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Meccano.
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Meccano.

By TOY MODELS - MECCANO - FRANCE)

Paris.: Meccano.. 1959.. Catalog 8 x 11 ¼ inches, 26 numbered pages featuring Meccano assemblage pieces as well as completed items. Text in French. Text at lower right corner of front cover states "Manuel 2 d'Instructions" while color images of remarkable items made from Meccano components are depicted on front and rear covers. Interior images are in black and white and generally depict 4 or 5 items per page. Very good clean condition. The company, founded by Frank Hornby, dates its origins to 1898 in Liverpool, England. The front cover image (two young boys with a massive assemblage) is evidently one that was recycled over the years; it makes a strong impression. .

$38.00

Rubber and the Home.
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Rubber and the Home.

By RUBBER GOODS)

London.: The Rubber Growers’ Association, Inc.. first & last. 1928.. Photo-illustrated booklet in brown paper wraps, 8 ¼ x 5 ½ inches, 52 text pp. and, at rear, xii pages of advertising. An all-inclusive discussion of rubber products circa 1928; booklet in very good clean condition. Title page text reads: "Being a Compendium of the Domestic, Sports and General Uses of Rubber." The booklet opens with a short history of rubber production, examining resources initially found in Brazil, Malaya, and India. Following this Introductory material, the booklet examines (exhaustively) the utility of rubber in the home: flooring, sponges, rubber flowers, sponge rubber cushions, rubber brushes, hot water bottles, clothing, footwear, and much more. Compelling reading for rubber fanciers. .

$45.00

Sears, Roebuck and Co.
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Sears, Roebuck and Co.

By SEARS ROEBUCK COMMERCIAL PAMPHLET - POP UP CENTERFOLD)Century of Progress.

Chicago.: Sears, Roebuck and Company.. 1933.. Illustrated booklet, 7 ¾ x 5 ½ inches, 16 numbered pages, with folding panel at center depicting, through cut-out image in the foreground, the Sears Building at the 1933 Century of Progress with an aerial view of the fairgrounds in the background. A history of the firm is developed in the text of the pamphlet, with much attention given to Julius Rosenwald, whose career with the company began in the late 19th century and continued until his death in 1932, having risen over the years to become the firm's Chairman of the Board. Light top to bottom fold at middle of booklet, and abrasion to rear cover, evidently a consequence of being pasted into, and then removed from, a souvenir album. An uncommon item; only five WorldCat listings. .

$60.00

The Porter Line No. 58.
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The Porter Line No. 58.

By AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT / ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE)

Ottawa, Illinois.: J. E. Porter Co.. Circa 1880?. Eighty-page catalog, 9 1/4 x 6 inches, profusely illustrated in black and white, featuring farm equipment: hay carriers, sling carriers, grapple hay forks, pulleys, barn door hangers, harness hooks, and many other mechanical devices "adapted to the real needs of the farmer and dairyman." The company began the manufacture of farm equipment in 1868, but by the 1920s it had transitioned to manufacturing playground and gymnasium equipment. The present catalog is undated, but illustrations indicate an absence of steam driven equipment and a reliance on horse power to accommodate farmers' needs. The cover of the catalog shows wear, and the staples holding the catalog together are rusted; however, they remain viable, and the illustrated pages are remarkably clean and bright. No WorldCat listing has been found for this item, although there appear a number of listings focusing on the community of Ottawa and its history, including maps and city directories. An uncommon item reflecting the extensive farm-related manufacturing activities of J. E. Porter Company. .

$225.00

E. J. Riley, Ltd.
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E. J. Riley, Ltd.

By BILLIARD TABLE MANUFACTURE)

Accrington & London.: E. J. Riley.. No date. Ca. 1930.. Folded brochure unfolding to colorful double-sided advertising panel approximately 30 x 17 inches featuring various of the company's billiard tables as well as folding bagatelle boards and a variety of accessory products. Black and white photos provide visuals regarding the company's factories and the laborers' crafting the firm's products. A centrally located color panel depicts three different activities involving the tables: a large one at center is pictured in a club-like environment, a smaller "home table" is shown being converted from a dining table by removing a top layer of wooden panels, and in the third two fashionable young women in home-like surroundings are enjoying a game. A sentiment boldly featured on one panel of the brochure, supporting their product's utility, proclaims: "Keep Your Boys At Home." Brochure in good clean condition with several small breaks at fold. Most definitely an uncommon item. The Riley company dates to 1878, originally as a retail outlet for sporting goods but advancing in the 1890s to the manufacture of billiard tables. Their Accrington factory opened in 1898, with a London Showroom four years later. After more than a century in business, with changes in ownership and restructuring, the firm was forced to close in early 2003. An interesting web resource can be found at: http://www.snookerheritage.co.uk/company-histories/ej-riley/ .

