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20 Play Books Saalfield Artcraft (1953)
1 20 Play Books Saalfield Artcraft (1953)
Akron. Ohio Saalfield Publishing 1953 soft cover in original box Very good condition 
I grew up in Akron, Ohio home of the old and beloved Saalfield Publishing Company. The company was known for books in boxes such as this one and also its licensing for Shirley Temple books. Saalfield had novels too for older kids, so we never grew out of them until we weren't kids anymore. This particular box is new to me, but I would have loved it.The box says it contains 20 playbooks for drawing, coloring, picture hunts, riddles, connect the dots, games and mazes. Twenty it may have been, but it ended up housing 22 -- no repeats and no coloring. Fun gift! Measures 6" x 9". Books are clean and bright and box is sturdy. One corner is neatly repaired with brown tape. 
Price: 39.95 USD
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75th Anniversary Saint Angela Merici Church, Fairview Park, Ohio
2 75th Anniversary Saint Angela Merici Church, Fairview Park, Ohio
Fairview Park, Ohio Saint Angela Merici Church 1988-89 Hard cover Very good condition 
This is an especially nice Diamond Jubilee booklet commemorating the church's 100th anniversary. There are many pohotograohs in black and white showing all the many facets of the church community -- the church itself, Founder's Day, the Coming of the Third Millennium, Clergy and pastoral staff, the growth of the school, the many groups for interest in literature, dances picnics etc., and the children, plus more. There are also ads in the back of the book. Book measures 8" x 11" and has 99 pages. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Alice (1992 Opera)
3 Alice (1992 Opera)
Hamburg, Germany Thalia Theatre 1992 soft cover Good-plus 
An uncommon item, published in tandem with the opening of the dark opera, Alice, which is based on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The lyrics probe not the story as much as how it pertains to its author. Was not intended for children. Inside front cover (see photo two) is a small drawing signed by its artist. I can't decipher the first namel, but I do believe the last name is Zinn. I immediately thought of David Zinn who does have a history with the Thalia Theatre, but I can't say for sure that this is right. Research shows no account of him having anything to do with the set design for this show. Program is written in both German and English, primarily German, and is illustrated with both black and white photos and drawings plus color plates. Measures 8"x10-1/2" and has 64 pages plus a laid-in insert with info on the songs. Clean and tightly bound with no names or writing, but does show scratches to back cover and a small bit of edge wear, also at back. 
Price: 34.00 USD
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Around the Clock with Rocky and Ruthie 1947 (Trademark Activity Book)
4 Around the Clock with Rocky and Ruthie 1947 (Trademark Activity Book)
Akron, Ohio Saalfield 1947 soft cover Very good 
This is an interesting piece of ephemera for children fro m Akron Saalfield Publishing. It's sort of a book, but more a booklet with a strange little spin. It's very nice and clean and measures 6"x11" with a bright attractive cover design. The only fault is one flat crease to the bottom back corner. It's amazing that this book survived in such great condition because it was designed as an activity book in which children were encouraged to clip pictures of products from ads in the newspaper and paste them at the appropriate places in the story. Fortunately, this copy survived unscathed! The "story" shows a brother and sister at various times throughout the day beginning with brushing their teeth (toothplaste ad required) to a pre-bedtime game of naming trademarks. Rather odd, but cute. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Bessie Pease Gutmann Published Works Catalog 1986
5 Bessie Pease Gutmann Published Works Catalog 1986
Ocean Township, New Jersey Park Avenue Publishers 1986 Third edition soft cover Fine 
