RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts featuring Science and Technology

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Science and Technology dominates the 900+ items in RR Auction's December Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale, highlighted by a fully functional Enigma I cipher machine used by the German military, letters by Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, an Apple floppy disk signed by Steve Jobs, an historic Apollo and other space program artifacts. Other autograph highlights include a John Dillinger letter from jail, a ledger signed by Davy Crockett, multiple George Washington and Abraham Lincoln items, and other outstanding pieces of the past. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in December 2019.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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George Washington1 - George Washington
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Revolutionary War-dated LS signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 7.75 x 12.75, June 11, 1783. Written from the "Head Quarters" of the Contine...
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Estimates : 12,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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George Washington2 - George Washington
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Highly desirable partly-printed DS as president, signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 13 x 16.25, July 29, 1795. Three-language ship's papers issu...
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Estimates : 7,500.00 - 8,500.00
 
 
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George Washington3 - George Washington
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Attractively penned free-franked envelope, 5 x 3.5, accomplished entirely in Washington's own hand, "Mr. George R. Minot, in Boston," ...
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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John Adams4 - John Adams
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Remarkably large and crisp ink signature as president, "John Adams,” on an off-white 7.5 x 2 sheet clipped from the close of a document dated t...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Thomas Jefferson and James Madison5 - Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “Th: Jefferson” as president and “James Madison” as secretary of state, one page, 15.75 x 8.75, October
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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James Madison6 - James Madison
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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 20.75 x 16.5, December 27, 1810. Four-language ship's papers issued to Robert Morris "master and ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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James Madison7 - James Madison
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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 14.5 x 8, July 8, 1813. President Madison grants John M. Dye, "Assignee of John Knoops," ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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James Monroe8 - James Monroe
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Free-franked address panel as secretary of state, 8 x 4, boldly franked in the upper right in ink, "Ja's Monroe." Addressed in another...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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James Monroe9 - James Monroe
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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 12.75 x 8.5, January 1, 1824. President Monroe grants Benjamin Johnson, "Assignee of John Payn...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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John Quincy Adams10 - John Quincy Adams
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Neatly penned ADS, one page, 7 x 2.5, July 11, 1807. Adams writes out a receipt of payment: "Received of J. B. Adams Esqr. fifteen dollars, on ...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Andrew Jackson11 - Andrew Jackson
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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 15.75 x 9.5, November 15, 1830. President Jackson grants Edward Jackson of Marion County, Indiana, a
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Martin Van Buren12 - Martin Van Buren
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ALS signed “M. Van Buren,” one page, 7 x 8.75, January 12, 183. Letter to James J. Roosevelt of Albany, a member of the famous political family. In pa
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Martin Van Buren13 - Martin Van Buren
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Uncommon partly-printed DS as secretary of state, signed “M. Van Buren,” one page, 7.25 x 9, April 13, 1829. Van Buren certifies annexed certificates
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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William Henry Harrison14 - William Henry Harrison
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Desirable ADS, signed “Wm. H. Harrison,” one page, 7.25 x 3.75, January 19, 1796. Requisition document issued at Fort Washington in Ohio, in full: &...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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John Tyler15 - John Tyler
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ALS, four pages on two adjoining sheets, August 1, 1853. Written from Sherwood Forest, a letter to his John Alexander, in full: "I return the m...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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John Tyler16 - John Tyler
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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8 x 9.75, November 4, 1844. President Tyler authorizes and directs the "Secretary of States to affix ...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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James K. Polk17 - James K. Polk
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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 7.5 x 9.5, July 6, 1846. President Polk directs the "Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the Unit...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Zachary Taylor18 - Zachary Taylor
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LS signed “Z. Taylor, Lt. Col., 1st Regt. U.S. Infy., Comdg.,” one page, 7.5 x 10, September 1, 1831. Letter to Col. R. Jones, in part: "I have...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Millard Fillmore19 - Millard Fillmore
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ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 7.75, October 20, 1859. Written from Buffalo, a letter to diplomat and Union Army General Robert C. Sche
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Millard Fillmore20 - Millard Fillmore
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Free franked mailing envelope, 5.75 x 3.25, addressed in another hand to "Law & Todd, Merchants, New York City," with Fillmore adding ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Franklin Pierce21 - Franklin Pierce
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War-dated LS signed “Frank. Pierce, Brig. Gen'l U.S.A.,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, January 18, 1848. Letter to "The Adjutant General, U.S. Arm...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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James Buchanan22 - James Buchanan
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ALS, one page, 8 x 10, September 21, 1852. Letter to James Campbell, in full: "I have this moment received your favor of yesterday. I have neve...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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James Buchanan23 - James Buchanan
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ALS as senator, one page, 8 x 10, January 9, 1841. Letter to Secretary of the Navy James K. Paulding, recommending one of his constituents. In full:...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln24 - Abraham Lincoln
