Slide Kelly Slide Button- Baseball-Globe Newspaper
Item #: NEW-0016410
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This is a damaged celluloid button which measures one and a quarter inches. Celluloid crazing, mostly on the left side. but some more in a few places. I believe this is a scarce button since I cannot find it on the web. The button was made by Metro Goldwyn-Mayer to advertise a movie on this real baseball player's, colorful life. I was a 1927 American comedy film, starring William Haines and Harry Carey. A book was also written about him.
Slide, Kelly, Slide recounts the rough-and-tumble life of Mike "King" Kelly. Kelly was baseball's first superstar whose soaring popularity and infectious charm helped make the infant sport a touchstone of American culture. His exploits on and off the field paved the way for his illustrious successors: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Ripken, and others. A hard-drinking, hard-living two-time batting champion and daring base runner, Kelly took full advantage of the one working umpire to skip bases on his way to the plate, feats that only increased his reputation for craftiness. However, the life and career of this baseball legend have largely been forgotten by even the most dedicated baseball fans and scholars. Slide, Kelly, Slide recounts this Hall of Famer's life from his humble origins in Troy, New York, and Patterson, New Jersey, to the National League in Cincinnati, Chicago, and Boston. It also creates a vivid picture of baseball's infancy; the many colorful players, owners, and individuals involved; and American culture in the late 1800s.
Cave Spring Whiskey Jug-Nelson Co Ky-Nashville-Quart
Item #: NEW-0016075
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This is a great old scratched quart sized whiskey bottle from the M J Levy & Son in Nashville Tennessee. "Ask for Cave Spring Nelson Co Ky Whiskey" Two chips out of the lip in the front and larger one on the the lip near the handle. There are more chips in the right side lip, one fairly large chip at the base on the back side, and small chip on the lip on the left side, including flea bits on the bottom edge. This is a rare jug which I have only $50 profit so no pay pal on this item. Payment plans, however, are accepted. Excessive postage will be refunded. See the mini-scratched jug which is a match to this one on-line.
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This great broadside is from Mercer County Kentucky, dated 1852. The rag broadside measures 11 by 10 plus inches. Fold lines, ragged edges, including tears, creases. and foxing as can be seen in the scan. This came from a descendant of John Curd in Mercer County Kentucky. $50 is being offered for ZADA, "about twenty-three years of age, the middle finger of the right hand off at the 1st joint". "Ranaway from the undersigned, three and a half miles North of Harrodsburg on Monday night, 15th inst." "I will give the above reward if she is taken in any of the river counties; $20 if taken in an adjoining county, or $10 if taken in this county, and secured so that I can get her." Signed by J W Davis, Mercer County, Ky., Nov 19, 1852.
Note: The second scan is closest to the actual document, though of course the scanner cut it off. The $50 is for partial payment of postage and insurance or if requested, certified mail for $35.
This item is re-listed due to the failure of a payment plan.
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This rather small broadside measures 11 by 6 and a half inches. The rag paper is foxed with some creases and one small hole, as can be seen in the scan. This item and a run-away slave broadside were found in a family estate in Mercer County Kentucky. It is dated June 6th, 1836. The sale was held at "Robard's & Curd's Store about
3 miles from the mouth of Dick's river, Mercer county, Six or Eight likely NEGROES, to satisfy a decree or judgment of the Jessamine circuit court." Posted by Ben. Bradshaw, executor of B Bradshaw, Dec'd and agent for Curd's Heirs
Boston Red Sox-1915 World Champions-Leather Display
Item #: NEW-0014614
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When this item was offered to me, I feared it would be a fantasy item but made a strong offer as I have always been a Red Sox fan, golden age and Ted Williams era. I was pleased to find that it is indeed a period celebration of the Red Sox win. See
http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/auction/2005/723.html and I have copied a lot of information from their website. Thanks to Robert Edward Auctions for their research.
This is a very large white leather wall display made to commemorate the 1915 World Champion Boston Red Sox, featuring a large team photo in the center, including Harry Hooper, Tris Speaker, and Joe Wood. Individual oval portraits of manager Bill Carrigan, Duffy Lewis, Dutch Leonard, Tris Speaker, and Harry Hooper appear above and below the center image, respectively, with each player identified in print below his photo. "Red Sox - World Champions - 1915" is printed below the team photo in script lettering. The Boston Red Sox were at the height of their dynasty when this leather was issued. In addition to winning the World Series in 1915, the team won its second consecutive World's Championship the following year. In total, the Red Sox won four World Series Championships in the seven-year span from 1912 to 1918. These huge leather displays were very expensive in 1915, which no doubt contributes to their great rarity today. It is interesting to note that this was an art form that appears to have been popular for a very short time. Only a few different leather display tributes featuring baseball teams are known to exist, and all date within a year or two of 1915.
This item is irregularly cut as are the other specimens. There are some imperfections along the edges, including a circular tear, tack or nail holes discoloration in places and stains. The item needs a good cleaning and pressing which would be possible since it is leather as you can clean leather. I'm doing any interested party the favor of not trying to do it myself. Dimensions are approximately 32 x 39 inches. This item sold for $6,960.00 in auction but was in nice condition. The item I'm offering was never framed resulting in the dinginess. The back is very dingy. It has a stamp on it which shows who made the item. It was a company in Chicago beginning with "Art" but I can not read the rest of it.
Note: The second scan which shows the left top area shows some wearer to the images of Hooper, Speaker, and Leonard. Hooper has the most damage, Speaker and Leonard to a lesser degree. The other images are clear.
Gold Rush Letter-Edward D Hicks-Nashville Tn Pionneer
Item #: NEW-0014413
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This listing includes a seven + pages on blue rag paper. It was delivered to Co Jo (John) W Horton in Nashville, Tennessee with a faint cancel from some town that I can’t read, in California. The writer was Edward D Hicks, a prominent early pioneer from Nashville Tennessee. The letter dated August 19, 1850 is quite legible. It was a very tedious transcription so I can’t bear to do it again as the one I had done was lost when I changed computers. Hopefully you can read the typed transcript which was unfortunately not corrected. Use the Ctl and the plus symbol key to enlarge the letter.
