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Tombstone Democrat Collection of Ephemera
- A collection of ephemera from the Tombstone Democrat between the years 1885 and 1886. This set is composed of five letters in manuscript concerning the lease and monetary interest of the printing material and ownership of the Tombstone Democrat newspaper of Arizona. Four of the five letters measure between 8" x 12 ½" and 8 ½" x 14" and are lined, the fifth letter measuring 5" x 8 ½". Overall in very good condition with light wear and minor chipping. Items included in this set are as follows: 1) A letter composed by Batiesias, selling and transferring to D. Cohen, "1/12th undivided interest in certain printing materials." Printing materials included print, fixtures and lease used by Tomlinson & Brawley in the publication of the Tombstone Democrat. Dated to Jan. 1st 1886. Lined paper with Windsor Castle Papers watermark, content in black ink on one side in good condition with light soiling and toning, and light chipping were once folded. 2) Letter acknowledging advance payment for purchase of printing material. "The undersigned advance to Ridgley Tildeu the amount opposite our names for the purpose of buying material for a newspaper." Signed names include, James Coyle, John Smith, Summerfield (? ) , A. S. Jones, M. A. Smith, J. A. (? ) Jones, B. S. Pell, most written in ink and some in pencil. Following the signed names is written, "amounts paid on above + how expended." Names include, James Coyle, Jos. Paschuley (? ) , Summerfield Bros, A. S. Jones, B. L. Peel, D. Cohen, Bastiesias. Following that the word "Paid" and underneath "H. H. McNeil 500.00, Tildeu - Exp. To Phoenix 50.00, Freight 57.50." Lined paper with Windsor Castle Papers watermark, manuscript in black ink and content on one side. In good condition with light soiling and toning, and 1" tear at one fold. 3) Letter from Kales and Lewis Bankers to a B. A. Jiekas Esq. Of Tombstone. In manuscript, "We enclose shipping receipt of printing press. Also receipt of H. H. McNeil $500 asking our instructions of . Yours truly, Kales + Lewis." Dated to Dec. 14th 1885. Letter measures 5" x 8 ½", has black lettering and design on letterhead, manuscript in black ink and content on one side. In very good condition and was at one time folded in half vertically. 4) Letter composed by H. J. Brawley dated to Dec. 22, 1886. Lined paper with watermark, manuscript in black ink and content on one side. Content reads: "I, H. J. Brawley, county of Cochise Territory of Arizona in consideration of the sum of one dollar (1.00) in hand paid by A. J. Jones, James Coyle & B. L. Peel I hereby release and relinquish all my, and also all the interest of Wm. Tomlinson to a certain lease dated to Jan 1st 1886, containing press, certain parts of type, type galleys and printing furniture." In very good condition with light soiling and toning, and light creasing to corners. 5) Letter containing a list of display type, a complete outfit for a printing establishment, undated. Some content listed includes 3 fonts nonpareil, one font Pica gothic, one font 2-line Pica, one font S. P. Italic, along with miscellaneous items such as 2 sets column rules, 1 roller mould and stock, glue kettle and ladle, 1 first-class hand press and more. Lined paper with manuscript in black ink, content on both sides. In very good condition with light soiling and toning at folds, light wear to all edges. This collection provides an interesting and informative look into the inner workings of newspaper in an infamous town.
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