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1 "Seated at the organ I was weary and ill at ease" The Lost Chord Vintage Postcard
New York The Knapp Company Unknown Near fine 
This is the prettiest card I've seen using a line from F. Earl Christy's poem "The Lost Chord." Most of them are in black and white with a rather disheveled background, though more of the verse. This shows only the first line -- clearly it's part of a series -- which reads "Seated one day at the organ I was weary and ill at ease ..." The small center graphic is lovely and makes for an understated, elegant card. It has not been postally used and there is no writing. It's numberd 381. 
Price: 10.95 USD
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2 "There's A Reason"; A Journey Through the Factories That Make Postum, Grape Nuts and Post Toasties (post-1914)
Battle Creek, Michigan Postum Cereal Company After 1914 Hard Cover Good-plus No Dustjacket as issued 
This is an amazing little book published after the death of C.W. Post, the founder of the Postum Cereal Company which produced Grape Nuts and Post Toasties as well as the coffee substitute, Postum. From 1905 until his death in 1914 C.W. sued, was sued, and gained a reputation as a charlatan who worked overtime making bogus health claims against caffeine. He also came up with what was called a mysterious slogan for his breakfast beverage "There's a reason ...", thus the title of the book. Great pictures abound in here -- the ones at the front in color show such things at Post's private office. Most photos, however, are of the plant and people at work making the products with help from mighty machinery. Book measures 7-1/2" x 9" and has 47 pages. It's tightly bound with clean pages and no writing. Faults are exterior -- a few little stains and a few tiny spots of edge wear to the green border around the cover picture. Overall quite good. It's puffery of course, but fun puffery! 
Price: 16.95 USD
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12 Post Cards Hand Colored  Butcharts Gardens Victoria, British Columbia
3 12 Post Cards Hand Colored Butcharts Gardens Victoria, British Columbia
England The Gowen, Sutton Company Ltd. Unknown circa 1930-s-40's card cover Very good 
I have seen these cards individually, but never in this orignal set. All twelve are there and all are clean without any marks or writing. The folder is made of card stock which has a suede-like feel and is designed with a cut-out oval on the front to show part of the first card which is a scene of the Butchart residence. All scenes are hand colored and produced in real photogravure. The folder measures 4" high and 6-1.4" across. ORDERS OUTSIDE THE U.S. ARE WELCOME. PLEASE CONTACT US WITH DESTINATION AND WE WILL PROVIDE AN EXACT SHIPPING COST. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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1862 Johnson's Map of Washington and Oregon
4 1862 Johnson's Map of Washington and Oregon
Unknown Location Johnson and Ward circa 1863 later printing 
The 1862 map of the territories of Washington and Oregon is a lovely thing with its hand coloring and handsome double face font for lettering. If you look in the lower corner you see the number 57 which indicates it was the 57th plate in Alvin J. Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas published originally by Johnson and Browning in 1862. The question is when was this particular one printed? It states on the map that the publisher was Johnston and Ward which means it's around 1863, as that's the year the company's name changed from Johnson and Browning to Johnson and Ward. The map was made at the start of the Civil War with much land especially in eastern Oregon not settled, but you can also pick out sites such as Mt. Ranier and Fremont's Peak among others, plus you can see the route proposal for the Pacific Railroad. The map measures roughly 13" x 17". It's a guess though because it's been professionally double matted snd that's all I can see of it. Only faults are a dark spot to upper right corner and a small surface mar to mat at about 3-1/2" down from the top left. There is a small tear to the mat and a thin indentation next to it on the map itself, but the paper is not torn. The map including matting mesures 18" x 22". Will ship for $2 in U.S. 
Price: 145.00 USD
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1940 Stevens Rifles & Shotguns Catalog No. 40 (with letter and price list)
5 1940 Stevens Rifles & Shotguns Catalog No. 40 (with letter and price list)
Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts Stevens Arms Company 1940 soft cover Catalog No. 40 
Crisp clean catalog which defies its age and also comes with the original price list and a letter from the company directed to the consumer. There is no date, but it details its use of a product called Tenite which debuted in the 1940's. As the war escalated Tenite kept sporting goods on the market while wood was held for miltiary guns. The catalog measures 7-1/4" x 10-1/4" with 30 pages. Not often seen. 
