1. Pictured here is a Joslin globe catalog, this item blew me away when I saw it for sale as I'd never seen one like this before. Every other Joslin catalog I've ever seen is essentially a few pages at the back of one of their globe manuals. This is a 21 page catalog talking about every globe in their lineup, 6 inch, 9.5 inch, 12, and 16 inch globes. They mention Terrestrial, Celestial, as well as slated globes in various sizes. A wealth of information I've checked World cat, the Newberry, BPL, and Library of Congress and no other copy turns up, rare....certainly, quite a thing.
So why is this important, well a catalog like this is the best way to learn about what was probably the most prolific globe maker in the United States in the 19th century. I'm trying to figure out how old this catalog is, and two clues come up. Firstly Joslin is offering 9.5 inch globes, but no mention of 10 inch sizes....?? Secondly Joslin became "Gilman Joslin & Son" in 1874 and thought this catalog the firm is referred to plainly as "Gilman Joslin" So is this catalog early 1870's...? I'm not sure yet, Joslin offered the same styles of globes for decades so there are no clues there.
2. Next up I scored a great manual for Holbrooks Lunar Tellurion. via Abebooks and a seller in Nebraska I was able to obtain this:
This manual dates to 1888 and was included with each Tellurion purchased, keeping in mind that at this time the Holbrook products were all made by Andrews in Chicago, and they interestingly made their own similar Tellurion. This manual is illustrated nicely, and will prove a great reference if I ever get ahold of the Tellurion that goes with it.. If your reading this and own the tellurion please contact me and I'll pass the manual on to you for the price I paid .
|16 vintage stamps, plus 21 additional cents!!!|
This envelope was covered in 40 year old stamps!! Plus an additional 21 cents modern postage required to mail this package. 18 cent stamps were out for less than a year before they bumped to 20 cent stamps both in 1981.