May 11th, 2021
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Acrobatic Penny-Farthing Cyclist--Nine Cyanotype Photographs
Archive of nine cyanotype photos. Each mounted on tan cardstock. No place no date. Sizes range from 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches to 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches. All cyanotypes; three of which are slightly overexposed. Photos themselves all in fine condition.

Each photo shows a daring cyclist performing various stunts on his penny-farthing bicycle. The term Penny-farthing comes from the British as a size comparison of a British penny to a farthing coin; one large and one small. The bike itself became popular in the 1870's and 80's and some historians credit the penny-farthing as the true first bicycle. This high-wheeled bike was notoriously dangerous and by the 1890's was mostly rplaced by the 'safety' bicycle. Despite its inherent dangers, our photos show a daredevil cyclist performing a number of acrobatic tricks but at least he wore what appears to be a loosely fitted pith-helmet. Several photos are mostly static however a number show motion. Assuming these are from the late 1800's shutter speed must have been somewhat problematic to capture the dynamic shots. All-in-all a fun and unique set of cyanotype photos of a bygone era of cycling. 022747. $900

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20th Century Moveable Calendar Good for 100 Years--Advertising Card
Corry, PA: Oregon Indian Medicine Co.. Trade Card. 9 x 9 inch cardstock with gold, red, black and blue inked design advertising Oregon Indian Medicines with two moveable tabs which allow for a perpetual calendar. Card is moderately soiled and lightly creased. Verso has pencil writing likely from previous owner. Fully operational and functional calendar. Printed by the Herald Lithography Company of Erie, PA.

Card advertises various quack medicines including Worm Eradicator, Catarrh Snuff, Woman's Friend and the always vital Tape Worm Secret. Ka-ton-Ka was a patent medicine of the Oregon Indian Medicine Company, manufactured, of course in Pennsylvania. Despite the claims of being a secret formula for healing from an Indian Tribe in Oregon Ka-ton-Ka was composed of sugar, aloes, baking soda, and alcohol. The advertisements claimed it was a cure for all blood diseases, stomach and liver difficulties plus cured Dyspepsia; Biliousness; Syphilis; Scrofula; Salt Rheum; Erysipelas; Catarrh; Liver Complaint; Rheumatism; Enlargement of the Liver; and Diseases of the Kidneys! A really nifty artifact of the patent medicine craze in a large moveable trade card. 022677. $175
Early 20th Century Photo of a Blacksmith in Cavalier County, North Dakota
Very Good. Mounted gelatin silver photo of four men standing in front of a blacksmith shop likely in Langdon, North Dakota. Circa 1912. Photo measures 5" x 7" and mount measures 7 ¾" x 9 ¾". No content on verso. Mount has light wear to all edges; photo has nice clarity and minimal soiling.

This photo shows a detailed view of the front of a blacksmith shop with a buggy parked out front. Four men stand in the doorway, one is likely the blacksmith (he holds a horseshoe), and the other three men look at the camera seriously. There is some great signage for Star and Horse Show tobacco, and there is writing in chalk on the front of the building and on the back of the buggy. The writing on the front of the building reads "J. L. Schwartz, Don't Forget" and on the buggy, "Vote for John L. Schwartz, Vote for Hamilton, Vote for [?]". In 1912 John L. Schwartz was running for Register of Deeds and J. K. Hamilton was running for County Auditor in Cavalier County, North Dakota. We've never seen this way of political advertising but it seems like it was effective (both men won their elections in 1912). 022700. $75

Early 20th Century Photo of a Farmhouse in Cavalier County, North Dakota
Very Good. Mounted gelatin silver photo of 2 men, 3 women and 1 child standing in front of a farmhouse in Cavalier County, North Dakota. Circa 1912. This photo was acquired with another photo from the same time and place. Photo measures 5" x 7" and mount measures 7 ¾" x 9 ¾". No content on verso. Mount has light wear to all edges and light soiling; photo has nice clarity and light soiling.

