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Ladies and gents, we hereby present a high-quality mother lode of autographed photographs, letters, note cards, and paper ephemera. This assembly represents decades of determined hounding and acquiring by a collector who clearly understood the meaning of posterity. Condition averages EX to EX/MT overall, signatures grade "8-10", and, what's more, nearly all of the letters and most of the note cards still have their original envelopes. Among the litany of important figures are Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes (cut signature), Theodore Roosevelt (handwritten card), Calvin Coolidge (Harris & Ewing sepia studio photo), Herbert Hoover (1953 TLS), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1930 TLS), Dwight D. Eisenhower (photo and 1944 TLS), John F. Kennedy (1954 TLS), Richard Nixon (1955 TLS), and Gerald Ford (photo and TLS); entertainers Frank Sinatra (photo and 2 TLS), Groucho Marx (postcard), Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (photo), Johnny Carson (photo), Katharine Hepburn (1971 TLS), and Louis Armstrong (typed instructions for weight loss "The 'Satchmo' Way"); and various notables such as Henry Clay (1848 and 1851 ALS), King George V (1918 LS), Douglas MacArthur (photo and 1943 TLS), Hellen Keller (photo), Rocky Marciano (photo print), and Jack Dempsey (2 postcards). The "break value" is out of this world! LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. A detailed listing of this lot's contents is shown below.
Photos (36): 8" x 10", unless noted, w/Calvin Coolidge (10-3/4" x 14-1/2" - Harris & Ewing sepia studio photo, framed), Douglas MacArthur, Helen Keller (1955), Stan Laurel/Oliver Hardy (signatures grade "6"), Rocky Marciano (1968 photo print from an original artwork), Edward G. Robinson (5" x 7"), Lionel Barrymore (3-1/2" x 5" - 1944), Robert Wagner/Natalie Wood, Graf Zeppelin passengers (1928), Muhammad Ali (2), Leon Spinks, Don Garlits, Calder, Bernard Baruch (1944), Gerald Ford, Ted Kennedy, Strom Thurmond, George Wallace (3-1/2" x 5"), Dwight D. Eisenhower (faint signature), Joan Fontaine, Frank Sinatra, Helen Hayes (5" x 7"), Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme, Conrad Nagel (1936), Lucille Ball (signed "Lucy"), Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Harry James (5" x 7"), Ruby Keeler, Jerry Lewis (1968), Woody Allen (4" x 6" postcard), Groucho Marx (3-1/2" x 5-1/2" postcard - signed "Groucho"), Joseph Dunninger (3-1/2" x 5-1/2" photo postcard), Lester Flatt, and Karol Bobko.
Letters (48): Henry Clay (2 - 1848 ALS [framed letter is evidently adhered to matte] and 1851 Navy-related ALS w/free-franked envelope), Gutzon Borglum (1940 TLS on Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission letterhead), Harry S. Truman (1944 TLS on U.S. Senate letterhead), Dwight D. Eisenhower (1944 TLS on Supreme Commander letterhead), Herbert Hoover (1953 TLS on personal stationery), Gerald Ford (TLS on personal stationery), Richard Nixon (1955 TLS on Vice President letterhead), Frank Sinatra (2 - 1970 TLS on personal stationery signed "Frank" and 1973 TLS on All-American Collegiate Golf Foundation letterhead), Oliver Wendell Holmes (1885 ALS), Dale Carnegie (1944 handwritten postcard), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1930 two-page TLS as New York Governor; mounting remnants on the reverse of both pages, fold splits, several tears, and a few repaired tears, not affecting signature), James Byrnes (1945 TLS on Sec. of State letterhead w/autographed note card), Drew Pearson (1944 TLS on business stationery w/envelope), Lowell Thomas (1938 TLS on personal stationery), Sam Rayburn (1944 TLS on congressional letterhead w/autographed note card), Fred Allen (1955 TLS), Nelson A. Rockefeller (1944 TLS), Charles Beard (1944 ALS), Harrison Brockbank (3 - 2 TLS, 1 Christmas card), Betty Crocker (1944 TLS), Sam H. Jones (1944 TLS w/autographed note card), J.M. Wainwright (1945 TLS), Henry Stimson (TLS on War Department card), David D. Porter (1889 TLS), Douglas MacArthur (1943 TLS on Southwest Pacific Headquarters letterhead), Wendell Willkie (4 - 1940, 1942, 1943 and 1944 TLS), King George V (1918 LS on Windsor Castle letterhead), Eleanor Roosevelt (2 - ALS and 1942 TLS on White House stationery), Alben Barkley (1944 TLS on U.S. Senate letterhead w/autographed note card), Fred Vinson (1945 TLS on Sec. of Treasury card), Adlai Stevenson (1952 TLS on Stevenson Campaign Headquarters stationery), James Curley (1946 TLS), J. Edgar Hoover (1944 TLS on FBI letterhead), Willard Metcalf (ALS), Conrad Nagel (2 - both 1936 TLS), Katharine Hepburn (1971 TLS on Coco stationery), Dick Powell (1933 TLS), Bing Crosby (1946 TLS on personal stationery w/autographed note card), Ernest Lawson (1904 ALS), and John F. Kennedy (1954 TLS on U.S. Senate stationery).
Note Cards (26): Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, J. Edgar Hoover, Christopher Reeve, Charles A. Lindbergh (w/two unsigned 1927 programs from South Carolina - "Welcome Lindy! Official Souvenir Program" and "Civic Dinner Program"), Fiorello LaGuardia (Mayor's Office autograph request card), Grandma Moses (1955), W. T. Sherman, Grace Coolidge (1943), H. A. Wallace, Eddie Cantor (1955), John Foster Dulles (1955), Cordell Hull, Thomas E. Dewey, J.H. Doolittle (1945), Charles E. Hughes (1944 Supreme Court card), George C. Marshall (1945 War Department card), Admiral William Leahy (1945 White House card), James Forrestal (1946), Eleanor Roosevelt (1944), Marshall Field (1944), Chester Nimitz (1945), Herbert Hoover, Edward Duke of Windsor (1960), Liberace, Franklin De Haven (receipt), Eunice Shriver/Jacqueline Kennedy.
Also (24): Herbert Hoover (book plate), Joshua Chamberlain (1881 check), Richard Petty (1992 banquet program), Jack Dempsey (2 postcards w/unsigned Jack Dempsey restaurant menu), Alan Shepherd (one dollar bill - smudged sig.), Norman Vincent Peale (pamphlet), Louis Armstrong (instructions for weight loss "The 'Satchmo' Way" - Armstrong's sig. on front page, band members on back page), Eddie Rickenbacker (1939 inspiration book), Chicago Rock Island and Pacific stock certificate (1933), Edward Kennedy (1972 dinner program), Joe E. Brown (foreign currency), Constance Bennett (1952 theater program w/unsigned ticket), Beatrice Lilly (1952 program w/unsigned ticket), Charlton Heston/Lydia Clarke (1952 program w/unsigned ticket), Dana Andrews (1952 program w/unsigned ticket), 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers (on team stationery w/mostly clubhouse sigs.), R.B. Hayes (cut signature), Theodore Roosevelt (3" x 1-1/2" handwritten card), Steve Allen/Louis Nye/Marilyn Maye/Bill Dana (1994 promotional page), Dorothy Kabis/John Connally (dollar bill), Dorothy Kabis (2 - both dollar bills) and Georgia Neese Clark (dollar bills).