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    1861 Col. Max Friedman Cameroon Dragoons Patriotic Cover

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 1646

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    Lincoln's Jewish Friend from Springfield, Julius Hammerslough, Appeals to Rabbi Leeser to Help Fundraise for a Lincoln Memorial

    Broadside

    1 page

    SMC 226

    Lincoln's personal friend, Julian Hammerslough, asks Rabbi Leeser to raise funds in his synagogue for a memorial to the late President Lincoln.
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    Original 1900 Cook's Travel Poster - Nile & Palestine, with Sphinx

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 2434

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    An Invitation to hear the Israel Declaration of Independence, May 14 1948

    Typed Letter

    1 page

    SMC 219

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    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 2356

    Newspaper from the morning after Kennedy's Assassination. Kennedy had signed the same newspaper on the very day of his assassination.
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    Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Ball , 1861: Invitation Printed By, and Naming as a Ball Manager, Adolphus S. Solomons

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 2367

    Rare invitation to Abraham Lincoln's inaugural ball, prominently featuring the name of the Jewish manager and printer of the invitation, Adolphus S. Solomons, twice.
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    Rail Ticket for the Historic Jaffa-Jerusalem Railroad

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 1723

    Rail Ticket, in French and Arabic, for the Jaffa-Jerusalem Railroad, 2nd Class. Palestine, no date. Punched and cancelled.
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    1862 Nevada Directory Listing Mark Twain as Assistant Secretary of the Nevada Territory

    Ephemera

    2 pages

    SMC 2077

    This rare, early Directory, in which both Clemens and his brother Orion are listed, records for posterity those two months - beginning October 1, 1861 - when "Samuel Clemens" worked as a dollar-a-day clerk for his brother, during the long opening session of the Nevada Territorial Legislature.
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    A Last Thing Signed: John F. Kennedy Autographs a Dallas Newspaper on the Morning of His Murder There

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 2168

    An edition of The Dallas Morning News signed by President John F. Kennedy on the morning of his assassination. Kennedy was shot at 12:30, making it very likely that this was the last thing he ever signed.
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    1856 Poll Book Certifying Abraham Jonas, Lincoln's Intimate Jewish Friend, an Elector

    Ephemera

    3 pages

    SMC 2176

    Abraham Lincoln appears alongside one of his best friends, a British born Jew named Abraham Jonas, in an 1856 poll book.
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    Chaim Weizmann and Albert Einstein Sign a Hebrew University Postcard

    Signature

    1 page

    SMC 155

    Rare Hebrew University postcard signed by Chaim Weizmann and Albert Einstein, who, as much as anyone, made the dream of a Hebrew University in Jerusalem a reality.
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    A Broadside Advertising

    Broadside

    1 page

    SMC 186

    Broadside advertising Henry Dickson's museum of Palestine. Dickson, having lived in Palestine for five years, offers his spectators not only curiosities from the country, but insight as to the dress and custom of the Arab people. He also retells the story of the fateful night in which his family were "beaten, robbed and murdered."
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    President Lyndon Johnson Salutes Sir Winston Churchill's Commitment to Zionism

    Typed Letter Signed

    5 pages

    SMC 194

    President Lyndon B. Johnson writes to Dr. Max Nussbaum, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, to add his congratulations to Sir Winston Churchill on receiving the Theodor Herzl award for his contributions to the Zionist cause.
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    Unused Ticket for Ford's Theatre April 14, 1865 - The Night Lincoln Was Assassinated There

    Ephemera

    2 pages

    SMC 214

    Unused Ticket for Ford's Theatre April 14, 1865 - The Night Lincoln Was Assassinated There. Autograph note signed in the hand of famed coin dealer James W. Haseltine, dated July 14, 1865, certifying that this original ticket, for the night Lincoln was assassinated, was presented to him by James R. Ford.
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    One of the Last Things Signed by William McKinley: A Souvenir Booklet from the Pan-American Exposition

    Signed Book

    16 pages

    SMC 233

    President William McKinley was assassinated on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo; it's very possible this souvenir booklet was the very last thing he signed.
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    Famous Mark Twain Aphorism About Deserving Honors

    Autograph Quotation Signed

    2 pages

    SMC 284

    Mark Twain signs the back of a menu for the The Willard Hotel in January of 1906. The aphorism: "On the whole, it is better to deserve honors & not have them, than to have them & not deserve them."
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    Broadside

    1 page

    SMC 625

    South Carolina proclaims it has dissolved its bonds to the United States, becoming the first state to secede.
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    Harper's Weekly With Illustrated Story About Five Union Soldiers, Including a Jew, Executed for Desertion

    Ephemera

    3 pages

    SMC 650

    Original Harper's Weekly for September 26, 1863 about the execution of five Union deserters at Beverly Ford; with illustrations.
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    Signature of Young Officer, J.J. Crittenden, Killed With Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn

    Signature

    1 page

    SMC 671

    Signature of John Jordan Crittenden III, whose father, Thomas Leonidas Crittenden was a Lieutenant Colonel who secured for his son an army commission after the latter failed out of West Point. The frail, one-eyed Lieutenant met his end at Little Bighorn with General Custer.
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    Signature of Second Lieutenant Henry Moore Harrington, Killed With General Custer at Little Bighorn

    Signature

    2 pages

    SMC 674

    Signature of Second Lieutenant Henry Moore Harrington, who was killed with Custer at Little Bighorn. His was one of three bodies to not have been identified.
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    Rare Ticket to

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 710

    Ticket to the Democratic Party's welcome dinner in honor of President Kennedy; it was to be held in Austin in the evening of the day he was shot in Dallas.
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    Signed Etching of Max Nordau

    Signed Portrait

    1 page

    SMC 752

    Max Nordau, co-founder of the World Zionist Congress, psychiatrist, and proponent of the Muskeljudentum, or Muscular Judaism, signs this virile likeness with a self-effacing and vernacular “whatever!"
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    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 837

    Song of Praise written and performed in Hebrew on the occasion of the arrival of the U.S. Consul, General Lew Wallace, to Jerusalem.
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    1898 French Railway Travel Poster Advertising Palestine

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 856

    A scarce travel poster for the French railway, Chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée, or PLM, to Palestine, by the noted poster artist Hugo D’Alesi.
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    Rare Travel Poster: Cook's Nile and Palestine Tours

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 861

    This Thomas Cook travel poster advertising the Nile and Palestine tours is a rare 1901-1903 reprint of the original, produced in the 1870s.
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    An Anti-Copperhead Broadside Denouncing Former President Franklin Pierce as a Traitor

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 976

    The Copperheads were northern Democrats who blamed the abolitionists for the Civil War and wished to see Lincoln and the Republicans ousted from power. This broadside is a Republican plea to voters to ponder-and ultimately reject-the traitorous nature of the Copperheads and their ringleader, Franklin Pierce. Shortly after this broadside appeared, Lincoln was victorious in his reelection campaign.
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    Pass to President Abraham Lincoln's Funeral in the East Room of the Executive Mansion

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 1116

    Pass to Lincoln's funeral, on Wednesday, April 19, 1865.
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    Signature of James Calhoun, Custer's Brother-in-Law, Killed With Him at the Battle of Little Bighorn

    Signature

    2 pages

    SMC 1157

    Rare signature of Lieutenant James Calhoun, Custer's brother-in-law, who died with him at Little Bighorn on what would come to be known as Calhoun Hill.
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    Dr. Cyrus Adler Lectures in 1893 On His Presidentially-Mandated Tour of the Levant

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 1601

    Handbill for Dr. Cyrus Adler's lecture about his three-year tour of the Levant.
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