A Collector's New Year: Philatelic, Americana, & Dealer Auction

Auction Details

A Special Two-Day Auction Event Featuring

*Featuring Both Old & New Items from the Gary Bracken Collection, Ken Prag Collection, Stuart MacKenzie Collection, & Others

~Over 1,500 Lots~

Including Civil War, Indian Territory, Kansas, & Missouri Covers from the Bracken Collection and California & Oregon Postcards from the Prag Collection

*General Americana *Stocks *Philatelic *Books *Mining *Sports

*Bargain & Dealer Lots including Colorado & Montana Billhead & Mining Archives from the Gary Bracken Collection and Stuart MacKenzie Collection

*Reduced opening prices on EVERY lot in the sale!

Welcome, collectors, to a new year of exciting auctions!

Our 2023 New Year's resolution is to continue to bring fantastic history at auction to collectors, dealers, and institutions around the world. And we hope you have resolved to keep building your collections and/or dealer inventories!

As a big thank you for an incredible 2022 year of auctions, we've created a special "auto-pilot" auction with reduced start prices and a whole bunch of great material for our beginning to intermediate collectors and/or Americana dealers.

You'll find a mix of new and old items, including new philatelic goodies from the Bracken Collection and Prag Collection, and new collections of books and historical resources. You'll also find tons of Americana including Montana and Colorado paper and check archives from the Stuart MacKenzie Collection and Bracken Collection.

This is an "auto-pilot" auction, so there won't be an auctioneer or audio/video feed. But you will be able to log into an auction console, place live bids, and watch the progression of the auction, just like in our other sales.

If you have any questions or need help placing an absentee bid, please call our office at 775-851-1859

Everyone at Holabird's wishes you a safe and Happy New Year!

And stay tuned because many more exciting items are coming to the collecting market in 2023!

--The Holabird Team--

So how does our auto-pilot auction work?

*Just like normal, you can start bidding absentee right now on iCollector. We can also help you register and place absentee bids for you. Give our office a call at 775-851-1859.

*On the day of the auction (January 7th and 8th), you'll be able to join the live auction console, place bids, and watch the lots progress. (But there won't be an audio/video feed or person on a podium).

*Once a lot opens, there will be a 20 second countdown.

*If a bid is placed during this countdown, the timer is reset to 20 seconds. Each live bid resets the timer!

*Once the countdown runs out, the lot will be sold, and the next lot will come up with the same settings.

It's up to you--the bidders--to keep the action going! But we'll be watching and cheering you on!


Auction Schedule

Session 1, January 7th, 2023, Lots 1000-1751
General Americana (1000-1455)
Geo. Sort (1000-1403)
Jewelry (1404-1420)
Sports (1421-1455)
Mining (1456-1564)
General Books (1565-1751)

Session 2, January 8th, 2023, Lots 2000-2774
Philatelic (2000-2480)
Covers & Stamps feat. Indian Territory, Kansas, & Missouri Covers from Bracken Collection (2000-2197)
Postcards feat. Foreign, California, & Oregon from Prag Collection (2198-2481)
Stocks & Bonds (2481-2774)
Mining (2481-2608)
Railroad (2609-2629)
Misc. (2630-2774)
SHIPPING & HANDLING: The customer is responsible for all shipping and packaging charges. We offer shipping service as a convenience to our buyers. Items are not shipped until the invoice and shipping charges are completely paid. Shipping costs will be calculated and billed separately after your items have been paid for. Purchases will be shipped via our approved, insured carriers: FedEx, UPS, USPS or DHL. Pick up is available from our Reno office, once you have received your invoice post auction
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Correspondence from Thompson Falls, Montana ~ 24 pcs [141047]1250 - Correspondence from Thompson Falls, Montana ~ 24 pcs [141047]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A group of about 24 items of printed letterheads and billheads with some personal correspondence, all from or related to Thompson Falls, the county se
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******2 for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
 
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Twin Bridge Letterheads, Billheads, Etc. (Approx. 25) [140519]1251 - Twin Bridge Letterheads, Billheads, Etc. (Approx. 25) [140519]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Collection of approximately 25 bill and letterheads & handwritten letters from Twin Bridge, Montana. Included in this group is, Motor Inn Garage...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 250.00
Sold to O*********n for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
 
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Photo of Butte Courier Newspaper Office [57524]1252 - Photo of Butte Courier Newspaper Office [57524]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1 photo of the Courier Office building with 10 people standing out in front (2 women holding babies) all in period dress. Good condition only slight s
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 200.00
Sold to s*********d for (35.00 + 8.75) = 43.75
 
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Utica Letters, Billheads & Letterheads (Approx. 35 [140520]1253 - Utica Letters, Billheads & Letterheads (Approx. 35 [140520]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Collection of approximately 35 bill and letterheads & handwritten letters from Utica, Montana. Included in this group is, The Utica Hotel, Georg...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 90.00 - 350.00
Sold to f********2 for (35.00 + 8.75) = 43.75
 
