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Typed Letter Signed
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Typed Letter Signed

By (COOK, Frederick A.) SHAINWALD von AHLEFELDT, Ralph (ca. 1883-?)

The youngest member of American explorer Frederick A. Cook's 1903 Mount Denali expedition, this curious figure remained one of the controversial explorer's closest friends and most steadfast supporters throughout the attacks on his claim to have reached the North Pole on 21 April 1908, a year before Peary; it was at Shainwald's home that the explorer died on August 5, 1940. TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Scarsdale, NY, 11 August 1940. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. Faintly age toned. On letterhead of the just-formed (but short-lived) "Cook Arctic Club, Inc." that lists the just-deceased explorer as honorary president at the top of its list of officers, Shainwald writes a supporter just a week after his hero's death. Superb content: "It is a real pleasure to hear from a man who feels as we do, and who can express himself so masterly. This club was formed to promote all the interests of Dr. Cook. We shall continue what we have been planning for the past two months. Namely an airplane Expedition to revisit the Northern lands discovered by Cook in 1908: Bradley Land, 300 miles from Pole; and the Glacial Islands, 120 miles from Pole. Peary has always claimed that Cook turned South 520 miles from Pole. We have failed this year to raise the needed funds, but hope to succeed in 1941. As you may have read, Sir Hubert Wilkins is confidant of the existance of Cook's lands, and has volunteered to command the Expedition." Signed boldly in full in vivid blue ink. Extremely unusual and most desireable.

$300.00

Signature
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Signature

By MUSICK, Edwin C. "Ed" (1894-1938)

This famed aviator, the most famed commercial pilot of his day, became chief pilot for Pan American World Airways and flew their inaugural mail flight from Kew West to Havana in 1927; by 1935 he had broken so many records and achieved such reknown that he was featured on the front of "Time" magazine's December 2nd issue; on a cargo and survey flight near Pago Pago, American Samoa, his clipper ship began leaking oil and, while dumping fuel, exploded in flight, killing him and six crew members. Bold full signature in blue fountain pen (complete with rank, "Captain Edwin C. Musick"), 4¼" X 2 3/4" slip, n.p., n.y. Near fine. Faint paper clip imprint visible. A handsome example of this scarce signature.

$100.00

Signed and Inscribed Christmas Card
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Signed and Inscribed Christmas Card

By VILLIERS, Alan (1903-82)

This Australian adventurer wrote about and photographed his sailing adventures in a series of popular books such as "Whaling in the Frozen South" (1925), "Voyage of the 'Parma': The Great Grain Race of 1932" (1933), "Cruise of the Conrad" (1937), "The Quest of the Schooner Argus" (1951), "The New Mayflower" (1958) and others. Signed and inscribed Christmas card, buff heavy stock 6¼" X 4 3/4", English Channel, "Xmas 1940." Fine. Front panel has 3 3/4" X 2 3/4" color reproduction of Frank Mason's painting "'Tis to Glory We Steer" depicting two British military ships in battle, guns ablaze. Inner right panel bears printed message "With the / Season's Greetings / and Best Wishes / for the New Year / from" and then signed boldly in black by Villiers, who adds "To Arnold F. Gates" and the date and place "English Channel, / Xmas 1940," meaning this was signed at sea. On the left panel, blank except for printed identification of the painting and the artist, he adds "It was nice of you to / remember my birthday." Villiers was commissioned an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve in 1940, and successfully commanded convoys of landing craft in a number of major offensives; by war's end he attained the rank of commander. This charming memento was clearly signed early in his military career aboard his command in the English Channel. Villiers material of WW2 vintage is most unusual and scarce.

$95.00

Signature
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Signature

By CODY, George W. (1841-1935)

William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's cousin was born in Michigan but spent most of his life in California farming, where, according to one obituary, he "drove ox teams into the wilderness in search of buffalo meat, and experienced many pioneer hardships and adventures"; during the Civil War he joined the 8th Eighth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, Company H -- a regiment that traveled farther east than any Kansas unit and saw action at Chickamauga and Chattanooga and participated in the Atlanta campaign; Cody was captured at Chickamauga and experienced prison life at both Libby and Andersonville. Large, bold old age signature and affiliation ("Co. H 8 Kan. Vol. / Inf.") on a buff heavy stock 5½" X 3" postal card, n.p., n.d. [postal cancellation on verso Hanford, CA, 15 February 1934]. Near fine. Typed recipient address on verso that of Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Unusual -- signed just shy of Cody's death on December 20, 1935. For the "Buffalo Bill" collector who has everything.

