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"Battling Bella”
Social activist and leader of the Women's Movement
[Women's Rights - social activists]

Bella Abzug as the Statue of Liberty, 1970.

Measures approximately 14 x 17.”
David Levine (1926-2009) Pen and black ink on paper.
Signed at lower right, "D. Levine 70.”
Inscribed and signed in cursive with a black pen: “In Sisterhood/Bella Abzub.”
Provenance:  Carter Burden, New York.

David Levine was considered by many to be the greatest caricaturist of the late 20th century, best known for his ink caricatures that for decades graced the pages of the New York Review of Books. During that time, few individuals occupying seats of political, academic, or cultural power escaped Levine’s keen satirical eye.

Among his extensive archive are images of Vladimir Putin in a king’s robe, George W. Bush perched on the knee of Dick Cheney and, most famously, Lyndon B. Johnson exposing the scar on his belly from a recent gall bladder operation, transformed by Levine’s pen into a map of Vietnam.

Levine’s sensitive and more naturalistic watercolors captured regular people in everyday urban settings; a self-proclaimed communist until the end of his days, he privately confessed to taking greatest pride in these depictions of garment factory workers and painterly renderings of scenes at Coney Island.

“Hands down, he’s the greatest modern-day caricaturist of the last half-century,” wrote Michael Kimmelman in The Times after David Levine died almost a year ago. He was wonderful (and occasionally brutal) as his caricatures were.

Bella Abzug (July 24, 1920 - March 31,1998 —  The Bronx, New York, NY), nicknamed "Battling Bella,” was an American lawyer, U.S. Representative, social activist and a leader of the Women's Movement. In 1971, Abzug joined other leading feminists such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, and Betty Friedan to found the National Women's Political Caucus.

In 1970, Abzug's first campaign slogan was, "This woman's place is in the House—the House of Representatives."[1]. She was later appointed to co-chair the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year created by President Gerald Ford's executive order, presided over the 1977 National Women's Conference, and led President Jimmy Carter's National Advisory Commission for Women.

Years before she was elected to the House of Representatives, Abzug was an early participant in Women Strike for Peace.  Her political stands placed her on the master list of Nixon political opponents.

In 1994, Abzug was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Abzug was honored on March 6, 1997, at the United Nations as a leading female environmentalist.[2]

In 2004, her daughter Liz Abzug, an adjunct Urban Studies Professor at Barnard College and a political consultant, founded the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) to mentor and train high school and college women to become effective leaders in civic, political, corporate and community life.

In the last decade of her life, in the early 1990s, with Mim Kelber, she co-founded the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), in their own words "a global women's advocacy organization working towards a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality, and the integrity of the environment”.[3]

At the UN, Abzug developed the Women's Caucus, which analyzed documents, proposed gender-sensitive policies and language, and lobbied to advance the Women's Agenda for the 21st Century at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development.


[1] "ABZUG, Bella Savitzky". History, Art, & Archives: US House of Representatives. Office of the Historian and the Clerk of the House's Office of Art and Archives. Retrieved February 12, 2019.

[2] Kathryn Cullen-DuPont (August 1, 2000). Encyclopedia of women's history in America. Infobase Publishing. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-8160-4100-8. Retrieved November 28, 2020.

"Bella Abzug". Teaching Tolerance. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved February 13, 2019 & used November 20, 2020.


2. [Women's Club]

Archive of a Cape Cod Women's Organization/ The Research Club of Provincetown

The Research Club of Provincetown Provincetown, RI: NP, 1933-1963

Provincetown, MA : The Research Club of Provincetown, 1933-1963.

Small archive from this Women's Organization in Provincetown, Mass, 1933 -1963.

  • -  Three ledgers, consisting of the minutes of the Directors’ Meetings from 1942-1956.

  • -  Members meetings from (1941-1957) - all letters are handwritten in pen and pencil

  • -  Loose notes of additional meetings:

    a) Meeting notes with two 8.5 x 11,” pages - handwritten in script with blue pen. Open tears to top edge of both sheets (not effecting text). Upper portion of first page titled Research Club Meeting of committee to dispose of balance of R.C. Funds, October 17, 1963 at home of Louise (Baumgartner ?) 2 P.M. Pages fragile with tanning to upper edge

    b) Meeting notes on single 11 x 8.5” sheet, folded horizontally. Titled: meeting of Research Club Oct 29, 1957. Handwritten in script with pencil on first - third section.

    c) Meeting notes on single 11 x 8.5,” folded in half, horizontally. Notes are handwritten, script in blue pen. Note states: “The Research Club of Provincetown, where disbanding approved a committee to dispose of their remaining fund by doings something for the Town.”

    • -  Record of expenditures from 1933 to 1953.

    • -  Original envelope

    • -  Cards for AnnualDues

    • -  Printed Constitution and By-Laws (Revised 1954) 6.5 x 6,” folded in half, vertically. Typed black text on all sections.

    • -  A letter about a bequest: 

      A letter from Robert A. (White?) on letter head from the firm Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Simmons & Dunwody (Miami, Florida), dated September 30, 1963 to the Research Club of Provincetown, Mass. Letter refers to the Estate of Katherine J. Potter, deceased. The letter is accompanied by a a check drawn from the account of the deceased, payable to your order, in the amount of $500.00 in payment of the legacy bequeathed under Mrs. Potter’s Will for the purpose therein set fort.” Included is “...a form of Receipt for Legacy, which needed to be signed by an authorized officer of your organization, as indicated, and return it to this office.

- Notice of Intent to Dissolve, dated June 11, 1963. The letter is from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the Secretary State House, Boston 33. There is an open tear in right upper corner, not effecting text:

“Whereas the Research Club of Provincetown an organization chartered on 4-27-1923 under the provisions of Chapter 180 of the General Laws, and located at in the town of Provincetown. Mass, has failed for at least two successive years to file in this office the certificate in proper form required by Section 26A of Chapter 180 of the General Laws, Tercentenary Edition: Now therefore, by authority of the said statue, I declare the charter of said organization to be void and of no further effect, and hereby revoke said charter and give notice that said incorporation is void and of no further effect. (signed in black pen by Kevin [?] H. White - Secretary of the Commonwealth).

-Monday Oct 21- Research Club - Manor Project in memory of Katherine J. Potter. Tanning beginning on all sides. Five 4.5 x 8,” sheets stapled at upper middle edge. Dates 1963-1964 handwritten in what appears to be black crayon. 2 hole punches at top edge. Notes on front and back - fragile.

-Meeting notes on 5x7” single page. Handwritten in blue pen. Front side only. Upper right corner: Provincetown mass, April 16, 1956. “Research Club ____ ________ to Janet W. Lewis Secretary.” Show some wear and start of tanning.

An interesting women's organization: "The Research Club was organized in 1910 by a group of women whose objective was to restore the old [Winthrop Street] burying ground, place historical markers, do ancestral research and preserve the old Cape Cod house in Provincetown.”

As part of their work to place historical markers, the ladies began reading old letters and historical documents. They found this research so interesting that they began to write papers and present their research as part of the regular club meetings. Then they took on something far more ambitious: a museum of historical artifacts and documents.

The museum opened in the Lancy Mansion on May 27, 1924. It later profited from the generosity of Admiral MacMillan, Provincetown's No. 1 hometown hero, who donated dozens of mementoes — a number of them stuffed — from his Arctic expeditions. This odd showcase of taxidermy includes the head of a walrus from northern Greenland, one and a half polar bears from northern Greenland and an entire musk ox and white wolf from Ellesmere Island.

By the mid-1950s, the Research Club was no longer able to maintain the museum (Building Provincetown blog). They turned the property over to the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association in 1956. The association ran both institutions — the Pilgrim Monument and the Historical Museum.”

Empowering certain white, upper class women, the group also had exclusionary policies that coincided with the fact that the membership overlapped with the local Ku Klux Klan chapter. Krahulik (Provincetown from Pilgrim Landing to Gay Resort. p. 40).