$485.00

United Kingdom Tea Company's Teas.
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United Kingdom Tea Company's Teas.

By TEA TRADE / ADVERTISEMENT)

London.: United Kingdom Tea Company.. 1899. Black and white illustrated advertisement, 7 ¼ x 10 ¼ inches, promoting United Kingdom Tea Company’s product. (The print is matted to accommodate a 11 x 14 inch frame.) The advertisement shows a young woman dozing in comfortable chair, an open book in her lap. Seemingly unbeknownst to her, a drama involving a container of tea is unfolding. It appears a group of tiny men (chiefly Asian) are hauling a box of tea, secured by rope, up a flimsy ladder to a tabletop, where various tea-making accoutrements are on display. Male Europeans, some in kilts, others in leprechaun hats or top hats, are clustered near the top of the ladder or on the floor below. They appear to be ferociously engrossed in the project. Nearby, an empty chair is filled with Asians and a Europeans, equally absorbed in the unfolding endeavor. It is an extremely odd image; if there is a take-away to be had, it might be that tea drinking results in bizarre nightmares-not the most persuasive sales pitch. The print and matt are in very good clean condition. .

$45.00

It Pays to be Particular: Pyranol Capacitors.
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It Pays to be Particular: Pyranol Capacitors.

By MANUFACTURING)

Boston.: General Electric.. 1938.. Spiral bound booklet 12 x 9 ¼ inches; 34 pp. The booklet is particularly interesting for the depression-era black and white photo illustrations of the manufacturing process. The photographs are evocative of a very demanding and laborious work environment. Very light soil to front cover bottom edge; contents in good clean condition. (Note: a capacitor is a device used to store an electric charge.) .

$35.00

Thor Rotary Irons.
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Thor Rotary Irons.

By ROTARY IRON INSTRUCTION BOOKLET)

Chicago.: Hurley Machine Company.. No date. Ca. 1928.. Photo-illustrated instruction booklet 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches, 16 pp., directing "How to Iron with Thor Rotary Irons (Electrically Heated)." Booklet provides step-by-step instructions on how to pass a very long morning shoving garments onto the circular heated roller without torching your laundry room or incurring serious upper-body injury. First page of booklet pictures a happy-go-lucky woman exiting the front door of her house, accompanied by a small child. One presumes the Rotary Iron has been taken out to the curb with a sign saying "FREE," and that everything requiring cleaning is now put in a bag for pickup by a Laundry Service. Cover of booklet has spotting in lower left corner, evidently caused by wax drippings; crease to first page, otherwise good condition overall. .

$35.00

Anton Reiche Aktiengesellschaft Chocolate Moulds. Double Moulds for Chocolate Figures. T. C. Weygandt Co.
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Anton Reiche Aktiengesellschaft Chocolate Moulds. Double Moulds for Chocolate Figures. T. C. Weygandt Co.

By CANDY MOULDS - VINTAGE ADVERTISING SPEC SHEETS)

Dresden, Germany.: Anton Reiche.. No date. Ca. 1900- 1920?. Sepia toned advertising broadside, sepia illustrations of about 40 different mould designs; double-sided, sheet size 16 1/2 x 24 inches, multiple folds, likely as issued. Prices notated in pencil, some toning and short separations at fold intersections (with tiny paper loss in a couple of cases). A wonderful display of designs for chocolate moulds from the company of Anton Reiche of Dresden Germany, highly regarded for quality and attractive designs; the name of the "sole agents for U.S.A." T.C. Weygandt Company of New York City appears in the upper right corner. The sheet features a variety of candy moulds in the shape of sheep, chickens, and rabbits. On the verso are illustrated a wide variety of Easter eggs and other Easter themed shapes including a plaque style (which is listed as measuring 18 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches). Prices for several of the moulds have been pencilled in. An uncommon item; we have been able to locate a few catalogues from the company, but no advertising broadsides such as this. .

$425.00

Double Moulds for Chocolate Figures.  T. C. Weygandt Co.
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Double Moulds for Chocolate Figures. T. C. Weygandt Co.

