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 (VIENNA BOYS CHOIR -- 1932), Signatures
(VIENNA BOYS CHOIR -- 1932)
Signatures
In 1921 an Austrian monsignor, Josef Schnitt, reformed the dissolved Court Choir Boys formed in 1498 by Emperor Maximilian I to perform for the Austro-Hungarian royalty, modernized it and renamed it the Vienna Boys Choir -- the most famous choir in the world, performing in Vienna and around the world. Signature of founder Josef Schnitt (who adds his title, "Rektor" -- rector) in black ink at the top of a heavy stock 3½" X 5½" card, n.p. n.y. [inked date on verso 24 November 1932]. Near fine. Below Schnitt's signature all 20 members of the choir sign in two columns, all in ink and all fairly legible. The verso of this card is a charming stream-of-conscious autograph request from Thomas, Donald and James Goodrich, who write: "We are just three little Boys we live in the city of Venice in the State of Illinois we are trying to get the autograph names of great People from all over the Land if your Reverence will autograph this card for us Boys we will think it Grand and will you have some of the Boy Members of the Choir autograph the card with there address in Vienna, so we can write to them when they return Home." The Vienna Boys Choir took their very first tour in the U.S. in 1932 and took the country by storm, arriving in New York aboard the SS Statendam on November 15 -- just two weeks before they all signed this card. Extremely unusual and scarce. .
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Book number: 42919
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Keywords: Music

 ABARBANELL, J.R. (1852-1922), Autograph Note Signed
ABARBANELL, J.R. (1852-1922)
Autograph Note Signed
Long-time editor of Norman L. Munro's "The New York Family Story Paper" (1873-1905), which ran again from 1905 to 1921 as "Family Story Paper"; also a playwright and lyricist ("I Wouldn't -- Would You?" with composer Harry Von Tilzer, 1902). ANS, 1p, 8½" X 5½", New York, NY, 1906 May 16. Addressed to Mr. Benners. Very good. Light even age toning. Writing on "Munro's Publishing House" letterhead, Abarbanell discusses a new play with a producer. "I have the revised copy of my play now," he begins. ".. please return, at my expense, the copy I gave you, with your opinion on it & the likelihood of your getting a production at Atlantic City during the season. If you succeed we will share the royalties on a basis of 1/3 to you & 2/3 to me.." Unusual. .
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Book number: 19926
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Keywords: Authors

 
ABBEY, JOE R. (1925-2014)
Signature
This University of Texas football star played end for the Chicago Bears and New York Bulldogs (1948-49). Bold full signature and credentials ("Chicago Bears / 1948") in blue ballpoint on a special heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. dated by him 31 October 1979 at upper right. Fine. With original envelope. A superb example. .
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Book number: 44964
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 ABBOTT, LYMAN (1835-1922), Autograph Note Signed
ABBOTT, LYMAN (1835-1922)
Autograph Note Signed
Influential Congregational clergyman and author who co-edited "Christian Union" with Henry Ward Beecher and succeeded Beecher as pastor of Brooklyn's famed Plymouth Congregational Church. ANS, 1p, 5" X 8", Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, n.y. [1878] November 25. Addressed to showman P.T. Barnum (1810-91). Very good. Lightly age toned. Intriguing if brief: "Your letter respecting Popular Amusements was received too late for this week's issue. It will go in next week & the papers shall be sent as requested.." In Abbott's 1922 book "Silhouettes of My Contemporaries" he devotes a chapter to Barnum, of whom he was a great admirer. In 1878 Abbott wrote Barnum requesting information about Tom Thumb, and on 5 October 1878 received a cordial note in reply from Barnum. Meanwhile, in the November 6th and 13th issues of "Christian Union," Reverend Samuel Scoville published a two-art article titled "The Christian View of Popular Amusements." Barnum took issue with some of this Congregationalist minister's views, and in the December 4th issue his rebuttal, titled simply "Popular Amusements," was published in "Christian Union." This letter, then, is the magazine's initial response to Barnum's reply to Scoville's criticisms. The article was republished a number of times in other publications and also found its way into Barnum's 1880 autobiography "Struggles and Triumphs; or, Forty Years' Recollections. .
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Book number: 31715
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Keywords: Religion

 ABBOTT, HENRY (1850-?), Typed Note Signed
ABBOTT, HENRY (1850-?)
