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 5 Different Greeting Cards Promoting US War Savings Bonds w Inserts - "Stamp" Out Dictators. Official War Stamp Greeting Cards.USA Treasury Dept..1942
Five (5) different french-fold greeting cards with patriotic themes including American flags and shields and Uncle Sam. One of the Uncle Sam cards wishes Happy Birthday to a Young American and depicts two children saluting Uncle Sam.  Another depicts Uncle Sam "stamp"ing out stereotypical images of enemy dictators.  The verbage in this card reads "...Each added stamp will do its bit to puch "Mussi" off the map, Sink the prowling submarines, and "STAMP" out Hitler and the Jap!" Three of the five include unused 10 cent Stamp Albums for the purchase of United States War Savings Bonds.  The other two include envelopes for Savings Stamps.  Each measures approx. 6 1/4" x 4".   All unsigned..
 Art Supplement - Tableaux - Admiral Farragut at Mobile. Boston Sunday Globe.Boston, MA.1896
The Forbes Co.  Boston, MA. Supplement  to the Boston Sunday Globe for April 5, 1896. Five (5) different action scenes from the Battle of New Orleans to be cut-out and used with a theatre stage and platform, that would also have been a weekly supplement.  Each piece has instruction on placement on the stage. Measures 7 1/2" x 10"..
 Dance Card - First Annual Exhibition and Prize Drill of the Company E, 3d Regiment N. H. N. G. Cover Printed on Silk . E.A. Wright,  Phila (engraver).Concord, NH.February 24, 1892
A dance card for Company E, 3d Regiment of the New Hampshire National Guard's (NHNG) exhibition and prize drill which took place at the White's Opera House in Concord, NH in 1892. The Order of Dance lists the fourteen (14) dances performed that night, such as "Lanciers - West End" and "Waltz - Ever and Ever Mine". The last page of the program lists the Chief Floor Director and his Assistants. The front cover is printed on silk with an engraving of an American Bald Eagle perched on a shield, with an American Flag, drum and rifle surrounding it. Clouds make up the background of the image, with a break in them showing several couples waltzing in the distance. This engraving was done by E. A. Wright from Philadelphia, PA.  The string used to bind the program has a tassel at the end with red and gold accents. 4 pg. Pictorial tan wrappers. String binding. Measures 5 1/4" x 4 3/4".
 Merritt Hall: The Soldiers' Club, Camp Merritt, New Jersey. ..[1918]
A booklet describing Merritt Hall, the building used for the Soldier's Club at Camp Merritt, an army base that was activated for use during WWI located in Dumont and Cresskill, NY. The money to build and furnish the hall came from Laura Williams Merritt, in memory of her husband, Major General Merritt (1836-1910), after whom the Camp is also named. The booklet starts by providing a brief history of the General and his military accomplishments, followed by the story of how the hall came to be built in 1917, making sure to name the various military men who helped support the hall until its opening on January 30th, 1918. The booklet continues on with an in-depth description of the hall itself, from the architecture to furnishings, to even what the cafeteria served. The hall featured a chaplain's office, library room, reading room, billiard and game room, and a cafeteria with a cigar counter. The building was 20,100 square feet of floor space and serviced thousands of soldiers daily, as such "Merritt Hall gets to the heart of the soldier as nothing else in Camp Merritt quite does."  It features nineteen (19) black and white images from  photographs, of which, thirteen (13) depict the building and its individual rooms in use by soldiers. Five (5) images are military portraits of various officers, including Maj. Gen. Merritt (one of these images is a collage of five portraits). The last photograph is of the bronze plaque which dedicated the club to Maj. Gen. Merritt. There are fourteen (14) small orange illustrations of soldiers engaging in various leisure activities. These illustrations are generally located on the bottom corner of a page and act as small border to the text. Camp Merritt would be decommissioned after the war in 1919, and sold to the Harris Brothers Company of Chicago in 1920. Unfortunately the buildings of the camp, including Merritt Hall, were destroyed during a series of fires shortly thereafter. 15 pgs. Printed wrappers. Staple bindings. OCLC 4 (Sept. 2020). Measures 8 1/4" x 5 3/4".. Camp Merritt was one of three camps under the control of the New York Port of Embarkation (US Army command that oversaw the movement of US troops and supplies from NY/NJ to overseas destinations) during WWI. Camp Merritt had the capacity to hold 38,000 transient troops. When the troops were ready to be deployed they would march to Old Closter Dock at Alpine Landing and take ferry boats to piers in Hoboken, NJ, and from there head to Europe and the Western Front. All total, of the approximately four million troops sent to Europe in WWI, about one million were funneled through Camp Merritt.
 Newspaper Paper Doll of Hermann Goering  Comparing Wife, Emmy Sonnemann to the beautiful Jewess Esther, nice of Mordecai. Sunday Mirror Magazine Section.London.1935
Sunday Mirror Magazine Section.London.  A two-page newspaper spread with an image from a photograph of Emmy Sonnemann, an illustration of Esther, Niece of Mordecai and Goring as a paper doll with five (5) Nazi and other costumes.  The editor's note indicates the Sunday Mirror had recently confirmed Gorings new wife was a Jewess.  The article begins by wishfully comparing Emmy to Esther who became the bride of King Ahasuerus causing him to cease the wholesale killing and beating of the Jews in the provinces from India to Ethiopia.  It goes on to reference how the paper determined her ancestry and implications and what she could do to possibly change the course of the world events.  Obviously to no avail.   The 6" paper doll in the image of  the uniform conscious Goering to dress in his uniforms.  The costumes include General of the Reichswehr, Officer of the Nazi Brown Shirts; complete with His Pet Lion Cub, a uniform Goering would wear on the Occasion of Nazi Behadings, a costume he once wore to an event dressed as the Wagnerian "Lohengrin" and another dressed as "Siegfried.  Unrelated content on reverse. Measures 15 3/4" x 23". . Emma Johanna Henny "Emmy" Goring (nee Sonnemann 24 March 1893 – 8 June 1973) was a German actress and the second wife of Luftwaffe Commander-in-Chief Hermann Goring. She served as Adolf Hitler's hostess at many state functions and thereby staked a claim to the title of "First Lady of the Third Reich".
