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1/2 merit
Reward of merit cut from sheet of merits typically accumulated by students to be redeemed for a larger certificate or fancy card from their teacher. Contains ornamental border., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler., Described in Patricia Fenn and Alfred Malpa, Rewards of merit (Charlottesville, Va.: Ephemera Society of America, 1994), 110.

5 merits. Punctuality. Attention. Dilligence.
Reward of merit designed as a bank note. Contains pictorial details of instruments of learning, including a paint palette, lamp, books, and a globe, within a decorative border., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler., Described in Patricia Fenn and Alfred Malpa, Rewards of merit (Charlottesville, Va.: Ephemera Society of America, 1994), 110.

A. E. Brown & Co., manufacturers of children and infants' shoes, Orwigsburg, Penna. A. E. Brown. J. A. Paul. P. W. Fegley.
Advertising blotter containing a caricature of "Our Commercial Traveler" (i.e., a traveling agent for wholesale merchants). Shows a gentleman sales agent caricatured with a large head, mustache, side burns, and prominent nose, attired in a suit and top hat, and carrying a valise and umbrella., Manuscript note on recto: Property of Jho. Shower, Orwigsburg, Pa., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

A. L. Gerhart & Co.'s commission & forwarding warehouse, No. 365 Market Street.
Bill of lading for the Philadelphia shipping warehouse containing two vignette wood engravings. Images show a steam locomotive, and a horse-drawn canal boat., Completed in manuscript for Mr. Schrack shipping "1 bbl oil" to Brubacker & Co., dated September 22, 1846 and signed by A.L. Gerhart., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

A. S. Renner, carriage builder, Perkasie Station, N.P.R.R. Bucks Co., Pa.
Trade card containing images of a convertible carriage and a coach., Printed in red ink., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

A. Wright & Nephew, Vine Street Wharf, Delaware.
Bill of lading for the Philadelphia shipping warehouse containing two vignette wood engravings. Images shows a steam locomotive, and a horse-drawn canal boat., Completed in manuscript for C. Schrack shipping 1 box glass, 1 tin [illegible], 1 bbl oil to H.L. [Emmons, Wilkes Barre?], dated September 30, 1846 and signed L.B.C., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

Adams & Co's express. Eastern, Western, and Northern package express, for the conveyance of merchandise, specie, baggage, &c, &c, and insurance effected, whenever required on any package, to its full amount of value.
Bill of lading for the Philadelphia branch (est. circa 1843) of the rail express service company started by Alvin Adams of Boston in 1840. Contains vignette showing an "Adams & Co. Express" train crossing over a stone bridge under which a horse-drawn wagon travels. In the background, a ship sails and in the foreground, two men watch the train from a valley., Name of proprietors (Alvin Adams, W.B. Dinsmore, E. S. Sanford, E. S. Shoemaker) and office locations (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond) printed below and to side of image., Contains N.B. explicating that Adams & Co. are "alone responsible for the loss or injury of any article or property of any description entrusted to their care...", Completed in manuscript for J. S. Myers shipping one tin box to Wm. Gadsby, Washington, DC., dated March 17, 1852, signed: For the Proprietors, [D Nussing?]., Numeric calculations inscribed on verso., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler., Small section of bottom edge torn off.

