Stringer’s Books and Ephemera

Norm Stringer, Toronto

Originally started in late 1980s as True Crime Ink, we dealt solely in material about ‘true crime.’ Over the years we have evolved and expanded our areas of specialty, and now offer scarce and interesting material outside of true crime – thus the name change to Stringer’s Books and Ephemera. In addition to books (including vintage paperbacks), we also offer posters, programs, and handbills. Of special interest are pre-2000 items relating to Toronto.

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(416) 467-6610

norm.stringer@rogers.com

1123a Broadview Ave., Apt. 4
Toronto, Ontario M4K2s6
Canada

1. (Original Card Stock Poster) SCARBORO FIRE FIGHTERS 10th ANNUAL BALL. WED. OCT. 19th. TRUMP DAVIDSON. PALACE PIER.

Item Price: $350.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Original card stock poster, no printer, no date (someone has penciled in “1960”). Card size is 22” x 14”. Condition is very good+ with slight wear to the corners, some darkening soiling to the white of the poster, some soiling along the edges. Some marks to the back of the card (small), some has written “262” on the back (small). A wonderful example.

A scarce poster from the Scarboro (sic) Fire Fighter’s for their 10th annual ball held at Toronto’s Palace Pier. Trump Davidson led the a dance band at the Palace Pier from 1944 to 1962.

The Palace Pier was located west of the mouth of the Humber River and south of Lake Shore Boulevard West. “The vision of a grand lakefront amusement pier was conceived in the 1920s as a rival for the neighbourhood. The pier was designed by Cyril and Madil with various structures in a flamboyant Moroccan style of architecture and was to project 1800 feet into Lake Ontario and terminating with a steamboat landing. Financial difficulties in the early 1930s delayed construction. Only the first phase of the of the redesigned amusement pier, 300 feet long, was opened on June 10, 1941 and it became popular as a major dance hall of the big band era during World War two and the post war years. The pier was destroyed by fire in 1963 and the site was later developed into condominiums and a public park.” (torontohistory.net)

A scarce poster from a forgotten dance hall.

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2. (Souvenir Program) DAWSON CITY GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL PRESENTS FOXY. JULY 1 – AUGUST 17, 1962.

Item Price: $150.00 (CAD)

Item Description: (No place): Canada Evergreen Press, (1962). Program size is 8 ½” x 11”. Condition for this program is near fine with slight wear to corners and spine ends. 28 pages with photos and ads.

Original program for the play Foxy starring Bart Lahr that was the featured highlight from the first Dawson City Gold Rush Festival held in 1962. According to Les McLaughton’s Yukon Nuggets website “The Gold Rush Festival Committee was formed to manage local organization of the Festival. The first Dawson City Festival was held in the summer of 1962 and lasted six weeks. The focal piece was a Broadway play. By every measure of the day, the festival was a major flop.

Still, in the summer of ’62, a cast of characters, including Bert Lahr, who had become famous around the world for his portrayal of the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz, descended on Dawson. The play was called ‘Foxy’ and featured all the trite gold rush stuff one could imagine. Greed, grit, gold, girls, and great expectations. Music and lyrics were written by the famous songwriter Johnny Mercer, who penned the academy award-winning songs Moon River and That Old Black Magic.

The play ran for seven weeks in the summer of 1962, usually to a nearly empty house, and its producers lost their $400,000 investment. In late 1963, producer David Merrick decided to revive it. The on-Broadway production opened on February 16, 1964, at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where it ran for seventy-two performances.”

A scarce program.

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3. (1935 Auto Seat Cover Sampler Mail Card). H & H AUTO TOP MANUFACTURING COMPANY. TORONTO.

Item Price: $350.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: H & H Auto Top Manufacturing Co., (1935). Size opened is 14” x 11”, size folded 4 ½” x 11”. Condition for this mailer is good+ with some wear to corners, 3 fold marks (from folding down to mail / letter size), there are 10 pieces stated (eight samples at 1 ½” x 3 ¾” size and two located at the bottom size is ½” x 3 ¾”) however maybe during original mailing one of the small strips became affixed to the second from top swatch on the left side (if the card is folded as it was for mailing the small strip lines up perfectly to the now vacated spot at the bottom left, the intended location). The back of the card has some staining scuffing and soiling.

