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Perfume and Toiletries, Women's Fashion, Beauty
United States: Lynas Perfumer, 1920s. "Milady's Toilet": a 6 pp. tri-fold advertising pamphlet with chromolithographed illustrations for Lynas brand perfumes and toiletries, a company that "for over fifty years has been helping to beautify and glorify American women" (p. ). Includes descriptions and illustrations of the brand's products, as well.....
Love Token, Hair, Bookmark
Sand Painting, Lace Paper Brading, Kynges Towne
A 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" scene created using applied color sand with watercolor background. It depicts the Ecclesiastical Parish in Brading, the 'Kynges Towne'. Created on 2 5/8"x 3 3/4" die-cut card with lace paper border. Portion of sand lacking.
Watercolor, Miniature, Allegory
Childhood Ephemera, Made by Hand, Anthropomorphism,
UK: 1861. Heavy stock hand constructed covers with book tape spine. Concertina style. Inscribed Jan 28th T.H.E.A. A continuous roadway with anthropomorphic animals of all shapes and types enroute. The final two pages are the "fair" with only the vendors remaining with a progression of animals with various means of.....
Religion, Folk Art, Manuscript
A pencil drawing of an angel on a 9 1/2" x 8" single-fold letter sheet with embossed border decoration.. The angel is somewhat naive surrounded by a halo The penned verse reads "I would not live always, No welcome the time, Since Jesus has rain these I dread not It's.....
Advertising to Children, Children's Books, Estes & Lauriat, Price List
Dayton, Ohio: United Brethren Publishing House, 1889. Two chromolithographed advertising cards (each 3" by 5") for children's books published by Estes & Lauriat, each designed to resemble a bound book. Each verso lists five publications, available in time for the year 1889. The publisher of these cards, William John Shuey.....
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.....
Overlay, Metamorphosis, Made by Hand, Social History
France: 1830s. A 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" watercolor bust of a women - side profile on a 9 1/4" x 7 1/8" card stock. This is accompanied by fourteen different overlays of costumes for women ranging from high fashion to region costumes. Intricate designs, all with hats. The hats.....
Fortune Telling, Spiritualism, Prognostication, Games, Wheel of Fortune, History of the Romani people
[London?], England: 1840s. A hand-colored and visually striking fortune telling party game for young women called "The Original Norwood Gypsy", together with its original printed sheet of instructions: "When all the Company are assembled, then place the Wheel of Fortune on the Table, and each person must then come forward.....
Love & Friendship, Original Watercolor, Folk Art, Eternal Knot of Love
c1840s. A 6 1/2" x 10 1/2" hand penned and watercolor eternal knot of love with a continuous intersection verse committing one's affection. Of particular note in this love knot is the paired illustrations in the central grid. They include pairs or couples; a man and a woman, hands, hearts.....
Silk embroidery, embroidery, needle point, needle artwork
New London, CT: The Brainerd & Armstrong Company, 1898. 76 pp. A guide with comprehensive descriptions of items sold and instructions on how to utilize them in order to make embroidery or the like. The cover is in color, designed to look like an embroidered rose. There are 21 color.....
Gold Leaf, Metal Leaf, Printing and Publishing, Design
New York: Baer Brothers, . A polished stock wrapper complete with content of fine Metal Leaf Bronze powder. The package boasts "With the Finish Smooth and Bright Just Like Gold Leaf" Instructions for use printed on wrapper. Printed in gold on green paper. Also includes a W. H. Kemp Co's.....
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.....
Typewriters and Typewriting,Glyphs and Symbols,Typographic Design,Humor
United States: 1960s? A veritable "emoji incunable": three sets of whimsical shapes formed by typewriter keystrokes, including: The Parade of the "Wooden Soldiers", "Prussian Guard", and "Peter Rabbit." Note the clever use of quotation marks for rabbit ears and military hat plumes. A nice reminder that people have been making.....
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...
Hair Art, Love and Friendship, School Girl
c1820s. Single-fold 5" x 3 3/4" sheet with sentiment and circle of plaited hair and decorative hand cut paper hearts. The verse reads: "Dear Cousin will you accept this book, Ts all I have to send, And as often as you read it Please Remember your friend. Eliaz Ann Nittleton.....
15 Page, color illustrated book, “English Gold Lustres,” by John M. Clarke, Director of the New York State Museum, published at Albany, NY in 1908. With four color plates.; Text about the history of lustred pottery, compared to that produced in English factories. Most descriptions are about gold lustres. Condition.....
Paper with a Secret, hidden message, mechanical paper
At first glance one sees an artfully executed watercolor stem with leaves topped by blue and yellow polished paper pinwheel flowers. Upon close examination one sees that the flowers open to display a different hand penned answer beneath each of the petals. The reverse explains this Victorian key to one's.....
Architecture, History of architecture, Prospectuses and advertisements
New York, New York: Bruno Hessling, Publisher, 1890s. Illustrated bifolium prospectus (10.75" by 7") for the Third Revised Edition of Meyer's Handbook of Ornament, first published in 1892 by Bruno Hessling. The book is described here as "A Grammar of Art Industrial and Architectural Designing in all its Branches for.....
Social History, Sewing, Gender Roles, Women's History
NY: Mayer, Merkel & Ottmann Lith. . A 2 1/2" x 4" paper trade card. It depicts an admiring woman and a young sisters, the older keeping the pins from her little sister. An exaggerated pyramid of pins in the background captioned 'Give me the Pyramid Pins They are Just.....
Quarto lace paper valentine, dobbWatercolor lithograph valentine, hand colored lithograph valentine, love poem, early Victorian valentines, kidd, hymens ledger, paper dolls, paper americana, ephemera, paper toy, menus, travel americana, children's b
A handcolored lithograph printed quarto valentine depicting a stately gentleman at the garden’s gate being advised by Cupid. A women peers from the window inside a nearby cottage. Sentimental rhyming verse at base professing love. c1830s. No maker. Measures 9 1/8”x 7 3/8”. Cover page only, excellent color and illustration.....
Love and Friendship, Lace Paper, Bookmark, Watercolor
London: Dobbs, . A 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" lace paper valentine with an applied 8" x 1 1/2" silk bookmark with hand pained flowers and the caption "Affection's Book-mark" A silver Dresden scrap at top and applied silk pom-pon and fringe at base. Garlands of individually hand applied flowers.....