(TWAIN, MARK, ANDREW CARNEGIE, THOMAS EDISON, et al.)
Engineers Club Inaugural Banquet Commemorative of the Opening of the New Club House on which occasion Mr. Andrew Carnegie will be the guest of honor Monday, the ninth of December 1907. [New York: Engineer's Club], 
Signed by Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie (who has signed twice), and others. This event commemorated the opening of the Engineers Club’s fabulous new home at 32 West 40th Street on Bryant Park in New York.
(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, scholar and diplomat.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.(David T. Valentine) Mathew Brady Studio
David T. Valentine. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, 1850s
David T. Valentine was clerk of the Common Council of New York (now City Council) and an avid collector of historical materials. His classic annual Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York (1841-1867), better known as Valentine’s Manual, has long been one of the most valuable resources for scholars and aficionados of New York history.
(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.
(ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D.) CLARK ,EDWARD
FDR Funeral 1945. [Published in LIFE], taken in 1945, printed later
Signed and inscribed by the photographer: “FDR Funeral 1945, Edward Clark, Life.” Famed Life photographer Edward Clark took this celebrated picture in 1945 at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Atlanta.
“Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral” (John Burroughs).(Burroughs, John)
splendid large portrait of John Burroughs. Photographic Portrait by Pach Brothers., 1890s
John Burroughs (1837-1921) was, after Henry David Thoreau, the greatest American nature essayist. He played an important role in the development of he American conservation movement. Burroughs is also remembered for his close friendship with Walt Whitman, whom he resembled in old age.
Black woman with white child. No place, c. 1870-90
This delightful photograph shows a kind-looking young black woman sitting with a somewhat sour-looking young white child. Both are finely dressed for the occasion, the woman in an elegant dress with lace collar and the child in a dress with an elaborate lace collar. The photographer has highlighted in gold the fine jewelry each wears