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Kodakery

Kodakery, Manuscript on Photography with Photos and Drawings

This handmade photography guide, called, Kodakery, contains a series of drawings, photographs, and printed photographs, used to illustrate the art of photography. Made from a photo album, it contains 23 pages of written text, 5 pages of drawings, 26 individual photographs, and 16 printed photographs. Kodakery is a term that was derived from the camera name "Kodak", and according to this guide it meant "the taking of pictures, developing and finally printing to show the picture." The guide starts off with a description of the camera itself, its various parts and 6 different types of lenses (miniscus, concave, convex, meniscus achromatic, rapid rectilnear, and anastigmatic lenses), and more specifically how light enters the camera through the different lenses. The guide continues on to provide in-depth explanations of a fixed focus camera and of that of an adjustable focal length, and what that means for the camera's depth of focus, even discussing what F-stops are best for different types of pictures. Next the guide discusses the film itself and its different parts: a strip of celluloid, a gelatin, and a silver bromide, before continuing on to instruct the reader on how to develop the film and how make prints from the negatives. This section is rather in depth, as it goes into the room requirements, the chemicals needed, how to enlarge prints, and different contrast filters that can be used. The guide ends with a series of quick tips for the reader to remember, such as "be sure the temperature of the developer and fixing is below 70 degrees" and "fixed focus cameras have great depth of focus." On ever other page of the guide are either drawings, actual photographs or printed photographs used to illustrated the text. For example, there is a drawing of each of the different types of lenses, a series of four printed photographs that show how the use of different contrast filters affect the image, and actual photographs used to illustrated what a photograph looks like when it is either under or over developed. Green covers, 50 pgs. Measures 10 1/4" x 7 1/4" The photographs and printed photographs are held in place by photo corners, while the text pages are line paper that has been pasted in. It is unclear if this album was meant to be a first draft for a printed photographic manual, or made for a school assignment.
The Animals Trip To Town

The Animals Trip To Town, Advertising Booklet

This advertising booklet was produced by the Charles E. Hires Company to advertise Hires Root Beer. It is meant to be a continuation of a previous advertisement booklet called, "The Kings Nectar, A Legend", that told the story of Alice who won golden chair from a King when she made him a drink with Hires Root Beer. This story takes places shortly after when Alice invites all of her animal friends from the forest to come and share a drink with her. The resulting story is quite humorous as a variety of anthropomorphic characters, such as a bear, raccoon and lion, all pile into a bright red car and make their way to town and the party. The golden chair Alice won in the last story can even be seen on several of the drawings. The front cover depicts the animals riding in the car on the way to the party. The back cover depicts the same animals enjoying a picnic in the woods while drinking Hires Root Beer. The centerfold page of the booklet has an advertisement for Hires Expansion Bottle Stoppers which solves "the problem of keeping an effervescent beverage such as Hires Root Beer in bottles without danger of corks popping out." This advert as an illustration of a bear corking a bottle of root beer, as the stopper "holds with a bear grip." Below is a quote from the story when Alice describes the drink to her animal friends."The pure sparkling water that you love to drinkIs here mixed with berries of blue, red, and pink,While sweetest of barks and fresh herbs from the woodCombine to give flavor and make it taste good."12 pp (including wrappers), Staple booklet. Measures 5" x 3"
Poetry and Recipe Album of the Stutz Family

