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Guide to the Bella C. Landauer Writings and Reference Collection
Ca. 1856 - 1972 (bulk 1926-1950)
 PR 149

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Description is in English.

Container List

Series III: Publications

Scope and Contents note

Series III includes many of Bella C. Landauer's published books, articles, and compilations of items culled from her collections. Many of these same publications (as well as others not included here) can also be found in the New-York Historical Society library. Most of the copies found in this collection are extra-illustrated or have notations in Landauer's hand. The series is divided into three subseries: Articles; Monographs; and Compilations. These publications have been individually cataloged into the New-York Historical Society library catalog and can also be accessed through that resource. Thus they are merely listed here, and are not extensively described.

Subseries I: Articles

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes Landauer's copies of four articles authored by her, mainly for the New-York Historical Society Quarterly. Offprints of the articles, or copies removed from the journal, have been bound into folders along with her original manuscript or typescript for the article. Landauer co-authored an article with Harry B. Weiss, and the entire issue of  The Sportsmen's Pilot, where it appeared, can be found here. Two printed copies of "Jumbo's Influence on Advertising or Some Jumbo Trade Cards" are bound in with Landauer's manuscript of the article, along with multiple photostat copies of the illustrations. A hand-annotated typescript of Landauer's autobiographical talk, "Collecting and Recollecting," follows an offprint and a manuscript version of the piece.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 74 "Jumbo's Influence on Advertising or Some Jumbo Trade Cards." New-York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin. Vol. XVIII, No. 3, October 1934. Pp. 43-52.
Box: 10 Folder : 33 Some Trade Cards with Particular Emphasis on the Currier and Ives Contributions." New-York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin. Vol. XVII, No. 4, January 1934. Pp. 79-93.
Box: 10 Folder : 34-35 "Collecting and Recollecting." New-York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin. Vol. XLIII, No. 3, July 1959. Pp. 335-349.
Box: 10 Folder : 36 Landauer, Bella C. and Harry B. Weiss. "Matches made in the heavens." The Sportsman Pilot. Vol. X, No. 2, August 1933. Pp. 12-13.

Subseries II: Monographs

Scope and Contents note

The subseries includes eighteen of Landauer's published works. These works often highlight particular aspects of ephemera found in her collections, such as Early American Trade Cards. Others focus on more general subjects, such as  The Influence of Shakespeare on Advertising. Illustrations for all of these publications are drawn from Landauer's collections and are printed in black and white. Almost all have handwritten additions or hand corrections to typographical mistakes. Two of these works, which are both variations on  Some American Billheads, are in an extremely large format, probably so as to reproduce the billheads at their original size.  Some Terpsichorean Ephemera has a color frontispiece, a letter pasted in, and additional handwritten notes.  Early American Trade Cards from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer includes a foldout color frontispiece. This volume was printed in an edition of 500 and is considered to be rare. It is annotated with New-York Historical Society's negative numbers of several of the tradecards reproduced, as well as their location in Landauer's collection (some of these were "framed on wall.")  Leaves of Music by Walt Whitman includes letters to Landauer by fans of Whitman laid in, as well as an engraving of Whitman from an issue of Harper's.  Bookplates from the Aeronautica Collection of Bella C. Landauer has other, actual, bookplates pasted in.  Chalking the Hat is about railroad passes with some illustrations.  Some Ephemeral Portraits of Lincoln and Franklin is extra-illustrated with cartes-de-visite portraits of Lincoln, a French stamp with an image of Franklin, and has correspondence laid in.  Upward not Downward! contains ephemera showing 'Cleopatra's Needle,' the Egyptian obelisk in Central Park.  Gilbert and Sullivan Influence on American Tradecards is the most extra-illustrated monograph found here. It has numerous bubble gum cards, trade cards, advertisements, and clippings pasted in. The volume also includes two pamphlets containing the dialogue from "H.M.S. Pinafore," one from an 1879 edition of  Louis Klopsch's Complete and Unabridged Miniature Librettos.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 37 Bookplates from the Aeronautica Collection of Bella C. Landauer. New York: Harbor press, 1930.
Box: 20 Folder : 1 "Chalking the hat", etc., from the Collections of Bella C. Landauer. New York: Harbor press, 1930.
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Early American Trade Cards from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer. New York: W. E. Rudge, 1927.
Box: 10 Folder : 38 Gilbert and Sullivan Influence on American Tradecards, from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer. New York: Priv. print., 1936.
Box: 10 Folder : 39 Leaves of Music by Walt Whitman, from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer. New York: Harbor Press, 1937.
Box: 20 Folder : 2 My City 'tis of Thee; New York City on Sheet-music Covers. Selections from the Music Collection of Bella C. Landauer at the New-York Historical Society. New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1951.
Box: 21 Folder : Printers' Mottoes: a Collection of Sentiments Taken from Title-pages and Colophons of Books Issued by Printers and Publishers, Booksellers, Artists and Patrons from the 15th Century to the Present. New York: Priv. print., 1926.
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Some Aeronautical Music from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer. Paris: Priv. Print., 1933.
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Some Alcoholic Americana; from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer. New York: Harbor press, 1932.
Box: 21 Folder : Some American Billheads from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer at the New-York Historical Society. [New York] c. 1949. [2 copies]
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Some Early American Lottery Items. New York: Harbor Press, 1928.
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Some Early Vermont Invitations from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer. New York: Harbor Press, 1930.
Box: 11 Folder : 40 Some Ephemeral Portraits of Lincoln and Franklin from the Collections of Bella C. Landauer. New York: Harbor Press, 1935
Box: 11 Folder : 41 Some Japanese Balloon Prints from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer. [New York] The author, 1935.
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Some Terpsichorean Ephemera, from the Collections of Bella C. Landauer at the New-York Historical Society. New York, 1953.
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Striking the Right Note in Advertising: Selections from the Music Collection of Bella C. Landauer at the New-York Historical Society. New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1951.
Box: 11 Folder : 42 Upward not Downward!: from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer. Privately printed, Christmas 1936.

