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1896 Graphic LH & Cover-Diehl & Lord-Nashville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0010127

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Nice color graphic on the lettersheet headed by Diehl & Danbury, Memphis Tennessee sent from their Nashville office in 1896.  This company is most noted for their beer mad by the F W Cook Brewing Company in Evansville Indiana.  They also made Cider, Carbonated Soda, Sparkling Orange juice, Ginger Ale, Champagne, and Mineral Waters.  Also included in the lot is a illustrated advertising cover postmarked from Nashville on the front and Cookeville on the back.  A couple top edge tears.  

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Rare Swizzle Stick-Climax Saloon-Nashville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0010069

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This is a rare item from a famous saloon in Nashville Tennessee.  It reads Climax Co.  Two bottle collectors have confirmed that this is an item from the Climax which closed in 1912 but in it's heyday was patronized by the movers and shakers of Nashville along with the ruffians.  The top floor housed the brothel which could pull down a false wall that protected them from the occasional and  half hearted raids of the Nashville Police Department.   

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Rare Illustrated Lettersheet-Cover-Mary Sharp College-Winchester Tn
Item #: NEW-009996

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Letter is undated as is the two very clear Winchester cancels.  I'm also including a grade report from 1885 which does not go with the letter and cover.  Personal letter.  Mary Sharp was very significant as it was one of the earliest colleges for women in the nation. 

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1878 Booklet-Annual Sale-Thoroughbred Yearlings-Belle Meade-Nasvhille
Item #: NEW-009959

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Neat little catalog featuring W G Harding's annual horse sale held on the premises of the historic Belle Meade Mansion in Nashville Tennessee.  See scan to view the condition.  There are pencil markings throughout the booklet where someone marked horses they might be interested in.  There in more wear to the back cover than the front. Interior has some creases on the tips.Hole on last page. Eighteen pages, complete..  These catalogs are very rare.  Belle Meade's papers were unfortunately burned many years ago with only a few of these catalogs turning up in a Nashville estate a few years ago and all were purchased by Belle Meade. 

Also advertised in the booklet is one of Belle Meade's most famous horses- Bonnie Scotland.  Bonnie Scotland was offered for stud in the catalog.  The season price is listed at $100. 

  Bonnie Scotland (1853-1880), acquired by William Giles Harding in 1872, made Belle Meade a world famous stud.  He was the leading American sire in 1880 and 1882.  His most famous descendent was Luke Blackburn, whose winnings totaled $63,875.  Bonnie Scotland's blood descendents are still racing today.  They include Northern Dancer, Never Say Die, Sunday Silence, and the 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat.


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Very Rare Tennessee Imprint
Item #: NEW-009443

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This little imprint is in very poor and incomplete condition. Unlisted in Allen or anywhere else that I could find. Someone thought enough of the volume to a hand stitch a cloth cover which is now quite tattered. Most of the title page is missing but I have concluded that the author is J G Stearnes, "Soldier of the First Tennessee Regiment, wounded in the Battle of Cere Gordo." Copy right secured. Printed in Nashville by W F Bang & Co Banner Office 1847. I believe the title may be War Cry of the Volunteer. On the back are the names of Members of the 1st Tenn Reg Vols, who fell at Monterey and Cerro Gordo. Next are missing pages and the first page begins with 7. Song or poem is titled "Volunteer's Farewell". Pages 8 and "Campbell's Band". Tune-Highland Laddie (which makes me believe most if not all are songs) continued on page 10. Page 11's title is "Yankee Doodle Doo" (sung by the Harrison Guards on hearing the report of the Enemy's guns when marching to Monterey. Page 12 in a continuation of this song. Page 13 has "The Elephant-Or, The March to Monterey". Page 14 begins the song "Siege of Monterey"-It begins with Sept 21, 22, 23 and 24 (Days of the battle) covering pages 14 15, 16,17,18, 19, 20, 21, and part of 23 (a different song for each day) "Momento" begins on page 23 and is an ode to the men who fell at Monterey. "Tennessee Banne"r heads page 25, ending on page 26 which also begins "The Soldier's Story of Old Rough and Ready" (Zachary Taylor) which ends on page 29. The" Field of Buena Vista" is also on page 29 and ends on page 31. Half of that page is missing which cuts into "Uncle Sam's Farm". Page 33 and 34 is missing. Page 35 and 36 is complete and loose and has the songs "The Girl I left behind me" and the "Battle of Buena Vista". End of the pages. I don't know if any are missing or not. As can be seen in the sample scans there are numerous tears and othe wear. I made a useless attempt to mend some of them with archival tape. Am selling for what I paid for it.

