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Signed Portrait Photograph to the Man Who Financed His Inventions
THOMAS A. EDISON - Inventor. A magnificent signed, inscribed and dated oversized cabinet photograph showing a young portrait of the inventor genius. To my friend John H. Harjes from Thomas A. Edison New York March 25, 1887. The photo measures overall 18"x20" with the image measuring 9"x12". It has been museum framed from that era. The original wooden frame contains two hand carved wooden light bulbs at the side. The photo itself has some light foxing. Historically significant, the inscription is to one of Edison's bankers, financiers and friend of the family. This is a strikingly handsome portrait photo and seldom comes to the market in this size. A one of a kind item........$5,000.................CLICK IMAGE

Albert Einstein Cruises Back to his German Homeland
At the height of his career and world fame, Albert Einstein and his first wife Elsa, set off on a vacation to their German homeland. Einstein often traveled by this means as it was very relaxing and it reminded him of his love for sailing. They departed by ship from Los Angeles, March 2, 1932 aboard the M.S. San Francisco. Another passenger aboard the ship was the renowned operatic lecturer and scholar, William Lines Hubbard. Famous in his own right, Hubbard was the music critic for the Chicago Tribune and author of a definitive 11 volume work on the history of opera ( published 1908 ). Accompanying Hubbard was his companion Julia Reid. Their cabins were adjacent to the Einstein's. As was the practice during this era, Hubbard kept detailed journals and letters of his travel experiences. To say the least this collection is a treasure of information giving an interesting insight of the personal side of the great Scientist as well as the conditions existing in Germany at that time. The collection is from the estate of Hubbard and contains the following items for sale:

TWO travel journals/diaries- The first book containing numerous personal snapshots by Hubbard of his journey, most shots are of places visited including early images of the ship passing through the Panama Canal and friends in Germany. A personal travel journal 190pp covering Feb.1932 to Jan. 1934 entirely in the hand of Hubbard, containing numerous entries with a variety of topics including many referencing his encounters with the Einsteins. " Monday Mar 12 was Prof. Einstein's birthday their table was decorated with 3 vases of Easter and Tiger lilies which the Capt had ordered from La Libertad, with a birthday card and many cards & letters. Mrs. came in first then the Prof, we gave hand clapping in welcome and they were like two happy children........ Sunday April 3 Prof E reading Philosophies and enthusiastic over it. Had chat at table with Dr. about music etc........Tuesday April 5 Had stroll with Prof. E & discussions of economic conditions. Believes employment is the solution to the problem....Sunday 10 Watched Election returns until 11:30 Conrads sympathizes with Hitler. There are other numerous entries that give an insight to the politics of Europe during this time...$3,500...CLICK IMAGE 1--IMAGE 2

A personal travel journal 150+pp entirely in the hand of Julie Reid containing numerous entries concerning her trip. "Dec 2 The situation between the U.S. Congress and Great Berlin is at a point that makes a thinking people tremble for the future.".....$750........CLICK IMAGE

Three typed letters by Hubbard to relatives describing in detail his travels, including many references to the Einsteins. "Professor Einstein loves the roung(sic) weather and has reveled in it.He and Mme. are proving very delightful fellow passengers....... he struts up and down the deck smoking his stubby pipe or whistling like a jolly kid."................$600.......CLICK IMAGE.....CLICK IMAGE2......CLICK IMAGE3

On March 2,1932 Einstein and his wife traveled to Germany aboard the M.S. San Francisco. He traveled with William Lines Hubbard. This grouping consists of an original ship's Passenger list containing the names of the Einstein's and two unpublished original snap shot photographs of the Einsteins aboard the ship. These photographs were apparently taken by Hubbard as they came from his estate. Very RARE......................$2,000 CLICK IMAGE

