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by HOOPER, Jessie (1865-1935)

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This regional suffragette and reformer was a leader in Wisconsin's women's rights movement and the first president of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters. Bold, black ink signature and lengthy title on a 4½" X 5" pale yellow slip, n.p., n.y. [ca. 1930]: "Mrs. Ben Hooper / Oshkosh Wis / Past Chairman of Inter / national Relations / General… Read more
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by THOMAS, Norman (1884-1968)

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Known as the "Conscience of America," this Socialist reformer helped found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920 and ran for U.S. president no fewer than six times; his books include "The Conscientious Objector in America" (1923) and "What's the Matter with New York?" (1932). PS, 3½" X 5", n.p., n.y. Near fine. Head-and-shoulders magazine portrait, undated but circa… Read more
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by SMILLIE, Robert (1857-1940)

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This Scottish trade union figure and socialist leader, a founder of the British Labour Party, headed the Scottish Miners Federation and fought for coal miners rights. TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Larkhall, Scotland, 6 July 1929. Addressed to H.K. Weyner. Near fine. Interesting letter to an American admirer who asks "if I could give you a specimen of my… Read more
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by LIVERMORE, Mary A. (1820-1905)

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This prominent women's rights advocate, journalist, abolitionist and temperance movement advocate was one of the leading lights in 19th century reforms along with such figures as Julia Ward Howe and Lucy Stone. Bold and nice "Mrs. Mary A. Livermore / Boston" in brown ink on a heavy stock 3¼" X 1 3/4" card, n.y. Very good. Small glue stain… Read more
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by DARROW, Ruby (1869-1957)

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This young Chicago journalist married renowned Chicago attorney Clarence Darrow in 1904 (his second wife), remaining with him until his death in 1938. Inscription and signature on the inner panel of a three-panel 3¼" X 5¼" buff stock printed card. Near fine. Outer panel features small grey-tone graphic showing sunlight streaming through a church's stained glass windows and the… Read more
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by MEANY, George (1894-1980)

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Famed American labor leader; AFL-CIO president (1955-79). Color PS, heavy stock 8" X 10", n.p., n.y. Very good. Candid half-length glossy photograph showing an elderly, smiling Meany seated seated in suit and tie. In a light area across his white shirt and tie, Meany signs boldly in blue fineline. A superb example.
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by THOMAS, G.B. (1829-1905)

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This well-known Welch temperance advocate enjoyed a career as sailor and sea captain before becoming a mover and shaker among the Good Templars, establishing many hundreds of lodges and children's lodges throughout Wales and leading their temperance cause; he was elected to their highest offices nationally and internationally. ANS, 1p, 5" X 8", New York, NY, 1874 June 6.… Read more
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by HOLCOMBE, Willis B. (?-?)

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When the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in 1910, one of its earliest actions was to organize a local council for Brooklyn and Queens, and its first commissioner and executive secretary was Holcombe, a cryptic figure who was also active in the settlement house movement in New York City in the 1890s. Signature on the closing portion of… Read more
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by THOMAS, Norman (1884-1968)

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Known as the "Conscience of America," this Socialist reformer helped found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920 and ran for U.S. president no fewer than six times; his books include "The Conscientious Objector in America" (1923) and "What's the Matter with New York?" (1932). TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 1956 February 20. Addressed to G.F.… Read more
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by BERRY, George L. (1882-1948)

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The long-time president of the International Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America (1907-48) was appointed U.S. senator from Tennessee by that state's governor at the death of Senator Nathan L. Bachman in 1937 to complete his term, but served only until 1938, failing in his bid for election. Printed DS, 4pp (rectos only), 8" X 10½", n.p., 1936… Read more
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by SMITH, Charles Sprague (1853-1910)

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This American progressive reformer founded the People's Institute at Cooper Union in 1897 to educate the working classes -- when he wasn't busy with his day job as professor of German at Columbia University. "It gives me great pleasure to send my greetings to an appreciative auditor" and full signature in brown ink, heavy stock 3¼" X 2¼" card,… Read more
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by MEANY, George (1894-1980)

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American labor leader; AFL-CIO president (1955-79). Signed Postal Cover, 6½" X 3½", cancelled in New York, NY on 16 August 1973. Near fine. Single 3-cent "Labor Day" stamp and 8-cent flag stamp affixed. No decorative cachet at left; no distracting recipient's name/address. NOT a First Day Cover, but a clever admirer had this envelope bearing an appropriate labor-related stamp… Read more
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by TOBIN, Daniel J. (1875-1955)

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This noted labor leader served as long, long-time president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (1907-52) as well as serving as secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Labor (1917-28). Partly-printed DS, 1p, 7 ¼" X 10½", Indianapolis, IN, 1931 September 23. Very good. Updating form sent out by "Who's Who in America," on orange paper, for their 1932-33 edition,… Read more
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by ABBOTT, Grace (1878-1939)

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This influential social worker helped to organize (1908) and direct (1908-17) the Immigrants' Protective League; she was crucial to the 1918 ruling declaring child labor laws unconstitutional (1918), and served as chief of the U.S. Children's Bureau from 1921 to 1934. Uncommon signature, heavy stock 3" X 2" card, n.p., n.d. Very good. Minor age toning; mounting traces on… Read more
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by BOOTH, Ballington (1857-1940)

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Second son of William Booth (Salvation Army founder); commander of army in U.S. (1887-96); after fall-out with father, founded Volunteers of America (1896). TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Volunteers of America letterhead, New York, NY, 1903 October 3. Addressed to the editor of the "New York Independent." Good. Faint ink transfer of text, minor soiling. Excellent content in which… Read more
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by MEANY, George (1894-1980)

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Famed American labor leader; AFL-CIO president (1955-79). TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", AFL-CIO letterhead, Washington, DC, 1956 October 24. Addressed to George F. Robinson. Very good. Original folds visible but not weakened; staple holes at upper left. In this meaty and cordial letter on decorative AFL-CIO letterhead, Meany tentatively agrees to address an "Open Forum" in Daytona Beach and… Read more
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by BURRITT, Elihu (1810-79)

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American philanthropist, pacifist, reformer and social activist whose early training as a black smith combined with an uncanny ability to learn languages earned him the moniker "The Learned Blacksmith"; in 1846 he formed the League of Universal Brotherhood, organizing world peace congresses and traveling and writing tirelessly for the cause. ALS, 1p, 5" X 8", New Britain, CT, 1873… Read more
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by EDWARDS, John Passmore (1823-1911)

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This English journalist and newspaper owner was at heart a reformer and philanthropist; his largesse helped create schools, hospitals, convelescent homes, art galleries and 24 libraries; twice he refused a knighthood from Queen Victoria. ANS, 1p, 5" X 7¼", London, England, 1903 April 2. Addressed to "Madam." Very good. Cryptic note in response to a request: "Though I have… Read more
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