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Collection of original sketches of Camp George Jordan

Collection of original sketches of Camp George Jordan, W.W.II segregated Army camp

African American Soldiers; W.W.I.I.] Caldwell, John 9 original pencil sketches made at the segregated Seattle Washington army camp, Camp George Jordan, by John Caldwell, likely an African American service man. We locate a John Caldwell born in 1920 in Illinois who enlisted in San Francisco on 23 November 1943 in San Francisco (US World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938 – 1946). At Camp Jordan, African Americans were housed separately from whites by a road dividing the camp in half. The camp was located on Spokane Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, and was first established by the U.S. Army’s Port of Embarkation Administration in July 1942. It eventually served as a trucking company, transporting troops from Fort Lawton and Fort Lewis to ships for duty overseas. The camp was named in 1943 in honor of African American Sergeant George Jordan, 9th US Cavalry ("Buffalo Soldiers"), recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in New Mexico in 1881. Jordan was born into slavery and was illiterate when he first joined the Army. The sketches include: 1 of Camp Jordan showing the entry gate and barracks 5 of women including 3 African Americans (one is drawn up at bat, for baseball), on sketch paper and 3 portraits of entertainers Louis Armstrong, Humphrey Bogart, and possibly Dorothy Lamour, Joan Crawford (sketched on board). 12 x 9". Ruffled at edges, creased.
Boomerang. [French children's game]

Boomerang. [French children’s game]

An exceptionally rare and unusual French children’s game using small metal boomerangs to knock down pins with an unusual launching apparatus. The game was manufactured in France, most likely for the British market around 1900. The title on the cover reads- "Boomerang. Breveté S.G.D.G. A C". The initials "S.G.D.G." are an abbreviation of "sans garantie du gouvernement" meaning it is sold without government guarantee and is a legal phrase under the patent law. There is nothing else marked that might indicate the maker. It is housed in its original box, covered with decorative brown paper imitating crocodile skin, a metal handle on the side, and the titles printed in silver in an Art Nouveau style. The object of the game is to launch the boomerangs at the painted wooden pins that can be set up in the lid of the opened box. The box lid is lined with green napped fabric with the triangular position of the pins marked, somewhat akin to bowling. There are 14 pins, with painted bands, about 2" tall, with the 15th pin missing. The base of the box accommodates the launcher, a small fixed box with sliding drawer titled "Boomerang", perhaps to hold the boomerangs. It is also mounted with a series of red cords fixed to the base, but it’s unknown what these are meant to hold. The box measures 12 x 8 ¾ x 2 3/8". There are 6 tin-like small boomerangs, measuring just over 2". (One appears to be a reproduction.) Most unusual is the launching mechanism for the boomerangs. It is made of a turned wooden base with metal workings above. The instrument is 7 ½ " tall and 5 ¾" wide. It’s screwed on a fine wood turned base of 2 ¾" diameter. It launcher is powerful, launching the boomerangs about 5-6 feet. The probability of the boomerangs knocking over the pins is negligible, but perfectly poised to poke a child in the eye. It therefore cannot have been a very successful game, further pointing to its rarity. We have been unable to locate another copy – it is likely the only known copy in the world. It is not located on Trove or in the National Library of Australia. We purchased it from a continental dealer who stated that he had bought it years ago from a French leading expert of antique games and toys. He had said that this was the only known copy in the world. Of course, this is difficult to prove, but indicates the rarity in the eyes of the French expert. The box in good working order, slightly rubbed at the leading edges. There is a small circle of wood broken into 3 pieces, detached from the mechanism of the instrument, which does not affect the operating and easily glued. An example of how Australian aboriginal culture entered into the popular culture around the world.

USS Bennion, South Pacific WWII, 100 real photographs, mostly personnel on board

Some real snap shot photographs plus 80 real photographs taken by a ship’s photographer on board the USS Bennion, which won a Presidential Unit Citation for her actions off Okinawa during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The citation to the ship was presented "For extraordinary heroism in action as a Fighter Direction ship on Radar Picket duty during the Okinawa Campaign, April 1, to June 1, 1945". USS Bennion (DD-662) was a US Navy Fletcher-class destroyer launched in 1943. It served in the Pacific as a fighter director and radar picket ship, and supported operations at Leyte and Luzon in the liberation of the Philippines, and at Iwo Jima (February – March 1945). In July and August 1945 USS Bennion took part in Third Fleet Operations Against Japan. Bennion received her citation for actions off Okinawa (1 April-1 June 1945) as well as eight battle stars. Photographs which identify personnel include the presentation of medals: the Bronze Star to the Bennion’s Commander R. H. Holmes on May 17, 1945; presentation of Silver Star to T. C. Beale; and James Holloway III "who assisted sinking with torpedoes of Japanese battleship Yamashiro"); Vice Admiral H. W. Hill addressing the crew; Commodore Moosbrugger; Lt. Comd. Brokenshire A group snap shot which identifies the personnel on the verso includes: Lt. Scott, Kollert, Mach. Flaherty, Ens Hulkill, Lt. McCool, Loomis, Morrison, Dabbs, Matlack, Cobb & Murray. A note on the verso explains the scorecard poster displayed behind the men: "Score card shows 16 Jap planes, 8 shore bombardments & 1 Jap battleship sunk by torpedoes in Battle of Surigao Strait. 13 planes since I’ve been aboard" (the reference to the sunk battleship refers to October 1944, when Bennion helped sink the Japanese battleship Yamashiro). Many shots of life on board the ship. Some snap shots indicate the crew was segregated by role, with gunners mates and fire control men all white, while the steward mates are all African American. Numerous group photographs include: CPOs, cooks, radar men, radio men, 2nd Division, and the Bridge force. Additional snap shots include the ship at Club Saipan (showing Admiral Whiting and a "nurse . was the last one to leave Corregidor and got a lot of publicity"), Kuluk Bay Adak (Aleutians) in August 1945; Vanikoro Feb 1943 (snap shots of Officers Club, Solomon Islands. Interior and exterior views); numerous images of Ominato including Japanese service men and villagers (Ominato was a major navy base for the Imperial Japanese Navy in northern Honshu); and USO performers. A total of 100 real photographs, mostly in postcard size format, 4 3/4 x 3 3/4", some 5 x 4". Very good condition.
New Zealand Ferns. Album

