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 Meet Me in Nashville Decal. American War Mothers.Nashville, TN.14519
Meet Me in Nashville Decal. American War Mothers.Nashville, TN.14519
Price: $35.00

A decal printed for the 12th National Convention of American War Mothers. The American War Mothers is a national organization chartered by Congress with its headquarters in Washington, DC. Its members are mothers whose sons and daughters have served or who are serving in the Armed Forces. Its objective is to aid the serviceman or veteran and his family, including those who are hospitalized. This decal is gilded and in the shape of a school bus, with red and blue accents. Measures 3 ˝” x 2”. . more info
Save the Staff of Life to Feed the Staff of the Nation
Save the Staff of Life to Feed the Staff of the Nation
Price: $50.00

With the slogan "We need both Bread and Bullets" across the front cover, the Ward Baking Company helped the Council of National Defense in its conservation of wheat during the World War I. This pamphlet explains the need for rationing bread on the home front. Printed in brown and green the cover depicts a soldier with a rifle over his shoulder standing in a grassy field. Measures 4" x 2 ˝". more info
 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.. more info
 Red Cross Promotional Brochure - 10,000 Women needed now for the service that must not fail!. ..
Red Cross Promotional Brochure - 10,000 Women needed now for the service that must not fail!. ..
Price: $50.00

Single-fold brochure with images from photographs of nurses, volunteers and soldiers.  Requesting women to volunteer using the following points Bandages you roll may save a life You keep the wheels rolling (speaker's bureau) You may say that cheery farewell that means so much! You can reach the necessary aid You may help fighters "come back" You can assure the peace of mind of the boys at the front! Presented by the Chicago Chapter.  The back page is an appeal for Nurse's Aides, to volunteer to ease the civilian hospital workload aid release graduate nurses for work with the armed forces.  Measures 8" x 5". . more info
 The Neighborhood House, Minister to all the Needs of the People. The Neighborhood House.Curtis Bay, MD.1916
The Neighborhood House, Minister to all the Needs of the People. The Neighborhood House.Curtis Bay, MD.1916
Price: $55.00

10 pages (including covers) staple brochure printed for the Neighborhood House in an effort to help generate funds for the charity. Founding in 1906 the goal of the Neighborhood house was to support the community of Curtis Bay by providing school and social activities, not just for children, but also women. They offered kindergarten, several boy's, girl's, and women's clubs, as well as Industrial School which had classes in Cooking, Sewing, and Basketry. The funds solicited by this booklet would go towards the cost of equipment and repairs as well as a gymnasium and better grounds.  The book includes 5 pages of photographs of the school and the classes. Additionally the front cover has a picture of the school and the back cover as a picture of Curtis Bay, with the caption "An Industrial Community." Measures 7"  x 5".. more info
 "Death is Waiting for You", A Fire Safety Blotter shows death near by. Ministry of Public Works.Quebec, Canada.1940s
"Death is Waiting for You", A Fire Safety Blotter shows death near by. Ministry of Public Works.Quebec, Canada.1940s
Price: $55.00

A fire-safety postcard distributed by the Ministry of Public Works in Quebec. The blotter is specifically warning against cooking fires. On the right side of the postcard is a black and white illustration of a woman cooking on the stove as she appears to be pouring something into the pan. Behind her, surrounded by smoke, is death (a skeleton) reaching out towards her. On the left side of the card is the phrase "De vous servez pas de petrole pour allumer ou raviver un feu car la mort vous guette", which roughly translates to "Do not use oil to light or rekindle a fire because death is waiting for you." Artist printed signature illegible. Measures 6" x 3".. more info
James Hook The Match Boy. R Gale.Glasgow, Scotland.1805
James Hook The Match Boy. R Gale.Glasgow, Scotland.1805
Price: $65.00

1 page, arranged on 2 staves for voice and harpsichord. The song is about an orphaned young boy who sells matches on the street, and the wealthy poplele who walk by him each day. Over three verses the song employs them to "Give a mite to the poor little boy." Measures 12 3/4" x 9" . Minor soiling and toning due to age. more info
 Your Rights and the Police, an ACLU Pamphlet. American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Rhode Island.Providence, RI.[1965]
Your Rights and the Police, an ACLU Pamphlet. American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Rhode Island.Providence, RI.[1965]
Price: $65.00

A 'Q & A' pamphlet provided by the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) on what to do when you are stopped by the police. The pamphlet has been broken up into three sections: 'If You Are Stopped by the Police', 'Your Rights' After an Arrest', and 'Your Rights in Front of a Judge'. Each question and answer is stated in simple and direct terms. Some of the questions asked are: 'What should I do if the police harass me?', 'When can the police search my home?', 'What rights do I have after an arrest?', 'Is there anything I should sign at the station [after an arrest]? (on the inventory list of your belonging at the time of your arrest), and 'What will happen when I appear before the judge?'. The pamphlet also emphatically states at the beginning that "these [answers] are just general guidelines, and that the law in this area is complex and constantly being modified." The last section of the pamphlet has what appears to be a cut out card on can put in their wallet that provides a couple of quick facts and advise about what to do if you are arrested.  While the ACLU was founded in the 1920s, the Rhode Island branch was founded in 1959. It is still in existence today. 8 page pamphlet. Measures 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" (folded), 13 3/4" x 8 1/2" (unfolded) . more info
Paul H. Huedepohl "Promoting and Conducting 'Learn-to-Swim' Campaigns" Informational Booklet. Jantzen Knitting Mills.Portland, OR.1933
Paul H. Huedepohl "Promoting and Conducting 'Learn-to-Swim' Campaigns" Informational Booklet. Jantzen Knitting Mills.Portland, OR.1933
Price: $65.00