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Jack Daniel Whiskey Jug-Nashville Liquor Dealers
Item #: NEW-009181

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This jug is from my personal collection. Rare jug given out by W. T. & C D Gunter, Liquor Dealers for Jack Daniel No 7 Whiskey on 205 Broad Street in Nashville, Tennessee. Please view the scans carefully to see the condition problems. Two large chunks out of the bottom which can be seen on the front side. Another of these on the side. There is a long crack on the back and another crack that runs horizontal to the bottom with a peak in the middle. There are also anomalies connected to the finishing of the jug, most of which can be seen in the scans. Other minor problems such as small chips including one on the lip. The cracks are smooth to the touch.
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Unusual Gerst Die Cut Trade Card Panel
Item #: NEW-009179

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This appears to be a rare and very early advertising item made for the William Gerst Brewing Company in Nashville Tennessee. This was made for a quack Gerst product that I have never heard of-Bottled Malt Liquid Food for family use. These die cut trades cards where likely connected at one time. They are color lithographs and were produced by the famous Raphael Tuck & Sons. There are condition problems which can be seen in the scans. Most of the blank areas are the die cut but two of the cards are damaged with part of the borders missing. The most disfiguring are the marks made by scotch tape. I have removed the sticky part but the stains are still there. This occurred when someone wanted to display both sides. Please carefully view all the scans.

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Gunn's Domestic Medicine-1830-True First
Item #: NEW-009118

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This is a true first edition of this famous, early medical book. Printed in Knoxville under an anonymous name, "A Physician of Knoxville". Plate is missing and other condition problems. Book opens to the title page. Some of the other blank pages are missing. See the pencil scribbling shown in the scans on the inside of the covers. Rebinding in the distant past. See scans of the wear to the boards. Book has sustained water damage, affecting some of the pages. See probable insect damage to the pages at the bottom of the book. Two pages partially separated from the binding. Foxing on the pages. At a time when the standardization of medical training in the United States was in its infancy, Gunn's Domestic Medicine helped families cope with the frequent illnesses that plagued frontier life. Along with the family Bible, Gunn's Domestic Medicine (and the later Domestic Physician) graced the parlor tables of many a home in the 1800s.

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Rare Pumpkintown Edition-Gunn's Domestic Medicine
Item #: NEW-009101

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This is a modern rebinding of this rare edition and I thought it was a good job other than not preserving the fly page that identified the owner as being a Confederate soldier as I had requested. The end pages have also been replaced. Gunn's Domestic Medicine or Poor Man's Friend was first published in 1830. The Pumpkintown Tennessee edition was published in 1839 and is the eight reprinting of this famous medical book. 635 pages with foxing, as expected. This is a must for the great Tennessee book collection. At a time when the standardization of medical training in the United States was in its infancy, Gunn's Domestic Medicine helped families cope with the frequent illnesses that plagued frontier life. Along with the family Bible, Gunn's Domestic Medicine (and the later Domestic Physician) graced the parlor tables of many a home in the 1800s.

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PC-Interior Kandy Kitchen-Tullahoma Tennessee
Item #: NEW-008594

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Very minor tip wear to this card which was never mailed.

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Thuss Photograph-Tennessee Centennial Parade
Item #: NEW-008200

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Great mounted albumen showing a rare view of the Ladies Hermitage Association at the Tennessee Centennial Parade in Nashville in 1897. As can be seen in the scan, the photo is light but clarity is pretty good. There is also a crack in the mount which runs though the photograph itself more than half way though the photo. Photo measures 9+ by 7 and a half inches, with the mount it measures 14 by 11. There is other wear to the corners of the mount which cannot be seen in the scan.

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Postcard of Teddy Roosevelt Visiting Hermitage
Item #: NEW-007601

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Some wear to the left hand bottom corner of this scarce Nashville postcard. Not postally used although there is a message on the back.