A detailed photo showing a small farmhouse with a farmer's elevator at the left of the shot and another small house to the right. The folks pictured include a hard working man, likely a blacksmith, standing with three apron-clad women, a small child and a man in a suit. The detail of the image is pretty great. You can see lace curtains and plants in the windows, and a dog eating some dinner. The architecture and clothing of the day are nicely represented. 022701. $55
Ledger for a Justice of the Peace in Rio Arriba County, Territorial New Mexico [Content in Spanish]
Mestas, Jose Rafael
Good. Hardcover. 53pp. Content is in Spanish. Quarter leather boards that were likely at one time marbled, leaves are lined and stationary label is on the front pastedown. The Justices of the Peace have written their names on the endpapers and pastedowns. Handwriting is mostly legible. Boards have heavy wear, soiling and dampstaining; moderate loss to spine; leaves have moderate soiling and minor chipping; a handful of leaves have been removed from the ledger.

This ledger book contains manuscript entries mostly written by Justice of the Peace Jose Rafael Mestas of precinct No. 24 of Rio Arriba County, Territorial New Mexico. Most entries are dated between 1898 and 1905 with a handful of entries from the 1930s written in randomly. The entries from the 1930s were written by Justice of the Peace Andres Jaquez. This ledger is an interesting record from territorial New Mexico. Entries are dated and describe the hearing with name of parties, their case, the judge's rights (if any) and the signature of Justice of the Peace. Most entries record minor civil matters and criminal cases including trespass, the stealing of shoes and cows, verbal assault, guarantee documents for land, etc. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall. 022696. $150

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El Estado De Veracruz-Llave : Su Historia, Agricultura, Comercio E Industrias En Ingles Y Espanol
Southworth, J. R
Veracruz: Gobierno Del Estado Veracruz. Good with no dust jacket. 1900. Hardcover. Front board in full red white and green leather binding, ala the Mexican Flag, with intricate blind embossed stamp work on front and back. Back board in green leather. Title blind embossed on front in the white panel and in gilt on spine. Light rubbing and edge wear. Top of spine is lightly damaged. Marbled endpapers. Likely missing front and back wrapper. Title page missing 4 x 3 1/2 inch from corner with some text loss; map on verso missing corner. Edges of pages show light wear and chipping especially at front and back of book. Some water staining to top near binding for the last 30 pages; does not obscure any text. Overall Good.

Published in October 1900, Veracruz Ilustrado is the fourth in a series of promotional books for regions of Mexico, preceded by Mexican Republican States, Sonora Ilsutrado and Baja California Ilustrado. The author John Reginald Southworth clearly was bullish on Veracruz and likely was paid to write superlatives on the resources of Veracruz. "Its tobacco, coffee, rubber, vanilla, sugar cane, and rice lands have not seen a thousandth part of the development that the future will bring." Heavily illustrated with photographs, maps and charts plus 18 pages of ads at the back. The stellar binding makes up for any deficiencies in the interior. Uncommon in the trade save for modern re-prints, we find 11 copies in institutional holdings. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 159 pp. 022714. $250
Travels on the Moffat Road and to Sugar Loaf Mountain, Boulder and Denver, Colorado [Early 20th Century Album]
Early 20th century album depicting the travels of an Illinois couple in Colorado. 51 silver gel photos; photos measure 2 ¼" x 3" to 4" x 5" with the majority measuring 3 ¾" x 4 ½". Photos are on recto only and are pasted onto album leaves. All are captioned in white pencil but a handful of captions are faded and unreadable. Black flexible album covers have light wear. Nine photos are blurry, most have light silvering and a few are coming up off the page. Overall good.

This album tells of Fred and Eva, a couple from Libertyville, Illinois enjoying the scenery of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. About two-thirds of album depicts Colorado scenes and the other third depicts Libertyville, Illinois and surrounding area. The album opens with an image of a Moffat Road railcar (part of the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railroad) in Tolland, Colorado. The Moffat Road crossed the Continental Divide at Rollins Pass, and operated from 1904 to 1928. Hundreds of tourist took the Moffat Road from Denver to Tolland to escape the heat and was often a weekend getaway. Approximately 6 photos were taken on the Moffat Road including: Tolland (Moffat Road railcar, a log cabin "station"), Arrowhead (a dining room and a lumber camp), and scenery from Corona-Rollins Pass. There are 12 photos of scenes in the Sugar Loaf Mountain area near Boulder, Colorado: a "shaft house" at Double Star Mine (5 photos); a cottage where the group supped; a fun photo of cooking beef steak over a fire; the travelers in a horse and buggy heading up Sugar Loaf. From the Moffat Road and Sugar Loaf Mountain area, the travelers headed east to Boulder and Denver, Colorado. They visited the Chautauqua Grounds in Boulder and City Park in Denver (viewing geese, buffalo, foxes, and a monkey), and an "Effervescing spring at Colorado Springs, Colorado." We also see their vacation home on Steel Street in Denver. The end of the album contains approximately 15 photos depicting Libertyville, Illinois and surrounding area: the travelers pose with friends and there are images of horse and buggies and houses in the area. A nice album for the Colorado collector. 022606. $195

