(BRODHEAD, JOHN ROMEYN.) John Mayall
Daguerreotype portrait of John Romeyn Brodhead. London: Mayall, 1848
A splendid half-plate daguerreotype of Herman Melville’s advisor and agent John Brodhead. John Romeyn Brodhead (1814-1873) was a historian and a member of the American diplomatic corps. Best remembered for his services as Herman Melville’s agent in London, Brodhead had known Melville and his family since their youth.
APOLLO 11 ,crew signed
Photograph of a television screen, split, one side with Nixon on the phone and the other with Armstrong and Aldrin on moon. No place, 1969
Signed by Nixon, Collins, Aldrin (adding “We came in peace for all mankind Apollo 11”) and Armstrong (“To Claude Harkins with best wishes Neil Armstrong”).
(VALENTINE, DAVID T.) Mathew Brady Studio
David T. Valentine. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s
This is a delightful Brady Imperial salt print portrait of one of the fascinating political and literary characters of mid-nineteenth-century New York, David T. Valentine.
(VANDERBILT, CORNELIUS, “Commodore.”) Mathew Brady Studio, attrib
Cornelius Vanderbilt, vignetted standing portrait. [New York: Mathew Brady Studio, 1860s.]
Founder of the Vanderbilt business dynasty, Cornelius Vanderbilt made his fortune first in steamships and shipping and then in railroads. His career spanned the birth of the steamship and the development of the great American railroad networks. He was “the oldest and perhaps the greatest of the nineteenth-century railroad barons” (ANB). Grand Central Station and Vanderbilt University stand as testaments to his influence and wealth.
Stumbling Bear, Kiowa Chief. Fort Sill, Indian Territory, c. 1869-74
Photographer Will Soule arrived at Fort Sill in Indian Territory in late 1869 or early 1870. Fort Sill was then a military headquarters and agency for several Indian tribes, including the Kiowa. Before returning to Boston in 1874, Soule made an important series of Native American portraits, including this charismatic image of Chief Stumbling Bear.
(APOLLO 11.) Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins
Official NASA photograph of the Apollo 11 crew (1969), signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, Jr. NASA, May, 1969
Signed and inscribed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot), with an added inscription by Collins. This official NASA photograph shows the three astronauts in their flight gear with a picture of the moon as their background.
The early photographic prints with the red numbers, such as the present example, are much more desirable than the more commonly available lithographic prints of the same poses.
(WISE, HENRY.) Mathew Brady Studio
Henry A. Wise. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s
This is a dramatic full-length standing salt print portrait of Gov. Henry A. Wise by Mathew Brady.
CLINTON, WILLIAM JEFFERSON
Photograph of Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu seated in the White House, signed and inscribed “To the people of Israel—with gratitude for the ties that bind us. Bill Clinton.”. Washington, late 1990s
A splendid photograph of Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu seated in the White House, signed and inscribed “To the people of Israel—with gratitude for the ties that bind us. Bill Clinton.” Netanyahu was Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999 during the second Clinton administration.
(RICHARDSON ,BENJAMIN.) Oscar Mason, photographer
Fabulous Albumen Photograph depicting Richardson and his great-grandson as they appeared in the Statue of Liberty Parade in New York. New York: Benjamin Richardson, c. 1886
Benjamin Richardson, the great collector of patriotic Americana, owned and rode in George Washington’s carriage in the Statue of Liberty dedication paradise in New York in 1886.