Album
Album of genre scenes depicting European life in the country. Several contain children and animals, who are often in rural and buccolic settings. Includes plate 19 showing a Gypsy boy, with a monkey on his shoulder, and accompanied by two dogs walking past a farm; plate 20 showing a figurine peddler dropping his wares when frightened by a mother dog protecting her pups at a rustic family homestead; plate 3 depicting a woman, a rifle over her shoulder, guiding the horse of a Zouave soldier away from his fellow troops; plate 2 depicting a woman, with a book, possibly a Bible under her arm, walking with two boys past two men working in their garden; plate 5 showing a family in a canoe fishing with a net; plate 6 showing young hunters stealing the game of their napping companion; plate 7 depicting a young farm girl asleep near a picnic basket and a dog while her elders build hay huts in the background; plate 8 depicting a gypsy violinist with his dog near a stone wall and under the gaze of a barefoot peasant boy and girl; plate 9 showing a girl wading near an unhappy duck family in a river below a mountain range accompanied by a young male companion seated on the shore; plate 10 showing two young farm women attending to rabbits in the doorway of a hutch; plate 11 showing a peasant woman, carrying a bundle of wheat, and with a girl on a dirt road who watch a man, with a specimen box, seated near his net and holding a snake; plate 12 showing a wife in traditional costume leading a mule carrying her peasant husband and their child and a large bundle; plate 13 showing a father and his two young girls ice fishing with their dog and a picnic basket; plate 14 showing two girls gathering fire wood near a frozen river and with their dog; and plate 14 showing a girl making a floral wreath near another girl petting a dog attended by a boy on a hillside below a castle-like structure., Also includes plate 16 showing a toddler boy in a gown and socks walking to his mother seated next to his father in their rustic home; plate 17 depicting an older peasant boy and young woman attempting to wake a peasant girl sleeping on a hay bale in a farm field; an unnumbered plate showing an older boy disrobing for a swim beside a dog and a younger boy leaning on a pier near the ocean; and plate 4 showing a girl standing near a boy petting a dog laying near a tree on which a hunter's bag, rifle, and cap hang., Inscribed on front free endpaper: Maggie A. Fleming, June 1850., Title stamped on front cover., Green morrocco binding., Plate numbers printed in upper right corner of all, except one print. Bound out of order., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Forms part of Helen Beitler Graphic Ephemera Collection., Gift of Helen Beitler and the estate of Helen Beitler.

Allemannia Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. Jos. Abel, president. G.W. Hammer, secretary.
Advertising blotter containing a view of a fire company attending to a blaze at a large, possibly municipal, building. Shows firemen utilizing steam engines and hoses to pump water onto the flames, and ladders to scale the building. Scene bordered in lower left corner by horn and lantern details. Allemannia was chartered in 1868., Printed below title: Insure with the Oldest Agency Company of Western Pennsylvania. Time Tried and Fire Tested. Insure Your Dwelling With This Company., Stamped on recto: Guiles & Wensell, Agents, No. 103 N. 2d. Street, Harrisburg, Pa., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

Allen & Needles, wholesale dealers in oil & guano. Agents for Kingsford & Sons starch. No. 41 South Water St. & No. 42 South Wharves, Philadelphia.
Pictorial envelope containing an oval-shaped cameo stamp in upper left corner for the partnership established about 1861. Allen & Needles operated until the early 1870s., Tite from cameo stamp., Contains on recto: ink-stamp postmark [illegible] PA Sep 8 and cancelled three-cents stamp printed in red ink and depicting George Washington., Addressed in manuscript to: R.J. Jackson, Lapidum, Harford Cy. Md., Numeric calculations in ink on verso., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

American & Howe pin companies' adamantine pins.
Pin label containing pictorial details, ornate borders, and filigree. Details include urns, gargoyles, and a vase. American Pin Company established in 1846 and Howe Manufacturing Company established in 1833 operated the only pin manufactories in the United States in Connecticut by 1848., Printed on flaps: American & Howe Pin Cos' 5 Adamantine Pins., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

American Hotel, S. M. Heulings proprietor, Chestnut Street bet. Fifth & Sixth, opposite Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
Pictorial envelope advertising the American Hotel and containing a view of "Independence Hall, Directly Opposite the American Hotel" on the verso. Image also shows the Bailly statue of George Washington and pedestrian traffic, including couples on promenade and in conversation., Title from printed return address., Upper right corner removed., Contains ink-stamp postmark: Philadelphia Oct 3 8 AM., Addressed in manuscript to: Mr. Wm. Fulmer, Bloomsberry, New Jersey., Accompanied by illustrated letterhead completed in manuscript to Mr. Wm. Fulmer ("Dear Bro.") from A.M. Henkel, dated October 2, 1876 describing a wedding trip, including a visit to the Centennial Exhibition. Illustration duplicates illustration on corresponding envelope. [P.2011.10.69a], Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

