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26.
Directions for preserving fruit in Squire's Patent Fruit Jar.
New York: [printed by] A. Penfield, [circa 1865]. Unfolded booklet (13 x 22.5 cm.), [6] pages (if folded). John B. Barlett’s business was located at 69 Murray Street, New York, where he distributed the Squire’s Patent Fruit Jar. “The GREAT SECRET in preserving fruit lies in thoroughly expelling the oxygen, and safely sealing therefrom". The Squire’s Jars used a combination rubber band and cork to achieve this. The cover illustration..... (Item #6273)
Price: $100.00
27.
Buckwheat Cakes can be almost instantaneously made from Heckers' Self-Raising Buckwheat [...]
Boston, MA: Hecker & Brother, [late 19th century]. Broadside, 27 x 15.4 cm. Advertisement for Heckers' self-raising buckwheat: just add water or milk for instant buckwheat cakes. "Perfectly Healthful [for] dyspeptics and persons who cannot eat Buckwheat Cakes made by the old process with yeast". Features replica of label printed in black and purple, though text warns "be sure you get a package with a red label, printed with black... (Item #3609)
Price: $75.00
28.
[Collection of Culinary Calendars].
Joliet, Illinois; New York; Chicago; Toronto: P.F. Volland Company, circa 1910-20. Tall, narrow octavo, 28 x 14 cm, unpaginated (varying page lengths). Full color art deco illustrated covers and monochromatic illustrative borders (or headers and footers) to each page. Ten books (seven unique titles) from the calendar recipe book series published by P.F. Volland Company. The duplicates are maintained because of slightly varying imprints and in two cases distinct artwork... (Item #4679)
Price: $450.00
29.
[Toothpick Boxes, Original Art and Order Forms]
Dixfield, ME and Sioux Falls, SD: Jewett Bros & Jewett and Holt Brothers Print Shop, 1917-1918. Seven items in various sizes. This collection contains two renderings on tissue paper, a box template with handwritten notes, three order forms, and a note with cost calculations, all regarding the design and production of High Grade Brand toothpick boxes for Jewett Bros & Jewett of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The artwork and order... (Item #3596)
Price: $150.00
30.
A Few Facts About Canning.
circa 1895. Oblong booklet, 8.9 x 16.2 cm, 8 pages. Illustrated with photographs and engravings. Promotes the Mudge Patent Canner, a household canning processor that “does away with the stewing kettle” and is “the cheapest, most efficacious and economical system of putting up high-standard goods that has ever been invented.” The Boston Cooking School Magazine reviewed the device saying, “a great point in its favor is that, by the use..... (Item #3280)
Price: $75.00
A Few Facts About Canning. John L. Gaumer Co.
31.
[Collection of 30 Vermont Jelly and Preserves Labels].
Brattleboro, VT: Brattleboro Jelly Company, circa 1890. 30 labels, various sizes between 6 x 6 cm and 10.5 x 13 cm. Full color lithographs produced by several printers including Forbes Lithograph Company of Boston and Brooks Bank Note Company, also of Boston. Among this collection are sixteen labels for A.L. Blair’s pickle products including sweet pickles, piccalilli, mustard relish, chow chow, horseradish, onions, wine vinegar, and cauliflower; six Brattleboro Jelly... (Item #3756)
Price: $500.00
32.
Collection of American Aristocratic Family’s Grand Hotel Invoices.
Germany, Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, New York, and Washington, D.C. 1887-1907. Printed handbills, in a range of sizes 21 x 13 to 34 x 22.5 cm. Texts in English, French, and German. Seventy Grand Hotel and restaurant invoices for various tours of Europe and Great Britain completed by Edward B. Livingston, Esq., Miss C.H. Livingston, and John L. Livingston, and family. From The Old England Lake House at... (Item #3911)
Price: $1,200.00
Collection of American Aristocratic Family’s Grand Hotel Invoices. Edward B. Livingston.
33.
