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Must-Have Reference

Charles Hamilton’s American Autographs - Scarce, first edition set of the renowned autograph expertʼs premier two-volume American autograph reference set

 

Art and Entertainment

Steve Allen - autographed note signed by the famed comedian and television personality thanking a friend for complimenting his performance on The Steve Allen Show, March 1959, unframed

Pearl Bailey - beautiful 8” x 10” glossy publicity photograph of Bailey from the early 1970s, boldly signed, unframed

Gutzon Borglum - fantastic signed inscription by Borglum, the creator of the Mount Rushmore sculpture, in The Undefeated, the story of Borglumʼs work on the Stone Mountain memorial, with accompanying inscription and signature by the Congressman who secured the first appropriation for Mount Rushmore

Al Capp - typed letter signed by the cartoonist who created L’il Abner to an editor of The Atlantic Monthly, 7-23-1959, unframed

Bing Crosby - typed letter signed, responding to a fan, 11-21-1966, unframed

Harry Hershfield - original cartoon sketches, boldly signed and inscribed

Alfred Hitchcock - extremely rare, excellent association autograph letter signed to actor Ray Bolger, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, extending an embarrassed dinner invitation, ca. 1948, unframed

Stan Laurel - excellent content typed letter signed by Laurel discussing two Laurel and Hardy films, 3-30-1959, unframed

Carl Perkins - very fine condition early Sun Records publicity photograph inscribed and signed by the writer of the rockabilly anthem Blue Suede Shoes, unframed

Basil Rathbone - autographed letter signed by the Sherlock Holmes actor returning a manuscript and sending another new work, 12-4-1955, unframed

Frederic Remington - bold signature on a card of the renowned American Old West artist, perfect for framing

 

Authors

Pearl S. Buck - typed letter signed, along with her publishing agent, giving instructions on handling her royalties, July 1956, unframed

Samuel L. Clemens - Mark Twain - bold dual signatures, Saml L. Clemens / Mark Twain, on a card, perfect for framing

Erle Stanley Gardner - typed letter signed returning an article proof to the publisher, 1-20-1958, unframed

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. - uncharacteristically crusty letter by the noted physician and poet declining an invitation from the Womenʼs Christian Temperance Union, 1-4-1892, unframed

Katherine Anne Porter - exceptional typed letter signed to her publisher sending a portion of the manuscript for her novel Ship of Fools and confiding the pressures of finances and exhaustion as she struggles to finish it, 11-13-1958, unframed

Ezra Pound - vitriolic typed letter signed to the director of the Atlantic Monthly Press seeking publication of two of his Cantos, 12-14-1957, unframed

Upton Sinclair - typed letter signed to his friend and critic, Melville Kress, sending a gift for suggesting the opening chapter of his fourth Lanny Budd novel, Wide is the Gate, 3-16-1942, unframed

Laura Ingalls Wilder - extremely rare, virtually pristine, first edition copy of Little Town on the Prairie with a tipped-in personalized poem handwritten and signed by Wilder to “Dear David” for Christmas 1941

Laura Ingalls Wilder - extraordinary set of five signed Little House books that belonged to neighbors of Laura Ingalls Wilder, offered either as a set or individually

 

Aviation and Space

Neil Armstrong - the Holy Grail of space autographs:  an uninscribed official NASA portrait of Armstrong, signed across his white space suit, unframed

Richard E. Byrd - superb typed letter signed from the famed polar explorer to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom he addresses “Dear Franklin,” reporting on his secret important survey of Southeastern Pacific islands for possible use for airfields for military and post-World War II use, 10-27-1943, with accompanying autograph note signed to FDR’s secretary Grace Tully, unframed

Richard E. Byrd - inscribed, signed photograph of Byrd at Little America, dressed in fur as he prepares to leave on his 1929 flight to the South Pole, unframed

Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan - boldly penned autographed letter encouraging the efforts of one of the Corrigan Aero Clubs, 8-5-1939, unframed

Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan - vintage autographed letter signed to the president of a Corrigan Aero Club, 1-3-1939, unframed

Jim Irwin - excellent inscribed, signed color photograph of Irwin, the 8th man on the moon, saluting the American flag on the lunar surface

Al Worden - inscribed, signed portrait photograph

 

Baseball and Football

Albert B. "Happy" Chandler - typed letter signed 2-26-1940, unframed

Babe Ruth - in his magic year of 1927, when he would set the single-season home run record, the Bambino invites members of the press to a pre-release showing of his starring role in his second feature film, The Babe Comes Home,” 4-20-1927, unframed

Bill Veeck - typed letter signed on stationery of the St. Louis Browns 6-17-1952, unframed

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Joe DiMaggio and Nolan Ryan - bold signatures of the Yankee Clipper and the strikeout king on an album page

 

Business

Jules S. Bache - rare typed letter signed to fellow financier S. R. Bertron, 10-24-1921, unframed

August A. Busch, Sr. - lease signed by Busch as Vice President of the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association, 4-16-1900, unframed

James A. Farley - typed letter signed 3-3-1955, unframed

William Green - typed letter signed by the American Federation of Labor president, addressing a proposal for voluntary wage reduction and the unions support of beer manufacture during Prohibition, 9-9-1931, unframed

 

Cabinet Members

James F. Byrnes - typed letter signed to Tom C. Clark in which Byrnes appreciates “my colleagues at home . . . thinking of me” during his work at the second meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Paris, 5-18-1946, unframed

James F. Byrnes - scarce signed photograph of Byrnes, President Trumanʼs Secretary of State, as governor of South Carolina, unframed

James A. Farley - typed letter signed 3-3-1955, unframed

Andrew W. Mellon - typed letter signed by the former Secretary of the Treasury to a White House social secretary, 3-15-1934, unframed

Edmund Muskie - beautiful inscribed, signed 8” x 10” bust portrait of the Secretary of State who helped to broker the end to the Iran Hostage Crisis, unframed

Colin Powell - beautiful cacheted first day cover honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed by Powell in black

Elihu Root - typed letter signed by the former Secretary of State referring to “the very interesting subject of the Soviet experiment,” 5-20-1929, unframed

Dean Rusk - the former Secretary of State writes of Ambassador Thompson’s “crucial behind the scenes” role during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 11-16-1987, unframed

William H. Seward - historically superb letter by which Seward sends vital certified copies of documents for use as exhibits in the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, 6-13-1865, unframed

John Sherman - autograph letter signed by the famed Ohio Senator and two-time presidential cabinet member sending his autograph, 1-14-1895, unframed

Levi Woodbury - manuscript letter signed by Woodbury, as Andrew Jacksonʼs Secretary of the Navy, to future Jackson nemesis Nicholas Biddle, 2-21-1833, unframed

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Cordell Hull - signature on card

Frank B. Kellogg - autograph sentiment and signature on card

John Sherman - signature on card

Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. - signature clipped from a letter

Henry L. Stimson - signature on card dated 3-31-1944

 

Civil War

Charles Francis Adams - autograph note signed in which Adams, who would become Lincolnʼs minister to Great Britain, seeks return of the printerʼs proofs of the letters of his grandfather, President John Adams, to his grandmother, Abigail, unframed

Benjamin F. Butler - bold signature of the Union Major General and Massachusetts Republican representative, co-author of the Civil Rights Act of 1875, unframed

Edward Carrington Cabell - autograph letter signed 1-5-1851, unframed

Confederate Government - extraordinary autograph album  from the 33rd Congress containing the signatures of President Jefferson Davis and members of the Confederate government, U.S. President Franklin Pierce, and other prominent mid-19th Century personalities, including Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, Texas giants Sam Houston and Thomas Jefferson Rusk, and Union and Confederate generals

George Armstrong Custer - rare vellum military commission appointing a sergeant in the 7th Cavalry, 2-11-1875, with accompanying archive of military and citizenship documents, unframed