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Rare Campaign Issue-Clay Standard-Tennessee
Item #: NEW-007537

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Fifteen page booklet which measures ten and a half inches by 6 and a half inches. This campaign tract for Henry Clay is dated July 23, 1844 and printed in Murfreesborough (now Murfreesboro) Tennessee. Murfreesboro in the 1840's was a very small town. This is Number 16 but this tract is not in the holdings of the State of Tennessee Archives and is unlisted in Ron Allen's list of early Tennessee imprints. The main condition problem is extensive use (every page) of tape. There is a bleed through of acidic toning on each opposite page. De-acidification would be a mandatory expense to spare this from further damage. Second scan illustrates the bleed-through. Also note the overall moderate to light foxing. The tract is advertising the Grand Mass Convention of the Whigs of the Union at Nashville on the 21st of August 1844. Listing of prominent Whip Tennesseans. Mention of invitations for the Clay Guards of Gallatin, Mill Boys of the Sashes, Clarksville, Ore Diggers of Dixon, Out Country's Guards of Columbia, Ashlanders of Lebanon,Fox Camp Blues, Stones River Slashes all from Rutherford County, Clay Boys of Franklin, Cedar Snags of Wilson, etc.. Evidently Clay had quite a contingent of supporters in Middle Tennessee opposing James K Polk. "The LADIES (heaven bless them!) will be with us, in hundreds and thousand to cheer us with their smiles, and to add by their presence to the inspiring influences of the occasion." Tract is warning that the annexation of Texas into the Union can cost the disunion of the Union. Tract includes the words to a song written by Joseph Morton of Rutherford County, "Polk Syrup". "Andrew Jacson, the Locos say: He is opposed to Henry Clay: In order to carry out the joke, He knocks down Van and sets up Polk.

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Vintage Street Scene-Dyersburg Tennessee
Item #: NEW-007453

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Unused card with horse drawn wagons bearing cottom on the town square in Dyersburg. Note where the image has flaked off on the lower right hand corner.

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CDV-Major Wilbur Fisk Foster-Famous Nashvillian
Item #: NEW-007256

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This is an image of Wilbur Fisk Foster. He entered the war as a private with the Rock City Guards and went on to serve as the Chief Engineer of the Army of Tennessee. Foster had warned officials that there were engineering miscalculations in the construction of Fort Henry. After the war he served as City Engineer. Foster went on to form a partnership which became the Foster Creighton Company. Foster was the chief engineer for the first railroad bridge in Nashville and oversaw the construction for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. He is pictured here in his Masonic regalia. He was a 33rd degree. C C Giers was the photographer. Creighton's son wrote a book about Foster, titled the Life of Wilbur Fisk Foster, which is also on my site.

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Autographed CDV-C C Giers in Masonic Regalia
Item #: NEW-007251

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Great pose of famous Civil War photographer, C C Giers. CDV has been trimmed at the top. Autographed on the back, "yours fraternally C C Giers, Nashville Tennessee." See scans

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Confederate General Lucius Polk-Post War CDV-Giers
Item #: NEW-007250

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Scarce image of Lucius Polk, a nephew of General Leonidas Polk, in his Masonic regalia. C C Giers photographer mark on front and back. There is a period id of "Sir Lucius Polk Columbia Tennessee". The mount has been trimmed at the top and there is some kind of scuffing at the top right hand edge as well as a couple of brown spots as can be seen in the scan. Polk enlisted in 1861 as a private in the Yell Rifles, Pat Cleburne's unit. He was promoted to Colonel of the 15th Arkansas Infantry after Shiloh, where he was wounded in the face. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1862 and assumed Pat Cleburne's command. He fought with distinction at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and the the Atlanta campaign. However, at Kennesaw Mountain in 1864 he was so severely wounded (for the fourth time during the war) he never fully recovered and retired to his home near Columbia Tennessee. He died in 1892 and is buried at St John's Churchyard at Ashwood Tennessee.