Albert Einstein's Personal Pipe- Scientist and Man of the World. Offered is his personal pipe showing much use that is housed in its original leather case. The pipe comes with an original typed letter dated 1956 from his step daughter, Margo Einstein that sends the pipe to Einstein's friend and photographer Sanford Roth. " My father would want you to have this pipe. Thanks to you for the happy times spend (sic) with us." The letter and pipe were apparently sent to Roth after Einstein's death in 1955 in appreciation for the friendship the two men shared. Also comes with a notarized letter from the person who obtained the pipe from Roth. Any Einstein item of a personal nature seldom is offered for sale as many are in museums or stay with the family. This is a relic with impeccable provenance of the greatest scientist who ever lived and was Time Magazine's Man of the Century .................$7,500...... CLICK IMAGE 1 IMAGE 2

Original Historic Wall Street Ticker Tapes
WALL STREET - Original ticker tape from wall street dated Jan. 24,1973. Measures 1"x40" with the
following historic message, The members and staff of the New York Stock Exchange join with all Americans in
prayerful thanks for the ceasefire that President Nixon Announced last night and rejoice with those families who
will have heir fathers and sons home from this war New York Stock Exchange Inc. Three folds...........$50

WALL STREET- Original Ticker tape from wall street dated Jan. 25, 1973. Measures 1"x20" with the
following historic message, The New York Stock Exchange Inc. will be closed Thursday January 25, 1973 in
observance of the day of mourning for former President Lyndon B. Johnson regular market hours will be resumed
on Friday January 26,1973. Folded in half, otherwise mint........................$50

LOUIS PASTEUR-MEDICAL A large portion of hair taken from the tail of a horse used in the experiments that led to the production of Diphtheria Antitoxin. The large lock of hair has been framed , is brown in color and someone has written the following beneath the hair " Hair from the tail of horse No.2 of the Pasteur Institute Paris. The first horse used by Professor Roux for the production of Diphtheria Antitoxin ........$1,000...CLICK IMAGE....IMAGE2

"THE REAL JURASSIC PARK"


( DINOSAUR EGG ) One of the rarest and most unique items to ever be offered for sale. This fossilized egg is approximately 7" in diameter, oval in shape and resembles a large cantaloupe. The egg was found in the Xixia basin, Nanyang county, Henan Province China. This area is about 150 miles southwest of Xian which is the sight of the Terra-cotta Warriors. A farmer found dinosaur eggs while digging a trench for irrigation purposes. This egg was preserved by periodic floods that left a silt- like sandstone preserving the hatched and unhatched eggshells. This was one of only a few un-hatched eggs found at the sight. The egg is 97 million years old from the Cretaceous Age. The particular dinosaur family, genus and species has not yet been fully determined. It is believed to be from the Sauropod/Ornithopod dinosaur. The egg is accompanied by the original certificate from the antique dealer who owned them. Each egg has an original I.D. tag on it which corresponds to the certificate of authenticity. Also there is a complete history of the egg explaining how it was found, where etc. There are also several newspaper articles about the discovery of these eggs from the New York Times and Baltimore Sun. In one of the papers a reference is made that one of these eggs sold at auction for $7,500. There are a very few of these eggs that find their way to private collections as most are purchased by or given to museums. If you want a one of a kind item that will only appreciate in value, this is it.........$3,500...CLICK IMAGE.....IMAGE 2