Collectors of Bessie Pease Gutmann will find this clean, attractive catalogue (no names or writing) very helpful for identifying her work and where it appeared. This includes her entire ouvre -- published prints, illustrated books, post cards, magazine illustrations, commercial (advertising) art, Christmas cards, and the "Gutmann Colonials." There's also biographical info, a collectors' checklist and more. Measures 5-1/2"x8-1/2" and has 74 pages including eleven illustrations in black and white. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Best Wishes For Christmas Children in Snow Silver and Purple Postcard 1910
6 Best Wishes For Christmas Children in Snow Silver and Purple Postcard 1910
1910 Near fine 
Silver and purple make a pretty palette for a Christmas card featuring two children bringing home a Christmas tree in the snow. The card is embossed and is very nice with no corner wear. It was postally used, but the stamp has fallen off. The divided back has this short message: "From Aloina to Clarens" with the address as Clarence Nobis, Pemberville, Ohio" 
Price: 12.95 USD
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Cabinet Card Little Girl with Flower Basket Sitting on Doorstep (Joshua Smith Studio, Chicago 1876-1886)
7 Cabinet Card Little Girl with Flower Basket Sitting on Doorstep (Joshua Smith Studio, Chicago 1876-1886)
Chicago Joshua Smith Studio Unknown Very good 
Joshua Smith was no ordinary run-of-the-mill photographer who at this point in his career specialized in photographing children such as this cute little doorstep girl. In 1878 he won a coveted Silver Medal at the Paris Exhibition and in 1883 was elected president of the American Photographers Association. He also wrote many articles on chemicals and photography. There is no date on this photo, but research shows that the address on the back of it --206 North Clark Street, Chicago --was occupied by him from 1876-1886. The cabinet card is in sepia. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Cabinet Card Musician With Horn (Portsmouth, Ohio 1890)
8 Cabinet Card Musician With Horn (Portsmouth, Ohio 1890)
Portsmouth, Ohio S. Kiefer Art Studio 1890 Very Good 
This is a very handsome cabinet card produced by the Art Studio of S. Kiefer of Portsmouth, Ohio. The subject is wearing a band uniform, but the only guess as to what band it was is the word on his hat. I used a magnifying glass to read "Civic" which could mean that he played in the town band. At any rate, someone penned the date on the front of the card -- October 2, 1890. The studio that made this must have been upscale, as the sides of the card are scalloped and colored in gilt. The back of the card is lovely too -- it's a shame that a former seller had placed two stickers on the back --one left a blemish to the very top and the second one is still there. The photographer offered this info, "Negatives preserved for future orders. Children's pictures a specialty. Instantaneous Process Used exclusively." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Calendar, Images of the Summit, Illustrations by Chuck Ayers 1993
9 Calendar, Images of the Summit, Illustrations by Chuck Ayers 1993
Akron, Ohio Summit County Historical Society 1993 Card cover Like new (unused) 
Crisp and clean as new with no names or writing. Chuck Ayers rendered the green tinted pages with the accompanying descriptions written by Russ Mussara, both of whom worked for the Akron Beacon Journal. Each month has its own picture of a place somewhere in Summit County. Here's what you'll see: St. Vincent Cemetery on W. Market St. at Merriman Rd.; School children going home from the Stone School in downtown Akron (originally built in 1840);Tuscora Park at Tuscarawas Ave. & 5th St. in Barberton; the renovation of Herrick House at Hale Farm; Eastwood Ave. under the tracks at the CSX Railroad Yard in Akron; Firestone Stadium, Akron;The old general store at Lock 15 of the Ohio and Erie Canal; The Y-Bridge spans from North Main Street to the North Hill neighborhood; Fort Island Park in Fairlawn; Uniroyal-Goodrich Office South Main St., Akron; the Burkhart Brewing Co. which closed in 1964; and the Glendale Steps connectiong Glendale Avenue with S. Walnut St. Not easy to find, especially in this pristine condition. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Child Life Magazine January, Febrary, 1937
10 Child Life Magazine January, Febrary, 1937
Chicago Tand McNally & Company Vol. XVI, Nos. 1 & 2 soft cover Good-plus 
