Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 24

Manuscript and Collectibles Auction

Autographs-Slavery/Black History
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Lot 244
Bruce, Blanche Kelso. Rare Card Signed as Register of the U.S. Treasury ("B.K. Bruce, Register U.S. Treasy."), no place, no date, 2¼ x 4 in. Light toning and a few ink specks. He was born a slave in 1841in Virginia. He later attended Oberlin College, became a planter in Mississippi, served as sheriff and tax collector in Bolivar County (1872-75), then was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1875-81; he was the second Black senator from Mississippi, but the first to serve a full term. President Garfield appointed him Register of the Treasury in 1881. He was Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia 1891-93, then again Register of the Treasury from 1897 until his death in 1898. Bruce's signature is rare.
Estimated Value $200 - 250.
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Lot 245
Bruce, Blanche Kelso & Other African-American Politicians (1841-98) Born a slave, Bruce became the first full-term African American senator. Rare Signature with state ("B.K. Bruce / Miss."), probably as senator, on a 1½ x 3 3/8 in. piece of paper; small mounting trace on verso. Also, Edward W. Brooke, Massachusetts senator, Signature on 3 x 5 in. card; Barbara Jordan, congresswoman from Texas, Signature on 3 x 5 in. card; and Robert C. Weaver, first African-American Cabinet Member (Secretary of HUD), Signature on a First Day Cover saluting urban planning, postmarked 1967. All Fine or better. (4 items).
Estimated Value $250 - 350.
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Lot 246
(Civil Rights Leaders) (1) Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Photograph Signed along lower edge, 5 x 3¾ in. (2) Roy Wilkins, headed NAACP, Signature on 3 x 5" in. card; succeeded by (3) Benjamin L. Hooks, executive director of the NAACP, 3 x 5 in. decorative card signed ("Peace Power B L Hooks"); and (4) Andrew Young, co-leader with Dr. King of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, congressman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and mayor of Atlanta, 7 x 5¼ in. Photograph Signed and Inscribed in lower border; minor ink smears. All Fine or better. (4 items).
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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Lot 247
Davis, Benjamin O., Sr (1877-1970) First African American in American military history to reach the rank of general. Black and white Photograph Signed, "B.O. Davis, Brig. Gen. USA Ret," no place, no date, 8 x 10 inches. The photo shows Davis in Liège, Belgium in 1945, on a tour of the 4087th Quartermaster Service Company. Fine.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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