This was a period in our nation’s history when the Klan was growing in popularity across the country. The Ku Klux Klan had chapters on Cape Cod. Provincetown, Chatham, and Hyannis. (Coogan, Jim, published July 6 2020 accessed November 15, 2020). Estimates were that over 100,000 people in Massachusetts were Klan members.

To qualify for membership, one had to be a native-born, white Protestant. (McGehee, Margaret. "Women of the Ku Klux Klan.” The Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Emory University. Retrieved November 15, 2020).

Women joined in an effort to preserve their white Protestant rights as they felt violated by the intrusion of immigrant and African-American voters.

The women held to many of the same political and social ideas of the KKK but functioned as a separate branch of the national organization with their own actions and ideas. (Coogan, Jim).

While most women focused on the moral, civic, and educational agendas of the Klan, they also had considerable involvement in issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and religion. (Blee, Kathleen M. (1991). Women of the Klan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press).

The women of the WKKK fought for educational and social reforms like other Progressive reformers but with extreme racism and intolerance.

Interestingly, the target of the local Klan was not Black people; rather, the hate was directed at Catholics. Earlier that year in January, a cross was burned outside of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Provincetown.

In June of 1926, a Saturday night Klan rally in West Yarmouth drew several thousand people who watched crosses being burned on Horace Baxter’s field at Mill Hill. Undoubtedly, many of those who attended were there out of curiosity more than anything else. But the newspapers noted that some 200 new initiates were inducted into the hate group at that rally.

That year seemed to be the high point of Klan activity on the Cape. With the coming of hard economic times in the 1930s, people were more consumed with staving off poverty than running around in bed sheets on cold nights. The Klan became an embarrassing memory to most Cape Codders and was pretty much forgotten (Coogan).

A significant and informative primary record of a Cape Cod Women’s Organization/club in the first half of the 20th century. A remarkable survival.




3.  Original Art: Teaching Phonics / Learning to Read M is for Moo Anonymous

(1951). 32 pp. book of pen drawings with watercolor and crayon. "First year infants class 1951” written in pencil on the upper portion of front cover. 7.5 x 9.5 inches. String binding. Includes the first letter of a sound with an illustrated scene, created by students. Interspersed are two and three letter words. The book concludes with supporting images of the numbers 1 through 5.

Two specific examples are "Z is the sound a bee makes” & “Wh is the sound of blowing out a candle. Light to moderate wear, which is expected from years of use.

The International Literacy Association (ILA) created this early lesson for teachers. The organization has worked to enhance literacy instruction through research and professional development for over 60 years.

According to the ILA, this beginning lesson provides a weeks worth of activities, divided into four sections: Introduction, Children's Literature, Letter Study, and Word Study. This variety allows students to participate in lessons at a level that is appropriate to their individual abilities. These Learning Centers and activities engage students in interactive experiences.

Example lesson objective are listed below: The students will:

  • Listen to and read childrens' books that contain words with the letter M

  • Learn about the sound the letter M makes

  • Learn about words that begin with the letter M

  • Practice writing uppercase and lowercase Ms and words that begin with the letter M

  • Apply their knowledge of the letter M by contributing to the creation of class books

    Following is an example of a Letter Study: The students will:

    1. Assemble a class book by adding several blank pages following the cover M
    2. In small groups, students will look through magazines, newspapers, and other print materials to find words and pictures that begin with the letter M
    3. The students will glue the pictures and M words they find onto the blank pages of a book

    During a Word Study, the teacher will have the students do the following:

  • Brainstorm words beginning with the letter M.

  • List the M words on chart paper.

  • Add illustrations for each specific word/letter

  • Use a second sheet of paper to create their own page for the book.

  • Write at their own level

  • Assemble the pages with the cover to create a class book

    This unique student book is a rare primary document illustrating one of the ways to teach early reading. An interesting representative, enhancing the understanding of the history of schooling and learning in America.



4.  United Klans of America. United Klans of America | Ku Klux Klan | "We Are Ready" To Fight | Black Militants Vow Guerrilla War With White Americans. Hamilton, Ohio: United Klans of America, [197-].

An 8½” x 11” flyer published by the United Klans of America in Ohio warning apathetic white Americans of an impending, armed black revolution. The flyer depicts an armed Klansman and black separatist, Milton Henry, showing a black woman how to fire an M-16. It warns: "OHIO is a State consisting of Yankees and Rebels and we serve notice to the Black Communists and spineless local politicians that there are local groups preparing for the defense of our home and family." 



5. Twin Revolution. [Philadelphia], [ca. 1970]

An unattributed publication, although one clearly emerging from Philadelphia's vibrant Black Power scene. The content includes Bro. Mahomoud Togane discussing his firing from Edison High School for "[having] the courage to speak out against the deplorable conditions that obtain [sic] at Edison High School."

The Philadelphia  Black Panthers also took up Togane's cause. A short poem from Bro. Dannyboy, "a G.I. caught in the trap of racist U.S. Army." An editorial titled "Twin Revolution" originally printed in the July 1970 issue of "Black Manifesto News," a Philadelphia-
based paper, which delineates the twin revolution against racism and capitalist economic exploitation. And on the back page an article, "Black Parents: Heed Our Children," concerning, among other things, the role of Black parents to "teach our youth that what the police, national guard, etc., call law and order is really an attempt to keep Black people at their place at the bottom."

Bifolium (a single sheet of 17.5" x 14" white stock), illustrated. Some very light wear, else Fine. Two copies under the title, Twin Revolution, in OCLC (UPenn & Michigan). Not in BLOCKSON.


6. Let’s Have a Black Christmas Boycott. [Philadelphia], [1967]

A mimeographed handbill distributed around Philadelphia during the 1967 Christmas season urging Blacks to boycott Philadelphia businesses. The boycott - which never gained traction - was in response to the vicious attack on Black high school students peacefully protesting outside the Board of Education on November 17, 1967.

The students were demanding better school conditions, more Black administrators and Black history classes and a respect for Black culture. The attack was ordered by Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo who promised to “crush black power” in Philadelphia. According to an article by Amy Cohen on the Hidden City website, “An Inquirer article about a mass meeting of the black community held on Sunday, November 19, 1967 revealed that the idea of the commercial boycott was presented in tandem with a planned school boycott,” but the boycott was generally unsupported by the broader Black community. A scarce ephemeral remnant from a racially fraught moment in Philadelphia history.

A 4 1⁄4” x 9 1⁄4” sheet of yellow stock mimeographed on recto. Faint toning and shallow grazing along the top edge, one tiny closed tear. We find one copy in OCLC at UPenn, although we note a copy in Emory's Black Print Culture Collection.


7. [Broadside]: African-American Males: Endangered Species
Published by [Temple University], [Philadelphia (1978)]

Temple University], [Philadelphia, 1978. Unbound. Condition: Near Fine. Broadside. Measuring 10.75" x 13.75". Some minor wear at the extremities, near fine. A poster from a 1978 conference on the troubles facing African-American males entitled, "African-American Males: Endangered Species?" Hosted by Temple University on June 24, 1978.



8.  [Technocracy] : [Women] [Manuscripts]. [Manuscript Diary Archive of a 1930's Member in the Technocracy Movement]. [New York City]: 1934-1949.

14 manuscript diaries. Commercial notebooks, ranging in size from approximately 6" x 4" to approximately 9 1/2" x 7 1/2." Each about full with entries in a cursive holograph. Easily more than 100,000 words. Clippings and ephemera frequently laid-in or paper clipped about contents. A detectable odor of must about volumes, some infrequent staple rust bled onto pages, though no significant visible damage or effects from moisture. Volumes well handled, overall sound and good-plus as a group. Legibility fair to good.

A sprawling, primary written archive chronicling the life of a New York City (Manhattan) woman highlighted by her experiences as an active member in the NYC Technocratic Movement of the 1930’s ; and as wife to a working pulp and sci-fi author (Robert W. Sneddon): the manuscript diaries of a Helen Sneddon, 13 volumes, spanning 1934-1949 (with 1935 and 1943-1944 not present).

