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1912 Theodore Roosevelt-Signed Photograph

1912 Theodore Roosevelt Inscribed Signed Photograph. Excellent Condition. 10.75 inch. x 13.5 inch in a 19.5-inch x 21.5-inch wooden frame. The imprint of Underwood & Underwood appears on this impressive sepia portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt. The photograph is inscribed entirely in Roosevelt's hand: "To R.C. Townsend with all good wishes from his friend Theodore Roosevelt July 2nd 1912."
Underwood & Underwood was noted for its early 20th century photography of political subjects. This particular image is considered rare, and the inscription date is interesting and historically important, falling after the Republican National Convention held in June 1912, but before the National Progressive Party Convention held on August 7.
Known as the Bull Moose Party, the National Progressive Party was Roosevelt's answer to his one-time friend, Robert Taft, who received the Republican nomination two months earlier. Dissatisfied with Taft's previous presidential term, Roosevelt entered his name as a candidate in 1912, and then left the party when they nominated the incumbent president.
Two months after the August convention, Roosevelt was the victim of an assassination attempt, and when asked if he was healthy enough to again serve as president, he replied that he was "fit as a bull moose," inadvertently giving the party its famous nickname. The short-lived political party was formed in 1912 and had entirely disbanded within six years.
No stranger to change, nearly a decade earlier, when he served as the nation's 6th president, Roosevelt pursued a change in the national coinage. Contacting Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1905, his coinage redesign program was continued with the various denominations through 1916, using several sculptors in addition to Saint-Gaudens.
From our Grand Format Autograph Auction (10/2006), lot 25135.
From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection.
Seller is donating a portion of their proceeds, and Heritage is donating the same portion of the Buyer's Premium, from the sale of this lot to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. See page 3 for details.

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two artistically inspired series of gold coins. Each date and mintmark is reviewed with up-to-date information, much of which has never been previously published. The book is based on two extraordinary collections: The Phillip H. Morse collection and the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor collection.

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