 No. 10, A Few Words in behalf of the Loyal Women of the United States by One of Themselves. Loyal Publication Society..May, 1863
23 pp pamphlet.  No. 10 in a series of 17 published by The Loyal Publication Society relating to the Civil War. An essay by a Union woman contesting the opinion "But for the courage and energy of the women of the South, we believe the Rebellion would not have survived to this time.  Had the women of the North with like zeal addressed themeselves to the work of encouraging a loyla and devoted spirit among us, the copperhead conspiracy in behalf of the enemy would have been strangled at its birth, and the rebels would have been strangled at its birth, and the rebels would have learned, long ago, the futility of expecting aid and comfort from such a source".  Measures 9' x 6". .
 Perry's Victory, Broadside Poem . .No. 42, North Main, Providence, RI.[1815]
A poem about the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and more specifically about the hero of that navy battle Commander Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819), and his fellow naval officer, Captain Jesse Duncan Elliott (1782-1845). Perry is famously remembered for shouting "Don't Give Up the Ship", when the ship he was on, the U.S.S. Lawrence, was taking heavy fire. One of the lines in the poem states in regard to Perry and Elliott, "O had you but seen those noble commanders, Embracing each other when the conflict [was] over." These lines are highly ironic as there is significant evidence to support that neither of the men like each other and in fact that Perry felt that Elliott acted as coward during the battle. There were official charges filed, but nothing came of it. Below is an excerpt from the poem: "Ye tars of Columbia give ear to my story, Who fought with brave Perry where cannons did roar, Your valour has gained you an immortal glory, A fame that shall last until time is no more! Columbian tars are the true sons of Mars, They rake fore and aft when they fight on the deep On the head of Lake Eire commanded by Perry They caused many Britains to take their last sleep." Single sheet, printed in two columns. OCLC 0. Measures 10" x 7 1/4".
 Red Cross Promotional Brochure - 10,000 Women needed now for the service that must not fail!. ..
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". .
 Scrap Book Album of Russell Roosen, Bridge Player from Detroit, Michigan, 1927-1945. Educational Press, Inc.New York.1950
Russell W Roosen was an expert bridge player from Detroit, Michigan. He competed professionally in the game as well as taught classes and gave lectures at the local country clubs.  This album is a scrap book, filled with newspaper clippings and other memorabilia. Throughout the late 1920s and 1930s Russell Roosen was a champion bridge player that competed on the national level. The majority of the newspaper clippings are from this time and feature a variety descriptions of the games he played. In addition to the clippings, there are several flyers and promotional materials from when he began teaching bridge classes. Roosen was even sent on a cruise to the  Thousand Islands where he taught bridge on the ship. When the war broke out, Roosen enlisted in the Army. At this point the album shifts to a record of his time as a Private in the Army serving in the Pacific Ocean Theater during WWII. The majority of items included from this time are local Detroit clippings that mention him, photographs from his Army days and a few pieces of correspondence. One of which was sent to him by a  member of the Detroit Free Press which starts off stating, "Your most interesting letter, with perhaps the most interesting section riddled by censor, got in this morning..." Another funny tit bit comes from a newspaper clipping which talks about the trouble Roosen almost got into by describing himself on an Army questionnaire as a "bridge expert". His superior officer, at hearing that he was a "bridge expert" mistakenly thought he meant an expert in bridge construction and he was promptly assigned to guard a bridge. The article ends with "If he is as good a bridge tender as he is a bridge player, the officer made no mistake." A the end of the book is a letter, mechanically signed by President Harry Truman, thanking Roosen for his service. Red covers, with a stamped border design, and the name "Russell Roosen" gilded on the front cover. Approximately 50 pages of the scrap book is filled with ephemera. The materials within the scrap book date from 1927 to the mid 1940s, however the scrap book itself is from 1950 and as such the album must have been assembled after 1950. The book was published by the Educational Press, Inc, from New York and was 'size B' from their "Book Shelf Scrap Book and Album" collection.  11 3/4" x 9 1/2". Russell W. Roosen was born on May 15, 1908 in Detroit, Michigan to Peter (1994-?) and Elsie (1889- ?)  Roosen. He had one sister, Gladys Roosen (1907- ?). Russell became an extremely proficient bridge player at a young age, eventually becoming the bridge columnist for the Detroit Free Press for over twelve years. He was a five-time winner of the MBA's (Michigan Bridge Association Stein Trophy, and he managed several local bridge clubs, including Knickerbockers and the Metro for 25 years. He was also a nationally known composer of bridge problems, and he invented the diagrammed deal as a way of illustrating all the cards in a single diagram. When he moved to Connecticut with his wife, Jeanne, in 1985 the MBA named a tournament after him. Russell died in New Haven CT, in March 1995, he was 86 years old and at the time of his death was an Alzheimer's patient.
 Song, written for the 4th of July, 1810, A Broadside Song Sheet. .Westermoreland, NH.July 10, 1810
A patriotic song for July 4th written in twenty numbered stanzas., four lines each. The poem doesn't focus on specific battles too much, but rather the bravery of our men and their Commanders, like George Washington. The song is printed in two columns with as small decorative border in-between the two. Below are excerpts from the poem: "Their hostile banners were display'd, And Yankee doodle then was play'd; But soon their troops in blood did wade, And quickly left their station." - Stanza 4 "So neatly we around them got; We played so bravely with our shot; These rogues they found the fire so hot, They were forc'd to cry for quarter." - Stanza 12 "Brave countrymen, let's drop a tear To th' memory of each friend so dear, Who fell without a dread or fear, Defending of their Nation. July the fourth, of which we sing; The day we sever'd from a king; Be ne'er forgot while time has wing, To waft it o'er the Nation." - Stanzas 19 & 20 Single sheet, printed in two columns. OCLC 1 (Oct 2019) Not in Shaw & Shoemaker. Measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/2".
