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60 Years of Woolworth.
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60 Years of Woolworth.

By F. W. WOOLWORTH CO. HISTORY)

New York.: F. W. Woolworth.. 1939.. A history of the F. W. Woolworth chain of five-and-dime stores, tracing their origin dating to 1879 and culminating, in 1939, with headquarters in New York City’s "Woolworth Tower," aka "The Cathedral of Commerce." Booklet 10 x 7 inches; 48 pp. Photo illustrated chapters (color and black and white) detail all aspects of Woolworth’s operations while highlighting the vast variety of value-priced goods they offer to the public. One chapter discusses "How You Share in the Benefits Woolworth Brings to Your Town" when a new Woolworth store opens. In 1997 Woolworth’s, for some time on the skids in the U.S., closed its remaining department stores. Booklet in very good clean condition. A quiz at rear of booklet poses challenging questions for readers-directing them to the proper page in the booklet to find the correct answer. Two sample questions from the list: "How can you poach eggs and cook vegetables in the same pan?" and "What is Woolworth’s belief about Santa Claus and how does it benefit you?" These questions (and answers) will haunt your dreams. .

$48.00

Olds & King Catalogue No. 18.
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Olds & King Catalogue No. 18.

By DEPARTMENT STORE CATALOG)

Portland, OR.: Olds & King.. 1900.. Vintage Department Store catalog, 10 x 7 ½ inches, 160 pp. The catalog was aimed at shoppers, chiefly women, who lived some distance from downtown Portland and who did their shopping by mail. An Olds & King treadle sewing machine advertises delivery "to your nearest railroad station, freight prepaid"; the cost was $25.00. Covers of the catalog are tattered; front cover detached; however, contents in good clean condition. An uncommon item. The store was a Portland institution for many years and in 1976 the building was converted to a multi-level shopping center called the "Galleria"; a present occupant is a scaled-down Target store Unsettling are the catalog illustrations of women’s hats and "ladies’ waists"; the hats are often fluffy piles with wings while the "waists" are offered as fulsome drawings to which out-of-scale photos of women’s heads are attached. Scary. .

$75.00

Specimen Book and Catalogue 1923. Dedicated to the Typographic Art.
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Specimen Book and Catalogue 1923. Dedicated to the Typographic Art.

By TYPOGRAPHY - PRINTING MACHINERY ETC.)

New Jersey.: American Type Founders Company.. 1923.. Color & black and white illustrations, 1148pp, index, 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, decorative cloth covered boards (hardbound). Very light wear to extremities, two small abraded spots to front page of "Price List of Job Fonts" (probably from a staple attachment or such); interior tight and in very good condition. This vintage typographic treasure house is filled with decorative frames, fonts and images, plus information and illustrations on machinery and equipment for printing. The first half of the book is devoted to different font families, starting with Garamond which is "embellished with the Cleland Borders and ornaments especially designed for these letters by T.M. Cleland." Includes a section on their 'cut-cost system of printing plant equipments' with room layouts etc - very interesting printing history. Very heavy volume; priority or overseas mail will require extra postage. .

$285.00

Volland Books Good For Children
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Volland Books Good For Children

By CHILDREN'S BOOK CATALOG) Gruelle, Johnny; Ve Elizabeth Cadie, John Rae, John Gee, et al.

Joliet.: Volland.. No date. Ca. 1928.. Sixteen page catalog, 9 1/4 x 16 inches, describing and picturing in color the extensive variety of children's books published by the company; also, "Recipe Year Books", "Good Cheer" Gift Books, "Golden Hour" Gift Books, Inspirational Calendars, and much more. Catalog in excellent clean condition. An uncommon item. Describing "The White Plume of Navarre," the publisher writes: "This book begins a new series of historical adventure stories of the kind that older children love." The book was first published in 1928, indicating that the catalog was also issued that year. .

$185.00

No. 6 Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of Patented Improved Wood-Working Machinery manufactured by Hall & Brown Wood-Working Machine Co.
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No. 6 Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of Patented Improved Wood-Working Machinery manufactured by Hall & Brown Wood-Working Machine Co.

By WOODWORKING MACHINERY)

St.Louis, MO.: Hall & Brown Wood-Working Machine Co.. No date. Ca. 1892.. Illustrated throughout with full page and in-text black and white line engravings, 4 double sided foldout black and white illustrations, 495 pages + indices, 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, embossed gilt decorative cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Top 1/2 inch of backstrip missing, covers worn with some soiling, tiny losses to backstrip from insect damage, hinges broken but attached, some loss to fore edge of front free endpaper, endpapers moderately soiled, rear endpaper and last page detached otherwise text block is tight and pages clean. An uncommon publication, with just one holding in WorldCat (Missouri Historical Society). Up to page 161 illustrations of the machinery on offer is either single or fold-out, with another page with lenghty description of the item. The later pages have some machines offered in this format as well as many pages with illustration and text. There is a quite astounding array of sturdy machinery for all woodworking needs. .