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Journal-1871-1930's-Captain Thomas Ryman's Family Members
Item #: NEW-006985

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Large format leather journal completely filled with genealogical information regarding the John Alexander Rountree family, entries by his wife, Alabama Lynch Baugh and later his daughter. John Rountree was a Captain with the Ryman steamboat line and he married Alabama Lynch Baugh, also called Sis Tom" and "Tommie." Her sister was Mary Elizabeth Baugh who became the wife of Thomas Green Ryman for whom the Ryman auditorium was named, original home of Nashville's famous Grand Ole Opry. The beginning pages of the journal contains loose pages of genealogical information separated by some blank pages and then an inventory of purchases made by Carson Rountree who at the time lived in Texas and was engaged with John Alexander Rountree building Railroad road beds. According to a notation on page 173 a diary by John Alexander Rountree begins. "I left Lavaca (?) county Texas on Oct 15,1877. " "I arrived in Nashville at 7 o'clock PM stopped at the Commercial Hotel...""joined the acquaintance of Captain Ryman liked him very much.".. Very pretty day went to Spring Hill on the morning train. Capt went to the Depot with me. Later the Journal is taken over by Rountree's wife. She documents visits with friends and trips on Steamboats where they frequently played games of chance. Some mention was made of the Nashville Centennial festivities. "The exposition Centennial of Nashville is in full blast tonight..."Today is the grand day of events. We all rose early. the most of them to be off to the unveiling of General Jackson's statue at the Capital grounds..then went on the hill to witness the display of fireworks." Later entries document the many moves of the family and mention of their child Gertie and death of another child. At some point Rountree becomes a Captain with the Ryman line. Mention is made in 1882 of the Cumberland River flooding parts of Nashville.. July 18 notation mentions the Cleveland and Bates rally. October 16, 1887 notation mentions President Cleveland's visit to Nashville. "President Cleveland and wife visited Belle Meade in the afternoon. They drove in the city and visited (Mrs) President Polk. Mr. Rountree caught a slight glimpse of them at the Church street entrance. Sister drove the decorated line of march and stopped at the Polk Place near the tomb of President Polk, hoping the see him (Cleveland) visit the tomb but were disappointed. (next day) Everybody arose early to see the President & wife. ...from an upper window witnessed the pageant...Such a grand spectacle we seldom witness as we beheld the President and lady were in an open carriage drawn by four black horses. He a large portly man while she was a pretty dark eyed sweet little lady. They seemed as much pleased as any of the children smiling and nodding to the crowds of people on every side. following in the next carriage was T M Gen Pilas (?) who gave us a special bow, a long line of carriages. Soldiers, Cavalry and artillery footman, private orders. After the procession passed it began to sprinkle rain our party started to the Maxwell House where Mrs. Cleveland was to hold her reception but it began sprinkling a little harder so sister and I and the children concluded to return home. Mr Rountree went on to the reception he met Mrs. Cleveland at the Maxwell and shook hands with her afterwards went to the Capitol to the Presidents reception. He saw him but did not shake hands with him as the crowd was so immense he could not shake hands so only allowed the crowd to pass before him." Following this are some more brief entries by Rountree who notes that he is working on the South Nashville Christian Church on College Street...I am trying to be a better man." Jan 1, 1888. "Bro David Lipscomb preached..." Aug 17. 92 "Gertie was at the Franklin...she jointed the Church of Christ Aug 19, 189w under Brother J A Harding<

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1919 PC-Union Depot-Columbia Tennessee
Item #: NEW-006952

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Minor wear on this card, though some cancel smears just above Columbia

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Rare Tn Imprint-Sheet Music-Tennessee Jubilee-Color Lithograph
Item #: NEW-006777

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This great complete sheet is from my collection. Published in 1899 by the H A French Company in Nashville Tennessee. This rag was composed by Thomas E Broady. Color lithograph which has all of the original color. The sheet would not fit in the scanner to show a closeup of the condition problems. There is a large light crease in the upper left hand corner. There is a bad area on the right hand upper area, including a hole. This is all in the margin. Crease on bottom right hand corner and rough bottom left hand area in the margin. Partially separated at the spine. I had this item framed which presents it in the best manner. Racially insensitive content but very common for the period. It is a joyful scene of blacks enjoying a respite from the hard manual labor which made up the majority of their lives. Black Americana. African Americana.