 The Soldiers' and Sailors' Half Dime Magazine, Vol. II, No. 1. ..
32pp illustrated wraps. An illustrated magazine consisting in part of short biographies of distinguished Heroes.   Includes "The Flight at Kenesaw", the words to The Battle Hymn of the Republic and much more.  12 mos subscription $2.50 Measures 8" x 5 1/2".  Although it is indicated as vol. II no reference is found to vol. I.  OCLC - 3 (Aug. 2018) plus reference to AAS Periodical Collection. .
 The Token Album, A Friendship Album of Addie A Allen, 1858-1864,  Connecticut  "Opened to friendship-- But not to flattery". John C. Riker.New York.c1860
A friendship album of Addie A. Allen who most likely lived in Connecticut as many of the entries note Connecticut towns in the closing.  The album itself dates from 1858-1864, with the bulk of the entries dated between 1858-1860. The majority of the material from 1862-1864 are after the fact notes added to the journal, presumably by Addie, when one of her classmates died. There are entries from 40 different individuals, predominantly female.  While many of then entries under a page, several are lengthy entries, almost taking the forms of letters as the author's reminisce over their friendship with Addie and wish her well in her future endeavors. Along side the entries are three dried and pressed plants specimens, which are labeled: moss and a flower from California, and a fern from India. Additionally there is a piece of red silk sewn into the journal and is labeled as a piece of the battle flag of the 2nd Connecticut Artillery. The last item of note within the album is a lock of hair from Joseph R. Toy who volunteered for the Union Army during the Civil War, but died of typhoid and malaria at a hospital near New Orleans, LA in 1861. He wrote what appears to be an original poem in the album. An excerpt of that poem as well as several other entries is provided below. "So here where love and friendship, place The offering which the heart holds dear, I turn; my humble name to trace, And pay my willing tribute here.- Henceforth let fortune frown, or smile, Let skies be clear or clouds attend, My soul shall not rest unmoved the while Content that thou has called me friend." - Joseph R. Toy, Simsbury, CT, June 9th, 1860 "Addie dear, if in after years we should be forced to speak the parting word, let us not forget the days that have flown and if not permitted to meet again on this earth may we meet in Heaven when there is no more parting." - Ellen Kimball, Avon CT May 20, 1858 "What shall I wish you more than has been wished, for should all the good wishes herein expelled ever be realized, your years would out number the sand upon the sea-shore. Friends would ever be around you, your life would be one of undisturbed joy- no sorrow could ever come near. But Addie this cannot always be. Death will come. Friends may desert, then have your heats affection so fired upon heavenly things, that when the hour of trail comes as come it must, you shall not falter. And when you stand upon the bank of that river, which all must one day cross, may you fearlessly plunge beneath its dark waves, knowing you have a friend in Heaven." - Fannie Albert, her teacher, Avon, CT, February 28, 1859 Finally there is a single unattached manuscript page titled "in my own Album" a verse copied from "Rosamund Gray by Charles Lamb, 1798. Brown stamped leather covers. The decorative stamping on the covers forms a border. The stamped image on both the front and back covers is gilded, and is the same image of bird with foliage in the background. The front cover has the words 'The Token Album', which are gilded as well. The pages are gilt edge, and while the majority of the interior pages are white, there are a few colored pages. Additionally there are 6 black and white engravings placed throughout the notebook. The album is mostly filled out. Measures 7 3/4" x 6". This album was written predominantly before the Civil War, however the war crept in, in the form of her notes on the deaths of three (3) men while serving in the war Toy 1861 - New Orleans Henry 1863 - Alexandria Hospital Eugene V. F. - died at 24 (1864) and the flag remnant from the 2nd Connecticut Artillery.
 The Transvaal Campaign, Model Relief Series, #187. Raphael Tuck & Sons.London.1895
The Transvaal Campaign, otherwise known as the Second Boer War took place between October 11, 1899 and May 31 1902. The war was fought between the British Empire and two Boer states (descendants of the Dutch-speaking settlers of the eastern Cape frontier in Southern Africa during the 18th century.), the South African Republic (aka Republic of Transvaal) and the Orange Free State, over the British Empire's influence in South Africa. While initial Boer had success, soon they were overrun by British reinforcements. The war continued for years however with the Boers using guerrilla warfare until the British employed a variety of harsh counter-measures destroyed any Boer rebellion. This Model Relief Series (also called Gigantic Reliefs) contains six scenes of this war, #1 Baden-Powell’s Armored Train – Mafeking, #2 Bugler Sherlock Distinguishing Himself, #3 General Buller’s Balloon and Guns in Action near Ladysmith, #4 Boers Decoying British into Ambush, #5 New South Wales Lancers Chasing Boer Patrol, and #6 Field Ambulance at Work on the Veldt. Each scene in this set has a small diagram card that depicts how the large set pieces are to be arranged. This item was a part of a larger set called Military Art Novelty Relief Series produced by Raphael Tuck and Sons. This item was compared to the Tuck Database for Ephemera (, and while all of the large set pieces are in this set, at least three of the small pieces are missing. The shell and telescope are missing from the NSW Lancers and the single tent from the Field Ambulance is missing as well. Additionally, there is one piece that while appears to go with the set (see pictures for standalone piece of man with rifle taking cover under a rock) it does not appear in the database. Comes in original envelope with title and scenes printed on one side and other titles in the series printed on the other. Measures 13 1/2" x 9 3/4". To view this item, please click on the following link: . Some pieces are partially or fully detached. The envelope is toned and soiled with moderate cover wear. At least three pieces missing with one extra piece when compared to TuckDB.