$3950.00

Catalogue No. 10.  Saws, Saw Mill Specialties, Saw Tools, Mill Supplies, Power Transmission and Filing Room Machinery.  E.C. Atkins & Co.
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Catalogue No. 10. Saws, Saw Mill Specialties, Saw Tools, Mill Supplies, Power Transmission and Filing Room Machinery. E.C. Atkins & Co.

By SAW MILL MACHINERY)

Indianapolis.: E.C. Atkins & Co.. 1912.. Profusely illustrated in black and white, decorative endpapers, 663 pages, index, 9 1/2 x 6 inches, embossed decorative cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Soiling and light rubbing to cover, cover attached only by front hinge which is starting to split, last page and rear endpaper detached from text block, but rest of text block is clean and tight. Catalog No. 10. Sections include: Saws, Saw Tools and Mill Specialties, Machines Knives, Wood-working Machinery, Saw Mill accessroeies, Lumbering and Logging Tools and Brass Goods. Many sections include prices. .

$450.00

Directions for Operating the New Superior Fanning Mill.
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Directions for Operating the New Superior Fanning Mill.

By GRAIN SEPARATING MACHINE)

Minneapolis, Minn.: J. L. Owens Company.. No date. Ca. 1910.. Illustrated 20 pp booklet in stiff paper wraps approximately 5 ¼ x 2 ¾ inches devoted to the operation of the New Superior Fanning Mill, "an all-around grain cleaning, separating, and grading device combined in one machine." Instructions are given to, for example, "clean barley for market," "separate oats from barley," "clean alfalfa for seed," etc. Booklet illustrated with photos of various machines, with illustrations of the machine replacement parts and a price list for ordering. Pencil notation on front cover of a Portland, Oregon distributor; overall very good clean condition. .

$45.00

Williams Brothers’ Mfg. Co. 1960 Beeline.
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Williams Brothers’ Mfg. Co. 1960 Beeline.

By BEE KEEPING SUPPLIES BROCHURE)

Portland, OR.: Williams Brothers.. 1960.. Illustrated brochure, 6 ¾ x 4 ½ inches, 32 pp. picturing and describing all manner of supplies necessary for bee keeping. Foreword on verso of front cover; Index on verso of rear cover. Light spotting to front cover; overall good clean condition. Last page of brochure advertises book "How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey" available for 75¢. "Order a copy now and get on the main road to success." .

$35.00

View-Master Three Dimension Photography.
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View-Master Three Dimension Photography.

By PHOTOGRAPHY)

Portland, OR.: Sawyer's Inc.. 1952.. Booklet, black and white illustrations, 32pp, 5 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches, pictorial stiff card wrappers (softbound). Very good condition. An instruction book that includes an instruction index and an Information Section with illustrated details of "How the Lens Shift Works," "Picture Taking Hints," "Care of the Camera" etc. .

$25.00

The New Comfort.
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The New Comfort.

By PHONOGRAPH CATALOG - 1920s)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa.: New Comfort Talking Machine Company.. No date. Ca. 1920.. Illustrated catalog for "Talking Machines" approximately 12 x 7 ¾ inches, 28 pp. Cover of catalog states the New Comfort "is not an ordinary Talking Machine it is a Musical Instrument." Catalog illustrates 9 talking machines manufactured by the company, plus a frontispiece illustration of their factory—no doubt a product of considerable imagination. Specifications are given for each of the 9 machines illustrated (Dimensions, Casewoods, Finish, Motor, Tonearm and Reproducer, Tone Modifier, Record Space, Assorted Grills) offering a useful listing of each machine’s components. The catalog has suffered damage—covers are loose from staple bound text and there are spots of light toning to pages with gentle rippling evidently caused by dampness, Unfortunately, no prices are provided. New Comfort was apparently one of over 200 companies manufacturing Talking Machines circa 1920, and the catalog is no doubt a rarity in the vast field of purveyors. Despite flawed condition, the catalog provides an engaging illustrated overview of a "home entertainment system" circa 1920. .

$85.00

Westinghouse Electric Ranges.
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Westinghouse Electric Ranges.

By APPLIANCES - STOVES)

East Pittsburgh, Pa.: Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.. 1916.. Photo-illustrated catalog, 10 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches, 16 pp., pictorial paper wrappers, featuring an extensive variety of Westinghouse Electric Ranges (or combination Gas and Electric). Retail net prices are given. Numerous models are pictured and described. Unfortunately, centerfold pages (7 thru 10) are MISSING; otherwise good condition. Catalog boasts that "No direct soot or fumes as when fuel is used" and the "Superior flavor of electrically cooked dishes..." Also, the Automatic Range feature means that "one does not even have to be awake or at home to cook a meal." .

