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Arroyo Craftsman

Arroyo Craftsman, Volume 1, Number 1

James, George Wharton (Editor) First and only issue published. pp. 67, XV, [i] (ads) + illustrations. Slight toning, tiny chip at head of spine, mild crease to lower corner of front wrapper, else fine. The Arroyo Craftsman was intended as to serve as the mouthpiece of the Arroyo Guild, a loose association of Los Angeles-area artisans founded by James and artist William Lees Judson. As James explains here, members of the Guild "will plan your home whether it be a palace or a bungalow; they will design its every detail; the stained glass, the wall and ceiling decorations, the carpets, the furniture.and all will be done with that rational, systematic harmony which comes of experience and expert knowledge. All these things are made by the craftsmen of the Guild with their own hands, in their own workshops, or under the personal direction of their own designers." The Guild also included landscape architects, printers and book binders, and makers of ceramic tiles, baskets, pottery, jewelry, etc. Although Arroyo Craftsman folded after just one issue (probably because the "Guild" lacked any real organization), as historian Kevin Starr explains, it remains important for "its expression of the Arroyan ideal: the spiritualization of daily life through an aestheticism tied to crafts and local materials.Southern California, James asserted, was destined to become the great center of aesthetic expression in America. In that rise to aesthetic prominence, no art would be more important than the art of domestic living" (Inventing the Dream, pp. 111-112).
Behind the Scenes; or Nine Years at the Four Courts of Saint Louis [Signed]

Behind the Scenes; or Nine Years at the Four Courts of Saint Louis [Signed]

Harris, Louisa 220 pp, with frontis portrait of the author. A very good copy in original cloth, with mild rubbing to corners and spine ends. Inscribed on the front flyleaf "Presented by the author Mrs. Louisa Harris." Women first entered law enforcement in the United States in the position of Police Matron -- a woman charged with the supervision of female prisoners. Although a few matrons were hired as early as the 1840s, it wasn't until the 1880s, after the Women's Christian Temperance Union began pushing for change, that they became relatively common. By the 1890s, most large cities in the United States had one. This memoir by the St. Louis police matron has been cited as the first book published by a policewoman in the United States. Unlike most nineteenth-century accounts by male policemen and jailers, which unreservedly condemned their charges as immoral, depraved, vicious, etc., Harris' book is more forgiving. She writes that eight years of working with criminals has given her "opportunity to learn of the causes of the committal of the crimes" and expresses a strong belief in her own ability to reform many who have chosen the wrong path (the exception being those whose criminal tendencies are hereditary). In particular, she uses the book to condemn the holding of juvenile offenders with hardened criminals ("as it surely hastens their ruin") and to advocate for the creation of a special home or section of the jail specifically for housing younger girls.
A Report on the San Francisco Police Department

A Report on the San Francisco Police Department, Parts I and II

The San Francisco Committee on Crime Trade paperback, 81 pp. Light handling wear; very good. Describes the research and conclusions of a two-year, grant-funded study of the SFPD that found numerous systemic problems. The Introduction lays out the broad (and familiar) issue quite well: "The claim is heard that police action has become a weapon by which minority groups are oppressed and persecuted, and that police action is often used for political rather than legitimate law enforcement purposes. This belief, justified or unjustified, has become a barrier to effective police work. [T]he police feel themselves isolated and set apart from the rest of the community.Only when a police officer is regarded and can regard himself as just another civilian doing an important and necessary job, a part of the community rather than apart from it, can the police department operate at its best and the community receive the greatest service." The Committee's recommendations include significant changes to recruitment and training procedures, supervision, patrol methods, weapons use and training, written policies and directives, procedures for personnel management and discipline and more. Noting that "previous reports on the San Francisco Police Department have traditionally gathered dust on the shelves," and efforts at change have been viewed with suspicion as "still another attack on law enforcement," the authors plead for the report to be taken as constructive criticism, offered "in the hope of making the San Francisco Police Department an enviable and progressive model of what police should be."
Report of the City Council Committee on Crime of the City of Chicago

