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Original Art, Made by Hand, Baby Book
May 26th,1890. 12 leaves. vellum, bound with braided silk tie. Cover reads "Baby's Book" With quote at top "each day sees some rare unfolding of the sweet young life, the dawning of a new intelligence" from A Child Shall Lead Them. Elaborately penned with watercolor illustrations. The next page is.....
Photography, Barn Raising, Communities, Masculine Bonds
United States: 1880s. Original photograph of two dozen or so men in rural America participating in a barn raising in the late nineteenth century. A barn raising was when male members of the community would gather to build (or rebuild) a barn for one of their own, who would go.....
cartoon, humor, two-facved, politics
1860. A political cartoon depicting a woodcut engraving of a man wearing a top hat sitting on top of a fence. He has two-faces, and as such, he says to the man standing on the right side of the fence "Don't you be alarmed. Ratigan is the last man I......
advertisement, poster, print, design, event, charity, play
Connecticut: c1925. Two hand-made posters by Anna-Louise (Rudin) Falk. She was an artist who lived in Connecticut and was known for portrait and still-life painting, illustration. These two posters are advertisements for events, the first a play and the second a charity event. "Nothing But The Truth" appears to be.....
1888. Two (2) photographs taken of a group of young people while sitting on a porch. It appears as though they are on a holiday or picnic, as several people are holding lawn tennis rackets. The first photo shows a group of thirteen (13) people, some appearing quite affectionate or.....
Panorama, Concertina, transformation, Lord Mayor
Seven Dials, W. C. W. S. Fortey. When closed measures 4 1/2" x 6". Paper wraps. Opens out to an 80" hand colored procession with the Lord Mayor concluding the procession. Created in four sections and glued together.
Sentimental Novels, Female Characters, Toys Based on Books, Female Authors and Scribbling Women, Original Artwork
United States: c1860. A charming paper doll depicting the character Gertrude Flint from "The Lamplighter" by Maria Susanna Cummins, together with six overlays showing her in different circumstances: as "A School Girl"; "Nan Grant's Dependent"; "Mr. Armory's Daughter"; "Miss Emily's Friend"; "With the Kitten the Lamplighter Gave Her"; and "The.....
Patent Medicines, Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War, History of Photography in Ephemera
Providence, Rhode Island: Salisbury, Bro. & Co., c1866. Printed trade card with applied photographic image advertising Dr. Bicknell's Great Cholera Remedy, with an interesting inclusion: pasted to the recto is a (very Victorian, and slightly morbid) photographic reproduction of "Columbia's Grief", an artwork depicting the allegorical Columbia weeping over Abraham.....
Penny Magazine,Serials,Shield of Achilles,Homer,Ornithology,Whig,British Politics,Rubber,Anthropology,Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
London, England: Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, 1832. The British Whig MP Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868), is credited with forming The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in 1826 to promote scientific and artistic ideas, and highlight achievements of Western civilization. The Penny.....
Lace paper plates,
texte par Méry. Histoire de la mode par le comte Fœlix.i, texte par Méry. Minéralogie des dames par le comte Fœlix. - Les Parures, fantaisie par Gavarni, texte par Méry. Histoire de la mode par le comte Fœlix. Volume two of two with frontispiece and 15 plates engraved by Geoffroy.....
Stereoscopes, Optics, Paper with a Secret
New York, New York: W.T. Georgen Optician, c.1910. Illustrated tri-fold pamphlet advertising the Perspectoscope, a kind of stereoscope that purports to "Double the value of the Camera" and "make its pictures look like the real object" (i.e. three-dimensional). Includes a photo of a child looking through the scope exclaiming, "Oh.....
Pop-up Books, Chromolithography, Children's Tales, Childhood Friendship
London and New York: Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton & Co. A charming illustrated children's book of poetry and prose with four (4) two-page pop-up spreads depicting: a farmer and son plowing a field with horses; a sleeping child among a gentle flock of sheep and lambs; four children playing.....