 World War II Allied Target Map of Qingdao (Tsingtao), China. .Qingdao (Tsingtao), China.[1944]
A World War II allied map depicting strike targets in the Chinese city of Qingdao, located in the Shantung Providence, also called either Tsingtao or Ch'ing-Tao. The city was occupied by the Japanese from 1938-1945, and during which it became a large urban center. While the map does identify potential bombing targets, Qingdao itself was never  really prioritized for heavy bombing during the war. The map depicts the city Qingdao along with its harbors: Taiping Wan (Iltis Bay), Iltis Bay and from the Tai Kiang (Great Harbor), Tsingtao Wan (Ch'ing-Tao Kou), Sia Kiang (Little Harbor). Ninety-four different locations, or strike targets, throughout Qingdao have been numerically identified which corresponds to a numerical index located along both the left and right sides of the map. It does not appear as though a priority  to the targets have been given on this map, however most of the targets identified are Japanese military installations, including several different Japanese military barracks, the Japanese Army Intelligence Headquarters, Japanese Navy seaplane hangars and ramps, and the Japanese Army motor pool, along with Japanese schools, businesses, and transportation facilities are also singled out.  There are several handwritten notes on the map, such a s a notation on the bottom right with states "to American Settlement & Beach (Japs Between)" along with an arrow pointing off the map. Wharf No. 1 in the Tai Kiang (Great Harbor) has been colored in with a red pencil. It is unclear why this was done. Few comparable examples for this map have been located, which suggest that most did not survive the war. It is to be noted that this item has been trimmed slightly which removed a white border and the word "confidential" located on the top left of the other copies of the map found. Additionally, while the map is undated, and the specific Allied country and military branch responsible for its creation are not named, at the base of the map it does say "Taken From H.O. Chart No. 5489", which was a map of Tsingtao Bay published in July 1944 by the Hydrographic Office of the US Navy Department. Single sided. Measures 20 3/4" x 18 3/4". .
Army and Navy Wedding Party Cut-out Dolls . Saalfield Pub. Co. No. 2446..
6 pp with ten approx. 7" - 8" paper dolls.  Patriotic themed throughout with stars and a V for Victory and die-cut bells exposing some of the paper dolls on the next page through the front cover.  Punch-out paper dolls. Each doll and outfit are identified with a message in a shield.   The individuals are identified as to wedding party role.  The costumes are identified as to military role.  The first page includes female roles include AWUS outdoor worker, WAAC auxiliary, OCD canteen worker, Am. Red Cross aide, WAAC officer etc.  The page is captioned -- All working for Uncle Sam.  This is followed by wedding clothes where all of the men are attired in appropriate rank dress coats.  Also includes civilian clothing.  Measures 13" x 11"..
Art Supplement - Tableaux - Battle of New Orleans. Boston Sunday Globe.Boston, MA.1896
The Forbes Co.  Boston, MA. Supplement  to the Boston Sunday Globe for March 29, 1896. Seven (7) different action scenes from the Battle of New Orleans to be cut-out and used with a theatre stage and platform, that would also have been a weekly supplement.  Each piece has instruction on placement on the stage. Measures 7 1/2" x 10".
Barbara Plummer & Barbara Barnett A Collection of 28 Paper Doll Sets by the Jones Sisters. 1987-2011
This collection of 28 paper dolls by the Jones Sisters, a pair of women, named Barbara Plummer and Barbara Barnett, who designed paper dolls. The majority of the collection are limited edition runs that were sold at the yearly Paper Doll Convention. The collection date from 1987-2011, with the bulk of them dating from the late 1980s. What is unique about these paper dolls are the outfits, as the majority of them are constructed from wall paper. The wall paper is used as 'fabric patterns' to form the base of the design, and are flushed out with ink and color markers. The collection has been organized into four categories: Military, Career,  Fashion and Miscellaneous. Each paper doll set contains one, uncut paper doll and a variety of cut (by the designer) outfits and accessories. Two of the sets have two dolls - a mother and daughter pair, and a child and doll pairing. Each set comes with a title page with the name of the doll, its series (were applicable), date (three of the dolls sets in the collection are undated) and designer. Often times the title page would also list if any portion of the sales of the dolls were going to a charity, such the American Cancer Society, Make a Wish Foundation, Breast Cancer Research and Multiple Sclerosis. The sets are stored in a custom made wallpaper folder. Three of the paper doll sets in the collection, under the Military category, do not have the same design aesthetic and packaging. One was made in 2002, and feature uncut outfits, not made with wallpaper. The doll itself has its look based off of a real female combat pilot, and her outfits span several centuries, and comes in pairs. Each period represented include one fashion outfit and one combat or nursing outfit. The other two were made by Barbara Barnett in 2011 for the Paper Doll Convention in Dayton, OH. They both are Military women, (WAC: Women's Army Corp & SPAR: Semper Paraus Always Ready, the USGS Women's Reserve Force), and each set features two uncut pages of a paper doll, and her outfit/accessories. These pages are printed copies of dolls that look like they were drawn by ink and marker, without the use of wallpaper like the rest of the sets in the collection. During the over thirty year span Barnett and Plummer worked together, they alternatively worked under the names of the Jones Sisters and Two Bs' Design. Some of the items in this collection are made solely by Barnett. A database of the dolls is available upon request. Measures (wallpaper folder) 8 3/4" x 5 3/4" .
Boston Post Sunday Supplement - Camping Out in the Main Woods - A Panorama. American Lithographic Co..New York.1996
An unusual uncut light card stock single-fold 9 5/8" x 21" (when open flat) supplement to the Boston Sunday Post.   It depicts a 7" x 10 1/4" background scene of the wilderness camp with a man who looks to be Theodore Roosevelt standing at the side. Includes three (3) pieces to apply including a piece of background to produce a 3-D panorama, a tent and a campfire with two men.   The reverse is blank. .
Charles R. Morrill (1918-1986) WWII Basic Training Notebook of Charles R Morrill. ..1944
A WWII notebook comprised of notes from Charles R Morrill's basic training as an infantry man in the Army. It is clear that the majority of the notebook are his notes taken during his training. Covered in Morrill's training is a variety of weapons he might encounter (60 M M Mortar M-2, M 1 Garand self-loading rifle, and bangalore torpedos), basic first aid, tracking and scouting, navigational skills, chemical warfare (identifying different gases and how to use the gas mask) and how to safe guard information. Included with the notebook is two additionally pieces of paper.
