and more. In the editorial section, there are 8 short narrative pieces: Winter - Their First Thanksgiving - Winter in the Adirondacks - My Experience with a Burglar - Civil Service Positions - "The Lark" - School Fun - Class Notes. Topics range from informational, like the short piece encouraging students to join the civil service, to the comedic, like the story "Their First Thanksgiving", the tragic tale of two turkeys, reading the newspaper as it blows into the barn, as they wonder what 'Thanksgiving' is. Ends with 6 pages of advertisements for various local businesses. Measures 9" x 6 3/4". .
 The Masqua, Published by the Boys of Camp Belknap on Lake Winnipesaukee. Camp Belknap.Tuftonboro, NH.1936
The Masqua, Published by the Boys of Camp Belknap on Lake Winnipesaukee. Camp Belknap.Tuftonboro, NH.1936
Price: $350.00

Camp is an all boys summer resident camp found in 1903. Originally it was operated by the YMCA until 1996 when it switched to an independent non-profit. The boys ranged in age from 8 to 16 and could stay for one, two, four, six or eight weeks. Each year the camp puts out a Masqua, a compilation of the camp's weekly newsletters. Each week the newsletter would consist of short essays or stories written by one of the campers, copies of letters sent home, songs campers had made up, information on the various clubs at camp (such as the photography or nature club) or information on upcoming events like field trips, the 4th of July, or who won the camp tennis tournament. There is also one drawing that show a man saying "I'm wise, I'm voting for Campbell."  This folder consists of 107 typewritten pages. Below are a few excerpts: "Gee! Camp is a swell place, especially this camp. We got radios n' everything', 'cept out leader snores and I can't sleep nights, but it's all right 'cause my leader sleeps most of the afternoon anyway and he keeps the tent quiet so I get my rest in then..." - Letter home from Gilbert Stribridge.   "The season ends to our regret But we've made fiends we'll never forget; It's been grand to be here 'neath the pines And give our thanks to the Great Divine; We've helped ourselves, and others as well, How much is something we cannot tell. So, as we depart on our various ways So long, friends, and -- Happy Days." - Written by the Editor, Donald W. MacIssac as a goodbye at the end. At the end of the Masqua there is a list of all the staff members, counselors (or Leaders as they are called), and campers for the Summer of 1936, along with their addresses. Also included is the letter that was sent to each camper with the Masque from "Pa", the camp director, Ernest P. Colon, and a list of all the boys with October and November birthdays.  Wraps with 3-hole brad binding. Green covers. Brad binding. 114 pages (107 numbered, index and title page not). Measures 11 1/2" x 8 1/2" .
Pocket Diary - School Age Boy's Daily Writings in Make-do Leather Book
Pocket Diary - School Age Boy's Daily Writings in Make-do Leather Book
Price: $425.00

Small size book constructed of a front and back book cover two leaves of lined laid paper cut to fit the covers an held in place wtih thread. Old sewing repair holds covers together at backstrip.  A button is affixed to the front cover and a leather closure is sewn on the back cover with a buttonhole that clasps over the button.   When opened it reveals the daily activity of the lad of few words.  The pages are titled at the top of each month beginning with January 1857.  Many of the lines in the first half are occupied with "To School"  Some additional lines include: -school didn't keep , setting up wood, - made an axe handle - did nothing - Do work for Brown - Haying - A happy mood - Setting up wood - Killed the hog - made a gate - Picking Rocks - Cutting Bushes - To work for Brown- Holding plow for Clough - Drawing Stone and Plowing -Picking Apples - Making "sider" (cider) - Drawing dung - a couple of lines of secret code .  Each of the tasks is repeated numerous time.  The life of a young boy in an 1850s tweets!  Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  .
Child's drawing book with forty-four (44) graphite drawings. C1880
Child's drawing book with forty-four (44) graphite drawings. C1880
Price: $450.00

Thirty-one (31) school girl drawings of girls and women in Grecian bend bustle style costumes. Many of the images have been named by the artist. Thirteen (13) additional drawing by a different hand, most likely a boy, Native Americans, Soldiers. All naive. Three (3) finished in watercolor. Delightful. Measures 7" x 4". Fragile.
A grouping of Three (3) Drawing Books by Ethel Pratt c1910. 1910
A grouping of Three (3) Drawing Books by Ethel Pratt c1910. 1910
Price: $500.00

Three (3) carefully constructed homemade books with pencil drawn sketches of the day to day life of one young girl, Ethel Pratt. The books appear to span a period of time beginning when a young talented girl created simple naive sketches, some embellished with crayon. A loose page depicts a young girl reading a book to a bunny with other rabbits looking on. Others depict her friends, often with dolls. One scene shows a horrified young girl watching a dog carrying her dolly away. As she matures the drawing become more complex and boys begin to appeal..