Lot #204
W. C. Handy

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Estimate: $200+


Two items: a vintage semi-glossy 8 x 10 photo of Handy by G. Maillard Kesslere bearing an affixed postage stamp, signed and inscribed in fountain pen by Handy to a Junior High School, and dated 1944; and a TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Handy Brothers Music Co. letterhead, May 18, 1944, in part: "You must be reminded that my sight is very poor, and my hand must be guided now when I write. I am praying for the improvement of my left eye…Later, I will write you about my next book—'Unsung Americans Sung,' designed to teach our history by singing the story-lives of our pioneers. It contains thirty eight songs, biographical sketches and pictures. I think it is an original idea, and something very necessary to our schools and colleges." In very good to fine condition, with an extra fold to the left side and to the bottom of the letter, skipping to the signature on the letter, and a vertical crease and binder dings to the photo. Accompanied by an unsigned booklet entitled "Music's 'Handy' Man." From the James A. Bowman Collection.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #583 - Ended May 13, 2020

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