Report of the City Council Committee on Crime of the City of Chicago

196 pp, with two folding tables, in original cloth boards. Inscribed on the front free endpaper "Compliments of Judge Charles W. Goodnow" (a municipal court judge). Old dampstain visible on rear board and top margin of first 40 pages, some nibbling to cloth at head of spine; good only. Seeking solutions to the city's crime problem, in 1914 the Mayor of Chicago authorized the creation of a committee to collect statistics on the frequency of major crimes and the disposition of cases, as well as causes of crime and practical methods of prevention. The report includes copious statistics on crime frequency, demographics, conviction rates, etc., as well as description and analysis of "criminal conditions," and approaches to crime prevention. Among the conclusions: "Police organization and methods are wholly inadequate to deal with the crime situation in Chicago." Not only did the investigators conclude that "incompetence, lack of discipline, and aggressiveness noticeable on a large scale" in the police department, but also that corruption was widespread: "One of the chief causes of crime in Chicago is that members of the police force, and particularly of the plain clothes staff, are hand in glove with the criminals. Instead of punishing the criminal, they protect him. Instead of using the power of the law for the protection of society, they use it for their own personal profit. They form a working agreement with pickpockets, prowlers, confidence men, gamblers, and other classes of offenders. The basis of this agreement is a division of profits between the law-breaker and the public official. They exact extent of this system is impossible to determine, but there is no doubt that its ramifications are so wide as to cripple the machinery for the enforcement of the law."
Four Photograph Albums Documenting Training and Service in the Imperial Japanese Army in the Interwar Years

Four Photograph Albums Documenting Training and Service in the Imperial Japanese Army in the Interwar Years

Four photograph albums containing a total of 558 mounted images documenting military training and service in Japan in 1920s and 30s, all in very good condition. Although we acquired these albums together, they appear to have belonged to different people. Most, if not all, were officers. One album has handwritten captions, the others do not, but do have some group photographs with captions in the negative. Two identity documents are tipped in to one album that, we are told, are for people with the family names Yokoo and Hayashi. During the interwar years, Japanese culture was pervaded by the conviction that a strong military was the solution to most problems, foreign and domestic. The Army enjoyed considerable independence from the civilian government, and various factions within the military played a major role in directing the country's foreign policy. As described by historian David Hunter-Chester in The Culture of Military Organizations, (Cambridge, 2019) the Imperial Japanese Army's "organizational culture produced tough, proficient, and courageous soldiers." These albums reflect great pride in military service, with numerous images of their subjects in dress uniform (singly and in groups) and engaged in military exercises, including bayonet training, firing machine guns, field and parade drills, physical fitness (ropes course, gymnastics), equestrian training, cleaning and assembly of weapons, and more. There are also images of soldiers in the classroom, at leisure (sporting events, sumo, at a public bath, etc.), and at special events and celebrations-the latter characterized by an abundance of Japanese and Imperial Army flags. These albums reflect an ethos that was soon to vanish. The military culture of pride in excellence, according to Hunter-Chester, "left it unable to deal with military losses; it was a culture that prized reputation over public honesty, ritualized death and placed its own judgment above question. According to its own creed, the [Army] should have 'done its utmost to protect the state.' Instead its soldiers are remembered in Japan and much of the world as 'beasts.'".
Fact not Fiction; or

Fact not Fiction; or, The Remarkable History of Mrs. Louisa Liscum with an Appendix

Gammage, S.P. 6 x 4 inches, pp viii, [1], 10-71, [1] (errata), in publisher's green cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Moderate foxing throughout, frontis portrait of the author lacking, but still a good of a scarce book. The Appendix is titled "Times of Refreshing; or, A Narrative of a Revival of Religion at Patchogue, L.I. in 1834 & 1835." This account of a pious woman whose selfless devotion to the spiritual nurturing of others led to spiritual renewal in her community reflects common sentiments about the social role of women in nineteenth century America generally, and particularly during the period of revival and reform known as the Second Great Awakening. Women were seen as critical to maintaining social order by providing moral guidance to their families and serving as role models of Christian piety. Thus Gammage writes that while Louisa Liscum "endeavored to to utmost of her ability to promote the present comfort and happiness of her children, she regarded their spiritual and eternal interests as supremely important, and as demanding her first and chief attention." Moreover, as she prayed for the spiritual well-being of her own family, "her tears were witnessed in the house of God" and "many of the careless became deeply anxious about their own eternal interests, and came forward in the prayer meetings to request an interest in the prayers of God's people." American Imprints 40-2547. Three copies located in OCLC.
A Complete Translation of the Mexican Mining Laws for 1924. And Many other Valuable Most Needed General Information for the Miner

A Complete Translation of the Mexican Mining Laws for 1924. And Many other Valuable Most Needed General Information for the Miner, Prospector, and Explorer in Old Mexico. First Annual Edition

