Catalogues

  • UNCOMMON (AND OCCASIONALLY ODD) BRITISH AND AMERICAN THEATRE BOOKS AND EPHEMERA

    We hope you will enjoy perusing our most recent catalog of theatrical ephemera, a substantial portion of which dates from the 19th century.  Several items of note include an 1880 color lithographed portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, an informative study titled “The Chinese Drama” published in China and featuring attractive color plates, and a 406 page memoir, “Memories of an Old Actor,” detailing both the tribulations of, and rueful reflections on, a stage career unfolding in the mid-nineteenth century.  Regarding oddities, there are more than a few.  One such is the verse rendition delineating “The Wonderful Leaps of Sam Patch,” whose idiosyncratic career and ultimate demise is documented in thirteen color lithographic illustrations—purportedly a “picture book for little children.” Additional items include three 1880s “Garden Theatre” programs from Uhrig’s Cave in St. Louis, named after an underground cavern initially used as cold storage for a brewery.  Also of note, a front page illustrated article in the April 24, 1852 issue of “Gleason’s Pictorial” covering, in some detail, the (less than stellar) stage debut of Catherine Sinclair, the divorced wife of theatrical super-star Edwin Forrest.  We hope you will find the time to consider our listings, and perhaps discover items that engage your interest.

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    Elisabeth, Craig and Cristina

  • Antique Botanical Prints - 2017 Spring Listing

    We celebrate the arrival of spring with a selection of exquisite antique botancial prints from the 18th and 19th centuries.

     

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    Elisabeth, Craig and Cristina

  • Pictorial Maps Miami International Map Fair February 2017

    Oldimprints.com will be exhibiting at the Miami International Map Fair at HistoryMiami February 4-5, 2017.  This year one of the map fair events, with oldimprints participating, consists of a panel focusing on the institutional, research, and private collecting approaches to the study of twentieth century pictorial maps.  It is gratifying to see the growing interest in these colorful and frequently humorous maps, especially as their ephemeral nature often belies their significance as repositories of historical and social interest. 

    Please find below our latest catalogue of pictorial maps; a selection is also available as a pdf HERE

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    Elisabeth, Craig and Cristina

  • MIAMI INTERNATIONAL MAP FAIR MISCELLANY FEBRUARY 2017

     We will be exhibiting at the Miami International Map Fair, held at HistoryMiami Saturday and Sunday February 4 and 5.  Below is a listing of some items we will be displaying; please also view the Pictorial Map catalog that we have recently issued.  A special feature this year is the panel discussion on collection of 20th century pictorial maps, which will give the institutional, private collector's and reseacher's perspective.

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    Elisabeth, Craig and Cristina

  • BEAUTIFUL BIRDS from the 18th CENTURY - GEORGE EDWARDS

    The handcolored copperplate engravings that George Edwards published in the mid 1700s are some of the finest bird prints published.  Here we present a selection with many of the most dramatic and beautiful images, plus a few ornithological prints from other countries and eras to start off 2017 on a pleasing note, twitter or no...

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    Elisabeth, Craig and Cristina

  • SIXTY FIVE YEARS OF AMERICAN HOMES: HOUSE PLAN CATALOGS 1900-1965

    Oldimprints.com is pleased to offer our latest catalog of vintage house plan booklets and brochures dating from the 1900s through the 1960s. 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. Insidiously, the dream of home ownership took hold.

    ”No man,” said Herbert Hoover, “ever fought for his boarding house.”
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  • PRODUCTS FOR THE HOME: Manufacturers’ Catalogs 1900s - 1950s

    This listing contains a wide variety of pamphlets, brochures and catalogs devoted to products for the American home—products manufactured to promote comfort or convenience, often enhanced (so it is claimed) by aesthetic pleasure derived from innovative color or design. These “home product” advertising publications date primarily from the first half of the 20th century, and their relevance to the home is at times complicated by goods manufactured by firms seeking domestic as well as commercial outlets for their product .Then there are the curiosities, of which there appear to be no shortage: for example the “Secret Door Openers” (promoted in item 53871.) Some of the products included in the list, glowingly described by their manufacturers, were subsequently found to be health hazards (for instance, propane gas refrigerators, asbestos floor tiles, wood products enhanced by “toxic preservation” etc.). For those interested in oddities or historic exemplars associated with products for the home, or in the projection of the “new” or “modern” advanced by manufacturers in their focused appeals to female “home-makers,” the catalogs and brochures listed should prove interesting and enlightening.  The catalog can be viewed as a pdf online here

    We will shortly be issuing a catalog of American house plans from 1900-1965.