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 AMES, BUTLER (1871-1954), Typed Note Signed
AMES, BUTLER (1871-1954)
Typed Note Signed
This son of Union general Adelbert Ames and grandson of Union general Benjamin F. Butler played soldier himself in the Spanish-American War, then politician as a Massachusetts Congressman (1903-13) and finally as engineer and businessman. TNS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Washington, DC, 1903 May 1. Addressed to Captain Isaac P. Gregg. Very good. Light folds and faint age toning. Interesting if brief note in which the brand-new representative (two months in office) "accept[s] with pleasure the kind invitation of the Executive Council on the Dedication of the Hooker Statue, to serve as a member of the General Committee for the Ceremony of Dedicatrion." Boldly signed. Fun, unusual piece tying Adelbert Ames and Benjamin Butler with their Union colleague, General Joseph Hooker. .
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 AMMONS, A.R. (1926-2001), Autograph Note Signed
AMMONS, A.R. (1926-2001)
Autograph Note Signed
This notable American poet hit the literary scene with his 1955 "Ommateum, with Doxology," producing many more poetry collections for the next four decades; his "Collected Poetry 1951-1971" won the 1973 National Book Award, as did his "Garbage" in 1993; in 1981 he won the first MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and his collection "A Coast of Trees" won the National Book Critics Circle Award. ANS ("Archie"), 1p, 6" X 9", Ithaca, NY, 1983 April 7. Addressed to noted Lincoln scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. A cryptic and cordial note on Cornell University letterhead, reading in part: "..thank you for telling me about George McMillan. I'm afraid I can't deal with that 'log' right now -- but maybe someday.." Boldly penned in blue ballpoint. With original envelope, addressed in Ammons' hand. A lovely example. .
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ANDERS, GLENN (1889-1981)
Signature
This stage actor made few films, but earned a reputation for his portrayals of sinister characters (as in "The Lady from Shanghai"). Curious double signature and sentiment ("Charles Glenn Anders / Glenn Anders / That's better?") and date (1978 May 8) on a heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. Fine. With original envelope. .
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ANDERSON, RUSSELL H. (?-?)
Autograph Letter Signed
This historian and Chicago Museum of Science and Industry curator was named director of Cleveland's renowned Western Reserve Historical Society in 1946, one of the most reknowned of its kind in the country until its recent fall from grace. ALS, 2pp, 8½" X 11", Cleveland, OH, n.y. [1947 July 2]. Addressed to Mary B. Day, librarian of the Museum of Science and Industry. Fine. On Western Reserve Historical Society letterhead, a mimeographed form letter dated June 26, 1947 and headlined "Microfilming of the Scioto Gazette, 1800 -- 1866" announces this early microfilming project and solicits the loan of missing issues for this effort. This ALS begins at the bottom of this printed letter and fills the reverse. The newly-appointed director jokes with his former colleague, "I don't expect you to have a Scioto Gazette in your handbag but I thot [sic] that you might like to know of one of my activities in my new post. This is my first venture into microfilming of a whole newspaper file -- it seems to be coming along fine.." He goes a nice summary of his new digs: "This is really quite a place. We have a very good hist. museum and a good hist. library housed in two Florentine style 'Gold Coast' residences, each with 70 rooms large and small. We have about 200000 books, 200000 pamphlets, 20000 volumes of newspapers and over 1000 rolls of microfilm of newspapers, about 1,000,000 manuscripts, a good map collection, the sixth best genealogical library (just back of Newberry, I understand) the third best stamp library, a lot of good pictures, the best Shaker Society collection anywhere, a good costume collection (i.e. books and plates and some real costumes) a collection of about 3000 Lincoln items, a lot of Civil War materials inc. a good deal of Confederate manuscripts, pamphlets, books, etc. I could go on but you see what I have to play with and can imagine what a good time I am having. We have some autographs and expect to receive (I hope, I hope) a collection of Signers of the Dec. of Independence -- owned by on of our trustees. Yes, B. Gwinnet is there!" Original envelope present, as is a December 25, 1947 "Cleveland Plain Dealer" article titled "Rich Lore Awaits History Delvers," which depicts Anderson in his office. .
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ANDERSON, JUDITH (1898-1992)
Photograph Signed
Accomplished Australian-born actress with numerous stage ("Medea") and film ("Laura") credits. PS, 10" X 8", n.p. n.d. Near fine. Lovely scene from "Laura" showing Anderson with Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb and VINCENT PRICE (1911-94), who also signs it. .
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ANDERSON, ALFRED "ALF" (1914-85)
Signature
World War Two interrupted the career of this shortstop, who debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1941 and retired there in 1946. Bold signature in blue ballpoint (below which he pens "Pittsburgh / 41, 42, 46,"), heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. n.y. Near fine. Undated, but a choice later life example. .
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ANDERSON, JOHN (?-?)
Signature and Salutation
This officer with the 57th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers during the Civil War penned that regiment's official history, "The Fifth-Seventh Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion" (Boston, 1896). Handsome "Very truly yours / John Anderson / Capt. U.S. Army / President 57th Association" in black ink, 3 3/4" X 2" slip, n.p. n.y. Very good. Faint age toning; mounting traces on verso. A lovely and boldly penned example complete with rank. .
