R.M. Smythe & Co. to hold Internet auction of historical materials including autographs and more.. On October 1, 2007, R.M. Smythe & Co. will hold an Internet auction on eBay live of an eclectic collections of historical materials including autographs, photographs, ephemera, books and Americana.
855 NYC CHECKS: 100  ($150-Up)
New York City Checks: Various Denominations Signed by Mayor, New York City, 1860s.
856 NYC RECORDS - 1840s  ($100-Up)
200 City Dockets from the 1840s, including common schools; contingent expenses; alms house records; errors & delinquencies, and much more. A lot to look through, many insights.
857 PHOTOGRAPHY: DEMOLITION OF 6th AVENUE EL ($200-Up)
Gelatin silver print Photograph, attributed to H.F. Dutcher and commissioned by NYC financier Norvin Green, it depicts the “Demolition of the El, West Broadway & Grand”in Manhattan, ca. 1939. A 5” x 7” image, matted, 14” x 17” overall size. The partially dismantled rail line lacks tracks, but the closed subway stop remains. In fine condition.
858 PHOTOGRAPHY: DEMOLITION OF BROOKLYN EL ($225-Up)
Choice silver gelatin print Photograph, attributed to H.F. Dutcher, commissioned by NYC businessman Norvin Green, depicting “Demolition of the El, at Church and Fulton Streets”in Brooklyn, ca. 1940. Image 5” x 7”, matted, overall size 14” x 17”. Over a street crowded with pedestrians, the partly dismantled railway hovers like an arcade overhead. In fine condition.
859 POLICE COURT - 1856  ($60-Up)
Small slips describing the people the police have “conveyed to court” with their expenses. Great for insomnia sufferers!
860 PROBATE DEPARTMENT  ($20-Up)
The probate process in 1859 - will, executor statements, etc; 1864 and 1865 letters testamentary granted by Surrogates Court.
861 SEWER CERTIFICATES FOR PORT RICHMOND  ($10-Up)
In 1897, Port Richmond indebted for expense of sewer in Charles Avenue; another Certificate of Indebtedness, 1898.
862 STREET DEPARTMENT -“BOSS” TWEED  ($65-Up)
DS,“Pay Roll of Officers and Appointees in the Street Department July 1866”on a large folded sheet, each person named signing that he has received his pay. At bottom, a large strong signature of the “Deputy Street Commissioner / W. M. Tweed.”
A second DS, Jan 31, 1863, smaller invoice for Leather Hose, at 4 cents a foot, and signed by Tweed
863 STREET DEPTARTMENT PAY ROLL -“BOSS” TWEED  ($75-Up)
Officers and appointees in the Street Department during July 1866 have all signed their names, DS, on a large page, opposite the entry of their names on the Pay Roll list, 34 names in all. At the bottom on the right, the Street Commissioner, W. M. (“Boss”) Tweed has signed, certifying that the services charged were actually performed! Great piece of city history; slits at two folds, inconsequential ink stains, else fine. Second DS, Jan 31, 1863, invoice for “Fire Machines”&”Apparatus” for $18., and signed by“W. M. Tweed Dep Stret Commissioner” and others. Small, fine, fold split.
864 PHOTOGRAPHS: SUBWAY CONSTRUCTION  ($100-Up)
Thirty-eight excellent photographs of subway construction progress for the east side subway, with images: 4th Avenue and 27th Street, stores operating, 2-16-1901; Broadway & 60th Street, 6-4-1901; 34th Street Tunnel, 1-12-1903; E. Heading - 34th St. 5-18-02; and many more. Unusually good images, and an excellent record of what was going on. This lot should be seen; rare and