Helen was born in Maryland, likely Baltimore area, in about 1888. We are able to identify many dates and locations for the years covered here in archived census, ancestry, etc… records, though a precise birth record for Helen has eluded us. It seems probable her maiden name was “Key” as a laid-in obituary for her Father, a Francis S. Key (described as being the Grandson of the famed composer) is laid in.

She and Robert Sneddon married in February of 1918 and the New York City Census of 1925 has the couple living in an apartment on the Upper West Side at 176 W. 94th. St. Robert wrote for many pulp publications and had two fantasy/adventure novels published by Methuen in the 1920’s (GALLEON’S GOLD and MONSIUER X). By the time our volumes here begin, in 1934, it seems life for the two is rather pleasant, despite the onset of the Great Depression and a daughter, Eugenia, who is confined to the Manhattan State Psychiatric Hospital:

“We have had a very happy Xmas week and I thank god for all the good things that we have enjoyed this year past and for what lays before us in 1934. R[obert] is so dear to me I love him more each day.” (January 1, 1934)

The balance of the 1930’s, into the 1940’s have them living in at least a few different apartments, all in or very near Greenwich Village, and in 1940 the couple purchases a Summer cottage in Pine Bush, Orange County, about 80 miles north and slightly west of the city. The majority of entries in the early volumes are rather typical place and time markers: errands, social calls, travels, etc… though Sneddon’s writings frequently turn hostile. Below, her thoughts on England and on NYC’s own Mayor:

“Tonight […] Prince Edward read his good by speech […] in a firm sure voice. This is surely the beginning of a terrible political break up for England & this unfortunate man is simply the victim of his people who he has worked hard? to serve for 25 years. The English people area a pack of Middle Class thugs and their government a trough of filth I hope it will soon be wiped off the face of the world as we will never have peace as long as it exists.” (December 11, 1936)

[easy Helen, damn]

"We listened to Al Smith's speech the filthy punk his English is the worst I've ever heard in a public speaker" (January 25, 1936).

It is this hostility towards politicians that seems to lead her to seek out alternative movements. By late 1936 she is attending regular meetings of the Technocracy movement (which she refers to as the “Techs”) and by mid-1938 she appears heavily involved. Often her entries on the movement are quite brief:

“Went down to Tech tonight […] a very good speech by King Hubbert. The Shockleys spoke of going up to the country with us.” (May 14, 1937)

Though, several provide precise information and descriptions on the organization:

“Tonight we went to the opening of our new quarters at 23 W. 35th St. There were about 60 people there and we had a moving picture by King Hubbert & a telephone broadcast from Howard Scott from Wis[consin?].” (May 2, 1938)

“Tonight we went to the dinner at Leck (Lech?). It was to be at the Derby but as it was Hitlers birthday they though we were Nazis and refused to give us dinner so we had dinner across the street at a Chinese place. They were afraid to have us such a democracy.” (April 20, 1938)

By the end of 1939, her involvement with the group seems to cease:

“I hope to god the next year is no worse than this has been. I pray we will have health & more money so we can build our little house & pay for it & have enough to live on & keep this place. I will look at this next year & see if we have been able to achieve this. [name illegible] was here this morning to talk us into staying in Tech but he did not succeed.” (December 31, 1939).

All told, volumes 1936-1939 each have substantial content on NYC Technocracy.

The early 1940’s has her busy with their newly purchased cottage in Pine Bush and their financial situation seems in increasing peril. Robert passes away in 1944 (no diaries are present for 1943-1944). She remains in the city, rents out the summer cottage, and seems to become more withdrawn and gloomy. In fact, the volumes from about 1945 on are the least legible of the group, with her cursive becoming harder and more slanted than in the earlier issues. And, admittedly, even those previous required some training of this cataloger’s eye to reach fluid legibility (many page scans are available upon request, as are several additional transcribe pull quotes).

Of additional note is an accomplished ink portrait drawing of Robert (signed "Rafael") with the stamping of pulp-publishing magnate, Frank A. Munsey Co. to its verso ; and a multi-year volume, with many laid-in receipts, documents, etc... on the expenses and process involved in renovating their cottage in Pine Bush (curiously this notebook begins with about 40pp. of manuscript dramatic writing, likely of an unpublished play of Helen's titled "Week End").

Overall, an expansive, passably-legible, and visceral glimpse into life in Depression-era New York City, with uncommon primary content on at least one of its many fringe social movements. 



9. [IWW] Direct Action! Long Beach Strike

New York: IWW, [1972]. 8 1/2 x 11," when folded to make 4pp; printed on light yellow paper. Slight wear to first page, crease at bottom left corner and tanning at bottom right corner, (not affecting text), else very good. Discusses the 1972 Chemical Workers Industrial Union's strike of Long Beach, CA. Also, articles on George Wallace, Women's Sit-Down Strike and Michael May. No holdings in OCLC or trade (2020).

Direct Action! (formerly General Strike) was the monthly newsletter of the New York City Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World. As stated, "...unlike our esteemed competitors we don't lie through our teeth to help shore up the corrupt social and economic system" (from p.4).



10. Press release: Redstockings discloses Gloria Steinem's CIA cover-up

New York: Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives, 1975. 16p. tabloid newspaper format brochure, folded horizontally, mild foxing and edgewear. Redstocking's case about Steinem's role in the CIA-front Independent Research Service throughout the 1960s. Random House omitted these portions when it released its Redstockings anthology. Two holdings in OCLC.


11. Hun or Home?
Buy More Liberty Bonds [poster]

Chicago: Edwards & Deutsch Litho. Co., [1918]. 19 1⁄4 x 29 3⁄4.” Original, color lithograph poster. No. 9-B. Printed in black and red on an ochre background. Small, closed tear (1”) at top edge (not affecting text or illustration), else near fine.

The U.S. entered the First World War in 1917. It established a system for the general population to make financial contributions to the war effort in the form of Liberty Bonds, the equivalent of the British War Bonds. Tales of atrocities, such as rape, child murder and mutilation and abuse of soldiers' bodies, were behind many of the images for such posters. In this one, the German soldier, identifiable by his spiked helmet, looms up like an ape toward a female figure. The imminence of horror is intensified by the fact that she is clutching a baby and seems, by her pigtail and short skirt, to be merely a girl.


12. [WWI – MUSIC] WILLIAMS, W.R. / President Wilson

We Stand for Peace While Others War Note – This “Peace Poem” is inspired by President Wilson’s appeal to Americans to remain neutral in thought and deed.
Chicago: Will Rossiter, [1914]. 30 1⁄2 X 13 1⁄2.” Framed: 36 x 18 3/4.” Music score. Near fine. “We Stand for Peace while Others War” was inspired by President Wilson’s “Appeal to Americans” calling for the United States to stay neutral in 1914. OCLC locates 7 institutional holdings.



[WWI - Music]
13. Let Us Have Peace (A Prayer) Words by George Graff, Jr. ; music by Ernest R. Ball. [music]
Ball, Ernest R., 1878-1927. Dedicated by permission to Hon. William H. Taft/President of the United States and the cause of peace the world over New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London; Paris: M. Witmark & Sons, [1914]. 30 x 12 1⁄2”; 36 x 19” framed. Near fine. Only four holdings in the U.S. according to OCLC.



14. [Photography] CafeteriaArtwork

A photo album of color and black and white photographs documenting school cafeterias and lunches

Ohio (Tiffin, Marion, and Maumee), mid-1980s to 2004.

Sizes vary: 8.7cm x 8.5cm to 10cm x 15cm. 136 photographs (125 of which are in color, 11 of which are black and white, and 26 of which are loose in a plastic sleeve). Photo album 29cm x 25cm, a bit bumped, with some wear to the head and tail of the spine.

A unique collection of photographs documenting the art work created for school cafeterias in various towns northwestern and north central Ohio. Most of the photographs appear to be from the mid-1980s, but a few later, loose photos, are also from 1997 (when a cafeteria worker retired), and one additional photo is dated 2004 on the back.