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Utica, Montana Saloon Collection [123921]1254 - Utica, Montana Saloon Collection [123921]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of eight. 1) Cottage Saloon. James L Morris prop. 1906. Signed by Morris. 2) Utica Saloon. Wm. Johnson prop. Signed by Johnson.1900. 3) Utica Salo
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 200.00
Sold to f********2 for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
 
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Valley Garden, MT. Letters, Billheads & Letterheads (25) [140522]1255 - Valley Garden, MT. Letters, Billheads & Letterheads (25) [140522]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Collection of approximately 25 handwritten letters from Valley Garden, Montana. Included in this group is, Valley Garden Ranch, S.R. Buford (Multiples
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 30.00 | Estimate : 60.00 - 185.00
 
 
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Billheads & Letterheads from Virginia City & Others (Approx. 100) [140439]1256 - Billheads & Letterheads from Virginia City & Others (Approx. 100) [140439]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A group of approximately 100 letterheads and business correspondence from Businesses in towns like Virginia City, Ennis, Meadow Creek, etc. Included a
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimate : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Early  Montana Pharmaceutical Ephemera [140605]1257 - Early Montana Pharmaceutical Ephemera [140605]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An assortment of letters, inventory lists from various pharmaceutical companies and businesses in the Virginia City region. Bill Heads include Noyes B
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 800.00
Sold to p********e for (180.00 + 45.00) = 225.00
 
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Letters & Correspondence Virginia City (Approx.100) [140442]1258 - Letters & Correspondence Virginia City (Approx.100) [140442]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A collection of at least 100 letters, letterheads and other correspondence from Virginia City, Montana. Pieces include a handwritten bill stamped &q...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimate : 200.00 - 700.00
 
 
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New York Correspondence to Virginia City (15) [140446]1259 - New York Correspondence to Virginia City (15) [140446]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A group of letters and correspondence from a New York banker's firm to parties in Virginia City, Montana. Letters & telegrams come from the ...
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimate : 60.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Virginia City Check Collection (post 1900) [150109]1260 - Virginia City Check Collection (post 1900) [150109]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of about 200 checks from Virginia City Montana early in the 20th century. Madison State Bank; Gilbert Brewing Co.; Easton-Pacific Co.; Banking Hou
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 180.00 - 500.00
Sold to t******2 for (90.00 + 22.50) = 112.50
 
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White Sulphur Springs Ephemera (Approx. 100) [140525]1261 - White Sulphur Springs Ephemera (Approx. 100) [140525]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Collection of approximately 100 billheads and letterheads & handwritten letters from White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Included in this group is, ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to F*********h for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Monster Montana Alphabetic Town Billhead Collection--550+ PIECES [140406]1262 - Monster Montana Alphabetic Town Billhead Collection--550+ PIECES [140406]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
550+. As you read in Fred Holabird's tribute to his friend and fellow collector, Stuart "Scotty" MacKenzie, you know the man was a col...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 2,000.00 - 10,000.00
Sold to F*********h for (600.00 + 150.00) = 750.00
 
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Montana Bank Check Collection [140620]1263 - Montana Bank Check Collection [140620]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An assortment of checks from several different banks. There are multiples in this group that includes The National Bank of Montana, The Liberty Nation
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******2 for (40.00 + 10.00) = 50.00
 
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Montana Bank Check Group [140625]1264 - Montana Bank Check Group [140625]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An assortment of bank checks. Included are checks from The Seventh National Bank, The First National Bank of Helena, The First National Bank of Montan
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******2 for (40.00 + 10.00) = 50.00
 
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Montana Check and Banking Collection [147674]1265 - Montana Check and Banking Collection [147674]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 200 Montana checks c. 1888-1937. Helena, Billings, Pony, Broadview, Great Falls, Lewistown, Butte and more. Date: Country (if not USA): St
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 75.00 | Estimate : 150.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Montana Check Collection [147686]1266 - Montana Check Collection [147686]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 200 Montana checks, many from Virginia City. Lots of small towns mixed in. Not checked for signatures, so collectors have at it! Date: Countr
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimate : 100.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Ephemera Grab-Bag Lot [140616]1267 - Ephemera Grab-Bag Lot [140616]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An assortment of prize ribbons from various county and state fairs in the state of Montana and more. Also included are colorful drawings and sketches
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to t******2 for (130.00 + 32.50) = 162.50
 
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Ads, Business Card & Bill Head Grab-Bag [140624]1268 - Ads, Business Card & Bill Head Grab-Bag [140624]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An assortment of business cards, ads, product labels and more. Included are labels for about tobacco products, a stock certificate from Resolute Oil C
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******2 for (300.00 + 75.00) = 375.00
 
