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. (Two 1910s Canadian Auto Brochures) E-M-F COMPANY OF CANADA. Brochures for the FLANDERS 20 RUNABOUT and the E-M-F 30 FIVE PASSENGER TOURING CAR.

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Item Description: 1. Walkerville, ON: The E-M-F Company, Limited, no date (circa 1910).

Size for each brochure when folded closed is 9” x 6 ¼”, unfolded is 9” x 25”.

Condition for the Flanders 20 brochure is about very good with a bit of foxing along the edges, some soiling, a small nick to the top left corner.

Condition for the EMF 30 is good+ with a bit of foxing along the edges, some soiling, 1” separation top panel right side of the fold mark.

Each brochure has been folded (as issued) into four sections.

Two scarce brochures from this short-lived Walkerville, Ontario based auto manufacturer. The brochures are for the Flanders 20 Runabout and the EMF 30 Five Passenger Touring Car. There is an illustration printed on the Flanders brochure, the Touring Car has an embossed top panel with a pictorial onlay on the reverse. One side of each of the brochures has a long writeup about the vehicle and the company, the reverse contains specifications for the vehicle.

“The E-M-F Company was an early American automobile manufacturer that produced automobiles from 1909 to 1912… Late in 1909, E-M-F established a Walkerville, Ontario, branch plant to produce the E-M-F 30 and Flanders 20. E-M-F had a third plant in Port Huron, which was sold to the Havers Motor Car Company in 1912.

“Shortly afterward, E-M-F was bought out by Studebaker, which formed Studebaker Canada, and rebadged E-M-F’s products: the E-M-F as the Studebaker 30 and the Flanders as the Studebaker 20. Sales of these rebadged models continued through the end of 1912.” (Wikipedia).

Listing is for both brochures.

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2. (1940 Fargo Truck Presentation Book for Dealers and Salesmen only) FARGO BUILT BY CHRYSLER OF CANADA

Item Price: $375.00 CAD)

Item Description: (Windsor, ON): Chrysler of Canada, (1940).

4to., oblong metal spiral bound with embossed card covers, 96 pages. With illustrations throughout. Condition for this presentation book is about very good with edge wear, a bit of wear to the front cover, some wear to corners and spine ends, 4 ½” crease to front cover top right corner.

With an enclosed one page note on Chrysler Canada letterhead stating: “… This presentation book is the most complete selling manual on Fargo Trucks we have ever produced – 96 pages of information handily tabbed and indexed for ready reference under 14 sections.

“A thorough and systematic study of this book by you and your salesmen will provide you with all the important information about Fargo Trucks and will help you in choosing the right truck for each prospect’s particular job.

“The 1940 Fargo Truck Presentation Book is to be used as a salesman’s manual and not as a consumer give-away piece.”

Scarce.

3. (Original 1920s Cardboard Sign) NEPONSET TWIN SHINGLES FOR HOMES CHURCHES & SCHOOLS. NEPONSET PAROID ROOFING FOR FACTORIES, WAREHOUSES, BARNS, GARAGES. BIRD & SON LIMITED. HAMILTON, CANADA.

Item Price: $275.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Hamilton, ON: Bird & Son Limited, no date (circa 1920s).

Original cardboard sign, size is 22” x 13 ¾”. Condition for this sign is good only with wear and small chips to corners, some small tears chips and nicks to edges, some creasing to top right and bottom right corners, some scuffing, small holes at top of sign, a tear right side, the back of the sign has some small card repairs, soiling and scuffing. Still a nice copy though of a scarce sign.

Bird & Son, Inc. was founded in 1795 by George Bird in Needham, Massachusetts. Its industry is roofing and its headquarters is in Norwood, Massachusetts with a subsidiary located in Hamilton, Ontario. It was purchased by the Certain-teed Products Corporation in 1998.

Although this sign shows its age it is still a nice example of 1920s advertising.

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4. (1941 Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps Journal) THE CENTRE SPLINT. Volume 1, Number 6. July 1941.

​Item Price: $175.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Ottawa: Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, 1941.

8vo., original wrappers, 40 pages. Condition for this journal is good only with edge wear, wear to corners and spine ends, some wear to the covers, some wear along the spine, some staining to the centre pages at top.

Scarce issue of journal of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps.

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5. (Brown Bros. Funeral Home Toronto Advertising Booklet) THE SCRAP BOOK. CHOICE BITS OF WIT, HUMOUR AND PHILOSOPHY, BEGGED, BORROWED AND BEGOTTON.

Item Price: $95.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Toronto: Brown Bros. Funeral Homes, no date (circa early 1930s). First edition.