Poetry and Recipe Album of the Stutz Family

Stutz Family, Elizabeth A. Stutz A family scrap album of magazine and newspaper clippings of poetry and recipes. The majority of the clippings are poetry. Each page of the scrap album has three narrow columns of clippings pasted on. The clippings date from the 1830s all the way until around 1915. A Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stutz is the only name written in the album, however as some of the clippings predate her birth, this book mostly like belonged to another family member, perhaps her mother first. In fact there is a loose draft of a letter written by an unnamed woman to her brother making reference to 'Lizzie's father'. While the majority of the album are clippings form various magazines or newspapers, Interspersed throughout are several handwritten poems, at least one of which is original poetry by Lizzie Stutz. The majority of the recipes within this album are loose pages that have been placed inside the album for safe keeping. There are a few loose short stories as well. In addition to these loose pieces of ephemera, there are several items of a more personal nature. There is a report card for Lizzie Stutz from 1875. Based on the image of the school printed on the report card, she attended Union School (sometimes referred to as South School) on Yankee Road & 4th Ave, in Middletown, OH. In addition to the school report card, there is a gathering of line paper, presumably what was once a part of a separate journal The front page of this gathering has a stylized bird drawn in ink with the words "Lizzie Stutz, Room 12, Class 9" written in-between the feathers. The first half of this gathering comprises of practice lettering, sometimes a single letter written over and over again, and sometimes a word or phrase whose spelling allows for practice of a unique combination of letters. The latter have of this gathering must have been completed at a different time (indeed on of the entries has the date 1879), as the subject matter is a bit more advance. There are math notes and completed algebra problems, as outline lines for several different essays, such as one on coal and Henry Clay. Another personal item in the album is a photograph, presumably of Lizzie Stutz. It is a sepia side view portrait pasted within its own decorative storage folder. Below are a few excerpts from the poems found within the album:". Choose times with a lullaby flowers,And sing through the watches you keep-Be soft with your coming and going-Be soft she is falling asleep.And what would my life be without herPray God that I never may knowDear friend as you get her about herBe low oh be low with your weeping- be lowBe low oh be low with your weepingYour sobs be sorrow to herI tremble lest while she is sleeping." - Excerpt from original poem by Elizabeth A Stutz"This is the eldest of the seasons; hemoves not like spring with gradual steps, nor growsFrom bud to beauty, but with all his snows,Comes down at once in hoar antiquity.Now comes the season when the humble want, And know the misery of their wretched scant;Go ye, and seek their homes who have the power,And ease the sorrows of their trying hour." - Winter"Let's take this world as some wide scene, through which in rail but buoyant boat,With skies now rude and now serene,Together thou and I must float;Beholding oft on either shore,Bright spots where we should like to stay,But Time plies swift his flying oar,And on we speed- away, away." - Excerpt from 'The Boat of Life' by Thomas MooreMarble covers, Measures 11" x 7 3/4" Elizabeth A. Stutz was born in 1863 to George Stutz (1832-1899) and Matilda Klepinger Stutz (1834-1913) in Ohio. She had two sisters Dora Belle Stutz Redder (1861-1927) and Harriet (Hattie) A. Stutz Flory (1868-1952). She married John H Plettner (1866-1924) on October 21 1888. She died in 1918.
Journal of Original Poetry of W. R. Flemming

Journal of Original Poetry of W. R. Flemming

Wilhelmina Reid Fleming A leather bound poetry journal of Wilhelmina Reid Fleming that contains both Flemming's amateur original poetry, either in handwritten, typed, or newspaper clipping form, and some copied poems of other more famous poets. Below are some excerpts of her poetry:"How silently the frost king weavesHis flowers upon my window pane!All night he must have been at workSuch wondrous patterns to attain." -- Excerpt from the Frost King"The West Wind is calling his red flocks home,To the empty folds below.From the pastures highOf the leaf-filled sky,And he whispers soft and low." -- Excerpt from Autumnal FlocksThe front cover of the journal has a decorative floral stamped design in the form of a circle. Approximately one third of the journal is full, pages are gilt edged. The spine of the journal has columns. There are two pressed flowers, one loose, and one which as been attached to a pasted in note card. There is one loose piece of paper found within the pages with another poem on it. Attached to the back interior cover is an envelope that was most likely used to store clipping before they were added to the journal. There is still one folded piece of paper within the envelope that has a handwritten copy of the poem "Tree" by Joyce Kilmer. Measures 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" Although prolific, beyond the clippings, that most likely were from a local newspaper. Wilhelmina's work is unknown. She was also an artist.Wilhelmina Reid Fleming lived in Helensburgh, Scotland, with her husband John Arnold Fleming. Their house was called Locksley. Wilhelmina and her husband married in 1914 and had no children. She died in 1963. Her husband, John passed away on October 22, 1966.
School Notebook of Lila Morann

