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Handwritten Patient Record Book for the Maryland Tuberculosis Sanatorium for African-Americans]

Handwritten Patient Record Book for the Maryland Tuberculosis Sanatorium for African-Americans]

Medicine] Oblong folio in three quarter brown leather with brown cloth boards. Leather and covers are mildly chipped, bumped, and stained. Some splitting to top joint, but firmly holding. Interior pages are in very good condition. Laid in is a typed letter dated 1954 from William Wilson informing the hospital that the writer will no longer be able to visit the hospital to cut the hair of patients. Also inserted is a small collection of news clippings from 1992 on tuberculosis. Unpaginated [several hundred pages]. Overall, very good. A fascinating handwritten record book for several thousand patients treated at the Maryland Tuberculosis Sanatorium for African-Americans. Founded in the early 1920s, it was one of the first facilities established in Maryland to provide black patients with the same level of treatment as white patients. It continued until 1962 when it was converted to the Henryton State Hospital. It closed in 1985 and was torn down in 2013. This folio sized ledger carefully records detailed information for each patient, identified here only by a number. Data includes sex, age, married or single, religion, occupation, county of residence, and length of stay. Includes the patient’s disease status when admitted (minimal, moderate, far advanced etc), extent of lesions, condition when discharged (improved, unimproved, died), followed by pulse, temperature, and weight when admitted and when discharged. A thorough and detailed record, worthy of further study.
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Photo Album of Women Smoking]

Photography]: [Fetish] 12mo. Commercial red boards spiral photo album. Containing 100 color photographs of various women smoking loosely inserted in individual sleeves (one to a page) both recto and verso. Marjority 5.5" x 3.5", with some smaller/trimmed. A handful annotated on versos with what are presumed to be inventory numbers and/or "Do not reproduce" statements. Two with stamp of of noted smoking fetish studio CoherentLight Photography (Edmond, OK). Nine images with stamp or copyright statement from legendary erotic photographer Eric Kroll. Generally fine condition. Stylistically unified fetish album featuring women in various provocative poses and states of (un)dress — all smoking. A collection likely assembled by a fellow fetishist sometime in the late nineties, the collection features at least three different photographers and studios (all clearly specializing in fetish images, if not smoking fetish in particular), as well as appropriated photos of famous women smoking (Drew Barrymore, Melanie Griffith, Olivia Newton John, Jennifer Connolly, Kristin Scott Thomas, etc.). Most prominently at least two photos are from Edward Luisser’s CoherentLight, which specialized in smoking fetish images, with an additional nine photos by the legendary Eric Knoll. Images from the session in this album were included in his book FETISH GIRLS (Taschen, 1996). We suspect the majority of the remaining images in the album are by one or both of these photographers, though the balance lack stamps or identifying annotations. Nevertheless, a striking collection of original professional fetish photography.
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CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN: Under the Exclusive Management of James B. Pond, "The Pond Bureau"

GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins. 4to. Photographic self-wraps; bifold brochure. [4pp.] 11" x 8.25". Mild wear. Very good or better overall. Promotional brochure advertising the lectures of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Widely known for her literary achievements and political activism, Gilman was also a successful speaker and public intellectual who relied heavily on her lecture engagements for regular income in the 1890s and decades following. Introduced here as "One of the world’s foremost women," the brochure text cites William Dean Howells on her "genius," noting his selection of "The Yellow Wall-Paper" as one of America’s greatest short stories; other glowing endorsements call her "the Prophet of Women, a smiling Isaiah," and one quoted press review goes so far in its praise as to deny that Gilman was "controlled by hysteria, nor governed by momentary impulses." The advertised areas of Gilman’s expertise include ETHICS, ECONOMICS, EDUCATION, THE WOMAN QUESTION, THE CHILD, and GENERAL SUBJECTS — and a range of subtopics therein: Men, Women and People; Economic Independence for Women, Homekeeping vs. Motherhood, The Power and Duty of Women, and numerous others. Gilman was available for single lecture engagement, full courses, or for the most dedicated "A Gilman Week," a six-day subscription course of two-hour discussion lectures. Issued by the Pond Bureau, which also managed the lecture tours of Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, and other notables. Cover features a portrait of Gilman reproduced from a photograph by Bianca Conti of San Francisco. An important piece of ephemera concerning a prolific writer whose two literary masterpieces have often overshadowed her equally influential work as thinker, speaker, and social reformer.