Most of the letter is involved in Hicks describing his long round about journey from St Joseph (Missouri?) At the end of the listing I have given all the names of places, rivers, etc that he passed through, as well as names of fellow travelers. Interspersed in the letter are these comments, "The Mormons are a set of the greatest rascals the word affords. All of their church members and others swear and polygamy is encouraged…” "You may have an idea of the suffering for want of water when I tell you that the men offered me two dollars for three pints of water…” The letter included other descriptions of hardships in the various places.
Scott’s Bluffs, Little Blue, Grand Island, Fort Kearney, South Fork, Court House Rock, Chimney or Arrow Rock, Fort Laramie, North Platte Ferry, Willow Springs, Independence Rock, Sierra Nevada, Devil’s Gate, Pacific Springs, Sublettes Cutoff, Salt Lake Road, Fort Bridges, Great Salt Lake City, Humboldt River or Mary’s River, Telsewood, Carson River, Bear Mountain, Snowy Mountain, Ringold, Malosma River, Sacramento City.
Names mentioned: Jack Davis, Ward, a nephew of Preston Hay, I. D. Bostick, Miles and Bowers, Bostick’s Company, James Pique, Jack Davis, Will Davis, Bill (William) Cheatham.
1899-Adv Cover-Pulaski Hotel and Hotel Tybee-Georgia
Item #: NEW-0014354
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Beautiful graphics on this cover with minor wear. I scanned in the holder which has darkened the appearance. Charles F Graham was the proprietor of the hotel, one in Savannah and the other in Tybee Island Georgia. Flag cancel on the front. The back is clean and has two cancels, one from Detroit and a stamp which reads "Train Late mail delayed" with a 1 in the middle. Never seen that before.
According to the Georgia archives, The Pulaski House Hotel was established in 1835. It was located at Bull and St. Julian Streets at Johnson Square. Today Morrison's Cafeteria occupies the site.
Hotel Tybee has a rich history. One hundred years ago Tybee Island’s Hotel Tybee was known as the "Finest resort between Atlantic City and Miami on the Atlantic Coast.” It was originally built in 1889, and it set the standard for resorts across the United States. Hotel Tybee enjoyed a rich and colorful history spanning over seven decades. Most of that hotel was torn down in 1961. It was located on Tybee Island between 14th and 15th Streets, where today’s Ocean Plaza Beach Resort is located. It served the public by hosting memorable vacations, conventions, and social events for more than 70 years. There is even a book on the web about this hotel. http://www.amazon.com/Hotel-Images-America-George-Spirides/dp/073859086X
Bradshaw Novelty Co-1897 Graphic LH-Cover-East Liverpool Ohio
Item #: NEW-0014250
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Large, beautiful graphic of the Headley Revolving Sand Rigging, whatever that is. From the Office of the Bradshaw Novelty Company, T. R. Bradshaw and H Headley, officers. Folds and a couple of tiny tears at the top. Full graphics on the cover as well.
Neat post war image of two ball players who played in a "Social Baseball" club, according to the writing on the back. The players are identified as Willie Mott and Hamilton. They look like they might be brothers. This came out of a collection of a long time collector.
Fascinating Post Civil War Document-Contract-Former Slaves
Item #: NEW-0013833
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This item is the first example that I have seen of a contract between freed slaves to presumably continue working for their former owners. Following the Civil War, the newly freed slaves were left without any means to support themselves. Consequently contracts were drawn to allow the former slaves to continue working on the plantations.
"This agreement made and entered into this 8th day of January 1867 by and between Thomas Brown of the one part and George Baugh & Wife and children colored of the other part witnessed the said Brown has this day hired the said George Baugh and wife Margaret and children to labor upon his farm for and during the year 1867 for the price of one hundred dollars.” The contract goes on to stipulate that $100 would be split up into two payments and that Brown would furnish housing and upkeep. In return Brown promised to provide shelter and food. Clothing and any other expense would have to be Baugh’s responsibility.
The contract was for one year but if Baughs got sick and could not perform their duties or left before that year period was up that they would forfeit the entire sum. George has place his X by his name and the document has a revenue stamp.
Here is a link on the web which furnishes more information on the contracting system which was eventually replaced with share cropping.
Old Times Distillery-Louisville Ky-1903 Graphic Lettersheet-Ads
Item #: NEW-0013364
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This lettersheet opens up to two pages of advertisements for whiskey and quack remedies. Folds, a small tear at the top edge, and a couple of tiny nicks out of the right edge. Here is the history of this company which won a gold medal at the Chicago Worlds Fair. http://www.pre-pro.com/midacore/view_vendor.php?vid=SDF11481
The Old Times Distillery and Old Times brand was established in 1869 by John G. Roach and sold to Anderson Biggs in 1878. On Biggs' death in 1889, his widow, disapproving of the business, sold to the first bidder for $17,000. The new owners were Chas. Lemmon, pres., formerly with F. G. Paine & Co., D, Meschendorf, VP and A. W. Bierbaum, secy-treas. Operating as The Old Times Distillery Co., their brands were Old Times and Gladstone.
Bierbaum was succeeded by Meschendorf when the former died in 1890. In 1897 Meschendorf withdrew, having bought the Mayflower Distillery. Lemmon died in 1908 and was succeeded by J. J . Beck, who in turn was succeeded by D. H. Russell, previously listed as Secretary and Treasuer
After Meschendorf withdrew in 1897, Ferdinand Westheimer, operator of large distributing houses in St. Joseph, MO, and Cincinnati, OH., purchased his interest and changed the name to the "Number One Distillery Co."
