National Telephone Directory: October, 1894

To regard this early edition of AT&T’s National Telephone Directory as quaint, from our cell phone-crazy vantage 130 years later, is to discount the significance of the technology at the time. But still, it is pretty cute, starting with the iconic blue bell on the cover and the introductory General Information, which includes some very Read More …

Boethean cook book: Tested receipts

This book contains 22 chapters with over 600 recipes (“receipts”) that are, for the most part, brief and to the point.  Contributors’ names accompany most of the recipes, and in some cases different cooks have submitted recipes for the same dish, often with extreme variations. The “Miscellaneous” chapter offers important advice such as how to Read More …

Henry Clay: The Great Compromiser

One of the many publications issued by the Instructor Publishing Company (later called F.A. Owens Publishing Company), based in Dansville, New York, this small biography of Henry Clay was written as a text for history teachers, intended as a guide in their instruction of Henry Clay. Originally printed in 1899, what sets this biography apart Read More …

Entrepreneurship in New York: The Mismatch between Venture Capital and Academic R&D

The Entrepreneurship in New York study is a joint venture of the SUNY Levin Institute, the Research Foundation of SUNY, and SUNY Geneseo. This study shows that New York now commands a larger share of national venture investment than in past studies. Although, within this picture a significant disconnect is revealed. New York’s strong performance Read More …

Rochester, the City of Beginnings

In her 1919 address to the Rochester Historical Association, H.E.B. Dow juxtaposes the city’s history of social tolerance and forward thinking with its religious conscience. This book is a must-read for those who wish to find out how anti-slavery, women’s suffrage, the temperance movement, the modern cult of spiritualists, anti-masonry, and even the raid on Read More …

Daniel Webster: A Character Sketch

One of twelve volumes in the True Stories of Great Americans series published by Instructor Publishing Co. in Dansville, N.Y., Daniel Webster : A Character Sketch appeared in 1899, less than fifty years after its subject’s death. The book chronicles the life of Daniel Webster from his humble beginnings in a pioneer family through the Read More …

Proceedings of the Centennial Celebration of the organization of the First Presbyterian Church

Little church histories are so often more than that—they are snapshots of specific places in specific times, of course, but the “granular” view they offer of local communities provides insight into the larger historical milieu. They are microcosmic, and interesting to locals, genealogists, and historians alike. This centennial history of Livonia, NY’s First Presbyterian Church Read More …

Poster Patterns and Mother Goose Pictures – Books 1 & 2

Described as “a means of infinite entertainment and instruction for the children,” the two-volume Patterns for Posters and Mother Goose Pictures will delight budding artists, young and old. It offers familiar images from the tales we love that can be traced/copied, cut, colored and mounted onto various paper types and sizes, as recommended by the Read More …

McFadden’s System of Physical Training: An illustrated system of exercise for the development of health, strength and beauty

Bernard Macfadden (born Bernarr McFadden) was nothing if not an interesting man. Considered to be a pioneer of physical culture as we know it, he was hailed by some and mocked by others. Detractors targeted him because of his tremendous ego, but no one could deny the man’s love for the human body. That love Read More …

Jointed Toy Patterns II: For Coloring, Cut Out and Construction Work: Book 2

Long before magnetic “paper” dolls and interactive walking, talking baby dolls, there was Bess Bruce Cleaveland’s Jointed Toys. Filled with patterns to be copied, enlarged, assembled, and decorated (whether in paper or wood), Cleaveland’s two-volume set offered potentially hours upon hours of make-believe fun for children in the early 20th century. The books provide explicit Read More …