Childhood Ephemera & Books
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Multiplication, Paper Slide, Early Learning
Chicago: The Simplicity Co., 1908. A 3 1/4" x 6" card folder with an image of a schoolmaster pointing at 13x13=? on the black board with 3 perplexed and 1 "bright" child ready with the answer. He holds the Lightning Multiplier in his hand. The right end of the card.....
Gilt cover picture books, picture book, Juvenile literature
New York: McLoughlin Brothers, c1890. This book includes four poems and their corresponding full=page, color chromolithographs. The poems are: Sister Nell, Dollie, Golden Hair, and Dog Shaggie. The images themselves are richly colored. The front cover is green with gilded accents. The main images is of a trellis with climbing.....
C. G. & S. Ltd. (Chas Goodall and Son), . Twenty-three (23) different die-cut lithograph whist badges with images of characters from literature. Also includes original box that held four dozen badges. Includes 23 of the 24 different designs. Includes Fatima, Blue Bear, Ali Baba, Sister Anne, Pantaloon, Clown, Aladdin.....
Pretend Play, Paper Dolls, Social History
Germany: c1850. A 7 1/4" litho on heavy stock paper doll with his original stand and eight (8) costumes and seven (7) hats. The costumes and dolls are colored lithograph with eggwash enhancements. His costumes reflect the affluent lifestyle and times of the young boy of the day. They include.....
Black Interest, Black Americana, coloring book
Topeka Kansas: Capper Publications, Inc., 1941. 21 pp black and white with gray cover unused coloring story book. Stereotypical imagery Black American imagery, illustrated by Dorothy Wagstaff. Measures 11" x 8 1/2". Unused.
School Newspaper, Andover Massachusetts, Private School
Andover, Mass: Edward H. Williams, III, 8-Jun-04. The small newspaper is published one a week during the school year and includes short, often local news. The two-sided printed newspaper is roughly divide into three sections, general news, sports news, and advertising. The news includes mostly area information, this issue includes.....
Job Printing, Hand Coloring, Gardening, Early Children's Publishing, Advertising to Children , ABAA-RBMS-2023
Boston, Massachusetts: J. Fisher, 1849-1850. A charming piece of hand-colored job printing for children by the Boston printer James Fisher. Depicts a little girl in a red dress watering her garden. James Fisher was an early American children's publisher who operated out of 71 Court Street between 1838 and 1860.....
fairy tales, nursery rhymes, picture books, Juvenile,
New York: McLoughlin Brothers, c1870. 14 pp (including wrappers), yellow covers with printed litho illustrations. The design on the cover only uses two colors, red and green, while the interior pages' illustrations are in full color. The book tells an elaboration of the classic nursery rhyme "Little BoPeep". There is.....
New York: McLoughlin Bros. 1850. unnumbered. Printed yellow paper cover illustrated in black and red, text with black and white illustrations throughout. The story of Margery Meanwell and her struggles. She and her brother are orphaned and Margery has only one shoe. She is taken in and given two shoes.....
Mahlon Day. 8 pp. illustrated printed paper cover, cover and title page are the same, one illustration at beginning of text. Three short writings, "The Little Graves," "The New Grave," " and "Lines" referencing the death of young siblings. 3 1/4" x 2" wear on cover.
Doll Transformations, Metamorphosis , ABAA-RBMS-2023
Germany: c.1830. An attractive and engaging children's transformation game comprised of three sections-- head, torso, and bottom-- in which multiple panels can be exchange to reveal new costumes and characters. This particular game, "Little Metamorphoses", was designed for both English and French audiences. In total there are 29 panels, each.....
chap book, poetry, gender roles, Redfield's Toy Books
New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, . A chap book for young children, filled with poetry of a moralistic nature, often encouraging good behavior. This book is a part of the Redfield's Toy Books series, which consisted of four series of twelve books each. Twelfth book, second series. Reprints of books.....
chap book, poetry, rhyme
Greenfield, MA: Ansel Phelps, 1847. A short chap book containing poems on a variety of subjects aimed at children. Right after the title page there is a page with the alphabet printed, both in regular print and italic, with capitals and non capital letters, as well as the numbers 0-9.....
Religion] [juvenile] [chapbook]
Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, c. 1840s. 8 pp. Blue illustrated printed cover, illustrations. Prayers are for "In the Morning" "At Night" "A Prayer for a Child who is in trouble" and "A Thanksgiving when a Child has recieved a favour from God" 3" x 2" inscribed, slight staining.
anthropomorphism, fairy tales, chicken, fox
Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Co., 1932. unpaginated. Printed color soft cover, black and white illustrations by Nina R. Jordan. Little Red Hen goe out early to catch her worms but while she is out, Big Black Fox sneaks in. He snatches Little Red Hen and puts her in a bag.....
Pop-up Book, Jumbo,
New York: McLoughlin Bros. A single-fold pop-up book with applied litho depicting a family of giraffes grazing in nature. When opened the two-tier pop-up reveals jumbo rearing with a parrot swinging on a perch. The startled countryman waives his umbrella at the elephant. The printed verse on the base page.....
Sign language letters, Sign Letters word, The Lord's Prayer
Hartford, CT: The Connecticut Magazine Co., 1899. 32 pp. (unpaginated) lightly coated stock illustrated wraps. The two page preface discusses Dr. Gallaudet and the development of sign language and includes the Manual Alphabet. This is followed by a 6pp. introduction describing the required movements for each word of the Lord's.....
religion, drawing, art by children,
c1940s. This is a handmade coloring book, depicting "The Lords's Prayer". The interior pages were created using a mimeograph, then the outlines were colored in by a child. The name Virginia is written on the back of the majority of the pages. The pages were then bound together using brad.....
Paper Doll, Pretend Play, Women's History
New York: McLoughlin, c1875. Two-sided printing. 7" cut paper doll with with four (4) two-sided dresses and no hats With original envelope with directions for making the doll on reverse of envelope. From the Series No. 2 - Medium Sized Dolls found in the 1875-76 Catalogue of Toys Books, Paper.....
Transformation, US Presidents, Childhood Ephemera
8.13: c1900. Housed in a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" illustrated envelope with an image of George Washington at left. It is Series 5. Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Directions indicate using a light pencil to rub over the page and the picture of a present and his.....
Reward of Merit, Made by Hand,
May happiness thy steps attend In this role of tears my friend And when this vale of tears is shed And we are numbered with the dead Oh! may we reach that happy shore Where we shall meet to part no more By "???" Frantz (most likely a sibling).
Invitations,Patriotic Iconography,Mardi Gras
New Orleans, Louisiana: 1929. Printed invitation addressed in ink to "Mr. M.L. Dowd", inviting him to a Mardi Gras party at the Athenaeum in New Orleans. Features patriotic imagery of an eagle, the Liberty Bell, and the American flag. Illustrated card (3.5" by 6") invitation inscribed to Mr. M.L. Dowd.....
chap book, animals, lion, religion, hymns, poetry, married chap book
Sanborton, NH: Sanborton Press, 1835-1836. This married chap book is actually the front cover of one book, and the text block and back cover of another. Both were published by Sanborton Press. The front cover of the chap book has a picture of a lion on the front and is.....
Martinet Champagne, Menu card
A 4 5/8" x 3 1/4" menu card for Martinet, 28 Avenue de L'Opera, Paris. A menu card for Lunch either Prix Fix or ala carte. The front depicts a caricature of a father flying out of his chair when he pulls the champagne cork with frightened children looking on.....