Goldbaum, L.R. 7 x 4.5 inches, 213 pp, side-stapled wrappers, with map of Mexican mining centers on rear wrapper. Dampstain to first three leaves, staples rusted, otherwise very good. The author, Luis (also Louis) R. Goldbaum, was born in Mexico ca. 1871 to a Prussian-Jewish father and a Mexican mother. His older brother, David Goldbaum (1858), was a surveyor who explored much of Baja California and from 1927-30 served as the Mayor of Ensenada. Luis worked as a mining engineer in Mexico and in border towns in Texas and Arizona before settling in the Los Angeles area around 1923. In a one-page introduction to this book he explains: "I have endeavored to give in full to the mining men, prospector, and explorer while in Old-Mexico, a complete, detailed, and general information on the procedures, steps to take, Offices, Government-Departments and Officials to occur and to see, and costs and expenses until acquiring the desired object; illustrating to him complete Mexican-Mining Law of the Republic of the United States of Mexico; and in many other valuable and most needed general information." The book includes both an overview and a more extended digest of Mexican mining law; a list of procedures for obtaining a claim (with specifics for foreigners); information on taxes, assay fees, and other expenses; information on minerals, assay tests, and methods of processing ore; a glossary of mining terms in Spanish and English, and more. A page at the beginning notes that the buyer of this book is entitled to free membership in the "Mail-Consulting Department" of the "Mexican General Advisory Co.," giving said buyer the right to consultation on changes in Mexican mining law "and any other dependable information on Old Mexico matters" for a period of one year.
Photograph Album Displaying the Plant

Photograph Album Displaying the Plant, Machinery, and Production Processes of a Factory in Occupied Japan, 1947

Japan Hydrogen Industry Co, Ltd. [Onahama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan], 1947. Cloth album, 12 x 8.5 inches, containing 33 silver gelatin photographs mounted to rectos only, with printed captions in English and Japanese on facing pages. Very good. In the aftermath of World War II, the Allied powers recognized the importance of stabilizing the Japanese economy as part of a larger effort to prevent Japan's remilitarization and stave off the spread of communism. With the assistance of foreign aid, the Japanese government invested heavily in strengthening its industrial and manufacturing capacity. Economic development efforts in the coal-producing region of Fukushima Prefecture centered on the construction of chemical factories and related infrastructure. The Japan Hydrogen Industry Company (also known as Nihon Suiso Company), which had been founded in the port city of Onahama in 1937, became the core of the industrialization effort in the region after the war. This album, produced in 1947, was likely used in an effort to attract American investment. The company was involved in the gasification of pulverized coal (producing-depending on the exact process-coal gas, water gas, or syngas, all combustible gases used for municipal lighting and heating prior to the large-scale production of natural gas) as well as the production of ammonium sulfate and methanol. The album shows the plant's coke room; gas generators, compressors, and storage tanks; carbon monoxide converters; pumps for moving chemicals in solution; centrifuges; acid cooling process; ammonium sulphate storage room; and several parts of the methyl alcohol plant (boiler, turbo generators, distiller, machine shop, storage drums). There is also a view of the entire seaside factory and one of the company's business offices. Over the next few decades, Fukushima Prefecture underwent significant industrial development and became Japan's largest energy-supplying region. Whether this album made a specific contribution to that growth by garnering investment we do not know. But it is an interesting artifact of the early stages of the recovery that would become known as the Japanese Economic Miracle.
Presentation Album of Thirty Original Photographs of the Construction of Seattle City Light's Boundary Hydroelectric Project

Presentation Album of Thirty Original Photographs of the Construction of Seattle City Light’s Boundary Hydroelectric Project, 1963-1967

Boundary Dam, located on the Pend Oeille River in Northeastern Washington, supplies a substantial portion of the hydroelectric power used by Seattle residents. A concrete, double-curvature arch dam rising 340 feet from bedrock, it is 740 feet long at the top, 32 feet thick at the base, and eight feet thick at its crest. Boundary Powerhouse, located adjacent to the dam, is completely built inside of the rock that makes up the left abutment of the dam itself. Although the site was identified as early as 1953, controversies and legal battles delayed permitting until 1961 and pushed back construction until 1964. This interesting album shows the site in its untouched state in 1963, followed by work on the tailrace in 1964 and the first bucket of concrete for the dam being poured on November 12, 1965. There are aerial photos giving an overview of the project site at various phases, and shots of the dam under construction, the sluice maintenance gate, forebay and trashracks, machine hall (images at several stages), draft tube and penstock, stayring and spiral case, and turbine and generator. The first commercial electricity was produced by one turbine at the dam on September 1, 1967. By December, all four turbines were producing 600,000 kilowatts of electricity. Physical description: Commercial comb-bound album containing 30 original 8 x 10 black and white photographs, with the first bearing the title and crediting photographers Glen Saxe and Bert Holmes. Facing that title page is a plain sheet of paper on which 23 people who worked on the project signed their names and, in several cases, identified their role on the project (many were inspectors) or included well wishes for the recipient (who is not identified). All photos in clear sheet protectors; fine condition. Accompanied by five page printed report titled "Progress Report, February 18. 1967, Seattle City Light's Boundary Project, Pend Oreille River, Washington," and a 1964 issue of the Pend Oreille newspaper the Newport Miner devoted to the dam and its powerhouse.