A scarce mailer from the Toronto based H & H Auto Top Manufacturing Company with actual samples (swatches) of seat covering affixed “New 1935 Patterns” on the front. The back of the card has a 1935 price list, the mailing info panel, and two texture samples.

Scarce.

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4. (Original Paper Keg Label) SILVER SPRING BREWERY. VICTORIA, B.C. 10 DOZ. PINTS. “THE LIFE SAVER”

​Item Price: $500.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Toronto: Rolph and Clark, no date (circa 1910s-20s). Diameter is 16 ½”. Condition for this printed paper keg label is very good+ with slight edge wear, slight darkening to the white border along the edges, two very small holes (staples?) just below and to the right of the centre point of the label.

Scarce 10 dozen pint keg label from the Victoria, B.C. based brewery.

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5. (1932 Canadian Tire Map and Flyer). 1932 ROAD MAP. ONTARIO AND ADJACENT TERRITORY. CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION LIMITED.

Item Price: $300.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Toronto: Canadian Tire Corp., 1932. Size folded 5 ½” x 11”, size fully opened 21 ½” x 42 ½”. Condition for this map is about very good with fold marks, with some wear to the corners, two small stains 4” x 1” in size in the centres of two panels (see photo) that are visible on both sides, a few very small nicks and tears at the edges (mostly located at the fold marks). Still a very nice example of the early Canadian Tire map.

Canadian Tire established in 1927 began sending flyers with road maps in 1928 making this 1932 edition a very early example. One side of the map has ¾ taken up by a road map of southern Ontario and northern New York State. The rest of the flyer has items for sale.

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6. (1920s Montreal book for the new bride) THE BRIDE’S BOOK.

Item Price: $100.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Montreal: Brandow Publishing Co., c. 1928. Hardcover book, no dustjacket, size is 8″ x 10 3/4″, with 352 pages with many illustrated ads. Hardcover book in good only condition, fading to cover titles, wear to spine ends, some edge wear, some wear along the cover spine (front and back), some wear to corners.

A 1920s Canadian published book for the bride to be, with information on cooking, home care, health care, baby needs, etc. All the ads in the book are directed at the young bride for her and her family’s needs. Scarce.

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7. (1920s Machinery Catalogue) THE A.R. WILLIAMS MACHINERY CO., LTD. MACHINERY AND MILL SUPPLIES. CATALOGUE 48.

Item Price: $150.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: A.R. Williams Machinery Co., Ltd., no date (ca. late 1920s). 4to., original cloth, 458 pages with numerous illustrations. Catalogue is in good+ condition with a small hole front cover on spine, some wear to corners and spine ends, a bit of tanning to the pages.

Original catalogue from this Toronto based machinery company.

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8. (1938 New York Mafia Crime Magazine) THOMAS E. DEWEY. RACKET BUSTER.

Item Price: $200.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: New York: One-Shot Pub. Co., (1938). Magazine size is 11 ½” x 8 ½”, with 98 pages and photos. Magazine is in near fine condition with slight edge wear, slight wear to corners and spine. A wonderful copy of this scarce magazine.

From Wikipedia, “As a New York City prosecutor and District Attorney in the 1930s and early 1940s, Dewey was relentless in his effort to curb the power of the American Mafia and of organized crime in general. Most famously, he successfully prosecuted Mafioso kingpin Charles “Lucky” Luciano on charges of forced prostitution in 1936. Luciano was given a 30- to 50-year prison sentence. He also prosecuted and convicted Waxey Gordon, another prominent New York City gangster and bootlegger, on charges of tax evasion. Dewey almost succeeded in apprehending Jewish mobster Dutch Schultz as well, but Schultz was murdered in 1935 in a hit ordered by The Commission itself; he had disobeyed The Commission’s order forbidding him from making an attempt on Dewey’s life.”

Dewey entered politics becoming the Governor of New York and running for President in 1944 and 1948 (year of the famous Chicago Daily Tribune headline “Dewey Defeats Truman”) and lost both. He died in 1971.

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9. Paul Davis. JACKIE GLEASON. THE PICTORIAL STORY OF TV’S GREATEST STAR

Item Price: $125.00 (CAD)

Item Description: New York Marjean Magazine Corp. 1955. Magazine size is 8 1/2″ x 11″, with 74 pages and photos. Magazine is in near fine condition with slight edge wear, slight wear to corners and spine ends.

The up to the year 1955 story of one of television’s greatest comedians, Jackie Gleason. Scarce issue in such nice condition.

