An unusual photo object that can be dated to the 1870s—an alms box issued by The Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society illustrated with an actual photograph depicting a female missionary to India.
RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS
James B. McCreary (1838–1918) served in the Confederacy in the 11th Kentucky Cavalry, placed under Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan. Here, McCreary gives his Governor’s address while serving the State of Kentucky.
Amid a patent lawsuit and controversy, an anonymous 1850 pamphlet asks ‘Just who invented the telegraph’? Samuel F.B. Morse would not be happy.
A rare 18th-century American broadside poem, likely printed in New York or Vermont circa 1780 to 1800. The broadside has American provenance but no imprint.
1896–1958 Archive of letters and papers of The Page Seed Co. of Greene, Chenango County, New York; 425 items document these agricultural & garden seedsmen.
Colorful and visually interesting collection of 32 military and naval-themed pillow tops commemorating service in the U. S. Army, Navy, Air Force(s), and Marine Corps.
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