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The Bristol Bay Fire.

Maps on the two facing front endpapers and a plan of the Bristol Bay Packing Company on the facing rear endpapers; 41 + [1] pp. . pp. 8vo, tan canvas cloth over boards, title printed in dark brown on front cover. AS NEW. OCLC shows seven holdings, with the author cited as LeviNson in error; an error which is perpetuated in each of the holding libraries.Written by the insurance brokers, Levison Brothers, a firm still in business in San Francisco, the following is from the �Appreciation�:"This�is a brief story of one of the most spectacular and interesting fires involving a single plant in modern times. While it occurred in one of the most northerly points on the North American continent, the adjustment of the loss developed no untoward complications. With the aid of modern science, the insurance companies were able to pay their losses just as promptly as though the fire had actually occurred in San Francisco, where all facilities would obviously be available."The reason for the speed and efficiency of the insurance settlements is largely due to the efforts of the owner of the cannery, Crescent Porter Hale, who was present at the time. When the fire hoses failed and it was obvious the fire could not be contained, he organized the men to move all the provisions onto the company�s steamship so that the 500 workers were able to be housed and fed and were able to leave for their hometown of San Francisco 4 days after the fire. Also he did a complete assessment of what could be salvaged in the way of salmon and machinery, so when the insurance investigator arrived by air he was able to complete his business in one day, albeit a long one for Alaska in July has only two hours of darkness. Hale also sent a full account to Levison Brothers which is quoted in full
  • $225
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Prospectus of the Cotton States and International Exposition. . .September 18 to December 31 1895.

Single sheet, printed on both sides, 38 28 inches folded to 9 4 inches. pp. On one side an architectural birds-eye view of the whole exposition 9 11 inches; a small map, 9 8 inches, the final wrappers and descriptions of the 14 buildings depicted on the other side of the sheet. Paper is rather brittle and there are separations in most of the many folds, these are clean and sharp and have little effect on the image. OCLC shows 4 holdings.Held in what is now Piedmont Park and Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 14 of the buildings are depicted, they were all designed as temporary structures and were removed following the close of the exposition. the granite steps and the lake, Clara Meer, are the only surviving features left today of the exposition. The architect of most of the buildings was Bradford L. Gilbert, the architect of Atlanta�s Flat-Iron Building which still stands today and preceded its New York namesake by five years.Three of the buildings were not designed by Bradford. The Woman�s Building was designed by Elise Mercur, a.k.a. Elise Mercur Wagner (1864�1947). She was Pittsburgh�s first woman architect; raised in a prominent family, she was educated in France and Germany before finishing her training as an architect at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The Woman�s Building was her first major commission, and was secured in 1894, while she was apprenticed to Thomas Boyd. It marked the first time a woman had headed an architectural project in the South. The Fine Arts Building was designed by Walter T. Downing, an Atlanta architect. The U.S. Government Building was the work of Charles S. Kewper.Booker T. Washington spoke at the opening of the Exposition and introduced the agreement which had been brokered between white and black leaders; he chose this particular occasion as the President, Grover Cleveland was present, and he felt that the President�s presence would ensure good press coverage. W. E. De Bois originally supported the agreement, but later named it the �Atlanta Compromise�. The agreement was never written down. Essential elements of the agreement were that blacks would not ask for the right to vote, they would not retaliate against racist behavior, they would tolerate segregation and discrimination. In return they would receive free basic education, limited to vocational or industrial training (as teachers or nurses, housekeeper and cooks), liberal arts education would be prohibited (thereby denying the African-Americans study of the classics, the humanities, art, or literature).
  • $450
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An Act for Arranging and Regulating the Militia Within This State, and for repealing all laws heretofore made for that purpose [Caption Title].

Not Illustrated; 60 pp. including self-wrappers. Uncut; fore-edge ragged and chipped; front wrpper with ink notes; original side stitching. pp. 8vo, uncut; fore-edge ragged and chipped; front page; original side stitching. OCLC lists nine holdings.Various notes on front self-wrapper which is titled �Militia Bill� Possible ownership signature of Rev. Joseph Boody (1773�1867) of New Durham above this title�a totally different hand has written John Boody on this cover page. The Boody or Boodey family is one of the older established families of the area. Have not been able to find any political connection.This New Hampshire Act seems to be part of a movement affecting most of the states at this time. The War of 1812 (1812�1815) had shown that the Militia in general were badly trained and often failed completely when called upon to act. The war �repeatedly exhibited the melancholy fact of a large corps of militia going to the field of battle without understanding a single elementary principle, and without being able to perform a single evolution [maneuver]��Report of the Select Committee on Militia Reorganization.� House of Representatives, January 17, 1817. The conclusion of many historians has been that the laws in effect under the Act of 1792, were not necessary bad, but they were not all obeyed by all of the States, all of the time. This was largely due to the confusion over Federal and States� rights and the interpretations of these rights by the both sides and the fact that compliance with the requirements of the Act were left to militia officers who were political appointees and therefore were often reluctant to enforce unpopular elements of the law. They also tended to give very minor fines for non-compliance.
  • $350
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Stevens’ Special Catalogue of Fine Cloaks, Suits and Furs.

Approximately 198 photographic vignettes; 30 + order blank on [2] pp. pp. 8vo, cream stiff pictorial wrappers; evenly damp-stained throughout; covers a little soiled. No copy in OCLC. Romaine lists an 1894 catalogue.In 1886, Charles A. Stevens (1859�1932) left the small town of Colchester, Illinois 250 miles southwest of Chicago and arrived in Chicago with bolts of fine silk He and his siblings were running a dry goods business in Colchester at the time, but he saw a future in the silk trade. He opened a small store on the second floor of Burling & Adler's Central Music Hall Building �in the same block as Marshall Field's State Street emporium. Selling silk exclusively paid off. By 1889 his three male siblings had relocated to Chicago, and the following year Charles A. Stevens & Bros was on its way to becoming the largest, exclusive silk-seller in the country.Promoting elegance, the store put on Chicago's first fashion shows, had a doorman to welcome customers on a red carpet, and featured "dark rooms" so that women could examine gowns under dim ballroom light. The top floor housed a beauty salon named The Powder Box which employed more than fifty operators. The salon was noted for catering to visiting celebrities and dignitaries. Window displays at the store received several awards for design and display.The firm which had started as a mail order business eventually grew to twenty-nine locations in the Chicago metropolitan area. Its flagship State Street store was the hub of fashion from the 1940s through the 1960s. It featured six floors of exclusively women's clothing. In 1988 the chain filed for bankruptcy and liquidated.
  • $150