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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
 History of the United States of America, Vol 1. John P.  Jewett & Company.Boston.1858
History of the United States of America, Vol 1. John P. Jewett & Company.Boston.1858
Price: $45.00

160pp. green cloth with , with gilt stamp rendering of the monument at Bunker Hill, on the front cover. Miniature book.  This is the first volume in Byron's Diamond Library series. It covers the history of the United States up to the 1855. The miniature book is broken into eleven sections: Declaration of Independence, Signer's Names, History of the Constitution, Constitution, History of States and Territories (geographically arranged), Size of the West, Commerce & Navigation, Lives of President and Election Returns, Battle of  Bunker Hill, Battle of Bennington, and Siege of Baltimore.  Measures 2 1/4" x 1 1/2". Covers show minor edge wear. There is damage to the bottom left of the front cover. The interior pages themselves offset. 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
 Christmas Menu - U.S. Army Debarkation Hospital No.1,. .Ellis Island, NY.1918
Christmas Menu - U.S. Army Debarkation Hospital No.1,. .Ellis Island, NY.1918
Price: $50.00

Single-fold menu. Illustrated title wraps. List of mess personnel including the Mess Officer, Sergeant, Steward, Office Sergeant, Kitchen Duty Sergeants, Mess Hall Corporals and Dietitians.  Fare included Roast Turkey dinner with all of the fixings.  Measures 5 1/2" x 7".  . 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
 Novelty Die-cut Drum shaped pamphlet promoting Rogers Drums - Civil War - Soldiers Farewell. Rogers & Blackman.Columbus, OH.c1906
Novelty Die-cut Drum shaped pamphlet promoting Rogers Drums - Civil War - Soldiers Farewell. Rogers & Blackman.Columbus, OH.c1906
Price: $60.00

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. more info
Dame Wonder's Series: The Little Drummer. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1855
Dame Wonder's Series: The Little Drummer. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1855
Price: $65.00

12 pp (including wrappers) Tells the story, in verse, of a young boy who longs to be a soldier. Joining the army he first becomes a drummer boy, and after proving himself through his courage, he eventually became a sergeant.  Below is a brief excerpt from the book: When mounting up the deadly breach, Fire pouring from each gun; Threatening wounds and death to each, I urged them on by beat of drum. There are hand colored woodcut engravings on each page. A part of the Dame Wonder's Series. Measures 7 1/2" x 4 1/2".  OCLC 1 (Feb. 2018). Moderate to heavy cover wear, there is a small piece of the front cover missing along edge. Sewing repair to binding. Minor penciling. Soiling and toning due to age. more info
 Heleograph Signals. From  "The Iron Clad," Cape Elizabeth, Maine.. ..1860s
Heleograph Signals. From "The Iron Clad," Cape Elizabeth, Maine.. ..1860s
Price: $100.00

Thomas K. Jones. of Portland ME and Frank L. Dow of Boston.  A 14 1/4" x 8 1/4"  broadside that Includes code, numerals, abbreviations, instructions, and flashes. At bottom: "Please paste on a cardboard and hang where you can always have it."   The use of mirrors and the sun allowed communication between ships.. A heliograph is a wireless solar telegraph that signals by flashes of sunlight (generally using Morse code) reflected by a mirror. more info
Boston Post Sunday Supplement - Camping Out in the Main Woods - A Panorama. American Lithographic Co..New York.1996
Boston Post Sunday Supplement - Camping Out in the Main Woods - A Panorama. American Lithographic Co..New York.1996
Price: $100.00

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. . more info
Paul Pryor "E.T. Taggard" Uncle Sam's Big Picture Series: Putnam. McLoughin Brothers.New York.1873
Paul Pryor "E.T. Taggard" Uncle Sam's Big Picture Series: Putnam. McLoughin Brothers.New York.1873
Price: $110.00

