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ADVERTISING POSTAL CARDS--1880 OR BEFORE
"Chicago ___________ 1879 / Dear Sir: / Yours of the ______ is received"
illustrated postal card receipt mailed there 1879 to Georgia by Goss &
Phillips Manufacturing Company -- makers of blinds, doors, frames, railings,
mouldings, flooring & siding (among other things listed in their heraldic
crest). $30.00 fi(c)a
""The London Brush Factory / 75 DUNDAS STREET WEST. / A FULL ASSORTMENT OF THE FOLLOWING LINES ALWAYS IN STOCK, VIZ: / ..." with an exceptionally detailed listing of brush types for salesman Thomas Bryan of London Ontario (his blue handstamp added vertically at the front right), to a grocer in Brockville Ontario; advertising postal card mailed 1880, spots of toning as shown. $100.00 aog
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POSTAL CARDS--1881 TO 1885
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which were not intended to be mailed.
"CARHART & CURD, / DEALERS IN / Hard-ware, Tin-ware, Wooden-ware, Table and Pocket
Cutlery, / NAILS, HOES, IRON, STEEL, &c
" pioneer ad on government postal card
from early 1880's, mailed, light but fairly large water stain at upper right corner.
"CARRIAGE / MALLEABLE / CASTINGS... / GUELPH CARRIAGE GOODS COMPANY / GUELPH, CANADA" 1882 advertising card mailed to Hagersville Ontario, tiny ink smear on front. $20.00 oa
"Chicago,_______1883 / Dear Sir " receipt on government postal card with art crest advertising blinds, doors, flooring, balusters, siding, etc; filled in & used as intended, corner crease, light partial cancel on front. $30.00
"L. A. SALOMON & BRO., 216 Pearl Street, / New York. // REFINED WOOD ALCOHOL / PRICES REDUCED ..." giving prices in barrels or cans; postal card mailed DEC 11 1882 to Clarksburg Gas Company in Clarksburg West Virginia. The brother of Louis A. referred to was Charles Salomon. The company also imported minerals & chemicals, and also distributed denatured alcohol. Any paper memorabilia from this company is rare. The address exists no longer but it was in what is now the Financial District of Manhattan. [We are aware that there is a Pearl Street in Brooklyn but in 1882 Brooklyn was not a part of New York City, so such a location would have specified Brooklyn in its address, not New York.] $15.00 n(b)g(s)aa NEW / NOVA / NOWY
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POST AL CARDS--1886 TO 1890
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which were not intended to be mailed.
OF:-- / S. J. MOORE, / Manufacturer of / Tinners'
& Canners' Tools... / Hamilton, ______188_" filled in Nov 5 1886, including an
image of equipment, government postal card mailed there 1886 to Hagersville (clear cancel), brownish paper. $27.50
"103 BEDFORD ST. / ... / SPECIALTIES / Imported ENGLISH STYLES / Athletic Shoes, Police Shoes, / Bicycle and League Ball Shoes, / English Black and Russet Grain / Riding Boots & Hunting Shoes... / UNITED RUBBER COMPANY" advertising printed in red on government postal card mailed 1890 from Boston (clear machine cancel with 4 in killer bars) to Newport Rhode Island, paper browned evenly with age, good edges. Exceptionally interesting & detailed. $15.00 mabfh
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POSTAL POST CARDS--1891 TO 1895
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which were not intended to be mailed.
1894 hammock ad on government postal card, small tear. Sold but still available for scholarly
study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format.
"CAMBRIDGE VALLEY / SEED GARDENS. / JAN 26 1893 / ... / JEROME B. RICE & Co." illustrated pioneer seed ad on 2c Jefferson government postal card, long scrape from small hole in center, browning paper. Central ad reads 'TRY RICE'S SEEDS / SUITED FOR / ALL SOILS AND / ALL CLIMATES / THEY ARE NORTHERN GROWN'. Cambridge Valley is in New York State. $10.00 naag*
"HIRSCHBERG, HOLLANDER & CO. / Importers, Manufacturers and Jobbers of / PAINTS" 2-color advertising on government postal card mailed 1891. A beauty! Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50
"Office of THE BISHOP & BABCOCK CO. / Cleveland, O., 189" with a large illustration of one of their instruments printed in orange-red as background to a printed receipt on government postal card mailed to New York, a little cancel ink along right front edge nowhere near the illustration or printing. The company made many air compressors useful in hand pumps for the dispensing of beer, and we believe the pictured device was so used. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 oabmi
"TENNIS LIST / 1892 / BOYD, JONES & CO. / 2 and 4 Hanover Street, BALTIMORE, MD. / Boston Rubber Shoe Co's Ventilating Tennis. ..." advertising price list for 41 different styles of tennis shoes--canvas innersole, canvas stay, black & white check, etc.--on a government postal card mailed 1892 to Society Hill South Carolina, 2 corners with small creases, a few small spots of toning both sides, shallow scrape in list obscures nothing. With all the modern fuss about tennis shoes, few realize that their history dates back to the process of vulcanization of rubber in the mid-1800's. The earliest date mentioned in the Wikipedia article on tennis shoes, for example, is 1907. $20.00 am(b)s(t)
"Remember / This / When You / Are / House / Cleaning / Next / Spring / / L. C. Brossy Dyeing Co. / Dyers and Cleaners" ad for cleaning & dyeing curtains & drapes from Detroit Michigan firm, printed & illustrated with art in yellow green, about the size of a modern continental postcard, slight browning of the paper with age, trace of cancel ink on front , long crease. Dated February 22, 1894. $12.00 am-am
Ten Eyck & Baker Shoe Company (successors to Fancher & Ten Eyck Shoe Company) of Bridgeport Connecticut 3-color mailed advertising postal card advising Newport Rhode Island recipient when their salesman would call. View of their factory in mint green, dark blue printing with red updates to the firm's name on evenly browned paper--most attractive. The company made 'Ladies', Misses and Children's Fine / shoes and Oxfords, Hand Welts, Turned and McKay Sewed'. Clear & complete OCT 31 1891 (very early) Boston machine cancel on back with 4 in killer bars. $100.00 caf
POSTAL CARDS--1896 TO 1900
Intended to be mailed. See also Trade cards
which were not intended to be mailed.
1898 HAND-COLORED TEA ADVERTISING
Message text: "We beg to advise you that we are now firing and packing the first crop teas for Edwin J. Gillies & Co., New York. They will be of the same high quality as in former years and will go forward by first steamer. Send your orders immediately to Edwin J. Gillies & Co., New York, so as to secure some of the early pickings for your best trade, as they cannot be obtained later in the season." Front upper left corner reads: "Souvenir Japanese Postal Card". Front lower left reads: "FAN CHOP / RMA CHOP / BEE HIVE CHOP". (Both in rose-color ink.) Sent April 2, 1898. $80.00 ajgf PRICE REDUCED RECENTLY
"Continental Pneumatic" with signed G. L. art picturing a bicycle built for 3 (the 2 in the back are holding hands while the guy in front does all the work), tire advertising Postkarte with undivided back mailed 1900 from Abbehausen Germany to M. Büsing in Inte bei Stollhamm (clear arrival mark the same day!), wear along the top edge includes small corner crease & 3 tiny tears that close well. This postcard is slightly taller than regular-size, and apparently some idiot tried to force it into the wrong-size sleeve. $20.00 ba-g
"'GRAND PRIX' / EN LA EXPOSICION DE PARIS DE 1900 / La 'SMITH PREMIER'" illustrated US government postal card publicizing their company representatives in Cuba, mailed 1900 to Sr. Don L. Ruiz in Habana (OCT 18 1900 arrival marking is clear). $12.00 tcea-c^
"Reise-Grüsse // H. C. F. / LEIBNIZ / HANNOVER / HANNOVERSCHE / CAKES-FABRIK // Edler & Krische, Hannover." art signed H N (Heinrich Mittag) on a trip greeting Postkarte sent from the Hotel Weber in Dresden April 17 1899, clear cancel on 10-pfg. stamp to Luzern Switzerland (next day receiving mark), 2 small corner creases not into the art, upper right front corner creased twice in the art. The train meal car is labeled 'Spiese Wagen'. This classic is seldom seen & even less frequently offered. $25.00 a(m)hfa
ADVERTISING POST CARDS & AD POSTAL CARDS--1901 TO 1905
Advertising message for the New International Encyclopaedia from Dodd Mead & Co., written as if from sender
at he Portland World's Fair / Lewis & Clark Exposition, below a black &
white view of the Fair, post card mailed there 1905, cancel ink on front, album marks on front, corner crease. Sold but still available for scholarly
study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format.
