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Image for Formfit In Show Business (Formfit Lingerie Sales Brochure and 33-1/3 RPM Record)

Formfit In Show Business (Formfit Lingerie Sales Brochure and 33-1/3 RPM Record)

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Formfit: Uknowm 50s'-60's

Seller ID: 0118

Condition: Very Good


Quirky, fun collectible and probably the oddest thing I ever bought. No date on this one, but clothing on drawings would indicate late 50's to early 60's. Bright pink sales brochure was issued to the would-be Formit lingerie salesperson, or as they say on the record, "corsetiere!" Inside it says, "Join Betsy White for a preview in sound of your Show Business Career." This is augmented by a drawing of the stylish Betsy White, a female salesperson holding up a girdle, and a funky picture of an early 20th century chorus line which doesn't seem to really have anything to do with anything. The rec... View more info

Image for Nine Carte de Visites Womens' Portraits, Kentucky

Nine Carte de Visites Womens' Portraits, Kentucky

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Kentucky, Unknown:

Seller ID: 0133

Condition: Good condition


Here we have a grouping of carte de visites featuring women of the mid-19th century. The carte de visite was a craze at the time and people collected them like baseball cards. These are all small portraits mounted on heavy cardboard like a cabinet photo, but measure only around 2-1/2"x3-1/2", sometimes 4". Often the backs are very ornate, as photographers used the blank space to advertise. These, however, are fairly plain. Most derive from Louisville or Lexington Kentucky, though we do have one from Brownville, Tennessee. Two show a light touch of hand-tinting and one has a name penciled on th... View more info

Image for Charm: The Magazine for Women Who Work August, 1952

Charm: The Magazine for Women Who Work August, 1952

By: N/A

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Street & Smith Publications: 1952

Edition: August 1952

Seller ID: 0276

Condition: Good-plus


Charm is not a magazine you see too much, probably because there were fewer women in the workplace in 1952. I wasn't really too surprised that work played a small role in the magazine's content other than the clothes one wore to the office. But -- wow! -- what sophisticated clothes these were. I always think of poodle skirts and Donna Reed shirtwaists when I think of the 50's, but not for these women. High fashion! The other topics include the predictable -- child care and what to fix for dinner. But if you're a fashion junkie, this one is fabulous! Clean and tightly bound with a few creases t... View more info

Image for Arthur's Illustrated  Home Magazine (May, 1875)

Arthur's Illustrated Home Magazine (May, 1875)

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Timothy Shay Arthur: 1875

Edition: No. 5 Volume XLIII

Seller ID: 0874

Condition: Very Good


Though not as well known as Godey's, Arthur's magazine was a hit in its day.This issue is from May,1875 and is clean and tightly bound. There is a small loss of paper at the bottom of the spine and a light stain from moisture to the bottom front corner and a light one also to bottom corner at a few pages in the back. Several pages of fashions are found at the front of the magazine, but Arthur's seemed to feel its readership was worthy of more intellectual material as well -- the first article is about South Wales. There's also articles about books and libraries, the island of Philae, burrowing... View more info

Image for Gateway to America: The Alice Austen (Photographer) House and Esplanade Staten Island 1967)

Gateway to America: The Alice Austen (Photographer) House and Esplanade Staten Island 1967)

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Staten Island, New York, Friends of the Alice Austen House and Esplanade: 1968

Seller ID: 0936

Condition: oblong


This lovely booklet is not seen too often, so it's a treasure when its found. Clean as a whistle and no names or writing! It measures 8-1/2"x11" and is illustrated with wonderful black and white photographs throughout its 14 pages, including two of Alice in her youth and in her old age. The Alice Austen House promotes today serves to promote public awareness and scholarly study of the life and work of Alice Austen (1866-1952), one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers. View more info

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Harper's Bazar January 7, 1888

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Harper & Brothers: 1888

Edition: XXL No. 1

Seller ID: 0952

Condition: Good-plus


Very clean attractive magazine presented newspaper-style and geared to women. It's quite large, though folded in the middle and has no mailing label. There's a bit of toning at the fold and several small edge tears which have been pressed and, if s9ignificant, repaired with archival tape. Measures 11-1/2"x16-1/2" with 16 dense pages. One of the most interesting stories is a first person account entitled "How We Spent Christmas Day in India" with accompanying drawings. Other topics include winter bonnets (hence the cover girl),the occupations of women college graduates, rich and spicy foods, ol... View more info

Image for Harper's Bazar December 15, 1988 (Embroidery, Fashion)

Harper's Bazar December 15, 1988 (Embroidery, Fashion)

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Harper Brothers: 1888

Edition: Vol. XXI No. 50

Seller ID: 0990

Condition: Very good


Though this is actually a magazine, it's printed in newspaper fashion and yet remains remarkably good. There are few tiny edge tears and a chip from the side of page one, but I have been able to mend all tears at folds with non-browning archival tape which is nearly invisible. When opened the magazine measures 12"x16-1/2". The two brown stickers on the face are the mailing labels to De Soto, Missouri. This is the Christmas issue so there are holiday stories, but also an article about embroideries at the London Arts and Crafts Exhibition as well as two pages devoted to embroidery patterns. Ther... View more info

