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A Grouping of Agricultural Advertising Materials Sent to the Amana Society - Seed Catalogue

A Grouping of Agricultural Advertising Materials Sent to the Amana Society – Seed Catalogue, Incubators, Soap – German and English

A collection of four circulars advertising various agricultural and farming supplies send by W. Wernich, a Seed Merchant in Milwaukee, WI. Two of the items are for supplies sold by Wernich himself, the other two are from different business in Milwaukee. The first of Wernich's materials is a Seed Directory, in German, for a variety of different grasses and grain seeds he sold. It is a large single page, double-sided, advertisement, the front of which lists the seeds and their price. The backside has sixteen black and white illustrations of the plants that the seeds grow into. Measures 14" x 10 1/2". The second advertisement for Wernich is single fold page that is more extensive seed directory for "Unser Deutscher Amerikaner", which roughly translates to "Our German American". This directory includes information on where they source the seeds from and instructions on how to order from the company. The seed list has been divided into categories, and while the majority of the advertisement is in German several of the seed names are not, such as Mammoth Pearl (a white rose) and Norway Spruce. Measures 11" x 8 1/2" (folded), 17" x 11" (unfolded). The next item is a single page, double-sided, advertisement in English by Milwaukee Incubator Company which sold an incubator to hatch chicks in. The circular includes a description of the item as well as three black and white illustrations of it, directions for use, and several testimonials from satisfied customers. Measures 10 3/4" x 8 1/2". The last item, is a single fold circular by Dr. Wolf's Vermin Soap, which was a veterinary soap used to rid a variety of livestock animals of parasitic diseases. It apparently also worked on bed bugs, (by scrubbing the infested furniture) and on plants with insect infestations. The circular includes a price list for the different quantities available as well as directions for use on the different types of domestic animals and plants. The entire circular is then repeated in German. Measures 9 1/2" x 4 1/4" (folded), 9" x 8 1/4" (unfolded). The circulars themselves were sent to John Heinemann, of the Amana Society, in Middle Amana, IA. The Amana Society, also know as the Amana Colonies, was a farming society located in a grouping of seven villages located in Iowa near Iowa City. Originally German immigrants fleeing religious persecution, they settled first in New York, and then in Amana in 1855. The seven villages comprise of 26,000 acres, and at the time of settlement, the society practiced a form of communism, though in 1932, there the society incorporated and is now considered to be more of cooperative capitalism. The Amana Society still exists today as the Amana Society, INC., and the villages themselves are listed as National Historical Landmarks. In addition to the specialized crafting and farming occupations that they are known for, they have also now become a tourist destination area known for its restaurants and craft shops. Items dated by the stamp on the envelope, which is a 1 cent Benjamin Franklin that was issued between 1870-1888. General wear. Letter folds. Small tears on some items.

