Manuscripts & Archives (and Assorted Unusual Items) #11Published on 29 Oct. 2012
A selection of 35 unique items including original book-related artwork (both commercial and underground); archives on various subjects including boxing, documentary film, punk rock; journals of science, photography, and major 19th century literary works; albums of interesting vintage photographs; an unpublished French Enlightenment Proverb Play manuscript; and other curiosities and finds.[...] Read more
GERMAN & ITALIAN PROMOTIONAL TRAVEL EPHEMERA 1920s & 1930s: Tourism & Constructs of National IdentityPublished on 27 Sept. 2012
Interest in travel writing as a literary genre has led to several engaging books that examine narratives written by English and Continental authors in the 1920s and 1930s. This scholarly interest suggests an ancillary area of investigation, one at a far remove from literary studies, but intriguing nonetheless; that is, an exploration of likely agendas shaping the ephemeral pamphlets, brochures and booklets crafted by European government agencies or private service providers, those tasked with attracting the much-needed tourist dollar (or lira or deutsche mark) to European countries struggling with depressed post-war economies.
The primary agenda behind these ephemeral items was, of course, commercial, but within a context of self-promotion, issues of national identity inevitably come to the fore. With this idea in mind, we have prepared a short catalogue featuring promotional travel material produced in Germany and Italy between the World Wars, with particular attention given to material aimed at English-speaking travelers. Interest in the travel ephemera of Germany and Italy from these decades stems in no small measure from the idealized constructs foregrounded in their tourist publications, constructs masking the reality of totalitarian regimes complicit in forging the Axis Alliance in the years leading up to World War II.
Catalogue n° 39 - library's catalog of the "Avoués d'Appel"Published on 29 June 2012
Following the disappearance of the "Avoués d'Appel"(French peculiarity), La Mémoire du Droit was requested to prepare the library's catalog so as to sell the entire collection. Today I am very pleased to send you this unique document.
There are more than 300 references with among them some texts of great editorial or legal importance and about 10 000 volumes which gather collections of fundamental interest and very often complete since first issue.
I leave you to discover this catalog and no doubt this will be an achievement which will stand out and will be put forward as a reference document for legal libraries.
Usually kept in good condition, books are mainly bearing the arms of the Chamber of the "Avoués" from the Paris Court of Appeal and can append library's marks.
We are staying at your disposal to give you more photos than those given on the website or catalog.
A Catalogue of Vintage “House Plan” Ephemera: "Homes Suitable to all Stations and Conditions of Life"Published on 07 Jan. 2012
Oldimprints.com is pleased to offer a catalogue of house plan booklets and brochures dating from the early 1900s through 1970. These “pattern books,” depicting a home’s exterior together with detailed floor plans and enticing descriptive paragraphs, feature page after page of designs for homes both large and small. The images and evocative language employed in the catalogues and brochures engaged the imaginations of readers of an earlier era as they pondered the virtues or liabilities of individual designs (see, for example, the prolix verbiage of item 47803, page 6). Insidiously, the dream of home ownership took hold....The house plans booklets and brochures offered in the present catalogue have been gathered over a period of years and provide insight into firms that “directed most of their business to those who would aspire to the American dream of achieving not only home ownership, but ownership of a house which was of a particular status-communicating type.” (Smeins, Building an American Identity, p.99).... The concept of 20th century “pattern book” ephemera as signifiers of evolving social and moral imperatives is one of the more intriguing derivatives of these engaging vintage brochures and booklets, and is surely an area of investigation warranting further study.[...] Read more
First Books & BeforePublished on 18 Oct. 2011
A large selection (over 650 items) of material from the beginnings of authors' careers. Unlike other "First Books" catalogs, this list is not limited to merely first books, but instead contains many stories, poems, essays, and other works published by authors BEFORE they published their first books. In addition, there are many signed and advance copies of authors' first books. All material is united by the perspective that when these items were published, their authors were not well established and the works in this catalog had to stand on their own merits rather than their authors' reputations.[...] Read more
Products for the Home 1920s through 1950sPublished on 23 Aug. 2011
Catalogues, pamphlets and brochures for a wide variety of home products: practical items such as plumbing fixtures, millwork, hardware, and various building materials (e.g. brick, marble) as well as catalogues and brochures promoting products that add the final touch to interior décor: booklets detailing wall paper and paint products, furniture and accessories, curtains, light fixtures, small appliances, etc. Of particular interest from a social history standpoint are the pamphlets and brochures that target the female consumer. There are a considerable number of these; they serve to illustrate the power and peril associated with choosing home products that must, by necessity, fulfill functional demands while comporting to an understood "refined taste."[...] Read more
MERCHANDISING IN AMERICA 1930s to 1950s: EPHEMERAL PUBLICATIONS RELATING TO THE GREETING CARD, STATIONERY & PRINTING BUSINESSESPublished on 13 May 2011
"MERCHANDISING IN AMERICA 1930s to 1950s: EPHEMERAL PUBLICATIONS RELATING TO THE GREETING CARD, STATIONERY & PRINTING BUSINESSES" is our latest catalog list of quirky periodicals and booklets...just 15 items that open a window onto the retailers' constant conundrum: how to get the public to BUY!
For example, suggestions advanced in an article in the 1950 edition of The Modern Card Shop "Can Music Sell Greeting Cards?" include Muzak as an aid to sales; ("Each [Muzak] franchise has its own studios and operators for sending out the programs to local subscribers over leased, wide-range telephone lines" etc.) These uncommon trade publications provide an invaluable research resource, with a wealth of striking graphic material.