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". more info
Ernest T. Attwell Recreation for the Colored America. The American City Magazine.New York, NY.9710
Ernest T. Attwell Recreation for the Colored America. The American City Magazine.New York, NY.9710
Price: $65.00

An article by Ernest T. Attwell (1878-1949) that appeared in 'The American City Magazine' in 1926. The article is meant to help promote the building of recreational spaces  for African Americans. For this article the term 'recreational spaces' means  local play grounds and parks that children can access as well as camps which African Americans can attend. The first part of the article discusses the current lack of spaces, and the benefits such spaces would provide. The latter half of the article cites specific examples of recreational spaces that were created in the early 1920s. The majority of these newly created spaces are located in Southern states, however there are a few in the Northern states. For example, the Mosley Recreation Center in Chicago, IL. The picture on the top of the first page of the article is from the Mosley Center and features a group of African American Children taking part in an Egyptian scene during a pageant. There are three more images from photographs in the article, one shows children of color playing tennis, and the last two feature a group shots of children after a pageant and radio contest. This is captioned "The colored children did very well in the annual city-wide contest in radio construction, Douglass Playground, Chicago".  The author of the article, Ernest T. Attwell, was an important pioneer in the development of recreational spaces in America, particularly those aimed for use by minorities. 3 pages, double sided, numbered 161-166. Non-related articles and photographs on pg. 161 & 166. more info
Compilers - International Sunshine Society.  Sunshine Year Book. Los Angeles Branch of the Sunshine Society.Los Angeles.1908
Compilers - International Sunshine Society. Sunshine Year Book. Los Angeles Branch of the Sunshine Society.Los Angeles.1908
Price: $75.00

An unpaginated 8" x 5" booklet. Copyright 1908. Lulu A. Crawford.  Cover depicts California Poppies with inset of sun rising over the mountains. The title page reads "Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on.   "Twas not given for you alone--Pass it on. Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another's tear, 'Til in heaven and the deed appers--Pass it on.  The content is daily inspirations by an array of authors including Ruskin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Milton, Kingsley, Sarah f. Adams and many more. . Cynthia May Westover Alden, nee Cynthia May Westover (1862-1931) American social worker and journalist whose energies in the latter half of her life focused on securing the welfare of blind infants and children. She married John Alden, later editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, in 1896, and about that time she began sending Christmas cards to shut-ins. A group of fellow journalists then organized themselves as the Sunshine Society to carry on and enlarge the scope of the practice. Alden spread the word through her Recorder column and continued her involvement when she moved to the New York Tribune in 1897 and to the Ladies Home Journal in 1899. The International Sunshine Society, incorporated in 1900, was headed by Alden for the rest of her life. In 1902 the society established a sanatorium in Bensonhurst for blind children (in 1917 it became Harbor Hospital), and in 1905 a nursery and a kindergarten for blind children were established in Brooklyn. In 1910 the Sunshine Arthur Home for blind babies was established in Summit, New Jersey, and over a period of years the society’s efforts led to legislation providing care for blind infants and children in 18 states. Alden’s other books include Women’s Ways of Earning Money (1904) and The Baby Blind (1915). By the time of her death the International Sunshine Society had 500 local branches in 38 states as well as branches in 8 foreign nations. (excerpts from  Encyclopaedia Britannica) more info
Kansas State Penitentiary - Concert by the Kansas State Prison Ban
Kansas State Penitentiary - Concert by the Kansas State Prison Ban
Price: $75.00

A 7 1/4" x 5" program for the concert  that includes an overture, marches "The Prisoner's Song", songs by the Harmony Four Quartet, a waltz, medley, Hawaiian patrol and more.  Reverse is blank.   Letter folds and toning. more info
 How the Democrats Have Spent the Public Moneys of the City of Boston. .Boston, MA.1883
How the Democrats Have Spent the Public Moneys of the City of Boston. .Boston, MA.1883
Price: $75.00

A booklet that compares and contrasts the "expenditures of the Board of Aldermen, Common Council, and principal committee of the City Government, for refreshments and carriages" between 1882 and 1883. The booklet starts off with an address by Boston Mayor Albert Palmer (1831-1887) condemning the amount spent on entertainment, before detailing out the budget for two different parties thrown by the Board of Alderman. According to a synopsis of one of the parties, each guest must have had about two quarts of liquor and over ten cigars each in order for the budget to check out. The booklet ends with the statement: "The men who have so disregarded their duties and obligations as city officials will only continue their nefarious work, should they be able to get their hands into the coffers of the State." 12 pages, included printed wrappers. String binding. OCLC 11 (Oct 2019). Measures 8 1/2" x 5 /12". more info
 Temperance Pledge Card - Abstain form Intoxicating Liquors, tobacco and profanity. Edward L. Mitchell.Boston.[1850s]
Temperance Pledge Card - Abstain form Intoxicating Liquors, tobacco and profanity. Edward L. Mitchell.Boston.[1850s]
Price: $75.00