"Dear Sirs: Kindly place our name and address...The Excelsior Steel Furnace Co. / 38 W. Monroe St., ..." dated February 1st 1902 (mailed then, received next day in Springfield Ohio) ad for hot air registers, stationary and adjustable elbows, furnace pipe and fittings, etc. on government postal card. $4.00 i(c)a
"Dunlop, die Perle aller Pneumatic! / Alles fährt Dunlop Pneumatic" advertising Postkarte for bicycle & pedal-cart tires mailed in Wilster Germany 1901, upper corner crease, light toning on front. Check your album--a similar but different design was used in 1900. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 ba
"Headquarters for Specialty orders / T. R. Savage Company. / WHOLESALE GROCERS / ... / Importers of MOOSE CHOP TEA / E. P. Patten" printed advertising with striking silhouette of moose on government postal card mailed at Unionville 1903, browning paper shows age, small spots of cancel ink on face. The company was in Bangor Maine. $12.00 maagfs****
"'ITS ALL IN THE SHREDS' / SERIES 103 / THE HOME OF / SHREDDED WHEAT / NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. / ... / The cleanest and purest of all cereal foods, made in the cleanest and finest food factory in the world" also picturing Niagara Falls framed by wheat to its sides; unused advertising postcard with undivided back & evenly browning paper due to age, good edges, attractive. $8.50 nfswa
"No. 5--Near Bellewood Park, Pattenburg, N. J. / One Minute's Walk to White Eagle House for a Country Dinner. / 40 cents. Boarders Wanted the year 'round. Milton Shive, Prop'r." with several small but readable signs--Stews, Ice Cream, Boarding, White / Eagle House, etc.--black & white on undivided back, spots of toning both sides. $9.00 nga
"OUR SALES COVER THE WORLD / NOTE OUR SPECIAL SPRING DATING. DON'T WAIT FOR HIGHER PRICES. BUY NOW. / SEASON 1901. / ... The World Linseed Oil Company / General Offices: 1069 Rose Bldg., Cleveland, O. / Works: Junc. Nickel Plate Ry. / ... / INDEPENDENT OF TRUSTS / ... / White lead is not Trust Lead. That is why we sell it at a less price." advertising postal card mailed at Cleveland April 6 1901 to Mrs. H. B. Fowler in Fowler's West Virginia, small tear from top edge closes well, spotty fingerprint toning on front. Interesting: gives detailed prices, sizes, product list, etc. Illustration is their registered trademark. The address itself is interesting: Fowler's was in Brooke County & had a post office until 1901. So this is one of the last pieces of mail that it handled. The date is interesting politically, too! The flames of such anti-trust sentiments were months later to be fanned into headline-grabbing trust-busting activities by President Teddy Roosevelt during his September 1901 - March 1909 presidency. $10.00 o(c)a-w NEW / NOVA / NOWY
"PALACE OF MACHINERY / Send to REGAL SHOE CO., Inc., 109 Summer Street, Boston, Mass." Saint Louis Exposition of 1904 advertising postcard in color, showing the exterior of the palace over Regal monogram, unused private mailing postcard, back edges noticeably toned, minor corner & edge wear. $7.50 emmpa
"Pirsch Press / PRINTERS / DAYTON, OHIO" regular-postcard size advertising blotter, one small ink spot on back. A tour-de-force, the quality of these blotters received favorable mention in the trade publications of the time (1901 -1907). Why the fuss? Did you ever try fancy printing & over-printing in multiple colors on porous paper? It would be hard even today. Rare: we found no other examples offered or even shown when we searched the Internet. $15.00 o(d)ag
PORTLAND WORLD'S FAIR. Advertising message for the New International Encyclopedia from Dodd Mead & Co., written as if from sender below a black & white view of the Fair, mailed there 1905 (clear fair cancel). cancel ink on front, album marks on front, corner crease. $10.00
"Souvenir of the Fair--Case Engine Doing Stunts" unused black & white advertising post card showing people watching a demonstration, two nearby signs reading 'CASE ENGINES / ARE THE ONLY REAL / HILL CLIMBERS'; toned both sides, heavily in the front sky. $5.00 aa
"Wine of CARDUI / FOR WOMEN // THE CHATTANOOGA MEDICINE COMPANY / LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TENNESSEE RIVER, MISSIONARY RIDGE--Chattanooga Medicine Company in Foreground" starting with the sign conspicuously on the left; unused undivided back post card, 2 corners creased, unevenly toned both sides, internal creases but faint, as is. A 9-ounce bottle of the product had 19% alcohol which helped to ease the lady's pains. $4.50 t(c)ma
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AD POSTCARDS & ADVERTISING POST CARDS--1906 TO 1910
H. P. Double Cylinder upright / engine and boiler with electric light /
plant attached. A compact and highly / efficient outfit particularly
adapted for / operating the Parker Jumping Horse / Carry-Us-All" unused
circa-1908 (unevenly divided back) advertising postcard for the C. W. Parker
in Leavenworth Kansas, maker of amusement park carousels. Back continues:
'This combined engine and boiler has stood the test for 15 years. It is easy
to operate, uses little fuel and has few parts. A monkey wrench can be used
on every both. For prices address C. W. Parker, Leavenworth, Kans. World's
Largest Manufacturer of Amusement Devices'. Rare: no other offers, no
recorded sales, and no exhibits when we searched the Internet. $55.00 k(l)aa
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"45743 / Interior View of the Retail Store, Florida Trunk Mfg. Co." in Jacksonville, including 2 clerks and some customers, advertising for fancy leather & alligator goods over most of the message side on back, color, printed in the United States, pencil writing on back, corner crease, internal crease, much corner & edge wear, lacks freshness. Still interesting. $7.50 fai
"A view showing part of Long Beach Ostrich Farm" with front view in color showing many ostriches in a group, back prices plumes from 3.50 to 12.00 (depending on length); unused circa 1910 advertising post card, tiny upper corner crease, minor edge wear. $15.00 oc(l)a
"BEST PEDIGREED Percheron, French Coach, and / Belgian brook mares or fillies delivered at your R. R. Station. If interested: / think about it and write to AUGUST ROGY, Box 185, Central Post Office, / Paris, France // 745 ND Phot." unused divided-back postcard, exceptionally fresh for its 100-year-plus age. This business is mentioned as early as 1874 in the New York Times. We found references to it in 1887 & 1892, so it was quite successful. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. hf(p)ga
"Better be a 'Healthy, Young Man' at sixty, / Than a 'Failing, Old Man' at Forty" advertising postcard in 2 panels, one to be returned by the recipient, promoting the LaVerne G. Ogden Course for health, and including a testimonial by B. D. Catlin, stamped but uncancelled, light toning on the outer panels. Author of health pamphlets: 'Revised Course of Instruction in Deep Breathing' (1914), 'Zone Food Science' (1920), & 'Eat & Get Well Through Harmonious Food Balance' (1926). Seldom seen or offered. Sold but front sides shown still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. faao(c)
"COAL MINE VENTILATION / WITH / THE CANTON AUTOMATIC TRAP DOOR / ADAPTED TO ALL CONDITIONS AND ALL HAULAGE SYSTEMS // CHEAPER FOR YOU BETTER AIR FOR YOUR MEN // SURE TO OPEN SURE TO CLOSE NO TRAPPER BOYS REQUIRED" showing their style M door open in monochromatic blue, advertising card in monochromatic dark blue from the American Mine Door Company, on the back is a black & white image showing the dedication of the McKinley Monument on Sept. 30, 1907, 2 small corner creases, advertising side toned, mild corner rounding & light toning. Size is that of a regular postcard. Sold but ad side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 mo(c)a
"COPYRIGHT 1909, BY h. W. BUCKBEE Buckbee's Easter Lilies. H. W. BUCKBEE, ROCKFORD, ILL. ..." showing many lilies growing in one of his greenhouses, monochromatic green advertising with a form on back acknowledging an order & indicating the date of shipment, bottom corners creased, short tear closes so well it can only be detected from the back. Hard to find! $10.00 efgi
