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image of 1828 - "I AM VERY SORRY FOR THE TROUBLE YOU EXPERIENCED IN THIS AFFAIR." A letter from a Norfolk, Virginia exporter to commercial agents in Portuguese Madeira

1828 - "I AM VERY SORRY FOR THE TROUBLE YOU EXPERIENCED IN THIS AFFAIR." A letter from a Norfolk, Virginia exporter to commercial agents in Portuguese Madeira

by Anthony Pomar to Messrs Newton, Gordon, Murdock & Scott

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1828
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This one-page stampless folded letter was carried to Funchal, Madeira off the coast of northwest Africa at a privately-determined rate by ship's captain. It measures 16" x 10" unfolded and bears a manuscript annotation reading "via Azores p Trisnifor(?)". Docketing reads "Norfold Virginia / 15 August 1828 / Anthony Pomar / recd 3 April ansd 6th 1829". 228 days in… Read more
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image of 1791 - "THERE IS AN OBJECT WHICH STRONGLY OPERATES AGAINST YOUR ISLAND [and] OUR SHIPMENTS WILL BE MUCH CURTAILED." A letter from Norfolk, Virginia exporters to commercial agents in Portuguese Madeira. John and James Reid to Messrs Newton, Gordon, Johnstone, etc.

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This two-page stampless folded letter was carried to Madeira off the coast of northwest Africa at a privately-determined rate by the ship captain. It measures 16" x 10" unfolded and bears a manuscript annotation reading "P The / Jolly Tan / Captn Livingston". Docketing reads "Norfolk / 27 March 1791 /Jno & Jas Reid / Recd 28 July / and… Read more
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image of 1794 - "THE SAID SHIP MINERVA PRIOR TO . . . HER INTENDED VOYAGE . . . BURNT IN THE RIVER THAMES [CAUSING THE EMIGRANTS] TO BE DEPRIVED OF THEIR PASSAGE TO BOSTON."  An exceptional archive documenting the immigration of a family of British dissenters who were instrumental in establishing the textile industry in Connecticut

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This archive contains 46 manuscript and partially-printed receipts, invoices, ship registrations, letters, and similar items. It begins with a 1794 letter from an agent in London to the family patriarch, Samuel Watkinson Sr., concerning the purchase of property in the United States and continues with several items related to the family's subsequent immigration in 1795. The remainder of the archive… Read more
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£2,707.25
image of 1865 -- "THE FLEET ARE NEAR READY TO GIVE VICKSBURG A TRY."  A significant archive of letters and ephemera from a Civil War gunboat sailor who served on Commodore Porter's flagship and participated in the siege of Vicksburg and the Red River Campaign.

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Ten letters (31 pages of text) and two printed poems document a gunboat sailor's Civil War service in the U.S. Mississippi Squadron. One letter is on squadron letterhead, and one of the poems is a satirical song sheet titled "The 'Frigate' Black Hawk" which Briggs has annotated, "The Black Hawk is not so bad as all this." Briggs optimistically begins his… Read more
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image of 1945-1949 - "DEAR FOLKS, WELL HERE IT IS THE END OF THE SECOND DAY AND QUITE A BIT OF WATER HAS GONE OVER THE DAM ALREADY." Huge four-year correspondence archive from a cadet enrolled at the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Basic School at San Mateo, California as it transitioned into U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and consolidated operations at Kings Point, New York

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This archive consists of approximately 100 letters plus postcards, telegrams, short notes, and holiday cards sent from Burnett to his parents. Most were sent from either the Cadet Basic School at San Mateo or the Academy at Kings Point. Some were sent from cruise locations. There are approximately 25 to 30 additional pieces of ephemera. The contents, which are arranged… Read more
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image of 1880 - "KANSAS / THE BEST PART OF THE WEST TO BUY A GRAIN FARM . . . STOCK FARM . . . SHEEP RANCH . . . OPEN A STORE, OR TO PRACTICE A PROFESSION." The Immigrants' Guide to the Most Fertile Lands of Kansas. . .

