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George Francis Train: Political real-photo "visiting-size" card for the 1872 U.S. presidential election with the text: "FOR PRESIDENT, / 1872, / Geo. Francis Train. / JUSTICE TO ALL / The only Aristocracy that I acknowledge / Is the Aristocracy of Honest Labor, / Intellect, and Morality. - G.F.T." and "We, the People, / Not I, the King.". On reverse: "KIND REGARDS / Geo. Francis Train [printed signature] / N.P.A. [Next President of America] / Nichols, Presidential Photographer to the Next President of America, / 385 [?] Sixth Avenue, near 23rd St., and 735 Broadway, N.Y.". The photo is real and applied to the card, not printed on the card. Per Wikipedia, Train was a fascinating American character who ran for president in 1872 as an independent. He was involved in a significant range of American and world historical events, including: Building the eastern end of the Transcontinental Railroad, and in the process forming perhaps the first shady "shell" corporation to fund it; Traveling around the world three times, with his 1870 trip believed to be the foundation of the Jules Verne novel "Around the World in Eighty Days", with Phileas Fogg apparently being modeled on Train [his later 1890 trip was made in 67 days]; Railway developments in England and the U.S. including tram rails lowered to street level; support for French and Australian revolutionaries [supposedly being offered the Presidency of an Australian Republic!!]; a strong supporter of Temperance, but also jailed as a defender of a newspaper publisher accused of obscenity; the primary funder of the womens rights newspaper "The Revolution" published by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; etc., etc. While I suspect that the card would not be classified as "rare" by experts in the field, it is certainly extremely unusual. I have only found a record of a somewhat similar (on the front, but with many differences including different photo) card but with a handwritten message and signature on the reverse. I have not found any record of other examples of this card or any other Train political advertising item. Though not philatelic in any way -- other than the historical connections of his business, railway, and political interests to the carriage of the mails -- it is a fascinating bit of political and social ephemera. Excellent quality.
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250.00

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Northwestern Lithographing Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, demonstration card probably from the 1880s. Though looks engraved, is indeed lithographed (that is the point of the demonstration). A sales aid to presents the skill of this company.
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Book advertisement (page from magazine) for "Authentic History of the Ku Klux Klan 1865-1877" by Susan Lawrence Davis, published in 1924. Though an extremely unfortunate and tragic chapter of American history, it is part of American history. Poor quality, however, I suspect that such ads are many times scarcer than the actual book.
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8.00

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WWI-era 1919 Honorable Discharge from the United States Army for Marion A. Sisk. Some discoloration and folds, but generally better than usual quality.
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12.00

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1857 New York and New Orleans Magnetic Telegraph Company "The Only Direct Southern Line..." telegraph message form dateline Selma, Alabama, December 23, 1857. No indication of recipient address. A few brown spots that appear to be stains, NOT foxing. Otherwise, remarkable condition. Interesting PRE-CIVIL-WAR artifact emphasizing the connections between North and South. 5 3/8 x 8 5.8 inches (136 x 220 mm), nice size for mounting or framing.
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Philatelic History: Group of three uncashed checks from/to famous American philatelists. 1922 from G.A. Mackay (?) publisher of the little-known and short-lived Dirigo Philatelist of Maine, to William R. Ricketts the compiler of the Ricketts index (now held by the APRL); Ricketts did the absolutely enormous and thankless job of indexing early philatelic literature. [In late 2014, Bonnie and I were able to view part of what remained of Ricketts library, at the Atkins sale; the volume of material of just that part was breathtaking.] Two 1919 checks from the aforementioned Ricketts: to August Dietz, the "Father of Confederate Philately" and an important philatelic publisher; and to A.C. Roessler, the famous and infamous early dealer and creator of many of the early airmail and Zeppelin covers. Without Roessler, many aerophilatelic events may have no philatelic documentation. To make one of his Zeppelin covers more interesting, Roessler overprinted a U.S. stamp with a Zeppelin overprint; because of this, he was convicted of issuing counterfeit stamps and was given probation with the requirement that he leave the stamp business. He died a few years later in a mental institution. Perhaps that is what happens to stamp dealers if they are not permitted to be in the stamp business? [Thanks to http://www.siegelauctions.com for some details.]
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Confederate States of America Paper Money (GENUINE): #T-67 $20 February 17, 1864 normal version (not the six month / two year variety). Serial #61107. I believe this to be in "Fine" grade: It is obviously circulated and there is significant creasing, but it is not terribly obvious from the front. The bill is complete, no pieces are missing and the corners are probably sharper than expected for Fine. The red on the front is more salmon colored, perhaps just slightly faded. The blue on the reverse is quite strong. The back has more wear than the front. Overall quite attractive. While extremely nice examples of this bill can be purchased for $500-600, examples in approximately this grade generally seem to trade at around $80-110.
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75.00

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