Autographs, A Friendship Album belonging to Martha “Mousie” Durand Tibbetts

Martha Durand Tibbetts A friendship album belonging to Martha Durand Tibbetts (1859-1929), which is completely full of entries by her friends. The bulk of the entries date from 1873-1877, with a few outliers until 1910, and most of the authors of the entries are from Jersey City, NY, or New York. As Martha's nickname was "Mousie", some of the entries are addressed as such. One entry in particular is addressed by a small drawing of a brown mouse. Additionally several entries reference the White Star Social Club (W. S. S. C), as it appears that Martha was a member. The entries consist of short verses of poetry or song, some of which appear to be original works. Three of the album pages feature drawn in piles of visiting cards, of which people have filled in their names and date. Six pages feature drawings, done in pen. These illustrations tend to be small, and several have multiple tiny illustrations on one page. Of note is one such entry with five tiny illustrations, all of a fantastical nature. For example of of the drawings depicts a fish, with a mouse in its mouth and a small man smoking a pipe on the fish's tail. Brown gilt stamp decorative covers. Completely filled. Measures 7" x 4 1/4". Below are some excerpts from the entries. "There was little anchorite He live right in a caveand he so subdued his appetiteIt brought him to his grave."- "Original" S. B. S., New York, August 1, 1875"What's the use of always frettingat the trial once we findEver strewn along our pathway?Travel on and never mind.Travel onward, working, hoping,Cast no lingering look behindAt the trials once encounteredLook ahead and never mind"- M. S. Tennant, February 12, 1874, Jersey City, a verse from the song called "Never Mind" by Mary E. McCleary"Once, how, I cannot well divineUnless by chance we kissedI found her lips were close to mine,So I could not resistAs neither whispered, yea nor nayThey met by chance, the usual way!"- Anchoule, New York, August 1, 1875, an excerpt from "Kucken's Beautiful Ballad, "We Meet by Chance"Thy silvery voice, strange echoes makes to start,Through, all, the haunted chamber of my heart,As an action harp, through gusty doors,Of some old win, its wild music pours!"- No. 101To view the album, please click on the following link: Martha S. A. Durand was born on December 16, 1859 to Henry F. Durand (1836-?) and possibly Ann Elizabeth in Jersey City, NJ. She married Richard Burr Tibbetts (1853-1917) on August 31, 1878. Together they had five children: Richard Edgar Tibbetts (1885-1969), Bessie E. Tibbetts (1887-1964), Harry Leonard Tibbetts (1888-1971), Durand F. Tibbetts (1889-1967), and Chester Tibbetts (1893-?). She died on February 14, 1929 in Manhattan, NY.
The Poetical Geography Designed to Accompany Outline Maps or School Atlas. To Which Are Added the Rules of Arithmetic in Rhyme

The Poetical Geography Designed to Accompany Outline Maps or School Atlas. To Which Are Added the Rules of Arithmetic in Rhyme

George Van Waters A textbook, only sold by subscription, that seeks to teach the reader arithmetic and world geography by using verse, often rhyming verse, to help the reader memorize the important terms and formulas. For example, in describing the divisions of land, the following poem is used:"Of land, and its divisions, read the stories;Peninsulas, Continents, Islands, Promontories,And Isthmuses and Capes, and Mountains high,Volcanoes, Shores and Deserts, wet and dry."The book covers both the technically terms in geography (meridians, tropics, latitude, longitude, etc.), and all continents and countries of the world. Additionally they provided some historical and cultural information on the countries as well, such as information on the construction of the Great Wall in China, and that Holland is one of the most populous districts on the globe. Numerous black and white illustration accompany the text, both in the form of maps and illustrations on the geographical and architectural wonders of each locality described. At the end of the book, there are six pages of the "Rules of Arithmetic, In Verse." Discussed in this section is everything from subtraction to multiplication, and decimal fractions to compound interest. Front cover title: "The Poetical Geography with the Rules of Arithmetic in Verse." Inscribed on front cover and inside cover with "Henry Alcott, Anthony Rd." 80 pages. Yellow illustrated covers. Measures 9" x 6 1/4".To view this item, please click on the following link: General wear. Inscription on front cover. Damage to back strip.

Album, A Friendship Album Belonging to Ida Williams

Ida E. Williams Hoff A friendship album belonging to Ida E. Williams of Candor, NY. The album entries comprise of her friends and family members from Candor, NY, and surrounding towns between 1876-1880. The entries are, generally speaking, short quotes, either from poetry or plays. Of note in the album is a wonderful, multifaceted black and white ink drawing done by Rudolph C. Oakley, attorney at law, in Candor, NY in the Spring of 1880. There is a large silhouette of a young child smoking a pipe and four smaller drawings surrounding it in circles: the first is of two couples walking in the woods, the second is of two cats meeting on a wall at night, the third is a couple bent over in a garden coughing, and lastly, a little bird singing on a tree branch. The album itself has seven (7) pages with colored decorative borders, often in a floral or nature theme. Additionally, the album has four (4) double sided pages of blank sheet music. The covers are brown leather with gilt stamped decorative borders as well as a gilt "Album" at the center. Interior pages are gilt edge. Approximately one third filled. Measures 8 1/2" x 7". Below are some of the album's entries. "With wealth thou art blest and beauty is thine And with your mind to you Providence has been kindWealth may take wings, beauty must fade, and soon disappear,But in Eternity the wealth and beauty of your mind a crown shall wear."- (Maternal) Uncle Epenetus Howe, Candor, NY, July 24, 1876"Back on the golden hingesThe gates of memory swingsAnd my heart goes into this gardenAnd walks with the older thingsThe old times joys and pleasure,the loves that it used to knowit meets there in the garden,and they wander to and fro."- Waca June 19, 1876, Ella H. J., Excerpt from poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox entitled "Memory's Garden"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together; our virtue would be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherished by out virtue." - Gertrude S. Ward, Candor, NY, May 4th, 1877, Excerpt from Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well"To view the album, please click on the following link: Ida was born on July 1853 in Newark, NJ to Enoch Slosson Williams Jr. (1832-1912) and Martha L. Legg (1835-1890). She one brother, Frank J. Williams (1855=1856) and one half sister Ellie K. Williams, (1898-?). She married Lewis R. Hoff Jr. (1855-?) on August 7, 1878. She died on September 17, 1880.
National Children's Home-Finder

