Art & Books from Our Travels

Collectible books and works of art

Watercolor by Ruth Van Sickle Ford: 9" x 12"

Ruth Van Ford watercolor painting


Painted in plein air, Haiti, as a study for Street in cap-Haitian. Ruth Van Sickle Ford was a native of Aurora, Ill., and gained national attention not only for her art but for her distinctive home, dubbed Ruth Ford's Round House, featured in Life Magazine.

Ruth Van Sickle Ford was a member of the American Watercolor Society, and had a long and successful art and academic career. Provenance: Painting presented to Lillian Wiskur, who cared for Mrs. Ford's poodles when she vacationed in Haiti.

JWS Jessie Wilcox Smith Lithographs

Jesse Wilcox  Print, Curly Locks, Curly Locks

Sold as a set

Curly locks! Curly locks! wilt thou be mine?
Thou shalt not wash dishes, nor yet feed the swine.

Jesse Wilcox print Mary,  Little Bo Sheep

Little Bo Peep has lost her she
And can't tell where to find them.

Litho prints produced by Good Housekeeping Magazine. Framing by Block and Kuhl Co. Galleries [Aurora, IL]

The Shepherd of the Hills By Harold Bell Wright

Shepherd of the Hills by Sammy Lane

Painting of Sammy Lane on the Frontispiece; Copyright 1907 by Elsbery W. Reynolds; Published, Sept. 1907, Publishers A.L. Burt Company, New York. The book contains four illustrations by F. Graham Cootes.

Forward: That all with one consent prasie new-born gawds,
Tho they are made and molded of things past,
And give to dust that is a little gilt
More laud than gilt o'er-dusted.” Troilus and Cressida. Act 3: Sc 3.

Inscribed: To Frances, My Wife, In memory of that beautiful summer in the Ozark Hills, when, so often, we followed the Old Trail around the rim of Mutton Hollow—the trail that is nobody knows how old—and from Sammy's Lookout watched the day go over the western ridges.

Job Mucha Museum Print

Job Mucha Print


Print backside: 504 Alfons Maria Mucha Job (Zigarettenpapier). Plakat 1898 Museum fur Knst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Copyright Verlag L. Dabritz. Alleinvertr. ART H. Hilscher, Munchen. Printed in Western Germany.

Charcoal etching, Cathedral at Notre Dame by French artist

Notre Dame Cathedral Print

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, painted from the vantage point of Pissos, located 560 km (348 miles) from Paris. Title: Cathédrale, Notre-Dame de Chartres En Pissos. Framing: Interior Decorations For the Home, Period Furniture, Pottery & Lamps, C. Allen Correll, Bronxville, NY.

Fun with Dick and Jane by Authors, William S. Gray and May Hill Arbuthnot

Fun with Dick and Jane


Illustrated by Eleanor Campbell and Keith Ward, 1946-47 Edition - assigned to Darrell Wiskur 1946: price, 60 cents.

The Garden of Heart's Delight, A Fairy Tale by Ida M. Huntington

The Garden of Heart's Delight


Colorful art by Maginel Wright Enright, Rand McNally & Company, © 1911

So Big, A Little Golden Book

"So Big" Baby Doll by Madame Alexander


So Big was a doll and a book, and often purchased together for some lucky little girl! The 20-inch doll was by Madame Alexander. It had a cryer and said "Mama"!

The American Hymnal 1933, Compiled and Edited by Robert H. Coleman

The American Hymnal 1993

Published by Robert H. Coleman, Dallas, Texas, 1933; includes classic hymns and Happy Birthday to You!, pg. 426, titled Good Morning to You

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas

Twelve Dogs of Christmas

Record included inside cover


Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Illustrated by John R. Neill

Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Sequel to The Wizard of Oz

Published in 1904, Baum wrote this book following the successful stage production of the Wizard of Oz, which ran from 1902 to 1909. Inside Ink illustrations by John R. Neill.

California Illustrated by Henry Bill

California Illustrated by Henry Bill


A fascinating, illustrated and scholarly work on California in the 1800's: includes The Constitution of California

A Pictorial View of California; Including a description of the Panama and Nicaragua Routes, with Information and Advice.

Old Cato

Old CatoAutobiography of "Old Cato" or "Homo et Canis." A First Edition of the double edition of stories, 1892, by Republic Publishing Company, Chicago. Ink drawings illustrate this adventurous book.

Troll art with Unidentified Title and Artist

Vintage Art Print Vintage Art Print

Cast iron bronze of child and guardian

bronze of dog and cupid child


two cast-bronze figures, a dog and a child or Cherub. The child rests in the care of his protective dog.

Stories From Uncle Remus Book by Joel Chandler Harris, 1943 printing

Contains six stories by Joel Chandler:

  • Why Mr. Possum Has No Hair on His Tail
  • Mr. Rabbit Meets His Match
  • The Wonderful Tar-Baby
  • Mr. Wolf Makes a Failure
  • Mr. Fox Tackles Old Man Tarrypin
  • Old Mr. Rabbit, He's a Good Fisherman

Book has 28 pages with six ink drawings and 12 full-color illustrations

Robin Hood with Kermit and Miss Piggy

A classic tale told by a classical pair

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