"Everything in SHEET METAL / TINNERS' & ROOFERS' SUPPLIES / Eaves Trough Conductor Ridge Roll / METAL ceilings cornices windows skylights lath / F. O. SCHOEDINGER / COL'S. O." also picturing W. W. Neds, F. G. Mirick, George Z. Hayes & Oscar Baker, undivided back advertising postcard mailed there 1907, heavy toning on back, upper corner chipped off, 3 corners creased, noticeable edge wear. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 o(c)agggg
"Heinz Ocean Pier. / ATLANTIC CITY. / EXTENDING 1000 FEET INTO THE OCEAN. // HEINZ / PERMANENT -57- EXHIBIT. / VARIETIES" within an intricately decorated border, undivided back post card, mailed there 1907 to Miss Lydia Leathem in New Philadelphia Pennsylvania, small upper corner crease not into the image, other minor corner wear, light fingerprint toning on back. $8.00 nfa
"I'LL BE DOWN YOUR / WAY ABOUT _____ / _____ // A. C._NO. 1. COPYRIGHT 1907 BY K-WIN, CHICAGO" art depicting a salesman with sample case coming down in a zeppelin, unused advertising postcard from A. Hauck & Son in Jewett Ohio, divided back, excellent condition. Printed message in part: 'A Rare Opportunity / ... we ask you to note that we have added to our store a new line of China and Glass Ware / ... Our Prices are right.' $10.00 o(j)ga NEW / NOVA / NOWY
"Interior of M. E. Church, / Swampscott, Mass. / Showing an Estey Reed Organ, / Style G 61 ..." advertising postcard of the Estey Organ Company in Boston, mailed at the Essex Street Station (circa 1910, no dial in cancel!) to Reverend P. L Van Wicklen in Scituate Massachusetts, upper corners creased (one twice), other edge wear is minor, light toning on back. When this company completed an installation it would ask permission to make a postcard of it and send it to their current list of prospects, probably for a donation. Rare; we could find no example of it offered or exhibited when we searched the internet. $15.00 m(s)i(c)m
"LANGAN & TAYLOR STORAGE BUILDING / DELMAR & EUCLID AVES. / A16" circa 1907 - 1908 (unevenly divided back) postcard with advertising message printed as follows on back: 'Dear Madam / Our new Building is NOW READY to receive your Furniture, Pianos, and other valuable Goods. / Strictly Sanitary and Fire Proof / ... / Langan & Taylor S. M. Co.' (Storage & Moving Company), minor wear to the bottom corners, light toning near the top back edge. Rare: when we checked the Internet no one was offering it, exhibiting it, or even bragging about having sold it. $15.00 m(s)gga*
"Little BILLY BAKER made such awful good bread - / Done up in a paper-0 so one day he said: / 'I must tell everybody / from the top of a steeple / it's a clean HOLMSUM BREAD 0 / for clean wholesome people! // "t's as / light as air! // ..." advertising postcard mailed DEC 13 1909 from St. Louis Missouri, all corners with small creases, long internal crease from the bottom center edge, spotty toning on back. Hard to find! As is. $5.50 fpa NEW / NOVA / NOWY
"MAKING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES" art with an agricultural scene, pre-printed advertising for Electro-Silicon Silver Polish on circa 1908 divided back postcard, from a firm located at 32 Cliff Street in the Financial District of Manhattan, unmailed, mild corner rounding, a few spots of light toning. $4.00 n(m)aa
"Manufactured by / C. W. PARKER / World's Largest Manufacturer of Amusement Devices / Leavenworth, Kansas" with gorgeous art advertising the wooden horses they made for carousels & merry-go-rounds; unused circa-1908 (unevenly divided back) postcard, trivial edge wear, just a hint of toning on back. Rare: we found no other offers, recorded sales, or exhibits when we searched the Internet. $75.00 k(l)aa
"New County Building, Chicago // This Building / contains 11000 Tons Structural / Steel, Produced, Rolled / and Fabricated by / CAMBRIA STEEL CO / 1906-1907" including pedestrians & streetcars nearby, color undivided back post card from V. O. Hammon Publishing Company (No. 510), mailed 1907 to Mr. E. D. Stout (President of the Missouri Southern Railroad), corners creased faintly, long internal crease is also faint, evident wear at the front corners. Industrial advertising at a high corporate level that is not often seen. $6.50 i(c)ira
NEW DEPARTURE COASTER BRAKE ADVERTISING POSTCARDS
"This is the City / Merchant Keen, / Who looked around / for a new machine, / And bought the Bike / all people Like, / Equipped with the Hub / that we built / The New Departure Coaster Brake." ad postcard mailed 1910 to Brooklyn New York, very light toning on back, mild corner wear and rounding. Card 3 in a series of 8 that were mailed weekly. $20.00 ba&
"This is the Girl / who types, --she's a pearl, / Who takes the tip / from the Merchant keen, / And gets the Dainty / Maid's Machine, / Which is the Bike / all people like, / Equipped with the / Hub that we built. / The New Departure / Coaster Brake." advertising post card mailed 1910 to New Midway Maryland, small upper corner crease, one bottom corner with multiple creases. Card 4 in a series of 8 that were mailed weekly. Smaller than card 3: apparently 2 adjacent blank edges trimmed off neatly. $10.00 ba
"This is the Clerk -- / a gay young spark, / Who loves the Girl / who treasures a curl, / And follows the lead / at the Merchant keen, / Buys the latest / smart machine, / Which is the Bike / all people like, / Equipped with / the Hub / that we built. / The New / Departure / Coaster / Brake, small bottom corner crease, minor wear on the top edge. Card 5 in a series of 8 that were mailed weekly. Smaller than card 3: apparently 2 adjacent blank edges trimmed off neatly. $10.00 ba
"This is the Dame / with the Merchant's name, / Who smiles at Binks / who shuffles and shrinks, / Bows to the Clerk / without remark, / Looks at the Girl / and pats the curl, / As she asks with a / frown / of the Merchant keen, /This talk of Hubs, what does it mean?'..." ad post card machine-addressed & mailed 1910 to New Midway Maryland, trivial corner & edge wear. Card 7 in a series of 8 that were mailed weekly. Smaller than card 3: apparently 2 adjacent blank edges trimmed off neatly. $10.00 ba
"A wedding too / (departure new) / And here's the Dame -- / of course she came, / Here's young Binks / with grins and winks, / The Groom -- the Clerk, / a radiant spark, / The Bride -- the Girl, / a blushing pearl, / And here's the City / Merchant Keen / Who'd made the match / through is Machine . Which is the Bike / all people like / Equipped with the Hub / that we build. / The New Departure / Coaster Brake." advertising post card, 2 faint but long corner creases, minor edge wear, mailed 1910 to New Midway Maryland. Card 8 in a series of 8 that were mailed weekly. Smaller than card 3: apparently 2 adjacent blank edges trimmed off neatly. $10.00 ba
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"POOLE PIANO CO., BOSTON, MASS. // HEIGHT OF PERFECTION / POOLE / PIANOS // Boston, Mass. Harvard Medical School. Courtyard." showing a zeppelin with advertising in the sky, post card published by Hugh C. Leighton Co., made in Germany circa 1910, pencil writing on back, light toning of the back, a few tiny spots of toning show in the front sky. The airship is obviously added in at the printer, making this the earliest suggestion that zeppelins could be used for advertising that we have ever seen! $15.00 zm(b)mgca
"Red Star Line / Antwerpen-New York. / Boston-Philadelphia." monochromatic dark lavender postcard with signed art, undivided back, mailed 1907, stamp damaged, toned back edges, partial cancel on front. $5.00 sa
"SEE US FOR YOUR NEXT SUIT / THEO. BIEKER & SON / 4 MAIN STREET HAMILTON, OHIO" black & white post card with drawing of girl sewing up embarrassing tears in a boy's pants, undivided back mailed 1907, slight yellowing of the paper on back, corner & edge wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 oas
"Souvenir Silhouette Post Card / FROM / BURKITT'S DRUG STORE / S. E. COR. FIFTH AND MAIN STS. / DAYTON, OHIO / Try a 10c. special from our FOUNTAIN / WE ARE AGENTS FOR HUYLER'S CANDIES" with a beautiful silhouette of a woman wearing a flowery hat, some letters obsured by it so we filled in what is shown here in italics. Divided back postcard, unused, toning both sides, small crease in one of the hat projections. Apparently the pharmacist hired a quality artist to cut these quickly for prominent customers, and then pasted the work onto their advertising postcards. Rare: we could find nothing like it on the Internet -- displayed or offered. The quality of the art is so realistic that you would swear you could extrapolate some of her facial features. $35.00 spwgoa
