Rare pencil signature, "Geronimo," on the reverse of a 3.25 x 1.5 calling card of Richmond Pearson Hobson, a Naval Constructor of the United States Navy. In very good to fine condition, light soiling, and some surface loss to the calling card side.
Hobson (1870-1937) was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War and later served as a U.S. Representative from Alabama. As the Navy's Special Representative to the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, it is likely that Hobson obtained the signature at that event. Accompanied by a 1950 dealer's note describing this "very rare signature…palpably written for this American naval hero of the War of 1898."
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