Ask for Bell Bros. Co.'s sheep-lined coats and ulsters. Manufactured by Bell Bro's Co. Dubuque, Ia.
Pictorial envelope containing an image of a bearded man attired in a heavy, sheep lined coat, cap, and gloves. The man also holds a lit pipe. Bell Bros. Company was incorporated in 1888., Title from advertising text., Addressed in manuscript to: Flancy & Co., Argusville, N.D., Contains on recto: ink-stamp postmark: Dubuque, Iowa Jul 1, 1902 7 PM and cancelled two-cent oval stamp printed in red ink and depicting the profile of George Washington., Contains on verso: ink-stamp postmark Argusville, N. Dak, Jul 2, 1902., Date inferred from postmarks., Printed upper left corner: After 10 days, return to Bell Bros. company, Cor. Fourth & Locust Street, DUBUQUE, IOWA., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

Aultman, Miller & Co., Akron, O. U.S.A. A happy New year, 1890.
Calendar depicting scenes in the making and distribution of the "Buckeye" machinery produced by the Akron company founded in 1863. Front cover contains scene "Getting out Lumber for the World-famed Buckeye Binders and Mowers" showing a hunter and trapper watching oxen haul logs, loggers cut trees, and camp hands carry buckets and tend a dutch oven over a campfire. Internal views show "Receiving and Dressing Lumber for Buckeye Machines"; "Partial View of Wood Department Mammoth Buckeye Works, Akron, Ohio"; "Mining and Reducing the Ores for use in Buckeye Harvesting Machines"; "Partial view of Buckeye Foundry, Akron, Ohio"; "The Perfected Buckeye Binder and Mower, The World's Standard" and "Shipping the Celebrated Buckeye Machines to all parts of the civilized Globe." Views include calendar insets, laborers and foremen at work, industrial machinery (wood saws, smelters, power drills) in use, trains, and ships being loaded at a loading dock. Back cover depicts a scene showing several plowmen using horse-drawn "Buckeye" binders (i.e., combines) reaping a large field of wheat. View also contains an inset depicting a man mowing his pasture. Flowers and a banner reading "The World's Victors" border the inset. Aultman, Miller & Co. began to only build threshing machines, traction engines, and saw mills in 1890. The firm was bought out in 1911., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

Barren Hill Hotel, no. 1, (opposite the Germantown Road.) James Mewhinney, proprietor. Choice wines, liquors, and cigars.
Trade card for the inn, later known as General Lafayette Inn, containing an embossed image of a man driving a horse-drawn buggy. Also contains a decorative border. Mewhinney operated the inn, first called Barren Hill Hotel in 1869, from 1874 to 1895., Embossed., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

Berks Builders and Supply Co., Wyomissing, Pa. Manufacturers of all kinds of planning mill work.
Trade card containing a view of a stone tower with the additions of upper and lower wood verandas. Visitors stand on the verandas and a rail car passes in the foreground., List of "Reading Fire Alarm Boxes" printed on verso., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

Biddle Hardware Co., Philadelphia.
Pictorial envelope containing a vignette depicting an anvil marked with the name of the hardware firm., Title from printed return address., Date inferred from ink-stamp postmark: Philadelphia Apr 21, [18]88, 6 30 PM., Contains cancelled oval two-cent stamp printed in green and containing a profile portrait of George Washington., Printed upper left corner: Please return if not delivered within 10 days., Addressed in manuscript to: Cleveland Stone Co., Cleveland, Ohio., Contains on verso: ink-stamp postmark: Cleveland, O., Apr 23, 1888, 4 AM., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler., Cleveland Stone Company was founded by George H. Worthington in 1886.