Charming Naive Watercolor Napoleon. ..
An unknown artist's naive cut-out rendering of 8 1/2" watercolor Napoleon Bonaparte. Executed in great detail to the individual braids on his epaulets to the spurs on his boots.  .
D.A.R - members Knitting for Victory. Wint Studios.Allentown PA.6673
Three different 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" photos on larger mounts.  The first photo depicts six women seated around a table knitting with a wall size American flag in the background. Each of the women is knitting.  The women are identified.  The secondis the same room with a much larger group of woman and captioned D. A. R. in Assembly Room, Trout Hall, April 8, 1918.  Not the posters on the mantel; one an honor roll of women who will work to win the war. The second is "Are You 100% American? Prove It!  Buy U.S. Government Bonds.  The third photo depicts the first group of woman sipping tea.   This was part of the Knitting for Victory campaign were women in America were encouraged to knit socks, scarves and sweaters for the soldiers --  middle and upper-class women were carrying their knitting with them everywhere. Sponsored by the Red Cross.. The photo with the group of six women appears in Images of America - Allentown, Bartholomew and Front. 2002.
George E. Haines Civil War Letter From George E. Haines Regarding the Death of his Friend on the Battlefield. .Falmouth, VA.c1865
A single fold letter by George E. Haines, a union soldier, written in the throws of grief over the recent death of his close friend, Stephen, who he "loved like a brother". The letter is addressed to "Dear Sir", but it is clear that he is addressing a family member or close friend of Stephen, and is in fact responding to their request to tell them of his death. George starts his retelling by stating he and his company were in the middle of a retreat and he was about 20 feet in front of Stephen when he heard him cry out. "I looked around and Steve had both hands up to his breast and was bent over and looking at me. At that time, all of our company had gone but me and I was left all alone but I ran back the moment I saw him and caught hold of him and asked him where he was struck but he could not speak or did not know that he was stricken, for I had hardly taken hold of him before he fell. I looked in his face and spoke to him but I say that it was useless for he was to all appearances dead. I should not feel so confident but I have seen so many die on the battlefield." He continues on to describe how he had to leave Stephen behind as the enemy was close, "I hardly know how I managed to get out of it safe and I think it was a miracle that I did so. I hardly know what made me, but I wished after I joined the company that I had laid down beside Stephen and let them take me prisoner for about all my patriotism vanished."  At the end of the letter, even though George is convinced that Stephen is dead, he does add a post script detailing where wounded from the battle were taken, but also adding that the dead have been buried by "either our men or the Rebels." Measures 7 3/4" x 5 3/4"..
History of the American People, 5 Volume Set
5 volume set. Illustrations, plates, portraits, maps (some folded and in color), plans, facsimiles. The following are the topics cover in this series by volume: Volume I – The Swarming of the English, Volume II – Colonies and Nation, Vol III – The Founding of the Government, Vol IV – Critical Changes and Civil War, and Vol V – Reunion and Nationalization. This series was written by Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) before he served as the 28th President of the United States (from 1913 to 1921) and received his Nobel Peace Prize in 1919. At the time of publication Wilson was a well-known lawyer and an academic, as a professor of history and politics, and president of Princeton University. It was during his tenure at Princeton that he penned this five-volume history of the United States, and the series reflects many of his ideas and biases that he later brought to national politics. Includes content, notes on illustrations, bibliographical references and index. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
J. W. Schlosser A Unique Letter of a WWI German Soldier to an American Woman . .Elberfeld, Germany.5512
An amazing letter from J. W. Schlosser to American Heiress, Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin, in 1915 detailing and observations on the war, both as a soldier and a man on the home front. J. W. Schlosser was a young German man who was studying in England on the onset of the First World War. He returned to his home country and joined the Calvary, and was a part of the Cuirassier Regiment Number 7. (Note: Schlosser spells it Kuirassier in his letter) Schlosser was in the unique position of serving on both the Western Front (France) and Eastern Front (Russia) in the Fall of 1914, before being injured and returned home to Elberfeld to recuperate. This places Schlosser in the position to accurately report on the first year of WWI from all sides (both battle fronts and the home front) from the German perspective. In his letter, Schlosser exudes the optimism both sides had during the first year of the war, the belief that it would be a short, decisive war, and a relatively easy victory for their side. Schlosser was writing to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin, who lived in New York with her husband. It is unclear how Schlosser and Emily knew each other, perhaps they met on one of the European tours she went on. Little is known about J. W. Schlosser himself, beyond the information he provides in the letter. Below are some excerpts from the letter. "I had two months military training and then joined my regiment in the North of France. There was, unfortunately, at that time, not kind work for cavalry and we had to assist the Infantry by going into the trenches. I had a few weeks of that, saw some very heated battles and some dreadful sights that I never wish to see again. I had, too, to [sic] fight my former friends the English. All very disagreeable things! My regiment was then sent by rail to the German East frontier against the Russians and here, we had, on the whole, a fine time of it. We advanced about 100 miles into Russia and I had just begun to enjoy campaigning as a very exciting sport on horseback with occasional shooting when I had the misfortune to get hit by a Russian bullet. I was very nearly captured at that occasion but my comrades helped me out very bravely." "The feeling of the people is simply splendid and makes one (sometimes nearly a little unexpectedly) proud of being a German. There is to all of us no doubt as to our ultimate victory. Germany is so beautifully strong and so rich - - of course, we all want a quick end to this dreadful war, but if it is a question of the extinction of our nation we shall last, longer than France and Russia, of that i am sure. As to England, our most serious enemy, I don't know. Personally I hope for a chance of compromising as I don't think we can damage her sufficiently. In Germany life is going on just as in ordinary time and I am sure you would not notice any difference except the greater number of soldiers and officers one sees in the streets. All factories are working full time, there is no difference in the train service which is as good and punctual as of old. Theatres, concerts musicals are going on as usual, prices of food have not risen and from one glance through the streets of our big cities you can see that we have still millions and millions of able-bodied men who, in case of necessity, could all be made into soldiers." "Please do not believe any of those ridiculous tales and lies of the cruelties of the German soldiers. The German soldier is the most  "gutmutig" [good-natured] of the world and I have after seem him nurse the children and share his small rations of food with his involuntary host in Russia, France, and even Belgium. But modern war is cruel and can by all effort not be turned into a paroxysm of humanity!" 