This is a rare glimpse into an important, but not often documented, part of American food culture: the school cafeteria lunch. Pictures show kids serving themselves food; food being prepared; the students at the lunch tables eating; and the cafeteria staff cleaning and maintaining equipment in the kitchen. There are also pictures of the kitchen workers relaxing and socializing. I would imagine that the album was made over a few decades and by someone who worked during those years in various school cafeterias in Ohio. In fact, it may have been made by a woman named Peggy, for it is her retirement party that the photos from April, 1997, come from.

There are many pictures of hand-made cafeteria signs, each incorporating a word-play in the announcement. For example, "We have the BEAST lunches in town!" with a hairy beast drawn in the background; "You'll love GOBLIN' up our lunches!" with a goblin on the side; or "You'll get hooked on our FISH sandwiches" with the be-gilled Creature from the Black Lagoon looking on. One very detailed sign reads "Have a hot's good for what's ALIEN YA!" To the side is a colorful rendition of the creature from the Alien movie; this sign has "© '84, by David Lady" written in the lower right corner. Peggy's retirement card continued this playfulness with language as her co-workers turned it into a rebus with names on packages of junk food used to replace some of the words in her going away card.

Some of the foods pictured are tacos; cartons of milk; bags of potato chips; white buns; small round disks (hamburger patties?); mini pizzas; cottage fries; red delicious apples and oranges; jello in plastic cups; pistachio ice cream in cups; chocolate milk in little cartons; colorful squeeze bottles of sauces; plastic-wrapped sandwiches; and cheeseburgers in foil under hot lamps.

The photographs are preserved in a scrubbable, somewhat pillowy, photo album with flowers and the word "HAWAII" printed on the front.

A fascinating, vernacular photograph and artwork collection, offering a rare, intimate view into a niche of American food culture: “the school cafeteria.”


Elephant is a rare specimen from the golden age of the Mimeo Revolution: the Lower East Side from 1964 to 1966. It has become a tough find. There are no copies in the trade as of February 2015. The first issue is down and dirty mimeo in the spirit of the early issues of Blazek's Ole (Birmingham). The inking is “gloriously atrocious” with offsets on the back of nearly every page. Elephant 2’s cover is by Perreault. The format shifts to the standard 8.5 X 11 side staple job. Like the first issue's inking, the second issue's stapling leaves a lot to be desired. This copy if reinforced with black tape to keep it sturdy.


New York: Perreault, Summer 1965. First edition. Original wrappers, side-stapled. Unpaginated. with some chips around top staple, some mild tanning and the initial FG in green ink on top edge. Library stamp on cover stating, “Mar 28 1985 New Mexico State University,” else very good. Contributors include: Kathleen Fraser, Joseph Ceravolo, Robert Newman, Ted Berrigan, John Perreault, Gerard Malanga, Andy Warhol, Aram Saroyan, et. al.


New York: Perreault, 1965. First edition. Original wrappers, stapled, reinforced by black tape. Unpaginated. 8.5 x 11 inches, with mild soiling. Back cover has a small tear in top corner (not affecting text) with a few pieces of clear tape for reinforcement, else very good. Contributors include Alan Kaplan, Aram Saroyan, Jack Anderson, James Brodey, Tony Towle, Joseph Ceravolo, Gerard Malanga, Ted Berrigan, John Perreault, et al.


Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was a protest movement against economic inequality that began in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City's Wall Street financial district, in September 2011.[7] It gave rise to the wider Occupy movement in the United States and other countries.

The main issues raised by Occupy Wall Street were social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government—particularly from the financial services sector.

The OWS slogan, "We are the 99%", refers to income and wealth inequality in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population. To achieve their goals, protesters acted on consensus-based decisions made in general assemblies which emphasized redress through direct action over the petitioning to authorities.[8][nb 1]

The Occupy protesters' slogan "We are the 99%" referred to the protester's perceptions of, and attitudes regarding, income disparity in the US and economic inequality in general, which were main issues for OWS. It derives from a "We the 99%" flyer calling for OWS's second General Assembly in August 2011.
OWS's goals included a reduction in the influence of corporations on politics,[60] more balanced distribution of income,[60] more and better jobs,[60] bank reform[41] (especially to curtail speculative trading by banks[61]), forgiveness of student loan debt[60][62] or other relief for indebted students,[63][64] and alleviation of the foreclosure situation.[65]

Occupy Wall Street had an immediate impact on U.S. domestic politics. Counteracting anti-deficit rhetoric from the Republican Party and Tea Party activists who sought to cut social services while borrowing heavily to fund wars and regressive income redistributions, the Occupy movement shifted the focus of mainstream political discourse to income inequality and the burdens of consumer debt.

(see below #17, 18)


17. [ART] LMNOPi (artist) RISE UP! WE ARE THE 99%

Brooklyn: LMNOPi, [2012]. Silkscreen poster. 12 x 18”. Original design for OCCUPY WALL STREET (OWS). Signed by artist. Not in OCLC.



Brooklyn: LMNOPi, [2012]. Silkscreen poster printed on recycled paper. 25 1⁄4 x 12 3⁄4” From a drawing of an OWS activist by an OWS activist. Signed by artist. Near fine. Not in OCLC.



A Word from our Sponsor [Handbill protesting the KYA Bridal Fair

[San Francisco]: n.p., [1969]. 8.5 x 11 inch handbill with light fold creases, else very good.

One of the flyers handed out by members of Women’s Liberation to women attending the KYA Bridal Fair, in a protest that was covered by Bay Area media at the time. Depicts a Modern Bride advertisement subversively, arguing that marriage is the “end of the road” for most women (“Not that single life is any better.”) Not in OCLC.


Provenance: From the private collection of Jeffrey
Shero Nightbyrd, editor of The Rag newspaper in Austin, Texas, The SDS newspaper, New Left Notes, in Chicago, RAT: Subterranean News in New York City and The Los Angeles Free Press.


N.p.: n.p., 1971. 12 x 18.” Near fine. Jim Franklin is a seminal Austin artist from the 60’s and on. He popularized the armadillo as the hip counter-culture alternative to the Texas Longhorn. Armadillos became the iconic symbol for those not enamored with the Texas political establishment. Besides an astonishing array of music and event posters, Franklin has many gallery shows and is collected as a fine artist. Not in OCLC.


First Woman Jockey

21. [JOCKEY] DIANE CRUMP - 5 Original Press Photos

In the midst of the women’s rights movement of the 1960s, there was one feminist pioneer who was making inroads not in the office or as part of a protest, but on the track. It was Diane Crump, who on Feb. 7, 1969, climbed aboard a finely tuned Thoroughbred, and exploded out of a starting gate in a sanctioned competition against men, putting a torch to centuries of racing’s dusty rules.

War-protesting bell-bottomed youth were spilling onto bicoastal American streets, waving signs and shouting, “Hell no, we won’t go!” Outraged women, in increasing numbers, were demanding equity in pay and opportunity. More than just the first woman jockey, Crump was also the first woman of only six to date to compete in the Kentucky Derby, a milestone that elicited relatively respectful mention from gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson in his classic piece “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.” Crump turned racing completely on its head with a rapid-fire series of firsts, achieved over the span of 15 months.

Things have gotten better since then in the world of horse racing; there are now several dozen female jockeys competing professionally in North America, and while that may seem like little compared to the couple hundred men, the sport might not be so far along as it is had Crump not been insistent in her desire to continue racing. "The mentality in the 1960s was that women weren't smart or strong enough to be jockeys. But I proved that a woman could do the job. "I like to think I was a little footprint on the path to equality."

N.p.: N.p., 1970. 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Original, black & white AP wire, press photo of a 21- year old Diane Crump, on the threshold of racing history as the first female to ride a horse in the Kentucky Derby. Cut-out of original article, holograph notes and date stamped on verso. Very good.

N.p.: N.p., 1970. 6 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches. Original, black & white AP wire, press photo. Cut-out of original article, holograph notes and date stamped on verso. Very good.

Hialeah, Florida: N.p., 1969. 8 x 11 inch, AP Wirephoto of Diane Crump, first woman jockey to compete in a regular race at a U.S. thoroughbred race course. Slight curling with date stamped on verso. Crump rode Bridle ‘n Brit to finish 10th in the mile and one eighth event. Very good.