The Old Times brand won a gold medal at the 1893 World's Fair that was held in Chicago. The Old Times distillery in Louisville (RD #1 of Kentucky's 5th District) changed hands and number around the turn of the century (see the distillery listing page for more details) and production was moved to a new facility across the street. Old Times was also being produced by the Goosehorn distillery (RD #263). Sales and distribution during the early 1900's was apparently handled by The Old Times Distillery Distibuting Co., also in Louisville.
Graphic Bill of Slave Sale-1807 Charleston South Carolina
Item #: NEW-0013240
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This decorative slave sale is on laid paper and has been framed (cheap frame) and some archival methods were used. It is held at all corners by small mylar holders. The back is open to the white board which may or may not be acid free. The document itself measures 14 1/2 by 8/ 1/2 inches. Heavy folds, some stains and edge tears. Heaviest wear to the mid hold with some scattered ones along the fold.
"Bill of Sale- Printed by Bounetheau" State of South Carolina, District of Charleston, at the Office of William Payne, No 131, Broad Street."
"KNOW all Men, by these Presents (hole between e and s), THAT I Joseph Kirkland as Trustee to James 7 Catherine Moultrie for and in consideration of the sum of Six Hundred & Sixty Dollars to be in hand paid, at and before the sealing and delivery of these Presents, by Joseph Rogers the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge to have bargained and sold, and by these Presents, do bargain, sell, and deliver to the said Joseph Rodgers one mulatto wench named Celia TO HAVE AND TO HOLD t;he said mulatto wench named Celia together with her future ? unto the said Joseph Rogers his executors...."
The document is dated April 13, 1807. The white spots in the scans are reflections from the flash.
This item can be mailed in the frame (extra cost for bubble wrap) or I can mail unframed if desired. Actual postage costs will be determined after order is placed.
What a thrill to see B Ruth listed on this old score car in the right field. The card was filled out and Babe had a good day with a homer in the first, a single in the fourth a double in the 7th , if I'm reading the filled in diamonds right. There is the notation H R in the first inning. The program has condition problems as would be expected from a used score card and storage over the years. Some stains, some tears and chipping to the edge of the front page. Advertisement for Adams Black Jack Chewing Gum, Between the Acts Little Cigars, Muriel Cigars, Lucky Strike Cigarettes, Bull Durham Tobacco. Please view the scans carefully.
This is the original frame but there is no cover glass. I opened the frame to see the back of the plate, copied it and secured it to the back. The orange thumb tacks were added to secure the frame. There is lighting rusting on the plate giving her the appearance of her having measles. Coke
Brief document signed by John M Blue, selling "a certain negro girl names Cornelia aged about five years and of light complexion." The sum was two hundred and fifty dollars. "I hereby warrant said girl a slave; but it is explicitly understood that I make no warranty of her soundness." One has to wonder why this young child was separated from her Mother, perhaps due to the lightness of her skin? Maybe Mrs Blue objected to her presence. This slave took place in Davidson County Tennessee as the buyer lived in that area.
This document dated 1873 is on heavy rag paper and measures 23 by 18 inches. Slight acidic staining which looks darker on the scan. There are some separations at the right mid fold which extends for a little over a third of the bottom part. It is signed by Hamilton Fish, Grant's Secretary of State. I have never seen this document before. Here is some of the content,"I, the undersigned Secretary of State..request all whom it may concern to permit safely and freely to pass Paul F Eve accompanied by wife and their minor children a citizen of the United States and in case of need to give him all the lawful aid and protection." This document was obviously given to very important people while they were traveling out of the United States and Dr. Paul Fitzsimons Eve was certainly a very important man. His biography indicates that in 1973, Eve, his family, and a large group of Nashvillians took a three month tour of Europe.
Note the partial scan of the most elaborate water mark that I have ever seen. It fills the back and contains the U S seal.
History is certainly very fickle. Dr Eve deserves to have the recognition in death that he had in life. Here is just a list of some of his important accomplishments: 1. Medical pioneer in surgery. 2. Served the Polish Army struggle for independence from Russia to repay what he considered a debt to Count Casimir Pulaski, who gave his life fighting for America in the Revolutionary War. 3. Service in the Mexican war. Dr Eve was the first doctor to enlist. and 4.Service in the Civil War, serving the Confederacy from the beginning to the end of the war.
Included in the listing is a newspaper article about Eve's service with the Polish Army during the Polish War of Independence. He had elected to serve with the Polish army as Count Casimir Pulaski had died alongside American soldiers in our Revolution. The country issued a stamp in his memory in 1931.
Dr Eve also had the interesting experience of treating the notorious bandit, Jesse James for a gunshot wound.
Forrest Hall, Medical School University of Nashville, University of Georgia, Augusta Georgia, University of Pennsylvania, Duncan Eve, Paul Eve Jr, Missouri Medical School of St Louis
Rare 1888-Fumigated Cover-Bloomfield Florida-Letter Included
Item #: NEW-0012147
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This interesting cover with letter came from the papers of John Park, an attorney in Georgia whose estate was so vast that most postal history collectors probably have at least one item from his collected papers. I had never heard of a fumigated cover, which is however, covered in an article by Herbert P McNeal in the Florida Postal History Journal in 1993. Note the appearance of the cover and the letter which has a series of hole punctures in two rows that run horizontally down the middle of the cover and going through to the stained and torn letter. The cancel is from Bloomfield Florida, dated Sept 17, 1888 (according to the letter). There is another cancel on the back that I can't quite read except for C. R.....Ga. It is probably and railroad cancel.
Florida was hit very hard by Yellow Fever epidemics. At the time it was not known that Yellow Fever was spread by mosquitoes and all kinds of theories were put forward to deal with the on going crisis. Mail service was hit hard. At first postal carriers where stopped from making their daily rounds fearing that they would spread the disease. When consumers protested the carriers resumed their duties which was now stymied by the fact that many parts of Florida were quarantined. Eventually all mail from Florida was stopped with the mandate that the mail must be fumigated. Fumigating stations were set up and all mail was subjected to perforation by rollers with metal like nails. After being perforated the letters were then placed on shelves where they were treated with sulphur fumes. Fumigated covers most commonly bear 2 cent green stamps. It should be noted that most of the fumigated covers that turn up are missing the letters, probably thrown away due to the poor condition caused by the handling of the mail sorters.