A 5 3/8" x 6"  illustrated Temperance Pledge card printed on orange card stock.  Imagery at top includes vignettes of those signing the pledge, practicing Temperance, and practicing Intemperance. Scripture and platitudes about the card. Card signed by Ervin Josiah Osgood, 1860.  Reverse is blank. . more info
 The Folly of Prohibition: Views of Leading American Newspapers, Public Men and Ministers . The Voice (Prohibition Paper)..c. 1888
The Folly of Prohibition: Views of Leading American Newspapers, Public Men and Ministers . The Voice (Prohibition Paper)..c. 1888
Price: $85.00

16pp. An attempt to rebuke the idea of prohibition through the use of quotes that support the ineffectiveness of it. Starting with a passage from "The Voice" which was the prohibition newspaper, the argument against prohibition, and the inability to enforce it, is briefly commented on. Then pulled quotes from various sources are used, divided into three categories. There are quotes of various length pulled from newspaper articles like the New York Times, Boston Globe, Providence Journal and Omaha Herald. Then are quotes from prominent men, with some historical figures, like Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln. Also included is Bodwell, governor of Maine,Senator Richard Coke, and Herbert Spencer. The third category is leading ministers that dismiss the religious impetus for prohibition, with quotes from Francis Murphy, Rev. H.P. Collins and discussion from the Episcopal Conference. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 3/4".. more info
Hobart Bradstreet Spine Motion. .Chicago.1922
Hobart Bradstreet Spine Motion. .Chicago.1922
Price: $85.00

Ever wondered why your body starts to slow down as you age? According to Hobart Bradstreet it is due to the settling of your spine. In this short book walks the reader through his theory and provides a series of stretches that he has developed and called 'Spine Motion' to help combat this settling of the spine. .  The book has three black and white illustrations of the part of the human spine, as well as one printed photograph Bradstreet himself. Included with the book are 5 heavy stock cards, with images from photographs, in which Bradstreet is shown performing the stretches described in the book. Green cloth over board, 27pp. Measures 7" x 5".. more info
SDP Liberal Alliance The Time has Come, A British Political Booklet - SPD - Liberal Alliance. Hebden Royd Publications.West Yokeshire, UK.1987
SDP Liberal Alliance The Time has Come, A British Political Booklet - SPD - Liberal Alliance. Hebden Royd Publications.West Yokeshire, UK.1987
Price: $85.00

A political propaganda booklet for the SPD - Liberal Alliance, a British political party, most likely dating from the 1987 UK General Election, were their slogan was "Britain Untied: The Time Has Come."  The cover of the booklet features a photo (and letter inside) from David Steel and David Owen leaders of the Liberal Party and SDP respectively. The rest of the booklet features messaging about their goals, particular in the arenas of education, heath and community care, and housing. It often bolds various lines starting with the phrase "the time has come". Such as "the time has come to get Britain working again", "the time has come to fight for our welfare state" and "the time has come to find a new role in the world." At the end of booklet is a small cut out donation form for the Alliance Election Fund. Yellow covers. Measures 11 3/4" x 8". The SDP - Liberal Alliance was a centrist political and electoral alliance in the UK first established in 1981 between the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Liberal Party. The alliance ended in 1988 when the two parties officially combined into the Social and Liberal Democrats (later renamed the Liberal Democrats). more info
Dance Card in the shape of a US Mail Box - Third Annual Concert and Ball of the Letter Carriers' Relief Association. J. E. Shipman.Springfield [MA].1894
Dance Card in the shape of a US Mail Box - Third Annual Concert and Ball of the Letter Carriers' Relief Association. J. E. Shipman.Springfield [MA].1894
Price: $85.00

8 pp dance card die-cut in the shape of a mail box.  Litho on orange stock covers. Ribbon binding. The order of dance includes sixteen dances.  Seven dances were spoken for (written in pencil).  Music by the Springfield Orchestral Club.  Hosted by Branch No. 46 N. A. L. C.  I.  Concludes with a good night poem by Lorenzo Sosso.. more info
Mimeographed Female Liberation Newsletter. .Boston.c1977
Mimeographed Female Liberation Newsletter. .Boston.c1977
Price: $90.00

An 8 1/2" x 11" two-sided typewritten and mimeographed newsletter.  Includes information on New Study Groups, Equal Rights Panel, M.O.R.A.L. Teach-In, Females and Self-Defense, Washington Conference, Street Rallies, B. U. Women's Center, and Self-Defense.  This is followed by a Calendar of events for October 13-18. The group was located at 1126 Boylston, Boston. . The group was established in 1970. more info
Song Sheet: Labour is the Source of Wealth. "The Hard Working Man"
Song Sheet: Labour is the Source of Wealth. "The Hard Working Man"
Price: $95.00

A 10" x 7 1/4" songsheet with woodcut engravings of a skep, clasped hands, and a regal lady in a coach guarded by soldiers. Decorative devices add structure to the sheet. Verse begins "Who is the prop, the support of the land, The rich or the por I would ask..."  Reverse is blank.   Edge tears, small amounts of paper log. more info
George T. Angell Our Dumb Animals Supplement, An Address to the National Convention of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. MSPCA.Boston, MA.Nov 1887
George T. Angell Our Dumb Animals Supplement, An Address to the National Convention of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. MSPCA.Boston, MA.Nov 1887
Price: $100.00