Subseries III: Compilations

Scope and Contents note

The ten Compilations are quite similar to the monographs, but were not published in the same manner, as the onset of World War II diverted the necessary resources. While these have title pages and illustrations, the illustrations are photostats which are often pasted into the compilations, rather than being commercially bound. Catalog records describe them as "photostat copies of facsimiles." Most of these items have titles such as "[Type of ephemera] in the Bella C. Landauer collection," and were meant to specifically highlight her collection. Landauer distributed many of these compilations to institutions (the New York Public Library, for example, has many of them) and interested individuals (usually collectors.) Most of the compilations found in this collection are extra-illustrated with original ephemera by Landauer. Some Embossed American Tradecards includes a 9 x 11.5 inch gold embossed trade card on coated stock for Crandall and Higgins, piano dealers in Davenport, Iowa. It also includes a hand-written list of "additions" to the collection after the printing of the book.  Trivial Washingtoniana is extra-illustrated with (among other things) three colored ribbons with Washington's portrait printed by Mogul Cigarettes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 43-44 The Indian Does Not Vanish in American Advertising from the Collections of Bella C. Landauer. 1940
Box: 11 Folder : 45 Pre-frigidaire Ice Ephemera from the Collections of Bella C. Landauer. 1943.
Box: 11 Folder : 46 Soda Water in the 19th Century from the Bella C. Landauer Collection at the N. Y. Historical Society. [New York: no date].
Box: 17 Folder : 75 Some embossed American tradecards. New York: Privately printed at the Harbor Press, 1941.
Box: 17 Folder : 76-77 Some music sheets from the Bella C. Landauer tradecard collection at the New York historical society. c. 1940.
Box: 18 Folder : 78 Some terpsichorean tradecards from the Bella C. Landauer collection at the New York historical society. c. 1940.
Box: 18 Folder : 79 Some tradecards from the Landauer aeronautical collection. c. 1940.
Box: 11 Folder : 47 Some "Up in a Balloon Songs" from the Collection of Bella C. Landauer. c. 1940.
Box: 11 Folder : 48 Trivial Washingtoniana from the Collections of Bella C. Landauer. New York: Harbor Press, 1941.
Box: 11 Folder : 49 When Advertisers Discovered Shakespeare. From the collection of Bella C. Landauer. 1937. (2 parts)

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