The covers of these magazines are a delight with bright colors and a dollop of whimsey. I put them together in one offering not only because they are sequential, but because othere's a story titled Adventures In Candle Street which is a two parter and now both parts are present. The magazine is color limited inside, but somehow that still seems to charm. Readers will find poems, stories, things to make, things to do, and special features such as junior etiquette, how a 10 year opld boy helped save the lives of six people, movie town news. There's even a secton for mothers. Magazines measure 8-1/2" x 11-1/2" and have 96 and 48 pages respectively. No mailing labels. Only fault is some loosening to front cover of the Feb. issue which I repaired with non-browning, almost invisible archival tape. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Christmas Print by Ethel Franklin Botts 1906
11 Christmas Print by Ethel Franklin Botts 1906
Unknown 1906 Very good Botts, Ethel Franklin 
This is a lovely print with a Christmas theme rendered by Ethel Franklin Botts, a student of the great Howard Pyle, as was Jessie Wilcox Smith. Her style is a bit different though with a hint of a collage look at times. She was very prolific and an important illustrator of the day. I don't know exactly what children's book this print derives from, but I do know that it's an illustration for a James Whitcomb Riley poem. The book was published in 1906. Clearly, this was a page of the book - I purchased it from a long time dealer who salvaged plates from disbound and damaged children's books. He was NOT a breaker. The print measures 6-1/2"x9-1/4" with the image measuring 5"x7-1/4". There is a remnant of paper from another page at left margin, but will not appear after framing. Several different scenes from same book available. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Clark's Designs for 100 Edges and Insertions 1923
12 Clark's Designs for 100 Edges and Insertions 1923
The Clark Thread Company 1923 soft cover Fine 
Amazingly crisp wnd clean with snow white pages -- no toning at all! Printed in blue throughout which is very attractive, especially since the illustrations are blue too. Booklet measures 7-1/2"x10-1/2" and has 31 pages. Ideas and instructions for all sorts of edges and intsertions from each category of item -- linens, children clothes etc. Cover filet edges and crocheted. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Coast to Coast Fashion Awards By the E.F. MacDonald Company
13 Coast to Coast Fashion Awards By the E.F. MacDonald Company
Dayton, Ohio E.F. MacDonald Company 1962 soft cover Very Good 
This oversized catalogue is a monument to 60's clothing for men, women and children. It's clean as a whistle inside and out and measures 12" square. The photography is much more interesting than usual, as in addition to the regular shots of models, there are many large full color plates of vignettes where people are modeling the clothes against colorful backgrounds. Initially I thought this was a retail outlet, but it is not. E.F. MacDonald was an incentive company associated most commonly with Plaid Stamps. This catalog, however, makes no reference to stamps. Each item bears a number, but there are no prices and no stamp requirements stated. It seems likely that there must have been a correlating sheet laid-in with info telling how many books of stamps were needed. Unpaginated, but I counted 31. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Durham Whiffs No. I Vol. I 1878
14 Durham Whiffs No. I Vol. I 1878
Furham, North Carolina Blackwell's Durham Tobacco Co. 1878 Jan. 1, 1878 No.2, Vol. I soft cover Very good condition 
I thought this might be a premium, but I did some research and found that it is one and a very early one too. Both items were given away when a customer spent a certain amount of products. The little item beside the booklet in the photo is part of the premium too, a small package of rolling papers, which are still inside the folder. That item measures 1-1/2"x3" and will arrive in its own little plastic bag inserted into the larger bag for the booklet. The cover has color art both front and back. Inside there are comics based on Mother Goose, Jack Be Nimble, Old King Cole and others, all pushing the product. Beneath them are informational materials about the product. The booklet measures 6-1/2" x 8-3/4." If you wonder why children are on the front cover here's the reason. The company had decided it was time to tell the kids what they had all been missing. So there you have it tobacco for tweens and teens! 