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. more info
 The Soldiers' and Sailors' Half Dime Magazine, Vol. II, No. 1. ..
The Soldiers' and Sailors' Half Dime Magazine, Vol. II, No. 1. ..
Price: $110.00

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. . more info
 5 Different Greeting Cards Promoting US War Savings Bonds w Inserts - "Stamp" Out Dictators. Official War Stamp Greeting Cards.USA Treasury Dept..1942
5 Different Greeting Cards Promoting US War Savings Bonds w Inserts - "Stamp" Out Dictators. Official War Stamp Greeting Cards.USA Treasury Dept..1942
Price: $115.00

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.. more info
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
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
Price: $125.00

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). more info
 Theatre de la Mode - "Hidden Hands"  Touring Miniature Mannequin Exhibitions - War Relief-  Program and Photo Postcards. Meriden Gravure Co. (Meriden CT).Paris, France.1946
Theatre de la Mode - "Hidden Hands" Touring Miniature Mannequin Exhibitions - War Relief- Program and Photo Postcards. Meriden Gravure Co. (Meriden CT).Paris, France.1946
Price: $150.00

Single fold program and nine black and white photo postcards. The Theatre de la Mode was a touring exhibition of fashion  mannequins crafted by some of Paris' top fashion designers after the war.  Presented by American Relief for France for the benefit of L'Entr'aide Francaise.  The program is a letter from the French designers and others in the French fashion industry to American. The postcards feature black and white photographs of the miniature mannequin dolls wearing designer fashions in scenes before and after the war. Program measures 7"x 5" -  5 1/2" x 3 1/2" (postcard). Letter fold on program . Minor edge wear. Light toning.. After World War II, the French fashion industry was suffering, as as the rest of the French economy. In order to help raise funds to both help war survivors and revive the French fashion industry, top Paris fashion designs and  couturiers joined together to create an exhibit of fashion for nearly 200 doll size figurines. They had decided to use doll size figurines rather than normal sized mannequins due to the short supply of a materials. Large, elaborate sets were created to house the dolls by some of France's leading artists. Jewelry designers created minute necklaces and accessories for the dolls to wear. This exhibition showcased an extreme attention to detail, the buttons were real buttons, the zippers zip, and purses were fill of miniature wallets and compacts. The exhibit opened at the Louvre on March 25 1945 and raised over a million francs. Shortly there after the exhibition tour the rest of Europe, before the dolls were outfitted with new outfits for the 1946 fashion season and sent oversea to American. It toured in two major US cities, New York and San Francisco. Today the majority of the Theatre de la Mode is owned and displayed by the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA, though parts of the original exhibition often go on tour throughout the world more info
 The Patriotic Dressing Dolls. Farm and Home.Springfield, MA & Chicago, IL.c1917
The Patriotic Dressing Dolls. Farm and Home.Springfield, MA & Chicago, IL.c1917
Price: $150.00

Two uncut paper dolls, John (No. 600) and Gladys (No. 717). Each doll comes with five uncut outfits. During World War I, these dolls were given out as rewards by American Colortype for selling subscriptions a magazine called "Farm and Home", a national monthly magazine about rural life. The outfits themselves depict various military and patriotic themes. The outfits in this collection are Boy Scout No. 823, Soldier No. 847, Our Jackie No. 900, Colonial Drummer No. 901, Our Sammy No. 902, Miss Liberty No. 903, Red Cross Nurse No. 904, Miss Patriot No. 906, Glory on Parade No. 907, and Miss Knitting No. 908. Collection comes with original envelope, that features a black and white engraving of three children - a girl in a nurse outfit and two boys as soldiers.  Measures 6 1/4" x 2 1/4" (doll), 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" (envelope).. more info
George E. Haines Civil War Letter From George E. Haines Regarding the Death of his Friend on the Battlefield. .Falmouth, VA.c1865
George E. Haines Civil War Letter From George E. Haines Regarding the Death of his Friend on the Battlefield. .Falmouth, VA.c1865
Price: $175.00

