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    HOW WE MAKE DUCKS PAY: An Illustrated Guide to the Profitable Breeding of our Modern Pekin All-white Mammoth Ducklings. by American Pekin Duck Company

    Boston: American Pekin Duck Co., (1907). Second Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good. 136pp; frontispiece, full-page and text illustrations from photographs. Bound in pictorial red cloth, stamped in white; light wear to head of spine. 9.25" x 5.75" Offers "plain and thorough lessons for beginners and others...for the details and secrets of our waterless method."


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    GALE'S VEGETABLE CUTTER ... FARMER'S PATENT VEGETABLE CUTTER ... WHITTEMORE'S CHAMPION VEGETABLE CUTTER by Belcher & Taylor

    Chicopee Falls, Mass.: Belcher & Taylor Agricultural Tool Co., 1903. First Edition. Very Good. Broadsheet, 10" x 6". Contains detailed descriptions and prices, with one illustration on the recto and two on the recto. Minor dampmark, not into text. [Unrecorded by WorldCat. Company in Romaine, page 3.]


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    WALTON'S VERMONT REGISTER AND FARMERS' ALMANAC FOR 1854: by Vermont / Walton, E.P

    Montpelier: E.P. Walton & Son, 1853. First Edition. Original Wraps. Good . 144pp; few old notations in Memorandum section. Overall wear and light staining, else complete and tight. 5.5" x 3.5"


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    PRODUCTIVE HORSE HUSBANDRY by Gay, Carl W

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, (1920). Third Edition, Revised. Hardcover. Very Good. pp: xvi,, 333 with index; 175 illustrations from photographs and drawings. Bound in decorated tan cloth, stampted in black and red. 8.25" x 5.5" This informative Lippincott farm manual includes mules, draft horses, and ponies--their care and breeding as well as their use in transportation.


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    ELECTRIC WHEEL CO. MANUFACTURERS OF SOLID METAL WHEELS AND FARMERS' HANDY WAGONS: The Built-to-Last Kind. by Stillwell, John A

    Quincy, Illinois: Electric Wheel Co., (1907). First Edition. Softcover. Good . (12)pp; illustrated throughout text, centerfold in color. Contains detailed descriptions, prices, and several testimonials. Products include: Electric Handy Wagon, No. 1--with Platform; One-Horse Electric Wagon, No. 6; Standard Electric Farm Wagon; Out Best Log Wagon; Wood Hound Farm Truck, No. 7; Combination Log and Lumber Wagon, No. 14; Truck for Mounting Gasoline Engine; etc. Bound in self-wrappers. 7.75" x 5.5". One horizontal fold with faint mark.


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    EVANS BOB SLEIGHS, CATALOG A. by Evans Manufacturing Company

    Hammond, New York: Evans Mfg. Co., circa 1890. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 12pp; six illustrations of sleighs. Includes detailed descriptions and prices for: Flexible One-Knee Bob Sleighs; Farmers Flexible Bob Sleigh; Sawed Knee Sleighs with Snow Pack Runners; Knee Standard Mortised Bob Sleighs; Beech Knee Bob Sleighs; One Horse Bob Sleighs. Bound in printed red wrappers; red fading at edges. 3.5" x 6.25". [WorldCat locates only the NY State Lib holding of this catalog. Company not listed in Romaine, American Trade Catalogs.] "The stock, workmanship and finish of these Bob Sleighs are unexcelled....all of the popular styles of one-horse and two-horse sleighs....We also have Lumber Wagons, Truck Wagons, Milk Wagons, Plows, Cultivators, Land Rollers, Disc Harrows, Spring Tooth Harrows, Spike Tooth Harrows, Hay Rakes, Hay Tedders, Gasoline Engines."


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    THE COUNTRY'S CHOICE: GOLDEN RULE BABY CHICKS by Golden Rule Hatchery

    Bucyrus, Ohio: Golden Rule Hatchery, (1943). First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 27pp; illustrated from photographs, printed throughout in black and red. Promotional and informative catalog, offering 20 breeds: Single Comb White Leghorns, Mottled Anconas, Single Comb Brown Leghorns, Buff Plymouth Rocks, White Wyandottes, Black Minorcas, Jersey White Giants, Mammoth White Pekin Ducklings, etc. Bound in color-pictorial wrappers. 10.5" x 8.25". Laid in is four-page flyer, "Chick Shortage Predicted...Nation's Hen Houses Get Big Gov't Order," dated 1943.