By CHOCOLATE MOULDS - CHRISTMAS / THANKSGIVING / HALLOWEEN)

New York.: [Anton Reich] / T.C. Weygandt Co.. No date. Ca. early 1900-1920.. Sepia toned advertising broadside, sepia illustrations of about 40 different mould designs; double-sided, sheet size 16 1/2 x 24 inches, multiple folds, likely as issued. Prices notated in pencil, some toning and short separations at fold intersections, light staining to centre of left edge, overall in good to very good condition. This sheet features a variety of Christmas themed candy moulds including Santa Claus and a Christmas tree. The verso features a variety of Halloween and Thanksgiving themed chocolate moulds. A separate type-written price list is present, prices from $1.15 to a high of $15 (for the 17 1/2 inch high mould of Santa at right). Prices for several of the moulds have been penciled in on the sheet. This sheet is identical in lay out to other sheets produced by the German firm of Anton Reiche, famous for the quality of their product. In other sheets seen their name appears on the upper left panel and the name of the New York Sole Agent T.C. Weygandt Co. in the upper right panel; here the panels are empty but have the name of the distributor stamped there. An uncommon item; we have been able to locate a few catalogues from the company, but no advertising broadsides such as this. .

$425.00

Pacific Printer, Stationer & Lithographer.  TWO ISSUES NOVEMBER 1886 and JANUARY 1887.
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Pacific Printer, Stationer & Lithographer. TWO ISSUES NOVEMBER 1886 and JANUARY 1887.

By WEST COAST - PRINTING - WOMEN IN THE TRADE)

San Francisco.: Pacific Printer Publishing Co. [Palmer & Rey?].. 1886- 1887.. Two issues of the journal, Volume 10, # 11 and Volume 11, # 1, black and white illustrations throughout, unpaginated, 10 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, pictorial paper wrappers, two small spots to front cover of one issue, light wear but overall very good condition. November 1886 and January 1887 issues of this scarce journal covering news and advertising of interest to the printing fields. The January issue has a very interesting news snippet on women in the printing trade, "Women as Compositors." .

$225.00

California Perfume Company.
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California Perfume Company.

By PERFUME / TOILETRIES CATALOG)

New York.: David McConnell.. Ca. 1916.. Catalog 10 ½ x 15 ¾ inches, 42 glossy pages of high quality illustrations in a thin green cloth-cover board binder secured with screw fasteners. Laid in is a folded brochure 8 ½ x 3 ¾ inches listing prices "effective January 1, 1923"; however, it is likely that the catalog featuring the company’s product line was produced in the teens and was intended for use by the company's contracted regional female sales personnel over the years. OCLC/WorldCat shows only two library holdings; Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware lists two copies (1923 and 1926) and the University of California at Berkeley lists a copy with date of 1920s. There is also one reproduction copy listed. An uncommon catalog in excellent clean condition. The catalog features a magnificent range of products and superb color printing. Pages are separated by thin paper sheets featuring information regarding the products pictured, in magnificent color detail, on the page prior and the page that follows. Many of these sheets have revisionist information (pen or pencil strike-through of printed prices with "corrected" quotes - usually "up"). Text on the title page reads "Color plate catalog of perfumes, toilet waters, sachet powders, complexion creams, talcum powders, toilet preparations, soaps and soap preparation..." followed by a list of 12 additional products offered by the firm. Two sides of a medallion are pictured on the interior of the front cover with text below stating: “Gold Metal Award, Panama-Pacific Exposition, 1915.” A brief history of the company can be found at http://www.californiaperfumecompany.com/products/cal_catalogs_1.h ml. The site provides a history of the firm (which eventually became Avon) and its founder, David McConnell. An uncommon catalog in exceptional condition. .

$1400.00

Tetley Tea.  Strength.  Flavor.  Quality.
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Tetley Tea. Strength. Flavor. Quality.

By TEA SHOP DISPLAY)

[Tetley Tea Company.]. No date. Ca. 1930s?. Unused shop display color pop-up die cut, flat measurements 21 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches, mounted, as issued, on thick cardboard and with cardboard stand attached on verso. Mint, unused condition. Colorful shop display with three cups of tea illustrated, each named with a character of the Tetley Tea brand - Strength, Flavor and Quality. An unusual vintage advertising piece, perfect for the tea lover. .

$75.00

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

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

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