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".. more info
Army and Navy Wedding Party Cut-out Dolls . Saalfield Pub. Co. No. 2446..
Army and Navy Wedding Party Cut-out Dolls . Saalfield Pub. Co. No. 2446..
Price: $200.00

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".. more info
Charles R. Morrill (1918-1986) WWII Basic Training Notebook of Charles R Morrill. ..1944
Charles R. Morrill (1918-1986) WWII Basic Training Notebook of Charles R Morrill. ..1944
Price: $225.00

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. The first is hand written legend for symbols that are most often found on maps and the second is a printed piece of paper with 10 names on it. Printed at the top is Call -- 309, Oct. 11, 1944, 10 men. The number 309 was Morrill's draft number, and his, along with the ten men listed on page were, number was called on Oct 11, 1944. Morrill and the other men were officially registered on Oct 12, 1944 in Manchester, NH. By the end of the war, Morrill was a Corporal in the army and was officially discharged on Aug 4, 1946. Later after returning home to New Hampshire, Morrill would marry Evelyn Eisler (1916-2008), and eventually pass away in 1986. The notebook itself is a Blue Horse Composition Book that has been cut in half. Measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Below are some memorable quotes from the notebook: "Pride will win battles" "Man must have courage, intelligence and leadership... we are absolutely not cannon fodder. Infantry (riflemen in particular) are safe. No other branch takes the ground, [and] all other branches support us." "Carelessness in talk [and] handling equipment weakens [the] whole unit." "[Your] gas mask is as vital as [a] life savor or parachute." To view this item, please click on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uXPpJ9FtIRgRfnYA2. Edge wear on notebook. Interior pages are soiled and toned due to age. Covers have stains as well. more info
 Scrap Book Album of Russell Roosen, Bridge Player from Detroit, Michigan, 1927-1945. Educational Press, Inc.New York.1950
Scrap Book Album of Russell Roosen, Bridge Player from Detroit, Michigan, 1927-1945. Educational Press, Inc.New York.1950
Price: $225.00

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. more info
 No. 10, A Few Words in behalf of the Loyal Women of the United States by One of Themselves. Loyal Publication Society..May, 1863
No. 10, A Few Words in behalf of the Loyal Women of the United States by One of Themselves. Loyal Publication Society..May, 1863
Price: $250.00

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". . more info
History of the American People, 5 Volume Set
History of the American People, 5 Volume Set
Price: $350.00

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" more info
 The Transvaal Campaign, Model Relief Series, #187. Raphael Tuck & Sons.London.1895
The Transvaal Campaign, Model Relief Series, #187. Raphael Tuck & Sons.London.1895
Price: $400.00

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 (https://eph.tuckdb.org/), 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: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pUAaVw1z56Lvg67t2 . 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. more info
D.A.R - members Knitting for Victory. Wint Studios.Allentown PA.6673
D.A.R - members Knitting for Victory. Wint Studios.Allentown PA.6673
Price: $650.00

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. more info
Barbara Plummer & Barbara Barnett A Collection of 28 Paper Doll Sets by the Jones Sisters. 1987-2011
Barbara Plummer & Barbara Barnett A Collection of 28 Paper Doll Sets by the Jones Sisters. 1987-2011
Price: $650.00

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" . more info
The Token Album, A Friendship Album of Addie A Allen, 1858-1864. John C. Riker.New York.c1860
The Token Album, A Friendship Album of Addie A Allen, 1858-1864. John C. Riker.New York.c1860
Price: $650.00

A friendship album of Addie A. Allen who mostly likely lived in Connecticut. 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 notes added to the journal, presumably by Addie, when one of her classmates died. While most of then entries are short, 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 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". more info
LT. Edward A Kimpel, Letters - WWII Correspondence re War, Homefront & Parenting.
LT. Edward A Kimpel, Letters - WWII Correspondence re War, Homefront & Parenting.
Price: $700.00

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. more info