Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Scribble-Scrub goes down to Hell


 The New York Hooroarer, or, A Story of Newspaper Enterprise, Containing a Visit to the Infernal Regions and Return.

 By the Rev. Charles Edwards.
Published in New York by the Humbodlt Publishing Co. in 1893. 2nd edition.

Reverend Charles Edwards was the pastor of the Freeport Baptist Church between about 1888 and 1893, resigning from the church at about the same time this little volume of satire, poking fun at both the press and religion, was published. Edwards sets his story in the editorial office of the New York Hooroarer, where the editor is lamenting the lack of fresh scandal and gossip with which to entertain his readers. His answer is to send reporter Scribble-Scrub down to Hell to interview the Devil, which Scribbs obediently does, along with a parson and a deacon. Scribby makes it back, to provide the next day’s wonderful headlines. Edwards satire of not only America’s yellow-prose press, but also the popular fire-and-brimstone preacher’s concept of a literal Hell, struck some readers’ funny bones and made other readers apoplectic, a situation he attempts discusses i this edition’s Forward. As was noted earlier, he resigned his church position this same year, so his explanation may not have been well-received by everybody.

Stiff paper covers. 5”x7”, 63 pages, several line illustrations. Covers quite worn, a spot of adhesion loss to the design on the front, both front and rear covers detached but present, spine perished. Rear cover with edge chips and a tear. Last several text leaves detached but present. Page 38 printed very (very) lightly. Basically, cheaply printed on wood-pulp paper and quite fragile.  $75

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Pioneering Collector-

 George Rehse American Collector of Indian Arts in Sioux Headdress- Gelatin Silver Photo.

 Inscribed in pen on the back- “George Rehse in full Indian dress a part of his collection”. George Washington Rehse (1868-1939) was a political cartoonist and a collector of American Indian arts and artifacts. The Sioux headdress he is wearing in this image appears to be the one now in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian. It was lent to the Museum by Rehse from 1922 to 1925, and then purchased by the Museum in 1938.

Silver photo. 6”x8”. Rough, including creases and corner damage, and a crease on the right side that is starting to turn into a crack/tear. $125

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Lllies of the Field-

Mid 19th century Watercolor Still Life of Lillies and a Scroll

A delicate and formally naive watercolor rendering of lilies which is just lovely.

6.75”x10.5”. Minor soil, light wear, corner bend. $85


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Here's something you don't see every day-

Four Printer's Proof Color Printing Process Postcards for Rochester NY Store.

An interesting set of four postcards printed for E. Kirstein Sons Co. of Rochester, New York, showing the four-color process of printing.

Four Postcards. Some shadow soiling on the backs, minor wear.  $60


Friday, December 10, 2021


 1860 Colored Woodcut Broadside Song Roll on Silver Moon H. de Marsan New York

 An attractive hand-colored woodcut broadside of the song ‘Roll on Silver Moon’, published by H. De Marsan of New York in 1860. Marsan published “songs, ballads, toy books, paper dolls, small playing cards motto verses, &c”.

Single sheet. 6.25”x10”. Edges heavily chipped, some soil, wear; rough, but attractive. $25


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

ground control to major tom...

 Here's something geekalicious for the Holidays!

  Five 1963 Goddard Space Flight Center Satellite Information Cards.

A wonderful set of cards picturing and explaining the Syncom, OSO, Nimbus, Ariel I, and Tiros satellites. Although not dated, Syncom was noted to have been launched in February, 1963, and Nimbus “will be launched in 1963”. So we’re gonna go out on a limb and guess- 1963.

5 cards. 3.5”x2.5”. Minor soil, light wear.  $35

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Splitting Hairs-

January 1874 French Hair Advertising Broadside by Leon Pelleray & Fils Paris.

A handsome and informative broadside pricing sheet for a Paris hair and wig dealer for the Season starting January, 1874. We had a beautifully illustrated billhead from this firm a few years ago, and the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera at Winterthur holds an illustrated advertisement from the firm dated 1869 which notes that they supplied "hair for men and women, long, frizzed, straight or crimped of first and second quality, priced by weight, partings for ladies called 'cachefolies' (early 19th century name for a lady's wig)". They also sold hairdresser's supplies, including a line of razors.