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ANDERSON, HARRY (1952-2018)
Signature
This comedian and magician is best remembered as Judge Harry Stone in the popular sitcom "Night Court" (1984-92) as well as for the shorter-lived "Dave's World" (1993-97). Large bold signature in blue ballpoint on a special heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. n.y. Fine. With original envelope [postal cancellation Los Angeles, CA, 9 April 1983]. An incredibly early, pre-"Night Court" example when Anderson was doing guest spots on "Saturday Night Live" and "Cheers. .
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 ANDERSON, CLINTON P. (1895-1975), Signature / Unsigned Photograph
ANDERSON, CLINTON P. (1895-1975)
Signature / Unsigned Photograph
Secretary of agriculture under Truman (1945-48) and Democratic senator from New Mexico (1949-73). Bold signature in blue fountain pen, heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. 1969 October 30. Fine. With original envelope. Accompanied by a superb vintage 8½" X 6½" glossy news agency photograph (International News Photo). Fine. Issued on 9 April 1947, this informal half-length shot depicts Commerce Secretary Averill Harriman, the chairman of the Economic Advisory Council and Agriculture Secretary Anderson chatting and smiling as they leave the White House. The original mimeographed caption sheet (usually absent, for printed on cheap newsprint) is still present and in superb condition, and captions this image: "Special Cabinet Meeting Weighs Rise in Prices," elaborating "President Truman met in a special meeting with his cabinet today and heard a full-dress discussion of the nation's economy, but no immediate government action to halt the rise of high prices was decided upon.." A scarce and desireable image. .
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 ANDERSON, ANDREW "ANDY" (?-?), Signature
ANDERSON, ANDREW "ANDY" (?-?)
Signature
This Negro Leagues player (1916-36) was a teammate of Satchel Paige on the 1927 Chattanooga Black Lookouts; he also played for the Mohawk Giants and the Syracuse Black Chiefs. Large bold "Andrew Andy Anderson" in blue fineline, heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. 1987 March 16. Near fine. Anderson started to sign the verso as well before realizing he'd already signed the card, thus the "Andrew Andy A" found there. .
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ANDERSON, "MAXIE" (1934-83)
Signed Commemorative Postal Cover
American career balloonist with many "firsts" to his name; in 1978 he Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman piloted the Double Eagle II in the first Transatlantic balloon crossing, departing Maine on August 11 and landing in France six days later -- for which 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. Anderson signs boldly in black fineline near the center. Also present is a small portion of the original mailing envelope used to transmit this cover (cancelled in Albuquerque July 18, 1979). 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. Anderson died in a balloon crash in Germany, making his a rather scarce signature. .
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 ANDERSON, C. ELMER (1912-98), Signed First Day Cover
ANDERSON, C. ELMER (1912-98)
Signed First Day Cover
Minnesota's 28th governor (1952-55) had already served a record-setting 11 years as lieutenant governor starting at the record-setting age of 26! Signed First Day Cover, 6½" X 3½", cancelled at Fort Snelling, Minnesota on October 17, 1970 and with "First Day of Issue" noted. Near fine. Single 6-cent "Great Northwest Fort Snelling 1820 1970" stamp at upper right. No decorative cachet at left; no distracting recipient's name/address. Just at the left of the "sweet spot," Anderson signs boldly in blue ballpoint. Anderson chaired the Fort Snelling Sesquicentennial Commission and spearheaded efforts to preserve and restore this site, thus his signature on this cover is especially relevant. Small portion of original transmittal envelope present. A printed Department of the Army "stuffer" enclosed notes that "This envelope, existing in limited edition, is probably unique in postal history," for a Post Office was created in Fort Snelling for one day only solely to issue and cancel this particular stamp. .
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ANDERSON, CLINTON (1895-1975)
Typed Note Signed
Secretary of agriculture under Truman (1945-48) and New Mexico senator (1949-73). TNS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Albuquerque, NM, 1939 October 26. Addressed to Owen Davies. Near fine. On Anderson's "General Insurance" letterhead, the future cabinet member orders a copy of Ruth Underhill's "First Penthouse Dwellers in America." Shipping cost was three cents -- those were the days. Large, bold signature on this exceptionally early item. .
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ANDERSON, GEORGE W. (1907-92)
Typed Note Signed
This U.S. Navy admiral was Chief of Naval Operations in charge of the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the Soviet missile crisis in 1962; denied appointment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff because of friction with Secretary of Defense McNamara, he was named U.S. Ambassador to Portugal. TNS, 1p, 5 3/4" X 7 3/4", n.p. 1962 August 31. Addressed to Gerald L. Arnholt. Near fine. Single faint horizontal fold. On "Chief of Naval Operations" letterhead featuring a 4-star blue flag, the admiral complies with an autograph request. "I am honored that my signature will be added to such a distinguished collection." Bold full signature. .
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Book number: 27398
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ANDERSSON, JON (B. 1937-?)
Signature and Inscription
This musician and cabaret singer met artist Paul Cadmus (1904-99) in 1964 and became his principal model thereafter, as well as his partner for the next 35 years. Handsome inscription ("very happily since you / called me Paul Cadmus' / inspiration!") and signature in blue ballpoint, heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p. 1980 June 14. Fine. With original envelope. Handsome -- and a great sentiment. .
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Book number: 34978
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