A single fold newsletter distributed by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MAPCA) that records the speech given by George T. Angell, the President of the MAPCA, at the National Convention of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union in Nashville, TN, in November 1887. This newsletter was a supplement to the "Our Dumb Animals", a magazine published by the MAPCA, of which Angell was also the editor of. His speech stated that there are two kinds of armies, "armies  of cruelty and armies of mercy," he continues on to state that "there are thousands to speak for the humans, [but] for one to speak for the lower." On the front is an engraving of a young girl helping two little boys sign the Pledge of Mercy which asks the signer to "... try to be kind to all harmless living creatures, and try to protect them from cruel usage."  Measures 12" x 9 1/4" (folded).. George Thorndike Angell was born on June 5, 1823 to Rev. George Angell (1785-1827) and Rebeka Thorndike Angell (1789-1869) in Southbridge, MA. He attended Dartmouth College in 1846, studied at Harvard Law School and passed the bar in 1851. He practiced law in Boston for many years until in 1866 he say two horses whose were run to death. Inspired by this sight, in 1868 he founded and then became President of the  Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MAPCA). He married Eliza Ann Mattoon (1840-1930) on November 7 1872. He died on March 16, 1909 after a long illness in Boston, MA. more info
Brochure introducing Old-age and Survivors Insurance - Social Security - Monthly Benefits Begin in 1940. US Government Printing Office..1939
Brochure introducing Old-age and Survivors Insurance - Social Security - Monthly Benefits Begin in 1940. US Government Printing Office..1939
Price: $100.00

8 pp pamphlet with an image from a photograph of gently "puffing his chest".  The content describes the monthly old-age and survivor's insurance benefits beginning January 1, 1940.  It describes how to qualify - retire from work, or made at least $50 in each of 6 calendar quarters since 1936. It further explains that wages you earned after 65 years would count towards benefits and how the program worked for surviving spouses and children.  Monthly benefits were based on previous earnings.   Measures 7" x 4". . more info
 The Time is Now, Project Rural Conference. NAACP.Raleigh, NC.December 14-15, 1979
The Time is Now, Project Rural Conference. NAACP.Raleigh, NC.December 14-15, 1979
Price: $125.00

A card stock poster from a 1979 conference, hosted at the Sheraton Crabtree Hotel in Raleigh, NC. The slogan for the conference was "The Time is Now" and the poster features an illustration of a African American man holding a pitch fork standing in his fields, surrounded by chickens. In the distance there another individual, which based on the head-ware may have been intended to be a woman, riding on a tractor plowing a field. Below the illustration are the dates for the conference. The text and illustration are printed in blue. Measures 15" x 11 1/2". Project Rural was an initiative developed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with the goal to educate black Americans in the need for retaining possession of their land. Project Rural was an acronym for Retention, Utilization, Revitalization, and Acquisition of Land, and developed in the 1970s, its aim was to address the starling static that black Americans had lost 10  million of the 15 million acres of land that they owned after the American Civil War. more info
 2 Pamphlets - "What Do We Know About AIDS?" and "Guidelines for AIDS Risk Reduction - Update". AIDS Action Committee.Boston, MA.[1985]
2 Pamphlets - "What Do We Know About AIDS?" and "Guidelines for AIDS Risk Reduction - Update". AIDS Action Committee.Boston, MA.[1985]
Price: $125.00

A pair of pamphlets, entitled "What Do We Know About AIDS?" and "Guidelines for AIDS Risk Reduction - Update", both produced by the AIDS Action Committee, now known as AIDS Action. Original formed by Fenway Community Health as a response to the AIDS epidemic, AIDS Action has become New England's largest provider of services to both individuals living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of infection. As both of these informational pamphlets were published before the scientific community fully understood AIDS, there isn't much information with hard scientific basis. What is notable though, is that while these pamphlets are largely aimed at homosexual men, they stress that AIDS can be transferred via sexual transmission and/or blood contact regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The Guidelines pamphlet particularly stresses that AIDS transmission is possible "through heterosexual relations. Female-to-male transmission as well as male-to-female". Additionally they make an effect to dispel some of the more erroneous assumptions about AIDS, such as that it can be transferred through physical contact such as hugging or urine contact during water sports. The backside of both pamphlets have a list of AIDS resources. Know About AIDS Measures 8 1/2" x 3 3/4" (folded), 11" x 8 1/2" (unfolded). Guidelines Measures: 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" (folded), 14" x 8 1/2" (unfolded). more info
Burial Ledger. .Lancaster and Dauphin Counties of Pennsylvania.1894-1899
Burial Ledger. .Lancaster and Dauphin Counties of Pennsylvania.1894-1899
Price: $125.00

