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Made by Hand, Original Art, Prototype
c1940s. This proto-type fireworks packet for children is in celebration of the Fourth of July. It features a child outside on some grass holding a firecracker container with five small bursts above him in the sky, and "July 4th" written next to it. The handcrafted card is done on black.....
Child Development, Embroidery
c1920. A 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" The Child's Delight No. 2 Embroidery Outfit. Complete and unused with 6 doilies , 12 embroidery skeins and 3 embroidery needles. Imagery of little girl happily embroidering on envelope and needle envelope. The paper envelope the kit came in is toned due to.....
Camps for Girls, Female Friendship
Elk Lake, Michigan: Chippewa Trails Camp for Girls, 1936. Typewritten/mimeographed menu and toast program for the 1936 Chippewa Trail Banquet, held by the Chippewa Trails Camp for Girls in 1936. The wrappers have been hand-lettered and decorated with colored pencil, with the attendee's name in the lower right-hand corner: B[arbara].....
troy kinney, personal Christmas greeting, etchings, drypoints
1930. A grouping of etchings and drypoints of various dancers created by Troy, and used by Troy and his wife Margaret as New Year greetings. The earliest, 1916, depicts a pre-Revolutionary couple in a minuet style dance. Through the years the portrayals included ballerinas, mythical satyrs, classical and whimsical risqué.....
Chromolithography, Social Culture, Visual Culture, Tobacco, Cuba
1850-1880. A varied array of chromolithograph imagery depicting objects found appealing to tobacco smokers of the day. While the dates range from 1850-1900, the majority of the collection was produced between 1860-1880. A predominant theme is beautiful women. Additional topics include fantasy, racism, exotic locales, plantation life, men's sports and.....
Paper Fabric Labels, Printing and Publishing, Popular Culture, Social History
[1850-1900]. The collection spanning half a century presents a sampling of over 50 paper fabric labels or "tickets" used to differentiate and promote various type of fabric. From the early days forward they include: embossed die-cut silvered 3 1/4" x 4" labels with elaborate border decoration and mostly animals or.....
hand finished lithograph valentine, lovely woman rose garaden,
A single-fold printed color lithograph illustration of lovely woman seated in rose garden. Enhanced with watercolor on roses and ivy border decoration. The verse begins “Would I might kiss that crimson lip... Inside blank. c1850s. Envelope folds, otherwise fine.
Lead Paint,Paint Chips and Samples
United States: National Lead & Oil Company of Pennsylvania, c.1915. Twenty-three (23) color sample swatches of different colors of lead paint sold by the National Lead & Oil Company of Pennsylvania, intended for use in homes and businesses. Features a charming image of a little boy with paint can and.....
1901-1903. June 25, 1901 – South Lowestoft Discussion: · Birthday wishes · Bird egg collection · Lots of questions on classmates and activities · Attending games in motor cars · The New English Stamps · The ferry rockets Illustrations: · Greaves at his desk composing letter with lots of questions.....
Cutwork, Made by Hand, Allegory
An intricate little scene comprised of multiple layers of polished and textured paper. A young woman and a sea captain stand hand-in-hand in a clearing. A rifle is laid atop a large rock in the foreground. A rabbit and two birds lay nearby (perhaps having been shot). A small dog.....
Victoriana, Beadwork, Playing Cards, Perforated Paper
A 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" litho on pressed board box with inner sleeve for holding playing cards. The top surface is perforated or punch paper (20 punch holes/inch) with embossed die-cut gilt border. The beadwork design is created using miniature glass and metal beads. The scene depicts a lyre.....
Victoriana, Beadwork, Playing Cards, Perforated Paper
A 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" litho on pressed board box with inner sleeve for holding playing cards. The top surface is perforated or punch paper (20 punch holes/inch) with embossed die-cut gilt border. The beadwork design is created using miniature glass and metal beads. The scene depicts a sword.....