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    TILLAGE IMPLEMENTS REPAIRS CATALOG. No.. 29-TM. McCormick-Deering Disk Harrows, Peg and Spring-tooth Harrows, Manure Spreaders, Rotary Hoes and Weeder Mulchers, Soil Pulverizers, Plow Packers, Potato Planters and Diggers, Rod Weeders and Stalk Cutters [cover title]. by International Harvester

    Chicago: International Harvester Company, (1945). First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 468pp; illustrated throughout the text, some full-page. Bound in printed stiff wrappers. 9.5" x 6.5"


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    POCKET DIARY: FOR BEST RESULTS USE FARM BELL FERTILIZERS. by United States Fertilizer Company

    Baltimore, Maryland: U.S. Fertilizer Co., 1914. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 72)pp, including 20pp of text and an unused "week at a glance" diary for 1914. The text includes: Elements of Fertility, Soil Requirements, fertilizer brands registered in various states, Ten Commandments of Agriculture, U.S. Postage Rates especially compiled for Farmers, number of trees or plants to an acre of ground, manure of different animals, etc. Bound in pictorial stiff wrappers, 5.5" x 3". Covers lightly smudged. [Unrecorded by OCLC.]


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    1901 HANDWRITTEN DIARY KEPT BY THIS NEW YORK STATE DAIRYMAN, RESIDING IN POTSDAM, SAINT LAWRENCE COUNTY, NY. by Bradley, Theodore

    1901. Original manuscript. Hardcover. Very Good. The main text of this diary comprises 183pp of neat, pencilled entries, along with 21pp of memoranda and cash accounts, and the usual printed almanac-type matter. In a wallet-style binding of maroon cloth, "Excelsior Diary" in gilt on the cover. 7" x 3.5". [Potsdam is some 85 miles south of Ottawa, Canada. Our diarist, Theodore Bradley, was born in New York City in 1857, married Nellie Perrin in 1879. They relocated to Potsdam, had two children, and Theodore died in 1917. Nellie passed in 1926.] Theodore writes here as a middle-aged man who works in several local milk factories, including the Ellis Factory, Parishville Center Factory. and Knapps Station Factory, all in St. Lawrence Co., NY. He is married to Nell. Theodore is involved in the process of building and staffing the Knapps factory as this diary opens. His many jobs include hiring men to work on additions, repairs, and maintenance (and occasionally assisting them); keeping the books (“figuring”, which occupies many hours per month and includes preparing “dividend checks and statements” and doing the banking chores); keeping track of the “patrons” of the factories and their investments in the factories (“they contract their milk for five years”- Feb.), and testing the milk several times a month. This latter task can be dangerous, as when, in April, he “got some milk into my mouth and after 20 minutes or more was taken very sick from the poison. Emma gave me whites of eggs and Charlie telephoned Dr….I was sick for two or three hours…[then] finished testing by Nell’s help.” // He also runs his own household farm, with help from his sons Gene (or “Genie”) and “Will”. They not only plant and harvest hay, oats, potatoes, millet and corn, but also raise hogs and cows, as well as selling butter (he is continually “making butter boxes” for storage and transport), apples, maple syrup, and calves (“sold two calves for $12”-March). Of course, he also does work on the family house and grounds, including seeing that wood is cut/drawn, ice is cut, buildings are repaired, roads are “made”, etc, Gene. in the early months of the year, usually attends school in Potsdam and comes home to work on weekends; but in September, 1901, he “decided that he will give up school until February and come home to help me” with harvesting, etc. // Theodore is a religious man, noting who went to church each Sunday (up to three times a day, including Sunday School), and what the subject of the sermon was. Temperance rears its head several times in this context, and one sermon is on the “relationship of the saloon to McKinley’s assassination”-Sept.). He also keeps abreast of news in the local towns where he frequently travels because of work-related and family duties. These include Norwood, Potsdam, Hewittville, Canton, Ogdensburg, and Sisonville. In January, he appears in Canton court as a witness during a lawsuit; and then in May, he spends a week there as a juror, hearing “the Nicholville murder case” as well as “a case of stealing…forging check…licker [liquor] case…gambling at Decalb…[and] manslaughter at Norfolk.”� // He is also tangled up in legal business all spring, upon the death of his wife’s father, “Father Perrin.” The disposition of Father P’s lands and goods is contested by various relatives, and he records much palaver over Mother Perrin’s share (and relocation), the sale of the goods at auction (“sold most everything…cheap”-June), etc., along with the accompanying financial details. Eventually, the property is sold, but the Theodore and his relatives are allowed to enjoy the fruits of the fall harvest (and sell them), since the new owner won’t take possession until February, 1902. // The entries in this diary reflect the turn-of-the-century’s leaning toward modernity, while maintaining some old-fashioned technology. He mentions using the telephone many times, but also notes in April that he’s had “128 consecutive days of sleighing” as the major form of transportation, including for taking milk to the factories. There is much about buying and repairing a separator for factory use, but there’s still a lot of time spent “cutting ice” and drawing wood from the woods. � // One highlight of the year is the family’s trip to Waltham, MA (and Boston), which lasts from Nov. 26-Dec. 13. In addition to visiting family, Theodore and various relatives tour Boston and see such unusual sights as the Saxonia, which he boards and notes “is to sail for London tomorrow and is to carry about 800 passengers beside a crew of 260”. He also “saw Chiquita” at the “animal show” and reports that she is “32 years old and 26 inches high. She is very pretty [and]…I shook hands with her.” , � �


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    REICHARD'S RECORDS OF BUMPER CROPS FOR THE PAST SEASON: What the Winners Have to Say. by Reichard, Robert A

    Allentown, PA: Robt. A. Reichard, Inc., (1938). First Edition. Softcover. Fine. (24)pp, including nine unused leaves for memoranda; 16 illustrations from photographs. Bound in pictorial stiff wrappers, 5.75" x 2.75". [Unrecorded by OCLC.]


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    THE NEW ENGLAND FARMER, AND HORTICULTURAL REGISTER. Containing Essays, Original and Selected. relating to Agriculture and Domestic Economy, with the Prices of Country Produce. Vol. XIX--New Series Vol. IX [complete in 52 issues], July 8, 1840 - June 30, 1841 + index. by Putnam, Allen

    Boston: Joseph Breck and Company, 1840-1841. First Editions. Softcover. Very Good. Broadsheets, folded to quarto, pp: 1 to 416 + 4-page index [8 to 16 pages per issue]. Includes many agricultural articles, including: Ayershire cattle, Shaker barns, beach grass, Brother Jonathan's wife's advice, cattle shows, cheese in Ohio, docking horses, Englishman's account of United States, Essex Agricultural Show, flowers, fruit, hints to girls, grape culture, treatment of hired men, horses, laboring classes, large and small farms, Middlesex Cattle Show, pauperism, plows, poetry, recipes, &c., &c. Printed on supple rag paper; some minor wear to folds and minor soiling primarily of the cover sheets and short tears at the folds. 12" 10". Original as issued, never bound.


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    THE MONARCH GRAIN DRILL AND FERTILIZER SOWER by Farmers Friend Mfg. Co

    Dayton, Ohio: Farmers Friend Mfg. Co., 1870s. First Edition. Very Good. Broadsheet (6" x 9.25"), folded to six pages (6" x 3"). Front panel serves as a decorated title-page; engraved drawing of the grain drill occupies two interior panels. Covington, Virginia dealer's stamp on front. In pencil at foot of cover: "Bought at $87.50 cash, delivered at C." [Unrecorded by WorldCat, which does list similar company publications.]