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Butte, Montana Business Document Collection (115) [128204]1269 - Butte, Montana Business Document Collection (115) [128204]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A large collection of business receipts, billheads and other documents from several businesses in and around the Butte, Montana area. Included J.E. Op
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to t******2 for (115.00 + 28.75) = 143.75
 
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Ephemera Grab-bag [140601]1270 - Ephemera Grab-bag [140601]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An assortment of magazines ("Compressed Air Magazine), a booklet entitled "Books About Montana" and more, including photographs of pe...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******2 for (150.00 + 37.50) = 187.50
 
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Grab-Bag of Handwritten Ephemera [140610]1271 - Grab-Bag of Handwritten Ephemera [140610]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An assortment of handwritten letters and other correspondence, some from the 1870's. They range from notes and jottings to formal typed and writ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******2 for (130.00 + 32.50) = 162.50
 
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History of Montana, Vols 1-3 [150288]1272 - History of Montana, Vols 1-3 [150288]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3 1957 hardcovers by Burlingame and Toole. From Montana geology to probably thousands of historical persons, education and religion, this is a compreh
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 160.00 - 400.00
Sold to n*******4 for (80.00 + 20.00) = 100.00
 
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Meaderville and Butte, MT Firefighter Photo & Anniversary Program [86218]1273 - Meaderville and Butte, MT Firefighter Photo & Anniversary Program [86218]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Meaderville, MT volunteer FD 1960 50th anniversary program with lots of nice old photos. Framed and matted 6x8" photo of a brick city hall hous...
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimate : 60.00 - 180.00
 
 
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Misc. Montana Business' Article of Incorporation [147864]1274 - Misc. Montana Business' Article of Incorporation [147864]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
About 60 misc. Montana business related annual reports, articles of incorporation etc. Royal Milling Co, Western Montana Co-op, Clark Fork Power, Mack
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 250.00
Sold to t******2 for (40.00 + 10.00) = 50.00
 
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Montana and Montana Territory Law and Legal Library [146915]1275 - Montana and Montana Territory Law and Legal Library [146915]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A nice library for Montana Territory and Montana legal enthusiasts and researchers. Hardcover Laws of Montana and Montana Territory. 1871-72, 1876(2),
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimate : 500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Montana Biographies (6) [150497]1276 - Montana Biographies (6) [150497]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The Raw Edge by Armstrong, 1964 signed by author. The Bright Star in the Big Sky by O'Brien, 1995 73pp. Brother Van by Lind- a Montana pioneer c...
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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimate : 50.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Montana Books (21) [150624]1277 - Montana Books (21) [150624]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The Devil Learns to Vote by Connolly, Montana's Home Front During WW2 by Glynn, A River Runs Through It by Maclean, The Generous Years by Huntle...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Montana Farm-Related Journals; 1900-1920s [146578]1278 - Montana Farm-Related Journals; 1900-1920s [146578]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three farm-related journals from Montana. A) Ledger from the Keating Canal Company for the years 1912 and 1920-23. Shows capital stock, surplus, and g
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimate : 150.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Montana Historical Pamphlets [147719]1279 - Montana Historical Pamphlets [147719]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
14 Montana historical pamphlets.2 Her Majesty Montana, 2 Virginia City, Montana 3.7.77, Colors From and Old Montana Sluice Box, A Pioneers Trip Acros
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Montana Ledger -Schrieber Mercantile Co. [146062]1280 - Montana Ledger -Schrieber Mercantile Co. [146062]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Schrieber Mercantile Company ledger from 1903. The Schrieber Mercantile Co. was doing business with other Montana companies like the Stockman's ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 400.00
Sold to a*********3 for (40.00 + 10.00) = 50.00
 
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Montana Ledgers (7) [145957]1281 - Montana Ledgers (7) [145957]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
7 Miscellaneous MT Ledgers. A): Newspaper Clippings of various sizes from papers such as Butte Daily Miner, Anaconda Standard, Daily Inter Mountain,
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 160.00 - 700.00
Sold to t******2 for (110.00 + 27.50) = 137.50
 
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Montana Ledgers (8) [146079]1282 - Montana Ledgers (8) [146079]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Eight ledgers from various companies in MT A) Ledger from T & D Apartments in Butte from 1959-63. 12 x 7.5, good condition, 13 pages are used. B...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to a*********3 for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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Montana Outdoor Living in Books  [160537]1283 - Montana Outdoor Living in Books [160537]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This cache of five books are about Montana living past and present. There is "Primitive Wilderness Lining & Survival Skills" by John a...
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Start Price : 15.00 | Estimate : 30.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Lot Withdrawn1284 - Lot Withdrawn
Holabird Western Americana Collections
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Start Price : 70.00 | Estimate : 140.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Montana Ribbon Group, 9 [148178]1285 - Montana Ribbon Group, 9 [148178]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
9 Montana ribbons with a choice Mine Workers of America, Missoula Montana. 8 others c. 1910's-1920's. Date: Country (if not USA): State...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Montana State College Yearbooks (4); 1925-28 [146238]1286 - Montana State College Yearbooks (4); 1925-28 [146238]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Four volumes of the Montanan, the yearbook of the Montana State College in Bozeman. These are four consecutive volumes published in 1925, 1926, 1927,
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Start Price : 60.00 | Estimate : 120.00 - 250.00
 
