Handwritten letter by Lee Harvey Oswald will headline Philip Weiss Auctions' October 24th auction A handwritten letter by JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald will headline a 700-lot auction slated for Thursday, Oct. 24, by Philip Weiss Auctions, in the firmís gallery at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook, NY.
greatest achievement came as a collector and editor of historical documents. He owned some of the most important documents of the American Revolution (1774-1776) and in 1876 Congress purchased his vast collection of original documents for $100,000. These were installed in the Library of Congress. Force was editor of the National Journal from 1823-1841.
Items pertaining to historyís most famous magician Ė Harry Houdini Ė will also come up for bid. The archive of entertainment ephemera includes brochures, advertisements, programs, letterheads, magician business cards, a rare first-edition of Keller the Magicianís first book and more. Houdini was born Erik Weisz in Budapest, Hungary in 1874. He died in Detroit in 1926.
Occupational shaving mugs are enormously popular with collectors and represent a slice of Americana that has long ago receded into history. Shaving mugs in general were commonly used in barber shops across America in the early 20th century. They held a cake of soap that would be worked into a lather using a bristle brush, to give patrons a close shave with a razor.
In many barber shops, a shelf often held spots for the personalized mugs of the regulars. These mugs usually had the customerís name, as well as a hand-painted illustration of the manís occupation. A barber shop had bragging rights if it had the most shaving mugs of any shop in town, or if the mugs were of influential figures in the community. These mugs are coveted today.
Other items in the auction will include barber bottles, fraternal mugs, a large collection of fine leather bindings, rare books, over 100 posters from World Wars I and II, and rare pieces from the White Star Line ship HMHS Britannic, a sister ship of the RMS Titanic. The Britannic was shaken by an underwater mine in 1916, during World War I, and it sank, killing 30 people.
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