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    RIGHT HAND LION CORN SHELLER: Is a Rapid, Easy Working and Smooth Running Sheller, Shelling all kinds of Corn. by Belcher & Taylor

    Chicopee Falls, Mass.: Belcher & Taylor Agricultural Tool Co., circa 1900. First Edition. Very Good. Broadsheet, 9" x 6"; 9.5" x 6.25"; three engraved illustrations. Contains descriptions and prices. [Unrecorded by WorldCat. Company in Romaine, page 3.]


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    NEW TWENTIETH CENTURY PEACHES: Bred and Tested in New Jersey. by New Jersey Peach Council

    New Brunswick, NJ: New Jersey Peach Council, 1939 . First Edition. Softcover. Fine. 12pp; illustrations from photographs and paintings, some in color. Contains detailed descriptions of peach varieties and prices of peach trees. Bound in color-pictorial white wrappers, printed in green and orange. 10.25" x 7". Laid in is a small broadside offering a 20% discount to New Jersey Growers. Tipped in is an order blank dated Fall, 1939.


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    WHERE TO EMIGRATE AND WHY: HOMES AND FORTUNES IN THE BOUNDLESS WEST AND THE SUNNY SOUTH...With a Complete History and Description of the Pacific Railroad. by Goddard, Frederick B

    Philadelphia: Peoples Publishing Company, 1869. First Edition. Hardcover. Good . pp: 591; 16 plates of illustrations, 19 maps (three folding). Includes chapters and maps on the Pacific Railroad as well as individual states and territories: California/Nevada, Oregon, Washington Territory, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Eastern & Western Virginia, North & South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee/Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The folding map of the United States is wrinkled but complete. All other maps and plates called for are present. Bound in terracotta grained cloth, gilt lettering and cover picture. 9" x 5.75". Spine ends and corners worn. Scattered, light foxing. Text block is sound.


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    THE FARMER'S AND EMIGRANT'S HAND-BOOK: BEING A FULL AND COMPLETE GUIDE FOR THE FARMER AND THE EMIGRANT. Comprising the Clearing of Forest and Prairie Land--Gardening--Farming Generally--Farriery--Cookery--and the Prevention and Cure of Diseases. by Marshall, Josiah T

    new York / Philadelphia: D. Appleton / Geo. S. Appleton, 1845. Second Edition, Revised. Hardcover. Very Good. pp: 492 with index, (34) publisher's ads. Bound in modern red linen, printed paper spine label. 7.75" x 4.5"


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    THE GENTLEMAN FARMER; BEING AN ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE AGRICULTURE, BY SUBJECTING IT TO THE TEST OF RATIONAL PRINCIPLES. The Sixth Edition. To which is added, A Supplement, containing An Account of the Present State of Agriculture, and of the Improvements Recently Introduced. by Kames, Henry Home, Lord

    Edinburgh: Printed for Bell & Bradfute..., 1815. Sixth Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. pp: (iv), 555, (3) ads; three engaved plates. Chapters include: Instruments of Husbandry (plow, brake, harrow, roller, fanner); Farm Cattle and Carriages (horses, oxen, breeding cattle, wheel carriages; Farm Offices; Culture of Plants for Food; Rotation of Crops; Feeding Farm Cattle; Manures; Fences; etc. Recently rebound in half calf and marbled boards, gilt spine rules, red leather label. 9" x 5.5" Kames's Gentleman Farmer was first published in 1176. To this edition, the editor has added a Supplement (pp. 447-548), updating Kames's work.


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    1879-1893 HANDWRITTEN FARM JOURNAL AND ACCOUNT BOOK KEPT BY RICHARD S. BURGARD, A PRODUCTIVE FARMER OF EAST BERLIN, PENNSYLVANIA. by Burgard, Richard S

