Auction 33

Stamps and Postal History


U.S. Statesmen and Presidents' Wives


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Lot 11
Conally,Jr., John B., handwritten letter by Nellie Conally and signed by she and John B. Connally, Jr. (1917-1993), who was JFK's Secretary of the Navy (1961-1962), Governor of Texas (1963-1969) and Nixon's Secretary of the Treasury (1971-1972). He was wounded by Lee Harvey Oswald in the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. This note was postmarked on Dec 31, 1963 just a month later.
Estimate $50 - 75.
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Lot 12
Interesting Group of 20th Century U.S. Political Figures. Six signed items and/or letters featuring:

Henry Cabot Lodge, Republican U.S. senator for more than 31 years (1893-1924) and chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations; he led the successful congressional opposition to the country's participation in the League of Nations following World War I, great content Typewritten Letter Signed "H.C. Lodge" as Senator from MA and Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations, on committee stationery, Washington, 10/20/1919, he tells a constituent that the newly formed League of Nations "in its present form is full of serious dangers, not only to the cause of peace, but to the rights and interests of the American people…" Folds, otherwise choice. With original envelope bearing printed frank postmarked Oct 24, 1919, Lodge's own efforts in the Senate ensured that the United States could not join the League, undermining its effectiveness and legitimacy.

Andrew William Mellon, sometimes A.W., was an American banker, businessman, industrialist, philanthropist, art collector, and politician from the wealthy Mellon family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he established a vast business empire before transitioning into politics where he served as United States Secretary of the Treasury from March 9, 1921, to February 12, 1932, presiding over the boom years of the 1920s and the Wall Street crash of 1929, official signature on business-sized card, un-dated, measures 1 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches, very fine with accompanying letter dated February 6, 1930 from his secretary regarding this card.

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 - January 26, 1979) was an American businessman and politician who served as the 41st vice president of the United States from 1974 to 1977, and previously as the 49th governor of New York from 1959 to 1973, signed typewritten letter dated June 16, 1965, fine.

Fiorello Henry La Guardia was an American politician. He is best known for being the 99th Mayor of New York City for three terms from 1934 to 1945 as a pro-New Deal liberal progressive Republican, previously he had been elected to Congress in 1916 and 1918, and again from 1922 through 1930, official signature on index-sized card, un-dated, measures 5 x 3 1/4 inches, very fine with accompanying FDC postmarked Apr 24, 1972.

James Michael Curley (November 20, 1874 - November 12, 1958) was an American Democratic Party politician from Boston, Massachusetts, he was one of the most colorful figures in Massachusetts politics in the first half of the 20th century, he served four terms as Democratic Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, including part of one while in prison, typewritten signed letter dated September 28, 1921, fine.

Thomas Edmund Dewey (March 24, 1902 March 16, 1971) was an American lawyer, prosecutor, and politician. He served as the 47th governor of New York from 1943 to 1954. In 1944, he was the Republican Party's nominee for president, typewritten signed letter dated December 20, 1937, fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 13
Cleveland, Frances, First Lady of the United States (1864-1947); second wife of President Grover Cleveland, she was many years his junior; noted for her beauty and bright personality. Franked Cover Signed "Frances F Cleveland Preston," Princeton, NJ, 6/12/1931, addressed in type to Henry P Clayton of the same city. Cancellation touching signature, some light foxing, otherwise in choice condition.
Estimate $75 - 100.
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Lot 14
First Ladies of the United States, Five covers featuring First Lady of the United States, Edith K. Roosevelt (1861-1948); wife of Theodore Roosevelt. Autograph Envelope Franked "Free / Edith K Roosevelt" and addressed in her hand to the E. A. Keach Co in Danielson, CT. Postmarked Oyster Bay, NY, 1936. Postal cancellation over signature; First Lady of the United States, Grace Coolidge (1879-1957); wife of Calvin Coolidge. Typed Envelope Franked "Grace Coolidge," Northampton, MA, 1955. Cancellation over signature. Some foxing; First Lady of the United States, Lucretia Garfield (1832-1918); wife of James A Garfield. Mourning Cover Franked "Lucretia R. Garfield," Washington, DC. Address in another hand. Date stamp touches signature. Mrs. Garfield's care for her husband as he slowly died from complications after being shot by a crazed office-seeker earned the nation's sympathy, and when she was widowed, she mourned for years; First Lady of the United States, Frances Cleveland (1864-1947); second wife of President Grover Cleveland, she was many years his junior; noted for her beauty and bright personality. Franked Cover Signed "Frances F Cleveland Preston," Princeton, NJ, 3/27/1934, addressed in another hand to Willard L Dutton of Brooklyn, NY. Cancellation across signature, otherwise in fine condition; acting First Lady of the United States, Mary Lord Harrison (1858-1948); second wife of President Benjamin Harrison; though she married Harrison after his time as President, she had moved into the White House to assist his first wife - her aunt - when she became ill. Autograph Cover Franked "Mary Lord Harrison" NYC, 10/18/1946, and addressed in her hand to Frances Beebe, secretary of Elmira College;alwso included is typewritten letter signed by Luci Johnson (daughter of Lyndon B. Johnson); a lovely group of FLOTUS memorabilia.
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 15
Roosevelt, Edith K., First Lady of the United States (1861-1948); wife of Theodore Roosevelt. Autograph Envelope Franked "Free / Edith K Roosevelt" and addressed in her hand to the Bank of New York. Postmarked St Andrews, FL, 1936.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 16
Roosevelt, Edith K., First Lady of the United States (1861-1948); wife of Theodore Roosevelt. Autograph Envelope Franked "Free / Edith K Roosevelt" and addressed in her hand to the Bank of New York. Postmarked Oyster Bay, NY, 1935. Postal cancellation over signature.
Estimate $100 - 150.
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Lot 17
Roosevelt, Edith K., First Lady of the United States (1861-1948); wife of Theodore Roosevelt. Autograph Envelope Franked "Free / Edith K Roosevelt" and addressed in her hand to Charles Page of Brooklyn, CT. Postmark too light to read, touching signature. Foxing at left, else very good.
Estimate $75 - 100.
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