1896-Advertising Cover-Cotton States Exposition-Atlanta
Item #: NEW-0012109
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Great cover advertising the opening of the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta Georgia as well as the Gate City Mattress and Spring Bed Co in Atlanta Some wear as can be seen in the scan.
Jones County Georgia Lot-Dispute-Ownership of Slaves
Item #: NEW-0011897
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This lot consists of three separate documents relating to "slaves" being taken from Jones County Georgia to Mississippi for the purpose of sale to settle a debt. The "property” was contested by another person who questioned their right to seize the Negroes and carry them off to another state.
The two documents are rather lengthy and I have transcribed them without most of the legalese that lawyers are prone to use and summarized other part of the documents.
The most interesting item in this lot is a three page letter written by A H Broach to Calvin Broach, A H was a brother of Calvin who was one of the two taking the slaves to Mississippi due to the dire circumstances of the family. The letter is dated February 2, 1854. A H is obviously quite troubled by the potential sale of the negroes. Here is some of the content:
"John Humphries has not sold your mare nor your cotton…he has loaned you a Negro man-James.” He then displays the anguish he feels over the potential sale of a favored slave. "Tell Peter to write to me should you sell him. I would be glad to hear from him or any word that he would send to me. Calvin, sell Peter to a good man if you have to take a little less. Calvin remember me when you go to sell Peter-tell all of them to send me some word-tell them not to forget me I will never forget them.”
The second item in the lot is a four page document relating to the dispute. I have eliminated the legalese to summarize the content.
Elisha M King Laurence Circuit Ct
To April Term 1854
By virtue of a commission to me directed from the Honorable John E McNair Judge of the Second Judicial District of the state of Mississippi . I have caused Boze Kitchings (alias Catchings). the witness
In said commission named, to come before me being duly sworn to answers to make to certain interrogatory and cross examinations to said commission attached.
Following this there are witness statements. "I know Calvin Broach and Hardy Morris of---County Georgia during the fall of 1854 and also in the winter of said year. And know that Calvin Broach was a resident of Jones County in said state of Georgia and as far as I know or believe Hardy Morris was at that time a resident of Macon in Bibb County Georgia. "
Elisha M King resided in Jones County Georgia in the latter of 1853 and removed to Barborn County Alabama in January 1854. The distance of the residences to that of Morris was about eleven miles
It was notorious that said Calvin Broach and Hardy Morris left the state of Georgia with Negroes in their possession about the time before mentioned in the Second direct interrogatory and they were not engaged in the business of negro selling or permanently removing to the best of my knowledge. I only know that said Calvin Broach explained to me in person that they would carry the negroes off and sell the to pay their debts and he Calvin Broach also stated that he did not intend that King should have the Negroes in satisfaction for his claim, that he held against the Broaches and also that Hamilton Broach stated to me that the negroes were in Mississippi. Subsequently Calvin Broach informed me personally that said Negroes were in Mississippi during that winder. This conversation was had with Calvin Broach in the spring of 1854 and I have had no conversation with Morris about the negroes.
Answer to interrogatory-I do not know of my own knowledge from whose hose they (Broach & Morris) started from with said Negroes.
Answer to interrogatory-I am clear that the negroes left Mrs Rachael Broaches’s place at night to the best of my knowledge.
Answer to interrogatory-I only know that Elisha M King has publicly claimed an interest in said negroes taken off by said Broach & Morris. Said King having married the widow of John Broach, deceased who was a brother of said Calvin Broach.
Answer to interrogatory-I know that Calvin Broach has said in my presence …that Morris had offered to take twelve hundred dollars for his claim…and that Broach said to me that he refused to settle on that offer…
The negroes taken from Georgia by Broach & Morris were always so far as I know or believe, to be the property of Mrs. Rachael Broach and it was publicly spon of in the neighborhood that the negroes were to be taken off and sold.
Last answer by the witness: Calvin Broach’s character is good-but cannot say as much for Hardy Morris. I do not know whether they intended to steal said negroes or not.
Note: One quarter of the last page has completely separated but it involves the closing legalese only.
Separate from the court document are two tattered and torn legal documents which also includes witness statements concerning the lawsuit. They are readable but in very poor condition. I have scanned only half of the statements as they are too long to fit in the scnner.
I have no documents which would indicate how this dispute was resolved.
I have scanned from all angles and the scans show the condition. The scanner has lightened the red which in reality is a dull red. The black is quite black and other than the dust which I should have removed is in excellent condition. Ignore the bright areas caused by the camera flash. The bank is in great working order. Push the lever on the back and the hand goes to the mouth which opens and swallows the coin while the eyes roll back. Mark on the bottom indicates that this is the first edition of this popular mechanical bank. Made by Shepard Hardware Co Buffalo N Y. The patent date on the back of the bank reads 1882. Made of cast iron and very smooth to the touch.
Two one and 3/5 inch buttons, I'm guessing from the fifties. The fact that Robinson's middle name is misspelled makes me think he was not as famous when it was made as he later came to be. It also may have been a sample button, discarded when the error was noted. Good condition on both celluloids.
Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. (born May 18, 1937) is a former American professional baseball player. He played his entire 22-year major league career for the Baltimore Orioles (1955–1977). Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner", he is generally acclaimed as the greatest defensive third-basemen, if not the best fielder, of all time. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career tied with pitcher Jim Kaat for the second most all-time for any player at any position. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.