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This 6-panel brochure measures approximately 7.5" x 10.25" unfolded. It was published by the "Land & Immigration Office of the Kansas Division (formerly Kansas Pacific Railway) Union Pacific Railway Company." The brochure was printed by J. M . Jones Stationery & Printing Company of Chicago. In nice shape. One panel proclaims "Kansas / The best part of the west in which… Read more
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image of 1843 - "THE CAPTAIN . . . A QUAKER FACE WHICH IS EASILY RIGGED ON, BAFFLES THIS NUMBSCULL." A candid and gossipy letter to his wife by a physician serving aboard the flagship of the Home Fleet who would go on to become a Medical Director of the Navy and serve three times as a Fleet Surgeon

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This three-page stampless folded letter, measuring 16.5" x 9.5", is datelined "U. S. Ship Independence / New York, Nov. 21st. 1843." It bears a manuscript "12½" rate mark (the cost to send a letter from 80 to 150 miles) and a circular red New York postmark dated November 13. In nice shape; small hole from opening the seal. A transcript… Read more
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image of 1917 -- "TAKING SURVIVORS ABOARD [FROM THE] FINLAND AFTER BEING TORPEDOED."  A terrific photographic record J. P. Morgan's yacht, the USS Corsair, which was leased by the Navy during World War One to serve as an escort and patrol ship.

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This large album measures 12" x 9.5" and contains well over 250 glued-in photographs, most measuring about 4" x 2.5". The photographs are captioned in white ink on 46 of the album's 48 pages. Ten additional photographs are laid-in including a 10" x 8" official group photograph of the crew (with a two-inch closed tear) and two smaller portrait… Read more
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image of 1900-1910 -- A 'WHO'S WHO' GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS ON AND VISITORS TO ISAAC STERN'S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT <i>VIRGINIA</i> - Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York's legendary department store tycoon, Isaac Stern, along with Ten Thousand Miles in a Yacht which chronicled the ship's trip up the Amazon River in 1911.

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The Virginia's guest register is a bound leather book measuring approximately 8.5" x 10.5" with approximately 250 gilt-edged pages. About 75 of those pages are filled with notes, signatures, and drawings by visitors and passengers. The cover is adorned with enameled metal ornaments in the shape of New York and Manhattan Yacht Club burgees. The frontispiece… Read more
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image of 1943 -- "I HAD IT BETTER . . . BEING KEPT IN THE CAMP HOSPITAL . . .. NEVERTHELESS I LOST ABOUT TEN POUNDS . . .  HARD WORK AND POOR FOOD."

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Letter from an American missionary to her brother as she travels home aboard the Swedish Repatriation Ship Gripsholm after having been released from a Japanese internment camp in China. This two-page airmail letter sent by an American missionary is written on "Motorship Gripsholm" stationery and datelined "Nearing Rio de Janiero S. A. / Nov. 12, 1943." The envelope is franked… Read more
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image of 1869 -- AN ENGLISH BUSINESSMAN  ANTICIPATES COMPLETION OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

1869 -- AN ENGLISH BUSINESSMAN ANTICIPATES COMPLETION OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

by Red. McKnight to George McKnight

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Published
1869
Condition
Very good
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£580.13

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A stamped folded letter from San Francisco to Liverpool, England franked with a black 12-cent E grill stamp and accompanied by a Philatelic Foundation Certificate. This one-page folded letter is franked with a 12-cent black Washington stamp embossed with an E-grill for postal security (Scott # 90). The stamp is canceled by a fancy radial cork handstamp. It bears… Read more
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image of 1863 -- A FORMER OFFICER IN THE "ARMY OF CALIFORNIA" BECOMES AN EARLY EMPLOYEE OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY EASTERN BRANCH (KANSAS PACIFIC RAILWAY) AFTER BEING PROMISED A JOB AS THE CONDUCTOR OF ITS SECOND TRAIN

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Letter from Grove Watson to a friend reporting that had recently accepted a position with the railroad in Kansas. This letter on the stationery of the Union Pacific Railway Company, Eastern Division is datelined, Wyandotte, Kansas, November 7, 1863, and enclosed in a mailing envelope which bears a circular Wyandotte, Kas Dec 7 postmark and a manuscript "Due 6c" rate mark.… Read more
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image of 1876 -- A RECORD-SETTING NON-STOP THEATRICAL TRAIN TRIP ON THE "LIGHTNING EXPRESS"