[Billheads from Omaha, Nebraska businesses issued to Dr. Charles L. Heizmann]
Includes billhead dated October 18, 1873 from Aschmann, piano maker and organ builder for tuning, repairing and moving a piano, and billhead dated January 28, 1874 from C.H. Frederick, fashionable hatter for a $16.50 hat. Frederick billhead includes vignette depicting the head of a tiger., Title supplied by cataloger., One of prints [P.2011.10.122] annotated: & Schaller [crossed out]., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler., Charles L. Heizmann was a U.S. Army surgeon who participated in the 1873 U.S. expedition for military defenses in northwestern Wyoming.

Book of cabinet chromos 1881
Subscriber's premium comprised of a series of titled chromolithographs depicting portraits of historical figures and genre, religious, sentimental, and allegorical scenes. Images include "Beauty and Her Pets" showing a young lady feeding doves at her window garden; a robed woman "At The Cross"; the "Autumn Beauties" of a girl on a swing with her cat in her lap; a woman picking flowers in "Shoo Fly"; "The Sailor Girl"; "Our Idol," a lavishly attired Victorian girl; a woman near a fireplace showing "Maternal Affection" as she holds her baby to her breast; "The Flower Angels"; "The Angel of Song" in a bird's nest; a "Little Tot" of a girl; "The Flower Girl" in a wooded area with her dog; "Young Captain Jinks"; "Little Buttercup"; a woman pondering "Yes Or No" to a written marriage proposal; the engaged woman holding a portrait photograph in "Yes"; portraits of George and Martha Washington and Henry W. Longfellow; chicks confronting "The Unwelcome Visitor" of a frog; a mother kissing the hand of her daughter - "Grandma's Pet" - in a highchair next to her grandmother; "The Angel's Message"; "A Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" family portrait; "The Young Student" reading on a grassy cliff overlooking a cove; puppies learning "The First Lesson" of hunting vermin; "Puss in Boots" showing a kitten in a boot; the buck "The Monarch of the Glen"; a girl covered in ink from her "Little Mischief" to write with a quill pen; children "Fruit Gatherers" at a fruit tree by a lake; and a woman on an evening "Meditation" near a sun dial., Copyrighted., Presented to every subscriber to The People's Illustrated Fireside Magazine., Case shaped liked book binding and illustrated on recto and verso. Images include vignette showing a hearth and floral and geometric pictorial details., Text on spine reads: Premium with The Peoples Illustrated Fireside Magazine. 32 Gems., Prints numbered lower left corner: 1-2; 4-23; 26-33. Some in manuscript., Peleg Orison Vickery, publisher and politician, established Fireside Magazine in 1874. The periodical contained fictional stories and served as a mail order catalog., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler.

Bot of Mord. & Sam. N. Lewis, no. 135 South Front Street near the drawbridge, agents of the Philadelphia Lead Works.
Billhead containing a vignette captioned "Manufactured by Mord. Lewis & Co. and showing barrels of lead labeled "White Lead"; "Red Lead"; and "Mord. Lewis & Co., Philada." Mordecai and Samuel N. Lewis began operation of a white leads manufactory in 1819., Date inferred from establishment date of firm., Billed to Mr. C. Schrack on May 13, 1835 for "1 bbl Dry Lead" [mg?] 890-30/860 lbs @ 10, $86.00; porterage $.25: $86.25; [2/?] off for Cash, $1.72: $84.53., Inscribed below image: Mr. Lewis & Co. White Lead Philada., Contains hole punch upper center., Manuscript note on verso: M. & S.N. Lewis., Cataloging funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012., Gift of Helen Beitler and Estate of Helen Beitler., C. Schrack & Co. were Philadelphia varnish and color manufacturers and importers and dealers in printers' materials.

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