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    Mark Twain 1868 Signed Photo

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 132

    Signed photo of Mark Twain on the occasion of his speaking tour about his excursion to the Holy Land.
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    Abraham Lincoln Signed Photo from First Washington Sitting, With John Hay Note of Authentication

    Signed Photograph

    2 pages

    SMC 216

    One day after sneaking into Washington from Baltimore under cover of darkness, Lincoln, exhausted and pensive, sits as president-elect for this photo—his first taken in Washington.
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    Herzl Signed Photo Commemorating His Visit in Jerusalem With Kaiser Wilhelm II

    Signed Photograph

    2 pages

    SMC 332

    Photo of Herzl signed on the verso with a reference to the day he spent in Jerusalem.
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    A Rare Signed Photo of Theodore Herzl

    Signed Photograph

    2 pages

    SMC 335

    A rare signed photograph of Theodore Herzl, addressed to Fraulein Fini Ungar of Vienna.
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    Roderick Cole's 1858 Beardless Photo of Abraham Lincoln--Signed

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 383

    Abraham Lincoln sat for this photo in Roderick Cole's studio in 1858, and reportedly said to Mr. Cole, "I cannot see why all you artists want a likeness of me unless it is because I am the homeliest man in the State of Illinois."
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    President-Elect Lincoln Grows His Beard: This Second Photograph, Signed, Depicts the Progress

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 384

    At the advice of fellow Republicans, and even an eleven-year-old girl, Abraham Lincoln decided to grow a beard. This photograph depicts the progress of Lincoln's increasingly famous beard.
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    Theodore Roosevelt Inscribes Photo of His 1905 Inaugural Address With His Keystone

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 466

    Theodore Roosevelt famously argued for each man not to be treated in accordance with his wealth but for his value as a person--otherwise known as a "square deal." Roosevelt emphasized this in his 1905 inaugural address, of which this is a photo with his inscription of the square deal.
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    A Rare Signed Photograph of Captain Alfred Dreyfus

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 785

    Scarce signed photograph of Alfred Dreyfus, from the collection of the actor and Dreyfusard, Constant Coquelin.
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    Signed Photo of Challenger Astronaut Judy Resnik-Second American Woman, and First American Jew, in Space

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 820

    Signed photo of doomed Challenger astronaut Judy Resnik-the second American woman, and the first American Jew, in space
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    Millard Fillmore, Perusing

    Autograph Letter Signed

    3 pages

    SMC 1072

    Upon receiving a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin, President Millard Fillmore reflects on the "vexing" problem of slavery, commenting almost prophetically, "Who can penetrate the dark future and say whether this ever disturbing subject may not send this Union asunder," and confesses that he "can not look without apprehension to the future."
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    Abraham Lincoln's Inscription on a Photograph to Lucy Speed, Who Had Gifted Him a Bible

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 1097

    President Abraham Lincoln expresses his gratitude to Mrs. Lucy Speed, the mother of his best friend when he was in his twenties. Mrs. Speed had given the younger melancholy Abraham Lincoln a Bible and instructed him to read it and adopt its precepts; help would follow.
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    Oliver Wendell Holmes: At Fort Stevens, Abraham Lincoln Was Forced to Duck From Enemy Fire

    Autograph Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1106

    Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes confirms that during the Civil War, when he was serving as a captain, President Abraham Lincoln came to visit the troops at Fort Stevens, during which they were fired upon. This was the only time in American history a sitting president has exposed himself to combat. President Lincoln was forced to duck from enemy fire.
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    Rutherford B. Hayes Signed Photograph as President

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 1200

    President Hayes inscribes this photograph for his dear friend and avid collector, Thomas Donaldson.
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    A Scarce Signed Photograph of Benjamin Harrison as President

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 1243

    Rare signed photograph of Benjamin Harrison as President.
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    A Ronald Reagan Photo in Front of the Berlin Wall, Inscribed With

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 1471

    Autograph quote from Ronald Reagan on a photo of him in front of the Berlin Wall near the Brandenburg gate. The famous "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
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    An Early Civil War Treatise on Gunshot Wounds By Surgeon General P.J. Horowitz

    Autograph Document Signed

    6 pages

    SMC 1639

    P.J. Horwitz, a Baltimore Jew appointed Surgeon General of the Navy, describes in detail the variety of gunshot wounds, and their treatment, early in the Civil War, as most surgeons had not yet encountered gunshot wounds.
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    Mark Twain Signed Photo by Abdullah Frères in Constantinople

    Carte de Visite

    1 page

    SMC 1683

    Photo signed as Samuel Clemens, taken in 1867 in Constantinople by Abdullah Frères. Clemens was in the midst of his trip on "The Quaker City," which also took him to the Holy Land.
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    Abraham Lincoln Carte-de-Visite Photo By Mathew Brady of Which Lincoln Said

    Carte de Visite

    1 page

    SMC 1694

    Lincoln sat for his portrait more than forty times, but he said that if he had to pick an image that looked most like him, it would be this one.
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    Abraham Lincoln Signed Photo: The

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 1702

    One of five photographs of Abraham Lincoln taken by Mathew Brady in Washington on January 8, 1864, it is sometimes called "The Solitary Pine" pose, from the comment by Francis Grierson, who saw Lincoln debate Douglas. Lincoln, he said, "rose from his seat, stretched his long, bony limbs upwards as if to get them in working order and stood like some solitary pine on a lonely summit."
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    Carte-de-Visite of Abolitionist Crusader Rabbi David Einhorn

    Carte de Visite

    1 page

    SMC 1764

    This photograph was taken in Baltimore, where the German rabbi had his first American congregation, and where he eventually had to flee for his life due to his outspoken opposition to slavery. He would never return.
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    Thomas Edison Inscribed Photo:

    Signed Photograph Inscribed

    1 page

    SMC 1771

    Inscribed photo by Thomas Edison, identifying himself as the inventor of the light bulb.
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    Signed Photo of Edmund Allenby Entering Jerusalem

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 1772

    In direct contrast to Kaiser Wilhelm II's entrance to Jerusalem on horseback, Edmund Allenby respectfully dismounted before entering the Holy City. He was the first Christian to rule Jerusalem in centuries.
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    At the End of His Life, Albert Einstein Writes Check to His Beloved Hebrew University

    Check Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1814

    The Hebrew University was a dream towards which Einstein devoted a considerable amount of time, including serving on its board, speaking at its inauguration, and bequeathing all of his papers to it. Nearing the end of his life, he wrote this check, in 1955 for $10 (equivalent to $90 in today's money) to the American Friends of the Hebrew University.
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    Signed Photo of Lyndon Johnson Taking the Oath of Office Inscribed to the Photographer

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 2076

    The iconic photograph of Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office hours after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated; inscribed to Cecil Stoughton, the photographer.
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    Early Carte-de-Visite Photo of Longtime U.S. Consul to Jerusalem, Selah Merrill

    Carte de Visite

    1 page

    SMC 2230

    Selah Merrill, known primarily as the longtime U.S. Consul to Jerusalem, famous for his antipathy for the Jewish people there, as well as anyone outside of mainstream Protestantism, was also, ironically, a chaplain with the 49th Colored Infantry during the Civil War. This rare carte-de-visite photo dates from his year's service in that capacity.
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    Theodor Herzl Signed Photograph, Taken in Basel, Switzerland

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 2316

    Perhaps the most iconic photo of Theodor Herzl, taken on the balcony of the Three Kings Hotel in Basel, Switzerland, in December of 1901. Signed.
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