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Nice signed photograph of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a key figure in the women's rights and gender equality movement, signed early in her Supreme Court tenure.  Click below or see the listings for Ginsburg and many other Justices on our Supreme Court page.

 

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Scrawls, scribbles, and signatures are more than stains on a page.  Like snapshots, they capture moments, preserving the pieces of thought that form the grand puzzle of human experience.  They reveal the breadth and depth of personality and emotion. They are truly History In Ink.

“Men don't change,” President Harry S. Truman observed.  The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.”  The letters, photographs, and documents of the famous and influential people of the past are great teachers.  The words and the handwriting connect us with yesteryear and bring history to life.

Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, among others, collected historical letters and documents.  Queen Victoria was an avid autograph collector, and years later her great-grandson, King George VI, requested Truman's signature for his daughter, now Queen Elizabeth II.  Today there are thousands of autograph collectors worldwide.

We want to share with you the thrill of owning a genuine piece of history.  So please browse through our site.

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Featured Items

John F. Kennedy

The ultimate relic of the Cold War:  President Kennedy’s personalized gift, an engraved October 1962 calendar to commemorate the Cuban Missile Crisis, given to Ambassador Llewellyn “Tommy” Thompson, whose advice to the President enabled the peaceful resolution of the crisis, keeping the United States and the Soviet Union out of a full-scale nuclear war

 

Aaron Burr

Rare, likely unique, bill of exchange representing financing for Burr’s alleged treasonous scheme to sever American territory for a new country under his own rule, 9-17-1806, unframed

 

Adolf Eichmann

Rare and important war-dated directive by Eichmann to Theodor Dannecker, Nazi head of the Jewish Department in Paris, to create a register of Jews for efficiency in actions against Jews, 9-28-1941, unframed

 

Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway signs a photo to one of his hosts during his 1959 trip to Spain to gather new material on bullfights, which led to his last published work before his death, Life magazine’s “The Dangerous Summer,” unframed

 

Adolf Hitler

Scarce early Nazi party document expelling a member for failure to attend an SA meeting, signed by Hitler and Nazi party Supreme Court president Walter Buch, 3-31-1927, unframed

 

Ronald Reagan

In his only letter with racist terms ever to come on the market, Reagan calls “the black community” the “enemy,” 5-8-1978, unframed

 

Signers of the Declaration of Independence:

George Ross - partially holograph legal document in which Ross, as the attorney for the plaintiff, brings suit to collect on a promissory note, 6-25-1754, 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

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Recent Additions

George and Barbara Bush - White House-date color photograph of President and Mrs. Bush, with their dog Millie, on the rocky coast at Kennebunkport, Maine, signed by both, unframed

George H. W. Bush - official White House color portrait of Bush in the Oval Office, almost certainly signed as President, inscribed “Best wishes” to no one in particular, unframed

George H. W. Bush - uninscribed, signed color presidential portrait of a pensive Bush on the Maine coast, unframed

George H. W. Bush - typed letter signed by former President Bush to congratulate a recipient of the “Daily Point of Light” award, which he created to recognize volunteerism, noting that he “utilized the power of the Presidency to call Americans to service,” 1-13-06, unframed

George W. Bush - nearly pristine inscribed and signed first edition, first printing copy of Bush’s memoir, Decision Points

Bill Clinton - after the appointment of Kenneth Starr as Independent Counsel to investigate the Clintons’ Whitewater dealings—the appointment that led to his impeachment—the President sends an upbeat letter to his cousin predicting that “the end will bring us out all right,” 8-24-1994, unframed

Bill Clinton - color White House portrait of a youthful Clinton, boldly signed beneath his preprinted signature, unframed

King George III - nice vellum commission in which the King appoints a lieutenant of volunteers as Great Britain expands its home defense during the Napoleonic Wars, 6-27-1798, unframed

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - signed photograph of Justice Ginsburg taken early in her tenure on the Supreme Court, unframed

[Adolf Hitler] - Hitler’s personal war-related books—three concerning Nazi Germany’s military operations during World War II—from his massive personal library

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - handwritten letter by Justice Holmes on Supreme Court stationery sending his autograph, 3-17-1927, unframed

Colin Powell - extra fine signed photograph of Powell as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, unframed

Nancy Reagan - autograph letter signed as California’s new First Lady telling a friend, “We’ll need everyone’s prayers now,” unframed