Price: 36.00 USD
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1945 British Calendar Glamis Castle former Home of the Queen
6 1945 British Calendar Glamis Castle former Home of the Queen
Dundee J.B. White 1945 Very good 
What a charming item this is -- a calendar comprised of two pieces -- the large one which is a print of Glamis Castle of Dundee, former home of the Queen Mum, mounted on cardboard with a paper mat and measuring an ample 6-1/2" x8". The image is in full-color, as is the cameo portrait of the Her Majesty in the upper right corner. The ribbon at the top is for hanging. Suspended, also with the same ribbon, is a small calendar with all pages intact. This measures 3"x4". The calendar was given as a gift as per inscription at back which reads "Glamis Castle is only 5 miles from Longacre. Wishing you all the best for 1945." It's signed on the gift sticker provided by the printing company "Betty." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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1987-88 Rigid Tool Company Pinup Calendar
7 1987-88 Rigid Tool Company Pinup Calendar
Elyria, Ohio Rigid Tool Company 1987 soft cover Very good condition 
Very nice, clean catalog with no writing or creasing to pages. It appears to have been put away and never hung up. When closed the catalog measures 10-1/2" x 13-3/4" which means it will double that on the wall. Every month spotlights a pretty young woman and along with her pictures are product pictures and information about them. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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20 Play Books Saalfield Artcraft (1953)
8 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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A Bright and Happy New Year (Gift Book early 1900's)
9 A Bright and Happy New Year (Gift Book early 1900's)
New York Cupples & Leon Company Unstated, but clearly early 1900's Hard cover Very good Condition 
I love gift books of all kinds. They fall off shelves into my hands wherever I go. This one is bit different though -- I would call it more of a hard cover greeting card, as it has only eleven pages with pretty art and positive wishes for the coming year. The title page shows that the buyer considered it as a card too and sent it to Mr. and Mrs. La Vake from Mr. and Mrs. Neison. Here's an example of the wishes, "Carry into the new year only the choicest thoughts and inspirations." Book measures 4" x 7-1/2" and is clean and tightly bound. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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A Cruise Round South America 1930 (S.S. Samaria)
10 A Cruise Round South America 1930 (S.S. Samaria)
Boston, New York etc. Raymond & Whitcomb Company 1930 soft cover Very good condition 
This is a rather scarce travel guide from the Golden Age of Travel. It's very clean and tightly bound with a small bit of isolated edge wear and a small crease at lower spine. Measurements are 6"x9-1/4" with 48 pages. Many wonderful black and white photographs of sites to see, but also a picture of the ship, the S.S. Samaria. The itinerary shows that the cruise began from New York on Feb. 1, 1930 and ended up at New York on April 4th. In between passengers visited Cuba, Panama, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, the Argentine Republic, Brazil, Barbados, Martinique, and the Virgin Islands. Only 280 passengers would be accommodated on the ultra lavish ship. No price for the cruise -- you had to contact an agent! 
Price: 30.00 USD
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A History of Browning Guns From 1831 (1942)
11 A History of Browning Guns From 1831 (1942)
St. Louis, Mo. J.M. & M.S. Bro0wning Company 1942 Soft cover Very Good 
This is a most handsome booklet -- quality printed and nicely kept. Text contains much information and is printed on quality coated paper with much saturated illustration. Contents covers John M. Browning and His Guns; Jonathan Browning; John Moses Browning; Mathew Sandefur Browning; The Development of Lever-Action Repeating Rifles and Pump-Action Shotguns; the Invention and Development of the Automatic Firearm; Browning Guns in Times of National Defense; and The Superposed. Booklet measures 7" x 7-1/2" and has 60 page.Not fluff. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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A Seidel For Jake Wirth Jacob Wirth Co. German Restaurant (Boston, 1964)
12 A Seidel For Jake Wirth Jacob Wirth Co. German Restaurant (Boston, 1964)
Boston Stinehour Press 1964 soft cover Near fine 
The Jacob Wirth German Restaurant opened its doors in Boston in 1949. This booklet was published in 1964 as a tribute. A seidel is a lidded tankard of beer, so this is a toast to good food and good times raised by a list of people who loved it. In addition to the restaurant the Jacob Wirth Company was also a wholesaler of Rhine wine and domestic and imported beers. The booklet measures 6"x9" and has 45 pages of history and stories as well as black and white photographs and a menu at the back. 
