Historic Reference

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1920s KINETIC African American Jazz Music Photo Pittsburgh PA 1920s KINETIC African American Jazz Music Photo Pittsburgh PA

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1920s KINETIC African American Jazz Music Photo Pittsburgh PA

$3,500.00

Magnetic energy with motion blur coming off trumpet slides and fiddle bows, musicians playing on chairs and atop the piano trying to fit in the tiny nightclub or boarding house make do stage. Drum skin is...
Atypical Women's Portraits 1900s Photographer's Collection Atypical Women's Portraits 1900s Photographer's Collection

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Atypical Women's Portraits 1900s Photographer's Collection

$2,500.00

Compelling portraits with undeniable elements of showmanship and sex appeal unusual for the time that are hard to ignore. One hesitates to use words like brothel, but its certainly a consideration.  All found in a turn...
1940s Robert Bob Stack Personal Letter Hollywood Celebrity WWII Archive 1940s Robert Bob Stack Personal Letter Hollywood Celebrity WWII Archive

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1940s Robert Bob Stack Personal Letter Hollywood Celebrity WWII Archive

$2,500.00

(45) hand written and occasionally typed letters and (2) telegrams sent from Bob Stack to a close friend in Pittsburgh PA. Hall appears to have worked (or run) a defunct newspaper in Pittsburgh with ties...
1866 New York City Sanitation Night Scavenger Work Receipt 1866 New York City Sanitation Night Scavenger Work Receipt

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1866 New York City Sanitation Night Scavenger Work Receipt

$295.00

Rare example of the occupational term Night Scavenger and early (Civil War Era) in the history of American sanitation. Measures 4.75 x 7.5”, nice condition with original folds. $10 paid to John Waechtler for servicing a...
1850s P.T. Barnum Museum Circus Sideshow Newspaper Ads 1850s P.T. Barnum Museum Circus Sideshow Newspaper Ads

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1850s P.T. Barnum Museum Circus Sideshow Newspaper Ads

$295.00

(1) Double column advertisement illustrated with famous elephant train advertising the 1854 season with a team of eight elephants (a baby for General Tom Thumb), Cortege of 140 horses and 100 men, Living Animals Menagerie includes a...
19thc Victorian Animal Vinegar Valentines 19thc Victorian Animal Vinegar Valentines

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19thc Victorian Animal Vinegar Valentines

$195.00

Nearly Victorian scrapbook figures, unlike any reference and graphic. Measure 2.5 x 6" on heavy card stock with glued residue on reverse.  Poodle (socialite), Bull Dog (drunk), Pig (false gentleman), Mastiff (temperance), Rooster (parson /...
1910s Botswanan Men British Colonial Southern Africa Cabinet Photo 1910s Botswanan Men British Colonial Southern Africa Cabinet Photo

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1910s Botswanan Men British Colonial Southern Africa Cabinet Photo

$295.00

Scarce and early reference, likely Botswana (attribution made with sitter identifications) in Victorian / Edwardian dress under Englands protectorate around 1900.  Measures 4.25 x 6.5", sunlight exposure, light foxing, edge chips (flakes to gloss) and...
1880s US Geological Survey Georgia Map Camp Guide Photo 1880s US Geological Survey Georgia Map Camp Guide Photo

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1880s US Geological Survey Georgia Map Camp Guide Photo

$295.00

Identified Merrill (sic) Hackett and his U.S. Geological Survey team, signed by Edwards & Sons of Atlanta GA. African American man distanced from the others, possibly a local guide. Hackett shows on the rolls leading...
19thc Frontier Log Cabin Camp Enslaved African Americans Photo 19thc Frontier Log Cabin Camp Enslaved African Americans Photo

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19thc Frontier Log Cabin Camp Enslaved African Americans Photo

$450.00

The woman is framed at center with a relaxed poise and frying pan loosely at her side. She appears nearly maternal, like she was interrupted at work. Each of the men (and boy) have a...
1900s Folk Art Barber Pole Tobacco Signs Shop Photo 1900s Folk Art Barber Pole Tobacco Signs Shop Photo

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1900s Folk Art Barber Pole Tobacco Signs Shop Photo

$195.00

Iconic, scarce reference with painted tobacco signs and early barber pole.  Measures 5.5 x 6.75”, very good condition.
1910s Missionary & Child Make Do Itinerant Studio Sepia Photo 1910s Missionary & Child Make Do Itinerant Studio Sepia Photo

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1910s Missionary & Child Make Do Itinerant Studio Sepia Photo

$125.00

Dirt ground, bamboo hut and indigenous children (with dog!) all visible just beyond the highly Europeanized painted back drop and majolica plant stand. Annotated Mr Ephraim S. Evans, Miss Asuncion E. Evans Was Born on...
19thc Chinese (American) Elder Portrait Hand Painted Photo 19thc Chinese (American) Elder Portrait Hand Painted Photo

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19thc Chinese (American) Elder Portrait Hand Painted Photo

$450.00

Bold, sparse composition and paint ventures into Folk Art.  No indication from the paper or process that this was done outside of the US, found in Pennsylvania. Original artists watercolor / gouache board measures 7.75 x...
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