A burial ledger, kept by an unknown individual, of the deaths of residents of the Lancaster and Dauphin Counties in Pennsylvania between 1894 and 1899. The ledger lists approximately 600 individuals' name, place they lived, burial date, burial location, and age at time of death. At times there is additional information, like who the person was related to. Below are a few entries from the ledger: "David Bernes [Barnes] of Manheim got burried [sic] at Hernleys Meeting House, May 8 [1896], age 90 yrs." "Harry Witman got burried [sic] at Church Oct. 11 [1896], age 35." "Child of Beny Weaver got burried [sic] Feb. 24 [1898] in the Reformed Churchyard, Campbellstown." "Henry Harmany got burried [sic] at Mt. Timmel Cemetery, died at County Hospital, age 69 years.   The ledger itself is a Globe Composition Book, which on the front cover has an illustration of a globe. 24 leaves; completed on both sides. Measures 8 1/4" x 7 3/4". more info
Milwaukee Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental Diseases Milwaukee Sanitarium For Nervous and Mental Diseases. .Wauwatosa, WI.[1915]
Milwaukee Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental Diseases Milwaukee Sanitarium For Nervous and Mental Diseases. .Wauwatosa, WI.[1915]
Price: $135.00

A brochure for the Milwaukee Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental Diseases in Wauwatosa, WI. In the late 19th century, care for the mentally ill started to become more humane, and several states, including Wisconsin passed laws to fund humane state run mental hospitals. Due to their overcrowding, shortly there after, private run mental institutions began to crop up. The Milwaukee Sanitarium was founded in 1884 as one of these privately run mental health institutions. It was first run by Dr. James H. McBride, who believed that fresh air and open country were the best medicines to use to promote mental health. After McBride retired in 1895, Dr. Richard Dewey took over. The brochure, printed circa 1915, showcases the improvements made under Dewey's tenure, include the additions of a private "cottage system", training program for attendants, bath house, and a gymnasium with a zander apparatus- a machine designed for passive exercises such as vibratory treatment. The brochure features twenty-five (25) images from photographs of the grounds, facilities, patient rooms, and treatment rooms. At the back of the brochure is a section on the types of clothing and personal belongings patients are allowed to bring, as well as a short note on when and how friends and family can visit. The Milwaukee Sanitarium is still in business today, and in 1954 it changed its status from a for-profit institution, to a nonprofit, and is currently known as Aurora Psychiatric Hospital. 30 pages, printed wrappers, staple binding. Measures 6" x 4". more info
Norberto Sanchez Crack, Deadend Rush, A Poster Promoting a Hotline for Youth Substance Abuse. NY State Division of Substance Abuse Services.New York.1989
Norberto Sanchez Crack, Deadend Rush, A Poster Promoting a Hotline for Youth Substance Abuse. NY State Division of Substance Abuse Services.New York.1989
Price: $150.00

A poster advertising for Hotline Cares, a youth run hotline aimed at helping fellow teenagers with substance abuse. This poster is specifically targeting the youth who use cocaine, calling it a 'Deadend Rush." The poster was designed by Norberto Sanchez and features a black and white design. In the background there are various landscapes and cityscapes, along with a street sign that says "One Way". A young, physically fit boy stands at the center with an oversized crack pipe in front of him. The circular base of the crack pipe depicts two men, decrepit with animal-like claws for their feet and hands. This imagery is meant to be a metaphor for the dangers of cocaine use. At the base of the poster is the hotline number is listed with the tag line "Youth Helping You". This poster was made by the NY State Division of Substance Abuse Services. Measures 24 1/2" x 19. more info
Henry E. Garrett, Ph. D Booklet - How Classroom Desegregation will Work. The Patrick Henry Press.Richmond, VA.1965
Henry E. Garrett, Ph. D Booklet - How Classroom Desegregation will Work. The Patrick Henry Press.Richmond, VA.1965
Price: $150.00

26pp. Black and white illustrated wrapper. Cover depicts a checkerboard school house with an American flag flying above.  Contents include Part I - The Intelligence of Public School Children The Florida Study,  The Georgia Study, Project  Talent Part II - Three Examples of Desegregation Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York Part III - General Summary Part IV - Final Word Biology, Psychology, History, Temperance Heredity vs. Environment Paraphrased, the conclusions drawn are that desegregation of public schools would lead to demoralization, ruin and complete ineffectiveness of schools.  The "quality" of education would be incompatible.  White children would be sacrificed to "equalize" the Negro children's IDs. Finally, intermarriage will lead inevitably to the loss in the intellectual and cultural assets of the country. Measures 7" x 5". Articles in newspapers in 1965 advised that this booklet was randomly mailed to teachers and administrators in various locations including Trenton NJ, Cincinnati and Dayton OH.   See articles Dayton Daily News, Wed, Oct. 20, 1965 The Cincinnati Enquirer, Fri, Nov. 5, 1965 The Record (Hackensack), Thu, Dec. 16, 1965 more info
Baldwin Place Home for Little Wanderers Seventh Annual Report of the Baldwin Place Home for Little Wanderers. J. E. Farwell & Company, Printers.Boston.1872
Baldwin Place Home for Little Wanderers Seventh Annual Report of the Baldwin Place Home for Little Wanderers. J. E. Farwell & Company, Printers.Boston.1872
Price: $150.00

