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[Advertising specimens]
Series of advertising specimens, including trade cards, book marks, and a proof of an invitation. Prints depict a girl character in allegorical scenes representing the seasons; views of South Ferry Hotel (Kaighn Point, N.J) and a standard scale at use at a farm; medals; coats of arms; and pharmaceutical apparatus. Businesses represented include Peter Bazzanti & Son, manufactory of Florentine Mosaics; Fairbanks' Standard Scale; Hawkins Brothers, army, navy, & police contractors and post office & railway contractors; and W.B. Horner, druggist & apothecary., Title supplied by cataloger., Various printers, including S. C. Boreum and Major & Knapp., Varous publishers, including Philadelphia Inquirer., Print P.9399.449 inscribed on verso: Od [sic] Fellow Hall, Sixth St. Below Race. Race., Originally part of Specimens Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012.

[Checks, bank notes, billheads, and receipts specimens]
Series of checks, bank notes, billheads, and receipts, containing allegorical and patriotic vignettes and ornate pictorial details. Vignettes depict allegorical female figures, including Liberty, Hope, Justice, and Bounty; animals, including the American eagle, a dog protecting a safe, and bucks; and patriotic figures, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ulysses Grant. Other vignettes depict a view of a traveling locomotive; the seal of Pennsylvania; and views of harvested produce and grains. Businesses represented include A. Exton & Co., cracker manufacturers; Heywood, Kilburn & Co., chair and cottage furniture dealers; West Branch National Bank; Perry County Bank; Reed & Schell, bankers; First National Bank of Sunbury; and Jefferson Savings Institute., Title supplied by cataloger., Several of series printed in color ink, including blue, green, tan, and violet., Print P.9399.390 inscribed to John Mayer for $23.00 three months after date [illegible]. 24 Feb. H five. Feb 23rd., Various printers, including Ehrgott & Fobriger; Lehman & Bolton; Theodore Leonhardt; Wm. F. Murphy's Sons (& Sons); and Paul & Lindsay., Originally part of Specimen Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012.

Fairbanks' standard scales. Buy only the genuine.
Trade card depicting a scene on a farm. A farmer, sits on a rock, and watches as an agent weighs a horse-drawn cart loaded with hay with a "Fairbanks Standard Scale." In the background, another Fairbanks' agent weighs cows on a platform scale in a pen. View also shows hay stacks in the distance. Fairbanks' Scales was established in 1830., "Principal Warehouses," including in Philadelphia listed on verso., Originally part of Specimens Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012.

[Geo. S. Harris & Sons print specimens]
Series of specimens, primarily for trade cards and labels, printed by the prominent Philadelphia lithographic firm. Subjects include fanciful, allegorical, and sentimental scenes and portraiture with women, children, and flowers; hunting and recreational scenes; international iconography; animals (dogs, horses, and an alligator clutching a black baby in its jaws); political and military imagery, including President James Garfield; land and marinescapes; and mythological and fairy tale views. Collection also includes specimen without an imprint and probably printed by Harris showing a plantation scene., Title supplied by cataloger., Publication date inferred from content of one print depicting President James Garfield., Originally part of Specimens Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Added to African Americana Digital Collection through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor, 2013-2014.

[Label specimens]
Series of labels, primarily textile (wool, silk, mohair), containing allegorical, patriotic, and nationalistic vignettes and pictorial details. Vignettes and details depict Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, coats of arms, the female allegorical figure of Columbia, and a view of a flock of sheep among a grove of trees. Brands represented include Bradford Make, Collingwood Brand, Favorite Ottoman Reversible, Lady Washington, and Royal Shawl., Title supplied by cataloger., Print P.9399.285 stamped on recto: Wm. S. Skinner. David M. Test., Originally part of Specimens Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012.