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Impressive 1891 Japanese rice print of President Abraham Lincoln by Moses Parker Rice, 10 x 13, reproduced from the original negative by Alexander Gar
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln25 - Abraham Lincoln
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Excessively rare partly-printed DS as president, one page, 15.75 x 10, July 25, 1864. President Lincoln grants 120 acres of land in Omaha, Nebraska, t
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Estimates : 15,000.00 - 25,000.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln26 - Abraham Lincoln
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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 17.75 x 11.25, July 16, 1861. President Lincoln appoints Jonathan C. Havens as "Deputy Postmaster at ...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln27 - Abraham Lincoln
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Civil War-dated ink signature as president, "A. Lincoln, C. F. Adams, American Legation, London,” on an off-white 2.5 x 2.75 sheet possibly cli...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln28 - Abraham Lincoln
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Desirable set of three uncommon carte-de-visite photos, including: a 2.25 x 4 portrait of Abraham Lincoln reading with his son Tad, after a photograph
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln31 - Abraham Lincoln
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Rare wooden mallet made from a tree planted by Abraham Lincoln in front of his home at 413 South Eighth Street in Springfield, Illinois. The full gave
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln32 - Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln
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Uncommon pair of albumen portraits of President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, both approximately 1.25 x 1.75, individually display
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln: Vinnie Ream33 - Abraham Lincoln: Vinnie Ream
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Two original carte-de-visite portraits, both approximately 2.5 x 4, with one depicting Vinnie Ream's bust sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in profil...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Andrew Johnson34 - Andrew Johnson
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Partly-printed DS, one page, 12.25 x 15, February 1, 1854. As governor of Tennessee, Johnson grants Joel Maxwell a "Certain Tract or Parcel of ...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant35 - U. S. Grant
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Citizens National Bank of Washington City check, 7.25 x 2.75, filled out in another hand and signed by President U. S. Grant, payable to Dr. James Bus
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant36 - U. S. Grant
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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, August 3, 1876. President Grant authorizes and directs "the Secretary of State to affix ...
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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U. S. Grant37 - U. S. Grant
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Partly-printed DS, one page, 8 x 10, October 31, 1867. As Secretary of War ad interim, Grant informs Thomas W. Lord "that the President of the ...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Rutherford B. Hayes38 - Rutherford B. Hayes
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ALS signed “R. B. Hayes,” one page, 5.5 x 8.5, June 8, 1886. Letter to author and educator William Henry Venable, in full: "I will with pleasur...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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James A. Garfield39 - James A. Garfield
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Civil War-dated ALS signed “J. A. Garfield,” one page, 5.25 x 8, December 1, 1862. Letter to his brother and sister, in full: "Your kind letter...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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James A. Garfield40 - James A. Garfield
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ALS signed “J. A. Garfield,” one page, 7.5 x 9.75, House of Representatives letterhead, June 15, 1878. Letter to the Hon. R. M. Reynolds, First Audito
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Chester A. Arthur41 - Chester A. Arthur
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Civil War-dated ALS signed “C. A. Arthur, QM Gen'l,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, Quartermaster General's Department, Stat...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Chester A. Arthur42 - Chester A. Arthur
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LS as president, signed “C. A. Arthur,” one page, 5 x 8, black-bordered mourning "Washington" letterhead, October 15, 1881. Letter to A. M...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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William McKinley43 - William McKinley
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Mammoth matte-finish 16.5 x 20.5 portrait of McKinley taken by George Prince in 1900, affixed to its original 17.5 x 23.5 mount, prominently signed on
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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William McKinley44 - William McKinley
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Early ALS signed “Wm. McKinley, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 10, personal law firm letterhead, November 16, 1869. Letter to General Marsden concerning a recent
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Theodore Roosevelt45 - Theodore Roosevelt
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Vintage matte-finish 10.25 x 13.5 Underwood and Underwood photo of Roosevelt clad in a three-piece suit and his riding boots, sitting in his yard at S
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Theodore Roosevelt46 - Theodore Roosevelt
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TLS, two pages, 7.5 x 9.5, Navy Department letterhead, June 14, 1897. As Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Roosevelt writes to Governor William Yates A
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Warren G. Harding47 - Warren G. Harding
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Remarkable AMS in pencil as president, eleven pages, 5.25 x 8, no date but circa July 1921. Harding’s draft for a message to Congress on July 26, 1921
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Calvin Coolidge48 - Calvin Coolidge
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Imposing vintage matte-finish 10 x 13.75 close-up portrait of Coolidge by Jack Clifford, affixed to its original 13.5 x 19.5 mount, signed at the bott
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Herbert Hoover49 - Herbert Hoover
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TLS as president, one page, 7 x 9, White House letterhead, November 30, 1932. Shortly after his lopsided defeat in the 1932 presidential election, Hoo
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Franklin D. Roosevelt50 - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Rare ALS as president signed "FDR," one page, 6.5 x 8.5, White House letterhead, no date. Letter to Norman Davis, chairman of the Red Cros...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Franklin D. Roosevelt51 - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s official absentee voter envelope and ballots for the General Elections of Dutchess County, New York, held on November 8, 1927,
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman52 - Harry S. Truman
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Iconic oversized vintage matte-finish 14 x 11 photo of Truman holding up the iconic 'Dewey Defeats Truman' issue of the Chicago Tribune, sig...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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