"'Special Shovels' // ATLANTA, GA., Starting two hundred and forty men on a new sewer. No other shovel used on this work but our long / handle Round Pint, which cost the city more per doz. but which they consider the cheapest shovel to be obtained. / CONNEAUT SHOVEL CO., CONNEAUT, OHIO." black & white postcard with red caption, small bottom corner bend, old price on back inked off, minor edge wear. Rare. When we searched the Internet, no one else offered it, or bragged about selling it, or even exhibited it. $40.00 g(a)po(c)a
"Spring Millinery Display / Beginning March 25, 1909 / Frances Caldwell / 110 E. FIFTH ST. - DAYTON, O." advertising postcard mailed at Dayton Ohio March 22 1909 to Mrs. Nathan Feinberg of that city, light album marks at 3 corners, light surface abrasion at the other corner (hard to notice at first). There is an artist's signature at the back of her neck but it is hard to read even under magnification. Rare: when we found no others offered, displayed, or even mentioned when we searched the Internet. $15.00 mgoa
"The American with his flying-car / Has to the Heavens brought / One thing thats(sic) new to those above / A bag of 'HAPPY THOUGHT'" art depicting a fanciful airship made mostly of a package of that brand's ribbon-cut chewing tobacco being delivered to 2 appreciative saints in Heaven, advertising postcard with undivided back mailed AUG 1908, toned both sides, corners creased & rounded. As is. $3.00 ta NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"The best geared locomotive and cars. Get catalogue and prices from the Climax / Manufacturing Company, Corry, Penna., U. S. A." showing one of its locomotives pulling a load of large logs, advertising postcard from the PCK Series, printed in Germany, mailed 1908. Back continues: 'When in need of Geared Locomotives and Logging Cars, get Catalogue and prices from us. We can make prompt shipment of any size.' Trivial corner wear. The company operated from 1888 - 1928, but it is surprising how little of their advertising postcards survive; this one is rare. Sold but its front is still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged & enhanced (publication-quality) 300-dpi scan in .jpg format. $3.75 p(c)la
"The Steam Yacht 'MACHIGONNE' For Sale / Designed by Charles L. Seabury. Steel hull. ... / ... / ... Can be seen at Morris Heights, New York City. / Address CYRUS H. K. CURTIS, 425 Arch Street, Philadelphia" advertising postcard with a side view & detailed description in the caption below, undivided back, stating that the only reason for sale was that the owner was building a bigger ship. Mailed APR 23 1907 to Mr. John Hirsch in Erie Pennsylvania. The owner of the Curtis Publishing Company owned this ship from 1904 - 1907. Its home port was Camden Maine during the summer months. Front toned, one bottom corner is creased twice, an upper corner crease is very faint & a long horizontal crease is hard to see from the front. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 s(p)m(c)g(h)g(c)g(s)an(m)
"Travel in the Springtime, Travel in the Fall - / ... // Write for our beautiful Catalog. We send it free. It de- / scribes our perfectly appointed Pony Carts, Traps, Governess / Cars for Children ... / The Walborn & Riker Co., Dept. 3 Saint Paris, Ohio" circa 1906 - 1907 hand-colored advertising post card published by Adolph Selige, unused, fain internal crease, light toning, trivial corner rounding. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00o(s)auc
Uncaptioned circa-1910-1918 sepia-tone Azo (triangles up)
real photo postcard showing 6 Lake Shore Rail Road trainmen standing before
a baggage cart loaded with Uhl Brothers numbered crates ready to ship,
exemplary focus & contrast. The Uhl Brothers, important makers of sturdy
metal furniture, were located exclusively in Toledo. They moved in 1910 to
co-locate with this depot on Dorr Street, so they had no need to ship from
any other depot. And they then had no need for wagons to take their products
for offloading at railroad sidings; all they needed was a baggage cart, and
even small (less-than-wagon-load) orders could go out quickly. Yes, their
name had changed to Toledo Metal Furniture Company in 1904. But if you had
crates so obviously sturdy & custom-made, and everyone knew who you were,
would you have thrown them out? Notice these small crates are not suitable
for steel tables, soda fountain chairs, typewriter chairs, or cabinets--some
of their larger mainline specialties. Those small crates could have lasted
them quite some time. Our surmise is that the picture was taken for an
advantageous business reason in 1910: to show visually to any
prospective customer that they could now get even small orders to the depot
quickly. That is what the image is saying: the railroad represented by these
men & the Uhl Brothers business represented by these crates are now just a
baggage cart away from each other! The biography of Philip E. Uhl is located
at www.onlinebiographies.info if you want to learn more about the business
"We can shoe the children / with long wearing, perfect / fitting and stylish Shoes.../ A. W. FRIEND / Pleasantville O." advertising message on the back of a Statue of Liberty postcard, mailed at Pleasantville in 1908 (bold cancel). $10.00 oag
"WE DESIGN AND BUILD SKIDDING AND LOADING MACHINERY TO MEET THE NEEDS / OF THE DIFFERENT WOODS OPERATIONS. WRITE FOR CATALOGUE / RUSSEL WHEEL AND FOUNDRY CO., DETROIT, MICH." with an embossed logging scene in sepia-tones, advertising postcard mailed 1907 to the Cornell-Yale Company at Holdrege Nebraska, a few tiny speckles of cancel ink in the front sky, trivial wear at one bottom corner. $18.00 lm(d)gani
"THE WONDERFUL / EBERHART SECRETARY / Inlaid with 135,341 Pieces, of 550 Kinds / of Woods,... / Built by U. H. Eberhart / Inlaid Gun Cabinets, Tabourets, Checker / Boards, etc., made to your order / at reasonable cost..." unused sepia-tone advertising card, circa 1910, mild rounding at the corners, 3 corners have faint creases (one is long but all mercifully miss the folk art). Rare & unusual. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg (289,407 bytes) or .tif format. $1.50 ofga
"We can shoe the children / with long wearing, perfect / fitting and stylish Shoes.../ A. W. FRIEND / Pleasantville O." advertising message on the back of a Statue of Liberty postcard, mailed at Pleasantville in 1908 (bold cancel). Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 oagfc
"Yonge Street, looking North, Toronto, Canada" with an insurance company at the right edge & the #43 Yonge Street horse-drawn cab at the center foreground with numerous bicyclists & pedestrians; postcard mailed circa 1910 with printed advertisement of a Thousand Islands tour being arranged by the Dahl-Millikan Grocery Company of Washington Court House Ohio! Minor corner & edge wear, cancel indistinct. $10.00 o(t)o(w)fa
"CHILI--American Harvesting Machines in in general use throughout Chili and the Argentine Republic, the great wheat producing / countries of South America" showing bullock carts, men & a buggy in the field. $5.00 aac. Same, writing on back dates to 1911, small bottom corner crease, writing on front caption. Shown. $4.75 caa
"ENGLAND--American Harvesting Machines play an important part in harvesting the crops of England" showing a machine drawn by 2 large horses, unused, faint internal crease. $5.50 a. Similar but no internal crease. $5.00 aa.
"FINLAND--A MOWER WITH REAPING ATTACHMENT IS GENERALLY USED IN PLACE OF THE SELF= BINDER, BECAUSE THE GRAIN FIELDS ARE SMALL, AND THE WOMEN FOLK ASSIST IN THE WORK. 11." unused postcard, light transfer of caption ink on back attributable to the printing process. 1909 copyright. $5.50 faa
"MEXICO--Modern American Binders near the Pyramids of Cholula. Mount Popocatepetl in the distance." showing 2 binders being drawn by oxen. $5.00 aa. Same, 1909 copyright, mailed 1910 at Delaware Ohio, noticeably toned both sides, small bottom corner crease. Shown. $2.00 aa
"RUSSIA--Camels are used as draft animals to operate American Harvesting Machines on the Steppes of the Caucasus." showing a machine drawn by 2 camels, unusual subject matter. $5.00 aa.