Jubal A. Early - scarce autographed note signed on a postcard by the irascible Confederate general, a veteran of Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, unframed

Ulysses S. Grant - large signature of Grant from April 1885, less than three months before his death, unframed

Winfield Scott Hancock - nice frameable signature of the Union major general known as “Hancock the Superb,” unframed

Fitzhugh Lee - bold signature of the former Confederate cavalry general as Governor of Virginia, ca. 1886–1890, on a card, unframed

George Washington Custis Lee - signature of the Confederate major general, son of Robert E. Lee, unframed

Stephen D. Lee - superb autograph letter signed in which the Confederate general poignantly recalls the death of a Union soldier and the bloody battlefields of the Civil War, 12-2-1897, unframed

Nathaniel Lyon - scarce, bold signature, with rank and date, of the first general killed in the Civil War, unframed

Alexander McDowell McCook - autographed letter signed by the Union Major General, a veteran of First Bull Run, Shiloh, Corinth, and Chickamauga, sending thanks for a letter, 5-8-1895, unframed

Sterling Price - court affidavit boldly signed by the future Confederate general 2-27-1841, unframed

William H. Seward - historically superb letter by which Seward sends vital certified copies of documents for use as exhibits in the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, 6-13-1865, unframed

William O. Stoddard - autograph letter signed by Stoddard, Abraham Lincolnʼs assistant secretary, to his publisher regarding two of his later books, 5-29-1890, unframed

 

Congress

33rd Congress - extraordinary autograph album  from the 33rd Congress containing the signatures of Presidents William Henry Harrison and Franklin Pierce and other prominent mid-19th Century personalities, including Jefferson Davis and members of the Confederate government, Texas giants Sam Houston and Thomas Jefferson Rusk, Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, and Union and Confederate generals

Styles and Deloris Bridges - the Senator’s typed note signed sending thanks for concern about his wife’s illness, and her typed letter signed sending thanks for support during his illness, unframed

Blanche K. Bruce - crisp signature of the first African-American to serve a full term in the United States Senate, the first to receive votes at a major partyʼs national nominating convention, and the first to have his signature on U.S. currency, unframed

Harold H. Burton - nice inscribed, signed photograph of Burton dated a month into his term as Senator from Ohio, unframed

Benjamin F. Butler - bold signature of the Union Major General and Massachusetts Republican representative, co-author of the Civil Rights Act of 1875, unframed

Harry F. Byrd, Sr. - typed letter signed, declaring To serve Virginia is the greatest honor any person can have, 3-6-1958, unframed

Albert B. "Happy" Chandler - typed letter signed 2-26-1940, unframed

Everett McKinley Dirksen - typed letter signed 1-12-1959, unframed

Everett McKinley Dirksen - typed letter signed 4-16-1962, unframed

John Nance Garner - typed letter signed by “Cactus Jack” as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice presidential running mate referring to his only radio address of the 1932 campaign, 10-24-1932, unframed

Sam Houston - magnificent bold hand-addressed envelope and free frank of the Texas giant, undoubtedly as United States Senator from Texas, unframed

Hubert H. Humprey - wonderful typed letter signed in which the Vice President seeks Thompson’s views on cooperation with the Soviet Union for “peaceful use of the seas” and congratulates him on his latest appointment as Ambassador, 12-19-1966, unframed

Hubert H. Humphrey - typed letter signed sending greetings to Ambassador and Mrs. Thompson and commenting on a Colonial Williamsburg party for Virginiaʼs governor and first lady, 1-22-1970, unframed

Hubert H. Humphrey - warm typed letter signed sending well wishes to Ambassador Thompson during his hospitalization, 3-5-1970, unframed

Estes Kefauver - excellent association letter by Kefauver to the editor of The Atlantic Monthly regarding the Dixon-Yates scandal and congressional investigative power, 8-8-1955, unframed

Robert F. Kennedy - typed letter signed, as Attorney General, dunning Thompson for $50 for his “assessment” for a “happy, joyful ceremony” for President Kennedy, 1-16-1963, unframed