[Miscellaneous specimens from specimen album loose prints collection]
Contains specimens of ornate borders; an amateurly-colored view of Cincinnati pasted on verso of proof periodical illustration depicting butterflies; uncut pages of a gas pipe fittings trade catalog depicting tees, crosses, elbows, bends, and sockets; an entrance notice for Bryant & Stratton Business College illustrated with a calligraphic image of a bird, likely by J. E. Soulé; a printed lease and 1877 electoral broadside; sheet music cover "Charming Waltz"; advertising print for the "Walnut Street House"; and a flower print., Title supplied by cataloger., Various printers, including Ehrgott & Fobriger., Originally part of Specimens Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., J. Emory Soulé worked as a calligrapher at Bryant & Straton Commercial College by 1870 and became the school's principal within the decade.

[Philadelphia Inquirer art supplements]
Series of art supplements depicting genre, historical and allegorical scenes, landscapes, portraiture, and character studies. Includes "Aurora" showing a female fairy figure; "The Pilot" portrait of a sea captain; "The Partners" showing a girl and boy with a broom and shovel; "Tambourine Girl"; "Playmates" of a girl and a cat; "Deep Sea Fisherman"; "Night of the Ball" depicting an exterior view of a palatial estate with an inset showing a fancily-attired young lady; "One of the Four Hundred" showing a boy costumed as a vagabond; "By the Sea" showing an African American seaman; an older man reading "Fairy Tales" to a young girl; "Sheik of the Desert"; "A Lively Scrimmage" during a football game; a dog inspecting "Five O'Clock Tea"; a clergyman having "A Disappointing Luncheon"; a view "Off the Belgium Coast near Ostend"; "Spring" and fall landscapes; "Does You Mother Know You're Out" depicting a little girl with a newly hatched chick; "Napoleon and the Old Guard"; "Wellington and His Soldiers"; a couple on "A Honeymoon at Niagara"; and a lady portrayed fancifully "Among the Roses.", Title supplied by cataloger., Various artists, including M. Duboy, C.L. Van Vredenburgh, Charles P. Gruppe, A. I. Keller, and W. Merritt Post., Various printers, including Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company; Leopold Gast & Brother; Julius Bien & Co.; Donaldson Bros.; Ketterlinus; and J. Ottmann., Two of prints designed to stand as display cards., Originally part of Specimens Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Added to African Americana Digital Collection through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor, 2013-2014.

[Proofs from specimen album loose prints collection]
Contains proofs, primarily of advertising vignettes, depicting views of factories and storefronts predominantly in Ohio. Businesses depicted include manufacturers of saddlery hardware, "burial cases," sewing machines, and glass; dealers of liquor, dairy supplies, wallpaper and painter supplies; and engravers, printers, and lithographers. Vignettes often include street and pedestrian traffic. Prints also show portraits of men, women, and children; genre and satiric scenes, including the character "Uncle Remus" designed for trade cards; pictorial and border details designed for certificates, labels, and billheads; machinery and transportation vehicles; trademarks and seals; and a rocking chair. Series also contains a reward of merit designed as a stock certificate and an uncut sheet of six illustrations titled in German. Illustrations primarily depict historical and religious scenes, including the conversion of Saint Eustace., Title supplied by cataloger., Various printers, including H.J. Toudy & Co. and W.J. Morgan & Co., Originally part of Specimens Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012.

[Specimens album loose prints collection]
[Specimens album loose prints collection]
Collection of loose prints from a specimen album probably compiled by a printer once associated with the Philadelphia lithographic firm Stein and Jones. Contains chromolithographic art supplements and advertising specimens; proof sheets; checks, bank notes billheads, and receipts; trade cards and labels; vignette specimens; proof sheets; and illustrations. Businesses and trades represented include banks, manufacturers, and the textile industry. Collection also includes a proof of a trade catalog for gas pipe fittings; job work, including an 1877 broadside for an "Assessor's Registry of Voters" of a Philadelphia ward; an advertising print for the Walnut Street House (Cincinnati, Oh.); and a sheet music cover containing a landscape view., Title supplied by cataloger., Various printers, including Simeon Boerum; Ehrgott, Fobriger & Co.; Geo. S. Harris & Sons; J. Ottmann; and Wm. F. Murphy Sons., Originally part of Specimens Album [P.9349]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012.