"UNITED STATES--In the Land of Sunshine and Plenty, Harvesting, Like All Other Things, / is Done on a Large Scale, and Machines Cutty a Wide Swath are Necessary. 10" unused postcard with 1909 copyright, tiny spot of toning in caption area, very lightly toned back. $5.00 aa
"I know you will be pleased / BUSTER BROWN COFFEE IS GOOD" advertising postcard with signed Outcault art showing man reading news so good the dog is also pleased, writing on back, brownish paper, corner wear & rounding, 2 small corner creases. $8.00 a(o)dfa%
"REPRESENTING / Smith-McCord-Townsend / Dry Goods Company / Wholesale Dry Goods, Notions and Furnishings..." a quality card mailed 1907 by salesman S. C. Willock, undivided back. Why the turkey? It was almost Thanksgiving! $5.50 mtga+
"Station Hotel / St. Enoch Station Hotel, Glasgow / ...Burns Mausoleum / Station Hotel, Dumfires / For Tariff please address Manager" with the logo of the Glasgow and South Western Railway at the upper left, Tuck multiview mailed 1906 to New York. $10.00 (sa)*
"The COEY BICYCLE ATTACHMENT / Invented and patented by C. A. Coey. / Fits any bicycle. Weighs only eight pounds. / Can be folded when not in use. Can be attached in / three minutes. Greatest seller of the age. Agents / wanted. Order today. First order secures agency. / PRICE $12.00 / C. A. COEY & CO. / D-1424 Michigan Avenue / CHICAGO ILLINOIS" postcard with an enlarged black & white illustration of the attachment on back, mailed 1908 to the Romeo Electric Light Plant at Romeo Michigan. Astonishing illustration: a man, woman & child each on their own bicycle riding a railroad track, stabilized to the rail they are not on by the device. [And, hopefully, not encountering a train coming from the other direction! The postcard never stated the detachment time!] This device ostensibly made a smooth paved road out of a railroad track, or so they thought. By showing a family on an outing, the ad is essentially saying "Safe enough for your entire family." By showing a woman riding a bicycle not in a public place and with her husband, she is not being depicted as the loose woman some of her day might have thought. No other offers or displays of this advertising when we searched the internet; all we could find were black & white ads that appeared in a few magazines & journals of the time. So the inventors did try to make money from the invention, but evidently their efforts did not last long. Surprised? We venture to say that the publicity of a few unfortunate accidents put this bad idea to a well-deserved rest. Hopefully not many horrific family outings resulted. $180.00 bi(c)ar(u)fg(c)
"There are six towns on this beautiful lake and six active 'U. S. N. Deck Paint' / accounts of many years standing. To each and all we beg to refer: / LEWANDO & TILTON, Wolfboro, N. H. G. W. TARLSON, Weirs, N. H. / J. H. DOWNING CO., Alton Bay, N. H. WEEKS & SMITH, Meredith, N. H. / J. P. PITMAN & CO., Laconia, N. H. I. G. LUNT, Center Harbor, N. H." printed in red in the sky on a postcard captioned "Lake Winnepesaukee / and Mt. Washington from Belknap Point" made in Germany from an A. L Davis photo. The product was sometimes referred to as USN Deck Paint, without the periods. Quite unusual to see specifically named referrals on advertising of any era & definitely hard to find. $15.00 an(l)
"WRITE US IF YOU NEED ANYTHING IN OUR LINE FOR / IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT. / ROBINSON NECKWEAR COMPANY, / ATLANTA, GEORGIA" color advertising postcard showing the exterior corner of that company (colocated with the Paragon Suspender Co.--the only time we have seen it), typed message on back quoted for our caption here, mailed 1907 to Oklahoma, 2 small corner creases, toning & small ink spots mostly in the front border areas. Rare. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 fg(a)a
AD POST CARDS & ADVERTISING POSTCARDS--1911 TO 1915
"57. High Flyers" Peter's Weatherbird Shoes (for children) advertising on a postcard mailed 1911 to Mrs. Ed Cook in Cleveland Ohio, 2 corners with small creases, 3/4" tear from center left front closes well, internal crease up from the bottom edge, signed H. B. Martin art. The brand out of Saint Louis lasted from 1907 to 1932. This character appeared in many different designs, so by 1911 it was so recognizable it was hardly necessary to mention its name! $3.75 a(m)fa NEW / NOVA / NOWY
1911 Civic Celebration postcard with color view of Minnehaha Falls. advertising postcard franked by 1-c Franklin with Minneapolis MINN precancel (letters imperfectly formed), typed message in blue advertises "THE GREATEST PRESERVATIVE PAINT / EVER PRODUCED / ... / MAIRE PAINT CO.", corner crease, bottom back edge toned, corner wear & rounding. $10.00 m-a
"A3020 Wm. H. Keller & Son, Temple of Music, Easton, Pa. Phonograph and Victor Rooms, First Floor, Rear Building" with interior signage 'EDISON PHONOGRAPHS AND RECORDS' & 'HEADQUARTERS EDISON & VICTOR Machines & Records', and a movie screen set up for a small audience. Postcard mailed there JUN 18 1914. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 p(e)mga
"AMESBURY-WHITE COMPANY / INC. 1913 / 39 WASHINGTON ST., GARDINER, ME." with ad for the non-sectarian funeral home on the back, unused Azo real photo (squares in corners), slight oxidation, minor corner wear & rounding. $15.00 ^
"A farm tractor attachment to fit all / standard makes and sizes / of automobiles // Auto Tractor pulling gang plow, four bases" with the back printed message 'you ever see AN Auto Tractor? / (SEE OVER)', postcard addressed but not mailed to 531 Vinton St. City & annotated on message side "Fair, Sept. 1914" (which places it as an Indiana State Fair item held at Indianapolis). This ludicrous idea was short-lived: it is doubtful that the poor-quality printing of this advertisement or its content (view obscured, no manufacturer detail, no claims ...) helped gather any prospective customers or investors. Later, the Three-P Auto Tractor Company did incorporate in Davenport Iowa in 1917, and was a founding member of the National Tractor Attachment Association. Rare.
"BUILT BY / James Boyd & Bro. / INC. / PHILADELPHIA // COMBINATION CHEMICAL ENGINE & HOSE MOTOR CAR" with a close-up side view in sepia-tones; unused ROTOX real photo advertising postcard with excellent focus & contrast, light toning over most of the back, a little light toning in the front borders. This firm, successors to James Boyd & Sons of Boston, built fire apparatus exclusively at 25th & Wharton Streets. Their advertising slogan was: "Others may build more, but we build the best." In April 1915 such a vehicle by this manufacturer was sold to Williamsport Pennsylvania for $4985. $170.00 fp(p)g(b)a
"BUILT IN CINCINNATI ' Continental' // The Ahrens - Fox / Fire Engine Co.'" sepia-tone advertising post card with divided back printed by Feicke-Desch, mailed at Cincinnati in 1911, one bottom corner with faint but multiple creases nowhere near the image, otherwise attractive. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00
KYLES / KYLE'S STATION / KYLE (BUTLER COUNTY). "CORPORAL No. 62048 / Recorded by the Percheron Society of America / ... / CORPORAL will make the season of 1911, on the farm known as the Samuel Kyle Farm, on the Big Four Railroad, between Kyle and Monroe Stations / ... / J. W. KYLE, owner, Rural Route No. 1, KYLE OHIO" advertising & showing the horse with very detailed pedigree. Unused 1-cent McKinley government postal card, faint small upper corner crease affects nothing. Exceptionally interesting and rare, the card sheds light on the naming of the community, the Kyle family genealogy, and even the rates & conditions of stud service offered. $50.00 o(k)hga NEW / NOVA / NOWY
"GAS AND ELECTRIC FIXTURES DISPLAY ROOM / THE PFARR & HOBART CO. 990 E. MARKET ST., AKRON, OHIO" sepia-tone advertising card mailed OCT 10 1912 at East Akron Station, high-quality printing that we at first mistook for real photo, slightly taller than a regular-size card, a lot of edge wear especially at the top, typed advertising in the message area. Rare: no other offers, no recorded sales & no exhibits when we searched the Internet. $14.00 o(a)i(s)af
"Hotel Tuller and beautiful Grand Circus Park, Detroit, Mich. A cozy home on a winter's / eve. Center of business and fireproof. $1.50 per day and upwards for room and bath." unused circa 1911 advertising postcard made by the Chilton Company in Philadelphia, a little toning on back, one bottom corner with minor wear. $6.00 m(d)wa