    1879. Original manuscript. 130+pp of entries, written in green ink and black ink on the pages of a calf-bound account book, 7.5" x 4.5". On the cover is a two-cent stamp and a faint inscription: "Richard S. Burgard, Agent for the Heirs of Michael Burgard Dec'd." The name and East Berlin address of Michael S. Burgard are written on the front pastedown endpaper. The first entry, dated January 6, 1879, is "Paid to Samuel Miller for father's Coffin, $18.00." On the same day, "Paid to E. Spangle for Store things for Mother & funeral, $11.94." Hundreds of entries follow, including: a calf for the funeral; corn sheller; wagon; blacksmith; surveying; carriage; barn doors; tombstone; lumber for hog-stable; carpentry; paints; various vegetable seeds; coal; school tax; various building materials and hardware; posts and rails; mending barn roof; phosphate; tax on Pigeon-hill wood lot; "interest on her Dower to Hannah Livingstone, 90 dollars, coming to her yearly"; cementing smokehouse; mend the slate house roof; road tax; laying pump bed; hauling; medical aid for Mother; lumber; fencing; payouts to the seven heirs of Michael Burgard; tinsmithing; repairs to the old homestead house and farm; milling grain; taking out stumps; coffin and shroud for our dec'd Mother Rachel Burgad; funeral; &c. Frequent entries record income from crops: hay, wheat, oats, rye, corn, etc; interest on funds at Western National Bank; eggs; chickens; &c. Local surnames in Richard's journal include: Eisenhart, Livingston, Rinehart, Hildebrand, Bowser, Ziegler, Hollinger, Grove, Jacobs, Harbold, Skitmore, Stambaugh, Straley, Graff, Conrandy, Baughman, Shellenberger, Kauffman, Reber, Kraft, Kimmel, Spahn, Sprinkle, Becker, Goodenberger, Gentzler, Leibenknecht, Kellerman, Deardorff, Kindig, Berkheimer, Shaffer, Bechtel, Shireman, and others.


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    KINDERSLEY (SASKATCHEWAN) FARM LANDS LIMITED: Share Capital $600,000, Divided into 6,000 Shares of $100 Each [stock certificate] by Saskatchewan Farm Lands

    Kindersley, Canada: Kindersley Farm Lands Limited, 1912. Original document. Fine. Engraved debenture, No. B0866, made out to James Buchanan, Esq. of Lavington Park, Petworth, Sussex, for the principal sum of 100 pounds at the rate of 2-1/2% interest , etc. Signed by Director M. Marking[?] and Assistant Secretary G. Cockburn. Highly ornamental borders and corner pieces in lavendar ink, royal seals in orange, embossed seal next to signatures. The conditions of this debenture are printed on the verso. 17" x 12". Folded only once.


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    TWO (2) RECEIPTS ON THE ENGRAVED BILLHEADS OF THE NIAGARA TOP CO., MANUFACTURERS OF CARRIAGE TOPS & TRIMMINGS by Niagara Top Co

    Buffalo, NY: Niagara Top Co., 1894. Original documents. Very Good. Printed forms, accomplished by hand, dated Nov. 15, 1894 and June 13, 1895. Itemized sales: 1 dash 30x11 nick; 1 half dash 34x14 with wrap ft. The documents are 7" x 8.5" and 5.5" x 8.5". These billheads include an engraved view of an open carriage. The company operated at the corner of DeWitt & Bradley Streets.


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    COLE'S ORIGINAL HEATERS FROM CHICAGO: 1903 Price List. by Cole Manufacturing Company

    Chicago: Cole Mfg Co., 1903. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 16pp; illustrations throughout the text. Contains detailed descriptions and prices of a wide variety of stoves for burning soft coal, slack, siftings, lignitz, hard coal, coke, wood, and corn cobs. Bound in pictorial red wrappers; damped, with traces of red on lower margins of first few leaves, but no adhesion or real damage. 10" x 6.75". Laid in are two different, four-page brochures comparing profit and loss for dealers: Cole's Air-Tight Stoves vs. Oak Stoves.


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    The Farm by Blaikie, A. H. and F. M. B

    New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons. 1st American Printing?. Hardcover. Fair/None. Undated, c 1920. Orange cloth boards with stamped, illustrated cover, 12mo., lightly soiled. Corners bumped. Interior unmarked. Front board slightly curved. Described by Foster Meadow. 48 color illus. depicting life on the farm, the animals, plants, equipment, hazards and pleasures. Including some practical advice such as ""six plain rules for working with horses."" Foster Meadow


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