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The Uninhibited Physics Professor

The Uninhibited Physics Professor

Here’s a tidy and neat early 20th century American scrapbook album assembled by a physics professor and his wife, Alta L. Stansbury.

FEATURED
1854 Autograph Letter Signed From Lawyer Charles O’Conor

1854 Autograph Letter Signed from Lawyer Charles O’Conor

1855 Charles O’Conor Autograph Letter Signed. Charles O’Conor (1804–1884) defended Confederate President Jefferson Davis. He prosecuted NYC’s “Boss” Tweed.

A TRUTHFUL LENS
In The Frame, Collecting Old Photographs In Context

In the Frame, Collecting Old Photographs in Context

How did people live with their photographs when they were first created? Often, as displayed objects, the image in frame.

EPHEMERA
Meyer & Co. An Emigrant Hotel Circa 1860s

Meyer & Co. An Emigrant Hotel circa 1860s

What can we learn from a c. 1860s ephemeral advertising trade card? The story of Meyer & Co. of Hamburg, Germany, hoteliers, money changers, and purveyors of household goods to emigrants.

THE MISCELLANY
Why Collect Americana? The American Experience Untold

Why Collect Americana? The American Experience Untold

We buy and sell rare books and manuscripts we believe are worth being collected, studied or enjoyed. These artifacts could be a printed on silk memento of a school in Texas for wayward children, an archive of nineteenth century letters from an Indian Territory, or a rare 18th century book printed in Philadelphia with a spectacular association. The untold history of the United States is vast. Layers of historical events, from the early American Republic…

RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

An 1851 Electric Telegraph Monopoly

Amid a patent lawsuit and controversy, an anonymous 1850 pamphlet asks ‘Just who invented the telegraph’? Samuel F.B. Morse would not be happy.

In 1873, the Alden Process Preserves the Pieces

An 1873 Alden Fruit Preserving Company pamphlet promotes the company’s process of drying and preserving fruit. They also propose cooperative investment factory schemes for budding entrepreneurs. Will it work?

18th CENTURY
An 18th Century Almanac Eclipse For The Year 1789

An 18th Century Almanac Eclipse for the Year 1789

The 18th century almanac in America was the bread and butter of many booksellers. In the major cities with vibrant printing cultures the 18th century almanac was plentiful.

19TH CENTURY
An 1860s “Circus Streamer” Broadside For Minstrels

An 1860s “Circus Streamer” Broadside for Minstrels

A rare 1860s broadside for Newcomb’s Minstrels. Spectacular, colorful, oversized, this format also referred to as being a circus “streamer” – a novel advertisement.

20TH CENTURY
Policemen Keep Our Cities Safe

Policemen Keep Our Cities Safe

Illustrated 1950 primer for school children introducing them to the work of policemen in the community. Learning to read while learning about the police.

VISUAL AMERICANA
AUTOGRAPH LETTERS
BIO
Ian Brabner

My name is Ian Brabner and I have over 20 years of experience in the rare book trade. I buy, authenticate, research, catalog, “storify,” exhibit, offer: rare books & manuscripts of early American origin or context. My daily task is to seek, acquire, study, and interpret important, unusual, or quirky examples of early printed and manuscript American history —and then suggest their present relevance to as diverse of an audience as possible. Learn more…

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Have $1,000 on us. The US Mint is cranking out free money from Swindlerville, Avenue in July, 1880. Rare ephemera from the contentious 19th-century. (Ian Brabner, Rare Americana)