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Must-Have Reference

Charles Hamilton’s American Autographs - Scarce, first edition set of the renowned autograph expert’s 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

Lauren Bacall - pristine 8” x 10” glossy black-and-white signed photo, unframed

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

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

Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon - scarce vintage photograph of the 1930s Hollywood power couple signed by both, unframed

Harry Hershfield - original cartoon sketches, boldly signed and inscribed

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

Jon Provost - very fine condition dual-signed photo of Provost as Timmy, with his co-star, Lassie, unframed

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

 

Authors

Roswell Field - superb tongue-in-cheek letter by the brother of Eugene Field over his failure to cash a 40¢ royalty check, 1-15-1900, unframed

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

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

Maurice Thompson - autograph quotation signed by the 19th century poet and fiction writer, a variation of a verse in his popular poem “A Prelude,” 10-23-1895, unframed

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo J. Wilder - exceptional archive of contracts and deeds for the sale of Rocky Ridge Farm, where Laura wrote all of the Little House books, unframed

Laura Ingalls Wilder - receipts written and signed by Laura Ingalls Wilder for payments on the sale of the Wilders’ Rocky Ridge Farm, unframed

 

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

John Glenn - vintage signed photograph of Glenn in his silver Mercury astronaut spacesuit with an early form of his signature, 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

Joe DiMaggio - beautiful signed photo of the Yankee Clipper reading the 1939 Sporting News proclamation declaring him to be “the perfect player,” framed

 

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 union's support of beer manufacture during Prohibition, 9-9-1931, unframed

Howard Hughes, Sr. - autograph letter signed by the father of the reclusive billionaire to the corporate secretary of his company, 3-28-1916, unframed

 

Cabinet Members

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

Salmon P. Chase - Mathew Brady carte de visite of Chase likely signed as Chief Justice of the United States, unframed

John A. Dix - autograph letter signed by President Buchanan’s last Secretary of the Treasury, later a Union Civil War general, seeking to help a man find a job, 1-15-1877, unframed

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

Judson Harmon - autograph letter signed by Grover Cleveland’s Attorney General, who responds to a student with interesting comments about individuality and the inner self, 1-29-1897, 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 - extra fine signed photograph of Powell as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, 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 Llewellyn Thompson’s “crucial behind the scenes” role during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 11-16-1987, unframed

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

 

Civil War

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 by the former aide-de-camp to Confederate General Sterling Price, 1-5-1851, unframed

Salmon P. Chase - Mathew Brady carte de visite of Chase likely signed as Chief Justice of the United States, unframed

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

John A. Dix - autograph letter signed by the Union Civil War general seeking to help a man find a job, 1-15-1877, unframed

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

John A. Logan - signature of the Union Major General, who fought at Bull Run, Fort Donelson, Vicksburg, and Atlanta and in Sherman‘s Carolinas Campaign and later helped to prosecute the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, 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

 

Congress

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

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

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

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

Hubert H. Humprey - wonderful typed letter signed in which the Vice President seeks Ambassador Llewellyn 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. Llewellyn Thompson and commenting on a Colonial Williamsburg party for Virginia’s governor and first lady, 1-22-1970, unframed

Hubert H. Humphrey - warm typed letter signed sending well wishes to Ambassador Llewellyn 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

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

Reed Smoot - scarce letter by Smoot, the first Mormon and only church Apostle ever to serve in the United States Senate, 12-22-1919, 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

 

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”

 

Korean War

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Law

Learned Hand - previously unoffered archive of drafts of Hand’s remarks at the dedication of a bust of Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter at Harvard Law School, expressing Hand’s own view of the proper role of a judge, 1960, unframed

J. Edgar Hoover - Hoover responds to a student, sending a signed photograph and suggesting “an article of mine . . . entitled ‘The Enemy’s Masterpiece of Espionage,’” 1-12-1955, unframed

J. Edgar Hoover - vintage typed letter signed offering a lady a clerkʼs position in the FBI, 5-5-1951, unframed

 

Leaders and Reformers

Henry Ward Beecher - partial autograph letter signed seeking executive clemency for a convict, unframed

Thomas Wentworth Higginson - autograph note signed by the Northern abolitionist, a supporter of John Brown, referring to his abolitionist activities in Kansas before the Civil War, 4-19-1898, 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

[Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.] - cacheted first day of issue cover for the 15¢ Black Heritage USA stamp honoring Dr. King

[Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.] - 1979 Great Americans commemorative issue of the 15¢ American Black Heritage stamp honoring Dr. King alongside a 22-karat gold replica of the stamp, part of the Great Americans series by the Postal Commemorative Association

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

Frances E. Willard - autograph quotation signed by Willard, with cover letter by Anna Adams Gordon, the second and fourth presidents of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, 3-21-1895, 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

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

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

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

Alfred E. Smith - large-format signed portrait photograph of Smith, the first Catholic nominated for President by a major party, unframed

George C. Wallace - extra fine condition 8” x 10” color photograph of Wallace, inscribed and signed as Governor of Alabama, unframed

Wendell Willkie - black-and-white portrait photograph of Willkie signed just before he left on a personal mission to England for Franklin D. Roosevelt in January 1941, unframed

Rose Mary Woods - friendly typed letter signed by President Richard Nixon’s secretary who claimed responsibility for erasing part of the Watergate tapes, 8-6-1990, unframed

 

Religion

Reed Smoot - scarce letter by Smoot, the first Mormon and only church Apostle ever to serve in the United States Senate, 12-22-1919, unframed

 

Revolutionary War

1776 Connecticut Revolutionary War Pay Warrant - in the crucial year of 1776, the Connecticut committee authorizes payment for caring for a sick soldier in General Israel Putnam’s regiment, unframed

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

Oliver Ellsworth - outstanding association autograph document signed, a warrant to pay a seven-year veteran Connecticut soldier who served in several important campaigns, including the Siege of Yorktown, 5-18-1778, unframed

Oliver Ellsworth and Lt. David Smith - Connecticut pay warrant with excellent Revolutionary War content referring to service at Peekskill, New York, and signed by both Ellsworth and the soldier, 8-5-1777, unframed

Oliver Ellsworth - Revolutionary War-dated Connecticut pay warrant authorizing payment to a doctor for treating a sick soldier, 5-16-1777, unframed

 

Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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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

 

Vice Presidents

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

Charles Curtis - in a rare handwritten letter, the future Vice President sends his holograph and signature to a college student, 1-22-1895, unframed

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

Charles W. Fairbanks - scarce handwritten letter by Theodore Roosevelt’s Vice President commending “the Golden Rule as a rule of action,” 5-17-1898, unframed

Hubert H. Humphrey - wonderful typed letter signed in which the Vice President seeks Ambassador Llewellyn 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. Llewellyn 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 Llewellyn Thompson during his hospitalization, 3-5-1970, unframed

 

Vietnam War

William C. Westmoreland - outstanding signed 8” x 10” formal color bust portrait of General Westmoreland, in his four-star uniform, 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 - photo signed as President to the Ward Master at Walter Reed General Hospital following Eisenhower’s urgent abdominal surgery in June 1956, unframed

Dwight D. Eisenhower - presidential letter by Eisenhower during his recuperation from abdominal surgery to the Ward Master at Walter Reed General Hospital, where Eisenhower was treated, 7-14-1956, 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

 

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