Single sheet. 10.5”x17”. Folds, edge chips, and short rips; printed on onionskin paper and very fragile. $250

Monday, December 6, 2021

Country Roads -

 Virginia Archdeaconry of the Blue Ridge 1910 Fundraising Circular.

An appeal for monthly pledged contributions for “An army of over forty missionaries consisting of Clergy, Deaconesses, Teachers, Nurses and other workers”, who were “engaged in seeking to change and transform the conditions existing among the mountain whites of the Blue Ridge”.

Single sheet. 5”x6”. Minor soil, light wear, slight creasing. $15

Sunday, December 5, 2021

A Basketful of Opportunities...

 1890s Washington State Agriculture & Business Opportunities Folding Trade Card.

The Northern Pacific Railway Co. owned huge land grants in the Idaho-Oregon-Washington region, and marketed them avidly in the last part of the 19th century. This 1890s folding trade card promises “Something you can depend on- Opportunities are waiting in Washington to be plucked by the fruit grower, farmer, dairyman, canner, lumberman, logger, fisherman and miner”.

Folding card. 3.5”x5.5”. Some soil, minor wear.  $75



Friday, December 3, 2021

Everybody Must Get Stoned-


Richters Vorlageblatter Nr 5. Anchor Stone Architectural Block Design Book.

The Deutsches Technik Museum website explains- “At the end of the 1870s, Gustav Lilienthal was able to combine his enthusiasm for architecture, technology and art into a single invention - the first stone building block kit. The kit contained stones made of quartz sand, chalk, linseed oil and color pigments. They came in three colors that stand for bricks (red), sandstone (yellow) and slate (blue). 

Children could build castles, buildings, towers and bridges by following finely designed assembly instructions. Nothing but their own weight held the stones together. The children coincidentally learned the architectural language of form and the basic principles of statics as they assembled the building blocks. Kits to supplement the basic set were also available. The boxes had passwords. For example, the password for Basic Kit 9 of the roof tile series was “Erpel”. A dealer was thus able to locate all matching supplementary kits - in this case the “Herne” kit with the number 9A. 

Gustav and his brother, the aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal, tried to market the kits in Berlin without success. They then sold their invention to the businessman Friedrich Adolf Richter. Despite the contractual condition that “they cease manufacturing any such kits”, Gustav Lilienthal produced new kits in other countries. This led to a lawsuit. Richter won. The legal costs and penalties were settled by handing over the production facility and distribution network. The building blocks marketed by Richter as “Anchor Stones” achieved worldwide fame.”  

Paper covers. 8.25”x5”, x pages plus 18 color plates. Some soil, scattered wear.  $60


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

Non Such Indeed!


The Fruit of the Loom Non Such Chromo Victorian Pear Fabric Label.  

Though there are no spaces for price or length, this dramatic 19th century label has the feel of a textile label, and then there is the punning “Fruit of the loom” name. Non such, or “Nonesuch’, is archaic term meaning excellent or unparalleled. In any case, a nonsuch label, certainly.  

Label. 5”x6”. Some soil. Removed from an album, with glue/paper residue and light staining on the back. Some bumping/scuffing on the right side.  $60

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Going Somewhere?


Newburgh New York Buffalo Robes, Saddles, Bridles, & Trunks Advertising Card / Label.  

J.R. Wiltsic of Newburgh, New York, was a “Manufacturer of Saddles, Bridles, Harness, Trunks, Valises, &c. Dealer in Sadlery Hardware, and Buffalo Robes”. This rather elaborate small paper card/label was printed by J.D. Spalding of Newburgh.

Single sheet. About 2.5”x3.5”. Some soil and wear.  $45

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Just a thought-

 Late 18th/Early 19th Century French Sketch for a Cross-Topped Monument.

An attractive small ink sketch on laid paper for a monument/memorial topped with a cross. There is microscopic, partially legible writing on the cornice in French. The back of the sheet has a column of numbers being added together, but there are no other notes.

Single sheet. 4”x6.75”. Folded, small edge chips, minor soil.  $25

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Now we lay them down to sleep-


1845 Woburn Massachusetts Cemetery Consecration Exercises Broadside.  

Woburn Cemetery was consecrated on October 30, 1845, with music by the Marion, Massachusetts Brass Band. This broadside includes an original hymn by Mrs. Mary L. Bennett. Printed by William White.  