Image for Mail Supremacy (W.A. Charnstrom Co. 1977)

Mail Supremacy (W.A. Charnstrom Co. 1977)

By: N/A

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota, W. A. Charnstrom Company: 1977

Seller ID: 1133

Condition: Very Good


This slim catalog caught my eye, not because of it's contents but because of its cover. One look and I knew it was from the 1970's for three reasons -- the colors, the clothes, and the play on words. But the real value of this is the fact that it echoes one of the most significant social changes of modern times -- the Women's Liberation movement. The catalog measures 8-1/2"x11" and has 12 pages of sorting tables and mail carts. But it's that cover that makes it special. It's very clean with just a small crease to outer side edge View more info

Image for Costumi Africa Orientale Postcard Series 29 Young African Woman Jewelry (1920's)

Costumi Africa Orientale Postcard Series 29 Young African Woman Jewelry (1920's)

By: N/A

Price: $10.95

Publisher: Naples, Italy, 1920's

Seller ID: 1163

Condition: Near fine


Beautiful postcard with a close-up view of a lovely young African woman in her native dress with emphasis on her many pieces of jewelry. The sepia tone is quite attractive and the card is unused -- no writing to the divided back and no postal stamps. I have a total of 29 of these from Series 29. Card will arrive in plastic sleeve View more info

Image for Tinted Postcard Earl Carroll Vanities Showgirl (1940's)

Tinted Postcard Earl Carroll Vanities Showgirl (1940's)

By: N/A

Price: $10.95

Publisher: Los Angeles, Earl Carroll Vanities: 1940's

Seller ID: 1173

Condition: Very good


Looks like Halloween judging by this 1940's era postcard featuring an Earl Carroll showgirl. I used to have an actual collection of this stuff (yeah, really) --programs, menus postcards etc.) from Carroll's days as a showman/producer/restauranteur who owned a rather racy L.A. nightspot (Earl Carroll's Vanities) on Sunset Blvd. known for its gorgeous performers. I knew a lot about him at the time, but all I remember now is that he died young (in his 50's) in a 1948 plane crash. The card has not been used and will arrive in a plastic sleeve. Check out the "top" on this woman -- a costume malfunc... View more info

Image for Tinted Postcard Earl Carrol's Vanities Showgirl

Tinted Postcard Earl Carrol's Vanities Showgirl

By: N/A

Price: $10.95

Publisher: Los Angeles, California, Earl Carroll's Vanities: 1940's

Seller ID: 1174

Condition: Very Good


Looks like Halloween judging by this 1940's era postcard featuring an Earl Carroll showgirl. I used to have an actual collection of this stuff (yeah, really) --programs, menus postcards etc.) from Carroll's days as a showman/producer/restauranteur who owned a rather racy L.A. nightspot (Earl Carroll's Vanities) on Sunset Blvd. known for its gorgeous performers. I knew a lot about him at the time, but all I remember now is that he died young (in his 50's) in a 1948 plane crash. The card has not been used and will arrive in a plastic sleeve. This one is may favorite due to its deeper color and m... View more info

Image for Tinted Postcard Earl Carroll's Vanities Showgirl

Tinted Postcard Earl Carroll's Vanities Showgirl

By: N/A

Price: $8.95

Publisher: Los Angeles, Earl Carroll's Vanities: 1940's

Seller ID: 1175

Condition: Good-plus


Looks like Halloween judging by this 1940's era postcard featuring an Earl Carroll showgirl. I used to have an actual collection of this stuff (yeah, really) --programs, menus postcards etc.) from Carroll's days as a showman/producer/restauranteur who owned a rather racy L.A. nightspot (Earl Carroll's Vanities) on Sunset Blvd. known for its gorgeous performers. I knew a lot about him at the time, but all I remember now is that he died young (in his 50's) in a 1948 plane crash. The card has not been used and will arrive in a plastic sleeve. Of the three cards I have I think this one is the mos... View more info

Postcard Costumi Africa Orientale Series 29 Mother & Baby (circa 1920's)

By: N/A

Price: $10.95

Publisher: Naples, Italy, Vaverio Baldacchini: 1920's

Seller ID: `1126

Condition: Very good


Beautiful postcard with a close-up view of a y young African woman in her native dress with her baby on her back.The sepia tone is quite attractive and the card is unused -- no writing to the divided back and no postal stamps. I have a total of 29 of these from Series 29. Card will arrive in plastic sleeve. View more info

Image for Real Photo Tinted Postcard Blond German Woman in Evening Dress (6336/6) 1920

Real Photo Tinted Postcard Blond German Woman in Evening Dress (6336/6) 1920

By: N/A

Price: $10.95

Publisher: Germany, Unknown: 1920

Seller ID: 1226

Condition: Fine


Crisp as new postcard which has not been used. We know it's a real tinted photo as it shows the NBC company logo at the space for the postage stamp. Unfortunately, there are no dates available for NBC, so no clues to age. The card has not been used postally, but it does show a message in German on the opposite side of the divided back and the date 11/11/20. The subject is very pretty in evening clothes. Card will arrive in plastic sleeve. View more info