8 manuscript pgs written on personal stationary. Envelope included. Measures 7 3/4"" x 6". Emily was born on November 16, 1883 to Francis "Farver" Preston Blair (1856-1914)and Florence "Mudgie" Augustus Price (1861-1935) in Missouri. Both her mother and father were a part of well-known and prestigious families in the 1800s. Her mother was from a prominent, pioneering Missouri family, the Prices. Her grandfather Robert Beverly Price was a well-known banker and gentleman farmer, who was active in local politics. He was also greatly involved in the financial success of his alma mater, the University of Missouri. Emily herself attended the university in 1907. On her father's side of the family, she was a part of one of the most powerful political families of the 19th century, the Blairs, who advised several U.S. Presidents across the party lines including Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Abraham Lincoln. One member of the family even ran as the Vice Presidential candidate for Horatio Seymour's on the Democratic Party losing presidential ticket in 1868. In 1911 Emily herself would eventually marry Edward "Ted" Clement Henrotin (1874-1945) , a member of the prominent Chicagoan Henrotin family, the Henrotins. Her in-laws were the Chicago power couple of Ellen Martin Henrotin and Charles Henrotin. Ellen was a writer, activist and staunch suffragette, while Charles was a prominent banker who founded the Chicago Stock Exchange and eventually became an influential person in global politics as he was Consul to both Belgium and Turkey. Emily and Ted would eventually move to Cherryplain, New York, where she and her husband lived on the farm Road's End and were involved in farming and sheep breeding. Emily and Ted would have one child together, a son, Preston Blair Henrotin (1918-1976). Emily H. B. Henrotin would die in 1965.
Lettersheet with an Engraving of the German Peace Festival . ..[1871]
The German Peace Festival was celebrated all across the US in most major cities (including but not limited to New York, Baltimore, Washington DC and even Honolulu! The festival was to commemorated the end of the Franco-Prussian War. The festival in the cities consisted of large parades with floats, soldiers in uniform, and German singers. The engraving itself takes up nearly the entire front page of the single fold unused lettersheet. The main portion of the engraving shows a parade serpentining the sheet, with a variety of parade floats, squadrons of men on horseback or marching in uniform, German and American flags, and marching bands. At the top of the page are three close ups of sections of the parade.  The first features several men in uniform on horses pulling a float with the Goddess of Victory, Nike, on top. The second features a large marching band with drum major at the front. The last image features another horse drawn float, however the float this time is of a giant top hat. This may or may not be in reference to the late President Lincoln. The base of the engraving is captioned with "Deutsches Friedensfest in Amerika [German Peace Festival in America] 187_". There is no indication as to which city this particular representation of the festival took place in. The interior pages of this lettersheet are lined. Single fold. Measures 10 3/4" x 8 1/2" (folded), 16 3/4" x 10 3/4" (unfolded)..
LT. Edward A Kimpel, Letters - WWII Correspondence re War, Homefront & Parenting.
A collection of approximately 145 letters from a US Navy Reserve Communications Officer during World War II. Lt (JG) Edward Andrew Kimpel Jr served in the Navy in the Pacific Ocean Theater from 1942 to 1945. The lengthy correspondence between him and his family members, mainly his wife, Virginia, covers a variety of topics, including but not limited to: naval battles in Pacific Ocean Theater, attacks by Japan's airplanes, daily life on the ship, the censorship of wartime correspondence, Edward's various duties on the aircraft carriers he served on, discussions on wartime rations, and familial relationships between his wife, his parents, and his children.... Of particular note are the issue with son Edward (III) who later entered a life of crime. See complete discription for detail.
Novelty Die-cut Drum shaped pamphlet promoting Rogers Drums - Civil War - Soldiers Farewell. Rogers & Blackman.Columbus, OH.c1906
A single-fold 4" x 3 5/8" pamphlet die-cut in the shape of a drum. within is an illustration of a Civil War soldiers Farewell and the verse"Following the Drum".   At the base of the page is pricing informaion on Drums. . The Rogers company was started in 1849 by an Irish immigrant from Dublin named Joseph Rogers. Rogers came to the United States and started crafting drum heads. ... Rogers is probably most famous for its "Dyna-Sonic" snare drum, which featured a number of innovations.
Paul Pryor "E.T. Taggard" Uncle Sam's Big Picture Series: Putnam. McLoughin Brothers.New York.1873
24 pp (including wrappers) The title page states The Life of General Putnam'. "The book tells the embellished story of the life of General Israel Putnam, starting as a young boy who slaughters a wolf, and his time in service during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. There are six full page colored illustrations, rich in detail and color. The author is Paul Pryor, who is under the pseudonym of American writer E.T. Taggard. A part of Uncle Sam's Big Picture Series.  Measures 10 1/2" x 9". Cover is mostly fully detached. The binding is loose by intact, and one page is fully detached. Edge wear. Soiling and toning to interior pages. The last few pages have foxing.
Rev. J. William Jones Southern Historical Society, Vol. 1, No. 5. .Richmond, VA.May 1876
The Southern Historical Society was founded in 1868-1869 by Confederate Major General Dabney Herndon Maury as a means of documenting Southern military and civilian viewpoints of the American Civil War. It consisted of articles written by Southern Soldiers, officers, politicians and civilians. In the late 1800s, the articles were printed in a 52 volume set known as the Southern Historical Society Papers. This item is Volume 1, Number 5, published in May 1876, which consisted of seven different articles: "Reminiscences of the Confederate States Navy by Cpt C. W. Read", Captain Ritter's Account of the Death of Sergt. Langley", "General Wilcox on Seven Pines". "Review of Bates' Gettysburg by Col. Wm. Allen", "Diary of Captain R. E. Park, of the 12th Ala. Regiment", "Correction of the Incident in Reference to General Pickett", and "Address of General D. H. Hill before the Mecklenburg, North Carolina Historical Society". There is also a section on "Editorial Paragraphs" and "Book Notices". At the back of the book are several pages of advertisements. Pages are numbered 331-402. Measures 9 3/4" x 6".
