Saturday, March 24, 2018

Long Island Discovery - The Courtland Smith Map of Long Island - 1961

Latest acquisition is going "Home" to the Bretscher household in Rockville Center, Long Island.

This is the 1961 version of the original 1933 edition of Courtland Smith’s perennially popular map.

Pictorial map of Long Island, from Brooklyn and Queens to the Hamptons and Montauk. Landmarks such as Montauk Lighthouse, the beach at Southampton, and the Fire Island Light are shown. The Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound are decorated with various pictorial illustrations including a striped bass, swordfish, spouting whale, and the Sag Harbor Whaler ship. Other decorations include an Art Deco wind figure and compass rose. An intricate border is decorated at the top with underwater scenes; on the sides with famous sites such as Birthplace of John Howard Payne, East Hampton, and Jones Beach; and with historical events, such as the settlement of Brooklyn and building of Brooklyn Bridge. The key indicates radio stations, state parks, ferry lines, small light houses, and mainland.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Aviation for Young Readers

When we still had organ grinders and Blimps.


The Company You Keep - 150 Years With New York Life

Fine Coffee Table Book from 1995. 

Detailed history of New York Life Insurance Company with numerous historic pictures. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Here's the Great Race Again...(referenced five other times on this blog)

Relative Montague "Monty" Roberts, a well-known race car driver, was the driver of the team when it started in Times Square, NY. With only minor intervals so he could rest, he was the sole driver to Wyoming during a very rough 1908 winter. He had to give up the wheel (The Thomas Flyer was in the lead) at Cheyenne, Wyoming as he had to get back to New York for a contractual obligation to practice for the French Grand Prix race later that year (1908).  The Thomas Company mechanic he personally selected, George Schuster, finished the race as driver. George was an amazing man, he was not a known race car driver as Monty was, yet he took the wheel and drove basically from Cheyenne to Paris, France, including through the terrible terrain of Siberia. 

There was only one American entry. If it wasn't for Monty, there would be none. He convinced Mr. Thomas, owner of the E.R. Thomas Motor Co. to enter his car. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Chalk 'em up

Chalk images on paper (actual: oval) c. 1890
Near: Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York

Courtesy: Mr. and Mrs. E. Bretscher

Thursday, October 26, 2017

New Photograph 1947

Fred Stein's Marquee - Times Square - 1947 

From the seller: 

Known for his outstanding views of New York City, this one captures the classic view of Times Square with all the lights and hustle.  Cars that are in the foreground.  This is a limited edition estate print printed and signed by his son.  The image measures 10 x 10 inches and in excellent condition.  Not quite perfect but pretty close.  The print is numbered 170/350 and authorized and signed for by his son.  That is all done on the back of the original photograph.  It is housed in the original matte that has the number and title in pencil on it. The information is on the backing of the matte as well with the number and signature of his son.  Wonderful example of the estate prints of one of the better 20th century photographers.  

For those not familiar with the photographer a brief biography from a website that sells his work is below.   " A German refugee, committed humanist, and early exponent of handheld photography, Fred Stein fled his home country for Paris and later New York, where he captured both the poetry of the streets in joyful photographs and the luminaries of the 20th century in sensitive portraits. Despite the desolation and upheaval of the 1930s and ’40s, Stein found hope and beauty in city streets, taking photographs that conveyed his profound honesty and concern for his fellow human beings. His portrait of Albert Einstein, made in 1946, is perhaps his most famous photograph."