HISTORIC HAND WRITTEN LETTER BY NAPOLEON WITH AN INCREDIBLE RELIC FROM WATERLOO
Emperor of France. Hand written letter, one page, measuring approximately 5x8, Berlin ( Germany ), November 24, 1806. To Monsieur Mollien who was Chancellor of State and at this time Minister of Finance. In full, The delay in the payment of Spain is becoming alarming. Advise me whether payment has been made since your report of October 29. May God Keep you in His Holy Vigil. Signed Napoleon. The letter was written just after Napoleon's army defeated the Prussians under Frederick William III at Jena on Oct. 14, 1806 and issued the Berlin decree. It was apparent that Napoleon was feeling the financial pinch of his war effort in Europe. He had been receiving enormous retributions from Spain so that he would not attack this country . The letter shows that he was personally concerned that the Spanish Government had not yet sent what they owed. Accompanying this letter is a small blue cloth tassel housed in a small crystal locket measuring 1x1 attached to an elaborated brass chain about 10 inches in length. The relic is accompanied by a two sided note measuring 3x4 inches with the following written on one side, The tassel in this locket is from Napoleon's military carriage captured at Waterloo. The carriage is in Madam Toucheaus Museum in London and the tassel was obtained in 1856 by Prof. T.R. Timby from the custodian. Presented to Van H. Manning Jan. 23, 1891. Napoleon's carriage was used well made to withstand heavy fighting, it contained facilities for bathing, sleeping, and many hidden compartments containing weapons. It was captured by Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. It was purchased by Toucheau's museum and put on display where it became very popular along with the wax figure of Napoleon. It latter burned in the famous fire which destroyed the museum later. The other side of the note contains the following, Presented by Hattie W. Manning to William N. Wierman May 1925. Comes with an original newspaper of the Boston Gazette, dated May 1899 containing an article about the carriage and an article about the construction and history of the famous military carriage. An incredible historical assemblage of one of the most influential men in European history. These are museum quality items..........$7,500........CLICK IMAGE1----IMAGE2----IMAGE3

1st Ed. Custer Last Stand Book- Offered is an unusual George Custer book, "Custer's Last Stand" by Quentin Reynolds, Random House NY, 1951, first printing with original dust jacket. The dust jacket has a 3" tear at the top otherwise the item is in excellent condition. This is an unusual Custer piece of memorabilia...$25

 

 

1861 Massachusetts Broadside Proclamation Offered is an original 1861 Massachusetts Broadside Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Praise. This large broadside measures approximately 20x28 with slight yellowing, and with the seal of the State at the top. "by his Excellency John A. Andrew Governor proclaiming that the 21st day of November next being the anniversary of that day in the year of our lord sixteen hundred and twenty on which the Pilgrims of Massachusetts on board the Mayflower united themselves in solemn and written compact of government to be observed by the people of Massachusetts of a day of Public Thanksgiving and Praise." This proclamation was dated by Council Chamber on October 31, 1861. This is a very rare and historic document.......$250.......CLICK IMAGE ....IMAGE 2

Original 1925 Custer's Last Fight Movie Broadsides Offered are two early movie broadsides advertising the movie, "Custer's Last Fight" produced by A. Thomas H. Ince. One of the/posters measures approximately 8x22, in black ink on light green paper, printed on both sides. The headline on this poster is "Custer's Last Fight the Battle of No Survivors." Each side has excellent pictures of Custer, Sitting Bull, Indians, one of Custer's scouts and much more. There also is written information about the battle and movie. The other poster is on heavy stock cardboard measuring approximately 14x22 in red ink with the following written Advertisement: Coming The Mighty Epic Spectacle of the Old-Time West-- Custer's Last Fight- -Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Battle at Little Big Horn-- The Greatest Indian Frontier Spectacle ever Shown-- Dedicated to the Spirit of the American Pioneer-- Famous Indian Uprising in 1876 Under the Bloodthirsty Sitting Bull-- Taken in The Black Hills Over a Year in The Making. Both posters are in excellent condition and show a 1925 copyright. A must for the Western Movie or Custer collector.............................$75

World War II Pilots Silk Map- Offered is a silk map measuring approximately 24 x 19 of Southeast and Northeast China that were used by US Pilots during WWII. On the map there are numerous indications such as; Army Map Service 1944; for use by War and Navy Department Agencies. The over all condition is excellent with fraying on the edges.........................................$65................................CLICK IMAGE

