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Ayer's American almanac, for the use of farmers,...

Thin, paper bound almanac with prediction tables for each month in 1870. The publisher affirms its accuracy for use in North America and Britain. Along the spine is printed the name of the distributor: Northrop & Lyman, Newcastle, General Agents for Province of Ontario.

Ayer, J. C. (James Cook)

Keystone 16mm Film movie camera, model 7

Item consists of a 16mm motion picture camera, Model 7 made by Keystone Manufacturing Company in Boston Massachusetts in 1937. The company was an American manufacturer known for movie cameras with built-in electronic flash in the 1930s. The camera features a summer exposure guide on the front and has a Switar 1:1.8 f=16mm lens.

Old Palace, Florence

Lantern slide, glass B&W slide in wood frame. Image framed in black. Green sticker on glass handwritten in black ink "Old Palace Florence" in print above "J. Levy & Cie Succrs de Ferrier Pere Fils & Soulier." On another sticker in print "T.H. McAllister, Manuf'g Optician, 49 Nassau Street, N." Image of the Old Palace in Florence, with clocktower.

Polaroid Land Camera, model 95a

Item is a variant of the Polaroid Land Camera model 95, and features a 3 element, 135mm f/11 lens, a 4 speed rotary-leaf shutter system with speeds 1/8 to 1/60 seconds. Used black & white 40 series 100 ISO instant roll film with a sepia tone.

Polaroid Corporation

Polaroid SX-70 Land camera

Item is a folding, single-lens reflex camera for instant photographs using proprietary Polaroid SX-70 film. Model is a collapsable, leatherette-covered with a matching brown suede carrying case.

Polaroid Square Shooter 2

Item is a snapshot camera for instant photographs using Polaroid Type 80 Packfilm. This model is for use with Hi-Power flashcubes and an exposure system for 75 ASA film.

Portrait of American officer with bicorne hat

Item is a yellow card with photograph of an officer with Napoleon-style hat and sword, in front of a rough wooden fence (in studio). On verso, an elaborate brown etching with flowers, camera and artist's paints reading "Davis & Douglas./ Photographers,/ 58 MAIN STREET/ FALL RIVER, MASS,/ INSTANTANEOUS PROCESS USED EXCLUSIVELY./ NEGATIVES PRESERVED./ DUPLICATES CAN BE HAD AT ANY TIME." In pencil, at top "15-".

Davis & Douglas

Portrait of Maria

Item consists of a cream card with light blue embossed oval at centre with photograph of a woman in black dress with pleats down the front and a small, high white lace collar inset. At bottom, embossed design of a young woman in bonnet with flowers and scroll banner. To right of image, also embossed, "FLAGG & PLUMMER/ LEWISTON, MAINE." Card is glued onto a darker piece of cardboard. On verso, handwritten in pencil upside down, "Maria".

Flagg & Plummer

Portrait of a young man in tartan tie

Item consists of a black card with embossed oval decoration and a photograph inset of a young man with high collar, tartan tie and flower in the lapel of his jacket. At bottom right, embossed, "Johonson Bros./ INDIAN HEAD". And on verso, handwritten in pencil, "with Love to Florence".

Johnson Brothers

Portrait of man

Item is a cabinet card portrait of man. Text below photograph reads, 'Elmer Chickering, 21 West St. Boston'. Text on back of card reads, 'The Royal Studio, Elmer Chickering Proprietor 21 West St. Boston.'

Royal Studio

Portrait of woman

Item is a cabinet card portrait of woman. Gold imprint below photograph reads, 'Elmer Chickering 21 West St. Boston'. Black text on back of card reads, 'The royal studio, Massachusetts charitable mechanic association founded 1795 inc. 1806. Awarded at the seventeenth exhibition 1890, highest award, Elmer Chickering Proprietor 21 West St. Boston, Duplicates can be had at any time', inscription in pencil on back reads, '86503'

Royal Studio

Sketch of interior of Cornelius Vanderbilt House

Item is a sketch of the interior of a room with furnishings, made with ink on glassine paper. Inscriptions read: "Geo. S & Polley & W. Pub. Boston" "Interior Cornelius Vanderbilts Residence". The mansion was located on 1 West 57th Street in New York City and was built in 1883. Cornelius Vaderbilt II was an heir, socialite and businessman. The house was sold at the beginning of the First World War for seven million dollars.

The Volunteer's Vision

albumen print of painting, mounted on card. Depicts soldier surrounded by family in clouds. Group of men watch from a distance. Recto caption: "The volunteer's vision. The pledged we the wine cup and fondly swore / from my home and my weeping friends never to part / my little ones kissed me a thousand times o'er / my wife sobbed aloud in her fulness of heart. Lith. and Pub. by J.H. Bufford, 313 Wash. St. Boston. Bufford's print, Soule photo. Entered according to act of congress, in the year 1862, by J.H. Bufford in the clerk's office, of the district court for the district of Massachusetts. Bufford's publishing house, 313 Washington St. Boston Mass."