There are three items in this lot, one cabinet style card photograph, a possible younger pose, and a letter written to his friend, Edward Hicks of Nashville Tennessee relating an incident which lead to his death. The first photograph by G D Morse was obtained from a publication, I forget which. It is an actual photograph the size and style of a cabinet card though it is on paper rather than stock. Some eroding of the photograph along the edges. See scan. The second is a CDV which is possibly a younger pose of Eastland. This has the photographic marks of R Poole, Nashville Tennessee. This CDV was found in the family estate of Eastland's friend, Edward Hicks of Nashville, with whom he had exchanged the letters currently on my site. Finally there is a letter from a J M Mayson written from El Dorado County California dated July 16, 1875. There is also a stained cover with a clear cancel from Placerville California. Here is the content of the letter which was addressed to E D Hicks:.
"Jo Eastland was on a visit to Paso Robles Springs with a party of friends. While there he undertook to drive tandem in a dog cart over a mountain road and not being a practiced whip, he upset the vehicle, throwing himself and a friend who was with him, out on the ground. His friend escaped without any serious injury but he fell on his head and was stunned for a few moments. Afterwards he recovered and drove back to his hotel. When he reached his room he commenced vomiting and lost his consciousness. For two weeks he remained in this condition, but he is nearly recovered and is out of danger. Physically he is all right, but his mind is still at times a little cloudy. All this will pass away in a short time the Dr says."
1858 Letter-Letter Sent Via-Overland Express-San Francisco-Joseph G Eastland
Item #: NEW-0010739
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Four page letter on small lettersheets written by Joseph G Eastland on October 18,1858 from the office of the "Alta California” newspaper San Francisco letter head. There is also the original cover with a too faint cancel but written below "Overland Mail Via Los Angeles.”
Here is a partial transcript of the letter, deleting the personal and family content:
"The overland mail for St Louis and Memphis, being about to leave I have concluded to drop you a few lines in answer to your very welcome letter received two weeks since. I do this now instead of waiting for the steamer of 20th ?, that you may have the satisfaction of getting a letter by this new route on which we build our hopes of a Rail Road. I wish it were as easily built as the hopes. Eventually, and also that you may determine which way is the most expeditious-for if you get this more than two days before Tom gets the one which I expect D.V) to write him by the steamer, it will prove that the overland is ahead of the old route with the Isthmus across. I may say here, that the success which has thus far attended the overland has filled the people of this state which a great deal of joy, because we have thereby begun to feel that we live once more in the same land with our Atlantic brethren. When the stage came rattling in two or three days ago, the shouts which sent up, the firing of cannons testified how general the feeling was…The papers which I have sent you have given you the particular of our great Cable celebration and all other matters of public interest…”
"We have heard with a great deal of regret the failure (apparent) of the Atlantic telegraph-hope the insulation may have only ceased temporarily-by nest summer we expect to have a line completed to St Louis, and then will be in the great World sure enough-a great future awaits this Western Coast-the late treaties with China and Japan will, of themselves, add much to its importance. I’m afraid though, that we will have a large influx of Chinese here which I look upon as a great evil…”
1853 Letter-Capture of Robber Joaquin-San Francisco-Joseph G Eastland
Item #: NEW-0010735
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Interesting four page letter from Joseph G Eastland on the advertising
letterhead of Donahue's Union Iron and Brass Foundry-Happy Valley-San Francisco
dated July 31st 1853. Here is a transcript of the most interesting
"As regards news here, there is always some fresh topic of
conversation...The last ' topic of the day' is the capture of the celebrated
robber Joaquin (Murieta) who for the last eight or ten months has committed so
many daring murders in all parts of the state--the story runs that the company
raised for the purpose of ferreting out these desperados encountered them near
the Mariposi (?) and after a running fight at length took several prisoners, and
killed both Joaquin and another deep-dyed villain called "three fingered
Jack"-Joaquin's head was cut off and preserved in spirits in order, I suppose
that the reward offered for him 'dead or alive' may be obtained."
Political content-"The state election is beginning to attract considerable
attention, Bigler, the present incumbent is the nominee of the Democrats and
Capt Walds, who commanded the relief train for the immigration in ?, of the
Whigs cannot say who will be successful, as though the state is undoubtedly
Democratic, there are many who will advocate sweeping the kitchen with a brand
new broom, thinking thereby to get rid of the hordes of money loving office
holders, with which the state has been so accursed."
The city is improving with unsurpassed rapidity, and the building going up
one of a description equal to those in the best streets of New Orleans or
There is a cover but it is very worn with the cancel partially off the cover.
According to information obtained from the web Joaquin was forced off his claim as were most of the Mexican and Chinese miners by the Foreign Miners Tax. Some of these displaced miners and bandits began preying upon those who forced them out. Joaquin was considered the most notable bandito and the State Legislature passed an act authorizing Harry Love to raise a company of mounted rangers in an attempt to capture the bandits. There was a gun fight with a band of Mexicans and one was beheaded and a the hand off another victim. These detached appendages were preserved and hit the road to be shown in several locations. It is not actually known whether these actually belonged to Joaquin and three fingered Jack but it was enough for the reward to be paid.
An alternative narrative was a novel written by John Rollin Ridge called The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta" but was considered a fantasy of the writer.
Rare Cotton States and International Exposition Ticket-Collier Day
Item #: NEW-0010457
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This is a very rare ticket for Collier Day which strangely was held on Christmas day. Collier was the Director of the Exposition and the Christmas Day event was sparsely attended, making this the rarest ticket of the two available for the Exposition. This one was removed from a scrapbook and I have not attempted to remove it. See scans. The right hand edge is rough probably where the stub was removed.
Beautiful amber bottle titled Lookout Mountain Medicine Co. Manufacturers & Proprietors Greeneville Tennessee. Not dug, in wonderful condition with just a few minor nicks. I had to lighten up the scan of the front so the embossing would be visible. Around nine and a half inches. Bitters. Quack remedies.