Frederic W. Goudy] [type design
Philadelphia, PA. Lanton Monotype Machine Company, c1930. 15 pp. Paper printed two color cover, includes examples of points and series. The booklet consists of descriptions and examples of the Deepene type created by Goudy. 12 1/4" x 9" edges worn, tears on edges, tape repair pages 14 and 15 and.....
made by hand, paper cuts, paper-mosaicks, Mary Delany
An array of intricately cut and decorated tiny colored paper leaves, petals, stems and bows arranged as a floral wreath. Most have been individually embossed, note the detail on the tiger lilies at top right and the applied stamen on many on flowers less than 3/8” in their entirety. Also.....
Cutwork, Devotional, Made by Hand, Watercolor, Scherenschnitte, Canivet
A 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" delicate hand made paper devotional or "Nun Cut" Flaming hearts surrounded by roses and thorns Verse reads " O God ... will Again. Vivid watercolor decoration with gold and green border decoration. Reverse is blank.
Cutwork, Silhouette, Made by Hand
. A 2 1/2" x 6 3/4" cutwork from a single sheet black matte paper depicts a tree, three swans and a shrub. Note the delicate cuts and fine finish work. The paper has a very high rag content allowing it to be somewhat pliable. The reverse is blank. A......
sewing, women's work, embroidery, rug, rug patterns, catalogue, advertising, women's work
Boston, MA: E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns, 1881. An advertising booklet for E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns which starts out by promoting the employment options involved to all persons, men, women and children, in the field of rug making. Men can become official agents.....
zoo, zoo animals, anthropomorphic, anthropomorphism, drawing, art, paper playthings, litho, lithography, lithographic
New York: Empire Lithographic Co Inc, 1931. A set of twelve animals (printed two per sheet) meant to comprise a zoo. These anthropomorphic characters are: a pig, a cow, a rabbit, a cat, a fish, a parrot, a rooster, an eagle, a donkey, a dog, an elephant, and a duck.....
Learn to Sew, Uncut
Learn to sew while playing with dolls: a delightful illustrated book with uncut sewing patterns for young girls, teaching basic sewing skills. Includes a paper pattern for "Babbette", a doll the reader can make, along with instructions for sewing hats, pajamas, a romper, a dress with bloomers, patches, and making.....
Paper Doll, Creative Play
England: B. B. Ltd., 1950s. Large format soft cover book with a single page of patterns for Mary, Kitty, Billy and Sally with six (6) pages of paper “fabric swatches” and one page of trims (buttons and bows). The four paper dolls are on the covers. The largest is 9.....
Currency,U.S. Currency,Economics,Private Currency,Cryptocurrency
United States: Marine Bank and Allis Brown's Bank, Early 19th-century. Four (4) examples of bills issued by private banks as currency, including two five-dollar bills ("Allis Brown's Bank") and two two-dollar bills ("Marine Bank"). Before the Civil War, it was not unusual for banks to issue their own currency for.....
Valentine's Day, Love and Friendship, Work's by Children
United States: 1870s-1900s. A gathering of eight (8) handmade Valentines produced between 1870 and the early 1900s. Each unique and colorful example employs cut or folded paper techniques and/or Victorian scraps. Some have short messages inscribed in ink. Together, they form a lovely representation of the practice of hand-making Valentines.....
Advertising to Women, Textiles and Fiber Arts, Lingerie and Sleep Fashion
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Hollywood Vassarette, c.1960. Two (2) illustrated booklets advertising lingerie and undergarments by Hollywood Vassarette, with "stories" relating the history of embroidery and lace-making by women: "Because Hollywood Vassarette lingerie and sleep fashions frequently feature dainty, delicate or whimsical embroideries, it seems appropriate to offer this educational booklet so.....
Charles Dickens, Essay, School Project
An 18 page handwritten report or essay with three (3) images from photographs and one drawing. Paper covers with ribbon binding. Titled Charles Dickens 1812-1870. Nellie M. Krehbiel. Embossed Victorian floral scrap affixed to front cover. Although it is structured as a school project the factual narrative is written subjectively.....