Historic Letters -Inventor Of Early Telephone Equip. offered is an archives of three historic letters relating to the invention of the first commercial telephone switchboard which revolutionized communication. He was a very close friend of Thomas Edison and with the exception of Edison, Scribner had more electrical patents than any other man in the industry. The first letter measures approximately 5x8, dated May 6th 1880 Chicago, four full pages front and back signed Charlie, written entirely in his hand and in pencil. He writes his wife about personal matters but also relates about his work…..Most of my work has been experimenting with new switches. I have one which works better than any that has ever been made, but Mr. Barton is afraid it is and infringement on one already patented, though it isn't a bit like it. It does the same thing in an entirely different manner and I am sure I could get a patent on it. It is not decided what will be done about it yet. I am sure they will apply for a patent on it, but what I want them to do is to use it on the telephones that are being sent out. A second letter measures approximately 5x8, dated July 6, 1880 on Western Electric stationary, two full pages front and back signed Charlie, written entirely in his hand and in ink, again he writes his wife…… I had a talk with Mr. Barton today about a switch patent and he said the company wanted to pay me a royalty on it. The final letter measures approximately 5x8, dated April 18, 1880 on Western Electric stationary, four full pages front and back signed Charlie, written entirely in his hand and in ink, again he writes his wife….. I didn't get here till just time to go out to Edison and I was so busy that I didn't have time to write……..The taking of Edison testimony has now been foothoned for four weeks as Edison is himself very sick and unable to do anything in the matter. All letters come with original Western Electric envelopes they were sent in. This is an incredible historic archives of letters relating to the "age of invention." ................................$150.................................CLICK IMAGE IMAGE 2 3 4

Scribner contributed to the growth of telephonic equipment and devices, beginning with the rudimentary telephone exchanges installed in 1879. Following the acceptance of the telephone, effective methods of interconnection of large numbers of telephones had to be perfected. In that formative period Scribner solved a problem that confronted the industry, the devising of a practicable and smooth-working switchboard for large offices. The result was his multiple, or duplicate, switchboard, as it was first called, through which he originated the main features of switchboard development. Because of his work his company became one of the largest manufacturers of switchboards. During his career he filed approximately 700 patents and took out approximately 500, most of them relating to early telephone switchboards and to switching systems. The electrical circuits employed in intercommunication, switchboards and signaling apparatus, as devised by him, were adopted throughout the world. He also fostered Western Electric's research and development department, which in 1924 became the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Under his direction the de Forest audion was acquired and refined by one of his assistants into the first modern vacuum tube, enabling the first transcontinental telephony in 1915. He was author of Western Electric Company's "Contribution to Early Telephone Development" (West. Elec. News, Feb. 1913). He was a fellow of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and a member of the Engineering Foundation, Telephone Pioneers, United States Engineering Society, the Machinery Club of New York city, and the Wanbanakee Golf and Ethan Allen clubs of Burlington, Vt. In 1900 he was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Exposition for his inventions.

Magnificent John Hancock Document- Offered is a magnificent document measuring approximately 7x12, dated September 5, 1788 signed with a very large bold signature of Hancock as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a passport “to let Madame Marguerite Mezeau Masse, a resident in Boston and a woman of good reputation going to France pass safely and freely.” Handwritten text by the clerk and countersigned by John Avery as secretary at the bottom with an intact large paper-covered red wax seal of the Commonwealth at the upper left. There are a few light folds with the document being in excellent condition with one of the nicest autographs of John Hancock offered in a long time on ebay. John Hancock's flamboyant signature on the Declaration of Independence made him an American legend. A Harvard graduate, Hancock was a prosperous Boston businessman who nonetheless favored American independence from Great Britain. He became a Massachusetts representative to the Continental Congress, and was elected president of the Continental Congress in 1775. As such, Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence in July of 1776. He wrote his name at the center of the page in extra-large script. Referring to a bounty the British had put on the heads of revolutionaries, he remarked, "The British ministry can read that name without spectacles; let them double their reward." (Hence, "John Hancock" became a slang term for any signature.) Hancock was later elected the first governor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving in that position from 1780-85 and from 1787 until his death in 1793........$6,500.........CLICK IMAGE IMAGE 2 IMAGE3

