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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
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
Vinegar Valentine - Orphaned Child - An Owner Wanted . ..c1860
Vinegar Valentine - Orphaned Child - An Owner Wanted . ..c1860
Price: $85.00

A 9 1/2" x 7 1/4" hand colored vinegar valentine and penny dreadful.  It depicts a squawking infant hanging on a door knocker.  It is captioned AN OWNER WANTED Since you are famed for charity, I this young orphan send to thee, Out of respect sir,, for the doner, I hope you'll kindly find an owner. 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
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
Letters to Selectman requesting town to pay for unwed mothers confinement. .Hartford CT.1869
Letters to Selectman requesting town to pay for unwed mothers confinement. .Hartford CT.1869
Price: $115.00

A letter from the Hall of Record, Selectmen's Office dated July 30th writing to the Selectmen of Middletown (CT) requesting they pay for the confinement of $3 per week in a Hartford hospital  for an orphaned daughter, Meary Barry, of a deceased resident of Middletown. "She is in the family way by Jepee Strickland of South Glastenbury so she says" The Selectman suggests Hartford pay the bill and get reimbursed by Middletown. There was an apparent reply on August 5th, comments - see Letter book.   The Selectman then replies on August 10th providing requested information on the death of Meary's parents.  The parents both died in South Farms after working a farm on shares at "South Farms".  Meary worked in a suspender factory and lived with various families until she "got into trouble being with child by a man who had agreed to marry her but has since cleared out". The Selectman is firm--Middletown must pay. Letter sheets measure 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" The more things change.... 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
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
 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