The Baldwin Home for Little Wanderers was an orphanage in Boston founded in 1865 by ten Bostonian business men with the goal of taking care of children orphaned by the civil war. The Home was never meant to be a permeant home for the children, but rather act as way station where the children could be prepared for a new life with a new family. In fact it was apart of the famous Orphan Train movement. The item itself is the Seventh Annual Report from the Home, and and features a list of the board, a report on finances for the past year, and its constitution and by-laws. At the time of the report the home is said to have helped over 3,000 children. What is perhaps the most interesting about this report is the Historical Account of the Origin, Plan and Success of the Work. In this account it describes the home's mission, what kind of children they accept, the type of charity work they do beyond the Home itself for families, its day care, and accounts of so called interesting places. While the home took in any child regardless of age, they did have a few restrictions, such as "disease of either the body or mind, that shall prevent them from being adopted", or if the child was born out of wedlock. The Home believed that a "terrible malady runs through every vein and sinew like a deadly virus" for any child born out of wedlock. The report takes this one step further by providing 'proof' of this fact through two experiments the Home conducted. First, they took "a few into our nursery and with all the care that could be bestowed they could not be saved. It was found that their presence was detrimental to the health of other children. Then in order to test the experiment if possible, more thoroughly, rooms were obtained outside of our Home , and two well-known practical nurses were employed, and ten placed under their care, and every child died." The Home also provided day care for infants, what they called day babies, to help out working mothers. They describe the only alternative avenue for these working mothers "is to tie them [their children] up in chairs, and lock the door, and then away to her work." Another interesting section of this report are examples of letters sent to the Home from both the children who were placed with new families, and their new parents, basically stating how good the child is or how good the new home and family is. The Home itself is still in existence today, and it is now known as the New England Home for Little Wanderers (NEHLW). The front cover has a black and white engraving of the exterior of the Home. 24 pgs. Pink printed wrappers. OCLC 1 (Dec. 2019). Measures 9" x 5 3/4".. more info
Jonathan D Roberts An Accounting of the Guardianship of Timothy Stevens. .Farmington, NH.1856 - 1864
Jonathan D Roberts An Accounting of the Guardianship of Timothy Stevens. .Farmington, NH.1856 - 1864
Price: $225.00

A copy book used to by Jonathan D. Roberts to keep an accounting of his guardianship of Timothy Stevens from 1856 - 1864. On the first page is a note that states Roberts was appointed Stevens guardian on February 5, 1856 and that this fact was advertised in the Dover Gazette on the first Tuesday in February.  Next is an inventory of the Estate of Timonth Stevens valued at $1,011.37. What follows is a list of expenses incurred by Roberts, such as the cost of board, travel to the probate court, the cost of his services and a list of different bills paid out. The front cover has an engraving of a monument that states "To Washington". The back cover has a multiplication table on it as well as the note "Always for sale, a general assortment of Blank, School, and Miscellaneous Books..." There is no mention of a publisher. No OCLC, Feb 2019. Yellow covers, 16 pages. Completely filled. Measures 8" x 6 1/2". more info
 The Branded Hand, No. 9, An Antislavery Circular. .Philadelphia, PA.[1876]
The Branded Hand, No. 9, An Antislavery Circular. .Philadelphia, PA.[1876]
Price: $225.00

An antislavery circular in two parts. The first is advertising the story of Captain Jonathan Walker (1799-1878), an abolitionist who was branded with "S.S." as part of his punishment for attempting to help several slaves escape to the West Indies. The brand was supposed to mean "Slave Stealer", however abolitionists soon tried to co-opt it as "Slave Savior". Along with Walker's story is a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), called "The Branded Hand", that was inspired by Walker. The circular is especially advertising a lecture Walker was to give during a fair in Philadelphia, most likely the Centennial Exposition in 1876. The second part of the circular is short essay and poem entitled "Lines" by James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), regarding the capture of fugitive slaves near Washington. At the end of the circular, there is a short list of other antislavery publications available. Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4" (folded), 11 1/4" x 9" (unfolded). more info
National Children's Home Society National Children's Home-Finder, Vol. III, No. 10. James L. Clark.Chicago, IL.2466
National Children's Home Society National Children's Home-Finder, Vol. III, No. 10. James L. Clark.Chicago, IL.2466
Price: $225.00

32 pp. Illustrated wraps. A magazine published by the National Children's Home Society which is a "parent society" that housed children or found homes for them. They were also involved in a variety of different charities, mainly aimed at helping poor families care for and educate their children. This magazine provided an update on their societies in different states, stories and pictures of children who had been placed in loving homes, articles about children, and letters written in by either a newly placed child or their new parents. Some of the titles of the articles and stories found within this volume are : "Jacob Riis on Baby Saving", "An Extensive Work", "Overworked Babies", "Jewish Orphans Let In", "A Useful Member of the Family", Sketches form Real Life", "Crime is to be Pruned from the Young Criminals by the Surgeon's Knife", "The Juvenile Court - Its Uses and Limitations", "The Cleveland Juvenile Court" and "Joey's Papa". One articles of note within this issue is the "Crime is to be Pruned from the Young Criminals by the Surgeon's Knife". The article discusses how sometimes surgery is needed to help children, specifically how it can help correct their bad behavior. They use two examples, one young boy whose skull was drilled into in order to supposedly relief pressure that had occurred from a fall he had taken years before. The other had brain surgery to remove "foreign growth that attacked the frontal lobe of his brain". What is slightly horrifying about this article is that the end of the article states "Of course the consent of the parents has to be gained before any operation can take place, and there is usually strenuous objection. But when the physicians and societies make it clear that it is a case of much jail or little hospital, they hospital wins the day." The boy in the second example was, a month later, still recovering from the surgery, with no evidence as to if he would recover fully or if the surgery even helped to improve his behavior. The magazine contains thirteen (13) black and white illustrations and/or printed photographs. The back cover has an advertisement for the Chicago Institute of Social Science for offers "training on social, philanthropic and civil work.". 32 pgs. Staple bindings. OCLC 0 (Feb. 2020, one library has some volumes, but no this one.) Measures 10" x 7 3/4". more info
Sample Temperance Calendar - My Boy's Future - Wet or Dry? I must decide for him 1918. Messenger Publishing Co..Chicago ILL.1917
Sample Temperance Calendar - My Boy's Future - Wet or Dry? I must decide for him 1918. Messenger Publishing Co..Chicago ILL.1917
Price: $250.00