$35.00

Leonard Cleanable Refrigerators.
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Leonard Cleanable Refrigerators.

By APPLIANCES - REFRIGERATORS)

Grand Rapids, Michigan.: Leonard Refrigerator Company.. 1927.. Illustrated catalog, 10 ¾ x 8 ½, 72 pp., color pictorial card wrappers, picturing and describing a variety of Leonard Refrigerators, all of them requiring ice to preserve the appliance's contents. Initial pages discuss the refrigerator's cork board insulation, porcelain lining, high quality brass or nickel-plated hinges, optional rear door for external delivery of ice. Pictured and described are numerous models for home usage, and also large commercial models with galvanized steel linings. Spine of the catalog is chipped with paper loss; numeral '13' written on front cover; numerals in pencil on rear cover, very light ripple along top free edge, several of the pictured models marked with an “x”. Contents generally in good clean condition. In 1926 Leonard was acquired by Kelvinator, the manufacturer of electric refrigerators. The present catalog likely represents the swan song for Leonard’s ice-dependent refrigerators. .

$95.00

Launderall by Jacobs.
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Launderall by Jacobs.

By APPLIANCES - CLOTHES WASHERS)

Detroit, Michigan.: F. L. Jacobs.. 1946.. Booklet, 6 x 9 inches, 16 pp (including decorative color paper covers) describing, and picturing in color, various aspects of the "completely automatic home laundry." Text states you put in the clothes, add soap, flip the switch, and "Launderall does everything else efficiently, quietly, and automatically." Mint condition (Forest Grove, Oregon retailer's stamp on first page - an illustration of the handsome machine.) Evidently these machines have a following of sorts among collectors of vintage appliances, although not all collectors are totally enthusiastic. One web site visitor posted the following comment: "You are probably the only living collector that has seen one of these machines run without catching on fire." The public has been warned. .

$85.00

Lamps Shades Lamp Parts.
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Lamps Shades Lamp Parts.

By MID-CENTURY LIGHTING - LAMP PARTS CATALOG)

Chicago.: Gyro Lamp and Shade Corp.. 1949.. Catalog, 8 ½ x 12 ½ inches, 36 pp., featuring all manner of lamp parts, with the idea being that individuals skilled in assembly can design and construct their own table lamps. Catalog is divided into sections depicting the component parts, so the possibility of designing something unique is considerable, if somewhat sobering. Catalog in good clean condition. Included with the catalog is a "Confidential Price List" (30% off) so components can be ordered with abandon, lamps constructed, and offered for sale by home lighting retailers. An interesting catalog from a bygone era. .

$25.00

Better Lighting MOE Light.
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Better Lighting MOE Light.

By MID-CENTURY LIGHTING - DOMESTIC LIGHT FIXTURES)

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.: Moe Light, Inc.. 1950.. Color Illustrated Lighting Fixture Catalog, 11 x 8 ½ inches, 49 pp. including verso rear cover. Small dog-ear crease top of front cover free edge; 9 inch crease to rear cover. Overall very good condition. Color key listing featured on catalog's last page provides page numbers directing readers to various rooms in the typical home were fixtures appropriate to each room are featured. The catalog is in very good clean condition, with light diamond pattern abrasions on front cover. No WorldCat listing has been found. The illustrated front cover of catalog provides a real treat for idle minds. A man and a woman, who appear to be arriving guests, stand at the front door of a ranch style home, ringing the doorbell. It is a dark night. To their left is a large picture window. The catalog is designed so that the reader can turn a stiff paper wheel tucked between the front cover and verso, allowing pictures of the various rooms in the home to appear, one after another, in the picture window. Thus we are privileged to view, as the wheel rotates, the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom, the dining room, etc. Perhaps the point is to depict how lighting figures centrally in every room in the house, but it is all a bit creepy. On verso of front cover the embedded wheel serves another function, as a cut-away opening in a printed circle reveals what is labeled, next to the opening, "Question" (Should lighting fixtures be used in the same room with table and floor lamps?) while below the "Question" there appears another cut-away opening: "Answer" ("By all means. Lighting fixtures provide necessary blah blah etc....) Turning the wheel permits a variety of questions and answers to appear. At bottom of the page text states "the questions in the wheel above and many more you will think of will be automatically answered as we take you from room to room in this gay and interesting catalog." With this format in mind, the reader is guided through the following 49 pages of lighting fixtures, illustrated in color. At the back of the catalog is a separate item, a twelve page stapled pamphlet labeled "Confidential Dealers’ Price List." At the end of this list, three illustrated pages featuring a variety of display apparati available from Moe Light, Inc. are pictured. The Moe catalog and price list is a most interesting and expansive documentation of mid-century lighting, for better or for worse. .

$125.00

You’ll Sing At Your Work!
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You’ll Sing At Your Work!