 
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Montana Yearbook Collection [146913]1287 - Montana Yearbook Collection [146913]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx. 45 Montana mostly college yearbooks. Sentinel 1906, Montanan 1919, Vigilante 1946, Sentinel 1925, Sunflower 1915 and many more. Check out thos
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimate : 200.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Ephemera Grab-Bag: Product Labels & Montana Ephemera [140623]1288 - Ephemera Grab-Bag: Product Labels & Montana Ephemera [140623]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An assortment of business cards, ads, product labels and more. Included are labels for about three witch hazel products, several sardine can labels, l
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******2 for (200.00 + 50.00) = 250.00
 
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State Board  Biennial Reports For Montana 1905-1954 [146741]1289 - State Board Biennial Reports For Montana 1905-1954 [146741]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This lot contains about fifteen booklets on Montana legal protocol from teaching to the composition of gasoline. Montana State Board of Horticulture 1
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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimate : 50.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Territorial Governor Samuel T. Hauser Photograph & Draft Manuscript (17) [142252]1290 - Territorial Governor Samuel T. Hauser Photograph & Draft Manuscript (17) [142252]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 16 typed half-pages, with B&W photograph, describing the life and time of Samuel T. Hauser, infamous businessman and seventh Territorial ...
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Start Price : 60.00 | Estimate : 120.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Thomas Brownlie, Railroad Engineer Archive, c. 1940s-1950s [151084]1291 - Thomas Brownlie, Railroad Engineer Archive, c. 1940s-1950s [151084]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a collection of personal ephemera that belonged to a man named Thomas Brownlie, apparently a train engineer who worked on the Cleveland Route
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimate : 150.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Union Member Documents (7) [50263]1292 - Union Member Documents (7) [50263]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
4 pink working cards, local 175. Savings passbook The First National Bank of Dillon Montana, 1963-1967. Dues book United Brotherhood of Carpenters a
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 30.00 - 180.00
Sold to C********t.. for (15.00 + 3.75) = 18.75
 
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University of Montana Softcover Publications [146917]1293 - University of Montana Softcover Publications [146917]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx. 100 University of Montana publications. Annual register 1900-1916, various issues. President's Report 1895-1912 various issues. Internal...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimate : 100.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Various Advertising Pieces & Ephemera Grab-bag [140622]1294 - Various Advertising Pieces & Ephemera Grab-bag [140622]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An assortment of business cards, ads, product labels and more. Included are labels for about three witch hazel products, several sardine can labels, l
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 400.00
Sold to t******2 for (225.00 + 56.25) = 281.25
 
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Nebraska Historical Book Collection [146914]1295 - Nebraska Historical Book Collection [146914]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx. 70 hardcovers. Includes Nebraska History- A Quarterly Journal 1950's, 1980's. Bound Nebraska History Magazine 1930's, Nebraska ...
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Start Price : 125.00 | Estimate : 250.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Carson City Check Lot, 100 pcs [141132]1296 - Carson City Check Lot, 100 pcs [141132]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An original, intact check book for the Carson Valley Bank in Carson City, datelined 191x. These checks are actually quite scarce. All in original book
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Start Price : 40.00 | Estimate : 80.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Nevada Outlaw ID Sheet with Photo, 1905 [158363]1297 - Nevada Outlaw ID Sheet with Photo, 1905 [158363]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Nevada outlaw sheet for Paul Lovelace. Committed burglary in Elko, good for 8 years and 9 months behind bars. 2 angle mug shot. 10x8". Date: ...
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Estimate : 80.00 - 150.00
Sold to 6*****b for (40.00 + 10.00) = 50.00
 
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Historic Fort Churchill 1950's Photo Group [150559]1298 - Historic Fort Churchill 1950's Photo Group [150559]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Nine historic photos of Fort Churchill before the modern restoration! The oldest show how dilapidated it was before the Civilian Conservation Corp fix
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimate : 100.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Lovelock Business Day Book, 1899; Hair Cutting shears 1892 [131480]1299 - Lovelock Business Day Book, 1899; Hair Cutting shears 1892 [131480]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Day ledger for 1899-1900 from the Lovelock area ranch. about 1/3 full. Entries include Indian Charley, A. Yensen, Indian Jack, Indian John. Lot inclu
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimate : 60.00 - 150.00
 
 
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