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 …

Jointed Toy Patterns I: For Coloring, Cut Out and Construction Work: Book One

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 …

Cobb’s Toys: Third Series, Stories about the Bear, Zebra, Lynx, Wild Boar, Walrus, Sloth and Anteater.

Lyman Cobb’s Toys is a collection of tiny books for tiny people. Priced at three cents and consisting of only sixteen pages, these children’s works are slight enough to fit in even the smallest of pockets. In the third volume of the third series, Cobb describes animals both common and exotic to an audience he Read More …

The Jackson Sanatorium: The Best Appointed Health Institution in America. Built of Brick and Iron and Absolutely Fire Proof.

The Jackson Sanatorium, dedicated to the “scientific treatment of chronic invalids,” was one of several names given over the years to the famous health resort which operated in Dansville, NY from 1854 through 1971. It can still be seen high on the hill just east of the village. This undated brochure was aimed to entice Read More …

Road from Washington City to Buffalo

After reading Road from Washington City to Buffalo, anyone driving along U.S. Route 15 or another old north-south route through New York State, Pennsylvania, and Maryland can better appreciate the formidable engineering task of road building in that region during the early days of the nation. This slim volume, originally published in 1827, is a Read More …

Glacial Geology of Western New York

With an abundance of physiographic features related to the glaciers that once covered the area, Western New York is an ideal location for those who study glacial geology. Herman La Roy Fairchild came to the University of Rochester in 1888 as the first professor with a primary interest in geology. Like many scientists of his Read More …

Report of the Committee on Craig Colony

The Craig Colony for Epileptics opened in Sonyea, NY, in January 1896 as “a new form of charity, recently adopted by this State, and is based upon the idea of being, as fully as possible, self-supporting.” Indeed, it was only the second such institution in the United States. This brief report, written in November 1896 Read More …

Little Citizens and their Flags

This delightful coloring book published in 1922 by the F. A. Owen Publishing Company of Dansville, NY features Bess Bruce Cleaveland’s charming illustrations of children from around the world dressed in traditional clothing; colored flags by Genevieve Stump Foster; and short rhyming poems by Maude M. Grant. There are detailed directions for coloring a boy Read More …

The Jackson Health Resort

A fascinating glimpse into the past, “The Jackson Health Resort: Health For All” is a pictorial marketing brochure originally published in 1916 to entice potential clients. A menu from the July 4, 1916 dinner is included as an addendum to this reprinted edition. Formerly called the Jackson Sanatorium and also called Castle on the HIll Read More …

Choice and Tested Recipes

Ladies of Cuba, NY have joined forces to contribute some of their best-loved recipes in this 86-page cookbook from the World War I era. A journey back in time representing food staples (e.g., brown bread, tomato soup, suet pudding, boiled salad dressing) as well as local businesses (advertisements appear throughout the recipe book), Choice and Read More …