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Eugene C Lewis-1890 ALS-Gun Powder
Item #: NEW-006528

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This is a one page letter written by famous Nashville citizen Eugene C Lewis to his sister. It is a personal letter regarding legal matters related to Blanche Lewis's adoption of some children. Blanche Lewis was well known as the nurse of the soldiers wounded at Fort Donelson. One tear at one of the folds. At the time this letter was written Lewis was running the Sycamore Powder Company. This powder Mill was established in 1835. About 1868 the company bought the entire machinery of the Confederate Powder Works at Augusta, Ga., and moved it to Sycamore Mills. This plant, later moved to Old Hickory Tennessee and was taken over by DuPont at wars end and remained in production until World War I. The beautiful graphics appear to the labels off the boxes for Tennessee Sporting Gunpowder in Sycamore Tennessee. At the time of this letter the company had moved to Nashville Tennessee. Rather poor condition on the envelope with numerous heavy folds and tear just below the graphics. Lewis was the driving force behind the construction of the Parthenon as well as the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, Union Station and many of Nashville's parks, roadways, boulevards and monuments.

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Rare Advertising Button-Tennessee Centennial Expo
Item #: NEW-006417

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Only example I have ever seen of an advertising celluloid from the expostion held in Nashville in 1897. One and a quarter inch celluloid button featuring the Parthenon and advertising Brazilian Gem Company. Great condition.

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Celluloid Disc Badge-Tn Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-006412

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Beautiful clean badge showing the Parthenon. This badge was made for the Congress of Artists and Authors Day at the exposition held in Nashville in 1897.

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Rare Gerst Beer Graphic Letterhead-1899
Item #: NEW-006342

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See the scan to view the condition of this short letterhead. Note the acidic toning on the left edge from paper glued on the back. William Gerst Brewing Company. Nashville Tennessee. Note the graphics of the gold medal which was awarded the company during the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

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1886 Receipt-Robertson County Distiller-Liquor
Item #: NEW-006260

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Neat souvenir froom the glory days of Robertson County where Liquor was the prime product. John Woodard was second only to Charles Nelson in the manufacture and sales of whisky. See scan to view the condition.

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Tennessee Centennial Exposition Calendar
Item #: NEW-006218

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Complete calendar for the year of 1897, the year the exposition was held. Some loss of corners on the first page which features the Parthenon. Each month portrays a color lithograph of the various buildings of the exposition. Construction is heavy cardboard. Beautiful. Some wear to the corners but nothing like the first page.

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Tennessee Centennial Exposition Hanky
Item #: NEW-006133

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View scan to see the condition of this item from the 1897 Exposition in Nashville. Slight pink stain in some areas where the embroidery ran.

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Undivided Back PC-Busy Street Scene-Lawrenceburg
Item #: NEW-006078

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Neat unused card from Lawrenceburg Tennessee titled "David Crockett Court House and Mexican War Veteran Monument. Dingy area in the white field and some wear to the corners.

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Historic Relic of Segregation-Nashville Bus Sign
Item #: NEW-006072

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This is a framed metal sign that had been posted inside abandoned Nashville Transit Company's bus No 551. The bus entered service in the late 1940's. The sign reads "This Part of the Bus for the Colored Race." Needless to say it was removed from the back of this abandoned bus presently parked in a private junkyard off of Nolensville Road in Nashville. A paper sticker had been placed over the sign and over the years the sticker eroded to reveal this piece of dark history. I purchased this from the man who cut it out of the bus. He went back later to take numerous photographs of the bus which will be included. He framed the item. The sign itself measures fifteen and a half by five plus inches. It is probably larger within the frame. I thought about taking it out of the frame just to verifty it was a metal sign (the spots which appear are remmants of the paper sticker). I saw no need to do this when I actually learned the exact location of the bus which is behind an old antique store which I have frequented over the years. I recalled the bus and had even been in it but was not lucky enough to spot it.

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1887 LH-St Cloud Hotel-Nashville-Great Content
Item #: NEW-006065

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This is the only example of a letterhead from this old hotel made famous by the author Alfred Leland Crabb that I have ever seen. The St Cloud Hotel was a gathering place for Union leaders during the occupation of Nashville. Light water stain at upper edge, folds, and a corner crease. This letter has interesting content. "$100 received of M A Macon the sum of one hundred dollars as our fee for prosecuting John F (can't quite read the last name) for the murder of John Macon in the criminal court at Nashville Tennessee." Murray and Spurlock This letter came from the estate of Uncle Dave Macon, whose father is referred to in the letter. His father Captain John Macon was a Confederate officer who purchased the Broadway Hotel in Nashville which became a home for itinerant musicians. His son Uncle Dave Macon lived there and witnessed his father murder. He and his mother moved to Readyville following this traumatic event. They moved to nearby Kittrell later where he lived the rest of his life. Uncle Dave Macon became an entertainer with the Grand Ole Opry when he was fifty years old where he entertained until his death in 1952. Macon was beloved by all and was one of the first musicians to be named to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Murfreesboro Jack Daniels banjo