Price: 6.95 USD
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A Trip Through the Timkin Plants (Timken Roller Bearing Company Canton,Ohio) 1931
13 A Trip Through the Timkin Plants (Timken Roller Bearing Company Canton,Ohio) 1931
Canton, Ohio Tinken Roller Bearing Company 1939 soft cover Good 
A rather hard to find booklet which contains quality black and white photographs of Timken Steel, Timken Carbon and Alloy Seamless Steel Tubing, Timken Bearings, Timken Rock Bits, and Timken Fuel Injection Equipment, totaling more than 100 images, each with explanatory captioning. Book measures 6"x9". Cover shows light soil only. Pages are tightly bound and clean with the exception of a a smudge to upper corner of first page. Former owner penciled notes to blank page at back. Otherwise quite good. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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A Visitor's Map of Florence And Useful Notes for Tourists   (circa 1926)
14 A Visitor's Map of Florence And Useful Notes for Tourists (circa 1926)
Florence, Italy Fratelli Alinari Art Reproductions (circa 1926) Circa 1926 soft cover Very Good 
A very handsome fold-out map serves as the centerpiece to this Italian tourist brochure. The map shows numerous ads on one side for tourist items such as Italian leather goods and the map itself on the reverse. It is oddly undated, but one of the ads for purses offers a clue when it announces that the company which placed it won the Grand Prix for embroidery in London and Paris in 1926. Brochures also offers an 7 day itinerary for a trip to Florence and information on hotels. Wonderful addition to a collection of travel ephemera from the Golden Age. Measures 5-1/2"x7-1/2" closed. Map opens to 18" wide and 15" tall. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Accutron by Bulova Service Manual (1964)
15 Accutron by Bulova Service Manual (1964)
New York City Bulova Watch Company 1964 Card cover Very good 
Booklet is very helpful to those who sell and/or collect vintage watches. The topics include special tools and equipment (microscope,ACCUTRON service kit, cleaning equipment and rate recorder); diagnosis, procedures for testing; procedures for disassembly, oiling, procedures for reassembly, regulation following repair, and info and hints for the ACCUTRON repairman. Booklet measures 8-1/2" x 11" and has 36 pages including a parts list with pictures and an index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Advertising Blotter Willard Battery Storage (Cleveland, Ohio, 1917)
16 Advertising Blotter Willard Battery Storage (Cleveland, Ohio, 1917)
St. Paul, Minnesota B&B 1917 Near fine condition 
The colorful scene of a sportsman in a boat in what looks like a marshy area made me think this blotter might be newer than it is. I got out my magnifying glass and there it was though -- a 1917 date. The Willard Battery Storage company was founded in Cleveland in 1896 by Theodore Willard. It stayed the course al the way through WWII, but finally changed hands in 1952. As you can see, there's another comapany name on the blotter, the St. Thomas Storage Battery Company, but here's why. Under the phone number of St, Thomas it reads, "All Makes of Batteries Repaired. Authorized Willard Service Station for Elgin County. 
Price: 6.95 USD
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Advertising Blotters Woodall Stenographic Office, Woodall Letter Service (1920's)
17 Advertising Blotters Woodall Stenographic Office, Woodall Letter Service (1920's)
St. Paul, Minnesota Brown & Bigelow 1921, 1929 Very good condition 
Here we have six unused ink blotters advertising under two names. The Woodall Stenographic Office blotters were all printed in 1921. At that time they advertised stenographic work, mimeographing and multigraphing. The other two advertised Woodall Letter Service and both of those were printed in 1929. They maintained the same services, but added some new ones too --mimeoscoping and printing. All blotters measures 3"x6". I'm not sure where this company was from, but it retained the same phone number which began with a Wabash prefix followed by four numbers. 
Price: 12.95 USD
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Advertising Fan Garrett's Snuff The Old Reliable
18 Advertising Fan Garrett's Snuff The Old Reliable
Memphis,Tennessee Garrett's Snuff 1938 Cardstock Good condition 7-3/4 x 9-1/4 
Though this advertising fan has some creases to the colorful picture it's very homey and the dogs and the fireplace are enchanting. The image is named "There Goes Your Old Hunting Coat" thanks to the five playful dogs. The fan intself measures 7-3/4 x 9-1/4" and has a 7-1/2" handle. The back of the fan has a nice picure of the Garret Snuff company.There is information beneath it and is easily read even though there's a clear piece of tape. 
Price: 12.95 USD
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Aldens Fall and Winter 1951-52 Catalog
19 Aldens Fall and Winter 1951-52 Catalog
Chicago Aldens 1951 Autumn and Winter 1951-52 Soft cover Good condition 
I wish the previous owner hadn't used the front cover as a scratch pad to see how much it would cost to buy two items. I wish even more that he or she had tried to erase it, maybe because the answer is wrong! Anyway this is a very nice catalog. I don't know this company and have never seen one of their catalogs, but I very much like the size which is easily handled at 5-1/2" x 9-1/2". The catalog has a whopping 972 pages of fashions for the whole family, toys, jewelry, engagement rings, household items, furniture, guns, shoes, typewriters and much more. This is a complete immersion into material culture at the beginning of the 50's -- 65 years ago. The order blank is still inside and has not been used. Only other fault is creasing to lower corners both front and back, but both have been discretely taped for strength. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Allis-Chalmers Annual Review 1944
20 Allis-Chalmers Annual Review 1944
Milawukee, Wisconsin Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company 1944 Annual, 1944 Card cover Very Good condition 
This is a wonderful wartime report from Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing covering all aspects of the business including power generation; power distribution; processing items such as metals, coal, rock products, cement, forest products, petroleum, rubber, chemicals, food, and solvent oil; industrial; construction and agriculture; and transportation. The book is over-sized at 8-1/2"x 11" and has 80 pages. Minor small horizontal creases to spine, likely endemic to the publishing process, but otherwise clean and tightly bound. There is also a letter laid-in to accompany it. The book does have text, but it's the photographs and technical drawings that command your attention. VERY nice and not commonly found. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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