Image for Fortune Magazine July, 1935 (Anheiser-Busch, Women In Business, Restoring Williamsburg, U.S. Smelting & Refining)

Fortune Magazine July, 1935 (Anheiser-Busch, Women In Business, Restoring Williamsburg, U.S. Smelting & Refining)

By: N/A

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Time-Life: 1935

Edition: Volume XII, No. 1

Seller ID: 1291

Condition: Very good


Very clean, nice issue of one of the star magazines of the 30's. The photography is excellent, as are the articles and the magazine's design. Three topics grabbed my attention -- a colorful piece about Anheiser-Busch and its bottled beer, Part I of a story about women in business, and a look at Mr. Rockefeller's renovation of colonial Willamsburg. There's also a piece about the cotton industry, one on U.S. Smelting & Refining and a profile of Harry Hopkins. Magazine has no real defect of note. It measures 11-1/2"x14" and has 140 pages. OVERSEAS ORDERS WELCOME, but shipping may be higher than s... View more info

Image for Earl Carroll's Vanities Beauty Souvenir (1940's)

Earl Carroll's Vanities Beauty Souvenir (1940's)

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: California, Oscar Tittman: No date. circa 1940's

Seller ID: 1295

Condition: Very good


Collectors of Hollywood and California memorabilia will love this program from Earl Carroll's Vanities, a nightspot once located on Sunset Blvd. in L.A. The booklet measures 8"x11" and has plentiful black and white photographs as well as odd facts such as his measurements for the perfect girl (including her ankles and wrists) and his Demandments of Beauty. I counted 16 pages. Booklet is clean and tightly bound with just a bit of rubbing to spine area. Earl Carroll died at the age of 55 in a bizarre plane crash in 1948. I also have some postcards of the showgirls. View more info

Image for The Georgia Review Spring/Summer 1990 (Joyce Carol Oates, Eudora Welty, Maxine Kumin, Rita Dove)

The Georgia Review Spring/Summer 1990 (Joyce Carol Oates, Eudora Welty, Maxine Kumin, Rita Dove)

By: N/A

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Athens, Georgia, University of Georgia: 1990

Edition: Volume XLIV, Nos 1 and 2

Seller ID: 1429

Condition: Very good


This is a star-studded issue as thick as a paperback book with 233 pages, plus ads at back.It's a bit oversized too at 7"x10" and very clean with no names or writing, and no crease to spine. Only fault is a little rubbed spot at lower left corner of front cover. Magazine includes both black and white photographs and color art. The theme for this issue is Women in the Arts, so you will find contributions from such acclaimed writers, poets and artists as Joyce Carol Oates, Eudora Welty, Naomi Shihab Nye, Maxine Kumin, and Rita Dove, but those are just the ones I recognized! There are many more.... View more info

Image for The Booklovers Magazine October, 1903

The Booklovers Magazine October, 1903

By: N/A

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Philadelphia, PA, The Library Publishing Company: 1903

Edition: Volume II, No. 4

Seller ID: 1457

Condition: Good-plus


I love this magazine, but I have only ever had a few of them, which is odd because it was quite popular in its day. There are great ads throughout and it's always fun to see old books we know be new again. But the articles are the thing -- they're diverse and wonderful in each issue. This issue has a story by Edgar Allan Poe titled "William Wilson." Articles focus on on women and work with an article about women's colleges and their female executives, plus a story about women telehone operators, a job created by new technology. Another article is about the split personality and literature and ... View more info

Image for The Booklovers Magazine May, 1903 (Jane Austen, charlotte Bronte, George Sands)

The Booklovers Magazine May, 1903 (Jane Austen, charlotte Bronte, George Sands)

By: N/A

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Philadelphia, PA, The Library Publishing Company: 1903

Seller ID: 1458

Condition: Very good


In its day this was a very popular magazine. It's still popular with me, but I never seem to find many issues. This one covers the department stores of the day, a travel piece on taking a European vacation, replete with lots of full color illustrations and, --the best of all -- a long article about women novelists, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and George Sands. All of them have stood the test of time and Jane is practically a rock star!The ads in this magazine are even fun to read, and not all of them are about books. There's wonderful ads about player pianos and phonographs --technology galo... View more info

Image for Senator Margaret Chase Smith Ephemera 1962 (SIGNED)

Senator Margaret Chase Smith Ephemera 1962 (SIGNED)

By: N/A

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Washington D.C., 1962

Seller ID: 1673

Condition: Very good condition


All items in this three piece lot concern the same topic which required the ministrations of the Republican senator from Maine in 1962, Margaret Chase Smith. It began with a request for a pass to the Senate Gallery by a man from Maine who had the endorsement of their mutual friend. Ralph Lovell. Smith responded affirmatively in a typed letter which was also signed and included this brochure which reads Sen, Margaret Chase Smith Welcomes You to your Nation's Capitol. The last item is the gallery pass requested for August 13, 1962 for the inquirer and his wife. It too is SIGNED by Margaret Chase... View more info