Meade, Mary, [pseudonym of Ruth Ellen Church and others]. Collection of cooking and household booklets distributed by The Chicago Tribune.
Chicago: Chicago Tribune, circa 1920-1970. 21.5 x 13.5cm uniform size, varying page count. Twenty-six recipe booklets with eighteen unique titles. Scattered holdings of recipe booklets produced by the cooking editor of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, featuring titles such as Simple Homemade Candies, Refrigerator Ice Creams, 52 Appetizers of the Week, Five Years of $100 Recipes, Cooking After Office Hours, Parties for Growing Ups, Pantry Shelf Dinners, and more. More than... (Item #4682)
Price: $100.00
34.
The Conservative Club Banquet Tendered to the President of the United States on the Evening of June Twenty-Third, Nineteen Hundred and Eleven, at Infantry Hall in Providence.
Providence, Rhode Island: Livermore & Knight Co. 1911. Cord-sewn booklet (16 x 13 cm.), [4] pages, in cardstock cover with pasted-on photographic portrait of President Taft. Includes the menu, a "Pre-Prandial" list of speakers, and a brief description of the Club and its officers. Speakers include the President, Rhode Island Governor Aram Pothier, Mayor of Providence Henry Fletcher, U.S. Senators Winthrop Murray Crane, Frank B. Brandegee, and Henry Frederick Lippitt... (Item #5891)
Price: $150.00
The Conservative Club Banquet Tendered to the President of the United States on the Evening of June Twenty-Third, Nineteen Hundred and Eleven, at Infantry Hall in Providence. Menu - Presidential, William Howard Taft, Conservative Club.
35.
La Colomba.
Venezia [Venice, Italy]: La Colomba, [1962]. Single-folded menu, (13 x 13 inches), with screen printed typo-pictorial design in green, bland, and orange. Verso printed in ditto with food offerings and prices. Designed by the important Belgian surrealist, probably created for the famed art bistro's design contest. Signed "Mesens 62" in the lower left hand corner, and further inscribed in 1964 by Mesens to his long time friend and accomplice, the... (Item #2408)
Price: $900.00
La Colomba. Menu - Surrealist, E. L. T. Mesens.
36.
Late 19th Century French Menu Template.
France: [circa 1890]. A hand-colored, lithograph die-cut menu template (14.5 x 14 cm.) in the shape of an artist’s palette. A playful a la table scene depicts a gentleman at one end of the table and two ladies at the other, all parties drinking wine. Cleverly, the white tablecloth serves as the area to write-in the menu. Fine. (Item #3832)
Price: $250.00
Late 19th Century French Menu Template. Menu template - die cut.
37.
Skookum, Thanksgiving Dinner, the thermometer has jumped up to zero from 43 degrees below. Eat drink and be merry while partaking…
[Skookum, Alaska: 1898]. Manuscript menu (19.5x 12.5 cm.). Text in pencil; date in a second hand at foot of page. Illustrated with crossed shovel and pick. Small cord with gold flake attached at top. Menu items include Oyster Soup, Chicken Salad a la “Money”, Porterhouse Steak (without mushrooms), Roast Turkey, Apple Sauce, Roast Chicken, Stewed Tomatoes and Macaroni, Boiled Potatoes, Pickles, India Relish, Fruit Pudding with Hard Sauce, Mince Pie... (Item #6269)
Price: $200.00
Skookum, Thanksgiving Dinner, the thermometer has jumped up to zero from 43 degrees below. Eat drink and be merry while partaking…. Menu – Alaskan Gold Rush.
38.
To the Honorary Commercial Commissioners of Japan and the American Trade Experts at Ithaca Hotel, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A. Friday, October 8, 1909.