Sherman Minton - superb name-dropping autographed letter signed, as United States Senator, regaling a former colleague with tales of the Senate, 4-25-1939, unframed

Sherman Minton - personal autograph letter signed to then-Attorney General Tom C. Clark from Mintonʼs hospitalization at Walter Reed Army Medical Center following a heart attack, thanking Clark for his Christmas remembrance, 1-3-1946, unframed

Claude Pepper - heartfelt typed letter signed sending condolences to the son upon the death of a former Senate colleague, 10-24-1940, unframed

Sam Rayburn - excellent World War II-dated letter in which the powerful Speaker of the House writes of the “marvelous and almost amazing” war production, 6-7-1943, unframed

John Sherman - autograph letter signed by the famed Ohio Senator and two-time presidential cabinet member sending his autograph, 1-14-1895, unframed

 

Indians and Indian Wars

George Armstrong Custer - rare vellum military commission appointing a sergeant in the 7th Cavalry, 2-11-1875, with accompanying archive of military and citizenship documents, unframed

Geronimo - rare bold ink signature of the Apache Native American leader, signed in person at the 1904 Worldʼs Fair in St. Louis, unframed

O. O. Howard - very fine condition autographed letter signed by the Union general expressing his “strong desire” that God work in and through him, 1-22-1900, unframed

 

Invention and Science

Thomas A. Edison - Edison’s own stock certificate for shares in the Edison Portland Cement Company, signed twice, once with the very scarce signature “Thomas A Edison” and once with “Thos A Edison”

Law

J. Edgar Hoover - unique, outstanding association Masonic certificate signed by FBI Director Hoover, President Harry S. Truman, and General Douglas MacArthur, circa mid-1960s, framed

 

Leaders and Reformers

Blanche K. Bruce - crisp signature of the first African-American to serve a full term in the United States Senate, the first to receive votes at a major partyʼs national nominating convention, and the first to have his signature on U.S. currency, unframed

Sam Houston - magnificent bold hand-addressed envelope and free frank of the Texas giant, undoubtedly as United States Senator from Texas, unframed

Julia Ward Howe - signature of the writer of The Battle Hymn of the Republic on a small card, with a portrait suitable for framing

John L. Lewis - on the day he publicly lambasted President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the American Youth Congress, the powerful labor leader declines an invitation, 2-10-1940, unframed

Booker T. Washington - typed letter signed to Dr. J. L. M. Curry, agent for the Slater Fund, which promoted African-American education in the post-Civil War South, expressing his “love for you and faith in you,” 11-12-1901, unframed

 

Pioneers

Richard E. Byrd - superb typed letter signed from the famed polar explorer to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom he addresses “Dear Franklin,” reporting on his secret important survey of Southeastern Pacific islands for possible use for airfields for military and post-World War II use, 10-27-1943, with accompanying autograph note signed to FDR’s secretary Grace Tully, unframed

Richard E. Byrd - inscribed, signed photograph of Byrd at Little America, dressed in fur as he prepares to leave on his 1929 flight to the South Pole, unframed

Richard E. Byrd - typed letter signed in which the intrepid polar explorer talks of his Antarctic expedition and confidentially expresses his intent to return to the South Pole, 3-15-1949, unframed

George Kennan - bold dated sentiment and signature of the noted American journalist and explorer of Russia, 1895

David E. Lilienthal - glowing, almost poetic autograph letter signed, responding to a correspondent, by Lilienthal, first chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Atomic Energy Commission, 9-19-1973, unframed

 

Politics

Bernard M. Baruch - typed letter signed by Baruch, as chairman of the War Industries Board, regarding the pending Power Bill necessary to American war production, 6-6-1918, unframed

Charles G. Dawes - beautiful formal portrait of Vice President Dawes, inscribed and signed in jet black ink, unframed

James A. Farley - typed letter signed 3-3-1955, unframed

Hubert H. Humprey - wonderful typed letter signed in which the Vice President seeks Thompson’s views on cooperation with the Soviet Union for “peaceful use of the seas” and congratulates him on his latest appointment as Ambassador, 12-19-1966, unframed