Rufus P. Stebbins Address of the Subject of Peace, Delivered at the Odeon, On Sabbath Evening, February 7, 1836. On the Anniversary of the Bowdoin Street Young Men's Peace Society. William Peirce.Boston, MA.1936
The item is a copy of an address given by Rev. Rufus P. Stebbins, (1810-1885), a member of Harvard Divinity School on the society's first anniversary in 1836. His speech was considered to be an attack against the concept of a "defensive war". That term is defined as a war in which one country is mainly just trying to defend themselves from another, versus a war where both sides are attacking, invading, and trying to conquer each other. In this way, according to the "Just War tradition", which is a doctrine on military ethics, a defensive war is considered to be a "moral justifiable" criteria for war by military strategists. After the address is printed the first annual report of the society as well as its constitution and list of its current members. Noted members of the society were Amasa Walker, Charles K. Whipple, Isaac Knapp, and Rev. Henry C. Wright. It is unclear if the society was at the time of its establishment attempting to fight against a particular war, or the idea of war in general. It should be noted though that America had just finished one of its Indian wars (Black Hawk War in 1832), and had just embarked on another Indian War, the Second Seminole War, in 1934 (also known as the Florida War and it would continue until 1842). 32 pg. Missing wrappers. OCLC 5 (July 2020). Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/4". Below is an excerpt from the address. "... War is not satisfied with this. It demands our lives. The very object of war is to kill. It is murder; 'cool, calculated, money making' murder. It is murder in its worst forms. Crime is stamped as a virtue... [war] originate[s] in the worst passions of the human heart, it produces the most disastrous effects upon man's happiness and virtue. Surely then war is unchristian, and Christians should not engage in it. But I shall be asked, if all war is wrong; if we must not, sometimes, vindicate our rights by sword, and by the same instrument, sometimes maintain our honor? In other words, I shall be asked if defensive war is wrong. It is a just and proper question, and should be answered. I shall answer it in the language of our holy religion. Love you enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you; and pray for those that despitefully use you and persecute you... I ask, once more, and ask in solemn earnestness, those who advocate defensive war, to define it. The fact is, in war, might gives right. If you conquer, it is a glorious cause; if you fail, you are hung for treason. Christians, then, I repeat it, never should fight. ". The Bowdoin Street Young Men's Peace Society was a pacifism society founded in February 1835 with a ladies branch added in March of the same year. They are perhaps most well known for distributing a pamphlet that is widely considered to be the first attempt at peace education directed at the youth. It featured a conversation between two young brothers, William and Frank, as one attempts to educate the other on the Principles of Peace.
Save the Staff of Life to Feed the Staff of the Nation
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 ˝".
US Air Force Recruiting Service A Trio of Items Relating to WAF: Women in the Air Force. .Quincy, IL.1963-1965
This small collection encompasses a trio of items relating to the recruitment of WAF, or Women in the Air Force.  According to the brochures in this collection the career fields open to WAF were personnel, administration, supply, education and training, air traffic control and warning, transportation, accounting, finance, auditing, and medical assistant (in either medical or dental fields). Additionally officers in the WAF were "active in the realm of space, in assignments as psychologist, physicists, chemist, and other scientific specialties".  The three items in this collection are: 1) "Opportunity for Young Women", a folded double sided folded brochure that provides basic information on the requirements and benefits of being a WAF. There is a tear off section to send in for more information. Additionally there are several small black and white printed photographs of WAF in action, as well as a colored illustration of a WAF on the front cover. Printed on the base of the brochure is: "CWE 64-1B-250M  * GPO : 1963 0-698-290"   2) "Your Daughter in the US Air Force", 14 page booklet with illustrated wrappers. There are images from  photographs throughout of various WAF at their jobs or socializing. It is clear the booklet's aim was to parents of young women in order to help them either encourage their daughters to join or alleviate their fears from their daughters joining the USAF. "A young woman's years of service in the Air Force will give her more poise and maturity, and a better understanding of the world in which she will live... a young woman who learns one of the technical skills of the Aerospace Age has a bright future. In or out of the Service, good jobs await women with this kind of experience... your daughter's living quarters and off-duty hours will be supervised by women officers, specially selected and trained.... As parents you will experience a deep sense of pride that your daughter is working at an interesting and challenging job. Pay starts at $78.00 dollars a month."  Printed on the back is: "CWE 64-28-150M * GPO: 1964 O-773-745.  3) "WAF: Women in the Air Force", a single fold brochure directed towards young women themselves. It is printed in blue and has five printed photographs of WAF in action. The tone of this brochure fluctuates between flattering and condescending, and uses a combination of historical references of women's roles in previous conflicts, to their current hopes for career and independence, the possibility of travel, and possible romantic future to attract recruits. "Rosie the riveter and her sister the sergeant rejected the kitchen sink and the Monday wash in the brave new postwar world...  two major avenues leading to a commission are open to WAF... the Air Force Academy, of course, is not open; no female may be admitted to these hallowed halls as cadet, but a WAF officer did serve as a registrar there for six years... while there are some variations in the type of quarters the enlisted WAF will find at her duty station, they offer the comforts and off-duty life that is not unlike a college sorority house...  only unmarried girls may enlist, but there is no prohibition against marriage once they are in the Air Force... The Air Force, as a matter of fact, tends to be sympathetic toward young love when it blossoms on an Air Force base. Some 15 percent of the WAF are married to husbands in Air Force Uniforms... it is tougher for a girl to get into the Air Force than it is for a man. She must pass tests with a higher marks... while she is not required to do push-ups or run the four minute mile, the physical requirements are as exacting in the own way as they are for the men... while the majority [of WAF] find their way into some type of administrative duty... a few of the girls somehow manage to attach themselves to more unusual occupations. One is a traffic dispatcher for an air police squadron. And amazingly, a WAF was recently nominated Maintenance 'Man' of the Month for her work in Electronic Countermeasures shop." Printed on the back is "S65-3534". According to a stamp on all three of these brochures, they originated at US Air Force Recruiting Service in Quincy, IL, which was ran by SSGT Paul W. Vest. The WAF were eventually disbanded in 1976 when women were accepted into the USAF on an equal basis as men.  The largest measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/4". To view this collection, please click on the following link: The National Security Act of 1947 formed the basis of the US Air Force as separate branch of the US Military (prior to that it was a part of the US Army), and in 1948 WAF was formed under the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, which also allowed women to serve directly in the military rather than the 'auxiliary' roles they held in the past. At this point the military began actively recruiting women to fill a variety of, mostly administrative, rolls. For the USAF there were specific requirement for WAF. They were to be between the ages of 18 and 27 (though if younger than 21 written consent from a parent or guardian was required), a high school graduate, unmarried and without dependents, pass a mental and physical exam, and of "good moral character" (normally determined by written references from the young woman's community).