By APPLIANCES - STOVES & REFRIGERATORS)

Mansfield, Ohio.: Westinghouse.. No date. Ca. 1935.. Am attractive color catalog, 8 ¼ x 11 inches, 20 pp., depicting floor plans for a "scientifically" designed kitchen (three "centers" anchored by fridge, range, or sink) with five different "model electric kitchens" illustrated in color. One page shows "bleed-through" from black ink used in printing the verso. Overall very good clean condition, The message printed at the top of one page says it all: "Now Electricity Makes Women Free." An engaging booklet illustrating "state of the art" electric kitchens circa 1935. .

$65.00

All That's New - And Silence Too!
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All That's New - And Silence Too!

By APPLIANCES - REFRIGERATORS)

Evansville, Indiana.: Servel.. 1951.. Brochure, 9 x 4 inches, unfolding to poster-size sheet 18 x 16 inches, depicting 8 models of Servel gas-powered refrigerators. Catalog boasts "Years Ahead In Convenience and Beauty" and touts "Long Life Styling" by the American Industrial Designer Walter Dorwin Teague. Very good clean condition. In 1998 the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission released a report stating "Government safety experts continue to warn consumers to stop using Servel gas refrigerators manufactured between 1933 and 1957 due to the risk of carbon monoxide leakage in deadly quantities." A sobering thought at odds with "Long Life Styling." .

$85.00

Thrill...to the Voice of the World!
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Thrill...to the Voice of the World!

By RADIO)

Cincinnati, Ohio.: Midwest Radio Corporation.. 1934.. 1934 Midwest Radio Corp. catalog, approximately 9 ¼ x 7 ¼ inches, 36 pp. Numerous color illustrations of Midwest receivers and floor model radios. Catalog touts "Super Delux All-Wave, World Wide Radios" with savings "up to 50%" when purchased "direct from Midwest Laboratories." Photos of Midwest's executives and staff members promote the firms “15 years of achievement.” Full-page color illustrations depict various floor model radios, while photos and words of praise from Hollywood film stars (Ginger Rogers, Richard Arlen, Claudette Colbert, and Jean Harlow, each pictured with a Midwest floor model radio) testify to the perfection of the product. Catalog comes with original mailing envelope (showing considerable wear) which has protected a beautifully preserved catalog. In addition to the catalog, there are various enclosures of considerable interest. These are 1) a letter from Midwest'’s president to the catalog recipient; 2) an "order blank" and "application for domestic money order" form made out to Midwest, plus an addressed mailing envelope; 3) a folded sheet titled "Midwest Laboratory News" which includes a photo of Jean Harlow with her radio; 4) a sheet cautioning "prices are bound to advance," 5) another sheet promoting a "high-fidelity ultra deluxe auditorium-type speaker," 6) a folded brochure ( tears and showing wear) featuring table and floor models, and 7) a sheet advising how, after ordering and paying for your own radio, it is possible to "Make Extra Money as a Midwest User-Agent" by flogging the product to friends and neighbors. This Midwest collection, the catalog and associated sales materials, is uncommon in its variety and overall very good condition (exception noted) and, as such, represents a highly collectible package. .

$175.00

Weaving Without a Loom.
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Weaving Without a Loom.

By RUG MAKING TECHNIQUES) Macbeth, Anne.

London.: Reprint of article from The Queen (magazine).. No date. Ca. 1930.. Eight page booklet, 5 ½ x 8 ¾ inches, brown paper wraps, providing instruction in rug-making without a loom; text generated by an article in The Queen published in 1926 and put into practice by the author, Anne Macbeth, working with members of the Patterdale Women’s Institute. At rear of booklet are three samples of various weaves that can be employed in rug-making. Booklet contains advertising relating to needlework and fabric. Very good clean condition, with attractive samples attached to rear cover. An uncommon publication, providing photo-illustrated instruction on "loomless" rug-making. No WorldCat listing for this scarce item. .

$65.00

The Famous Book of Herbs
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The Famous Book of Herbs

By HERBAL CATALOG)

St. Albans, England.: Heath & Heather Ltd.. 1932.. Herbal catalog. 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches, 128 pp. illustrated with black and white photos and color plates of herbs. Catalog lists herbs, pills, and ointments. The products are described and their medicinal uses outlined. Health properties of herbs, fruits and other natural products are described. The front of the catalog provides a list of illnesses and the products recommended for their treatment. Photos illustrate the firm’s substantial premises and the various departments that attend to customer orders. Covers bumped on free edge corners, but catalog overall in good clean condition. Loose in catalog is the publisher's presentation slip, an addressed envelope, and a folded sheet titled "Herbal News" identifying various illnesses and testimony pertaining to "remarkable cures," plus an order form. A most interesting catalog touting herbal treatments for an extensive list of ailments. .

$45.00

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