Typed Note Signed
One of the great unsung American inventors and timepiece pioneers was this New Jersey watchmaker, who held more than 40 patents but is remembered for the "calculagraph," a device that records times and calculates the difference; one of its first uses was in 1894 in New York, where it recorded the length of telephone calls and impressed AT & T so much they installed it nationwide; his other inventions include a watch winding system that resulted in watches being wound by their stem instead of with a key and a revolutionary method for making enamel watch dials. TNS, 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 1933 October 16. Addressed to Mary B. Day, librarian at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Near fine. On ornate Calculagraph Company letterhead (featuring at the bottom a faint engraving of the calculagraph machine being used, with its slogan "It Makes No Clerical Errors"), Abbott graciously notes: "It gives me great pleasure to comply with your request and I am sending in the same mail for filing in your library a copy of the pamphlet entitled: 'Watches and Men'.." Large, bold signature. Uncommon. .
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Book number: 20938
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 ABBOTT, WILLIAM RUFUS (1870-1950), Typed Letter Signed
ABBOTT, WILLIAM RUFUS (1870-1950)
Typed Letter Signed
This famed Chicago utility company executive began with the Chicago Telephone Company around the turn of the century, and by 1922 when this had morphed into Illinois Bell Telephone Company he served as its president until 1930 and then as chairman of the Board (1930-34); in 1930 he became president of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. TLS, 1p, 8" X 11", Chicago, IL, 26 September 1929. Addressed to Waldemar Kaempffert, Director of the Rosenwald Industrial Museum in Chicago. Very good. Lightly age toned and mildly edgeworn, with original folds visible and slight mounting trace (not affecting text) at upper left. On "Illinois Bell Telephone Company" letterhead listing him as president, Abbott writes to the just-named first director of this museum founded and funded by Sears, Roebuck Company president and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, which the following year would be renamed the Museum of Science and Industry and would have a new director. Abbott goes into great detail about "the New York Telephone rate case" of 1921 which involved "the estimated savings effected in New York City by the use of the Pupin loading coil" and other technicalities; he closes by offering Kaempffert "The following pamphlets, giving information as to Bell System activities.." and spells out their titles. Boldly signed "W.R. Abbott" in black ink at lower right. Whether this business somehow involved the museum is unclear though likely -- and fascinating in any case. .
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Book number: 42167
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 ABBOTT, LYMAN (1835-1922), Typed Manuscript Signed / Typed Letter Signed
ABBOTT, LYMAN (1835-1922)
Typed Manuscript Signed / Typed Letter Signed
Influential Congregational clergyman and author who co-edited "Christian Union" with Henry Ward Beecher and succeeded Beecher as pastor of Brooklyn's famed Plymouth Congregational Church. Exceptional content TMsS, 2pp, 6" X 9", Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, 1881 December 7. Very good. Original typescript of Abbott's contribution to Osborn H. Oldroyd's 1882 book, "The Lincoln Memorial: Album-Immortelles," a collection of reminiscences and sentiments about Lincoln by notables of the day. Abbott carefully and neatly inks in words and phrases and crosses out others, signing at the close unusually small and neat (knowing this would be the actual signaturee reproduced in the book) and adding the date and place. A fine philosophical statement, reading in part: "..It was the peculiar genius of Abraham Lincoln that he was able by his sympathetic insight to perceive the change in public sentiment without waiting for it to be formulated in any legislative action; to keep pace with it, to lead and direct it, to quicken laggard spirits, to hold in the too ardent too impetuous and too hasty ones, and thus when he signed the emancipation proclamation to make his signature, not the act of an individual man, the edict of a military imperator, but the representative act of a great nation.." Accompanying this typescript is an actual page from Oldroyd's book bearing Abbott's statement (pp. 81-82) and this reproduced signature. Accompanied by a Typed Letter Signed bearing his usual charismatic, ebullient signature, 1p, 5½" X 8½", Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, 1881 December 7. Addressed to Osborn H. Oldroyd. Near fine. Transmits this manuscript, although "I have no faith that anything which I can say in respect to Abraham Lincoln would be worthy a place in your collection.." A most intriguing pair. .
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Book number: 14325
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ABER, ALBERT "AL" (1923-93)
Signature
This pitcher debuted with the Cleveland Indians in 1950, playing there and for the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Athletics before retiring in 1957. Large bold signature in blue ballpoint, heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. n.y. Fine. Undated, but a choice later life example. .
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Book number: 21926
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ABERNATHY, TED (1933-2004)
Signature
With the unique underhand motion," states the 1971 Kansas City Royals yearbook, "Abernathy's curveball rises and his fastball sinks. He's almost impossible to hit when you only get one shot at him. You see the overhand stuff all the time, then this guy comes in there throwing the ball from out of the ground." He debuted in 1955 with the Washington Senators and retired in 1972. Bold signature in blue ballpoint, heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. n.y. [ca. 1975?] September 6. Fine. With original envelope. A handsome example. .
