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Sale 950 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Autograph and Photograph Group Lots

Cat./Est. Value
Autograph Accumulation. Over 25 items, incl. "J. Tyler" on folded letter sheet (tear, etc.), addressed but no date or postal markings, 1800 "James McHenry War Department" free frank, 1912 Frances Cleveland signed letter, two Franklin D. Roosevelt (one 1930 on Governor of New York stationery, other 1931 on Red Cross Cacheted Cover), Calvin Coolidge cut signature, James A. Farley signed photograph, Harry Truman on 1952 Newspaper Boys FDC, "Satchmo" (Louis Armstrong) on small piece, Herbert Hoover on cacheted -1/2c Washington Bicentennial cover, Dec. 17, 1930 Orville Wright on 27th Anniversary of First Flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. cover, crude printed picture of Stalin dated Aug. 11, 1941 and possibly signed by him, series of eleven Nixon typewritten letters or notes from 1960-71 (five signed Dick Nixon, five Richard Nixon and one Richard), the one signed "Richard" is Birthday Wishes to his Aunt Edith on White House stationery, two each others on "White House" and "Office Of The Vice-President" stationery, also undated Nixon on Florist's notepad page (probably late 1950's), Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren amanuensis signatures on 1830's-1840's Public Land Office partly printed "bills of sale", each for just over 80 acres in Mississippi (framed), two early 1800's Safe Passage documents, rough condition and glued to thick card, lastly a 1817 printed accounting statement of receipts and expenditures for the Custom Office (no autographs), a few of the earlier mentioned items may be autopen and we have adjusted our estimate accordingly, somewhat mixed condition, a very interesting lot nevertheless

E. 2,000-3,000
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2035, Autograph and Photograph Group LotsChecks Signed by Famous Americans, Checks Signed by Famous AmericansChecks Signed by Famous Americans. Ten, nine different, all with appropriate 2c tax paid by adhesive, stamped paper or handstamp, incl. Cyrus W. Field (laid first successful Atlantic cable), Joseph Pulitzer (publisher), Cyrus H. McCormick (reaper inventor), Richard E. Byrd (Polar explorer), Charles E Duryea (father of the automobile), Charles P. Steinmetz (wizard of the General Electric Co.), Charles Sumner (statesman and anti-slavery leader), Edward Squibb (physician and pharmaceutical manufacturer) and John Sherman (Secretary of State and Treasurer, father of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act), most with portraits, three are engraved with facsimile signatures, virtually all Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2036, Autograph and Photograph Group LotsChecks and Financial Document Signed by American and English Writers and Poets, Checks and Financial Document Signed by American and English Writers and PoetsChecks and Financial Document Signed by American and English Writers and Poets. Fifteen, fourteen different signatures on checks or other financial instruments, mounted on pages, nearly all with engraved portrait with facsimile signature beneath, incl. Richard Henry Dana, Jr. ("Two Years Before the Mast"), Charles Dickens ("Oliver Twist"), Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes ("Old Ironsides"), John Greenleaf Whittier, Ernest Hemingway ("A Farewell to Arms"), Julia Ward Howe ("Battle Hymn of the Republic"), two James Russell Lowell (edited "Atlantic Monthly"), Harriet Beecher Stowe ("Uncle Tom's Cabin"), John Ruskin ("King of the Golden River"), George Bernard Shaw ("My Fair Lady"), Alfred Lord Tennyson ("Ulysses", "Charge of the Light Brigade"), Christina Rossetti ("Goblin Market"), also Henry Ward Beecher, congregational clergyman and eloquent preacher, virtually all Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2037, Autograph and Photograph Group LotsChecks Signed by Union Civil War Generals, Checks Signed by Union Civil War GeneralsChecks Signed by Union Civil War Generals. Four different autographs on 1870's to early 1880's checks with 2c Stamped Paper Revenues, incl. Major General Daniel E. Sickles (Feb. 27, 1859, shot and killed Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key in a jealous rage, pled temporary insanity and was the first defendant to ever be acquitted with this defense, lost a leg at the Battle of Gettysburg), Benjamin F. Butler (commander in capture of New Orleans and military governor of that city, leader in impeachment of Andrew Johnson, Presidential Candidate), C.C. Washburn (U.S. Rep. 1855-61, governor of Wisconsin 1872-74, founder of a milling firm that later became General Mills), William T. Sherman (marched from Atlanta to the sea and captured Savannah), Fine-Very Fine lot, three with engraved portraits with facsimile signatures beneath

E. 400-500
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Korean War Related Photographs. Nine gelatin silver prints of Douglas MacArthur and others, each 13-7/8 x 11 in., labels on back with typed descriptions and various photo credits, as prepared by the Defense Dept., 1950

E. 100-150
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Photography Lot. Approximately 200 pieces, 1870's to 1920's, numerous cabinet photos, CDV's, albumen prints, etc., highlights incl. large image showing 40 members of a Montana mining crew, group of nine photos recording tornado aftermath in Tenn. ca. 1925, cabinet photo of J.X. Biedler (legendary Wells Fargo employee known as the "Shotgun Messenger"), some early images of cars, group of 60+ cyanotypes with a western theme (incl. gold rush miner prints) reportedly made by artist Charles Russell, a cute photo pin of a little girl, Montana train wreck, etc., also 33 rare black and white postcards documenting the 1912 Denver flood, very mixed condition but an eclectic and intriguing range of images

E. 200-300
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