A wartime training booklet for employees of the Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc., steeped in patriotism and zeal for the war effort: "You are now a member of the great family of Douglas workers. Douglas is a great name in aviation . Wherever you find American fighting forces today, you'll find Douglas airplanes filling the main assignments in the United Nations' aerial transport tasks, carrying men, munitions and materials in unbelievable quantities to every part of the globe, as well as removing the wounded to health restoring hospitals. You'll also find Douglas bombers diving, firing, taking a terrific toll of enemy planes, manpower, ships and supplies" (p. ). Detailed instructions for working at the company are provided, including safety regulations, alongside charming cartoon characters happily going about their work. The Douglas Aircraft Company was founded in 1921, and merged with its rival Boeing in 1997. 8vo (7.75" by 5.5"), pp. 62, with in-text illustrations, stapled in original wrappers. Very good. Minor toning, some creasing to a few leaves. Wrappers rubbed at extremities. Final leaf sometime excised.
Photo-illustrated magazine and program for Lake Pleasant, a Spiritualist community founded west of Boston in 1870. At its height, approximately 3,000 spiritualists would gather for a summer series of lectures, seances, concerts and club meetings, including a large swath of programming specifically aimed at women spiritualists. The magazine contains: advertisements for local businesses, travel and accommodation; photographs of Lake Pleasant and activities; lists of clubs and sub-societies, such as the Ladies' Improvement Society (p. 14); committees; "Occult Plays" and other entertainment (p. 18); a list of mediums resident on grounds (p. 22); lectures by women spiritualists on astrology and the occult, and appearances by famed mediums; lectures on the topics of capital punishment and gender (see "Catching and Training a Wife", p. 39); moving pictures; and the community's six-part Creed, which focuses on the community's spiritual beliefs and morals. Includes several concerts, such as one featuring a soloist from John Phillip Sousa's band. Mary S. Vanderbilt and Mrs. Maude L. Bishop also hold prominent appearances. 8vo (7.75" by 5.5"), pp. 60, with photographic illustrations, bound with cream-colored cord in original green printed wrappers. Fine. Light toning, wrappers rubbed.
Herman N. Bundesen, M.D.
Published by the Chicago Department of Health, "Everybody's Problem" aims to educate the general public about the importance of avoiding venereal disease and epidemics. Public health and a duty to one's community is emphasized. Profusely illustrated, the booklet includes images of cherubic children, families, and domestic tranquility. Syphilis is noted to be the "Greatest Killing Disease". Parents are urged to educate their sons and safeguard their daughters (p. 12) against pre marital sex, lest they fall victim to venereal disease or moral depravity. Victims are depicted as being a burden on the state and the tax system (p. 23) as well as the "enemies" of efficiency and industry (p. 25). The booklet concludes by suggesting young people channel their energies into sports and recreation. 8vo (8.75" by 6"), pp. 32, with in-text illustrations, stapled in original illustrated self wrappers. Near fine. Minor rust staining from staples, some water stains, one loose gathering.
A lovely, well-preserved copy of Juvenile Repository, a serial publication for children published in 1833. Includes sections teaching children how cotton and silk are produced and "How Flies Crawl with their Feet Over Their Heads". Also includes a story titled "The Studious Children", verse titled "The Holiday", a warning against the evils of drinking, and a description of trees that grow in the West Indies. 12mo (6" by 3.25"), pp. -216, with in-text wood engraved illustration, sewn in original printed wrappers. Very good to near-fine. Minor foxing, dust soiling, edge wear, foot of spine chipped. One or two small stains within.
Illustrated trade catalogue advertising rubber products produced by the Tyer Rubber Company. Each product is illustrated with a short description, and includes a directive to visit your local druggist to purchase. The versatility of rubber as a material is highlighted through the wide array of products present here, including everything from syringes, hot water bottles, atomizers and "face bags" (for neuralgia) to cushions, crutch tips, plant sprinklers, and rubber sheeting. 16mo (5.75" by 3.5"), pp. 16 with in-text illustrations, stapled in original blue wrappers with illustration of a rubber plant. Very good. Minor toning, small stain to lower left-hand corner of upper wrapper.
Lithographed Valentine with hand coloring, depicting a handsome couple against a rural countryside town backdrop, and with verse below: "Licensed by Valentines Saint, / Our sex on this day may reveal / The hopes, and the fears, and the plaints, / That on others they're forced to conceal. / That I love you I freely confess, / That my heart I have given to thee, / That my hand shall accompany the rest / When you ask the said offering of me." Bifolium (9" by 7.5"), lithographed image and verse, with hand coloring. Note Cupid is at the ready seated on the fence moving the relationship along. Very good to near-fine. Light toning, faint sunning where previously framed. Minor finger soiling to lower leaf.
Illustrated booklet advertising an eight-book course of study, "Fascinating Womanhood", in which the female reader "will learn how to make yourself desirable, how to attain those things in life which are your birth-right" (p. 5). In fact, "A man is clay in a woman's hands if she handles him cleverly" (p. 5), and through the course "you will learn how to hold the attention of every man you meet--how to arouse his interest in you" (p. 10). Choc-full of gendered language, this fascinating booklet includes a taste of what the customer will find in the course, including: a list of "Don'ts for Girls"; an article by Corinne Blakeley on how to lure a man into an engagement; an outline of subjects covered in the course; two pages of testimonials; and a full-page illustration of the course books together. This booklet not located in OCLC (September 2022). Small 8vo (8.25" by 5.25"), pp. 32, stapled, original photo-illustrated self-wrappers. With accompanying printed order blank (4" by 5.5") and addressed envelope (3" by 5.5"), both unused. Very good. Spotting throughout, minor toning, minor open tear to upper wrapper (approx. 1 cm. squared loss). Printed order blank and envelope toned, envelope sometime sealed.
A letter written to "Dearest" from "Your devoted friend", giving the heartbreaking news of the death of an acquaintance, Mrs. Gurley of Hendersonville (tragically, her husband Professor E.W. Gurley would die later that year in November, leaving their daughter Fayetta Gurley orphaned). The author also relates news about friends and family, and that she has "been sewing on two white waists-- the hardest part is done-- would like to finish them tomorrow, but guess I will not as it is my day to cook" (p. 5). At the end of the letter, the author includes pencil sketches of the two waists with the caption, "Am making two waists like these-- very much like yours." Six leaves of lined notebook paper measuring 8.75" by 6". Shorthand notes on the verso of the final leaf. Accompanied by a modern transcription of the letter. Good to very good. Toned, minor short tears, water stains. Letter folds.
A particularly beautiful hand-colored Valentine with the original postmarked envelope addressed to Miss Lydia M. Wales of Upton, Massachusetts. The image depicts a beautiful young lady reading a letter in a rose garden, surrounded by verse that begins, "One look of love from those bright eyes / To cheer this anxious breast- / One smile from thee I'd fondly prize, / And be for ever blest." Bifolium (9.75" by 7.75") with hand colored lithograph to first leaf recto, gold lithographed border. With original postmarked chromolithographed envelope measuring 5.25" by 8.5" with red wax seal still partially intact. Note the similar decorative devices on the valentine and cover. Lydia M. Wales was wed to Charles F. Blood in Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts on April 17, 1842. Very good. Minor toning, letter creases. One or two small tears, one open in left-hand margin (approx. 1 cm square loss). Hand coloring remains bright. Minor soiling, wear, toning to envelope.