Every day Sophie Dupre presents two items from her large stock of signed photographs, autograph letters, autographs for sale, royal memoralbilia and antiquarian manuscripts.
The photographs are presented with the catalogue descriptions.
On this day... see what happened on your special day
On this day in 1882 A(lan) A(lexander) Milne was born in Hampstead, the author of Winnie-the-Pooh and in 1944, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosted a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
ARMSTRONG (Louis, 1900-1971, “Satchmo”, American Jazz Trumpeter & Bandleader)
Superb vintage photo signed and inscribed “Best wishes from”, showing him half length, holding his Selmer Trumpet on its case in front of him, wearing a white jacket and smiling broadly, 10” x 8”, stamped on the back, Rockwell O’Keefe, Radio City and Hollywood, no date but circa 1930
MILNE (A. A., 1882-1956, Writer, Creator of ‘Winnie the Pooh’)
Autograph Letter Signed with initials to ‘Dear Alderson’ saying that here “is Sarah Simple. Perhaps I ought to say that I send it ‘without prejudice’, by which I mean that my agent (Curtis Brown is possibly showing another copy to some other manager, actor or actress at this moment, and may think he has committed me to something, morally, I mean. But we can settle all that later - if you like the play. Talking to you, I said that Kay Hammond (who is terribly keen to play it ) and Laura Couric would make a good pair of women ...”, 1 side 8vo., 13 Mallord Street, Chelsea headed paper, 26th May 1936
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