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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS : 1908 Stock Certificate

An ornate engraved stock certificate for 10 shares in the Boston and Massachusetts Elevated Street Railway.  Printed by the American Bank Note Company, issued January 1908.  Great vignette of the Elevated Railway at top center.  Cancelled.


1912 Democratic Convention
Ticket / no stub.


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Convention Ticket
Ticket / no stub.
Very Fine.


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Ticket with stub
Very Fine.


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND : 1912 Democratic National Convention Tickets

The 1912 Democratic National Convention, held at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, was one of the more memorable U.S. Presidental conventions of that century.  The leading candidates were House Speaker Clark of Missouri and Governor Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey.  Each man came to the convention having won a number of primaries.  Clark had more pledged delegates than Wilson but lacked the two-thirds vote necessary to secure the nomination.
Clark appeared to be the front runner on the first ballot, receiving 440
1/4 votes to Wilson's 324.  Governor Harmon of Ohio garnered 148 votes and U.S. Representative Underwood, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, received 1171/4.  The remaining votes were scattered among other delegates. 
On the ninth ballot, the New York delegation shifted its allegiance to Clark, thus furthering his lead ... but it was not enough.  The Democratic Party's then official two-thirds rule prevented him from securing the nomination.
Voting continued, and the 46th ballot won the nomination for Wilson.  It was the largest number of ballots cast at a U.S. Presidential convention since the Democratic Party's nomination of Stephen Douglas in 1860.


General Doolittle Letter

Signature of General James Doolittle


Envelope General Doolittle letter


This interesting World War II related letter and envelope is a  TLS from General Doolittle dated 16 November, 1945, addressed to Navy Signalman First Class James M. McChesney aboard the U.S.S. Laurens (APA 153).  The letter thanked Petty Officer McChesney for sending copies of "very interesting official documents taken from a Japanese record book”.

Doolittle (1896-1993) served as a flying officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during both World War I and World War II.  In 1942, he received the Medal of Honor and was promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General for leading the first carrier-based bomber attack on mainland Japan.  The citation he received, presented personally by President Franklin Roosevelt, reads in part: "With the apparent certainty of being forced to land in enemy territory or perish at sea, General Doolittle personally led a squadron of Army bombers, manned by volunteer crews, in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland."  General Doolittle is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. 





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