Small 8vo., original wrappers, 64 pages. With 8 pages of photos. In about very good condition with slight edge wear, some wear to corners and spine ends, a bit of wear along the spine, former owner’s name in pen (small) inside front cover, small 1/2” x 1/2” scrape to one of the photos (see 4th photo).

A collection of short stories, poems, etc. used to promote the Brown Brothers Funeral Home of Toronto. It seems that this type of booklet was used to promote funeral homes throughout North America as there are issues available for various funeral homes, it also came out in various editions into the 1960s. However, this is a first edition, and for a Toronto based funeral home (with 8 pages of b/w photos of the funeral home and its management) which makes it quite scarce.

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6. BEHIND THE SCENES OF A RAILROAD AT WAR. NEW YORK CENTRAL

Item Price: $85.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: No Place: New York Central, no date (ca. 1944-45).

4to., original wrappers, unpaginated (16 pages). Illustrated throughout. Slight indent to the top right corner otherwise in near fine condition. With original mailing envelope.

A fascinating look at the inside workings of a railroad during WW2, with various cutaway looks of a troop train, wartime housekeeping, the signal corps, mail train, caboose, and the New York Grand Central Terminal. Scarce in such nice condition.

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7. (1955 Montreal booklet) GREAT MOMENTS IN ACTION. THE STORY OF THE SUN LIFE FALCONS. BY G. HARPER HALL.

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Item Description:  Montreal: Mercury Press, 1955.

Small 8vo., wrappers, (37) pages. With photos. Condition of the softcover booklet is near fine with slight edge wear, slight wear to corners and spine ends, a couple of small stains to front cover.

The story of the Peregrine Falcons who nested at the top of the Montreal based Sun Life Insurance Company.

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8. ACTIVE SERVICE CANTEEN. TORONTO 1939-1945.

Item Price: $150.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: Bryant Press, no date (1945?).

8vo., wrappers, 38 pages. With photos. Condition is near fine with slight edge wear.

“This booklet has been compiled for the pleasure and satisfaction of the many people who helped, through the last six years, to make this Canteen so successful. If in the years to come you wish to recall some of the interesting events which occurred here, this booklet may serve as a reminder and was published through the kindness and generosity of the Bryant Press Ltd.”

A celebration of the Active Service Canteen located in Toronto at 12 Adelaide East, a welcoming place for Canadian servicemen in Toronto during the war. A scarce publication.

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9. HMCS PREVOST AT THE “FORKS OF THE THAMES”, LONDON, ONT

Item Price: $165.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: (London, ON): Naval Officers’ Assoc. of Canada, (1962).

Small 4to., vinyl covered boards, 67 pages. With a few illustrations. Condition is near fine with minor scuffing to covers, minor tanning to pages.

“This volume has been prepared and published by the Naval Officers’ Association of Canada, London Branch, to perpetuate the story of HMCS Prevost.

“Set down herein are the more important facets of Naval Operations in the City of London, together with a detailed historical record of an important Naval action fought in Lake Erie during the war of 1812. In this battle, one of the participating vessels was HMS Lady Prevost after which the ‘Ship’ in London, Ontario was named.”

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10. (1891 invitation card to the Lincoln Agricultural Society’s fair). “The Officers and Directors of the County of Lincoln Agricultural Society request the pleasure of the company of yourself and family at their Fair…”

Item Price: $175.00 (CAD)

Item Description: (St. Catharines, ON): no publisher, 1891.

Thin card stock printed on both sides (text and colour illustration); size is 5 ¼” x 3 ¼”. Condition for this card is good+ with small dark spot at the bottom of the illustrated side, slight wear to corners, some soiling scuffing to the text side (not obstructing text).

Original invitation card issued in 1891 for the Lincoln (Ontario) Agricultural Society Fair. In 2014 the Smithville Fair and the Lincoln Fair amalgamated and became the West Niagara Fair.

Scarce delicate piece of Ontario history.

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11. (Canadian National Exhibition publication – 1927 booklet) STORY OF CONFEDERATION COVER TITLE.

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Item Description: Toronto: Canadian National Exhibition, Department of Publicity, (1927).

Small 8vo., original wrappers, 20 pages. With illustrations. Condition is very good+ with some edge wear, slight wear to corners and spines.

A relatively scarce publication from the CNE, the last page has a photo montage of the “Officials of the Canadian National Exhibition 1927”.

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12. (Original Wrestling Poster) Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. The Sheik vs Angelo Mosca. The Fabulous Midgets… Waldo Von Erich vs Thunderbolt Patterson.

