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Theodore Roosevelt Ephemera, 4 Pcs, Relating to Presidency, Progressive Party, & Posthumous Commemoration

A charming collection of ephemera relating to the political career and home life of 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919). The four colorful and visually appealing pieces date from ca. 1906-1920.

The lot is comprised of:

1. A vintage color Illustrated Post Card Company postcard depicting "President Roosevelt and Family," including Teddy, second wife Edith Kermit Roosevelt, and their blended family of six children. Pencil inscribed in large, childish handwriting along the right margin recto and at center verso. Bearing a canceled green Benjamin Franklin 1-cent stamp and postmarked from Newark, New Jersey on August 22, 1906. Expected wear and weathering including wrinkles, else very good. 5.375" x 3.5."

2. A vintage color Joseph Hollander (Norfolk, Virginia) postcard promoting the upcoming 1907 Jamestown Exposition, headlined "Meet me on the War Path / Jamestown Exposition / 1907." Below portraits of Teddy and exposition presidents, a vignette depicts John Smith landing at Jamestown in 1607. Blank verso. Expected light wear including corner wrinkles, else near fine. 5.5" x 3.5."

3. A Progressive Party "Pass Prosperity Around" Charter Membership Certificate, no. 10872, representing a $1 contribution to the 1912 presidential campaign of Teddy Roosevelt, then on the Progressive Party ticket alongside vice presidential running mate Hiram W. Johnson. A triumphant bull moose, flanked by campaign promises and facsimile signatures, appears at center verso! Minor edge darkening, else near fine. 6.75" x 3.25."

4. A "Roosevelt Memorial Association" blank membership certificate, printed by the American Bank Note Company, ca. 1920. Teddy's portrait appears at top, surrounded by a meandering key pattern border intertwined with oak leaves. Expected folds, and minor damage including isolated loss to corners. Else very good to near fine. 6.375" x 8.875."

Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency in September 1901 following the assassination of his 1900 running mate William McKinley; an extremely popular president, Roosevelt was reelected in 1904 on the Republican ticket. Roosevelt eschewed the Grand Old Party in 1912 to run on the Progressive ticket. Roosevelt died in January 1919.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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