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advertisement, food & wine, household & furnishing
New York, NY: Jabez Burns & Sons, . An illustrated broadside for a spice mill by Jabez Burns & Sons, a coffee and spice machinery business located in New York, NY. The ad is for their improved 'Challenge' Spice Mill, which was billed as a "a perfect portable Burr Stone.....
Humor, American Southwest
United States: H.H. Tammen, 1903. "Burros" is an endlessly charming book of "sixty-four cute, curious and interesting burro pictures", die-cut into the shape of a donkey's head. The burro, according to the introduction, is "a constant joy"; this sentiment is evident from each of the photos and their subtitles which.....
Catalogue, Circular, Watchmaker, Business and Industry
Pittsburgh, PA: 1844. A 4pp circular featuring images, narrative and pricing information on the Self-Generating Gas Blow-Pipe Lamp, Bush's Wheel Protector, Roller Remover, Ruby Pin Adjuster, Movement and Fan Washers, Material Cup, Pivot Wire and Case Spring Extractor. For sale at Goddard, Hill & Co. Jewelry. Pittsburgh, PA. Measures 8.....
Nature, Lepidopterology, Entomology, Butterflies, Taxonomy and Classification, Collecting, Plastics, Specimen preservation
Wellesley, Massachusetts: Denton Bros. 1902. A fascinating look into the collection of an amateur lepidopterologist. Here, a copy of The Butterfly Hunter's Guide (9.5" by 7",  pp., original printed wrappers) is accompanied by two (2) contemporary German advertising circulars (11.5" by 8.75") for mail-order butterfly specimens, as well as.....
1870s german friendship card, freundschaft card, Victorian scrap greeting card
c1870. A 4 ½” x 3” printed lithograph card with embossed diecut border and gold embellishment. Captioned Aus Freundschaft at base. Applied 3 ½” scrap of foppish young boy in proper riding attire opening his purse and presenting a letter. The scrap of the boy lifts to reveal a message.....
Camping, American Manufacturing
New York, New York: Camp Outfit Manufacturing Co., 1908. "Waterproof Tents a Specialty" at Camp Outfit Manufacturing Co., according to its illustrated advertising brochure. Includes illustrations of products offered, eye-catching typographical design, and a direct address to its customer: "Campers! You all know that to the Camper, the question of.....
Embossed, Die-cut, Stationers
New York, New York: Eagle Card and Paper, c.1900. A most attractive embossed card die-cut in the shape of an elegant slipper, advertising Eagle Card and Paper of New York. Measures approx. 4" by 1.5", verso blank.
Penny Dreadful, Vinegar Valentine, Social History
1880s. A 7 1/4" x 4 1/2" black and white image printed on gray stock depicting a proper women with an uncharacteristically large nose. It is captioned "Often when I fain would kiss Your sweet lips of ruby hue, This sad thought doth spoil my bliss That, - your nose.....
fraternal, National Benevolent Society, trade catalogue
Kansas City, MO: National Benevolent Society, 1925. This catalogue lists a variety of items for purchase for the National Benevolent Society's Lodges to use. Some of the items listed are: ballot boxes, ballots, ode cards, gavels, hoodwinks (masks), wigs (and beards), staffs, papier-mache skeletons, various robes and costumes for members.....
advertising, celluloid advertising cases, parisian novelty co
Chicago, IL: Parisian Novelty C, 1917-1923. 20pp. Printed on dark green paper, cover has a small illustration of the Parisian Novelty Company building, printed between the title and publisher. An important maker of celluloid compacts and vanity cases in the 1920s, as well as celluloid backed hand advertising mirrors and.....
art catalog, George Bellows, eclectibles, paper dolls, paper americana, ephemera, paper toy, menus, travel americana, children's books, valentines, documents, correspondence
Catalog of the George Bellows Memorial Exhibition, held in 1925 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 132 pages. Contains catalogs of oil paintings, drawings and lithographs. All of the paintings, twelve of the drawings, and thirteen of the lithographs, have been reproduced in the catalog, a total of eighty-eight plates.....
printing, poultry, live stock, farming, farmers, advertising, billhead, stationary
New York: Riverside Press. A catalogue that list and provides examples of illustrations that Poultry and Live Stock Breeders can use while advertising their products. At the beginning there is a price list for different sizes of envelopes, note head, memo head, letter heads, statements, shipping tags, post cards, circulars.....
