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.
“SBDs”] landing on the USS Lexington aircraft carrier. Mounted, overall size 13” x 13.5”. Mount toned, image in fine condition.
774 PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN WAR: HANGING  ($525-Up)
Choice trio of Photographs, 4.75” x 6.5” on larger mounts, 7” x 9” overall, showing the hanging of a Filipino insurgent. Black US troops have the unpleasant duty of guarding the scene as the condemned is shown in successive images having his sentence read to him, having his feet tied just before being hanged, and, moments later, hanging below the gallows as one of the nearby soldiers averts his eyes. With some scuffing of mounts, including a crease in one corner of the third, and minor surface defects, otherwise all in very good condition.
775 PHILIPPINE OCCUPATION  ($1,600-Up)
Incredible photographic archive of 28 images showing American and allied Filipino soldiers during the early years of US administration following the Spanish-American War. These include six large mounted Photographs, 10.13” x 13.38” on ca. 14” x 18.25” mounts, ca. 1903-09, showing the 4th Battalion Philippine Scouts at Regan Barracks; an aerial view of the barracks; the battalion’s American officers; the officers’ wives and children; the 24th Company, Native Scouts; and the 24th’s American captain and Filipino NCO. With six large mounted Photographs, 10.63” x 14” on ca. 15.63” x 19.63” gray mounts, depicting the 46th Co., 7th Battalion Philippine Scouts, 1913, at Iliolo; the 7th Battalion’s American officers [2, one posed at a naval battery]; a Filipino military band; and an unidentified Filipino rifle company [2 copies]. With mixed group of six Photographs, ca. 5.75” x 12” to 7.63” x 9.63”, all but one on larger mounts, showing 4th Infantry officers, all but one Americans, at Fr. Mills, P.I., 1920; Co. 24th Philippine Scouts, 1902; the same company, 1904; a Filipino Scouts band, 1904; the 4th Co. Philippine Scouts; and the 3rd Bn. Band [unmounted]. Finally, with a most interesting group of eight smaller Photographs, cabinet card to ca. 4.75” x 6.75”, all on larger mounts, seven of them studio poses of Filipino NCOs, with one image of a “Group of Moro’s” [here, apparently a troupe of performers and their Spanish patron. Mounts generally lightly worn and soiled, two with broken corners, one with large dampstain, none affecting images. Photographs range from very good to very fine. As part of its peace terms with Spain, the US purchased the Philippine Islands for $20 million in 1898. However, the Filipinos had been fighting a war for independence for nearly two years, and had previously considered the US their ally against Spain. War erupted in 1899 and ended in an American victory in 1902, although guerrilla activity and skirmishes continued until 1913. The war suffered great unpopularity after the relatively “clean” victory over the Spanish, especially due to reports of atrocities committed by the US Army.
776 PHOTO ARCHIVE: CAMP COLUMBIA, CUBA  ($2,000-Up)
Wonderful group of photographs from Cuba in the early days of US possession after the Spanish-American War. Includes ten small Photographs, 3.44” square,