A President's Signature
- A List of the US President's Signature
In the first few decades of the 20th century sportsmen and women were, along
with movie idols, the heroes of the day; where the press and photographers
congregated, autograph hunters were never far behind. As a result, there are
many thousands of sports autographs to be found from pre-war years and even
more from relatively modern times.
The most collectible Justice signatures are those, not surprisingly, of
groundbreakers. Signatures of Thurgood
Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the Court, John Jay, the first Chief
Justice, and William Howard Taft, the only president to serve on the Court, are prized by collectors.
- Just as an artist signs a masterpiece after producing a
great work of art, so do some novelists sign their name to a first edition
copy as a testament of their labor and fame.
Politicians, celebrities, and sports figures are often asked for their
autograph. To save time, they may authorize their secretary, agent, or
even an autopen machine to sign their name for them.
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Antiques & Collectibles
Library - Collecting antiques can be fun, but it can
be even more enjoyable to track down details of who made your favourite
The "Most Important Document In Sports
History", The Contract Selling Babe Ruth From The Red Sox To Yankees
- By 1918, the Red Sox had won their fifth World Series, which was unprecedented at that time. One of their talented young pitchers was George Herman Ruth, most often referred to as "The Babe" or "The Bambino," who was also blossoming as a slugger with his home run hitting records.
Collecting Old Bookmarks
- Bookmarks came into being to protect expensive
books as long ago as the 16th century, but they were not widespread and
popular until the 19th century.
British Comics and Comicbooks
The first 70 years of British comics is dominated by two publishing
houses. One was created in 1904 when Lord Harmsworth combined several companies into Amalgamated Press, later known as Fleetway Publications. Harmsworth
published what is arguably the first British comic, Comic Cuts, which
ran from 1890 to 1953. Amalgamated Press dominated the 1920s, producing
comics for all ages.
Calling card etiquette
Calling cards and their elaborate carrying cases were indispensable
social aids in the 19th century. Now, they make attractive mementoes of
a bygone age.
Car Ephemera Collectibles
Boys of all ages yearn for the motor cars of yesteryear. Collecting the
books and magazines that went with them brings the dream a step nearer.
Collecting Christmas Cards
- Christmas and greeting cards, which have been
around for more than 100 years, are innovations for which we have to
thank the Victorians.
Rare Cook Books -
The number, style and contents of cookery books published in
the last 100 years or so illustrate the way the role of the housewife
has altered in that time.
Cigarette Cards, Film Stars
- Between the World Wars, the happy coincidence of
the Golden Age of Hollywood films with that of cigarette cards created
an affordable and fascinating field for today's collectors.
Cigarette Cards, Nature
Natural history was one of the less common subjects to appear on
cigarette cards before World War 1, although Player's issued 'Wild
Animals of the World' in 1901, while Edwards, Ringer & Bigg produced
'Birds and their Eggs' in 1906 and F & J Smith brought out 'Fowls,
Pigeons and Dogs' in 1908.
Football, cricket and horse racing were the three most popular sporting
subjects on Edwardian cigarette cards, sets of which are not only
attractive but also very collectable
Cricket Yearbooks, books and magazines
As certain as the changing of the seasons, the new edition
of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack heralds the forthcoming season with a
review of all things cricketing over the previous year.
Crime & Spy Fiction
Crime fiction - thrillers, whodunits and detective stories - has been a
mainstay of 20th-century publishing and attracts a great many collectors.
Dear America Books - Books on Americana
- The Dear America books are a series about fictional young women living
in various points of American history, and recording "diaries" of their
daily lives and the events around them.
Educational Books - Rare Books
- The more enjoyed a child's book has been during its
lifetime, the less likely it is to have survived. If it has, the chances
are that it will be rather tattered and defaced and of little value to the
collector. It is partly for this reason that copies of highly regarded
titles in good condition are so rare and highly priced.
History of Fountain Pens and Collecting Writing Instrument
- Attempts to add ink reservoirs to quill pens date
hack to at least the 17th century (when
of Samuel Pepys mentions such a device), but it was not until the 1880s that the first successful fountain pen was put on the market.
Collecting Menus -
A menu, perhaps with a delightful illustration, is the perfect souvenir
of a special occasion, whether it be a grand dinner party, an
unforgettable trip or a memorable meal.
Collecting Maps and Charts
- Every aspect of a map's design tells us something
of the age when it was made: the lettering, the decorative borders and
cartouches, the compass roses, the uncharted uncharted filled with sea
monsters and sailing ships, the vignettes of picturesque scenery and
surveyors wielding their dividers.
World Globes, Maps and Charts
- Globes and other navigational instruments were symbols
of an age of expansion, and these finely crafted tools of discovery are
highly valued today.
Naughty French Postcards and Erotica
- Around the turn of the 20th century, France, or
more particularly, Paris, was recognized worldwide as the hot-spot of
life's racier side. The Folies Bergere, the Moulin Rouge and the
night-life of the 'naughty nineties' had all contributed to Franc's
reputation of casualness in matters of sex.
Old Newspapers -
In the Victorian and Edwardian eras, newspapers and magazines
flourished; today they provide a fascinating insight into the period and
can form an entertaining collection.
- Police wanted posters and paperwork, especially
those relating to notorious murder cases, are of interest to anyone
concerned with social history or the quirks of human behaviour.
- Comic-book heroes with strange and mysterious
powers first appeared at the end of the Great Depression, and have since
become an established part of American culture. Their early adventures
are now hugely collectable.
Collecting Women's Magazines
- Mass-circulation women's magazines were created by the literacy boom of the late 19th century and sustained by the social changes of the 20th century.
The Art of Western European Manuscripts in the 5th - 16th Centuries
- The passion for collecting manuscripts in Russia dates back to the reign of Catherine the Great. This was the time when collections were assembled by the Counts Stroganov, Princes Golitsyn and Yusupov, and by the secretary of the Russian embassy in France, P.P. Dubrovsky. During his period of service abroad, Peter Petrovich Dubrovsky (1754-1816) ñîllected
around 400 medieval manuscripts.
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