"HOTEL UTAH, SALT LAKE CITY / 500 ROOMS FIRE PROOF / THIS MAGNIFICENT HOTEL OPENED JUNE 8TH, 1911. / THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF / LARGE SAMPLE ROOMS / ... / UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF / GEO. O. RELF." unused advertising postcard with fairly fresh color & minor corner wear, back paper browned evenly with age. Room rates quoted on front. $9.50 uga NEW / NOVA / NOWY
"I is good undt mad mit / you now. You have / too much luf / for other things / beside me" with art depicting 2 Dutch children, the boy hugging a box of Dannemiller's Royal Coffee, circa 1914 ad postcard mailed in Galion Ohio, 2 small corner creases, one long crease, toned both sides. As is. $2.75 dfa
"I know you / don't luff me much / but say somding nice / to me vonce und I / vill gif you somding / efrybody likes" with art depicting 2 Dutch children on a teeter-totter, unused circa 1914 advertising post card for Dannemiller's Royal Coffee, lightly toned back, small spot of light toning on front, minor edge wear, short stress mark in the sky. $7.50 dfa
"Mr. GUSTAV HAMEL / filling up the tank of / his Morane Saulnier / Monoplane, 80 H.P. / Gnome Engine with / 'SHELL'" showing the pioneer British aviator who delivered the first official airmail & held records; unused reproduction postcard of circa-1913 [necessarily, he went missing May 1914 in this very aircraft] advertising, trivial wear at one corner, otherwise fairly fresh. $4.00 a(p)ga NEW / NOVA / NOWY
"No 155 Triumphs of the Air / Mr. L. I. PAULHAN writes: / I used SHELL on my flight from London to Manchester, and from / start to finish the Gnome Engine ran / splendidly / ... / 'SHELL' Motor Spirits" unused reproduction of a circa-1911 advertising postcard in excellent condition. Louis Paulhan won the Daily Mail aviation prize for that flight in 1910. $4.00 a(p)ga NEW / NOVA / NOWY
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"No delay in starting Monday's heavy mail. / With the Edison Dictating Machine you go through / your mail letter by letter and dictate replies with the facts / fresh in your mind. .../ BUSINESS SYSTEM STORE / 403-407Scarritt Arcade / ... Kansas City, Mo." interesting advertising on government postal card mailed 1914, speckles of cancel ink on front. $2.50 m(k)a
"Office of Patrons Paint Works, / THE OLDEST MIXED PAINT HOUSE IN AMERICA / 241-243 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, N. Y." 1913 advertising postal card with typed message over the penned signature of O. W. Ingersoll, offering sample cards & discounts for prompt orders. A little toning both sides. The address was in the Vinegar Hill neighborhood. We have seen the name of the business with an apostrophe: Patrons' Paint Works. But either way such material is scarce. $5.00 n(b)ga
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"Series C. 12. ASBESTOS 'CENTURY' SHINGLES / Applied American Method on the roof and Asbestos / Building Lumber (half-timber) on the sides of the / Residence of Francis Line, Cleveland, Ohio. // Architects / J. MILTON DYER and / F. G. BATES / 825 Cuyahoga Bldg., / Cleveland, O." real photo advertising postcard mailed APR 2 1912 by Keasbey & Mattison Company in Ambler Pennsylvania to John Bachus in Jersey City New Jersey, upper corner bend, oxidation consistent with age. Ad on back continues, in part: "'The Roof that Outlives the Building' / NEVER REQUIRES PAINT". $9.00 p(a)o(c)aa
"The Ahrens - Fox / Fire Engine Co. / Cincinnati, O // THE / 'Continental'" sepia-tone advertising post card with undivided back, mailed at Cincinnati in 1912, 2 corner creases, light toning. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00
"THE DELIGHTFUL COUNTRY HOME OF MR. VINCENT GOLDTHWAITE, WELLESLEY, MASS. / Roofed with Asbestos 'Century' Shingles. / From plans and specifications by / WILLARD D. BROWN, Architect, 15 Beacon St. Boston, Mass." advertising postcard mailed OCTOBER 8 1912 by Keasbey & Mattison Company in Ambler, Pennsylvania to the Reed Brothers in White Cottage Ohio, mild corner & edge wear. $5.50 m(w)aaggm(b)p
"'THE HOME OF SHREDDED WHEAT', NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. / SERIES 290 NIAGARA LITHO. CO. BUFFALO COPYRIGHT 1915 BY THE SHREDDED WHEAT COMPANY" unused advertising postcard, pre-printed message on back 'I have just visited the cleanest, finest, most hygienic food factory in the world, ...', back paper browning unevenly with age. $5.00 n(n)fas
"The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, Lansford, Pa. / One of the Breakers producing celebrated 'Old Company's Lehigh' Coal / COALDALE BREAKER" with 'OLD COMPANY'S LEHIGH' trademark at the upper right, color advertising postcard mailed 1915, minor corner wear, back lightly toned. Very hard to find! $20.00 p(l)ma
"There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, / She had so many children she didn't know what to do. / She bought each a bike, with the brake called ECLIPSE, / And sends them off safely on long wheeling trips./ When your safety's at stake / The ECLIPSE is the brake." with cartoon style art including many children riding on bicycles, advertising post card mailed 1912 from Elmira New York to William Pasco in South Butler New York. On back there is a drawing of the mechanism over the words 'There are only six main parts in an ECLIPSE / BICYCLE COASTER BRAKE, which makes / it so simple that a child can assemble it; yet it / has the largest and most effective braking sur- / face of any made. Wise dealers are using this / brake exclusively. Write the Eclipse Machine / Company, Elmira, New York.' That text is followed by an image of their large manufacturing plant. After 1909, so this brake had been modified so it could be used on motorcycles as well! Well rounded corners, 2 corners multiply creased, light toning near the back bottom edge. $40.00 bmn(e)a-na
"The tanks on Mr. Grahame White's aeroplane / being filled with 'SHELL' MOTOR SPIRIT." showing the English aviation pioneer who was the first to make a night flight, circa-1913 advertising postcard, tiny bottom corner crease, a few small spots of toning in the back address area, good edges. Slightly taller than a regular-size postcard, we price it as a reproduction: the internal crease on the original, from which it is based, is simply not present here. All that said, it is still surprisingly hard to find! $4.00 a(p)na
"WE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY ON A PIANO / COLLER, ADDISON." with the horse-drawn delivery wagon of E. M. Coller Pianos & Organs, signage on side mentions sewing machines & nearby Tecumseh, next to several crates of upright pianos shipped from New York by Kroeger; sepia-tone Cyko real photo postcard with good focus, message written on back also in red 'Let us make you prices and terms on pianos'. Kroeger & Sons pianos are still noted for their exceptional quality & design, somewhat simpler than the highly carved Victorian styles. The Addison part of the caption is a small village in Lenawee County; the Tecumseh on the wagon may be in case the onlooker had not heard of Addison. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. m(a)mhag
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POSTCARDS & AD POST CARDS
--1916 TO 1935 (WHITE-BORDER ERA)
"ACROSS THE UNITED STATES BY ZEPPELIN / ... / C. E. NICKLES / 213 SEATON PL., N. E. WASHINGTON, D. C." postal card advertising souvenir covers for the first mail ever officially authorized to be flown across the US by dirigible, mailed AUG 19 1929 to Frank Kocher in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Such covers would later be prized & exhibited by philatelists, but we could not find a single example of this advertisement offered or displayed on the Internet. $75.00 zda-f NEW / NOVA / NOWY
"Air Cooled / Burns Kerosene / Knight Sleeve Valve Engine / Semi-Automatic / 32 Volts--750 Watts // Willys Light / POWER AND LIGHT WITH THE QUIET KNIGHT // CITY COMFORTS FOR COUNTRY HOMES // Electric Auto-Lite corporation / Willys Light Division TOLEDO, O., U. S. A. // COMMERCIAL COLORTYPE CO. - CHICAGO" unused circa-1920 advertising postcard printed for distribution at a fairground exhibit (per the printing on back), minor corner wear, light toning on back. $10.00 eo(t)a
"Arturo Toscanini / and his New York Philharmonic Orchestra / use and exclusively endorse Conn Instruments" unused advertising postcard for high-end instruments from the Heney & Lefter Music Company of St. Petersburg Florida, just a little wear to the top edge, tiny bottom corner crease. Toscanini served as Music Director of the NY Philharmonic from 1928 - 1936, which helps to date this item. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 f(s)ma
