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Card Inscribed and Signed by President Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland (USA, 1837 - 1908)

Card signed and inscribed, "Yours truly, Grover Cleveland, March 20, 1888. Signed during his first term as President, Cleveland was to lose the next election to Benjamin Harrison, winning the following election becoming the first President to serve two non-successive terms.


An Original Invitation to the 1873 Inaugural Ball of President U.S.Grant
[Ulysses S Grant] (USA, 1822 - 1885)

Printed on heavy stock, a printed invitation to the 1873 Inaugural Ball of President Grant. With it is a manuscript card in the hand of the President's secretary which reads, "Compliments of The President and Mrs.Grant".


President Hoover Writes a Letter to an New York American Legion Post Praising World War I Veterans
Herbert Hoover (USA, 1874 - 1964)

TLS, as President, 1p, 4to,The White House, February 1, 1932. To Dr.Abraham Jablons, Grand Street Post No.1025, The American Legion, NYC. Sends a message to and American Legion post: "Please convey to the Grand Street Boys and their guests, the Disabled Veterans of the World War of the metropolitan area of New York, my cordial greetings in connection with the annual dinner. The occasion reflects the gratitude which all citizens feel for all time for their unselfish service to the country". Two file holes at the top, not affecting text.


Lyndon Johnson Acknowledges His "Namesake"
Lyndon Baines Johnson (USA, 1908 - 1972)

Typed Letter Signed "LBJ:, Austin, Texas, February 28, 1972. To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Colbert. He writes, " Thanks for sending me that good picture of your young son and my namesake. I am so proud of him that I have written him the enclosed letter" (not present).

Now while this sounds innocuous enough, an ex-president happy that someone named their child Lyndon Baines, it was actually a ruse to obtain Johnson's autograph.Bob Colbert, an elevator operator in Philadelphia, was what we used to call an autograph hound. He would write to famous people and tell them, like in this letter, that he had named his son (or daughter) after that person. In actuality Bob had only one son named Robert Colbert,Jr.! Of particular note was the time he created an international incident. Bob had written to Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and told him he had named his newborn son, Yasser Arafat Colbert. Colbert got a congratulatory letter back from Arafat but he went much further. While attending a meeting of the United Nations Arafat thought it would be great publicity and perhaps a dig at the United States if he paid a visit to his namesake in Philadelphia. Of course, not only was there no Yasser Arafat Colbert, Mrs. Colbert had been unable to have children for many years. The wire services and of course all the Philadelphia newspapers carried the story of Arafat's planned visit and the aftermath. It is hard to imagine a more embarrassing moment to all parties, when Colbert had to divulge that he had lied to Arafat to obtain his autograph! This may have been the last time Bob tried the namesake ploy, or maybe not!


Taft Signs a Certificate of Membership of the University Club, of the City of Washington, District of Columbia, as "President"
William Howard Taft (USA, 1857 - 1930)

Printed DS, 1p, 4to, [Washington, DC], n.d. Scarce document signed by Taft as President of the University Club of DC, in blank. What makes this interesting is that Taft, a former President of the United States, is signing a document as a different kind of "President"!


president Truman Signs a $1 Silver Certificate
Harry S Truman (USA, 1884 - 1972)

Signed series 1935G Silver Certificate AU $1 bill boldly signed by Truman across George Washington's portrait. Truman very rarely signed currency. My father once approached him in the Kansas City airport lounge where he was sitting with his Secretary of the Treasury, C.Douglas Dillon. Dad asked him to sign a bill like this one and he declined, saying he never signed U.S.currency. So my father got him to sign his plane ticket!


Truman Signs a Letter in the Last year of His Life
Harry S Truman (USA, 1884 - 1972)

President. TLS, 1p, 4to, Independence, Missouri, January 11, 1972. Sends a signed photograph (not enclosed); signed with his shaky aged signature.


Superb George Washington Franked Leaf Addressed to Brigadier General George Weedon Less Than A Month Before The Surrender at Yorktown in 1781
George Washington (USA, 1732 - 1799)

Address panel that bears original franking signature of George Washington, addressed in the hand of his aide-de-camp John Trumbull, to “Brig(adie)r General [George]Weedon, Glouster County.” General Weedon was ordered by Washington to attack Lord Banastre Tarleton and thus isolate Lord Cornwallis and his troops. Docketed by Weedon while in Williamsburg, VA, Sept. 29, 1781, less than a month before Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown Sold