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Image for Cracked Magazine, November 1964

Cracked Magazine, November 1964

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Major Magazines: 1964

Edition: Number 40

Seller ID: 0494

Condition: Very Good


We often see later issues of this humor magazine, but the ones from the 60's are a bit harder to find. Here we have the November, 1964 issue in clean, tightly bound condition. In fact, it's fairly remarkable given the pulp paper on which its printed. Among the zany articles are these: The Transylvanian Teen Scene, the Big War, A Martian Writes Home from Earth, Way Out -- West, How I Saw Europe on 58 Cents A Day; and A Sunday At Coney Island. The magazine measures 8"x10-1... View more info

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The Little Limerick Book (An Uncensored Collection)1955

By: N/A

Price: $6.95

Publisher: Mount Vernon, New York, The Peter Pauper Press: 1955

Seller ID: 0521

Condition: Very Good


If you like the risqué limerick this is a fun little book which measures 4-1/2"x8" and has 68 pages. I think perhaps the final limerick will give you an overview of the contents better than anything I can say, "The limerick packs laughs anatomical, Into space that is quite economical. But the good ones I've seen so seldom are clean, And the clean ones so seldom are comical." The book is crisp with snow white pages and a bright cover. The paper on the jacket is likewise ... View more info

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Thurber on Humor

By: N/A

Price: $16.95

Publisher: Columbus, Ohio, The Ohioana Library Association and Thurber House: 1994

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 1470

Condition: Fine Condition


Crisp, clean reprint of the original acceptance speech written by Thurber and presented in his absence October 24, 1953. Thurber's wife was ill at the time so he did not receive his Ohioana Sesquicentennial Medal in person. The booklet was reprinted in 1994 to commemorate Ohio's 150th anniversary. Great photo of Thurber on cover and an even better one of him working at his typewriter inside. Eleven counted pages. Measures 5-1/2" x 8". View more info

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Picture Scoop Magazine October, 1942 (1st Issue)

By: N/A

Price: $28.00

Publisher: New York, Picture Scoop Inc.: 1942

Edition: Vol. I, No. 1

Seller ID: 1528

Condition: Very Good


This isn't a magazine you see too often, but it's a lot of fun to read. It's big one too, measuring 10x1/2" x 13-1/2" with lots of different types of stories and many, many photographs which catch the spirit of the 40's. Some stand-out stories include: a serious piece titled "Should We Draft Labor?"; Gerald L.K. Smith, successor to Father Coughlin; How To Win An Army Commission; The Story of Uncle Sam; Pleasure and Patriotism at New York's Stork Club; and Fashion with J... View more info

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Sun Dial Ohio State University Humor Magazine (Christmas 1923)

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University: 1923

Seller ID: 1545


If you're an OSU student, or alum, this is a fun souvenir of the old alma mater in the Roaring Twenties. The cover art is charming and is slugged with the caption "Let the Wild Belles Ring Out". The emphasis here is all about humor -- as they say, Sun Dial has been "making OSU laugh since 1911." Great local ads and there's a portrait (see second picture) of basketball coach Harold G. Olsen. Magazine measures 9"x11" and has 44 pages. I repaired two tears -- one at top of... View more info

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WWII Greeting Cards (4 Unused with envelopes)

By: N/A

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Unknown, Unknown: 1940's

Seller ID: 1549

Condition: Very good


Here we have four unused WWII greeting cards, all with their envelopes. Three are mildly risque and the fourth celebrates the single life. All measure 4"x5" and are crisp and clean. Envelopes show very light toning. One is for Christmas, as you can see, the others are for general use. The theme throughout is light-heartedness n the midst of war. View more info

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Combing Columbus Photogenic Drawings for the Bicentennial (Columbus, Ohio 2012)

By: N/A

Price: $26.00

Publisher: Columbus, Ohio, Finding Time: Columbus Public Art: 2012

Seller ID: 3078

Condition: Fine condition


Without question this is the most unusual and delightful commemoration of a city's Bicentennial. It's clever, fun, and historic -- and all in full color in a large format. The booklet measures 9-3/4" tall by 14" across. But rather than babble on about how much I like it, I'm going to show you some very handsome pictures which catch the eye, the heart, and the sense of humor. Truly, it's one to keep forever. Every page is in color as seen. View more info