Illustrated Catalogue, Price List, Undergarments and Hosiery, Fabrics and Textiles
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Young, Smyth, Field Company, 1912. Fall and Winter offerings from Young, Smyth, Field Company. The expansive listing includes men and women's underwear, hosiery, and gloves; each item is named and labeled with inventory number, sizing, fabrics and materials. Many are photo-illustrated. 8vo (8.75" by 5.75"), pp. 144, with.....
Latin, college catalogue, Amherst College, schools & universities, foreign language, religion
Amherst, MA: Amherst College, 1845. A catalogue for Amherst College, in Latin. The title roughly translates to: "Catalog of Academic Faculty and Students who are Graduates of Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts." The catalogue begins with a list of its faculty members, the subject and time spent teaching at the college.....
Land Development, Real estate, land agreement
Cattaraugus County, NY: February 13, 1842. A real estate agreement between the couple Moses and Emma Beecher and Isaac Curry which sells a total of approximately 2,956 acres of land from different portions of about 40 different plots of land within Cattaraugus County, NY. Due to the complexities of the.....
Advertising, Trade cards, Newspapers & Periodicals, Litho on Celluloid
New York: S.P. Kellogg, 1887. Lithographed celluloid advertising calendar for the New York Times, "An Independent Republican Newspaper" that "Contains more news than any other paper", with cherry blossom motif. Offers daily and weekly rates. Measures 2.75" by 4.75"; verso blank.
Magic Tricks, Arithmetic, Math Games
Lancaster, Pennsylvania: M-M-A, Inc., c.1910. A whimsical guessing game produced for M-M-A, Inc., a Lancaster-based manufacturer of industrial tools and air-operated vacuum cleaners. To play, one asks a friend to choose a number between one and sixty; then, using basic arithmetic and the cards provided, the player is able to.....
Order of Cincinnatus, Fraternal, Carnival
Cincinnati, OH: 1876. A 17 1/2" x 12" certificate with images of an anthropomorphic pig in fancy attire and a horse as a police officer. The King of the Carnival certifies that Thomas L. Jones, a judge, is appointed to Councillor of State with the title of Earl Chesterfield for.....
mechanical valentine, die-cut valentine
An embossed valentine depicting a little girl crying; you can see the tears on her face. She has on a red dress with white poke-a-dots. Her right arm is writing on the chalk board. The verse is 'To One I Love.' Measures 7 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Advertising to Children, Root Beer, Hires
Philadelphia: Charles E. Hires Company, 1934. The Charles E. Hires Company produced Hires Root Beer, which was first introduced in 1876 and is considered the second longest continuously made soft drink in the United State (now owned by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group). Charles Hire believed firmly in the power of.....
valentines, honeycomb, open-out valentine, paper dolls, vintage paper dolls,
A charming series of love scraps in a floral setting. This is a 7 1/2 by 8 embossed, die cut, fold down, multi layer card with a small bright red honeycomb. The first layer has a cherub playing a morning-glory flower like horn. The brilliant red honeycomb is holding some.....
mechanical valentine, die-cut valentine, victorian valentine
An embossed, die cut, 5 1/2" x 3 3/4" Love Chariot. This cherub is driving a chariot through a white archway. This special chariot is made of blue forget-me-nots. The sentiment on front 'From One Who Love's You Dearly.' Inside the card on the left side, is a personal pencil.....
Americana, Columbian Exposition, World's Fair, Midway Attractions, People of the World
Chicago: The American Engraving Co., 1893. Ten (10) of 12 vol. 20 pp viewbook; halftone images with descriptive letterpress. Attractive covers with human alphabet letters on the word Types. The volumes consisted largely of photographs accompanied by contextual and interpretive commentary. Some books exclusively devoted pages to images of Midway.....
history of birds, chapbook
Concord NH: Rufus Merrill, 1854. 24 pp. Illustrated Wrap. Chapbook with black and white in-text imagery. Cover title Museum of Natural History: History of Birds. Hand sewing repair. Includes the partridge, an the belted king-fisher. Measures 3 7/8" x 6"