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Growing Up in Chicago in the 1940s and 50s
Two albums of Leonard John Guerrieri growing up in Chicago dated from 1942 to the 1970s. Likely compiled by a dedicated parent, these albums contain a total of 612 photos. Album (1) contains 468 b&w photos; photos measure between 2 ½" x 2 ½" and 8" x 10" with three-quarters of the photos measuring 3 ¼" x 4 ½" (approximately 15 duplicates). Album (1) is dated from 1942 to early 1950s, depicting Leonard as a baby to about age 10. Album (2) contains 100 color and 44 b&w photos (3 duplicates) ; photos measure between 2" x 2" to 8" x 10" with most measuring 3" x 5". Album (2) is dated from 1951-1976, and mostly depicts Leonard in the 1960s and 70s. All photos are corner mounted and do not have captions. Both album covers measure 11" x 15". Album (1) : black covers have heavy chipping, black album leaves have moderate chipping along edges, photos are in near fine condition. Album (2) : front of green album cover and first few leaves are detached and have heavy chipping, grey album leaves have heavy chipping, some corner mounts are missing but photos are in near fine condition. Overall good.

A treasure trove for the collector of the vernacular, these albums depict Leonard John Guerrieri growing up in 1940-50s Chicago, Illinois. The first album depicts images typically found in most childhood albums. A cute Italian-American kid, we see images of Leonard growing up on the same street and playing with the same kids. Leonard is pictured looking tidy and innocent at Sunday school, dressing up as Roy Rogers with friends, and riding around on a 1950s bicycle. There are quite a few images of him and little blond girl growing up together. There are about 25 photos that depict Leonard outside the Clarkdale Drugstore on the corner of Clark St and Oakdale Ave in Chicago. Someone in his family, P. A. Guerrieri, was the pharmacist at Clarkdale Drugstore. These are our favorite photos and depict some really classic 1950s scenes of kids hanging out. The second album depicts scenes from when Leonard was a teen to his 30s. This album documents him attending dances and school events, graduating from a military academy and Lewis College, and trips to Disney and Sea World. A nice set of albums with some great scenes of a kid growing up in the 1940s and 50s. 022620. $725

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Fairy Album of 24 Tintypes
Photo Album. Red leather album (1 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches) with gilt design on front, spine and back. Gilt on edges with metal clasp. Light rubbing to edges. Working clasp. Interior pages are lightly to moderately foxed. Very good.

Complete with 24 gem tintypes. Tintypes (sometimes known as ferrotypes) were made possible by the use of a multi-lens camera which could produce multiple exposures on a single photographic plate. Because of this ability to make multiples, the cost for tintypes dropped considerably from that of an ambrotype or daguerreotype. The Gem tintype (1 x ¾ inches) was the least expensive of all tintypes and therefore extremely popular. Gems often were placed in lockets or broaches, placed in mounts or in this case, in an album. To call these albums cute is doing them justice. ; Tintype. 022610. $250

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Grecian Lovers Celluloid Cabinet Card and CDV Album
Fine. Celluloid Photo Album. Sepia toned pictorial Grecian scene in celluloid framed by embossed scrollwork. Gaudy green patterned velvet on spine and back. Celluloid has no chipping. Velvet is worn on edges. Watermark within the celluloid--hard to determine if this is part of the design or truly moisture caused. All edges gilt which is slightly dulled. Each page has room for one cabinet card (this album contains no photos) for a potential of 26 cabinet cards, plus 16 slots for CDV's of tintypes at back. Interior is in fine condition with light toning and a little foxing. Likely a late 19th century hybrid album with room for cabinet cards and CDV's.