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KKK Flyer-Knights of Ku Kluz Klan-Harriman Tenn
Item #: NEW-005892

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Two sided flyer, not dated but probably circa 1950's. Nice condition on this thin newsprint paper. Nip out of upper right hand corner. White area on side 2 is residue of a price sticker which is on the mylar sleeve not on the flyer. Be a Citizen, renew your driver's license pay your poll tax and join the KKK

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Advertising Trade Card-Tn Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-005853

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This trade card features the Woman's Building at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897. Advertising on the front for the Dismukes-Niles Hat Company in Nashville Tennessee. Blank on the other side. Minor wear. Pennsylvania Hat Company. Measures 5+ by 4+ inches. Trade cards from the exposition are quite rare.

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Advertising Trade Card-Tn Centennial Exposition
Item #: NEW-005852

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This trade card features the Manufacturers Building at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897. Advertising on the front for the Dismukes-Niles Hat Company in Nashville Tennessee. Blank on the other side. Minor wear to one corner and spot at mid-bottom edge. Pennsylvania Hat Company. Measures 5+ by 4+ inches.

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Brick from Eugene C Lewis's Round House-Nashville
Item #: NEW-005825

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Nice present for someone who has everything. This brick (note the curve on the left hand side) was given to me by a relative of Major E C Lewis, famous Nashville citizen. The creative mind of Lewis wanted a round house that would be safer for his children. Lewis's brilliant accomplishments are too numerous to mention here but he is best known for his leadership directing the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and the building of the Parthenon. This home was located at 16th Avenue and Broad. Brick is red, not pink as shown in the scan.

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LS-Governor Bate-Excellent Content-Motlow Family
Item #: NEW-005769

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Two page typed letter signed by Governor William B Bate July 6th, 1900. He has responded to Felix G Motlow, Lynchburg Tennessee regarding his request for an appointment to Annapolis or West Point. (There is a ddescripancy in the name on the letter which is Felix G and th name on the envelope which is Felix W. Possibly he mailed it to the father, who was a former Confederate soldier. "I received a letter from your uncle Jack Daniel asking that I appoint you as cadet to Anapolis." "I found letters reqesting your appointment to West Point." Explains that he has already requested the appointment of the son of James S Cooper who was one of Bate's soldiers in the 20th Tennessee Regiment. (Fexlix W Motlow was also a Confederate soldier in Turney, 1st Tennessse Infantry Regiment.) Jack Daniels Motlow

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Rare Nashville Whiskey Bottle-Linck's Hotel
Item #: NEW-005735

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I didn't know about the Linck's Hotel until I purchased this bottle. about a half Pint, I'm guessing. This hotel was around in the late 1880's and early 1900's. The hotel was located at Linck's Depot on 3rd Ave and L & N Rail road. It later was listed at 1881 at College Street. No chips or cracks. Embossed lettering which reads's Linck's Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. Cheater

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Ticket Holder & Tickets-Tennessee Centennial Expo
Item #: NEW-005599

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Metal holder for the ticket to the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Some wear to the holder

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Advertising Trade Card-Tennessee Centennial-1897
Item #: NEW-005593

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Large trade card for O K Houck & Company, dealer in Kershner Pianos, measuring 5+ by 4 inches. Nice condition. The front is a reproduction of perhaps the most beautiful sheet music that was made for the exposition.

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Tinype-Tennessee Centennial Exposition-1897
Item #: NEW-005592

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Interesting tinype which of a Tennessee Centennial guard or police man and attendees at the expo in Nashville. Nice condition

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Great Graphic Letterhead-1880-Lovemans-Corsets
Item #: NEW-004898

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This is my favorite old billhead from Nashville. Lovemans was a famous Nashville Department store, unfortunatly now defunct. D Lovemn, A Loveman and L J Loventhal were the ownders. Great illustrations of instruments of horror for the Victorian era lady of fashion. Corsets. Folds and ink stain at bottom.

