Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Richard E. Byrd Signed Book

Born on October 25, 1888 in Winchester, Virginia, Richard E. Byrd was an American aviator and polar explorer. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1912. His left the Navy for as short time, returning when the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. Byrd's aviation career was launched when he requested assignment to the Navy's aviation division.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Booker T. Washington Signed Card

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery on April 5, 1856 in Franklin County, Virginia. His mother was a plantation cook and his father was an unknown white man. In those times, some white fathers of black children sometimes provided an education and some type of vocational training for their black children. Some even freed their children. Little is known about Washington's father except that he did not provide anything more than any slave could expect, and it is believed that he never publicly acknowledged his child. Read more about Booker T. Washington, including autographs.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" Signed Book

Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 26, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, a small town near Montgomery, Alabama. She was the youngest of three children. Like Atticus Finch, her father was a lawyer. Truman Capote, who later became famous for his short stories and novels, was one of her childhood friends. Some believe that Capote was the inspiration for the character Dill in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Read more about Harper Lee and her autographs here.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Walter Lantz Signed Payroll Check and Greeting Card

Walter Lantz was born on April 27, 1900 in New Rochelle, New York. As a child, Lantz studied art at home through correspondence courses. At sixteen, Lantz moved to New York City and landed a directing position at the John R. Bray Studios. In 1924, he showcased his first cartoon creation, "Dinky Doodle."

Read more about Walter Lantz and his autographs here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

J. Paul Getty Signed Check

Jean Paul Getty was born on December 15, 1892, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He worked for his father's oil business, Minnehoma Oil Company, during summer breaks from college (University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley). He finished his degree at Oxford in Britain in 1912. In 1914 he struck out on his own with loans from his father, trading in oil leases in Oklahoma.

Read more about J. Paul Getty and his autographs here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd was born on September 3, 1913 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. His family moved to California, and as a teen he worked odd jobs for the Hollywood movie studios. In the early 1930's he began landing small parts on local radio, in theater and in the movies. By the early 1930's he was getting bigger roles in B movies.

Read more about Alan Ladd, including autographs here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Gorgeous George

Gorgeous George was the greatest professional wrestling attraction of his time. His first wrestling match was in 1939 as the capable but bland George Wagner. By 1948, he was a major entertainment attraction and Gorgeous George was a household name.

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More Gorgeous George Photos Here

Monday, November 3, 2008

Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts on August 12. 1881. His father died in 1893. To help support the family, his mother opened a girl's school in the family home.

Read more about Cecil B. DeMille, including autographs here.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Jim Davis - Garfield Signed Note and Card

In 1998, my daughter sent Jim Davis a letter, requesting an autograph. He sent her a nice signed note on Garfield stationary and 3 Garfield autographed cards.

Jim Davis is very generous with his autographs. He has signed via email. If interested in giving this easy avenue a try, here is his website:

Check out My Article on Jim Davis, Garfield autographs.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dick Clark Autographs

Richard Wagstaff Clark was born on November 30, 1929. Dick Clark's first job in the entertainment industry was as a disc jockey at Syracuse University in 1951.

Read more about Dick Clark, including autographs here.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mel Blanc Autograph and Business Cards

Mel Blanc was born Melvin Jerome Blanc on May 30,1908. He became famous as a voice actor and comedian. Blanc is best known for his work at Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera Productions. He was the voice of many of America's favorite cartoon characters. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, Barney Rubble, Dino the Dinosaur, Woody Woodpecker and Mr. Spacely are just a few of the characters that Blanc gave voice. He was aptly nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Voices.”

Read more about Mel Blanc here, and check out my autographed photo.

I also have a Mel Blanc calling card and a business card in my collection:

Friday, October 24, 2008

Colin Powell Autographed Newsweek

Sunday, Colin Powell, who at one time was considered a possible presidential candidate, threw his friend of 25 years, John McCain, under the bus. Powell on "Meet the Press": "I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama."

Powell expressed concern that the Republican Part has "moved more to the right than I would like to see it." He also expressed his doubt that Sarah Palin had the necessary qualifications to become vice-president.

Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991 and 1992. He served as George W. Bush's Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005.

In 1997, while Powell was not engaged in government service, I sent an index card to his home address which he returned with a signature. A little later, I sent him this copy of Newsweek which he signed:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Clayton Moore - TV's Lone Ranger Was Always a Responsive Signer

Clayton Moore always appreciated those who took the time to return an authentic autograph to those who took the time to write him. In the late 1990's, I sent Clayton Moore an original arcade card and a vintage comic. He returned them both signed with a authentic autographs. Moore was always responsive to those who took the time to write.

Ringo Starr Says No More Autographs

Ringo's a little grouchy lately. He says he won't be signing any more autographs through the mail, and anything sent to him after October 20th will be trashed. From a video on his website:

"This is a serious message to anyone watching my message right now, peace and love! Please after the 20th October do not send fan mail to any address that you have, nothing will be signed. I'm warning you with peace and love I have too much to do. No more fan mail and no objects to be signed. Nothing."

Ringo issued an apology for his attitude on October 20th, but he's still not signing.

In July 1996, I sent an index card to Ringo's home address and it was returned with a signature. I filed it away in one of my albums, sometimes coming across it and always wondering if a member of the legendary Beatles had actually took the time time to sign it. Guess he did.

Wish I had sent a CD.

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