US Army, Dumont and Cresskill, NJ Camp Merritt, The Camp Beautiful. McConnell Printing Company.New York.[1918-1919]
15pp. Illustrated wraps.Camp Merritt was an army base that was activated for use during WWI located in Dumont and Cresskill, NY. The booklet features information and images from photographs of the camp buildings, various administrative offices, money and post exchange, tailor shops, hospital, enlisted men's clubs, officer clubs, churches, recreations/entertainment spaces (movie theater, library, etc.), vocational training courses and classrooms, telegraph office, visitor center, soldier quarters and information how to get to the base from surrounding areas, such as New York City. The front cover has a blue engraving of a fire place with the following quote engraved on the mantle "We make War Against War". This fire place was actually located in Merritt Hall on the base, which was the enlisted men's club.  The back cover has the seal of the camp with the caption "Merritt-Men" underneath. Included are several black and white printed photographs of the camp, its grounds and buildings, as well as a map of the camp itself at the back of the booklet. Camp Merritt would be decommissioned after the war in 1919, and sold to the Harris Brothers Company of Chicago in 1920. Unfortunately the buildings of the camp were destroyed during a series of fires shortly there after. OCLC 4 (Mar 2020). Measures 7 1/2" by 4 1/2".. It was one of three camps under the control of the New York Port of Embarkation (US Army command that oversaw the movement of US troops and supplies from NY/NJ to overseas destinations). Camp Merritt had the capacity to hold 38,000 transient troops. When the troops were ready to be deployed they would march to Old Closter Dock at Alpine Landing and take ferry boats to piers in Hoboken, NJ, and from there head to Europe and the Western Front. All total, of the approximately four million troops sent to Europe in WWI, about one million were funneled through Camp Merritt. This booklet was given to troops as they returned from overseas, most likely after the war finished in November 1918 and started returning home in 1919.
US Naval Training Device Center Hand Semaphore Trainer Volvelle. Huntington Specialties Company..1964
A volvelle for "hand semaphone" or otherwise known as flag semaphone, which is a telegraphy system used to convey information across distances by means of visual signals. While the system can be used with bare or gloved hands, generally speaking flags or flashlights (at night) are used. Produced for the US Naval Training Device Center by the Huntington Specialties Company, this two side volvelle has instructions both for signaling and receiving hand semaphone. As one turns the wheel the the sailors 'arms' reflect the proper signal for each letter in the alphabet. For some reason they are 29 letters on each side as three letters (D, R, and L) are repeated. Measures 4 1/4" x 4"..
W. H. Cremer, Junior St. Valentine's Day and Valentines: A Few Words on the Subject and Parisian Toys Before the Investment. .London, England.1871
This book is comprised of three parts. The first part tells the story of St. Valentine, and how we, as a society, got from St. Valentine, to Valentine's Day. This section is 15 pp. The second part of the book, entitled, 'Parisian Toys Before the Investment', tells the story of W. H. Cremer's trip to Paris to purchase toys for his store's inventory during the Franco-Prussian War (also sometimes called the War of 1870). He discusses the tenor of the city as the country went to war, and the difficulties he found in getting some of his toy inventory as well as leaving the country with all of the toys he had purchased. This section of the story consists of 8 pps. The third, and last section of this story are 'Notices from the Press', which are essentially the press reviews for  illustrations and toys, particularly those of Easter Eggs, that Cremer has done in the past. This last section is 10pps. The book ends with four pages of advertisements for toys and books. All the pages are have black and white illustrations, and are gilt edged. The front cover are a peachy color with a gilded stamped title and decorative elements. Measures 6" x 4 3/4". OCLC 3 (June 2019).
Window Display - Victory Girls - Girls to Earn and Give to Make Our Fighters Fit. United War Work Campaign..1918
An 11 3/4" x 8" paper window display depicting an eagle atop a banner.  It reads " A girl from this home has enrolled in the VICTORY GIRLS to earn and give to make our fighters fit".  United War Work Campaign surrounds the banner.  Reverse is blank. . United War Work Campaign of November 11-18, 1918, an effort to raise $170,000,000 to provide entertainment for American troops abroad in World War I. Seven non-governmental organizations participated in this campaign: The American Library Association, Jewish Welfare Board, Knights of Columbus, the Salvation Army, War Camp Community Service, Young Men’s Christian Association and Young Women’s Christian Association. The campaign began November 11, 1918, on the day the war ended. However, fundraising continued, as troops would remain in France until well into 1919. The “Seven Sisters” did not always get along well behind the scenes of the United War Work Campaign, but each had a personal stake in its success. Because of this, they were able to present a strong appeal to the people of the United States to donate to a cooperative coalition that wanted the best for all American servicemen.
Women And the War
Women And the War
Price: $100.00