"A Sonora Phonograph is the most cherished of all Christmas gifts" with art showing a Sonora delivery truck outside the bay window of a residence all decked out for Christmas. Advertising card (with preprinted message we use as the caption) from Irwin Moser & Son in Hamden NJ ('merchants of pianos and players pianos / Edison, Victor & Sonora), distributed August 24 1921 at the Flemington New Jersey Fair. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 n(h)mgca
BLISS COLLEGE (Columbus
Ohio) 1927 advertising folder in 5 detached color panels, each the size of
a regular postcard & with differing advertising messages in blue over all
the backs, minor edge wear unless mentioned otherwise:
"CAIN'S / LOBSTER HOUSE / 162 BRIDGE STREET / ...A Good Place to Eat / a Shore Dinner / ..." North Weymouth Massachusetts advertising postcard with wonderful design, mailed there 1923, a little extraneous writing on back. 2 corners badly creased, edge wear includes 3 / 8" tear, lightly toned front. $5.50 mas*-
"Director A. R. McAllister and his Joliet High School Band / use and exclusively endorse Conn Instruments" unused circa-1936 ad postcard for high-end instruments from the Heney & Lefter Music Company of St. Petersburg Florida, light toning near the long back edges, trivial wear to the bottom corners. Rare. Why would anyone use a high school band to endorse instruments? His band won state and national championships, played at Radio City Music Hall & was praised by none other than John Phillip Sousa. He is widely regarded as the founder of the high school band movement & served as president of the National School Band Association for 14 years. That is why. SALE IN PROGRESS f(s)mi(j)ga
"FIREBOX BOILERS / Especially for / Dairies and Creameries / ... / Johnston Brothers, Inc., Ferrysburg, Mich." advertising mailed there 1932 under Sec. 435 1 / 2 P. L. & R., reply card detached, short internal crease from top edge, exceptionally detailed & interesting. $5.00 ma
"Here National Freedom was born. / Domestic freedom came with the / ENTERPRISE Meat and Food / Chopper. // Independence Hall from Chestnut Street, / Philadelphia, Pa." unused circa 1917 advertising postcard from J. Niggel's Son in Butler Pennsylvania, further advertising their sausage stuffer & lard press on the illustrated back, 2 corners creased, minor edge wear. $6.00 p(b)p(p)fa
ILLINOIS TRACTION SYSTEM / I. T. S. "EXPRESS SERVICE AT FREIGHT RATES / NO DIRT NO DUST / NO SMOKE NO CINDERS / SHIP BY ELECTRICITY AND SAVE TIME. / 100 CARS OF GRAIN HANDLED FROM THIS ELEVATOR IN THE LAST 90 DAYS" showing the Union Illinois elevator, unused advertising post card, fairly fresh with good edges, just a small spot of light toning on back. $18.00 r(i)i(u)a*
ILLINOIS TRACTION SYSTEM / I. T. S. "FREIGHT TRAIN ON 'ROAD OF GOOD SERVICE'" postcard published by the McKinley Lines of the I. T. S., unused, 2 corner creases, light toning both sides. The engine number is 1565. The McKinley part of the system ran as many as 165 trains daily, and was named after a relative of President McKinley. $10.00 r(i)i(i)a
"JOS. N. DAVIES / W8ANT / NEW AND USED TRANSMITTING EQUIPMENT / FOR / AMATEUR AND COMMERCIAL RADIO STATIONS. / EIMAC TUBES IN STOCK ..." advertising postal card mailed NOV 1 1935 from Cincinnati, citing a Mount Airy address, marked 'Return Postage Guaranteed / RADIO W8CXW / TRENTON OHIO' on address side, small bottom corner crease, a little cancel ink on front, paper browning with age. $5.00 o(c)o(m)ea
"LOEW'S DAYTON / WEEK STARTING MONDAY, MAY 21st / CLARA KIMBALL YOUNG / --in-- / 'ENTER MADAME' / Broadway's Greatest Play in Years / CHIEF OS-KO-MON & CO. / In a Gorgeous Spectacle--'INDIAN REVERIES' / BOB FERNS & CO. / 'A Lease for Life' / ..." advertising postal card mailed May 19 1923 in Dayton to L. W. Adams of the same city, fairly fresh. Clara Kimball also starred in silent films, such as 'Eyes of Youth' & 'Mid-Channel' in the previous years. Rare: we found no others offered, shown, or even mentioned when we search the Internet. $15.00 o(d)mti(u)
"MACY'S FAMOUS BUREAU OF STANDARDS, N. Y. . . . where trained scientists have made / 4 million tests to make sure the customer buys high quality for low cash prices" unused advertising postcard, copyrighted 1939, heavily toned back, minor corner wear, tiny closed pinhole at top center. Exceptionally interesting interior. $10.00 nasi
"Neuronidia Hypnotic and Sedative / Appeals favorably to many physicians" 2-color ad on government postal card mailed 1927 by Schieffelin & Company of New York City to Dr. Albert H. Hattan in Peru Illinois, a few tiny dots from typewriter on front, otherwise fairly fresh. Despite its longtime use (from at least 1907) as a cure for nervous insomnia, Neuronidia advertising was mostly done by brochures given our at medical meetings or ads in medical journals. So this kind of advertising is actually quite rare & seldom offered. $10.00 mga
"RAILWAY / EXPRESS / AGENCY // The Symbol of Dependable Service // ... one of the series of / seven striking oil paintings by Robert E. / Lee, exhibited at the booth of the Rial- / way Express Agency in th Travel and / Transport Building on the A Century of / Progress Exposition grounds" with artist-signed art depicting an old man getting a surprise delivery, unused monochromatic greet postcard with good edges. $6.00 eaa
"SPEND SUNDAY WITH THE BOYS / At CAMP KERN 28--Miles from Dayton / Via. Automobile / LEBANON PIKE / To Lebanon O. / VIA. RAIL / Dayton to Xenia / Xenia to Ft. Ancient // ... // O. O. Morris, Camp Director" advertising postcard mailed 1921 to Mr. and Mrs. Dillard Estell in Dayton, small bottom corner crease. Rare: no others found offered, illustrated, or even mentioned when we searched the Internet. $12.50 cabggoo
"THE BIG STOVE STORE / CHAS. F. HAUCK & CO. / THE TINNERS / 59 W. Main Street, Springfield, Ohio // AT YOUR SERVICE" picturing a marvelous folk-art utensil-ware automobile; black & white advertising post card mailed OCT 30 1916 (inverted year in the cancel) to Mr. Frank Zane in Hillsboro Ohio. Rare! $45.00 o(s)ga*
"This card was brought from Germany on the GRAF ZEPPELIN - voyage ending August 4, 1929" advertising card for Veedol Motor Oils (actually used on the airship) distributed by the Tide Water Oil Company. Made in Germany & regular postcard size, but both message part & address part of back are ads in English for Veedol Motor Oil. When we searched the Internet we found: no other offers, a few recorded sales in multiple postcard lots in auctions, & only one recorded sale when offered by itself. So we say it is seldom offered. $15.00 zoa NEW / NOVA / NOWY
"TUNGSRAM - DRAHTLAMPE / MIT GEZOGENEM DRAHT UNVERWÜSTLICH!" advertising postcard for incandescent electric lamps with supposedly indestructable tungsten wires, made by the Hungarian manufacturer Tungsram; postcard mailed 1917 at Ruse / Pyce Bulgaria, a few tiny speckles of cancel ink on the front, minor corner wear. The only comparable card we found -- different art, same wording -- when searching the Internet fetched 100 Euros in a European auction. $65.00 ea PRICE REDUCED RECENTLY
"We Knew Them Over There / Now We Know Them Over Here" showing 2 servicemen & 2 Salvation Army workers posing near a large doughnut sign symbolizing their front-line meetings during World War I. Unused postcard from the 1919 Salvation Army fund-raising campaign, capitalizing on the publicity generated by sending female workers to the American Expeditionary Force front lines in France. Minor corner wear, light toning on the back, bottom corners with small creases. One of the most successful advertising ploys in history. $15.00 sfa
"Who I Am / My BRAINS are of iron, / My actions complete; I perform for you always, I know no defeat... / I save you the cash. / I am the HOLLEY MANIFOLD / I'm represented by / COON-McGRAW SALES COMPANY / 716 Bessemer Bldg., Pittsburgh, Pa." advertising message on back continues 'Do YOU know that if YOUR / Ford is not equipped with the / Halley Manifold and Primer / YOU are throwing away / seventy-five cents to one dollar / every time YOU fill the / gasoline tank?' unused advertising postcard, light toning along one back edge. The auto accessories company dates to 1918. The manifolds were a successful product that evolved over many years. Rare: when we searched the Internet we found no other offers, no past recorded sales & no exhibitions. $12.00 p(p)aa