Louisville, Kentucky: N.p., 1969. 8 X 11 inch, AP Wirephoto of Diane Crump kisses her horse Tou Ritzi, after winning the second race at Churchill Downs. This was her fifth win as a jockey and the first at Churchill. Slight curling with date stamped on verso, else very good.

Louisville, Kentucky: N.p., 1970. 8x 11 inch, AP Wirephoto of Diane Crump telling of her experience in riding Fathom in the Kentucky Derby, making history as the first woman to ride a horse in the classic. Slight curling with date stamped on verso, else very good.


Florida’s 1st female Congress Representative, 1st woman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee & 1st female Ambassador to Denmark

22. RUTH BRYAN OWEN ROHDE: Original Hand Written Letter To Mr. & Mrs. Vicker,  December 8, 1937

Los Angeles: Ruth Bryan Owen Rohde, 1937. Original handwritten letter. Approximately 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches on cream colored basic stationary paper with blue print. Mild tanning to edges, with two horizontal folds, presumably for mailing, else near fine.

Written in Ruth’s distinctive style, the content reads: Los Angeles/Dec. 8, 1937/ Dear Mr. & Mrs. Vicker: Many thanks for your kind letter with its message of remembrance and welcome. I am so glad that you enjoyed my talk last night. There was so much of interest and [ ____?] in the experience of those years I would be glad to feel that I had been able to share them with you. Cordially yours, Ruth Bryon Owen Rohde./

Ruth Bryan Owen Rohde (1885-1954) was the daughter of William Jennings Bryan (a 3 time, unsuccessful Democratic nominee for U.S. President & Secretary of State under the Wilson Administration). She became Florida’s 1st female Representative to the U.S. Congress in 1929 and was also the 1st woman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Later, Roosevelt appointed her as the 1
st woman U.S. Ambassador to Denmark in 1933. Presumably, Mr. Vicker served with Ms. Rohde either in Congress or on the Foreign Affairs Committee.


First pamphlet from the Tallahassee Women’s Liberation Movement

23. [PERIODICALS] McCLAUSEN, Bill (editor)

PM 3: The Women’s Movement / Where It’s At! Women in the Military. THIS IS YOUR PROPERTY. IT CANNOT LEGALLY BE TAKEN FROM YOU.

Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Free Press, 1971. First printing. 8 1/2 x 11 inch newsprint. 7pp folded to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Mild stain to front cover; some spotting to foredges, else very good. Only 6 holdings in OCLC; none in commerce (2015).

The first publication out of Tallahassee on the Women’s Liberation Movement was a six page mimeo put out by Tallahassee Folk University as a study aid of what was happening in the Women’s Movement in terms of literature. As the word about this mimeo spread, new material was incorporated.

PM 3 was probably the most complete listing of this type at this time. It lists
periodicals, research/search aids/pamphlets, packets, paperbacks and new media efforts. “Female liberation is not an organization. It is a nation-wide grassroots movement of women who are getting together to discuss their oppression and to decide what they must do to end it...” - Female Liberation Movement of Chapel Hill.


24. DANCE TO THE MUSIC! DRINK TO THE REVOLUTION! RED ROCK PARTY. WOMEN’S CRANKY FILMS - Benefit for the IndoChinese Women’s Conference in Vancouver [small poster]

[San Francisco]: Woman’s Cranky Films, [1971]. 8.5 x 14 inch sheet poster with horizontal crease, else very good, depicting a mirror of a woman with a gun, distorted with moire pattern, crowned with a Woman’s power symbol. A ‘cranky film’ was a paper movie or cartoon sequence shown inside a simple wooden frame as street theatre, accompanied by narration, music and sound effects. Not in OCLC or in trade (2020).



Washington, D.C.: League of Women Voters, 1947. Original, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2” stapled pamphlet. 24p. Wear and chipping with extensive pencil notes on the cover, interior and back, very good. Three holdings in OCLC (2 in the U.S.) with none in trade (2020).

This memo was published to assist League members in carrying out the program of the League of Women Voters in the U.S., adopted by the representatives of the members at the biennial convention of 1946.


26. [EARTH DAY/Environmental Protest] SAE & NYPIRG PRESENT EARTH DAY featuring RICHIE HAVENS

New Paltz, NY: Society of Automotive Engineers/New York Public Interest Group, [n.d.]. Original offset lithograph poster printed in blue and yellow ink. Features a decorative design that incorporates curved lines and figurative wing motifs. "Sae & Nypirg Present" is printed at top center above "Earth Day / Sat. May 5th 1990 / Noon Til Dark" in large text that encircles an image of the Earth with five feathers hanging from the bottom.

The Earth appears within a yellow circle that has a blue border with ferns and grasses on either side. Text on the lower portion of the page reads: "SUNY. New Paltz Oldman Quad / Featuring / Richie Havens / Also / Special Musical Guests, Workshops, Speakers, New Games, Collective Mural Painting, Drum Circle, Tablers, May Pole, Food, No Alcohol Please, For Info Call, 914-257-3085." Art by Michael DuBois.


Provenance: From the private collection of Jeffrey Shero Nightbyrd, editor of The Rag newspaper in Austin, Texas, The SDS newspaper, New Left Notes, in Chicago, RAT: Subterranean News in New York City and The Los Angeles Free Press.


San Franciso: n.p., [1960s]. 20 x 14” First printing in neon rose. Early Environmental Action - this is considered to be one of the firsts. A famous poster by one of the premiere San Francisco poster artists of the movement, Victore Moscoso. This is an original sixties hippie poster from the Summer of Love in the Haight Ashbury. Near fine. Not in OCLC.


Provenance: From the private collection of Jeffrey Shero Nightbyrd, editor of The Rag newspaper in Austin, Texas, The SDS newspaper, New Left Notes, in Chicago, RAT: Subterranean News in New York City and The Los Angeles Free Press.

28. STOP NUCLEAR TESTING - Nevada April 10-19, 1992Be the 100th MONKEY! [POSTER]

Nevada: Wendy Hale Design, 1992. Original poster. 8 1⁄2 x 11.” The 100th Monkey Project, Nevada, USA. Near fine. This poster is from a gathering in Las Vegas, Nevada, 65 miles south-east of the Nevada Test Site, to hear international speakers and musicians inform, inspire, and demand an end to nuclear testing.

This was followed on April 13th by a five day walk to the test site. The walk was followed by a nonviolent direct action at the test site on Earth Day (19 April). The purposes of the event was to stop nuclear testing through world awareness, political pressure, direct action; to educate through media exposure and a full-length feature movie to be made of the event; to expand the nonviolence ethic through mass non-violence trainings in conjunction with the event, and; to return the land to its true stewards: The Western Shoshone Nation. Not in OCLC.


29. HEAD, Robert & Darlene Fife
Copkiller #One (January 1968)

New Orleans: N.p., 1968. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. This New Orleans magazine is notorious for its title, but it is now a collector’s item due to the inclusion of Charles Bukowski’s poem, “The Status of Q for Me and Yew,” which happens to be one of Bukowski’s scarcer appearances. Douglas Blazek is featured as well.

What makes Copkiller so fascinating and special is the list of contributors that include their addresses. There is Bukowski at 5124 Delongpre Avenue, Nuttall at 6 York Street, Margaret Randell in Mexico. This was cutting edge as each author, basically says, F-You at the literary and other police and then punctuates the statement by defiantly looking them square in the face and addressing them: “Serve your warrants, send your dogs, you know where you can find me!”



Will he be free...before we are? May 21st City Hall rally

San Francisco: Lesbian/Gay Freedom Day Committee et. al., [1983]. 1 page. 8.5 x 11” flyer with a photo of the murderer and the prohibition circle around it.

This flyer called for a rally protesting Dan White's release from jail after just over 5 years for the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone on the fourth anniversary of his conviction. Days of rage. May 21 was the anniversary of Dan White's 1979 conviction of manslaughter for the murder of LGBT activist and SF Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. The following day was Milk's birthday. White was released on January 6, 1984, and he committed suicide in his wife’s garage in October 1985. Not in OCLC.


 Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church (November 2, 1958) & 1976.
*BULLETIN-Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church (November 2, 1958)

Oakland: Tilghman Press, 1958.  First edition.  7 1/2 x 8 1/2,” with black print on tan paper with a photo of the church and its congregation.  Chips and tears (not affecting text). Very worn with a vertical crease throughout.  Items include ministers’ names, Sunday School and evening worship schedule, missionary activities and special announcements. 

Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church [Bulletin] - August 29, 1976.
Oakland: N.p., 1976.  Approx 7 x 8 1/2”  - black type on yellow paper, folded.  Wear with minor chips and small tears (not affecting text). Includes information on morning and evening worship schedules with acknowledgements on the back cover.  Also has a pink colored paper insert of approx 5 1/2 x 8” [4pp], with response readings, a list of offerings, the words for O For A Thousand Tongues and I Can Do All Things.The back cover has a list of the sick and shut-in.  

The second insert 5 1/2 x 8” has a faded stamp from Reid’s Records in Berkeley - two pages, detached of the music and words to, “I’d Rather Have Jesus” in two arrangements. solo…male voice.  Faded, worn and fragile, good.


Leb's Restaurants were the location of sit-ins during the Civil Rights era of the early 1960S in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta:  [N.p.], [1960s].  9.5 x 16.5" menu with white cardstock covers and pink, blue and grey illustrations by Allen Palmer.  Staples to the top cover, attaching specials to the inside of menu.  Numerous pin holes at top edge, where menu assumed to be pinned within restaurant. Very good.

In the early 1960s, students representing Atlanta's six historically black colleges organized a series of sit-ins at area lunch counters to protest the city's legally sanctioned segregation. Local retailers subsequently agreed to negotiate with representatives from the recently formed student group Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), but neither side evinced a willingness to compromise.

Protests expanded when negotiations stalled, and student leaders persuaded Martin Luther King, Jr. to participate in a bid for greater publicity. After more than a year of demonstrations and failed negotiations, members of the city's black political establishment met privately with white business leaders, and negotiated a settlement wherein area lunch counters would be desegregated after the court-ordered integration of city schools the following fall.

Although they protested the decision on campus, student leaders ultimately submitted to the settlement, and Atlanta's lunch counters were desegregated in September 1961.

Civil Rights Digital Library January 25, 1964.
-Uploaded on Nov 2, 2010

Interview with Charlie Lebedin, owner of Leb’s diner, in the aftermath of the destruction of his private property by Negro civil rights rioters.

“The streets were black with Negros…and the whites all ran out.  Mob scene here …they are climbing on tables and chairs.  We told the colored people we were locking the doors…they broke the tables, they broke the chairs, in the windows, singing and carrying on…refused to leave, urinated on the floor in bus boxes…running around and they wouldn’t sit down…


33.  BEAL, M.F. & friends
Safe House: a casebook study of revolutionary feminism in the 1970’s

Eugene, Northwest Matrix, 1976. 154 pp., line illustrations and a few clips reproducing SLA publicity images, inscribed “To the day men abandon violence and every woman’s house is safe, M.F. Beal.” First edition. 9 x 6” decorated wraps, slightly shelf worn. There is a colophon, which states, among other things, that “The SLA portraits and calligraphy were by Mary Ann Tharaldsen of Berkeley.” Printed by a woman owned press, Long House Printcrafters.


34. [Research Alliance - Ku Klux Klan?]. Ship Them Back Home! Who? Every Illegal Foreigner. Uncle Sam Has Been Santa Claus for Europe and Other Foreign Countries Long Enough [cover title].

Atlanta: Research Alliance, [1936]. One sheet of paper folded (15.5 cm) to make 4 pp. Final page is an illustration depicting an immigrant kicking a native American out of the country. The illustration is reproduced on thicker stock with immigration statistics and form letter to Congressman on verso.

Although issued by the Research Alliance, this appears to be a Ku Klux Klan  front. The illustration is by Hiram Evans, the Imperial Wizard of the second-wave Klan from 1922-1939. Evans was stridently nativist and anti-immigrationist and was living in Atlanta when this tract was issued.

We also find a recent auction of KKK material with this pamphlet included. Slight toning to paper, else Fine.  We found no holding in OCLC.  



ESCAPE TO PRISON: The True Story of "Killer" Martin

New York: The Vanguard Press, 1938. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); light gray cloth, with titles stamped red on spine and front panel; red top stain; dust jacket; 306pp. Some offsetting to pastedowns from binders glue, trivial soil to rear joint, with decorative skull & bones bookplate of Col. John E. Barrington Kennett on front endpaper; a tight, clean copy. Very Good+. Dustjacket is unclipped, showing a three stray ink marks on front flap, with some short tears, creasing, and moderate chipping along the edges, with minimal affect to the design and none to the lettering; Very Good.

Burns' second book; he knew "Killer" Martin from two stints in Georgia prison camps, and wrote Martin's story while he himself was an escaped "convict" still at large. Jack "Killer" Martin was an Irishman who refused to get involved in a Chicago bootlegging racket.

He was caught on the charge of sticking up a man who had cheated him and sent to a chaingang, where he kills a guard and escapes. He was caught and sent to prison, only to be sent back to the chaingang, from which he escapes - again. A compelling account of one convict written by another, creating a compelling case for just how brutal chaingang conditions were in the 1930's. A scarce title.



36. [PRISONS – PHOTOGRAPHY] NEESE, Robert (fwd Erle Stanley Gardner)

Prison Exposures: First Photographs Inside Prison by a Convict

Philadelphia: Chilton Compoany, 1959. Second printing. (27cm). Cloth-backed boards; dustjacket; 135pp. Tight, straight copy with faint foxing to coated pages; Near Fine. In priced pictorial jacket, creased at edges, with some overall rubbing; Very Good. An inmate's intimate photographs of life inside the Iowa State Prison. A note on the copyright page states: "The older photographs in this book were taken by former prison photographer 'Satan' Andrews and by Tom Runyon. Both men are deceased."


37. [PRISONS - NARRATIVES] RUNYON, Tom In For Life: A Convict's Story

New York: W.W. Norton, 1953. First Edition. Octavo. Black cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 314pp. Tight, Near Fine copy in lightly rubbed dustwrapper, easily VG or better. Memoir by a lifer in the Iowa State Penitentiary. Includes a description of the author's lengthy stay in solitary confinement following an escape attempt.


Citizenship Education Program
Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Atlanta: SCLC, [circa 1963 - 1965]. Six-panel brochure, fine condition, portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. on rear panel with his assessment of what makes a first class citizen.

The brochure introduces the program, which took basic literacy as its primary goal, but also sought to offer instruction in other aspects of community life. Includes an application form for those wishing to be trained as teachers in the program. Undated, but early 1960s. Dorothy Cotton is listed as the contact for submitting applications.

King's statement on the rear panel concludes, "All over the country there are adults who are not registered to vote, and who generally do not participate in their civic affairs. These persons are not full citizens. Many of them have not had an opportunity to learn what is required of first class citizens. These people need Citizenship training."



First female licensed top fuel drag racer

39. [Women - Sports] [DRAG RACING]

Original Press Photo

Los Angeles/Washington, D.C.: L.A. Times/Washington Post, 1975. 8 1/2 x 10 inch, original, black & white press photo. Holograph notes on verso. Near fine.

Shirley (Cha Cha) Muldowney, drag racing’s first licensed woman top fuel driver, pictured resting before first-round eliminations in the $60,000 U.S. Professional Dragsters Association Championship at Orange County, California, International Raceway.


40. [Women - Lesbian]  [Astronaut] 

New York: United Press International, nd [ca. 1980’s]. Original, 10 x 8” black & white photo of Sally Ride during a training session. United Press stamp on verso with “Sally K. Ride” in blue holograph.

Sally Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space. Ride was one of 8,000 people who answered an advertisement in the Stanford student newspaper seeking applicants for the space program. She was chosen to join NASA in 1978.