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Autographs of Auto Greats Henry Ford and Son Edsel- Offered is a magnificent 3x5 white card containing fountain ink signatures of Henry Ford and his Son Edsel who has also dated the card May 31st 1934. The card is mint having only small piece of clear tape on the reverse not affecting the signatures. EXTREMELY RARE combination of autographs signed on the same item. Payment by money order preferred or Bank check, personal checks accepted but will be held 10 days to clear. Add $12.00(domestic) or $25.00(foreign) postage insurance and packaging, Maryland residents add 5% sales tax. Lifetime guarantee on authenticity as it is explained in this description. Payment MUST BE sent within 10 days of notification of a winning bid unless other arrangements have been made between seller and successful bidder Henry Ford created the first inexpensive mass-produced automobile -- the Model T -- and revolutionized American industry by developing and refining assembly line manufacturing. Ford began his working life as a machinist, then became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company. (He and Thomas Edison remained close friends for decades.) In his spare time Ford tinkered with creating a motorized vehicle, and in 1896 introduced the Quadricycle, a four-wheeled cart with a gasoline engine. (Ford has often been credited with inventing the automobile, though historians now agree he was only one of many people who built motorized cars.) In 1903 the Ford Motor Company was founded, and in 1908 Ford introduced the Model T. By 1924 10 million Model T cars had been sold and Detroit had become the auto-making capital of America. Ford remained one of the country's most famous and influential businessmen until his death in 1947. The Ford's only had one son, Edsel, who was born November 6, 1893. He was Edsel named after a childhood friend Edsel Ruddiman. I have little information on his childhood at this time or the clothes he wore as a boy. A British reader remembers visiting the doctor sometime during the 1960s and while waiting to see him picked up a magazine with an article about Edsel. "There was a picture of him as a boy wearing a suit with short trousers. I thought this kind of odd at the time a I was always under the impression that American boys never wore short trousers and that only boys in the UK and Europe wore them." Of course short pants were much more common in Britain and knickers more common in America, although boys from American boys from affluent families were more likely to wear short pants. At the turn of the 20th century when Edsel was a boy, most American boys of all social backgrounds wore knee pants. The only exception here was boys who had to work, they would begin wearing long pants earlier than boys still going to school. Edsel married Eleanor and they had four children: Henry II, Benson, Josephine, and William Clay. Ford retired in 19?? and Edsel became president of the Ford Motor Company for a quarter of a century. Edsel grew up in and around the Ford Motor Company that his father devoted himself to. There was the controversy of his World War I draft notice and an exemption, the change from the Model T to the Model A, and the creation of the Ford Foundation. Edsel's role in Ford is rather lost today, but it was in fact significant. [Dominguez] Interestingly while his father believed in making a very basic car and opposed innovations like colors and stylistic changes, Edsel gave considerable attention to styling when he took over the company. The classic 1939 Lincoln Continental, for example, reflected the influence of Edsel who played an important role in giving the Lincoln line its distinctive style and elegance. Needless to say, he had nothing to do with the disastrous Edsel car named after him. Edsel died unexpectedly, however, during 1943 in the midst of World War II. His father briefly resumed the presidency, but was because of his age and health not up to the task.........................................................$1000

Archives of Early American Red Cross Letters offered is an archives of 20 letters all measuring approximately 5x8 on official American Red Cross Walter Reed Hospital Washington D.C. stationary, written in pencil by a soldier “Buck” to his wife. From the contents in the letters the soldier is recuperating from an injury probably received during the war, WW I. Some of the content contained in the letter……….Call up the hospital to see if the quarantine is lifted……….my temperature has been normal so far so lets hope it will hold out. He said that we are all entitled to thirty days leave but our company commander does not have to give it to us……The captain came around and looked me over today he said that there was only a light spot left on my lung…….. The fellow that died was here for shell shock and needed a lot of attention which our captain didn’t give him and so he died………………. There is some really great content about hospital life and medical treatment. There are also three original Red Cross envelopes addressed to his wife, giving a last name of Thour, so the purchaser of the group can do more research........$100...CLICK