Great political content on this two page (front to back) stampless cover with a cancel from Washington D C and a free frank from James A Meriwether, who was a Congressman from Georgia between 1840-43. The letter is addressed to Alexander H Stephens, who later became Vice President of the Confederacy. The cover has some edge tears and roughness to the outside edge. Here is the content which covers the upcoming Presidential campaign and local political talk relating to Georgia. I have done the best I can on the transcription and will leave it to the buyer to refine or correct it.
Washington 25 J? 1843
I have received a note making an inquiry of a citizen of your count, I enclose it to you and ask you to answer it. We have no news here-Calhoun and Van Buren are hard at work in opposition to each other. The break is irreconcilable between them-Van Buren will get the nomination and Calhoun will run against him and Clay might beat both. The recent election in our state has given Calhoun a blow, he cannot stand up against-but has lighted up the countenance of our Whig friends here- Georgia is now believed to be ? Now a prudent solution for Governor will cause us to triumph-but we must have a candidate ?, active & willing to help himself in the campaign and not to ?? We must carry the state next fall-legislature and Governor and this ? Call forth the utmost activity by candidates as well as friends. I have heard some names suggested, they will not answer- he must have a Whig, good. ??? ’m going to stop now as my eyes and brain can’t take it but it is more talk about finding suitable candidates in Ga. Signed J A Meriwhether
Meriwhether did not prove to be a good prognosticator although Clay was named the Whig candiate James K Polk was nominated after the eight ballot. He had polled no votes in the previous ballots and is considered the first "dark horse” candidate in American history.
This is not a first edition but is the fourth printing, still dated 1960, first year of publication. Sixth printing on the dust jacket which has some shelf wear to the spine. Harper Lee autographs are quite rare. Considerable wear to the book which has been passed around. Scotch tape residue where another dust cover was taped to the inside cover. Ink stains along the border of the boards.
Great graphics on this advertising cover and lettersheet from Smith & Summers, Manufacturers and dealers in Buggies, Carriages and Wagons in Barnesville, a town famous for its Buggies. Jackson G Smith. George L Summers. Letter discusses legal matters. Cover has extensive pencil writing on the back.
Interesting document from the Commonwealth of Kentucky-Mercer County dated 1830. "John Seymore on the thirteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty in the County of Mercer with an evil and wicked mind and disposition, did utter, speak, and publish the following unlawful and profane oath, to-wit: "May God damn my soul "You God damn Liar." "Your God damned hypocrite." Which profane oaths he the and there spoke and repeated twenty times, contrary to the statute in such cases..." The reverse has a listing of court fees that total $5.65 paid in 1831 and 1862.
The document has a separation at the right top fold
Two interesting letters from Patersonville Louisiana and Atchafalaya river area in Louisiana. The letter from "Atchafalaya" is dated 1860. The other letter is dated 183 but after reading the content, I have determined that is was written in 1881. These two letters were found together and were between old friends. I have interchanged the phonetic spelling with correct spelling just to give you a flavor of the letter. slave and Indian content-hardships of the frontier are addressed in the letters.
The earliest letter is written on blue rag paper and is in quite poor condition with tears, holes, separation and stains. The correspondent (unknown) is obviously responding to an earlier letter. Here is some of the content. "The Negroes are working with their shirts off...I have a good home here but I work hard overseeing our hands is no small job the Negroes are very contrary and I have to whip a great deal (I believe this is what it says) the women especially are very contrary the Negroes are working a mile from the house I had just come in from the field when Mr. Neilson came home from the office with your letter this is a new ? country this part of it there is a great deal of wild ? here a great deal of wild game "alegaters" just can't read any more of his creative spelling. The people are very wealthy the soil is very fertil they make from 10 to 15 bales of to the land which is considered a very rich crop in the hills ? miles east of here are very poor they are the oldest settled part of the state I am living on the Atchafala river I am on a cotton farm there are some very large "shuger" plantations on the other side of the river the sugar cane...was killed by the frost this winter the probability is that "shuger" will very high in the spring cotton crops were very good here last season. This country is blessed with every convenience that is passable there are steam boats running all the time and every planter has a landing of his own so the can ship his cotton to new orleans (my guess) or any other market and get his money when the boat returns. there is but little corn raised here and very little fruit I have not et any ? since I left home peaches grow fine here but people take very little interest in raising them it is cotton cotton all the time... more but I'm tired.
The second letter is from John M Waters (I think) and he is addressing "Henry Holsthaw". There is less damage to this three page letter other than the heavy staining which doesn't disrupt the content.
Begins with his wonder that his old friend is still alive and living in the same place and married with a family "when you had no prospects of such". "Henry I have worn out two homes since then and am now living on the third when lands began to fail in crops." I always sell out and buy again that is my way of doing things. I am still a single man and will remain single I have traveled a great deal since I left your neighborhood and could tell you some very interesting stories however you are a stay at home man and you do not know much about the outside of the world...I have been in some very tight places since I left home but always pulled through all dangers if not deaths...I spent seven years in Mexico since I left home...I would have remained in Mexico had it not been for the revolution always "fiting and robing" however I got out with a good stake and quit the country and came over in Texas to raise horses and started a good horse ranch with five hundred mares mexican mares these mares cost about eight dollars a piece in Mexico. I had a "partdner" with me a very good man he was a colonel in the old United States army and had plenty of money and a fast business man we located in western Texas forty miles from san antonio in a healthy country rite on the frontier our stock was scatered for a hundred miles over the country and I lived in the sadle and in the woods day and nite with my rifle and six shooter to keep off the wild Indians from stealing our horses. I had from 8 to 10 men hired all the time to ride in the woods and herd horses and then...our late war broke out and stripped our frontier of the men and left us bare and the wild Indians came in and destroyed our stock in spite of gate and run them all to the ? so I had to quit that business and go to something else if the.. war had been kept off I would have been worth two hundred thousand dollars to day however other men lost as well as I did...I never had anything to do with the army I was "nutrel" had nothing to say about the war. I am now in Louisiana to make another start, it takes money to make money. I am in the sugar cane business..
