Grosset & Dunlap: Book Publishers for the Masses and Film Buffs Alike

Grosset & Dunlap: Book Publishers for the Masses and Film Buffs Alike

February 21, 2024

In 1914, theAmerican book publishing company of Grosset & Dunlap publishers their first photoplay. Today, these vintage photoplay editions are tracked down by film buffs, bibliophiles, and book collectors. Photoplay editions were promotional movie tie-in books of the silent film and early sound era and Grosset & Dunlap monopolized this market in the 1920- 1940s. The most sought after photoplays are those tie-in editions for favorite films such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and King Kong, or lost films such as London After Midnight. Other collectors search for books featuring individual stars, like Lon Chaney or Boris Karlof. Read more about this creative and influential American book publisher on this week's blog. 

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Collecting Vintage Silver Keepsake Boxes

Collecting Vintage Silver Keepsake Boxes

February 16, 2024

Trinket or jewelry keepsake boxes have taken on many forms since their first conception in ancient times. However their purpose remains the same; to store jewelry and other items precious to the owner. We explore our collection of vintage silver keepsake boxes in this week's blog post. 

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Bleeding Kansas: The Eve of the Civil War

Bleeding Kansas: The Eve of the Civil War

February 09, 2024

Bleeding Kansas was a time of intense violence over slave and non-slave states in the mid 19th century. Read more about this period- what is known as the precursor to the Civil War.

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Her

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Her

February 02, 2024

Valentine's Day gifting for that special person in your life is easier than you think! We've rounded up nine great gift ideas for her. We've selected products made with intention, care, and quality materials, from some of our favorite American brands and independent makers. 

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Him

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Him

February 02, 2024

Valentine's Day gifting for that special man in your life is easier than you think! We've rounded up seven great gift ideas. We've selected products made with intention, care, and quality materials, from some of our favorite American brands and independent makers. 

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1877 "General Geological Map of Colorado"

1877 "General Geological Map of Colorado"

January 30, 2024

New to our shop is this 1877 "General Geological Map of Colorado" by F.V. Hayden, and lithographed by Julius Bien. Read more about this interesting map.

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Reaching West: Mapping Manifest Destiny

Reaching West: Mapping Manifest Destiny

January 30, 2024

Manifest Destiny was an ideal rooted in religion, exploration and nationalism. It pushed Americans to travel west in order to obtain cultural and political influence over western territories. Read more about this unique map that embodies Manifest Destiny in the mid 19th century.

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Flying Across America: A History of American Airline Advertisements

Flying Across America: A History of American Airline Advertisements

January 29, 2024

Vintage airline posters present a fascinating glimpse into the Golden Age of Air Travel exhibiting eye catching illustrations and breathtaking destinations. Featured in our new arrivals is an impressive collection of vintage airline posters spanning throughout the decades. 

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Unique WWII Collectibles

Unique WWII Collectibles

January 26, 2024

We share some really unique relics of WWII that we have in our inventory- each with its own story to tell.

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Illustrating Alice: John Tenniel

Illustrating Alice: John Tenniel

January 24, 2024

Written as a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass describes Alice’s further adventures as she moves through a mirror into another unreal world full of whimsy and bizarre characters.  Like its predecessor, Through the Looking-Glass is full of charming and whimsical illustrations by Victorian artist John Tenniel (1820-1914). Read more to learn how Tenniel established the enduring visual identity for Alice and her companions.

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First Blow for Liberty

First Blow for Liberty

January 17, 2024

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought on April 19, 1775, and were the first official battles of the American Revolutionary War. New to our collection is this hand-colored engraving titled “First Blow for Liberty: To the Memory of the Patriots of 1775.” The engraving depicts the minutemen at the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and was engraved by Alexander Hay Ritchie after artist Felix O.C Darley. Read more about the start of the Revolutionary War and this detailed engraving.  

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Thomas Crawford's "Statue of Freedom"

Thomas Crawford's "Statue of Freedom"

January 10, 2024

Thomas Crawford’s iconic bronze “Statue of Freedom” sits high atop the nation’s Capitol building. Standing at a height of 19 feet 6 inches tall, this colossal allegorical statue serves as a symbol of “freedom triumphant– in war and peace.” And due to the popularity and importance of the sculpture and the building it tops, it is depicted in countless prints, paintings, posters, and photographs, from the mid-19th century on. The statue has an interesting history, both in its inspiration and construction. 

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