Prior to her first space flight, she was subject to media attention due to her gender. During a press conference, she was asked questions like, "Will the flight affect your
reproductive organs?" and "Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?"

Despite this and the historical significance of the mission, Ride insisted that she saw herself in only one way—as an astronaut. On June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger. The five-person crew of the STS-7 mission deployed two communications satellites and conducted pharmaceutical experiments.

Ride was the first woman to use the robot arm in space and the first to use the arm to retrieve a satellite. She is also the first known lesbian astronaut. Ride died on July 23, 2012, at age 61, seventeen months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.


41. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, illustration by Jeske. These people cancelled our annual Easter Celebration
...hey kids, let’s CRASH their party! [handbill]

San Francisco: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, 1996. Since 8.5 x 11 inch handbill printed recto only. Black ink on yellow stock, depicting a Sister with arms spread in supplication. Mild creasing, else very good.

Smash the Church - This anarcho-campist Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were at it again! If they can’t dance, they will mess up YOUR sacrament! No love lost between the Church and the Sisters, who won the right to celebrate their 20th Easter Sunday anniversary in 1999 on Castro Street over the protests of the Catholic Church. It is our holiday too! Neighborhood business groups had forced the cancellation of a campily sacrilegious Easter event the Sisters had planned, so they proposed crashing the “official” Eureka Valley Easter Picnic.



42. [Business & Professional Women’s Clubs]

Two, 8 x 10 1/2”, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings about the Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, one from the Arkansas Gazette and the other from the Arkansas Democrat for the years 1935 and 1936.

The many articles cover all aspects of this national women’s organization: board elections, the speakers at various conventions, district conferences, the organization of safety councils, social meetings, the conducting of surveys to find the facts which enabled clubs (as sound thinking women) to participate intelligently in the vital task of helping to rebuild the nation shaken by the years of depression.

Other articles discuss feminist voting power, an an invitation by UVA for the BPWC to participate in the annual Institute of Public Affairs (this 
was the first time in its history that UVA invited a national women’s organization), information about specific Presidents and Board Members of the clubs, their political agenda, and much more.

Membership in the Business & Professional Women’s Clubs provided opportunity for wide acquaintance with women in all types of professions and with women who are outstanding in their own particular field in the United States. It gave an introduction to nearly 55,000 women in all parts of the U.S. and in a number of foreign countries. The nature and importance of membership in the Business & Professional Women’s Clubs were chiefly in the scope of its programs passed and in the wide opportunity the membership provided women of many business fields to associate to a mutual advantage.


Ted & Dick Gallup

43. Poster for a poetry reading at St. Mark’s Church

New York: Poetry Project at St. Mark’s, nd. First edition poster, 8.5 x 11 inches, printed in black and white on recto only. Illustrated with a picture of sprawling nudes.

Poster for a reading by Berrigan and Gallup at St. Mark’s Church on March 28th. Minor tanning to outer edges, with two subtle breaking horizontal folds, presumably from being mailed, else fine.



44. [Anarchist Newspaper Archive]
Love and Rage: A Revolutionary Anarchist Newsmonthly

The Development of Love & Rage

New York: Love & Rage, 1990-1998. First edition. The Love & Rage Network was founded in 1989, at a conference to launch a North American revolutionary newspaper. The group began publishing their bi-lingual paper, Love & Rage, in January 1990. It had a strong activist orientation; their first major issue was the 1990 Earth Day Wall Street Action (Subways).

28 issues 1990-1998 (Including the Final Issue, Fall 1998)

Other topics covered in the collection are: national liberation struggles, racism, women’s liberation, animal rights and more specifically, Mexican Solidarity, Prison Abolition and Anti- Fascism (including anti-police brutality, anti-KKK, abortion and gay rights).

There are previous mail folds as issued, some minor wear from handling, tanning at the edges, and a few mailing labels, else a Very Good collection. Spanning the entire years of the paper’s existence, this collection offers a detailed overview of the Love & Rage Network.

The anarchist movement of the 1970s was part of a larger radical/militant scene that was in many respects still propelled by the social explosions of the late 1960s and early 70s. That radical/ militant scene was able to compose itself as a presence within the anti-nuclear power movement, but was effectively eclipsed by the reformism of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze campaign.

Love and Rage has its roots in the social movements of the 1980s. It is a formation with an explicit commitment to revolutionary politics that is largely the creation of activists who became politically active in the 1980s and 90s.

This new generation was more culturally rooted in the punk scene of the 80s than in the hippie scene of the 60s that still heavily influenced the ethos of radical politics. One of the earliest indications that there was a new generation of radical youth was outside the 1984 Democratic Party convention in San Francisco and the Republican Party convention in Dallas.

It is a formation with an explicit commitment to revolutionary politics that is largely the creation of activists who became politically active in the 1980s and 90s.

Much of the history is actually an account of the development of the anarchist movement in the 1980s. This history is important because it shaped the people who launched Love and Rage.

From the No Business As Usual Action Network [1987]:

First edition. Wrappers. Newsprint folded to make four outside pages and one inside broadside leaf. The Pamphlet measures approximately 8 3/4 s 11.5” folded. Illustrations. Some tanning, creasing and wear; good condition.

A call to arms and review of the actions of one of the more radical peace activists groups of the 1980s, with calls to college activists to “turn the campuses into zones of disruption” and taking on “Religion as Usual. (“They are using religion to sway people into blind faith in the government’s ‘war against the Evil Empire, war on terrorism, war against AIDS victims, and Stay Wars. We say, No Religion as Usual!”)

No Business As Usual
They Won’t Listen to reason
They Won’t Be Bound By Votes World War Three Must Be Stopped No Matter What it Takes” Publication Sequence as follows:


Love & Rage: A Revolutionary Anarchist Newsmonthly. 28 issues (1990-1998) Vol. 1 no. 2-3, 5, 7
vol. 2 nol 4-7
vol. 3 no. 2, 6-7

vol. 4 no. 2-6 vol. 5 no. 3

vol. 6 no. 2, 4 vol. 7 no. 3,5 vol. 8 no. 1-4 vol. 9 no. 1-2

Love & Rages’ Greatest Hits: 6 Years of Revolutionary Anarchist Action

Love & Rage’s Brand Spankin’ New Network Bulletin Dec 15 ,1992

The Discussion Bulletin of the Love & Rage Network May-June 1992

Disco Bull: the disco bull of the Love & Rage network Sept-Oct-Nov. 1992 issue

Generic Disco Bull
April, May, June 1993 issue

Polka Bull: The Polemic Bulletin of the Love & Rage Network Dec, Jan, Feb 1993 issue

Suzy Subways. “A New World In Our Hearts: 8 Years of Writings from the Love & Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation.” Goodreads Inc. AK Press. Retrieved April 15, 2016.

The Love & Rage Newsletter represents a rare primary document of one of New York’s more controversial but culturally important periodicals.


45. PLYMELL, Charles (Editor); Ginsberg, Allen; McClure, Michael; Hoyem, Andrew; Whalen, Philip, et al.
San Francisco: Charles Plymell, 1963. First edition. Paperback. Unpaginated.  8vo-over 7¾"-9¾".  Bright orange card covers with black lettering and decoration. Some chipping along spine and top right front cover corner with light soiling on rear, else near fine.  Contains an announcment for The Auerhahn Press for the newly published book, The Wake: poems by Andrew Hoyem.  Includes poems by Charles Plymell, Allen Ginsberg, Alan Russo, Michael McClure, Robert Branaman, Thomas Jackrell, Roxie Powell, Daniel Moore, Andrew Hoyem, J. Richard White and Philip Whalen.

A short-lived but important Beat journal edited and printed by Charles Plymell. Jed Birmingham writes [that] "the first issue of NOW is a time capsule of the pre-Summer of Love era by the Bay. Plymell printed the premier issue of NOW in 1963 when he was living at 1403 Gough Street...Proto-hippies (called heads at the time) hung out at Plymell"s residence, but so did writers and poets associated with Auerhahn Press (Dave Haselwood, Andrew Hoyem), (see also: items 53, 54, 55) members of Wallace Berman’s Semina Circle (Bruce Conner, Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell), left coast Beats (Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady), blew into town coming down from the legendary Vancouver Poetry Conference of that summer after an extended stay in India and the Far East."

