Old Graphics, Letters & Other Paper Items
What follows here are old letters, postcards, ads, catalog pages, book illustrations and other similar items. One could have countless thousands or millions of such items but we’ll keep it well below those numbers.
For the most part, I will not include comment to the items but on occasion, there are interesting features that I will say a few words on.
If you have any other old paper you think would be good to put here, let me know.
This 1888 letter from John Pew & Son is ten times as great looking in hand. The letter head detail is much sharper than here because to copy and eliminate some shading, some detail was lost in the process. This letter is one of my favorite paper items.
“…I used to live in Gloucester, Mass., and the Pew & Sons postcard caught my eye.
You may know this, but Pew was probably using the hooks for long line fishing out on the banks (Georges Bank, etc. some 200 miles off New England Coast). They were dory fishing then, where the large schooner would set one or two-man dories out on the banks and the fishermen would set out long lines with baited hooks attached to high flyer floats. Then they would haul back after a few hours, signal the schooner and get picked up… if everything went right in that dangerous occupation.
I guess Pew didn’t like the hooks.