["horse-mobile" carriage]

print on grey mat board. Depicts carriage with horse pushing from behind, covered in sheet. Carriage is decorated as well. Background is fairground with grandstand, flag. Embossed recto caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso inscription, pencil: "Horse Mobile." Image transfer verso from another platinum print.

[Horse-drawn float with watermelons]

Photographic print on grey mat board. Depicts horse-drawn parade float, decorated with crest, watermelons, grasses, and children riders. Embossed recto caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield, Mass." Verso inscription, pencil: "August #29." Image transfer from another platinum print.

Dinkler

[Portrait of a man]

Item is an ambrotype photograph in a velvet-lined thermoplastic union case, showing a male sitter in front of a studio backdrop. The case was intended for use with 1/4 plate daguerreotypes, as indicated by the manufacturer's stamp on the inside back cover beneath the ambrotype plate: "Littlefield, Parsons & Co.,/ MANUFACTURERS OF/ Daguerrotype Cases./ L., P. & Co., are the sole/ Proprietors and only legal Manu-/ facturers of UNION CASES, with the/ Embracing Riveted Hinge./ Patented October 14, 1856,/ and April 21, 1857."

Littlefield, Parsons & Co.

[Portrait of a man]

Item is an example of an ambrotype with broken glass and worn coloured backing. Ambrotype is in a velvet-lined thermoplastic union case, showing a male sitter in front of a studio backdrop. The case was intended for use with 1/6 plate daguerreotypes, as indicated by the manufacturer's stamp on the inside back cover beneath the ambrotype plate: "Littlefield, Parsons & Co.,/ MANUFACTURERS OF/ Daguerrotype Cases./ L., P. & Co., are the sole/ Proprietors and only legal Manu-/ facturers of UNION CASES, with the/ Embracing Riveted Hinge./ Patented October 14, 1856,/ and April 21, 1857."

Littlefield, Parsons & Co.

[Portrait of a man]

Item is an ambrotype photograph in a velvet-lined thermoplastic union case, showing a male sitter. A stamp on the inside back cover beneath the ambrotype plate gives the manufacturer of the case: "Littlefield, Parsons & Co.,/ Sole Manufacturers of / UNION CASES,/ with/ Embracing Riveted Hinge./ PATENTED/ October 14, 1856, & April 21, 1857."

Littlefield, Parsons & Co.

[horse and buggy with flowers]

platinum print mounted on grey mat board. Depicts two women with parasol in carriage drawn by horse. Carriage is decorated with flowers. Background is a fairground with gradstand and american flag. Recto embossed caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso has image transfer from another platinum print. Verso inscription, pencil: "#8 Mrs. C L Firk."

[horse and carriage with sunflowers]

print on grey mat board depicting horse and carriage. Large sunflower decorations and several riders. Embossed recto caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso inscription, pencil: "John Wilson #11" Image transfer on verso from another platinum print.

[horse and wagon with flowers and bell]

print mounted on grey mat board. Depicts horses and wagon decorated with flowers- wagon has flower arches and paper bell. Four women sit in the wagon. Background is a fairground with grandstand, american flag. Embossed caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso inscription, pencil, "#3." Image transfer on verso from another platinum print.

[horse-drawn float with ram]

print on grey mat board. Depicts parade float with ram crest (and zodiac symbol?), evergreen branches, riders, and grandstand in background. Embossed recto caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso inscription, pencil: "#24 March." Image transfer on verso from another platinum image.

[horse-drawn float with vase]

print on gery mat board. Depicts horse-drawn parade float with arches, large vase, coat of arms, children riders. Embossed recto caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso inscription, ink: "Sept- 90." Image transfer on verso from platinum print.

[horse-drawn float, plymouth rock]

print mounted on grey mat board. Depicts horse-drawn parade float marked "9," "landing of Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock." Background is a fairground with grandstand, decorated coaches, american flag. Embossed caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso inscription, pencil, "Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock #6." Image transfer on verso from another platinum print.

[horse-drawn mayflower float]

print on grey mat. Depicts forse-drawn parade float in the shape of a ship. Reads: "Mayflower 1620." Riders have pilgrim costumes on. Embossed recto caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso inscription "Mayflower #5." Image transfer on verso from another platinum print.

[horse-drawn turkey float]

Print on grey mat. Depicts horse-drawn parade float with turkey, coat of arms, and children riders. Embossed recto caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso inscription, ink: "Nov 32." Image transfer on verso from platinum print.

[two women in decorated carriage]

print on grey mat board. Depicts two women in horse-drawn carriage with flowers. Background is a fairground with american flag. Embossed recto caption, bottom left: "Dinkler, Chapman St. Greenfield Mass." Verso inscription, pencil: "Mrs. Brad Frup" (?). Image transfer on verso from another platinum print.

spring

albumen print of painting, mounted on card. Depicts young girl in garden setting. Recto caption, bottom, "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by John P. Soule, in the Clerk's office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Spring. GG Fish, Pinxt. Photo. and Pub. by J.P. Soule, Boston."