From our 21st century aesthetic, it's a wonder that families would welcome some of the wild designs celluloid manufacturers created. These albums often were prominently displayed in the parlor and certainly were conversation pieces. To each their own. We at Back of Beyond Books absolutely love this album and may well be sad to see it go. Ready for a new generation of photos. ; 15 pp. 022616. $375

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Letters from a Young Woman in Wisconsin to her Cousins in New York [1860s]
Very Good. Four letters written by a young woman in Wisconsin to her cousins in New York in the mid-1860s. 8" x 5". 15pp total. Letters are dated to Feb. 15th, 1864; July 2nd, 1865; July 25th, 1866; Sept 11th [no year]. Handwriting is easy to read overall. Moderate toning and soiling, else very good.

The letters were written by a young woman, Mary Macy(?), in the small eastern Wisconsin town of Metomen, and sent to her cousins (Mary, Katie, Cynthia, Eliza and Heny) living in Walton, New York. It seems Mary's grew up in Walton and after her mother died her father moved the family out to Wisconsin. The letter dated to July 25th, 1866 has some of the most interesting content. Mary discusses teaching in a rural district school. She spent 6 months at Ripon College, and was "teaching this summer in our own dist for the sum of $16 dollars per month. Phil [her brother] teaches in the dist adjoining ours and has the same distance as I to walk to school, about a mile and half, and he has $35 dollars per month." Ripon College was established in 1851. She goes on to discuss Ripon College and its first graduate, Sue Salisbury, who planned on taking "a gentleman's course" after graduating. In one of the early letters, Mary writes of her family selling their pretty prairie home in Wisconsin; she ends up staying in Metomen with her brother Phil and sister Maggie on one of their family farms. She also writes of missing all the good folks in Walton, diphtheria and whooping cough going around, and riding the lumber wagon three miles to church. A sweet set of civil war era letters written from a young women in early Wisconsin. 022725. $90

Inferior Circus Letter from Washoe Valley, Nevada [1880]
Very Good. An 1880 letter written by George [last name unknown] to his sister, Nettie Winters, in Sacramento City, California about a circus coming to Carson City, Nevada. Location and date of letter: Washoe Valley, Aug 26 '80. Letter measures 8" x 10" and is 3pp. Envelope has two faded postmarks, one likely reads "Carson City, Nevada - Aug 28 1880" and the other is from Sacramento. The envelope has heavy soiling on verso and the stamp has been cut out. The letter is written in a clear hand and has only light soiling. Overall very good.

A great letter written about the coming of a circus to Carson City, Nevada, and the writer's utter disappointment of it when he finally gets to visit. He writes: "I had been joyfully anticipating the circus for several days before it arrived, and visions of flying horses, high jumping, good riding, laughable jokes from fantastic dressed clowns, and sack racing flitted through my mind, but judge of my indignation, and disappointment, after a delightful drive of 12 miles behind a spanking 4 in hand team, when we arrived at Carson, and saw an inferior collection of animals, the poorest circus I ever saw, and no flying horses, nor sack races whatever." An amusing letter from late 19th century Nevada with unusual content. 022748. $220
Fourth of July Letter from West Troy, New York with Original Envelope [1851]
Spalding, N. G
Very Good. ALS by N. G. Spalding[?] written to his friend Dennis Harder of Schenectady, New York in 1851. Letter is dated to July 6th, '51. Letter measures 5 ½" x 7" and is 4pp. Envelope is addressed to Dennis R. Harder FS Union College Schenectady, N.Y. Paid stamp, "3" rate handstamp, and postmark reading "West Troy N. Y. Jul 7" are on the front of the envelope. The flap of the envelope is missing and overall has heavy toning. The letter has light soiling, else very good.

This letter contains a description of the wide use of various fireworks during "a visit from old '76" (a 4th of July celebration). He writes: "I declair[sic] the noise and powder and cannon and squibs and firecrackers and confusion of the old man's visit has made me - I had almost said - tired of his annual visit - but I will take it back - I too am a descendent of the Pilgrims and like a good old fashioned fourth of July high time." It seems that the Spalding was still recovering from the events of the celebration and apologizes to his friend for any aberrations in the letter. A scarce subject. 022746. $125
Book Request for Sam Hechler's Book Store in Reading, PA
[Civil War Era Letter]
Slichter, J.
Very Good. A civil war era letter written by J. Slichter to his brother Joseph Slichter of Reading, Pennsylvania. Letter is dated Fremont[?], May 15th, 1865. Letter measures 5" x 8" and is 2pp. Envelope is addressed to Mr. Joseph D. Slichter, Reading, PA", is postmarked "Swatara, PA May 16" and has a 3 cent stamp. The envelope has moderate soiling, is torn along one side and is missing 1/8" of the stamp. The letter has light soiling, else very good.