National Children’s Home-Finder, Vol. III, No. 10

National Children's Home Society 32 pp. Illustrated wraps. A magazine published by the National Children's Home Society which is a "parent society" that housed children or found homes for them. They were also involved in a variety of different charities, mainly aimed at helping poor families care for and educate their children. This magazine provided an update on their societies in different states, stories and pictures of children who had been placed in loving homes, articles about children, and letters written in by either a newly placed child or their new parents. Some of the titles of the articles and stories found within this volume are : "Jacob Riis on Baby Saving", "An Extensive Work", "Overworked Babies", "Jewish Orphans Let In", "A Useful Member of the Family", Sketches form Real Life", "Crime is to be Pruned from the Young Criminals by the Surgeon's Knife", "The Juvenile Court - Its Uses and Limitations", "The Cleveland Juvenile Court" and "Joey's Papa". One articles of note within this issue is the "Crime is to be Pruned from the Young Criminals by the Surgeon's Knife". The article discusses how sometimes surgery is needed to help children, specifically how it can help correct their bad behavior. They use two examples, one young boy whose skull was drilled into in order to supposedly relief pressure that had occurred from a fall he had taken years before. The other had brain surgery to remove "foreign growth that attacked the frontal lobe of his brain". What is slightly horrifying about this article is that the end of the article states "Of course the consent of the parents has to be gained before any operation can take place, and there is usually strenuous objection. But when the physicians and societies make it clear that it is a case of much jail or little hospital, they hospital wins the day." The boy in the second example was, a month later, still recovering from the surgery, with no evidence as to if he would recover fully or if the surgery even helped to improve his behavior. The magazine contains thirteen (13) black and white illustrations and/or printed photographs. The back cover has an advertisement for the Chicago Institute of Social Science for offers "training on social, philanthropic and civil work.". 32 pgs. Staple bindings. OCLC 0 (Feb. 2020, one library has some volumes, but no this one.) Measures 10" x 7 3/4"
Marriage Hygiene

Marriage Hygiene, As Prescribed by Physicians

Norman Carr, M.D. A small booklet providing advice on "marriage hygiene", a rather unique and polite euphemism for family planning/birth control used within marriage. The booklet, at first, does seem to take a rather modern view of family planning and marriage, stating, "for generations past, our Anglo-Saxon prudery and false modesty have denied our women their rightful heritage. Intolerance have hidden from the mothers of our race authentic medical advice on the intimate problems of marriage." However they couch this belief on the "stern conditions of our present economic situations [which] compel us to face all realities of life sensibly," rather then simply stating this is information women deserve to know. Further more, when discussing the different possible birth control methods, the booklet strongly recommends against male condoms, which they call sanitary rubbers, since they "are often highly dissatisfactory and unpleasant to one or both parties," a myth that has been perpetuated by men, and is not true. Instead the booklet recommends the use of diaphragms. It discusses proper use and placement with several colored illustrations directing the reader on proper use and insertion. The last few pages are advertisements for various Lanteen products, such as their cap diaphragm, jelly, Mesinga type diaphragm and a cleansing antiseptic for douching. Their advertisement for douching products is highly ironic as earlier in the booklet they recommend against douching as "many douche solutions are actually harmful to the delicate tissues which are more sensitive than the lining of the throat." 22 pg. Staple binding. OCLC 6 (Feb. 2020) Measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/4"