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Sycamore Powder Mills-Cheatham Co Tn
Item #: NEW-004874

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Beautiful letter sheet which is important to the history of Cheatham County as well as to Nashville Tennessee. Content is business unrelated to the Mill. Advertised Tennessee Sporting and Blasting Powder. This letter sheet is dated 1904, Nashville, with the director being E C Lewis, a major figure in Tennessee history. The letter sheet indicates that the Mill was established in 1835. About 1868 the company bought the entire machinery of the Confederate Powder Works at Augusta, Ga., and moved it to Sycamore Mills. This plant, later moved to Old Hickory Tnnessee and was taken over by DuPont at war's end and remained in production until World War I.

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Dr. Paul Eve Lot-Early Nashville Surgeon
Item #: NEW-004855

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This lot consists of a graphic billhead for Paul Eve & Son, Surgeons in Nashville Tennessee. Dated 1878. $15.00 for a home visit (12 miles) to Devon Farm and the other appears to read "To Trephine col. (slave) man. $35.00 or a total of $50.00, which was a pretty hefty sum in that day. Second item is an engraved card which reads University of Nashville, Lectures on surgery Paul Eve. Student's signature is at the bottom. G C Northington. This card is dated 1854-55. Finally a well worn item from the University of Nashville giving the lecture hours and offices of the professors. The following is a biography of Paul Eve provided by the Vanderbilt Medical Hospital. Dr. Paul F. Eve was the greatest of Tennessee's nineteenth century surgeons. Born on a rice plantation near Augusta, Georgia, Eve received his undergraduate education from Franklin College and his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1828. After graduation , he decided that he wanted to be a surgeon. To realize this goal, he went to Europe in 1829 and studied with the most prominent surgeons of the day in London and Paris. His surgical mentors included, Larrey, Dupuytren, Roux, Lesfranc, Cruvielhier, Velpeau, Astley Cooper and others. In 1831 he served with the Polish Army as surgeon during the revolution in that country. Poland awarded Dr. Eve the Golden Cross of Honor for his services. Eve was involved in four military adventures throughout his career; the three-day war in France, 1830; the Polish Revolution, 1831; the Mexican War, 1848;and the American Civil War. Back in the United States in 1832, Eve was elected Professor of Surgery in the Medical College of Georgia, just then organized in Augusta, and taught there for 17 years. In 1851, Eve became Professor of Surgery in the newly organized Medical School of the University of Nashville. He served as President of the American Medical Association in 1857-58. Paul Eve was 55 years old and teaching in Nashville when the Civil War began, and he served tirelessly from beginning to end. In 1861, before Tennessee had seceded, Eve was appointed Surgeon General of a provisional Army of Tennessee. He worked in Nashville hospitals, treating casualties, until Forts Henry and Donelson fell in February of 1862. He fled Nashville on February 16th taking his surgical instruments with him. Six days later he was Commander and Surgeon of the Gate-City Hospital in Atlanta. This hospital was located in a second-rate hotel of 32 rooms and was constantly overcrowded with patients. In spite of difficult conditions, Eve was able to treat and return to duty a high percentage of casualties.* As a surgeon Eve was best known for performing lithotomies. In his lifetime he did 238 with a mortality of only 8 percent.* Eve was an all-around surgeon of international recognition. At a time when most surgeons were anything but Halstedian in their operating technique and lost many patients, he had a remarkably low mortality rate, due, I believe, to his preoperative preparation of the patient and his gently handling of tissue.* Wherever he worked, Paul Eve gathered skills and invented procedures that he later taught to many medical students. The distinguished physician/adventurer died in his Nashville home on November 3, 1877.

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Magnus Song Sheet-Drummer Boy of Nashville
Item #: NEW-004747

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Beautiful shong sheet published in 1864 by Charles Magnus.

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Broadside-Civil Rights Movement-Memphis
Item #: NEW-004668

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Small broadside which measures 9 by 6 inches. Made on very thin, light green paper. Light folds and small tear at the bottom. Broadside is urging people to stop taking the Commerical Appeal and the Memphis Press-Scimitar, listing seven reasons. 1. Not fairly covering the Sanitation workers strike, 2. Not giving fair and full coverage to Negro news, 3. Designating race when crimes are committed by Negroes, but not whites, 4. Insulting us with "Hambone" (a comic strip based on racial stereotypes") 5. running segregated housing ads, 6. not hiring Negroes in most offices and 7. segregating Negroes in death notices. Important artifact from the Civil Rights movement, marked by the subsequent assasination of its leader, Martin Luther King.

