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Halloween, Mask, Decorative Art, Whimsy
Japan: . Each of the masks measures 7 1/2" x 6 1/4" and is molded in the same shape and each has a silver foil nose. That is where the similarities end. Each is decorated in a different, often bizarre and quite colorful way.
Advertising, Fireworks, Celebrations, Fourth of July, Catalogs, Racism
New York: Butler Brothers, 1905. A 1905 catalog printed in red and blue, advertising fireworks just in time for the Fourth of July. Types of fireworks advertised include: "Chinese 'Mandarin Chop' Fire Cracker"; "Roman Candle"; "Devil Among the Tailors"; and "Serpents or N****r Chaser", among others. Flag poles, bunting, and.....
Works by Children, Made by Hand, Greeting Card
Charming and naive. Cover decoration in red and green with letters in "for a" run together. The inside depicts what appears to be a self portrait of the child, Marjorie. The sentiment however is penned by an adult and reads "Christmas - Santa Claus is a good old chap. Who.....
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.....
kitchen god, china, chinese, chinese mythology, zao jun, zao shen, zhang lang, chinese folk religion, new year, christmas, holiday, christmas card, chinese new year, chinese dragon, dragon
c1920. This item is the paper effigy of the Chinese Kitchen God, that is placed above the fireplace at the start of the new year. The Chinese Kitchen God, who is most often called Zhang Lang, but sometimes referred to as Zao Jun or Zao Shen, would record the household's.....
activity book, women poets, Christmas, Santa Claus, advertising
Philadelphia: ca 1952. A vibrantly colored unpaginated children's Christmas activity book compliments of N. Snellenburg & Co. and Santa Claus...Printed on pulp or short fiber paper. Six (6) color pages, remainder black and white line drawings. Begins with verse A Visit to Toyland by Maud Wood Henry, followed by story.....
activity book, women poets, christmas, santa claus, advertising
ca 1952. Philadelphia, ca 1952 Cardboard Covers Text block separated from cover Half separation at top fold on cover A vibrantly colored unpaginated chidren's Christmas activity book complients of N Snellenburg & Co and Santa ClausPrinted on pulp or short fiber paper Six (6) color pages, remainder black and white.....
Paper Doll, Pretend Play, Christmas
Germany: Unknown, c1850s. A 4 1/4" two-sided paper boy doll and his seven (7) two-sided costumes that include background scenes. The boys costumes correlate with occupations/activities and include: Arbalist (crossbowman) scholar with a book a masquerade costume a huntsman a professor with a globe an ice skater recreating with a......
Food and Wine, Military History
Ellis Island, NY: 1918. Single-fold menu. Illustrated title wraps. List of mess personnel including the Mess Officer, Sergeant, Steward, Office Sergeant, Kitchen Duty Sergeants, Mess Hall Corporals and Dietitians. Fare included Roast Turkey dinner with all of the fixings. Measures 5 1/2" x 7"
Broadside, Carrier's Address, Holiday Greetings, Advertising and Promotion
1850. A 17 1/2" x 10 1/2" broadside with a woodcut of a watchman walking between numbers 24 and 26 thus depicting Christmas. A poem at base titled On the Return of Christmas Day, 1850. A Watchman's Calendar for 1851 at base. Extensive elaborate decorative border decoration with vignettes of.....
religion, Fourth of July
New York: American Tract Society, n.d. 36 pp. Printed soft cover, hand sewn binding, illustrations. Two inscriptions dated 1829 and 1830. Two women, Kitty Potter and Sally Milman, talking of what they will see on the Fourth of July. Sally uses her religious teachings to point out the wrongs that.....
Made by Hand, Calendar
A 4" x 6 1/2" thirteen (13) leaf calendar including the cover. The cover drawing depicts three (3) bells swinging to and fro. It is captioned "1897 Ring in a Happy New Year. Each page is a complete month calendar with seasonally relevant illustrations. January is a rabbit running through.....