As booksellers we enjoyed the content of this short letter. Slichter writes: "Dear Brother Joseph, when you come to see us, will you please go to Mr. Sam Hechler's book store at the corner or near the corner of 6th & Penn St & ask for a copy of Harpers Weekly allready[sic] bound, of last year 1864." It's nice to see the trade represented in a mid-19th century letter. 022750. $85

Manuscript Letters Circa 1860's Dickinson, Baldwin and Bull and Stowe Families

Collection of 18 manuscript letters including a genealogical chart for the Dickinson/Baldwin clan, likely of Connecticut. Condition of letters typical of 19th century with some soiling, edge wear and slight separation at folds. No envelopes. Generally very legible. Overall good.

Letters include an intriguing mix of life, family, disease, death, church and politics. Most of the letters date to 1859 to 1866 with one outlier dated 1899. Majority of the letters include town of origin line from Milford, CT, plus one from Stratford, CT and includes split of male versus female writers. Politically, we find a letter dated November 21, 1860, "There was a grand Wide Awake rally here last-friday evening to rejoice over Lincoln's election." Towns participating in the rally included New Haven, West Haven, Bridgeport and Orange, plus a band from Waterbury. Refreshments were supplied by Republican Ladies. The "Wide Awakes had developed into a nationwide grassroots movement with hundreds of thousands of members. Many of the movement’s supporters—and even some of its vociferous opponents—believed there never was, in this country, a more effective campaign organization than the Wide Awakes. ” (Journal of American History). An 1862 letter speaks of a soldier on furlough but "has gone back, he is with the Army, on the Potomac under Gen. McCleland [sic]. The same letter talks about several family deaths, scarlet fever, secessionist, burning churches and their minister leaving their church. In 1863 a letter between siblings again talk of the Civil War. "But however disagreeable it may be, the Government must be sustained and the Rebels put down. "I feel to thank God for the splendid victories our Armies have achieved of late, especily [sic] by your brave Western Soldiers and may the Lord continue to? Our efforts until the Dear Old Flag shall wave over every strong hold the Rebels occupy." An earlier letter from 1859 between siblings reports about the killing of rabbits by dogs, measles at school, and brother Norman falling off his steer. "I advise you not to get on to it again." A concise collection of family letters from the Civil War era reflecting thoughts and worries of the day. ; 17 pp. 022655. $225

Daily Advertiser and Repertory Newspaper--April 15, 1813 the Death of Gerrymandering
Biglow, Horatio
Boston: Daily Advertiser and Repertory Newspaper. 1813. Newspaper. Single page newspaper dated April 15, 1813. Moderate foxing; lightly chipped along edges.

Excerpt from the Salem Gazette with an Obituary Notice for Gerrymander including a woodcut tombstone with the inscription, "In Memory of the Gerrymander, hatched Feb. 11, 1812. Died April 5, 1813. How sleep the friends who sink to dust, by all the good and virtuous curst! " The political tool of Gerrymandering (the word combines Elbridge Gerry and salamander as an early political cartoonist thought a newly created district looked like a salamander or "Gerry-monster". Gerry was the Governor of Massachusetts during the period districts were re-mapped although he personally was against the practice) began in Massachusetts in 1812 in order to favor the party in power in future elections. The term may have been coined by Nathan Hale, a Federalist who was a contributor to the Daily Advertiser and Repertory Newspaper and would become its publisher in 1814. Despite the almost full newspaper column devoted to the death of Gerrymandering in this issue, the term and practice began to spread to other states, was defined in a dictionary in 1848, and remains in the political lexicon today. The Daily Advertiser and Repertory Newspaper went so far as to describe the funeral procession to the graveyard to once and for all bury Gerrymandering. In addition to the woodblock headstone we also find the skeletal remains of the "Gerrymander Monster" laid in a coffin. At the gravesite a hymn was sung which began, "Hark! From below a croaking sound, Mine ears attend the cry: Ye Gerrymanders view the ground Where you must shortly lie." Classic early 19th century political propaganda from a Boston newspaper. Several institutions hold runs of the newspaper yet this particular issue is not well known within the early history of the life and history of "Gerrymandering". ; 2 pp. 022717. $750

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Abstract of Title for the Wilkinson Sparks ¼ League Tract in Travis County, Texas
Likely compiled in the first decade of the 20th century. This collection of legal documents contains 100 printed "abstract of title" documents filled out in manuscript or typed. Sixty-five of the abstracts were written in early 20th century manuscript and about 35 were typed. Documents are string bound and measure 9" x 4". Content on recto only. Moderate toning and wear to edges; first two leaves are starting to detach from binding. Overall good.