Historic paper lot from the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Young Men and Women in Utica Mississippi. This lot includes a two page TLS with letterhead and cover from the principal William H Holtzclaw. Mr Holtzclaw is responding to someone with the same last name requesting genealogical information. Lot also includes a rare little paper bound booklet titled, "A Negro's Life Story" by Mr. Holtzclaw. "From the Humblest Beginning to the Headship of a Helpful and Important Institution-A frank Narrative of the Overcoming of Extraordinary Difficulties-an Insight into Life in the Black Belt." 32 pages. Also included in the lot is a small flyer giving information about the school.
Prominent African American leaders are named on the letterhead, including Dr. Booker T Washington of Tuskegee Institute. The letter addresses Holtzclaw's heritage and is signed by him.
Note: Utica Institute is know known as Hinds Community College which is a state-supported, two-year, coed program.
This bill head is dated March 8, 1861, pre war but post secession by the state of South Carolina. The billhead is for W Carrington who was a prominent silversmith in Charleston. Folds and general wear.
William Carrington was born in Connecticut, served his apprenticeship as a jeweller and silversmith in New York, where he formed a life-long friendship with Charles Tiffany, and then settled in Charleston in 1830. In 1835 he founded his own firm, W. Carrington & Co, which continued till 1872, when he formed a partnership and the name of the business changed. Though he is often referred to as a retailer and jeweller, he was trained as a silversmith.
1852 Gold Rush Letter with Cover-San Francisco-Joseph G Eastland
Item #: NEW-006289
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Four page letter from Joseph G Eastland written to E D Hicks in Nashville Tennessee. Double cancel from Nashville and San Francisco and other cancel markings stamped 10 and written 5 and 10. Forwarded to Mobile Alabama. Cover complete but worn. Letter in excellent condition and mostly quite readable.
Letter was written from San Francisco California on Sept 29, 1852. Here is some of the most interesting content.
"You good wishes for the prosperity of this city are being realized rapidly, her improvement during the last few months goes ahead of anything that even SHE ever did before, and still the work goes bravely on, and will continue until the rainy season sets in. A new brick hotel and theater are about being commenced, it is said, on a large and magnificent scale. The Jenny Lind Theater, having been sold to the city for a City Hall and many fine stores and dwellings are being erected. Would that I could record that my fortunes had advanced in the same ratio, as you hoped they might. No! Fortune or rather Providence deems otherwise and I still am in the old beaten track at the foundry, doing better than a great many, but being away from home, I am not satisfied. I am well aware that I would be unwise to leave for the mines, and as long as I have so good a place, and have to work fr a living, I must be content, as best I can.
The general interest of the country are in a prosperous condition: the crops are bringing good prices, and the production of gold is very large; should the rains not come early and this allows the miners to work their silver claims, I shall not be surprised at larger shipments of gold than ever before, and that there will be a greater crowd of lucky homeward bound this fall, than at any time, sine the settlement of the country..
Politics in this state are rather dull, people have too much of their own business to mind here, as a general thing, and care very little about elections for which reason, they have been cursed with the most corrupt set of officers, ever known, and have had to bleed for it--served them right say I. It is generally though here Pierce will be elected but I consider it a decided case of "Quein Sabe" and shall not prophecy until after the election--however as I don't know whether you are a Loco or a Whig.."
I believe this is the earliest document I have ever had. John Packrow, Colleton County South Carolina. Dated February 1767. Land granted by George the Third of Great Britain, France, and Ireland. Numeous separations,holes, and other wear as can be seen in the scans. Heavy rag paper, measures 15 by 12 and a half inches. Extensive repairs on the back side with archival, acid free tape and encapsulated for safe handling. All of this can be easily reversed if desired.
The Green Book-Historical Reminders of Segregation
Item #: NEW-005783
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Two items in this offering. "The Green Book" was a publication which listed businesses across the United States which welcomed the "negro traveler". This one is dated Spring 1958. Published by the Esso Men. Wear to the covers with yellow worn off in spots, fold, and musty smell. Traveling through the South as well as other parts of the country was a very dicey, and sometimes dangerous experience for people of color.
The other item is a small (about 2 and a half by 1 and a half inches) advertising handout for a dentist. This was found in Tennessee encased in an unattractive homemade paper weight. I removed it from the paper weight. Slick surface with some loss of the wording. "Its a clean place The work is really good The Treatment is kind gentle The price is right too. Guess I will go there You will miss it if you don't and unless you are colored folks." Dr. J W Cord Desoto Building Phone A1092 708-10 Pine Street. Please view the scan.
1852 Stampless Cover-San Francisco-Gold Rush-Joseph G Eastland
Item #: NEW-005108
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Interesting three page letter written from San Francisco in 1852. Worn and stained cover with a clear cancel from San Francisco. The correspondent is Joseph G Eastland. Here is some of the content which involves his concern over the Chinese immigrants streaming into the mines and San Francisco.
"The season has opened here very favorably to all descriptions of business, and with the great additions that have been made of late to the population, will no doubt be a very productive one of the great staple gold-The subject now engrossing most of the public mind, is that of the immense immigration of Chinese which is now rolling in upon us. They are as you know of comparatively very little benefit to the state, bringing with them as they do, both provisions and clothing and purposing only to remain long enough to make a few hundred dollars and then return from this ? the feeling against them, which as gone so far as in some portions of the mines to cause collisions between them and the Americans...
San Francisco's march is still onward, and we now have a very fine town, there are many fine buildings going up and should the "fire-season" pass over us this year without a dash at us, in another year there will be so many brick buildings, as to prevent the spread of the devouring element...
Ku Klux Conspiracy Set-Congressional Hearings- KKK
Item #: NEW-005047
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No paypal on this item though payment plans can be arranged.
