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Michael and Anne in the Yosemite Valley

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:00
Children's book describing Michael Adams and Anne Adams Helms adventures in the High Sierras illustrated with photographs by Ansel Adams. Story follows the daily life and customs of brother and sister living in the Yosemite Valley exploring nature, visiting with Maggie ""Tabuce"" Howard (a major basket demonstrator and member of the Mono Lake Paiute tribe), and spending time with their Uncle Don.

Out of the Desert

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:00
Poston I High School Junior Red Cross Correspondence Album with photographs. This scrapbook was created as a result of a letter writing initiative of the American Junior Red Cross and consists of writings and art from Japanese American students at the Colorado River War Relocation Center (Poston War Relocation Center) located in Poston, Arizona compiled by Ray Franchi and Paul Takeda with the assistance of teachers and students in 1943

O. K. Baseball Scorer

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 21:00
Pocket-sized "umpire's assistant" instrument made up of two pieces of thin cardboard fastened with metal clips equipped with six dials and window displays fashioned so that an umpire can manipulate instrument to record runs, strikes, balls, outs, innings for home club and visiting club for a baseball game as the actions occur. Made up of cardboard and still in working order. Sold by Charles Ufert Specialties, 16 East 17th Street New York [established in 1912] for 10 cents.

Graphic Scenes Kickapoo Indian Life in the South and West

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 21:00
Advertising booklet for Kickapoo Indian Medicines. Profusely illustrated with advertisements for various Kickapoo products (oil, worm killer, cough cure, and salves), which depict native Americans in stereotypical activities of Indian history and culture. Advertisements also include testimonials from customers and extensive descriptions of how these medicines work.

The History of Mr. Fantom, the New-Fashioned Philosopher, and his Man William

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 21:00
This Cheap Repository Tracts is about Mr. Fantom a merchant in London who discovers a philosophy book and what happens subsequently to his footman named William Wilson. Hannah More's inexpensive chapbooks aimed to reach a broad portion of the British public through a network of chapmen and ballad hawkers. It inculcates a relatively conservative form of moralism - accepting one's place in the established order, working hard, and receiving a reward commensurate with one's station in life. More started the Cheap Repository to teach children and adults to read in her Sunday Schools, she wanted them to use their newfound knowledge to read appropriate literature at a time when bawdy tracts were produced cheaply and then sold by ballad hawkers. More's stories were reprinted into the nineteenth century and had far reaching cultural impact

Alphabet des clowns: phrases par syllabes

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 21:00
Alphabet des Clowns Phrases par Syllabes, Méthode de lecture graduée [fourth book]; Volume indéchirable sur toile. This linen book contains a children’s alphabet story written as a one-syllable-word book or graded reader about circus life and how each person is part of the circus and how they came to the circus. It explains who they are and what act they put on during the show. Halfway through the book there is a practice section with examples on how to do cursive writing for capital letters, numbers, and familiarize with the Roman numbers. There is also a “Petite phrases à lire par syllables,” little sentences to be read by syllables. That bottom half of the page is dedicated for the reader to read and does not contain the broken syllables. The book concludes with four short poems about air, earth, water, and fire.

The Francis R. Shunk Diary, September 5, 1814 to November 3, 1814

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 21:00
The Francis R. Shunk Diary, September 6, 1814 to November 3, 1814 opens (cover) with a letter to Mrs. Marilea Burr and then describes Francis Rawn Shunk's observations of the Battle for Baltimore (1814) while serving in the United States First Regiment, First Brigade of the Pennsylvania Militia commanded by Colonel Maxwell Kennedy at York, Pennsylvania, which includes poetry, correspondence with friends and family, accounts, and descriptions of daily military life and a sketch of the battlefield after a skirmish

