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.
12/10/1919. A check drawn on the State of New York, signed as Governor. Signature clear but light, and affected by several cancellation holes. Not common, good example.
278 SMITH, MARK A. ($45-Up)
Delegate to Congress from AZ Territory and one of the state’s original US Senators upon its admission (1851-1924). TLS “M.A. Smith” as Senator, 1/2p, 4to, Senatorial stationery, Washington, 3/13/1913. To George Kent of Lancaster, NH: “...if ever I get within reach of Lancaster I shall...join in a pleasant excursion after the wary trout.” Soiled, toned, fold wear, overall very good.
279 SNIVELY, JACOB ($20-Up)
Texas officer during its war with Mexico (ca. 1809-90); paymaster general under Sam Houston; later a gold and silver prospector in California and Arizona. Endorsement Sig “J. Snively / Pay M. Genl.” on verso of a narrow oblong 4to document, n.p., 9/21/1841 stating “Due Col. J. Snively Two thousand six hundre and four 16/100 dollars Texas...notes...” signed by acting treasurer James H. Raymond. Hole touching Raymond’s signature, otherwise good.
280 SOUSA, JOHN PHILIP ($375-Up)
American composer and conductor, and musical inventor (1854-1932); known as the “March King” for his mastery in composing military music, including “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “The Wedding March”. DS “John Philip Sousa,”1p, narrow oblong 8vo, NYC, 8/22/1930. A bank check drawn on Chase National, payable to the Port Washington Post in the amount of $2.50, no doubt for a subscription. Sousa and his family lived near Port Washington, on Long Island, in the village of Sands Point. Matted with a photograph under glass in wooden frame , overall size 12.1” x 10.15”.
281 STEINMETZ, CHARLES P. ($160-Up)
Prussian-born American mathematician, engineer and inventor (1865-1923); developed alternating current and numerous electrical transformers. ADS “Charles P. Steinmetz,”1p, narrow oblong 8vo, Schenectady, NY, 10/30/1903. A bank check on the Schenectady Trust Co. payable to C.B. Pond in the amount of $50. Steinmetz notes that the check is for “Athletics.”Endorsed on verso. Perforation cancellations far from signature. Age-toned, otherwise fine.
282 STEICHEN, EDWARD  ($200-Up)
Luxembourg-born American photographer (1879-1973); in World War I he headed the photography division of the American Expeditionary Forces, and on returning, we worked in fashion photography. TLS, June 8, 1959, Ridgefield, CT to Lawrence Spivak, meet the press,“I greatly appreciate the compliment you are paying me in asking me to appear on your outstandingly fine program. In accepting I..must tell you that our plan calls for only two weeks in Moscow..most..studying the reactions of the rank-and-file Russian people at the exhibition of THE FAMILY OF MAN..”Signed in full. A very fine and important letter by the creator of the exhibition, one of the most important of the last half century. The other letters are copies about arrangements for the interview. Very good.
283 STOCKTON, FRANK R. “POMONA’S CLUB” ($20-Up)
American writer, (1834-1902) son of a Methodist minister, who took to writing children’s stories, and achieved great success during the last quarter of the 19th century. His work “Rudder Grange” boasted a character named Pomona, and the present