Offering my complete set of this important reference work on the testimony collected by the Joint-Select Committee to Inquire Into the Insurrectionary States of activities of the Ku Klux Klan. Most famously, Nathan Bedford Forrest was required to report to the Congressional Committee and testified to his activities. General John B Gordon was also called to testify.
Printing date is 1872. Thirteen volumes in dark brown covers. Condition on the volumes varies. I'm not going to list all of the individual defects. The worst has some loss on the spine and about a third of it is taped with scotch tape. All of course have shelf wear but none are library copies and most are in very acceptable condition. Some of the volumes are in quite nice condition. I should note that complete sets are quite rare and most are in poor condition or are library copies. I am quite proud of this set which I was able to assemble. There are three volumes on Alabama, two on Georgia, one miscellaneous and Florida, two on Mississippi, and three on South Carolina.
I'm guessing that the postage would be considerable but will be sent media mail and I don't charge handling. The weight I'm going to is just a guess. Just ignore it as the software requires me to put something there.
Here is some information on the Ku Klux Klan:
The Klan's was founded in 1866 by veterans of the Confederate Army, its main purpose was to resist Reconstruction, and it focused as much on intimidating "carpetbaggers" and "scalawags" as on putting down the freed slaves. The KKK quickly adopted violent methods. A rapid reaction set in, with the Klan's leadership disowning violence, and Southern elites seeing the Klan as an excuse for federal troops to continue their activities in the South. The organization was in decline from 1868 to 1870 and was destroyed in the early 1870s by President Ulysses S. Grant's vigorous action under the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act).
Note: Complete sets are rarely offered and when they are they are in the $3,500-$4,000 range
Inch and a half celluloid in good condition. St. Louis Button paper insert on the back.
Please refer to this great website on the biography of Stribling.
The following is some of the information from this site:
At the time of his death at age 28 in 1933, few athletes were more universally loved and admired than William Lawrence Stribling, Jr., of Macon, Georgia. Known during his 12-year professional boxing career as "Young" Stribling to distinguish him from "Pa" Stribling, his father and manager, the young man embodied clean living and good sportsmanship. To this day, he still serves as a role model for all athletes.
"Strib" fought a total of 286 recorded bouts, losing only 12. He was knocked out only once, and it was a technical KO during the final round with Germany's Max Schmeling in 1931. He set records, too, including most fights by a heavyweight, most fights by a heavyweight in a single year (he fought 55), most knockouts by a heavyweight (127), and fewest times knocked out. Champion boxer Jim Corbett called him "the best heavyweight fighter for his pounds that ever lived."
Strib" attended Macon's Lanier High School where he excelled as a forward on the basketball team that won the state championship in 1922. At the same time, he gained attention from the media as an outstanding boxer beginning with his first professional fight at age 16 in Atlanta. While still in high school, he fought 75 professional bouts. After gaining favorable media attention for his first major fight, a bout which he tied with champion Mike McTigue from Ireland, "Strib" was besieged by offers to box all over the United States, Europe, South America, and Africa. People wanted to see the young prodigy of the boxing ring in person during those days before television.
Stribling died at a young age as a result of an automobile accident in Macon.
Nice condition on this photograph from Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus Ohio. In 1880 Barnum featured this pair of three and a half foot tall, muscular, long haired dwarfs supposedly captured off the coast of Borneo. In fact, they were the retarded brothers Hiram and Barney Davis, born to English parents and raised on an Ohio farm. They became one of the most famous freak acts in the world and the main feature of Barnum's circus.
This is from Kentucky but that's close to Tennessee. It is etched and I couldn't get a good scan of photo of the middle area which has the etching. It does have a condition problem where the top has been glued on in a large loop around the whole area below the neck. This is what is etched on the middle portion. "Early Times" Nelson County Whiskey" Next is a log cabin. One one side of the cabin it says Sour and on the other side it says Mash. At the bottom it says Pearce, Hurt & Company, Louisville Kentucky. This bottle was probably made around the time of our nation's centennial.
Two page letter with cover but you can only read part of the cancel. Here is some of the content, "I sadly advise...of the death of my poor boy, John L Hicks...He was killed in an altercation or brawl at a mining camp on the Colorado River in California. Cause-WHISKEY." Went on to talk about how great his son was."As to my boy George, who was killed in Western Texas about 18 months ago, he was an innocent as a child..he was brutally murdered by Mexican highway men." This letter speaks to the rough life led by many who pioneered out west.
The Miners Ten Commandments-1854 Letter/Cover-Gold Rush-Joesph G Eastland
Item #: AME-001335
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Please no Pay Pal on this lot which includes three items. The first is a letter sheet, The Miner's Ten Commandments, a must for any serious gold rush collector. This blue rag sheet was printed in 1853 by James Hutchings. Folds from being mailed in a letter. Written across the top in red is "From Joe Eastland." Joseph G Eastland was a pioneer of San Francisco who left Nashville Tennessee with his father Thomas B Eastland to participate in the gold rush. There is an article written by him in the California Historical Society Quarterly, No 18 June 1939 issue. Eastland had sent this letter sheet to a friend in Nashville, who also left for the gold rush, and included it in his letter.
The following is the most interesting content of this page and a half letter. "Herein I send you the "Miningers" Ten Commandments. I think them pretty good, and hope they will please you. In the event of your ever returning to this great country, their teaching may be beneficial to you...California is still in her onward march-if you wish proof, I will only say that each month adds from three to four hundred respectable women to our population. The mines have been yielding pretty largely lately, though only one miner in a hundred, perhaps, is making more than average wages, and very many not more than expenses. San Francisco, is of course improving, and is constantly becoming a more pleasant place of residence. The principal streets are now lighted with gas lights, and before very long, we will no doubt have a plentiful supply of water as even Nashville, itself..." Finally included in the lot is a cover in which the letter and letter sheet were mailed. The Francisco part of the cancel is quite light. I would prefer to mail these items flat.