Ronald Reagan - Reagan delivers an assessment of the 1968 Republican National Convention, claiming credit for doing “much to keep our nominee from moving to the left,” 9-13-1968, unframed

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - classic signed photograph of the Western film and television icons, unframed

Theodore Roosevelt - typed White House letter in which TR expresses his “fervent belief in rifle clubs,” which “render a real and great service to the nation,” 7-5-1904, unframed

Potter Stewart - scarce signed large format formal color portrait photograph of Justice Stewart, unframed

Laura Ingalls Wilder - beautiful signed copy of Little Town on the Prairie, with provenance, with unsigned copies of two other Wilder books

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Featured Collections

 

The Justice Tom C. Clark Collection

We are privileged to offer the personal autograph collection of Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark. Justice Clark served as Attorney General of the United States from 1945 to 1949, when President Harry S. Truman appointed him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Shortly after he arrived at the Court, Justice Clark began assembling a collection of autographs of Supreme Court Justices that included those of his colleagues and extended back into the 19th Century. The collection includes personal letters that Justice Clark received from other Justices, including those congratulating him on his appointment to the Court, and internal Supreme Court memoranda among the Justices—material that is extremely rare on the autograph market.  None of this material has ever been offered for sale before. 

click here to see the items that we are currently offering from the collection.  They include a congratulatory handwritten letter from Justice Stanley F. Reed, two typed letters by Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson (1-4-1950 and 1-27-1950), extremely rare handwritten internal Court memoranda from Justice Harold Burton to Justice Clark and between Justices Clark and Reed regarding cases, internal handwritten notes from Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes and Justice James C. McReynolds, an official Supreme Court document signed by Justice Willis Van Devanter, and signatures of Justices Joseph R. Lamar, McReynolds, and Mahlon Pitney.

 

Autographs From the Estate of Llewellyn E. Thompson, Jr.,

The United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union Under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson

This outstanding Cold War collection of letters and documents had never before been offered for sale on the autograph market until we offered it.  It contained letters from five American Presidents—Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon—as well as First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, and Jacqueline Kennedy and others such as Robert F. Kennedy, Hubert H. Humphrey, Dean Rusk, and even Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin.

Thompson was one of the greatest and most important American diplomats of the 20th Century.  He was the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, under Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.  A man with velvet gloves but a backbone of steel, he played a critical role in dangerous times.  His advice to Kennedy as a member of the ExComm during the Cuban Missile Crisis was largely responsible for avoiding nuclear war with the Soviet Union.  He was also with Johnson at his 1967 summit with Kosygin at Glassboro, New Jersey, and advised Nixon on and represented the United States in the negotiations over the SALT I treaty.

click here to see the remaining items from this special collection.

 

Here you will find History In Inkbeautifully framed and unframed letters, documents, and signed photographs as well as signed books and other autograph items.  You will also find much more:  Our listings include biographical information and often explain the historical context of the autograph item itself.  We also offer information on caring for historical autographs and links to several interesting and helpful web sites.

History In Ink® offers a wide variety of historical autograph material, both framed and unframed, for sale in a broad range of prices.  We give you personal service to help you find just the right piece to help build your collection or give the perfect gift to a history buff.  If we do not have it in stock, we are always glad to help you find it. 

We specialize in the autographs of United States presidents and first ladies, Supreme Court justices, European royalty, and World War II military.  We also have items from many other notable persons in American and world history. Those include statesmen and world leaders; presidential cabinet officers; members of Congress; military figures from the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and other conflicts; artists; authors; inventors; scientists; aviators and astronauts; and personalities from law, business, politics, vintage entertainment, and occasionally vintage sports. 

We take care to make our framed displays some of the best—wonderful conversation pieces for the home or office.  They include one or more photographs or portraits and usually include one or more engraved plates identifying the person and, if appropriate, the event.  Most of our unframed items can also be framed.

We also offer several payment options to make it as easy as possible for you to build your collection or give the perfect gift.  We can ship both framed and unframed items virtually anywhere in the world.

We always enjoy talking about autographs, so please email us with your questions, comments, and suggestions.  Give us your wish list, and sign up for our email list so that we can tell you about new items as we offer them. 

Most of all, enjoy our site, breathe in the history, and come back often.

 

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