Thursday, December 2, 2021

play that funky music -

M.J. Paillard Music Boxes Victorian Folding Diecut Trade Card.

An exceptionally lovely folding trade card for M.J. Paillard & Co. of New York, “Manufacturers and Importers of Musical Boxes”. The lid of the diecut box-shaped card lifts to reveal the inner workings of the box and its “playlist”. The lid was lifted once too often and is now detached, much like so many actual 19th century music box lids after a few too many sherries and a round of rambunctious parlor games. 

Folded card. About 6”x4”. Minor soil, light wear. Hinge cleanly split so the card is now in two parts. Removed from an album, with glue points on the blank back.  $125

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A New Catalog-


The Book Elves, still slightly groggy from an over-indulgent Thanksgiving, have nonetheless pulled themselves together for just long enough to complete a new catalog-

 19th Century Technology

...and there was joy throughout the land.

Friday, November 26, 2021

1888 Anti-Grover Cleveland Free Trade Presidential Election Card. 
A clever Republican-leaning election card, promoting the claim that Cleveland was favored by the British government for his stand for lowering tariffs and free trade. Cleveland’s stand for low tariffs and free trade was clear enough, but the Republicans then went a step further and used the issue to make Cleveland look anti-Irish which, given the English government policies of the time, was easy enough to do. 
Card. 3.25”x5.25”. Some soil, light wear.  $25



Thursday, November 18, 2021

A Step Back in Time-

 German 19th C. Engraving of the White House Washington D.C.

A mid-19th century view; although published in Germany by the Verlag des Bibliographischen Institus, the image is Anglo-American, engraved by Grunewald after a drawing by H. Brown.

Engraved plate. 11.5”x7.75”. Minor soil, light wear.  $25



Saturday, November 13, 2021

M-I-C... K-E-Y...


1934 A March for Mickey Mouse Boston Music Co. Sheet Music.

An early Mickey Mouse piano solo, written by C. Franz Koehler and published by the Boston Music Company.  

9”x12”. Some soil and wear, short marginal tears, light creases. “October 3, 1934 - Marlin Hauer” written in pencil on the cover and then erased, leaving a light impressed mark.  $150

Monday, November 8, 2021

One's for food, one's for laundry- don't confuse 'em.


Oswego Corn Starch 1876 Centennial Food & Laundry Label with American Eagle.

Holy Guacamole, Batboy, that is certainly a stately and dramatic label. Oswego Corn Starch (for the table), or Oswego Silver Gloss Starch (for the laundry- pray do not mix them up), were well represented at the 1876 Centennial Exposition by this angry eagle.

Label. 3.25”x5”. Minor soil, light wear. Removed from an album, with glue residue and light staining on the back.  $35