John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963 ushered in the revolutionary / psychedelic / overhyped 1960s. Ginsberg captured this watershed moment in “Nov. 23, 1963 Alone.” The poem provides not only a eulogy of Kennedy but also of a moment in time for San Francisco and the rest of the United States:  the innocence of Camelot was over, and the spirit of the Kennedy era was about to get much darker and more violent [Birmingham].

Issue one of NOW was of that earlier moment before the decade officially became the SIXTIES. Ginsberg writes of being alone “with NOW, with Fuck You, with Wild Dog Burning Bush Poetry Evergreen C Thieves Journal Soft Machine Genesis Renaissance Contact Kill Roy etc.” NOW along with these magazines represent the underground before the counterculture went mainstream.  In Bomb Culture, Jeff Nuttall singled out NOW and Plymell as contributing factors that helped build the counterculture and helped form an alternative network of information and contacts. NOW is a much sought-after artifact of the San Francisco Scene of the mid-1960s.



46. SCHAFF, David(Editor)


San Francisco: Ephemeris, Cranium Press (Issue 2), no date [ca. 1960s]. First edition, original wrappers. Corner left staple for 1 and 2; issue three in newspaper format. Not in Clay & Phillips; Hart; or Butterick. Some fading to the cover of issue 1, minute chip to the back cover corner of issue 2, else all issues very good.

Ephemeris provides some insight into the magazine scene that developed in and around Jack Spicer’s San
Francisco. Throughout all three issues, poems are dedicated to Spicer and written in the Spicerian manner. Poets who played in Spicer’s shadows, like Ellingham, Persky and Stanley, are represented throughout its pages, as is Frank O’Hara, Ebbe Borregaard, Joanne Kyger, and Charles Olson.

Ephemeris II features a map on the cover and Issue one has an astrological chart. The magazine is truly a chart and a map of late 1960s San Francisco and the vestiges of the Spicer Circle (Birmingham). For example, Ephemeris features several advertisements for what is now a lost book culture: Serendipity and Dave Haselwood Books for example. This is why Ephemeris is so important: it documents an ephemeral scene that is fading away. The third issue switches to a newspaper format with pieces on Merlin, the Birth of Venus and the Apocalypse accompanied by numerous illustrations and drawings by Robert LaVigne and Daniel Moore.




Rebels in the Streets: The Story of New York's Girl Gangs

Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1964. First edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 183pp. Near ;ine copy in lightly edge worn jacket, VG or better. A clean, tight copy. Slightly sensationalized study of Puerto Rican girl-gangs in New York, originally published as a series of articles in the New York Daily News.


Guitar Army: Street Writings / Prison Writings - Inscribed by Sinclair

New York: Douglas Book Corporation, 1972. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 364pp; illus. Trivial bit of spotting to board edges, else a tight, Fine copy in unworn, unclipped dustwrapper. Inscribed by Sinclair on front endpaper, dated 2003.

Great copy of a cornerstone work of Sixties radicalism. Sinclair was the songwriter and lead singer for the proto-punk band MC-5, a co-founder of the White Panthers, and if not the most vocal then at least the most audible advocate for the legalization of marijuana in the Sixties and Seventies. With a nice (later) inscription by Sinclair.


The first black woman to conduct the symphony orchestras: Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Minnesota and orchestras of 11 other American cities.

49. [African Americana] Harris, Margaret.
C.B. Croques presents Margaret Harris, pianist. World's greatest five-year-old piano prodigy.

Oakland, CA: Famous Cathedral Choir of the Greater Cooper Zion AME Church for Music scholarship, 1949. Four panel program brochure, small portrait of the smiling pianist posing at the keys; mildly worn with several short closed edge tears.

An obituary for Harris stated, "The first black woman to conduct the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Minnesota and orchestras of 11 other American cities. Harris began her musical career as a piano prodigy. At 10 she performed with the Chicago Symphony and won a scholarship to the Curtis Institute. She later earned bachelors and masters degrees from the Juilliard School." Her untimely death at 56 came after the US Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan invited her to assist with a production of Porgy and Bess.


50. [Women][Art][Business]

Gruppé, Helen.

Correspondence Scrap Book of Wife of Noted Painter and Art Dealer.

Various places: mostly 1902-1903 and 1910- 1911. 11” x 8 1⁄2”. Quarter cloth over marbled paper- covered boards. 54 pages with 49 items of correspondence and 27 other items of ephemera adhesive mounted; an additional 16 items of correspondence and 10 items of ephemera are laid in. Book good: heavily worn with loss at edges, front joint split but holding, most corners of leaves lost but only affecting some characters in two letters. Contents generally very good.

This is the correspondence archive of Helen Gruppé, wife of artist Charles Paul Gruppé. Charles was an American painter living in the Netherlands during the period covered by this archive and Helen was apparently staying at various hotels throughout the country. Gruppé, was also a dealer who represented Dutch painters in the United States. As this scrapbook shows, Helen played an integral role in the business, coordinating with museum directors, dealing with collectors and also promoting her musician son, Paulo.

Well over half the correspondence relates to coordinating exhibitions of Hendrik W. Mesdag. There are letters from directors from the Detroit Museum of Art, Carnegie institute, Art Institute of Chicago, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as well as news clippings reviewing the exhibitions. Also included are six pieces of correspondence including two ALSs and a TLS from George H. Story, the artist, and curator of paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other correspondence includes thank yous, annoyed customers, reports of sales and more. Correspondence from other notables include an ALS from music critic and musicologist Henry Edward Krehbiel; a TLS from the first director of the Art Institute of Chicago, William M.R. French; an ALS from art dealer William Robert Deighton; a TLS from Florence N. Levy, founder of the American Art Annual; an ALS from activist and suffragist Maud Nathan; and a TLS from Edward Robinson, director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Ephemera includes a number of calling cards, news clippings, programs and brochures.

A trove of ephemera and letters regarding a woman's work promoting an art business in the early 20th century.


*Description by Adam Schacter of Langdon Manor Books


Np: Playboy Magazine, Various dates. 290 original, color playboy cartoons, neatly removed from the magazines by a fanatical collector. 8 1/2 x 11.” Some pinholes in upper and lower corners, else very good.

Playboy’s visual humor has helped define the magazine – its lifestyle and its sexual politics for over half a century. During the sexual and political repression of the fifties, cartoonists were among the first to seek out the magazine as a place where humor of a more sophisticated nature was welcome.

Mainstream magazines promoted the sort of family oriented, Norman Rockwell togetherness, but Playboy was a magazine for the young, urban male, headed down its own path. Playboy became a playground for genius. John Dempsey, Gahan Wilson, Rod Taylor, Rowland Wilson, Don Madden, Doug Snoyd, Michael Fflokes, Smilby, Kiraz, Phil Interlandi, and Marty Murphy (all represented in this collection) came on board.

These humorists were hip subversives and revolutionaries who poked fun at the prevailing hypocrisies of the time. The cartoonists satirized the status quo, with a feeling of defiance. They ridiculed everything from state sponsored executions to the sober precincts of the nouveau rich, from teenage dating to police line-ups, with scalding and hilarious satirical jabs - illustrating private angst we never knew we had (when you eat a steak, just whom are you eating?) to the ironic and deadpan take on horrifying public issues (ecological disaster, nuclear destruction anyone?).

These cartoonists have been peeling back the troubling layers of modern life with their incongruously playful and unnerving cartoons, assailing our deepest fears and our most inane follies.

It wasn’t just about being funny, but being true. Playboy suggested that women were as sexually active as men and it embraced that reality, making fun of the puritan pretensions that dominated society, with such topics from the sexual revolution to relationships, money, and politics. Many cartoons featured sweet young things, terrible tarts, winsome wives, suitors, and studs. Playboy had a role in fueling the sexual revolution of the sixties and the cartoonist supplied the spark.


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