$55.00

Signature
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Signature

By BURG, Amos (1901-86)

This adventurer, a popular speaker and lecturer, made the first complete canoe voyage of the Columbia River from British Columbia to the Pacific in 1925; he was also the first to navigate an inflatible rubber raft down the Colorado River and film it in "Conquering the Colorado," which won an Academy Award in 1939 for best short subject. Bold pencilled "Amos Burg / Astoria / Dec 7, '39" on a heavy stock 4½" X 2½" card. Near fine. Minor mounting traces on verso. Unusual vintage example from the height of his fame.

$75.00

Autograph Note Signed
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Autograph Note Signed

By GORRINGE, Henry H. (1841-85)

This U.S. naval officer fought in the Civil War, then worked his way up to lieutenant-commander -- but achieved national acclaim when he succeeded in the engineering marvel of transporting the 200-ton ancient obelisk of Thutmosis III ("Cleopatra's Needle") from Alexandria to Central Park in New York City in 1880, which he wrote about in "Egyptian Obelisks"; he resigned his commission in 1883 to organize and manage The American Shipbuilding Company, but died at age 43 in an accident when jumping off a train. ANS, 1p, 5½" X 8¼", New York, NY, 1884 January 27. Addressed to "My dear Sir." Good plus. Slightly edgeworn, with strong single vertical fold; just under half of right side moderately age toned from long-ago newsprint contact. On letterhead of his newly-formed company, which lists him as president, Gorringe sends a curious and cryptic message: "Your wisdom is like that of Soloman. Thank you for the suggestion; I had myself made memoranda for a possible controversy but you have it pat." Boldly penned in brown ink.

$95.00

Inscribed Photograph Signed
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Inscribed Photograph Signed

By BUCK, Frank (1884-1950)

This adventurer and big game "hunter" (he preferred to capture rather than kill) became a household name with his 1930 bestseller "Bring 'em Back Alive," and parlayed this fame into a career as actor, director and producer in a series of popular jungle-theme films and further books. IPS, 8" X 10", n.p., n.y. Very good. Heavy stock black and white reproduction of Norman Rockwell's head-and-shoulders portrait of Buck in safari helmet, boldly signed and inscribed in thick blue ink at lower left: "For -- / my charming / little friend / Janet Allen / with best wishes / from / Frank Buck." A superb example of this manly man at the height of his fame.

$95.00

Typed Note Signed
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Typed Note Signed

By McCRACKEN, Harold (1894-1983)

This American author, photographer, cinematographer and producer co-founded the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the Whitney Museum of Western Art; as an explorer, he led a group that attempted to prove a land bridge once existed between Alaska and Siberia; his numerous books include "Beyond the Frozen Frontier" (1936) and many titles about cowboys, big game hunting and artists of the American West. TNS, 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 1940 October 4. Addressed to Arnold Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. On letterhead of "Courier Productions," a documentary film production company he founded, McCracken tells an admirer he "deeply appreciated your very pleasant remembrance of my birthday, as well as the nice things said about 'Beyond the Frozen Frontier'. Although I have no immediate plans for another book, I have been flirting with a couple of ideas which may materialize." (As indeed they did, with "The Biggest Bear on Earth" published in 1943 and several other titles released in the '40s.) Signed boldly in full. An exceptionally early example.

$75.00

Signed Postage Stamp

By HELMERICKS, Harmon "Bud" (1917-2010)

One of Alaska's first and certainly one of its greatest bush pilots was this adventurer and explorer, author of the bestselling 1969 "Last of the Bush Pilots." Signed postage stamp, 1½" X 1", n.p., n.y. Fine. Mint example of the 1954 "Lewis and Clark Expedition" three-cent U.S. postage stamp, which depicts the explorers standing in front of their boat along a rugged coastline and is printed entirely in brown. Across the sky, Helmericks signs boldly with his handsome, minute signature. A superb, tiny example on an appropriate philatelic item.

$30.00

Signature

By JAMES, Charles T. (1805-62)

This Democratic senator from Rhode Island (1851-57) was an engineer and machinist and developed a promising new projectile called the "James projectile"; while a major general in the Rhode Island State Militia in 1862, his invention was being demonstrated at Sag Harbor, New York when one of his shells accidentally exploded, killing him. Clipped signature, 2½" X 1" tan stock, n.p., n.y. Very good. Boldly penned in brown ink, likely during his senatorial career. Uncommon.

$55.00

Signed Postal Card
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Signed Postal Card

By DATIN, Frank (?-?)