1876 -- A RECORD-SETTING NON-STOP THEATRICAL TRAIN TRIP ON THE "LIGHTNING EXPRESS"

by Various

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Published
1876
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Very good
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£2,900.63

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An archive pertaining to Jarrett & Palmer's famous transcontinental Lightning Express. The transcontinental Lightning Express captured the attention of the nation while transporting a theatrical troupe from New York to San Francisco in under 84 hours, a record-breaking time, for an opening night performance. The national excitement generated by the arrival of the Lightning Express in Oakland was incredible and not… Read more
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image of ERIE CANAL CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS

ERIE CANAL CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS

by Possibly Daniel Sullivan

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Published
circa 1910
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Very good
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£386.75

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Album documenting early 20th-century improvement projects on the Erie Canal during the construction of the New York State Barge Canal system. This album measures approximately 7½ " x 10 ½" and contains over 65 photographs ranging in size from 3½" x 2½" to 5¼" x 3¼". All have been glued to the pages. There are no captions, however, some… Read more
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image of Invoice-sent via Boyd's City Express-for property rental to support the Sailors' Snug Harbor, one of the first charitable organizations in the United States

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New York, 1857. Envelope or Cover. Very good. This invoice was sent by Joseph Greenleaf, the Treasurer of Sailors' Snug Harbor on Staten Island to Caleb Swan at 126 Ninth Street. It is dated 28 October 1857 and bills Swan $100 for "Six Months Ground Rent". It bears a somewhat blurred Boyd's City Express postmark dated… Read more
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image of Invitation to participate in the Cleveland Yachting Association 1880 Inter-Lake Regatta

Invitation to participate in the Cleveland Yachting Association 1880 Inter-Lake Regatta

by C. B. Krause

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Published
1880
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Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Yachting Association, 1880. Envelope or Cover. Very good. The bi-fold, cardstock invitation is addressed to L. Lockwood Esquire of Sandusky. It includes a chart of the regatta course as well as the regatta rules and list of prizes. Also included are the cover letter and envelope used to forward it; both are branded wtith… Read more
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image of Advertising package for Boston Cycle Company, a short-lived bicycle manufacturer

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Boston, 1899. Unbound. Very good. This lot includes a 14-page 6.5" x 3.5" catalog with b/w illustrations, a letter on company stationery, and the envelope in which it was mailed. All are in nice shape. The Boston Cycle Company was founded in 1897 and originally sold both new and second hand bicycles made by other manufacturers including… Read more
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image of Sailor Stories and Songs

Sailor Stories and Songs

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Published
1853
Condition
Very good
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£309.40

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Concord, New Hampshire: Rufus Merrill, 1853. Wraps. Very good. Complete with original buff cover and 24 pages. The title page features an illustration of the ship Essex. Wood engravings throughout. Tiny "VtHi discard" stamp at the bottom margin of the first text page. No repairs, just some light wear and soiling. From a 2008… Read more
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image of Early patent for airship "combination of plane and hot-air dirigible

Early patent for airship "combination of plane and hot-air dirigible

by Awarded to Adolph Lubke

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Published
1909
Condition
Very good
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Washington DC: United States Patent Office, 1909. Wraps. Very good. The six page original patent is printed on thin cardstock with three pages of text and three pages of technical illustrations. It was awarded to Adolph Lubke, a resident of San Francisco, California. The leaves bear patent office file labels in the upper left corner that… Read more
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image of A TEENAGER'S QUEST FOR SOAP-BOX DERBY GLORY - PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE DOCUMENTING A TEENAGER'S SUCCESSFUL TWO-YEAR SOAP BOX DERBY CAREER

A TEENAGER'S QUEST FOR SOAP-BOX DERBY GLORY - PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE DOCUMENTING A TEENAGER'S SUCCESSFUL TWO-YEAR SOAP BOX DERBY CAREER

by Assembled by David Brenstuhl and family

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Published
1969-1970
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This archive contains approximately 140 photographs ranging in size from 2.25" x 2.75" to 8" x 10". Most are b/w (about 30) and color (about 110) 3.5" square or 3.5" x 5" snapshots. The others are b/w and include official "photo finish" shots and professional publicity photos. Also included is a letter with… Read more
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