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Camp National 1910.  National Electric Lamp Association Seventh Annual Mid-Summer Conference June 19th to 25th 1910.  Camp National Association Island, Henderson Harbor, N.Y.
1 Camp National 1910. National Electric Lamp Association Seventh Annual Mid-Summer Conference June 19th to 25th 1910. Camp National Association Island, Henderson Harbor, N.Y.

Bold silhouette decorations of a photo album commemorating a corporate conference getaway. Oblong 4to, 27 by 35 cm. Unpaginated, 10 leaves of card, including cover. (Bound in is smaller eight leaf In Memoriam brochure.) Visually it is the silhouette illustrations that excite and set this apart from other company celebratory publications. The silhouettes are meant to capture the fun spirit the getaway ideally fostered. Thus we are treated to silhouette images of anglers, a leaping trout, sailboats, calm ocean waters at sundown, a hand pouring a bottle of liquor, etc. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Game of Dr. Busby
2 Game of Dr. Busby
New York J.H. Singer NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1880s. Twenty cards, as called for, with colorful chromolithography and box. Lacking instruction booklet. The five families, or suits, are the Melons, the Bulls, the Corns, the Cods and of course, the Busbys. The Melons are a black family, and its members are Caesar Melon, Dr. Busby's Coachman, Dinah Melon, his wife, Cantaloupe Melon, his daughter, and son Washington Melon. Besides the watermelon symbol on each of these cards, the ludicrousness of the caricatures can leave no doubt of the creator's prejudices -- the Corns and the Busbys are depicted as funny caricatures, of course, but not with anywhere the same level of exaggeration and mean-spirited absurdity. This version of the game should be understood as a period piece and a relic that is a reflection of late nineteenth century popular attitudes on race. The game itself was a very popular card game, originating probably in the 1840s, and there were many graphic versions of the game, as well as similar games with slightly different names. While we believe rules might have been furnished in the box, the rules of the game were such that most people would have known them anyway and so the rules would not have been essential. The cards have light soiling here and there. The box has unattractive tape repairs along all its sides, both of the lid and the base, but the top title graphics survive. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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3 Playtime in Dixie Compliments of Lord & Gage
Reading, Pennsylvania; New York Lord & Gage; Jas. McCreery & Co. Wraps Good 
Scarce, with only one copy found on OCLC First Search (at Duke, and not identical, coming from a different department store). Stereotpyical imagery of black people playing instruments, baseball, coon hunting, etc. N.d., circa 1905. 12mo. 19 by 13.5 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp., including wraps. The imagery is not rabidly or insultingly rascist; at the time, it might have been viewed as gentle and affectionate in its portrayal of blacks. Still, in unquestionably drew on stereotypes, and one can also not look at the drawings and fail to see a strong element of condescension towards blacks as simpler, more primitive, etc. If we suspend our latter-day judgment at the content, we can admire the straightforward and simple charm of the drawing, which is rendered in black, white and red. The style of the illustration, the lettering and the overall composition is one we find typical in the first decade of the 20th century. This brochure was obviously a department store freebie hand-out, this one, as part of the Xmas season, and we can infer from the other copy of which we are aware that several department stores must have ordered copies for distribution, with some customization for their own promotions. Given the ephermeral nature of the presentation, it is not surprising that there are not an abundance of copies surviving. Moderate soiling to the wraps. Long closed tear along joint. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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Smoking Sambo
4 Smoking Sambo
NA Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1930s. 29 cm tall, 12.5 cm wide at widest, with easle to hold up. Made of heavy card, with punch-out cuts by lips to place actual cigarettes. Punch-out still flat, unused. Light age toning to the back. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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[Print] Les Grandes Verites.  No. 19.
5 [Print] Les Grandes Verites. No. 19.