Single sheet. 7.5”x13”. Some soil and wear, folds, several small tack holes, edge folding and small rips, and damage along the bottom edge.  $175

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Seeing Double-

 Boy & Girl in Studio with Stereopticon Stereo Card Viewer on Table -Two Cabinet Photos

Taken at Shaw’s Studio, Manchester, New Hampshire.  4.25"x6.5".  Minor soil, light wear.  $125

Friday, October 22, 2021

1850s Hand-made Gentleman’s Calling Card to Young Lady in Envelope


David Styce appears to have carefully hand-calligraphed his calling card and sent it in a small but elegant envelope to Miss Davis. What happened next? Alas, the answer is lost in the sands of time, unless somebody wants to do some deep internet sleuthing. I’m going to guess 1840s, ‘50s, or ‘60s based on the paper.

The card measures 3”x1.5”, the envelope is 4”x2.5”. Some light wear and soil.  $25

Thursday, October 21, 2021

When the Good Retouchers Go Bad -

 Group of Nine Smith College Northampton Graduates - 1900s Cabinet Photo.

A handsome photo of nine young women in a studio setting with a classical pillars painted backdrop. The women hold black-covered books inscribed in the negative with the words ‘Smith College’, and ‘Zmith College’, the retoucher evidently having some issues with lettering backwards.

Mounted photo. 12”x10” [mount], 8.25”x6.25” [image]. Mount with edge wear, corner crease, minor soil.  $65

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Think I can't link Tom Sawyer to the Cadets of Temperance? Ha! Hang on, here we go-


1840s Cadets of Temperance Niagara Section Blank Permission / Enrollment Slip.  

The Manuscripts Division of the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, which holds Cadets of Temperance (N.Y.) Papers, 1847-1850, explains- "The Cadets of Temperance [was] the youth wing of the Sons of Temperance organization, which did not admit minors. The Cadets of Temperance accepted members between 12 and 18 years of age, in an effort to instill temperance values in children before they could acquire a taste for alcohol. For its members, the organization prohibited the use of tobacco and served as a mutual aid society in the case of illness. The groups had many practices in common, including charging monthly dues of 10-15 cents and requiring parental consent to join. Members met weekly and engaged in many fraternal rituals, such as the wearing of ceremonial clothing and the use of passwords, songs, recitations, and elaborate titles. Offices within the Cadets included the grand worthy archon (G.W.A.), past worthy archon (P.W.A), grand worthy patron (G.W.P.), vice archon (V.A.), usher, and watchman. Similar titles were also used by the Sons of Temperance." 

Samuel Clemens was a member for a short time, and recalled- "In Hannibal, when I was about 15, I was for a short time a Cadet of Temperance, an organisation which probably covered the whole United States during as much as a year, possibly even longer. It consisted in a pledge to refrain, during membership, from the use of tobacco; I mean it consisted partly in that pledge and partly in a red merino sash, but the red merino sash was the main part. The boys joined in order to be privileged to wear it – the pledge part of the matter was of no consequence. It was so small in importance that, contrasted with the sash; it was, in fact, non-existent. The organisation was weak and impermanent, because there was not enough holidays to support it. We could turn out and march and show the red sashes on May Day with the Sunday Schools, and on the 4th July with the Sunday Schools, the Independent Fire Company, and the Militia Company. But you can’t keep a Juvenile moral institution alive on two displays of its sash per year. As a private, I could not have held out beyond one procession; but I was illustrious Grand Worthy Secretary and Royal Inside Sentinel, and had the privilege of inventing the passwords and of wearing a rosette on my sash. Under these conditions, I was enabled to remain steadfast until I had gathered the glory of two displays – May Day and the 4th of July. Then I resigned straightway, and straightway left the lodge." 