Hubert H. Humphrey - typed letter signed sending greetings to Ambassador and Mrs. Thompson and commenting on a Colonial Williamsburg party for Virginiaʼs governor and first lady, 1-22-1970, unframed

Hubert H. Humphrey - warm typed letter signed sending well wishes to Ambassador Thompson during his hospitalization, 3-5-1970, unframed

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. - typed letter signed from the Harvard historian and presidential aide seeking donation of Ambassador Thompsonʼs papers to the JFK Library, 2-6-1964, unframed

George Wallace - exceptional typed letter signed in which the defiant segregationist Governor emphasizes his absolute opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 4-24-1964, unframed

 

Religion

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Revolutionary War

Oliver Ellsworth and Jesse Root - excellent association autograph document signed authorizing reimbursement to Root for volunteer soldiersʼ wages two days after Washingtonʼs surprise victory at Trenton, New Jersey, 12-28-1776, unframed

Benjamin Franklin - superb association document in which Franklin confers membership in the American Philosophical Society on French Admiral Luc Urbain de Bouëxic, the Count de Guichen, who had served gallantly in support of the American cause against Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, 1-20-1786, unframed

 

Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Josiah Bartlett - autograph receipt signed by Bartlett as a witness while serving as Chief Justice of New Hampshire, 3-2-1789, unframed

George Clymer - Clymer loans his brother money and signs his brotherʼs promissory note to him twice, 7-30-1802, unframed

Benjamin Franklin - superb association document in which Franklin confers membership in the American Philosophical Society on French Admiral Luc Urbain de Bouëxic, the Count de Guichen, who had served gallantly in support of the American cause against Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, 1-20-1786, unframed

Benjamin Harrison (1726–1791) - in the immediate aftermath of the Revolutionary War, Harrison certifies a familyʼs entitlement to land due a deceased soldier for his military service, 6-24-1783, unframed

Stephen Hopkins - manuscript pay warrant signed by Hopkins as Governor of Rhode Island, 1759, unframed

Samuel Huntington - wonderful double association document signed by Huntington, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and William and George Pitkin, owners of a gunpowder mill that supplied the Continental Army, 12-9-1783, unframed

Robert Morris - the “Financier of the Revolution” endorses a promissory note from his business partner, John Nicholson, 10-30-1794, unframed

Roger Sherman - autograph judicial order signed by Sherman, the only person who signed all four major American founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, 5-9-1786, unframed

William Williams - extremely early autograph document signed as the town clerk of Lebanon, Connecticut, to note the recording of a deed, 2-20-1753, unframed

 

Spanish-American War

Leonard Wood - very scarce handwritten letter by General Wood, who with Theodore Roosevelt formed the “Rough Riders,” referring to the yellow fever outbreak in Cuba during the Spanish-American war, 10-18-1899, unframed

 

World War I

Bernard M. Baruch - typed letter signed by Baruch, as chairman of the War Industries Board, regarding the pending Power Bill necessary to American war production, 6-6-1918, unframed

 

World War II

Dwight D. Eisenhower - rare post-presidential typed letter signed, “Uncle Ike,” to his great niece, 4-4-1956, unframed

Alfred M. Gruenther - the youngest four-star general in American history, as Chief of Staff of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, signs a printed card bearing the SHAPE insignia and adds his rank and title, March–April 1953, unframed

Alfred M. Gruenther - typed letter signed 2-4-1957, unframed

Alfred M. Gruenther - typed letter signed 4-10-1957, unframed

Douglas MacArthur - unique, outstanding association Masonic certificate signed by MacArthur, President Harry S. Truman, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, circa mid-1960s, framed

Douglas MacArthur - bold fountain pen signature of the five-star General on stationery of the Waldorf Astoria in New York, unframed

Paul W. Tibbets - signed photograph of the pilot of the Enola Gay standing before the plane that dropped the worldʼs first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, unframed

 

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