Palms of Famous People Read by Madame Neergaard

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 21:00
Cover "Scrapbook." Mme. Neergaard was the palmistry editor at the San Francisco Call newspaper. "Scrapbook 58" includes palm impressions from famous personalities in San Francisco, and attests to a link between palmistry and the Press just prior to the twentieth century. Mme. Neergaard studied "scientific palmistry" with Saint Germain. Saint Germain (pseudonym for Edgar de Valcourt-Vermont), a journalist for the Chicago Times. In 1901, Scotland Yard adopted the Gatton method of fingerprinting technology for criminal investigation and identification, and in September 1902, thumbprint evidence, for the first time, was instrumental in determining a jury verdict of guilty. Several of the palm prints were impressed upon the letterhead stationary of S.W. Leake, the manager of the San Francisco Call. Madame Neergaard maintained her office at 3388 21st Street near Valencia in the South of Market area of San Francisco, California. She started working for the San Francisco Call as a consultant in early 1899 at a time when the newspaper was beginning to publish predictions of what would come with the new century. On February 5, 1899 Mme. Neergaard made her debut in the Sunday Call. In an article called, "Palmistry: Your Life and Character Marked in your Hands, Curious Stories Told by the Lines and Mounts in the Palms of Famous People," Neergaard's column provided an introduction to palmistry as a science, and then issued an invitation. Subscribers to the Sunday Call who wanted to learn more about the markings in their own hands could have free readings if they made an impression of their right hand palm. Directions for making a palm print at home using gum camphor smoke were provided at the end of the article. Mme. Neergaard ordinarily charged $1.00 (equivalent to approximately $20.00 dollars today) for a half hour reading and a year's subscription to the Sunday Call was $1.50, so the readers were quick to respond. Within a week, thousands of palm prints were sent the Call's offices, and the newspaper pleaded with readers to be patient as the palmist went through the impressions, stating that she wanted to respond with care to all the inquiries.

1939 Exposition Devices and Emblems Sheet

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 21:00
Sheet illustrated with 23 devises (ten design logos) for the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 (only date appearing on a number of them) by American Electrotype Division. All mottos are descriptive and confined to: ""WORLD'S FAIR""; ""GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION""; and ""Treasure Island on San Francisco Bay A PAGEANT OF THE PACIFIC."" Only one design [Nos. 69A through 69D], the largest and boldest, carries ""Patent No. D-110016"", perhaps indicative of its being the ""Official"" Exposition seal. Text reads: ""Order electrotypes of this and other Exposition illustrations from AMERICAN ELECTROTYPE DIVISION 329 Fremont Street, San Francisco, Calif. Telephone GA 3522.""

""The Rocket Press moved,"" Announcement

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 21:00
Ephemeral flyer produced by the Rocket Press announcing business relocation, illustrated with images of loaded train with steam, and race horse and jockey suggesting new location, with announcement text: The Rocket Press moved in March 1985 to Millcroft Stables, Berry Lane, Blowbury, Didcot, Oxon. Telephone: Bluwbury 851046

Jack and the Giant Killer illustrated bookmark

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 21:00
Chromolithographed ""shaped"" bookmark for a child, inspired by ""Jack the Giant Killer"" a fairy tale set in Arthurian Britain, possibly published by McLoughlin Brothers, Inc.

Illustration of Silk or Satin Damask

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 21:00
Illustration of eighteenth-century Italian silk or satin damask fabric, painted in gouache on illustration board by amateur student participant (signed ""GEM"") in National Youth Administration Program (NYA) in San Francisco. On verso: ""54542-207 Textiles from de Young Museum. Type: Damask type silk or satin and heavy ribbed weaves forming ground design in Persian type flowers. Brocade design of floral sprays in silk and metal wrapped linen threads. Period: mid XVIII century. Country: Italy""

Epistolae

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 21:00
Single leaf from Epistolae by St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (354-430) at the Press of Johann Mentelin (1410-1478), first printer in Strassburg, and supposedly, the second in all of Europe. This edition of the Epistles of St. Augustine is a fine example of Mentelin's ""transitional"" gothic type that was gothic face already illuminating roman or humanistic influences. The ""rubrication"" of verses is done by hand in vermillion.

[Missale Lemovicense Castrense : fragment]

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 21:00
Vellum leaf from an illuminated medieval French manuscript, possibly from the Abbey of St. Martial (848-1791) monastery in Limoges, France. Leaf is written in an angular Gothic hand with calligraphic initials in blue and red with floreate decorated initials done in pen and ink alternating with red and blue grounds.