Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday Ephemera: Charles Schreiner Company Receipt, 1881

Perhaps someone with better vision than I can decipher what was purchased from Charles Schreiner in the summer of 1881.  I'm sorry I didn't get the name of the fellow who brought this buy the print shop for me to see.  If you have a guess what the scribbling says, I'd love you to use the comments section below.
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Receipt, Schreiner Company, 1881, Kerrville

Receipt, Schreiner Company, 1881, Kerrville, reverse


  1. 7 yds Calico
    ? (Roys?) Arithmetic
    1 Slate

    Mchdse for Jimmie Wilborn

    That's my take. John M Mosty

  2. dunno what the calico would be, but the arithmatic book and slate makes sense. heres what i found for the book:
    The Eclectic Education Series (EES) is a set of textbooks which from roughly 1865 to 1915 WAS education in the United States, almost exclusively.
    The EES covered every topic. Some of the series are still household names almost a hundred years after they ceased being used. These include McGuffey's Readers and Ray's Arithmetics.
    D. Burney

  3. Mr. McFarland
    7 yds Calico (it's material) $-.50
    1 Ray's Arithmetic -.45
    1 Slate -.20
    Paid $1.15
    Charles Schreiner

  4. Front of document:

    7 yards Calico (clothing material)

    1 Ray's Arithmetic (In the 1800's there was an
    entire series of Ray's math books)

    1 slate

    Back of document:

    1st line: vouc or vanc or van c
    (perhaps "voucher")

    no. or vr.
    (perhaps an abbreviation
    for "number" or "version")
    (my guess is "no." for number)

    This is a logical path to follow because there were numerous volumes in the Ray's Math Series. The clerk may have written "vouc no.", planning to write the volume number after the book was retrieved from the shelf. Then, while not paying attention, instead of writing the volume no. on the form, he/she went to the next item requested by the customer and wrote "slate."

    I realize this scenario is a stretch of the imagination, but I have to exercise this old brain of mine so that it doesn't stop functioning.

    2nd line: A. McFarland-

    3rd line: "Mchds (merchandise) for (Junior? or
    Janice ?)
    I am truly uncertain about this word.

    4th line: Wilborn

    5th line: $1.15

    6th line: Paid June 20 81

    This was a fun exercise. I wish all the words could have been deciphered - those 1800's abbreviations give me a headache.

  5. Another guess - Back of document:

    1st Line: Over the years, Ray's books were published by several different publishers.

    At one time, the publishing firm of
    "Van Antwerp, Bragg and Company," of Cincinnati, published the books.

    Could the first part of line 1, in some way, represent the publishing company?

    Is "Van" on line one an abbreviation for Van Antwerp, Bragg and Company, and is the "C" that follows "Van" an abbreviation for "Cincinnati?"

    3rd Line: Could the name be "Jennie?"

  6. On line one (back of document) there is a word or abbreviation written after "Van C."

    Could that be "Rv," an abbreviation for the word "Revised?" Some of Ray's books were "revised" copies.


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