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 ABRUZZO, BEN (1930-85), ANDERSON, "MAXIE" (1934-83), AND NEWMAN, LARRY (BORN 1925), Signed Commemorative Postal Cover
ABRUZZO, BEN (1930-85), ANDERSON, "MAXIE" (1934-83), AND NEWMAN, LARRY (BORN 1925)
Signed Commemorative Postal Cover
Abruzzo was an American businessman turned hot air balloonist; Anderson was a career balloonist with many "firsts" to his name; and Newman co-invented the ultra-light airplane, piloted the first balloon flight across the Pacific Ocean in 1981 and manufactured experimental aircraft. In 1978 these three piloted the Double Eagle II in the first Transatlantic balloon crossing, departing Maine on August 11 and landing in France six days later. For their achievement they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1979. Signed commemorative postal cover honoring this achievement, 6½" X 3½", cancelled in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 20, 1979. Envelope bears the 13-cent "French Alliance 1778" stamp and 4-cent "A Public That Reads" stamp and a special postal cancellation featuring an image of the Double Eagle balloon and the caption "Double Eagle II / First Transatlantic Balloon Flight." No decorative printed cachet at left; no distracting recipient's name/address present. Newman signs boldly in black marker near the top, adding "Double Eagle II" below his signature; below this Abruzzo signs boldly, and below him Anderson too signs boldly. Anderson died in a balloon crash in Germany and Abruzzo in a private plane crash -- the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is named in their honor. Also present is a small portion of the original mailing envelope used to transmit this cover (cancelled in Albuquerque July 26, 1976). An Albuquerque philatelic connection is relevant, for the Double Eagle II crew were among those who established this town as the ballooning capital of the world. Quite handsome -- and a scarce trio. .
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Book number: 21794
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 ABT, FRANZ (1819-85), Autograph Letter Signed
ABT, FRANZ (1819-85)
Autograph Letter Signed
This German conductor and composer of folk music solos and vocal pieces enjoyed enormous popularity throughout Europe in the Mid-19th century. ALS in German, 1p, 5" X 8", Braunschweig, Germany, 1862 January 22. Near fine. Though boldly penned and attractive, Abt's miniscule and stylized script makes translation difficult -- appears to be discussing his schedule and travel to Leipzig, Bremen and other German locations. Accompanied by a handsome and striking 8½" X 11" book illustration portrait, a head-and-shoulders artist's rendering of Abt later in life. .
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Book number: 25575
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VAN ACKER, ACHILLE (1898-1975)
Signature
Belgian premier. Bold signature and date (1971 June 18) on a special heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. Fine. With original envelope. .
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Book number: 18322
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ACUFF, ROY (1903-92)
Signature and Inscription
The "King of Country Music" was a Tennessee fiddler and singer who founded the Smoky Mountain Boys in the 1930s, joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1938 and remained an influential figure there for decades; in 1942 he co-founded the first important Nashville-based country music publishing firm and in 1962 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Bold signature with "Sincerely" and date ("1-26-90") in black fineline on a heavy stock 3½" X 2" card, n.p. Fine. .
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Book number: 42377
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 ADAMS, NICK (1931-68), Inscribed Photograph Signed
ADAMS, NICK (1931-68)
Inscribed Photograph Signed
This actor appeared in "Mister Roberts," "Rebel Without a Cause" and other films, but is mainly remembered for playing Johnny Yuma on the television series "The Rebel" (1959-61). IPS, 8" X 10", n.p. n.d. [ca. early 1960s]. Very good. Faint tape stain at each corner. Handsome head-and-shoulders portrait of the young star in his best-known role, clad in buckskin and kepi and clutching his rifle. Centered near the bottom, he boldly inscribes and signs in vibrant green fountain pen: "To Donald Burnell / Best wishes / Nick Adams / THE REBEL." (These last two line are preprinted in greytone on the photograph itself, but Adams neatly traces over them.) Adams' sudden death at age 36 makes inscribed photographs rather scarce. .
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Book number: 39740
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Keywords: Film & Theater

 ADAMS, JOHN "IVAN THE TERRIBLE" (?-2013), Photograph Signed
ADAMS, JOHN "IVAN THE TERRIBLE" (?-2013)
Photograph Signed
This Canadian little person was a professional wrestler, a crowd pleaser with shaved head and full beard, a regular on the wrestling circuit of the 1940s and '50s who also performed under the name "Little John." PS, 8" X 10", n.p. n.y. Near fine. Original ringside black-and-white glossy depicting a grimacing Ivan at left center pinning down an opponent (possibly Little Beaver) as an umpire in the background observes. In the large blank area in the foreground, he signs "Ivan / the / Terrible" large and bold in blue ballpoint. Very scarce and an original, quite possibly unique, print of an apparently unpublished image. .
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Book number: 45714
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