Menu, Photography, Kodak Park Works
Kodak Paper Works. A 4 5/8" x 7" menu card printed on photographic paper with the exterior of the Kodak Park Works building on the left and a menu printed on the right for Luncheon on Monday, July Thirtieth, 1926. The reverse is blank. George Eastman shows first amateur color.....
Entertainment, Women's Work, Quartette
Boston, MA: Holland (photographer), 1880s. A 9 3/4" x 13 1/4" photograph on card on a slightly larger mount captioned "Ariel Quartette". Depicts the four singer in a parlor scene, perhaps the studio, presumably in performance attire as each of their light colored dresses is adorned with floral garlands. A......
travel album, photograph, tourism, statue of liberty, Furness Bermuda Line, Tom's Moore's House Tavern, travel
Germany: 1920s. An travel album with 18 photographs of a trip from New York to Bermuda. The first photograph depicts the Furness Bermuda Line Offices in New York, which ran a line of shipping vessels that ferried passengers from New York to Bermuda. The next few pictures show the Statue.....
parade, costume, photograph, jeweler, wagon, advertisement, fraternal
Newville, PA: Elias Alexander Bloser, . A black and white photograph of a large group of mostly men and young boys standing in front of E. A. Bloser Wholesale and Retail Jeweler store. In the center is a wagon with the stores name in front, with men in bizarre costumes.....
Costume, C. Bennette Moore, Photography
New Orleans: C. Bennette Moore, 1930s. A 13 3/4" x 10 3/4" photograph of two young women, perhaps sisters wearing identical gowns with matching oversized capes. Adorned with large applique four leaf clovers and long silk tassels at the collar of the cape. Unusual background with two archways or similar.....
Trade Cards, Ephemera, Principles of Christian Church, Proselytizing
Greensboro Christian Church, c.1900. Promoting the Greensboro Christian Church: a printed card (5" by 3") with photographic illustration of the Rev. L.I. Cox on recto, and list of "The Five Cardinal Principles of the Christian Church" on verso. Cox was pastor at Elon College, and stalwart of the community during.....
Signed by the Illustrator
Chicago: Merrill Company Publishers, 1958. Large format linen-like picture book alphabet with imagery and text relevant to the alphabet letter. Unnumbered pages. Measures 13" x 9 1/2". Vibrant color. Autographed by the illustrator. Vivian Robbins.
Herbarium, Made by Hand
Mexico: April 5, 1877. A title page done in pressed flowers plus three (3) pressed flower works including the title page. Include one is a symmetrical floral design; the others an elaborate basket of flowers and cornucopia. Embellished with gilt Victorian scrap. Housed in 13" x 17" frames...
dream interpretation, horoscope, make up, cosmetics, advertising, astrology
Memphis, TN: Plough Chemical Company, 1927. An advertising booklet for Plough Chemical Company, a maker of cosmetics. 32 pp. Pictorial wraps. In addition to advertisements for their various products they also provide the horoscope for each astrological sign, as well as a method of interpreting one's dreams. They list a......
art nouveau, song book,
1898. Des Presses de MM. Vanderauwera et De Mme Vve Monnom, Bruxelles. Rebound quarter binding. 47 pp. Deckled page with Art Nouveau influenced decoration. Music and verse for Nuit d'etoiles, Les Papillons, Nuits de Juin, L'Aveu and others. Measures 7 1/4" x 10 1/2"
Vaudeville, Parties, Colleges and Universities, Ivy League
New Haven, Connecticut: The Whaples-Bullis Co., 1916. Printed poster (14" by 11", verso blank) promoting the Yale Class of 1916 Senior Smoker, a raucous party held at Byers Hall, then part of the Sheffield Scientific School and now incorporated into Silliman College. According to the message at the foot of.....
Prohibition, Politics, Temperance
Canton, Ohio: John Danner, c.1884. A small pro-Temperance political flyer (6" by 3") published during a turbulent period in Ohio when "Boodle and Beer" were seen as beginning to "triumph" in the political sphere. The flyer asserts that "A vote for a tax and license party is a vote to.....