Much the same story shows up in Chapter 22 of Tom Sawyer- "Tom joined the new order of Cadets of Temperance, being attracted by the showy character of their "regalia". He promised to abstain from smoking, chewing, and profanity as long as he remained a member. Now he found out a new thing – namely, that to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing. Tom soon found himself tormented with a desire to drink and swear; the desire grew to be so intense that nothing but the hope of a chance to display himself in his red sash kept him from withdrawing from the order. Fourth of July was coming; but he soon gave that up – gave it up before he had worn his shackles over forty-eight hours – and fixed his hopes upon old Judge Frazer, justice of the peace, who was apparently on his deathbed and would have a big public funeral, since he was so high an official. During three days Tom was deeply concerned about the Judge's condition and hungry for news of it. Sometimes his hopes ran high – so high that he would venture to get out his regalia and practise before the looking-glass. But the Judge had a most discouraging way of fluctuating. At last he was pronounced upon the mend – and then convalescent. Tom was disgusted; and felt a sense of injury, too. He handed in his resignation at once – and that night the Judge suffered a relapse and died. Tom resolved that he would never trust a man like that again. The funeral was a fine thing. The Cadets paraded in a style calculated to kill the late member with envy. Tom was a free boy again, however – there was something in that. He could drink and swear, now – but found to his surprise that he did not want to. The simple fact that he could, took the desire away, and the charm of it." 

Single sheet. 7.5”x3”. Light soil, minor wear. Removed from an album, with remnants of album paper on the back.  $35

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Do You Feel Lucky?


Havana Scheme Library Association Co. Lottery of Kentucky 1865 Handbill.  “P. Hoffman & Co., United States Licensed Lottery Agents, Class 363 to be drawn in Covington, Ky., on Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 1865 - Brilliant Lottery on the Royal Havana Plan of Single Numbers”. Go ahead, buy a ticket for a lottery that draws on Halloween, I suppose it’s better than April 1st.  

Single sheet. 8”x9.5”. Quite worn, some soil. Edge chips and other holes, including a large hole in the middle with text loss.  $60

Monday, October 18, 2021

Time for Some Tunes-


Here's something you don't come across every day- an 1858 Handwritten Philharmonic Beethoven & Weber Concert Program.  Completely enigmatic, totally useless, and utterly charming. The Magic Three-fer.

Held on Saturday July 24, 1858 in an unknown city, the concert featured Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony, a violin concerto, and the Overture to the opera Euryanthe by Carl Maria von Weber.  Single sheet. 4.5”x5”. Folded, light soil, minor wear, stain.   $20

Hello Monday, how about some coffee?


IGA Grocery Coffee & Waxed Paper Handbill Printed on Wax Paper. If you want to sell the paper, print the advertisement on it.

Single sheet. 9”x11.5”. Edge wear and slight soil, a bit rumpled and dusty. $45

Sunday, October 17, 2021

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Three Women in Bonnets Provincetown Massachusetts 1868 Tintype in Paper Frame.

 A lovely studio tintype from Cape Cod, Massachusetts- “Hannah Cross, Mary Taylor. Takin at Provincetown Mass. Aug. 8, 1868”.  

Mounted tintype. 2”x3” tintype in a 2.5”x3.75” card frame. Some light soil and wear to the frame, which is trimmed at the top.  $35.00

Saturday, October 16, 2021

1897 Sailor Suit German Boy Amateur Collector with Shelf of Knick Knacks Cabinet Photo.


The Victorians were inveterate collectors, and German collectors tended to be very organised- so here we have a very organised boy collector, A. Raquot, and apparently his collection. Or a bunch of studio props masquerading as his collection; the family portraits lead me to discount that explanation though. In any case, a striking and very period image. 

The child appears to be about 5, so he would have been in his mid-20s during the First World War, and since naval service was often a family tradition confined to the northern portions of the country, and he is wearing a German naval cap with the Imperial flag and a not-quite decipherable ship’s name, one might envisage him as a future German Imperial Naval officer. Jutland, anyone? Conjecture, conjecture, I must always beware the dangers of conjecture, but there is the seashell there-  

Cabinet Card. 4.25”x6.5”. Light wear and soil, removed from an album, with glue/paper residue on the back.  $60

A New Snapshot Catalog-

 Our new "Going Places - Album 2" has just been posted, and features 38 vintage car-related images, offered as a lot for $125.  We'll be issuing more thematic photo catalog collections in the coming months, stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can browse this one here.