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Sarah Sadie, What Have You Done?

Sarah Sadie, What Have You Done?

1880s brochure for E. A. Locke’s melodrama, Nobody’s Claim, a drama of the American West (Yellowstone Valley) starring Joseph Dowling & Sadie Hasson.

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An 1857 Broadside For Ross’ Modern School Furniture

An 1857 Broadside for Ross’ Modern School Furniture

1857 Broadside for Ross’ Improved Modern School Furniture with 64 illustrations of various classroom furniture forms made in Joseph L. Ross’ Boston factory.

A TRUTHFUL LENS
C. 1870s Photography: A Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society Alms Box

C. 1870s Photography: A Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society Alms Box

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.

EPHEMERA
THE MISCELLANY
A Rare 21st Century Americana Incunablum

A Rare 21st Century Americana Incunablum

Recently an important collector of 21st century rare Americana contacted our office. Here’s what happened.

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.

18th CENTURY
A Wiseman’s Observations, An 18th Century Broadside

A Wiseman’s Observations, An 18th Century Broadside

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.

19TH CENTURY
Page Seed Company Archive, 1896–1958: Ephemera, Letters, Documents

Page Seed Company Archive, 1896–1958: Ephemera, Letters, Documents

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.

20TH CENTURY
WWII Military Pillow Tops – American Patriotism In Fabric

WWII Military Pillow Tops – American Patriotism in Fabric

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.

VISUAL AMERICANA
AUTOGRAPH LETTERS
BIO
Ian Brabner

My name is Ian Brabner. I have over 20 years of experience in the rare book trade. I buy, authenticate, research, catalog, “storify,” exhibit, sell: rare books and manuscripts of early American origin or context. My daily task is to acquire, study, and interpret important, unusual, or quirky examples of early printed and manuscript American history. I 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)