A seven page calendar, printed on both sides. A 15 3/4" x 7" calendar with medal top binding and braided string hanger printed on polished stock. The front cover depicts a color illustration of a mother peeking through currents at her toddler son playing with blocks It is captioned "My Boy's Future (Home Town State) WET OR DRY? I must decide for him". Each calendar pages have page has a two color illustration juxtaposing a "dry" person or function with a "wet" person.  e.g. "He chose temperance and owns the freight" "He chose the saloon and wheels the freight".  Each followed by supporting scripture or similar quote. Followed by two calendar months.  The reverse of each calendar page contains extensive narrative including graphs and charts on the impacts of temperance vs. intemperance. Much editorializing and opinion.  The final back page is the status of temperance by state in 1917.. more info
 Stephen E. Quayle. Georgia State High School League Debate - Position, NEGATIVE  Resolved, that the federal government should subsidize the southern states for education of Negroes. ..924
Stephen E. Quayle. Georgia State High School League Debate - Position, NEGATIVE Resolved, that the federal government should subsidize the southern states for education of Negroes. ..924
Price: $325.00

Manuscript Outlook on the Negro Common Schools and Negros in America including quotes from the International Encyclopedia of Negro Education.  Followed by a section on the "Southern Defender of Negro Education".  Also includes  histories, facts and arguments presented by a high school debater in 1902.  Background information on the Tuskegee School, Peabody Fund, Slater Fund, General Education Board,  Population statistics by state.  A portion of the presenter's arguments was " The federal government has also subsidized the Indian for his education; but in this attempt it also did not succeed for while there are a few bright Indians the majority are densely ignorant. Now if the federal government has failed in these two and in the case of the Western reserve found it would be no more successful in the education of the negro than it has been in the education of the Indian.":   Presented in hardcover leather copybook. Approximately 50 pages of manuscript.  Measures 9 1/2" x 7 1/2'. . more info
 Sinful Pleasure, a Poem for Youth. ..c1830
Sinful Pleasure, a Poem for Youth. ..c1830
Price: $375.00

A poem regarding the 'pleasures of youth'. The poem has been titled "Sinful Pleasures" but appears to be derived from a poem called "Irregular Pleasures" with only minor alterations. On either side of the poem are two birds  created with calligraphy flourishes  drawn in ink. Flourishes surround the title. Below are the first few lines from the poem: "By the unhappy excess of irregular pleasures in youth, how many amiable dispositions are corrupted or destroyed. How many rising capacities and  powers [are] supposed. How many flattering hopes of parents and friends are totally extinguished..."  Measures 10" x 8 .. more info
"As the Twig is Bent" a hand drawn Childhood Labor Poster
"As the Twig is Bent" a hand drawn Childhood Labor Poster
Price: $500.00

A 17 1/2" x 14" hand drawn poster about child labor. The poster features an image of Uncle Sam hold his top hat in hand and looking down on a small stunted tree that is growing out of a rocky landscape. On a rock near by the tree is the wood 'labor' and on the tree trunk itself is the wood 'childhood'. At the base of the poster is a pasted-on quote, “As the twig is bent.” The quote is derived from Alexander Pope's Epistles to Several Persons, published in 1732 “Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.” This saying is often misquoted as “As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined” or “as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” It is meant to extoll on the idea that early influences have a permanent effect and more importantly that the effects of parental, environmental and peer influences can have a huge impact on a young molding mind and will shape who they are and how they act later in life. In this instance, in the context of child labor, it is meant to make the viewer reflect on how hard labor can permanent effect a child. The image itself is drawn in black charcoal with a blue color pencil beneath that was used during the first sketch of the images. It is signed Batchelder. On the back of the poster, it is stamped “PUP Dec 2 1934.”  Edge wear. more info
A collection of over 600 business and calling cards from Japanese  Educators involved in post WWII educational reform  collected by an American woman. ..1940s-1951
A collection of over 600 business and calling cards from Japanese Educators involved in post WWII educational reform collected by an American woman. ..1940s-1951
Price: $550.00