Two (2) stocking shaped pages tied together with string. Written in pencil at the top is "Robert B." The first paragraph asks Santa “While you are planning for everything nice. Pray let me give you a bit of advice”. The next two paragraphs read: Don’t take it hard, if I......
menu, Moseley New Haven House
An 8" x 5" menu card for New Year Dinner on January 1, 1908. Fare includes Oyster Gumbo, Fried Westport Smelts, Mallard Duck and much more. Reverse is blank. Light wear and age toning. Seth Hamilton Moseley, was the successful hotel manager and owner of one of the finest hotels.....
Chromolithography, Movables, Christmas Cards, Lace Paper
United States: 1870s. A particularly charming movable greeting card on lace paper wishing the recipient "A merry Christmas and a happy new year" (recto). When the pink ribbon tab is pulled, the icy holly branches part to reveal a bucolic wintry landscape scene. Embossed with gold and chromolithographed; measures 4.5".....
toy book, cut-out puzzle book, doll house book
London: F. Warne & Co., 1870. 6 leaves with applied cutout puzzle pieces. Pictorial wraps 9 1/4" x 10 1/2".. Instructions on inside cover. Depicts busy midway with vendors and acts, farm life, the seashore, the zoo,the flower mart and the train station. Back inside cover promotes other books in.....
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.....
Christmas, Illustrated Children's Books
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pomeroy's Department Store, 1930s. A sweet illustrated children's edition of "The Night Before Christmas" published by Pomeroy's Department Store, "The Home of Santa Claus", in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Each page has a half-page illustration, with some printed in red and black. 12mo (7.25" by 5"), pp. 16, stapled in.....
Christmas, poetry, animal cruelty,
New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1882(2). A Christmas book that attempts to teach the reader a lesson on animal cruelty. The book follows the story of three brothers, Frank ,Harry and Tommy, and their three dogs. The story starts with Tommy killing Frank's dog, and Santa Claus deciding to teach Tommy.....
Concertina Book, The Night Before Christmas, TNBC,
c1900. A 12 fold concertina book. Illustrated wraps. Picture book with rhyming verse, with a storyline similar to The Night Before Christmas. A brown coat St. Nicholas and dwarfs cutting down Christmas trees and driving St. Nicholas' sleigh. Measures 2 1/2" x 3 7/8"
children's books, holiday, christmas, santa claus
Rochester, NY: Stecher Litho. Co, 1919. 8 pp unnumbered. Litho on tan, heavy stock wrap. Illustrations throughout by Margaret Evans Price. Part three color, part full color. 7" x 13 3/4". OCLC- 0 (Oct, 2018).
Christmas, Hymns, Bindings, Chromolithography, Gift Books, Wood Engraving
Boston, Massachusetts: Lee and Shepard, 1884. A beautifully produced illustrated Christmas Hymn, with embossed chromolithographed wrappers and silk fringe border. Illustrations were "drawn and engraved the supervision of George T. Andrew" (p. ), and include sweeping nighttime views of Ancient Rome, the Holy Land, and the birth of baby Jesus.....
classic, christmas, santa, Santa Claus, St. Nick, Saint Nick, St Nicholas, Saint Nicholas, Reginald Birch, first edition
Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1937. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1937 Some cover and edge wear Bind is slightly loose but intact Interior pages toned due to age 44pp Applied litho on cloth Stated First Edition The traditional story of The Night before Christmas, illustrated by Reginald Birch The.....
theatre, play, college, gender roles, halloween, ephemera, female writers, work and leisure, women's history, pranks, ichabod crane, rip van winkle, headless horseman
Lebanon, OH: March Brothers, 1906. 26pp. Grey paper wrapper with a decorative border surrounding the title on the front cover. A small box of text in the center describes the play as "full of ghostly excitement and spooky frolic", then gives the run time and actors required for the production.....