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10. (1932 Automobile Accessories Catalogue) CUTTEN & FOSTER LIMITED. JOBBERS AND MANUFACTUERERS OF DEPENDABLE AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR MOTOR CAR – SHOP – GARAGE. General Catalogue No. 117. 1931-1932.

Item Price: $160.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Toronto: Cutten & Foster Ltd., 1931. Softcover with cloth spine catalogue, size is 11” x 8 ½”, with 312 pages and illustrations. Catalogue is in near fine condition with slight edge wear, slight wear to corners and spine ends, hole top left corner for hanging (as published).

Original 1931 (although the cover states “1932-3”, whereas the title page states “1931-32”) automobile accessories catalogue from this Toronto based supply company. Scarce in such condition.

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11. (1947 Magazines – Ten Issues) CANADIAN JERSEY BREEDER (all 1947).

Item Price: $200.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC: Canadian Jersey Cattle Club, 1947. Magazines with each issue running between 40 to 50 pages (approx.), with photos and ads. Condition for the magazines ranges from good+ to very good with edge wear, wear to corners, some have light crease down middle, a few have slight curl along the spine.

A collection of ten issues (all from 1947) of this journal from the Canadian Jersey Cattle Club. The issues are from January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, and November. Each issue consists of articles and ads related to the breeding of Jersey cattle.

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12. TWO PICTUREGRAMS. LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING. (May 1932 and July 1932).

Item Price: $375.00 (CAD)

Item Description: New Haven, CT: Illustrated Current News, (1932). Printed single side, size is 16” x 19”. Both picturegrams are in about very good condition with some wear along the edges and to the corners, light creasing to the corners, fold creases, the July issue has a small 1” tear on the left side.

Picturegrams started around the early 1920s and lasted until the 1950s. Published approximately three times a week each issue (single sheet with pictures, caption, and ad) would inform the reader of the latest top news or sporting event.

These two scarce issues are from 1932 and cover the Lindbergh kidnapping. The first picturegram (May 16, 1932 – issue 2319) has photos of the baby, the Lindbergh home, the crib, where the body was found, and the man who found the body. The second picturegram (July 1st, 1932 – issue 2933) has a scene from the trial of John Hughes Curtis, charged with obstructing justice.

Listing is for both picturegrams.

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13. (Original Poster Curling) CANADIAN LEGION ANNUAL NATIONAL CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP. MARCH 14-17, 1961. TRAIL, B.C. “THE SILVER CITY”.

​Item Price: $85.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Original poster on thin card stock, no printer, 1961. Card size is 14” x 11”. Condition is about very good with small staple holes in each of the four corners, some darkening along the bottom right side, slight indent top right corner, small hole at the top for hanging, someone has underlined the trophy name in pen.

Poster for the 1961 Canadian Legion National Curling Championship held in Trail B.C. “Home of the world’s largest lead-zine-silver operation”.

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14. (Two Issues Undated) THE HOME DECORATOR. A PRACTICAL MAGAZINE OF SUGGESTIONS FOR HOME DECORATION. PUBLISHED BY THE SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO. DECORATIVE DEPT.

Item Price: $150.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Montreal: Sherwin-Williams Co., of Canada, Ltd., no date (circa mid-1910s). Two issues (See photos the issues are number 1 and 2), issue number 1 has 16 pages with colour illustrations. Issue number 2 has 24 pages with colour illustrations. Both issues are 7”x 5” in size. Condition for both issues is good+ with rusting around staples, some light soiling to covers, some small stains to issue number 2 front cover near spine, both are still very colourful.

Two original painting booklets from Sherwin-Williams Canada with some very colourful artwork in both issues. Undated they are probably mid to late 1910s. Scarce. Listing is for both issues.

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15. (1927 Brochure) A REAL HOME. SUGGESTIONS TO HOME BUILDERS

Item Price: $75.00 (CAD)

Item Description: New York: Copper and Brass Research Association, c. 1927. Seventh edition.
Softcover staple-bound book with color pictorial paper onlay on front cover, size is 8″ x 10 3/4″. 48 pages with illustrations and photos. Softcover staple-bound book is about very good condition with some wear to corners, some edge wear, a few small round dark marks on front and back cover (finger stains).

Original 1927 brochure published by the Copper and Brass Research Association promoting the use of copper and, of course, brass in the building of homes.

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