A property history of a tract of land called "Wilkinson Sparks 1/4 League" in Travis County, Texas along the Colorado River. This tract of land is 4 miles west from the city of Austin, now located in the neighborhoods of West Lake Hills and Davenport Ranch. This abstract of title was likely compiled by a clerk in the early 20th century with the latest date found within the abstract being 1907. The property history starts with the 1835 Mexican title stating that ¼ league of land was granted to Wilkinson Sparks from the State of Coahuila and Texas. This title was issued as part of Milam's Colony, the 1827 empresario contract to settle 300 families between the Guadalupe and Colorado Rivers north of the San Antonio Road. One name seen frequently within these documents is P. C. Taylor, a Scottish immigrant who purchased portions of the Wilkinson Sparks 1/4 League starting in the 1870s. The last few documents concern the estate of P. C. Taylor mentioning the subdivision of "West Lake View Park" and the dam on the Colorado. There is a great hand drawn map of this area and another small plat of the R. J. Townes estate also part of the Wilkinson Sparks 1/4 League. For a legal document this abstract title provides a surprisingly fascinating look at Texas history. 022683. $250

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Two Boys and a Bicycle on Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Very Good. Late 19th to early 20th century mounted silver gel photo. Mount measures 8 ¼" x 6" and photo measures 6 ½" x 4 ½". Captioned by previous owner on the mount; a name is written along the top edge possibly reading "Kranes". Photo was unevenly trimmed on the top edge and has minor creasing to the right corner; mount has moderate soiling and light wear.

Two young boys hold onto their bicycle while on Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Behind them one can see Cliff House and Seal Rocks. This was the second Cliff House which was built in 1896 and burned in 1907 (providing a date range for this image). The photographer of this image is unknown but it looks like he or she made their subjects weary; the boys' faces are rather serious. The location, the bicycle, the boys' faces and the late 19th century clothing make for a great shot. 022698. $95

36,055 Feet in Fifty Logs. the World's Fair Load. Loaded and Hauled by the Nester Estate At Ewen, Ontonagon Co. , Mich. [1893]
Raven, C.
Ewen, [Michigan]: C. Raven, Photographer. Good. Silver gel photo measures 5" x 8"; original printed mount measures 8" x 10". Title is printed on the mount along with "Copyright applied for by C. Raven, Ewen." Mount has a ½" tear along the bottom edge, affecting title, moderate soiling and toning; photo has light foxing and minor wear and cracking along the edges.

This photo is believed to document "the largest load of logs ever loaded and hauled on sleighs...near Ewen, Michigan, Sunday, February 26, 1893, by the Nester Estate. The load was hauled fifty rods by a team, weighing about 3,500 pounds." It was then shipped to Chicago where it was then part of the Michigan Exhibit at the World's Fair. Although the feat was truly accomplished, this photo seems like it was a compilation of a few images from that day. To us it seems that the horses and the logger atop the log pile have been "photo-shopped" into the image; each looks as if they have been clipped from other photos and superimposed in the negative. Also the reigns from the horses to the logger seem to be drawn in ink within the negative. At a quick glance one wouldn't notice these details but on closer inspection some things just don't add up. We think it is a great shot nonetheless. It's pretty incredible what a few Clydesdales and ambitious loggers can do. The same image (with varying mounts) is found at Michigan Tech and Berkeley. 022716. $85
1950s Western Road Trip Viewed Through a Kodak Stereo Camera
Very Good. 171 Kodachrome Stereo Transparencies or stereo slides taken by a 35mm Kodak Stereo Camera. Each stereo slide mount measures 1 ½" x 4", has a red border and "Kodachrome Stereo Transparencies" printed on one side. Each stereo slide is numbered, dated and titled in manuscript. All stereo slides are housed in a 2-clasp black cloth box with a numbered sheet that could be filled out to index the stereo slides. (Viewer is not included). The box has light wear and soiling. The stereo slides have light soiling and wear along the edges of the mounts; the views themselves seem to be in fine condition. Overall very good.

