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United States: Paper Ephemera: Various  
Interesting, but usually non-philatelic, paper items relating to interesting aspects of history, art, graphics, etc.
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Union / Workers Comp: ca.1925 16-page 87 x 132 mm booklet "Articles of Association of The Bristol Company Employees Aid Association of Waterbury, Connecticut". Founded in 1909 an example of an early worker aid association with the goal "to furnish financial relief to its members who are unable to work on account of sickness or accident." The most recent date noted in the document is 1925. A superb condition example of an item from a union precursor.
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Lenticular Printing: One of the best examples of this art that I have ever seen and shows what _could_ be done with stamp printing if thicker lenticular lenses were used. There have been lenticular stamps -- the visible design changes as you tilt the item. This is a 6-inch ruler / 15 cm ruler, and centigrade / Fahrenheit converter for every 2 degrees C from -26 to 102 C (-14.8 to 215.6 F). It is printed on cardboard overlaid with very thick lenticular lenses. Other than being fun, what makes this stand out is the extremely complete and stark change in what you see as you tilt the item. It is the starkest example of this art that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. This was a novelty item for the advertising specialty market; I believe it to be from the early- to mid-1960s. The back bears a (normal printing) advertisement for the Macalaster Bicknell Company, a supplier to laboratory scientists. [The website image is only going to show one viewing position, but trust me that it changes completely when you tilt it.]
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Label: "ROANOKE, VA. / AN ALL-AMERICA CITY / THE STAR CITY OF THE SOUTH". Lithographed, rouletted label design (view of the city with mountains in the distance) with printer inscription "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY, LITHO." Very attractive. The city was first named an All-America City in 1952 and six times subsequently. The huge star on a nearby mount was built in 1949 (it has an interesting history, see Wikipedia). This has the appearance of having been issued in the 1952-1965 time period. NH F-VF.
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Northwestern Lithographing Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, demonstration card probably from the 1880s. Though looks engraved, is indeed lithographed (that is the point of the demonstration). A sales aid to presents the skill of this company.
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Philatelic History: Group of three uncashed checks from/to famous American philatelists. 1922 from G.A. Mackay (?) publisher of the little-known and short-lived Dirigo Philatelist of Maine, to William R. Ricketts the compiler of the Ricketts index (now held by the APRL); Ricketts did the absolutely enormous and thankless job of indexing early philatelic literature. [In late 2014, Bonnie and I were able to view part of what remained of Ricketts library, at the Atkins sale; the volume of material of just that part was breathtaking.] Two 1919 checks from the aforementioned Ricketts: to August Dietz, the "Father of Confederate Philately" and an important philatelic publisher; and to A.C. Roessler, the famous and infamous early dealer and creator of many of the early airmail and Zeppelin covers. Without Roessler, many aerophilatelic events may have no philatelic documentation. To make one of his Zeppelin covers more interesting, Roessler overprinted a U.S. stamp with a Zeppelin overprint; because of this, he was convicted of issuing counterfeit stamps and was given probation with the requirement that he leave the stamp business. He died a few years later in a mental institution. Perhaps that is what happens to stamp dealers if they are not permitted to be in the stamp business? [Thanks to for some details.]
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