Price: 125.00 USD
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E.H. Wright Advertising For Boys and Girls Down on the Farm
15 E.H. Wright Advertising For Boys and Girls Down on the Farm
Kansas City, Missouri E. H. Wright Company Unknown Early 20th Century (No date) soft cover 
This is a cute little booklet designed to attract children, but also contains info for grown-ups to buy Wright's Condensed Smoke and Wright's Ham Pickle. The latter was huge -- 27 lbs of pickling salt which would cure as much as 280 pounds of meat! The booklet derived from the home office and was sent to smaller companies to send to their customers. In this instance it was stamped on the back F.H. Nickerson, Druggist, Greenwich, Ohio. The booklet is clean and nice with two tiny staple holes from mailing. Booklet measures 4-1/4"x7" and has 14 counted pages, each with color illustrations for the kids. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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Echoes of a Lost Generation: Poetry and Essays of the Holocaust  (1978)
16 Echoes of a Lost Generation: Poetry and Essays of the Holocaust (1978)
Cleveland Heights, Ohio Cleveland Heights High School 1978 Second edition Card cover Good condition 
I bought this booklet years ago in Cleveland Heights, but was not sure where it came from originally ,so back into the closet it went several times. But this time my research answered the question of location. It's a student publication written and published at Cleveland Heights High School. There are stark black and white drawings and a few black and white photos. The students grasped both the history and the emotion of the horror. Many wrote with the voice of the children but others told the story of the adults who lost their lives too. The booklet measures 8-1/2" x 11" with 46 pages and each poem or essay is signed by its author. Booklet shows only some light sunning around the edges of the front cover, but is otherwise nice. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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Ethel Franklin Botts Fairy Print 1906
17 Ethel Franklin Botts Fairy Print 1906
Unknown 1906 Very good 
This is a lovely print rendered by Ethel Franklin Botts, a student of the great Howard Pyle, as was Jessie Wilcox Smith. Her style is a bit different though with a hint of a collage look at times. She was very prolific and an important illustrator of the day. I don't know exactly what children's book this print derives from, but I do know that it's an illustration for a James Whitcomb Riley poem. The book was published in 1906. Clearly, this was a page of the book - I purchased it from a long time dealer who salvaged plates from disbound and damaged children'books. He was NOT a breaker. The print measures 6-1/2"x9-1/4" with the image measuring 5"x7-1/4". Would make a charming image for a little girl's room. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Ethel Franklin Botts Print 1906 (Children With Grandma)
18 Ethel Franklin Botts Print 1906 (Children With Grandma)
Unknown 1906 Very Good 
This is a lovely print which captures a sweet moment of children enjoying the treats brought by an old lady. It was rendered by Ethel Franklin Botts, a student of the great Howard Pyle, as was Jessie Wilcox Smith. Her style is a bit different though with a hint of a collage look at times. She was very prolific and an important illustrator of the day. I don't know exactly what children's book this print derives from, but I do know that it's an illustration for a James Whitcomb Riley poem. The book was published in 1906. Clearly, this was a page of the book - I purchased it from a long time dealer who salvaged plates from disbound and damaged children's books. He was NOT a breaker. The print measures 6-1/2"x9-1/4" with the image measuring 5"x7-1/4". There is a remnant of paper from another page at left margin, but will not appear after framing. Several different scenes from same book available. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Famous Rook Cards for Playing New Edition 1934-35
19 Famous Rook Cards for Playing New Edition 1934-35
USA Rook Card Company / Parker Brothers 1934-35 New Edition Cards in Cardboard Box with Lid Very good condition 
This is a rather scarce game with all 56 cards nestled in the box along with two booklets showing all the variations to be played. The 1934 one is a booklet titled "New Partnership or One-High Rook." The 1935 booklet promises the "New Edition with Tennessee Rook The Famous Game Rook played with the same cards, Some for Children, some for Adults." The latter has 32 pages, so no boredom there. The game of Rook was patented in 1910! 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Folding Postcard Nashville, Tennessee WWI Military Message, 1917
20 Folding Postcard Nashville, Tennessee WWI Military Message, 1917
Unknown Unknown 1918 Card cover Good 
This is one of those cascading postcard mailers, but the point of this one is not so much the views as the message. All but two pictures (plus reverse views) are gone -- likely the victims of the kids this WWI soldier sent to his family in Ulrichsville, Ohio. His name is Lt. Ernest C. Fox and he was on his way by train to Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Alabama. The card was sent to his wife and children with this message: "Sept. 17, 1917, Dear Wife and Family, We arrived this far OK. Talk about colored folks, why that is about all one sees here. We have 16 cars on this train now. 498 men and 14 officers. Most of the country so far is just about like home. We have not had our breakfast yet. It is surely nice traveling on the standard Pullman. Will write you when we get to Montgomery, Alabama which will be about tomorrow morning, as we are late because of a heavy train. Love to all, Father." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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