G.H. and J.H. Hale Seed Catalogs. Via Smithsonian Libraries.
Sheet music cover for ‘The Ferris Wheel Souvenir’, a Waltz-Polka from 1893. It depicts the World’s Fair of 1893. It cost 50 cents and was published in Chicago, IL. Via NYPL. I believe this is public domain (due to it’s original publish date), but it’s not confirmed. If you’d like to use this in something other than personal work, please contact the NYPL.
1899 Colorado Springs, CO Stock Certificate for 500 Shares. The Isabella Gold Mining Company. Via eBay.
Here are three of my absolute favorite chomolithographic plate examples of sign writing from The Sign Writer and Glass Embosser by William George Sutherland. It was printed and published by The Decorative Art Journals Co., Ltd. in 1898.
The first example features a range of lavish, decorative sign layouts for house painters and sign writers. Each has a rich color palette with gold, perhaps to be gilded with gold leaf in final execution. The second showcases intricate shading and dimensional approaches for adding depth to lettering. The last piece suggests techniques for projecting and positioning the lettering within a sign. My favorite is the approach is the illustration of “Lignomur” characters shown with depth, shading and creative bands to hold the letters together. Many of the specimens from the full collection are striking and should be looked over in detail.
1895 ad for Cleveland’s Superior Baking Powder. It shows an illustration of their packaging and has a little owl that says “There’s Wisdom In a Right Choice.” Via eBay.
Advertising card for the Eagle’s new pencil sharpener. Lithograph print. “The Eagle’s New Pencil Sharpener No. 557.Patd Aug 1893. How to use the same. Do not turn the Sharpener but turn the pencil”. Date issued is approximately 1870-1900. Via The Boston Public Library’s Flickr.
Menu cover from the 6th annual banquet held by the Confederat Veteran Camp of NY at the St.Denis Hotel in NY, 1896. Via the Buttolph Collection at the NYPL.
Menu from the annual banquet in honor of the Democratic congressmen elect in NY. Held by the Business Men’s Democratic Association of New York. Printed int 1899. Via the Buttolph Collection at the NYPL.
The back of the menu has a monogram on it. See it inside the post.