Paris Imp. Lith. Pinot & Sagaire. Edit a Epinal NA Very Good 
Rascist yet colorful image of barber lathering a black man, both in eighteenth century attire. N.d., circa 1860. 41 by 28 cm. The caption to the image is "A vouloir blanchir ce negre, Barbier tu perds ton savon." In English: "Wishing to whiten this black man, Barber you are losing your soap." Regardless of the content, the image does provide a good window into a barbershop of the era, which to us may look lovely but is without such conveniences as the barber chair, not yet invented, and with a kind of bowl and collar around the black man's neck to catch anything falling. To the side are 12 stanzas of everyday maxims turned into nonsense. Above and below are six vignettes that relate to the song. Light wear. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Album of 25 Pen-and-Ink Cartoons Together with a large cabinet card photo of Hallie, and a 1984 letter written by Berryman's daughter, Berryman, Clifford K. (1869-1949)
6 Berryman, Clifford K. (1869-1949) Album of 25 Pen-and-Ink Cartoons Together with a large cabinet card photo of Hallie, and a 1984 letter written by Berryman's daughter
Virginia and Washington, D.C. 1894 Hardcover Very Good 
Oblong 12mo, 11.5 by 18 cm. The album is dedicated to Hallie, who was Berryman's sister-in-law, and the first drawing in the album is in fact a drawing of Hallie, who would from this drawing appears to have been a beauty in the Pre-Raphaelite vein. That said, the strongest impression from the album is from its five drawings caricaturing black "folk" in rural Virginia. These illustrations show their subject befuddled, simple, and/or uncouth, and bring to mind Uncle Remus. One can infer from the captioning that being depicted were the servants of Hallie. At least three other illustrations are of the farm -- its geese, the small log cabin shack which was presumably the home of black sharecroppers. White people in the country aren't exactly spared, with six or so of the illustrations poking fun at corn-pone bums or ragamuffins and others. Humor, though, isn't the only currency in this album, as shown in a number of sentimental, romantic or straightforward illustrations. Of particular interest is a self-portrait showing Berryman painting by a mountain lake. By his side is a bear wearing spectacles. This was done eight years prior to arguably Berryman's most famous cartoon, "Drawing the Line in the Mississippi", depicting Teddy Roosevelt sparing a baby bear, and the very origin of the Teddy Bear which was to become one of the most popular stuffed animals of all time. Of the sentimental illustrations, we would single out a charming silhouette of a couple riding off in a coach on a country road. In this album, Berryman steered mostly clear of the political subject matter that was his main paycheck, but there is one cartoon of political rival David B. Hill, Senator from New York, bowing to a stern Grover Cleveland, who was President at the time. Berryman was a celebrated cartoonist for "The Washington Star" from 1907 onward, when this afternoon newspaper was the leading newspaper in Washington, and for years his cartoons enjoyed a front page slot. Previously, between 1891 and 1907, Berryman worked for "The Washington Post". is 1898 cartoon "Remember the Maine" helped popularize the phrase which became the battle cry for the Spanish-American War. In 1944 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, crowning a career of widely read, beloved politican cartoons which gently lampooned Republicans and Democrats equally. The Corcoran Gallery repeatedly mounted exhibitions of his drawings, both during his lifetime and after. The Library of Congress and National Archives are among other venues to have exhibited Berryman's artwork. Condition: pages heavily age toned and somewhat brittle. Binding, which is a somewhat generic small blank album cover of the day, is mottled with abrasions, and the front paper pastedown along the joint is entirely perished. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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[Humorous map] Eagle's-Eye View of Weber City (inc.), Brown, Andrew,
7 Brown, Andrew, "mapmaker". Charles J. Correll and Freeman F. Gosden, actors who played Amos and Andy on radio [Humorous map] Eagle's-Eye View of Weber City (inc.)
Chicago Pepsodent Co. Printed by Gwindell Printing Co. Inc. 1935 First edition Envelope Fine 
Colorful mock map of fictional town where Amos and Andy resided. The folding map, which came in an envelope with a "letter, both of which are included here, measures 38.5 by 50 cm, and it was issued by the popular radio program's sponsor, Pepsodent. The show, in its original incarnation, was overtly Rascist, playing into stereotypes of simple-minded, clownish, blacks, and the title characters were in fact played by two white actors. In the map there is plenty of the imagery with this same flavor, with the cartoonish denizens looking like buffoonish ants. Still, in a strange way, the town depicted captures something of the fanciful charm of the ideal small town. The map and the insert letter are pristine. The mailing envelope, which features photo images of Correll and Gosden in black face, has an address sticker on it, and light soiling and wear. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Fairbank's Drawing and Painting Book Showing The Gold Dust Twins at Work and Play., Kemble, E. W., artist
8 Kemble, E. W., artist Fairbank's Drawing and Painting Book Showing The Gold Dust Twins at Work and Play.
Chicago N. K. Fairbank Company 1904 Very Good 
12mo. 17 by 11 cm. Unpaginated, 17 pp., including cover. (One leaf, with one page of content, was tipped in, and this is how it always was.) Nine pages with color illustrations, and seven pages with black and white illustrations, which the child is supposed to color. We believe that accompanying the issuance of this brochure might have been a paint box, which is shown on the third page of the brochure (on the tipped in leaf), with directions on how to use (to keep the colors pure). Unlike many a coloring book that also comes with color illustrations, the black and white illustrations are NOT the same as the color ones here. The child was suppose to base his color choices on what he saw in the color illustrations, but he was not merely supposed to copy. All the illustrations are accompanied by six lines of doggeril verse, telling of the two black twins reckless high jinx. Below this is in bold, small type, a product pitch for the company's detergent powder. Condition: age toned. Cover lightly soiled. Minor closed tear and dogear on rear cover. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Belles of Blackville.  A Negro Minstrel Entertainment for Young Ladies, Concluding with a Specialty Farce Entitled "Patchwork", Pelham, Nettie H.
9 Pelham, Nettie H. The Belles of Blackville. A Negro Minstrel Entertainment for Young Ladies, Concluding with a Specialty Farce Entitled "Patchwork"
New York Fitzgerald Publishing Corporation (successor to Dick & Fitzgerald) 1897 First Wraps Good 
8vo. 18.5 by 12.5 cm. 20 pp., plus wraps. Meant for amateur productions, with all female casts. With directions on how to put make up on for blackface. An offering from when minstrel shows were at their zenith in terms of popularity. Considerable wear to the wraps. Pencil markings within. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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