"VISIT YE OLDE CURIOSITY SHOP EST'D 1899. / MOST UNIQUE SHOP IN THE WORLD / ... / GROUND FLOOR AT COLMAN DOCK ENTRANCE, SEATTLE." including 14 labeled curiosities set out front--whale jaw bones, Ecuadorian giant clam shell, tusk of Alaskan mammoth, hat worn by Chief Seattle, etc. Color post card with a lot more advertising printed on the back, long corner crease, small corner bend. A great read & a wonderful piece of Americana! $10.00 wa
ADVERTISING POST CARDS & AD POSTCARDS--LINEN ERA
"A CENTURY OF PROGRESS /
CHICAGO, 1934 / GOODYEAR LANDING FIELD" including a zeppelin there, unused
sepia-tone postcard with Goodyear tire advertising on the back, brownish
paper, pencil writing at the 2 lower back corners may erase with care, faint
upper corner crease. $12.00 eiza
"AN EATING PLACE OF INTERNATIONAL FAME / THE BRASS RAIL, 7th AVENUE AT 49th STREET, NEW YORK CITY, N. Y. E-4034" the back detailing the four different dining floors available; linen advertising post card with art, mailed there 1940 to Miss Amelia Frazer in Baltimore Maryland by her daddy, a little cancel ink in the upper front border, blob of ink on the stamp because the cancel missed. $7.50 n(n)ga
"Another AIR EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL Service / Shipping a Beechcraft 'BONANZA' to Europe" advertising the services of forwarding agents who used the Seaboard & Western Airlines DC-4 (NC58008) shown here sometimes out of Laguardia & sometimes out of Newark, depending on the cargo. Mailed 1947 in New York City, the airline company's first year of operation. Loading was always done by hand in the early days, as shown here. Rare & early view for this important cargo airliner which had remarkable staying power over the years while its competitors failed. $25.00 a(p)a NEW / NOVA / NOWY
"BROWN & SHARPE / TOOLS / Help good mechanics do better work" wallet-card size booklet with 16 panels (3 shown including cover at right), illustrating & describing some of their calipers, telescoping gauges, protractors, micrometers, etc. Circa 1941. Browning paper due to age & trivial faults. $4.00 ma
"CASE LIVESTOCK SALES CO.... / Richard Murray, / Auctioneer E. Gordon Izzy Case" advertising in detail a July 1954 sale (which included the Atchinson herd from Sherman Connecticut), typing font on government postal mailed at Hartford, a little cancel ink on front, tiny spots & a little extraneous writing on back, exceptionally interesting. $2.75 ca(c)a
"Edward's New Store--King At Morris Streets, Charleston, S. C." linen postcard mailed 1960, cancel ink in the front sky & a light arrival cancel struck on the front, minor wear at one upper corner. A 5 -10 - 100 store with free parking, per detailed ad on back. $2.25 s(c)a(l)
"FY8C" continental Cayenne French Guiana QSL carte postale, used 1937 by operator C. Narolles, advertising for Philips Radio showing, very light toning. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 fera
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"HARD TO BEAT" with signed Earl Moran art on a rare Mutoscope arcade card from the Hotcha Girls series, showing a smiling well-endowed redheaded sweater girl, minor wear on one edge, otherwise excellent condition. Shown left. $19.00 mppaa. Same art on an advertising postcard permit-mailed to a bank in Midland Pennsylvania, showing Rifkin Safety Sacs with Arcolocks (made in Wilkes-Barre) on back starting to show its age, corner wear & rounding. Rare. Back shown right. $19.00 mppaa. Take them both for $36.00. mppaa
"HOW MUCH / Did Dish Breakage / Set You Back / LAST YEAR? / COLT AUTOSAN DISHWASHERS / COLT'S PATENT FIRE ARMS MFG. CO. / AUTOSAN MACHINE DIVISION HARTFORD, CONN." sent September 31 1939, a little smaller than most post cards. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 agc
"I WILL CALL / ... / Beecher Lane / Terry-Durin Co. / Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Wholesale only / Electrical, Radio and Telephone Distributors" circa-1953 unused adverting postal card picturing a Century fan, a toaster, and the US Radio logo; excellent condition. The Beecher Lane brand of appliances was established in 1952. $7.00 i(c)at PRICE REDUCED RECENTLY
"MR. & MRS. W. W. GAY / Proprietors // HOTEL GAYFAIR / (Formerly the Gaymere) / Cor. 2nd St. & 5trh Ave. No. St. Petersburg, Fla. // Also Proprietors of / MAYFAIR / 232 - 5th Ave. No." with handwritten advertising message on front 'Please let us show you our beautiful new hotel as soon as you arrive - It does not look like this'; postcard with detailed rates, modernization details, etc. in message area. Mailed OCT 20 1941 from Saint Petersburg to J. C. Marriott in Mount Vernon Ohio. Two small corner creases, traces of cancel ink on front. $7.00 f(s)ga
"NEPTUNE GRILL / 145 B Street, S. E. / WASHINGTON, D. C. / OPPOSITE CONGRESSIONAL LIBRARY" multiview of their front & aerial view of location (marking notable buildings nearby such as the Folger Library, Supreme Court & House Office Buildings), unused Curteich linen advertising on yellowing paper, pertinent information on back, faint corner crease. $3.00 da*
"Purchase three bottles of ROYAL CROWN COLA at / the regular price of 5¢ per bottle and with this card / you will receive an additional / THREE BOTTLES" advertising postal card with an offer expiring OCT 31 1941, addressed by hand & mailed, small upper corner crease. The six-bottle carton is also pictured in blue on the back side. Nehi promoted its soft drink like this as early as 1935 & many card designs were used. The reason you see so few of them on the market is that most recipients took that company up on its kind offers -- they were that good -- and the merchants then had to turn the cards back to Nehi to get their 10¢ rebate! $8.00 ca(l)
"REGAS CAFE -- FAMOUS FOR ITS GOOD FOOD -- ESTABLISHED 1919 / HOME OF THE SIZZLING STEAKS" as it looked in 1938. Unused multiview linen postcard with rough edges as issued, near mint & exceptionally interesting. The scenes: signage at the street emphasizing 'SIZZLING STEAKS'; interior with the long lunch counter at the left, and 'VISIT EAST TENNESSEE' advertising graphic. From 1948 on this expanded considerably to become the Regas Restaurant. SALE IN PROGRESS t(k)i(r)g(r)a
"Sides of beef are 'quartered' before expert / graders determine the quality. / Only the choicest been is branded 'Swift's / Premium'." showing a worker applying that grade to some ribs with a roller, monochromatic blue-green postcard, mailed 1949, minor wear at one corner, cancel ink in left front border. $6.00 fa
"STANDING: PAT MCGEEHAN -- THE FOUR / KNIGHTS -- THE FAMOUS / COMPOSER DAVE ROSE. SEATED: VERNA FELTON -- 'GRANDMA' -- ROD / O'CONNER -- LURENE TUTTLE, / 'MOTHER,' / FRONT AND CENTER: RED SKELTON / Hi Folks: / We hope you'll remember / our new radio time / - - FRIDAY NIGHT -- / back on your favorite N.B.C. / station: / We dood it / Red Skelton ..." followed by the times of broadcast for all the time zones; advertising postcard for the Raleigh cigarette show, meter mailed from Hollywood California Oct 7'48, stained area on both sides obscures no one. A postcard with the same image was used as the Wikipedia illustration for Red Skelton. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 rfta
"This is the Kepner Air Ambulance that / translates time into distance with safety, / speed, comfort and efficiency when the oc- / casion demands..." art depicting the loading of a patient; circa-1949 unused linen-era postcard printed by Curteich, advertise the services of its twin-engine Beechcraft aircraft, fairly fresh with good edges. Hard to find, unless you respond to the reprint offers out there. But why not own the real thing from us? SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)m(f)a
"WESTCHESTER'S RUG & CARPET CENTER / ON CENTRAL AVENUE ... YONKERS, NEW YORK" advertising card with specifics about the brands carried in the back printed message, mailed under permit no. 77 at Yonkers to Mrs. Clarence C. Hare in White Plains, tiny upper corner bend not into the image, short ink stroke in the bottom border. $4.50 n(y)fa
"Where You See This Sign, It's Genuine // Chicken / IN THE / Rough // ...Lots of Shoestring Potatoes / Jug Honey and Hot Buttered Rolls" with rooster carrying golf clubs, promotional offer on back for the first person to eat at 25 places listed on their placemat, Curteich linen with faint corner crease & corner bend, writing in stamp box, minor wear to bottom edge, short paper bend towards the top. $8.50 os(g)a
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