A collection of cards gathered by an American education official and consultant to the Ministry of Education  who worked with Japanese counterparts during the American occupation of Japan. All have been translated presumably by the original owner and written on the card, including title and responsibility.  Many are personally addressed to Miss Ambrose, some suggesting they were farewells.  They are arranged in their original wrappers by location.  Locations include Wakayam, Osaka, Hakodate, Kagoshima, Kochi, Kumamoto, Hokkaido, Okayama, Shizuoka, Tokushima, Saga and many other.  Housed in the original cloth covered box, presumably period Japan. . This collection provides a unique opportunity for researching the educators involved in reforming the Japanese Ministry of Education post WWII.   Although we have not located the first name of Ms. Ambrose it may be found on one of the cards.  The materials were found with an unrelated collection of an American in Japan educator in the 1920s-30s (previously sold). more info
Rhode Island State Prison Register 'Gaol Book' of Inmate Incarceration and Release Recorded by  Clerk of the Rhode Island Court of Common Pleas of Providence County 1888-1905
Rhode Island State Prison Register 'Gaol Book' of Inmate Incarceration and Release Recorded by Clerk of the Rhode Island Court of Common Pleas of Providence County 1888-1905
Price: $1,800.00

Cranston, RI. George E. Webster . This Prison Register, sometimes called a Gaol Book (Gaol is the old French word for jail), contains the inmate incarceration and release records for the Rhode Island State Prison in Cranston, RI, dating from 1888-1905. The intake records end in 1895, however the releases records continue until 1905. The book starts with an index of alphabetical tabs that list each inmate and their inmate number. The ledger starts on inmate 1382 and ends on inmate 1844. Repeat offenders have multiple inmate numbers listed. This ledger was clearly apart of set, some repeat offenders have inmate numbers less than 1382 and greater than 1844. After this index, a page number is printed only on the top of the left page, and the opposite (right page) is not counted in the page count. Each prisoner record contains the persons name, inmate number, alias, age, address (sometimes only the town is listed), career, education level, description (hair and eye color, foot size, marks, height, and weight), family status (single, wife and/or children), date of incarceration, crime, and sentence. At times the sentence length and crime have been underlined in red. On the page opposite of this record is the information on their sentence which generally includes such information as: if they were released early, had more time imposed, transfer records or had to pay a fine upon release. Rarely, there is additional information, such as if the inmate died while incarcerated, attempted an escape, was granted a new trial or was pardoned by the governor. Most if not all of the entries are made by George E. Webster, who was a clerk in the Court of Common Pleas of Providence County (later renamed the Common Pleas Division of the Supreme Court). Below are two of the records in the ledger. "Thomas W. D. Waite was this day committed to the Rhode Island State Prison on sentence by the Rhode Island Court of Common Pleas Prov. Co. for the term of Eighteen (18) calendar months from and after the 13th day of Dec. AD 1888. He having been found guilty of an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon as per Wittnesis [sic] signed by George E. Webster, Clerk, and left with the Warden. Age 46, E. Greenwich, RI, Long shoreman. Read but not write. Married and six children. Negro. Hair Blk. Eyes Blk. Foot 107/8 in. Height 5 feet 6 3/4 in. Weight 175 lbs. Marks, cut on left side of head. Dog bite under left eye, cut second finger left hand. Wife Lucy E. Wait [sic], E. Greenwich, R.I.... November 2nd, 1890. 42 dats deducted. Released Saturday PM Nov 1, 1890 on recommendation of Board of State C & P" - Thomas W. D. Waite, pg 3 "Chadour Chugsian of Prov. was this day committed to the R.I. State Prison on sentence by the Supreme Court Common Pleas Division. Prov. County for the term of fifteen (15) years of hard labor. He having been found guilty of Manslaughter, as per Wittiness signed by George E. Webster, Clerk and left with the Warden. Age 27. Armenian. Father & Mother Armenian. Tapper in Bolt [sic] shop and Carpenter. Married, 1 child. Can read not write. Complexion dark and Hair Black. Eyes Black. Foot 9 3/4 in. Height 5 ft. 1 in. Weight 118. Marks - Scar of ??? on right cheek bone. Burn under right ear near jaw. Burn on Right Eye. India Ink marks inside both forearms. Address Minister H. Sargarvakia [sic], 422 Fountain St. Prov R. I.   .... October 28th 1895 Transfered [sic] to Insane Asylum. Nov 22 1904, Returned from State Hospital. Nov 22, 1904., Pardoned by the Governor." - Chadour Chusian, Inmate No. 1772, Pg. 221 262 numbered pages (does not include index or unnumbered pages). Completely filled. Stock Marbleized covers. Index in front. Measures 13" x 8 1/4". George Eldridge Webster was born on July 16, 1843 to Clement Webster (1817-1864) and Catherine Packer Littlefield (1817-1857) in Lowell, MA. He had one brother, Benjamin F. Webster (1840-1861). He married Mary Josephine Gale (1845-1924) on February 8, 1864 and had two children, Grace Gale Webster Baker (1868-1926) and Edith H. Webster (1874-1876). He moved to Washington, DC in 1864 and becoming first the private secretary to Senator William Sprague, and then clerk to the Senate Committee on Manufactures. Afterwards he served as clerk in a variety of government offices. While living in Washington DC, he studied law and graduated with honors from Columbia Law College. He moved to Rhode Island in 1871, and in 1875 became the clerk for the Court of Common Pleas of Providence County (later renamed the Common Pleas Division of the Supreme Court). He held this position until his death on February 24, 1904. more info