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Item Description: Poster is on card stock, size is 13 ½” x 22”. No date, probably mid 1970s (Waldo Von Erich wrestled until 1979).

Condition of poster is good only with loss of top paper layer to bottom right corner, top paper loss along the edges probably from being removed from frame(?), glue remnants along the edges, reverse side of poster is clean.

1970s wrestling poster from the Kitchener (Ontario) Memorial Auditorium featuring Hamilton Tiger-Cat legend Angelo Mosca against the “More Unpopular Than Ever” Sheik.

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13. WW2-era Hand-made Hankie featuring British aircraft, Spitfire, Hurricane, and the Wellington Bomber.

​Item Price: $75.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Thin linen, size is 9 ½” x 9 ½”. Condition for the hankie is very good with a bit of soiling from age and a fold across the middle.

A nice example of a hand-made hankie done during the World War 2, however I can’t determine the place or country, most likely England. The hankie depicts various English aircraft, the Spitfire, Hurricane, and the Wellington bomber, and is surrounded by a border of bombs. A wonderful example of WW2 pride.

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14. (1929 Journal – Thoreau MacDonald Cover) THE CANADIAN FORUM. A MONTHLY JOURNAL OF LITERATURE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS. JUNE 1929.

Item Price: $65.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1929.

4to., wrappers, pp299-330 (32 pages). Condition is very good+ with a bit of darkening along the edges of the front cover, some wear to corners and spine ends, light crease to back cover top right corner.

“The Canadian Forum was a literary, cultural and political publication and Canada’s longest running continually published political magazine (1920–2000).” (Wikipedia).

Early issue of this iconic Canadian literary magazine featuring cover art by Thoreau MacDonald and a full-page illustration by F. H. Varley.

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15. (An UNRECORDED Booklet from Eaton’s Winnipeg 1912) EATON’S THEN AND NOW WINNIPEG CANADA.

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Item Description: (Winnipeg): T. Eaton Co., (1912). 12mo. (3” x 5”), pictorial wrappers, 16 pages. With illustrations. There is a small chip (3/4” x 1”) on page 9/10 with loss to the small illustration on the bottom right corner (no loss of text – see 4th photo), a bit of offsetting to the front cover at top and along the right side, a bit of wear to the corners and spine ends, still though a very nice example of this delicate booklet.

A fascinating little booklet on the Eaton’s Winnipeg store, although the booklet is undated the first line states “Just seven years ago, on July 15th, 1905, many hundreds of Winnipeg residents and visitors attended the opening of the Eaton Store.” The booklet gives a brief history of the store, its advantages to Winnipeg, the Eaton’s Athletic Association, the store’s hospital and nursing staff, on opening an account, the store’s facts and figures, a list of store conveniences, and a list of office locations (cash office, general office, advertising, mail order, etc.) in the building.

No copies found OCLC. A scarce, and delicate, piece of Eaton’s history.

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New Item #1: (1920s Toronto Viewbook) TORONTO. CANADA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY.

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Item Description: Ottawa: Photogelatine Engraving Co. Ltd., no date (circa 1920s).

Oblong string bound wrappers with photo onlay, size is 11” x 7 ¼”, 21 pages recto only. With illustrations.

Interesting Toronto viewbook from the 1920s, with a nice illustration of Eaton’s.

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New Item #2:   WHEN YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE MOTION PICTURES. USE THIS CHECK LIST

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Item Description: Montreal & Toronto: Associated Screen News Limited, no date (circa 1940-1945).

8vo., die-cut wrappers, 20 pages. Light scuff back cover, near fine condition.

Interesting Canada-based booklet produced during the war instructing businesses on how to use motion pictures to their benefit. With points on the purpose, the planning, the production, and the projection of the picture. The last half of the booklet lists various Canadian companies and how they handled their respective problems (companies listed include Canadian General Electric, Canadian Pacific Railway, General Motors of Canada, Massey-Harris Company, Royal Canadian Air Force, Shell Oil Company of Canada). Scarce.

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New Item #3:  (36 Issues – 1948, 1949, 1950) THE SAFE WORKER. January 1948 to December 1950.

Item Price:  $185.00 (CAD)

Item Description: 36 issues, complete years for 1948, 1949, and 1950. 12mo., wrappers, each booklet runs about 8 to 12 pages, with illustrations. Condition for the booklets range from very good to near fine, with most being near fine.

A three-year run of The Safe Worker published by the National Safety Council in Chicago. Each booklet contains brief bits of information on preventing accidents in the workplace, at home, and most everywhere else. The issues also include many humorous illustration and brief jokes and quotes.

Listing is for all 36 issues.

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