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The Playbill for the St. James Theatre Without Love, 1942 Katharine Hepburn)

By: N/A

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Playbill Inc.: 1942

Seller ID: 3080

Condition: Good condition


What a great cover graced by a photo of the beautiful Katharine Hepburn and Elliott Nugent who starred in the play "Without Love", a new comedy by Philip Barry. The Playbill was for the week of December 6, 1942. Lots of Christmas ads in this one, the best of which is a two page spread for Camel cigarettes and Prince Albert tobacco. Program measures 7" x 9-1/2" and has 44 pages. Only real fault is small dampstain on the lower margin of the back cover and a small closed t... View more info

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Chinese Comic Journey To the West (20 booklets in Box, 1996)

By: N/A

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Shanghai, Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House: 1996

Edition: Presumed First

Seller ID: 3893

ISBN: 7532216462

Condition: Fine books and VG Box


I bought this last night at a book and paper sale -- what a surprise! I have been going to this place for 20 years and never have I seen any any Asian items I can recall. The box is covered with blue cloth and is clean and sturdy. Inside are two stacks of small comic books, ten on each side.The text is in Chinese, but the black and white drawings tell a story too. The little books measure 3-1/2" x 5". I was able to translate much, but the same exact specific item was use... View more info

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The World Beard and Moustache Championships: The First Official Book (2004)

By: Ames, Michael; Roberts, Stone

Price: $9.95

Publisher: U.S.A., Bloomsbury: 2004 Contest, 2005 Publication

Edition: First Edition of First Offical Book

Seller ID: 3556

ISBN: 1582345686

Condition: Fine condition


This is an unusual little find and a fun one. The beard and moustache contest began in 1990 in Hoden, Germany. Eventually it morphed into an international phenomenon with awards in seventeen categories, including goatees and held in Berlin. The book measures 5" x 6-3/4" and and has a gallery of color photos at the back as well as an unused 2005 entry form. Each category gets its chapter and shows its winner, why he won, and what the judges were looking for. The book is i... View more info

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Schott's Original Miscellany

By: Ben Schott

Price: $15.00

Publisher: USA, Bloomsbury USA: 2003

Edition: First Thus, Later Printing

Seller ID: 4403

ISBN: 1582343497

Condition: Fine ocndition


A charming little book which has 158 pages offering "a unique collection of fabulous trivia." Among the many are these topics": sign language, the seven deadly sins, the hair color of Miss America, the Hampton Court maze, the names of golf strokes, a history of the Hat Tax, th supplier of bagpipes to the Queen, the brutal methods of murder encountered by Miss Marple. And that's just a few. The book is clean and bright with no names or writing, no tears or chips and no re... View more info

Image for Life Magazine May 1, 1924 (Eddie Cantor, Alice Harvey, Charles Dana Gibson)

Life Magazine May 1, 1924 (Eddie Cantor, Alice Harvey, Charles Dana Gibson)

By: Cantor, Eddie

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Life Publishing: 1924

Edition: Vol. 83 2165

Seller ID: 1554

Condition: Good-plus


This is the progenitor of the Life Magazine that began in the 1930's. It debuted in the late 1800's as a humor magazine. By the time this issue came out it had adopted a sly commentary on politics and social issues. The president of the company was Charles Dana Gibson, he of the famous drawings of the pretty women who became known as Gibson girls. The second photo shows a lovely drawing by Gibson in this issue. The cover art is interesting too with a caption which reads ... View more info

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Ireland of the Dispatch (Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, 2010)

By: Caswell, Lucy Shelton

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University: 2010

Seller ID: 2639

Condition: Fine condition


This catalog's a really nice collectible if you like old time comics. There appears to be other such booklets on the subject, as I also have one about Krazy Kat, both of which are published by the Comic Museum at Ohio State University. Billy Ireland was a comic writer from Chilecothe, Ohio whose strips were then what Garrison Keillor's work is today. In 1928 he was named First Citizen of Columbus. There are sample strips here, plus photographs and lots of information... View more info

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Matchsafes: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Smithsonian Institution)