On October 4, 1929 a bit of aviation history took place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, when the Grube Airport officially opened and the first airmail from that airport was flown; Transcontinental Air Mail Service Datin flew 2,200 letters to Pittsburgh, 300 of them signed by him; two days later he died in a biplane crash during a stunt exhibition at Ebensberg, Pennsylvania. Signed Postal Card, heavy stock 9¼" X 5", Punxsatawney, PA, 1929 October 4. Addressed to George W. Kessler. Very good. Mild bit of wear. One side of this large picture postcard depicts a typical airplane of the day (likely a Transcontinental Air Mail Service plane) soaring amidst a cloudy sky. The message side bears the 5-cent "Air Mail" stamp and a McKeesport, Pennsylvania cancellation of 1929 October 8. The message portion bears a finely printed note: "Dear Sir: -- It was my privilege to carry your Air Mail yesterday. Thanks very kindly for your patronage. My reward will be your continued use of the Air Mail." Above the closing word "Pilot," Datin signs boldly in black ink. At center of this side is a large square special cancellation honoring the dedication of the Grube Airport and indicating "Friday, October 4, 1929 / Punxsatawney - Pennsylvania." A handsome and decorative piece, with a two large blue and red stripes running horizontally across the top with "VIA AIR MAIL" printed between. The record shows that special airmail envelopes were selling well on that day at the dedication -- presumably this very type of commemorative card bearing this special one-day-only cancellation. This would have been one of the 300 items signed by Datin flown on that very day. Ironically, by the time this was further cancelled in McKeesport, Datin had been dead for two days. A most unusual and scarce aviation and philatelic item.

$150.00

Autograph Note Signed

By MOORE, Edmund B. (1851-1915)

This patent pioneer served as U.S. Commissioner of Patents from 1907 to 1913 and revolutionized that office, negotiating treaties and arrangements with many a foreign country protecting American patents. ANS, 1p, heavy stock 5" X 4" correspondence card, Washington, DC, n.y. {ca. 1910]. Addressed to noted civil engineer John F. Hayford (1868-1925). Near fine. On ornate embossed "Office of the Commissioner, / United States Patent Office, / Washington, D.C." letterhead, Moore thanks the secretary of The Cosmos Club (the elite DC social club founded in 1878): "I wish to express, through you, to the Cosmos Club my very sincere appreciation of the Club's action in electing me to become one of its members. The compliment paid me I value in the fullest degree...." Boldly penned in black ink. A choice example.

$45.00

This flag and crew patch were flown aboard the Space Shuttle "Columbia" (STS-1) / April 12-14, 1981 /  Presented to /  Adlai Stevenson /  In recognition of the significant contributions you made to the success of this mission
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This flag and crew patch were flown aboard the Space Shuttle "Columbia" (STS-1) / April 12-14, 1981 / Presented to / Adlai Stevenson / In recognition of the significant contributions you made to the success of this mission

By (FLAG -- SPACE-FLOWN -- Space Shuttle "Columbia")

Hardcover. Original space-flown flag (5½" X 4¼") and cloth patch (4¼" X 4 3/4") presented on a 12 3/4" X 16 3/4" cream colored heavy stock, in turn mounted to a 16" X 20" pale blue mat board. Very good. Bit of slight soiling. The cream colored stock bears glossy photographs on the upper left (takeoff) and lower right (landing) corners. At lower left is a circular flute-edged NASA gold foil seal, and the space-flown flag is mounted at upper right -- consisting of the State Seal of Illinois, with the word "ILLINOIS" below, against a white background. The printed text cited above appears immediately below this flag, and the crew patch below this text. JOHN YOUNG (born 1930) signs boldly in black ink to the left of the patch, while ROBERT L. CRIPPEN (born 1937) signs to the right. The Columbia STS-1 flight was called by NASA "The boldest test flight in history." It was the first orbital flight of the Space Shuttle program, lasting 54½ hours and orbiting the Earth 37 times; commanded by John Young and piloted by Robert Crippen, it was the first to use solid-fuel rockets in a U.S. manned launch. These rare relics were presented to Illinois' then-senator, ADLAI E. STEVENSON III (born 1930), who was instrumental in guiding U.S. space policy.

$4495.00

Signature and Salutation

By STODDARD, John L. (1850-1931)

This explorer began traveling and writing about the world in 1874, and was a pioneer in the field of travel lecturing; his books include the oft-reprinted multi-volume "John L. Stoddard's Lectures." Bold "Yours truly / John L. Stoddard" in rich brown ink, 3½" X 2" heavy stock card, n.p., 1894 October 30. Good plus. Moderately age toned; heavy mounting traces on verso. A nice example.