Ithaca, N.Y. 1909. Cord-gathered booklet (18 x 14.5 cm.), [8] pages. Cover illustration. The 1909 Japanese business mission to the U.S. was three-month long trade visit to the U.S., the first large-scale delegation to the United States. It followed a visit to Japan one year earlier by American business leaders from Pacific Coast states. There were more than fifty members (with additional private secretaries and attendants) of the Japanese trade... (Item #6270)
Price: $100.00
To the Honorary Commercial Commissioners of Japan and the American Trade Experts at Ithaca Hotel, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A. Friday, October 8, 1909. Menu – Diplomatic; Commercial Commissioners of Japan; Eiichi Shibusawa.
39.
Early 20th Century Lithograph Menu Template.
circa 1900. Two-tone lithographed menu template (16 x 11.7 cm). Initialed by the artist in the lithograph, but artist unidentified. Surrounding the blank menu area is an illustration of an urban setting with the silhouette of several figures including a young woman with a market basket, a lamplighter, and a figure pulling a cart. Fine. (Item #3829)
Price: $90.00
Early 20th Century Lithograph Menu Template. Menu – lithograph.
40.
Early 20th Century Lithograph Menu Template.
[circa 1900]. Two-tone lithographed menu template (16 x 11.7 cm.). An unused menu template. The blank area contains an illustration of a rainy and blustery urban setting with a taxi and the silhouettes of several figures with umbrellas. Housed in matte with mylar protection. Fine. (Item #3830)
Price: $90.00
Early 20th Century Lithograph Menu Template. Menu – lithograph.
41.
Late 19th Century French Menu Template.
France: [circa 1890]. Colorful die-cut lithograph (14.5 x 14 cm.). A menu in the shape of an artist’s palette with an illustration depicting playful scene with two children and a young woman with a parasol “en plain air”. The blank area for dishes to be printed or added by hand is in the center. Fine. (Item #3831)
Price: $250.00
Late 19th Century French Menu Template. Menu – lithograph.
42.
California Navigation & Improvement Company Menu.
[N.p. (California): the Improvement Company, circa 1885 ff.]. Bi-fold menu (20 x 13 cm.), [4] pages, lithographically printed. The menu spans both pages of the interior, and includes numerous ruled lines for specific dishes (here unused). The California Navigation & Improvement Company was formed in 1854, establishing steamship routes in San Francisco Bay as well as on the Sacramento and San Jacinto Rivers. In part, it was a consolidation based... (Item #6852)
Price: $250.00
California Navigation & Improvement Company Menu. Menu – steamship; California Navigation & Improvement Company; Steamer T. C. Walker.
43.
Victory Banquet, to 1938 Taylor St. Yard Champions, Crafts' Manor. Seven P.M. April 8, 1939.
1939. Folded menu (12 x 16.5 cm.), 4 pages, plus wrapper. Manuscript menu for a dinner in honor of the winners of the fishing derby of a private club. Includes the names of the previous and new champions, as well as the menu, along with two pieces of fishing doggerel. The wrapper includes a drawing of a fisherman's bag, with a chromolithograph image of a rainbow trout pasted-down. Tiny bit... (Item #3914)
Price: $120.00
Victory Banquet, to 1938 Taylor St. Yard Champions, Crafts' Manor. Seven P.M. April 8, 1939. Menu-Fishing Derby.
44.
The Club of Cunning Cooks. [with:] The Lenten Council of Ten.
Philadelphia: 1876-1877. Two printed menus, for two different social dinners, the so-called "Council of Ten" in Philadelphia, a small group of wealthy men active in politics and municipal affairs. Both menus print excerpts of dialogue from the plays of William Shakespeare to describe various items on the bill. For instance, under Boned Chicken is the caption "Alas, poor hurt fowl" from the second act of Much Ado About Nothing. For... (Item #3866)
Price: $250.00
The Club of Cunning Cooks. [with:] The Lenten Council of Ten. Menus.
45.
Gæsteporten.
[New York]: 1947-1993. Wooden guest book in the shape of a door, wooden metal hinges, 50 leaves sewn with pink cord, with seventy-five holograph signatures, nearly forty of which we have been able to identify. The Old Denmark was a casual restaurant, at 135 East 57th Street, and later, 113 East 65th Street, on New York’s Upper East Side. A 1964 review gave the restaurant one star, and described it... (Item #3221)
Price: $4,000.00
46.