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Undivided Back PC-Main Street-Franklin Tennessee
Item #: NEW-004558

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Slight dingy look. album wear at the corners. Postally unused.

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One-of-A- Kind Badge-Tennessee Centennial Expo
Item #: NEW-004500

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I consider this to be the most important item in my Tennessee Centennial Exposistion. Members of the Executive Committee for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition held in Nashville in 1897 were issued special badges. This one belonged to the President, John W. Thomas. This badge was produced by Steif, a famous Nashville jeweler and silversmith. Thomas's name is engraved on the back. Perfect conditon.

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1878-Outstanding Letter-Descendant of General Hall
Item #: NEW-004392

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Three page, small letter sheet from "Aunt Lizzie" to Edward Hicks of Nashville Tennessee, dated Sept 20th 1878 from Ft Smith Arkansas. "The Rual Sun, a welcome visitor, continues to come weekly. ..The mention of Bledsoe's Lick or Castalian Springs, awakened many pleasant as well as sad reiniscences. How cheering is the account given of the prosperity of that region. Col & Mrs. Wynne I knew. Mrs. W was the daughter of General Winchester-one of the best read women in Sumner County. When last in Tennessee, I received an invitation to a reunion of the old settlers and their descendants given at her mothers. My forefathers are buried up on an eminence overlooking the Springs. My Grandfather was killed near there by the Indians in defense of his family. Also an uncle. My grandmother made her escape upon a fleet horse to the Fort. My Aunt and Father's little children were hidden in a hollow log for a whole day. General Hall, my Uncle, was pursued by the Indians and had a lock of his hair shot from his head. He performed some wonderful feats in fighting the Indians. He lived to account them to his descendants and lived to a good old age. My heart is heavy and grieved to the utmost for the desolation of our beloved South. The best citizens are falling victims from the dread pestilence. In my old home Canton, my best friends are no more...more." The correspondent was referring to General William Hall who chronicled the South-Western pioneers' battles with the Indians and was the source of many of the early histories of middle Tennessee. A copy of his accounts is available on my site. General Hall later became Governor of Tennessee.

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1806 Stampless Letter-George Washington Campbell
Item #: NEW-004249

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This letter was written from Nashville by George Washington Campbell to a Mrs. Doherty of Hillsboro North Carolina. Campbell was a U S Senator, Secretary of the Treasury, Ambassador to Russia, and US District Court Judge of Tennessee. The letter mentions James Robertson, "founder of Nashvillle." "General (James) Robertson has applied to me for the warrent of 640 acres that he agreed to receive for locating Major Doherty's service rights and intimated unless he would get it soon he would have to claim his stare of thre tract." Complete transcript of letter follows. Note the condition of this letter and the large missing chunk which has resulted in some loss of content. However this is the earliest stampless cover from Tennessee that I have ever had and George Washington Campbell was a very important citizen in Nashville as well as a large land owner. See my rare stereo card of his mansion under photography.

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Rare Pro-Secession Circular-May-1861-Nashville
Item #: NEW-004177

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This circular was issued by R B Cheatham, Mayor of Nashville Tennessee on May 31, 1861, shortly before Tennessee seceded from the Union. Signed by other prominent citizens: C K Winston, G M Fogg, William Hy Smith, and P L Finley. Sent to the Honorable David or Davis Campbell, Franklin Tennessee. Dear Sir, You will confer a favor on us, and at the same time aid the cause of Southern Independence, by immediately gving your opion of the vote against Separation and Representation in your County." Folds and wrinkles. Rag paper.

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Rare Tennessee Political Broadside
Item #: NEW-004175

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Broadside measures 12 by 9 inches. Scan cut part of the upper margin off. One inch of the bottom center margin has been lost. Has two wonderful engravings, one of the convicts in the Coal Creek Mines and the other shows a woman fanning her dying child. "One of the Results-Starvation. The father and husband has gone to a distant State for work." Anti- Peter Turney. "Vote for Turney for Governor and Welcker for Congress, if you want this to continue. Vote for Winstead for Governor and Houk for Congress, if you wish to abolish this great crime, which has so long been committed in order to raise Democratiac campaign funds from the lessees." Neat early negataive ad. Peter Turney served as Governor of Tennessee between 1893-1897.

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