New Zealand Ferns. Album

Craig, Eric compiler Album of mounted dried fern specimens, 30 leaves most with printed identifying botanical label laid down, a few with manuscript caption in period ink. The album was compiled by Eric Craig of Princes Street, Auckland, known as "the fern man". Eric Craig (1829-1923) was a collector, publisher and natural history dealer who ran a shop called ‘Craig’s Curiosity Shop, The Fern and Curiosity Dealer’ and collected Maori artifacts, shells and kauri gum Greenstone. "New Zealand Ferns mounted by Eric Craig" business stamp at first and last page of the album. Folio, maroon gilt buckram boards with gilt title surrounded in a Maori influenced design. Front and rear boards detached but present, spine perished. Small previous owner printed label at front paste down, William W. Whitmarsh. One plate missing 1 fern leaf, otherwise very good condition, the ferns very well preserved. The National Library of New Zealand records 2 copies of "New Zealand Ferns", Alexander Turnbull Library copy ATL.SPEC P f 587.309931 CAR 189- (71075). Trove 40251679 locates 2 variant copies with carved wooden boards, at State Library South Australia and University of Wollongong. The Auckland Museum holds Craig’s fern specimens: "In 1923 he presented to Auckland Museum several hundred New Zealand and overseas mounted fern specimens to the Cheeseman Herbarium. " (Botany – Herbarium Eric Craig Fern Collection,1977 – 1978,MUS-2008-15 ).
Mandarin He Sing of the Chinese Junk". Signature with period caption

Mandarin He Sing of the Chinese Junk". Signature with period caption

China; New York] Signature of crew member of the ‘Keying’, the first ship from China ever to dock in New York City, identified as "the Mandarin: He Sing (Xi Sheng)". The ship moored off the Battery in Manhattan in July 1847, much to the anger of the crew which had signed on for a voyage to Singapore and Batavia only. However, the ship was a smashing success with 4,000 visitors paying 25 cents each to board the vessel and gaze at the crew and ship. P.T. Barnum got in on the action by exhibiting a replica and claiming some of the crew were the original Chinese. ‘Keying’ sailed on to Boston and London, and was noted in the press as the first junk to round the Cape of Good Hope or to have sailed in British waters. He Sing was still on board: "The ROYAL CHINESE JUNK "KEYING" manned by a Chinese Crew. Visitors received by a Mandarin of rank and Chinese Artist of celebrity. (The Illustrated London News, 29 July 1848). He Sing’s signature in black ink on blue card, with period pen inscription on white paper below, "Mandarin He Sing of the Chinese Junk". [with] Clipping from the Illustrated London News, showing a "Chinese Banner" with an invitation to readers to assist in its translation, an early version of crowd sourcing. Signature 3 3/4" x 2 1/2"; the clipping 3 1/4 x 3 1/2". Laid down on blue album paper at some stage excised from a period scrap album, small perforation at right side perhaps when something was removed from verso.
W. Hagelberg's Manual of Zoology Embracing Faithful Illustrations of the Animal World in its Most Prominent Types. Vols I - V.
A copy letter from Newelyn Loyd of Denbigh to the Guardians of the Holywell Union (poorhouse)

A copy letter from Newelyn Loyd of Denbigh to the Guardians of the Holywell Union (poorhouse), Holywell, soliciting immigration to New South Wales

New South Wales; Immigration; Poor House] Manuscript letter inquiring of the Holywell (Workhouse) Union in Holywell Wales as to whether it has a "surplus of agricultural labourers" as "my house has received an order from the Government of New South Wales to send out a considerable number". The letter was first sent to Newelyn Loyd of Denbigh from an unnamed but "most respectable commercial house. at Liverpool". He copies it here and forwards it to the "Guardians/or Secretary of the Holywell Union, Holywell". On the inside folds, Loyd explains that he thought it might be acceptable for the Guardians to place some of the occupants on the path to New South Wales by assisted passage. It is postmarked St. Asaph Oc 3 1838. The text continues with the terms – a Bounty (presumably for the workhouse which would finance the journey); the labourers to pay L 2-3 and provide clothing etc. At Sydney "immediate employment at liberal wages: houses – specimen wages for different occupations "with rations for themselves & families" weekly "One peck of Wheat or 10 lbs of seconds four – Ten pounds of beef or mutton, tea, sugar. " It states "In ten days we dispatch one vessel and another will succeed her in a month. Shepherds, Agricullurists (sic), Gardeners &c have been engaged at wages varying from L25 to L50 and in some cases for the superior Class as high as L80 to L100 per annum. Carpenters, Masons, Sawyers &c may obtain L2-2 to L2-10/ per week in Sydney. " 4 leaves, 7 1/4 x 9", period folds, slt separation central fold. Remnants of the red wax seal causing sml triangle of blank paper to be lost, otherwise very good.