Table Delicacies from the Gardens of Genesee; [From Tree to Table - cover title].
Rochester; Boston: Curtice Bros. Co.; [lithographically printed by Forbes Co. 1893. Stapled booklet (15 x 16 cm.), [20] pages. An advertising booklet/trade catalogue for the products of Curtice Brothers, growers and canners of fruits and vegetables. Established in 1868 on the shores of Lake Ontario, in Monroe County, New York, the company was able to take advantage of excellent farmland and a geographic situation with access to railroad transportation to... (Item #6274)
Price: $90.00
Table Delicacies from the Gardens of Genesee; [From Tree to Table - cover title]. Product book – preserving, Preservers Curtice Brothers Co., N. Y. Rochester.
47.
Out of the Tru-Blu Cracker Box. A Collection of Choice Recipes…
Spokane: McKee Printing Co. [circa 1915]. Stapled booklet (20 x 14 cm.), 32 pages. Illustrated throughout with duotones, printed in yellow and brown. An attractively designed product booklet, with recipes for dishes which share crackers as an ingredient. Stiff pale blue wrappers printed in blue and yellow; a bit of bumping to corners, very light soiling to wrappers. Very good. [OCLC locates no copies]. (Item #6257)
Price: $60.00
Out of the Tru-Blu Cracker Box. A Collection of Choice Recipes…. Product booklet – crackers, Portland Tru-Blu Biscuit Co., Spokane Inland Empire Biscuit Company, Mrs. J. W. Marshall.
48.
Kerr’s Flour & Cereal Products Recipes.
Portland, Oregon: Kerr Gifford & Co. Inc. [1921]. Single sheet, folded into a four-panel booklet (15 x 9 cm.), [8] pages. Chromolithographed cover and rear panel illustration. Nineteen recipes containing Kerr’s cereal products. Light crease from folding, otherwise fine, and bright. Scarce. [OCLC locates two copies (Winterthur and Univ. of Oregon)]. (Item #6255)
Price: $30.00
Kerr’s Flour & Cereal Products Recipes. Product booklet – Flour & cereal, Kerr Gifford, Co. Inc, Portland Oregon.
49.
Specialitäten edler Getränke aus der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. Special'nye sorta blagorodnych napitkov iz Germanskoj Demokraticeskoj Respubliki. Specialities in choice drinks from the German Democratic Republic.
East Berlin, GDR: Ministerium f. Lebensmittelindustrie, 1957. Oblong octavo, 36 pages. Illustrated throughout. Parallel text in English, Russian, German, Spanish, and French. First edition. A promotional publication for the wines, beers and spirits of the German Democratic Republic, produced in East Berlin. Illustrations and descriptions accompany the long list of beers, brandies, fruit spirits, vodkas, bitters, cordials, and champagnes. In the rear of the booklet, are the names and addresses... (Item #4938)
Price: $450.00
Specialitäten edler Getränke aus der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. Special'nye sorta blagorodnych napitkov iz Germanskoj Demokraticeskoj Respubliki. Specialities in choice drinks from the German Democratic Republic. Promotional publication – East German Spirits.
50.
Elisha Sears' Inn, Hartford.
[Hartford, Conn. circa 1820 to 1823]. Printed and holograph receipt for board (14.5 x 8.5 cm.), single sheet printed recto only. Simple typographical border. The upper date limit is based on external evidence (the Inn was sold to a new owner who renamed it The Eagle Tavern in 1823(Conn. History online)). An unidentified client ran up a bill of $21.27, for twenty breakfasts, eighteen dinners, and twenty suppers, as well... (Item #6474)
Price: $200.00
Elisha Sears' Inn, Hartford. Receipt for Board; Elisha Sears' Inn, Conn Hartford.

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