School Notebook of Lila Morann, School Girl form Norwich CT

Lila Moran A school notebook belonging to Lila Moran, a young school girl from Norwich, CT. The first few pages of the journal see Lila practicing writing the alphabet, as well as her name, location and date, September 3, 1889. The rest of the journal can be broken up into two sections. The first half of journal consists of history essays with the following titles: 'Alfred the Great and the Anglo Saxons', 'England under the Normans and the Effect of the Norman Conquest', 'England under the Plantagenets', and 'State of Society under the Houses of Lancaster and York'. Mixed in-between the history essays, are short notes. One of them even describes a ritual, that if completed will allow a girl to dream the identify of her future husband. Another note describes a different ritual that supposedly causes a girl to be married within a year. These short notes are often written in pencil, while the essays are in pen. The latter half of the journal consist of vocabulary lists (words and descriptions). While the lists are broken down by lessons, there doesn't seem to be a common theme to the words (and definitions) listed. In addition to the school work in the journal, there are two drawings. Each drawing is a side view of a woman in a fancy dress. There are also three receipts for a Samuel Moran, Lila's father. These receipts date from 1883-1905. Two are store receipts and one is from the Norwich Saving Society. Marbleized covers, and interior pages are lined with red edging. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/4" Lila Moran (Morann) was born in c1872 in Connecticut to Samuel (c1847-?) and Eliza (c1848-?) Moran. She had a brother, William (c1870-?), and a sister Prudence Jane (c1868-?).
Manuscript Wedding Album Presented to Mr. & Mrs. Fred Wagner as a Souvenir of their Wedding

Manuscript Wedding Album Presented to Mr. & Mrs. Fred Wagner as a Souvenir of their Wedding

Louis Gansler A 27 page half-bound album with gilt stamp front cover reading Souvenir July 6, 1897 with the bride and grooms initials and a pair of love birds. A manuscript remembrance of the wedding embellished with hand drawn watercolor imagery. The dedication page dated Easter 1898 reads "To my dear Cousins as a token of Love and Esteem - Louis Gansler, Followed by a Preface and Presentation Page including particulars about the wedding. It was the marriage of Lizzie Meadows and Fred Wagner. This is followed by An extensive seven page narrative on the actual wedding and after parties that included a breakfast and evening trip to a local restaurant. This event was not attended by the newlyweds who were off to Switzerland via London.List of Guests - annotated for bridesmaids and groomsmenList of Presents x 2Invitation to an Evening Concern at the great Dining Hall of "Ye Calfe's Head," Worsten followed by additional rules and activities for the event. Whimsical; tongue-in-cheek."Epithalamion" an adaptation of Edmund Spenser's poetry. The Biter Bit - the tale of a prank at the eventTelegrams from those unable to attend and the bride and groom announcing they were already in London at the time of the eventA printed wedding invitation and keepsakeA photograph of the newlyweds with fine watercolor border embellishments and scripture. A group photograph of the wedding guestPhotos of some of the presents and the church. The watercolor drawings and page borders are well executed, thematic and charming. Great care was taken the selection and development of content and the execution. Measures 10 1/2" x 14 1/2". The Preface states:The Object of the writer in preparing this book has been to produce a permanent record of an interesting event; and the attempts at embellishment are not meant as a display of any artistic talent, but rather to make the production as attractive as the limited capabilities of the writer would admit, and it is -- hoped that it may prove interesting to many who were present at the wedding. It is earnestly hope that any personalities the writer has indulge in will cause no offence, and should anyone feel annoyed at anything herein contained they are assured that the offence has been unintentional, and pardon humbly pleaded for.Thanks are due to those who have kindly supplied the writer with various details, and to Mr. Robt. Alison for the poem "Epithalamion".