These 171 stereo slides depict a grand trip taken through the western United States with emphasis on some of the country's most beautiful national parks. The views are dated to 1954 and often show 2 girls in 1950s fashions posing for the camera. Views include those of the Grand Canyon (27 slides), Yosemite (23), Bryce Canyon (20), Glacier Park (18), Carlsbad Caverns (14), Petrified Forest (11), Mount Rainier (9), Zion (6) and the Blue Ridge Parkway (5). Other views include the Oregon Coast (8), Los Angeles (8), the Redwood Highway, Chinatown in San Francisco, the Painted Desert in Arizona, cactus in Texas, an Arkansas swamp, and Juarez, Mexico. The Kodak Stereo Camera had short-lived popularity and was only produced between 1954 and 1959. Similar to the Stereo Realist, the camera employed two lenses to take twin shots of scenes, which could then be viewed in dedicated image viewers. The views in this collection show the uniqueness of the stereo camera. To enable good clarity of the photos the mounts appear much darker than normal (view the image of all the stereo slides in their box to see actual color of mounts). 022719. $350

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Tale of a Tour and Worth of a Magneto by the Kodak
Remy High-Tension Magneto

Anderson, Indiana: Remy Electric Company. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1909. Trade Catalogue. Leather binding with gilt title on front. Rubbing to the edges. Binding is tight and interior clean. All edges gilt. Grey endpapers with Remy logo.

A story in pictures of the trip of two adventurous tourists traveling the good Highways of Hoosierdom through Florida's swamps in a car equipped with a "Fool-Proof" Remy High Tension Magneto, as told by the Kodak. Our grand adventurers, A. T. Mosher and Harry Harter headed south from Anderson, Indiana, home of the Remy Electric Company, driving 6,000 miles to showcase the reliability of the Remy High Tension Magneto. As stated in the booklet, "This supreme test of the Magneto, as shown by the pictures in this booklet, stands alone in the history of the manufacture of parts and accessories for the motor." Not short on hyperbole, the photos do however document the car running through high waters without stalling, while attracting an appreciative crowd where ever they travelled. Just a classic ephemeral advertising item early in the automotive era. 4 copies found in OCLC as of April 2021. ; 32mo 4" - 5" tall. 022685. $275

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Grand Canyon Slot Canyon Sepia Toned Photograph Circa 1910
Putnam, John and Carlton Valentine
Sepia-toned photograph mounted on board. Board and photo measures 29 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches. Photo has barely discernible blind stamp in lower right hand corner, "Putnam & Valentine Photo Los Angeles, CAL" Photo has light edge wear and a small number of blemishes, possibly caused in developing or on the plate itself. Two corners are lightly damaged. Verso has moderate soiling and a water streak which does not affect the photo. Overall the photo shows good depth of field and clarity and is a striking view.

John Putnam (and later son Arion) and Carlton Valentine worked as commercial photographers in southern California from 1895 through at least 1912. Their work was not restricted just to southern California and we find numerous views of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite with their imprint. Despite all our efforts we have been unable to determine the exact location of this amazing photo. Based on rock strata and extensive crowd-sourced clues, we are fairly certain this view is from the Grand Canyon or now-submerged Glen Canyon of Arizona and Utah. Narrow dead-end slot canyons as this often trap chock-rocks transported during flash floods, as exhibited in this photograph, although this boulder seems extraordinarily large. And in late-breaking news, we have identified the exact location: "This is the chockstone in White Creek at the Tapeats narrows just before Shinumo Creek in Grand Canyon" This from our friend Art Christiansen, who has hiked likely as much of the Grand Canyon as anyone. He goes on to relay the following, "Andy, If the pictures were taken about 1910, the photographers were probably taken there by William Wallace Bass. He had a tourist operation on the South Rim about 15 miles west of Grand Canyon village and would take tourists down his trail on the south side, then cross them over the Colorado River on his cable car. From there he would take them to his Shinumo Camp nearby." William Bass remains a legend in Grand Canyon lore and the Bass Trail remains a favorite for those hikers looking to descend the canyon in a more primitive, rugged trail versus other trails from the South Rim. We speculate that William Bass may even be in the photo, standing. We are enamored with this photograph of the American Southwest and pleased to reveal its location. 022675. $1,250
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