$25.00

Signature

By RONNE, Finn (1899-1980)

This Norwegian-born explorer and geographer led nine Antarctic expeditions, the first in 1933, exploring over 3600 miles via dogsled; he proved that Antarctica is a continent; "Edith Ronne Land" he named after his wife, and the "Ronne Ice Shelf" is named after him; he recorded his exploits in his 1961 memoir "Arctic Command." Bold large signature in blue ballpoint, heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p., 1972 September 21. Below his handsome signature he inkstamped: "RONNE ANTARCTIC RESEARCH EXPEDITION / 1946 - 1948 / Captain Finn Ronne, USNR / Military Commander - Scientific Leader - Ellsworth Station, Edith Ronne Land / ANTARCTICA." Very picturesque. With original envelope. Also present is a printed postal card advertising his book "The Ronne Expedition to Antarctica."

$50.00

Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By MacMILLAN, Donald B. (1874-1970)

This American explorer with Peary on his north polar expedition was an inveterate sailor and researcher, traveling to the Arctic dozens of times over the course of nearly half a century. ALS, 1p, 7" X 10", pale blue pictorial "Schooner Bowdoin" letterhead, n.p., 1955 January 7. Addressed to Mr. Robinson. Fine. Details on booking lecture dates, penned large and bold in blue ballpoint. Quite attractive.

$150.00

Typed Note Signed
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Typed Note Signed

By ABBOTT, Henry (1850-?)

One of the great unsung American inventors and timepiece pioneers was this New Jersey watchmaker, who held more than 40 patents but is remembered for the "calculagraph," a device that records times and calculates the difference; one of its first uses was in 1894 in New York, where it recorded the length of telephone calls and impressed AT & T so much they installed it nationwide; his other inventions include a watch winding system that resulted in watches being wound by their stem instead of with a key and a revolutionary method for making enamel watch dials. TNS, 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 1933 October 16. Addressed to Mary B. Day, librarian at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Near fine. On ornate Calculagraph Company letterhead (featuring at the bottom a faint engraving of the calculagraph machine being used, with its slogan "It Makes No Clerical Errors"), Abbott graciously notes: "It gives me great pleasure to comply with your request and I am sending in the same mail for filing in your library a copy of the pamphlet entitled: 'Watches and Men'...." Large, bold signature. Uncommon.

$100.00

Signed First Day Cover

By RONNE, Finn (1899-1980)

This Norwegian-born explorer and geographer led nine Antarctic expeditions, the first in 1933, exploring over 3600 miles via dogsled; he proved that Antarctica is a continent; "Edith Ronne Land" he named after his wife, and the "Ronne Ice Shelf" is named after him; he recorded his exploits in his 1961 memoir "Arctic Command." Signed First Day Cover, 6½" X 3½", cancelled in Washington, DC on 23 June 1971 and with "First Day of Issue" boldly stamped. Single 8-cent "Antarctic Treaty 1961-1971" stamp at upper right. At lower left, beneath the postal cancellation, Ronne signs large and bold in blue ballpoint. Below his handsome signature he inkstamped: "CAPTAIN FINN RONNE, USNR / Military Commander - Scientific Leader / Ellsworth Station, Edith Ronne Land / ANTARCTICA." He's also placed a large octagonal inkstamp on the cover's verso about the "International Geophysical Year." A superb signature on a superbly appropriate cover.

$75.00

Signed Commemorative Postal Cover

By ABRUZZO, Ben (1930-85), ANDERSON, "Maxie" (1934-83), and NEWMAN, Larry (born 1925)

Abruzzo was an American businessman turned hot air balloonist; Anderson was a career balloonist with many "firsts" to his name; and Newman co-invented the ultra-light airplane, piloted the first balloon flight across the Pacific Ocean in 1981 and manufactured experimental aircraft. In 1978 these three piloted the Double Eagle II in the first Transatlantic balloon crossing, departing Maine on August 11 and landing in France six days later. For their achievement 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. Newman signs boldly in black marker near the top, adding "Double Eagle II" below his signature; below this Abruzzo signs boldly, and below him Anderson too signs boldly. Anderson died in a balloon crash in Germany and Abruzzo in a private plane crash -- the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is named in their honor. Also present is a small portion of the original mailing envelope used to transmit this cover (cancelled in Albuquerque July 26, 1976). 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. Quite handsome -- and a scarce trio.

$95.00

Signature and Salutation

By MacMILLAN, Donald (1874-1970)

This American explorer accompanied Robert Peary on his 1908-10 North Pole expedition. Attractive "Most Sincerely Yours" and full signature, heavy stock 5" X 3" card (not lined), n.p., 1929 November 4. Very good. Light age toning; small mounting traces on verso. Nice, large example.

$75.00

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