By: Deborah Sampson Shinn

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Scala Publishers: 2001

Edition: First edition

Seller ID: 4757

ISBN: 1857592379

Condition: Fine condition


This book is as gorgeous as the beautiful matchsafes on he pages. My husband has been collecting them for years and never fails to find a treasure. Matchsafes are made from many materials and designs, including figurals. They also bring along a bit of whimsey. I am showing the clusters of specimens in the color photos and yet there is still room for an informational text. The book measures 9"x 8-3/4" and has 112 pages. The book is risp and clean inside ad out. View more info

Image for Edward Lear's Nonsense To Color 1963

Edward Lear's Nonsense To Color 1963

By: Edward Lear

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New Tork, Harper & Row: 1963

Edition: Presumed first

Seller ID: 4401

Condition: Good condition


This is an oversized coloring book made from the Lear's small drawings which had to be big enough to make them fun. Each drawing comes with a silly poem and the pictures can be colored by either children or adults. The book measures 10" x 15" with no coloring on any pages. The book is clean and nice with the exception of a small circle in the upper corner of the front cover, a shadow of a price sticker which fell off. The only other defect is at pink bleed thanks to a ve... View more info

Image for Had Gadya The Only Kid: Facsimile of El Lissitzky's 1919 Edition

Had Gadya The Only Kid: Facsimile of El Lissitzky's 1919 Edition

By: El Lissitzky; Arnold J. Band, Editor

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, CA, Getty Research Institute; ReSources: 2004

Edition: Facsimile of the 1919 edition

Seller ID: 4073

ISBN: 089236744X

Condition: Fine, as New


I bought this book thinking that it was a story -- which it is, but a musical story, based on the humorous Passover song, Had Gadya, The Only Kid. The text is in both English and Hebrew. You can hear it sung on Google, epecially peformd by young men with myrth and wine.The book measures 9-3/4" x 11" and is clean and attractive. (Music Box 1) View more info

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The Revived Cynic's Calendar 1917

By: Ethel Watts Mumford, Oliver Herford and Addison Mizner

Price: $16.95

Publisher: San Francisco, Calfornia 1917, Paul Elder & Company: 1917

Edition: Presumed First

Seller ID: 4814

Condition: Fine condition


Two words come to mind -- quirky and fun. The little calendar is charming, as was the artist who worked in red and black -- great colors for telling futures! View more info

Image for Life Magazine July 7, 1927 (Dorothy Parker)

Life Magazine July 7, 1927 (Dorothy Parker)

By: Gibson, Charles Dana; Parker, Dorothy

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Life Publishing Company: 1927

Edition: Vol. 90, No. 2331

Seller ID: 1546

Condition: Good-plus


Does this look familiar? No? Well, it's actually the progenitor of the Life Magazine you do know which began under Luce in the 30's. But the original showed up in the late 1800's and by the time this issue came out in July, 1927 Charles Dana Gibson was president of the publishing company -- his name's on the masthead. Yes, he's THAT Gibson, the one who drew all the pretty girls known still as the Gibson Girls. Back then Life was about politics, social commentary, and hum... View more info

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The Blue Day Book: A Lesson In Cheering Yourself Up (20000)

By: Grieve, Bradley Trevor

Price: $9.95

Publisher: Kansas City, Missouri, Andrews McMeel Publishing: 2000

Seller ID: 3953

ISBN: 0740704818

Condition: Fine condition


This is a charming gift book especially if you love animals. Every page shows an unhappy animal, all of which are in full page format and in black and white which is perfect for the topic. The book was given as a gift to a Grandma from two children. You can leave the inscription and add one of your own, or use the brand new bookplate I laid-in (see photo). The book is otherwise beautiful with no price-clip, no tears, and no chips. It will arrive in a brand new mylar cove... View more info

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Comic Menagerie (1984)

By: Haskell, L.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York City, Merrimack Publishing Corporation: 1984

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 3791

Condition: Very good condition


I sold one of these the first year of my now 20 years of bookselling. But for some reason I never saw one again until yesterday. The very tiny print at the bottom of the back cover explains that this book is a version of the original from the Boston Children's Museum. The booklet is a die-cut and the pictures are quaint and charming and the rhymes are old-fashioned, but fun to show the kids what kids in "the old days" read when they were young. The booklet measures 9-3/4... View more info