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These Autographs were collected by my Father over his lifetime! Stowe Vintage will feature Autographs of Hollywood Stars, Political Autographs, President's Autographs, Sports Autographs, Military Autographs, Entertainment Autographs, Authors Autographs, Historical Autographs, and More! Comes with a COA. Contact us at 802-253-7000 or stovint08@gmail.com.


MARIA VON TRAPP AUTOGRAPH

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Baroness Maria Cheese Augusta von Trapp was born January 26, 1905 – died March 28, 1987. Maria was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. Her story and that of her family's escape from the Nazis after the Anschluss was the inspiration for the musical The Sound of Music. In the 1940s the family moved to Stowe, Vermont, where they ran a music camp when they were not touring. In 1944, Maria and her stepdaughters Johanna, Martina, Maria, Hedwig, and Agathe applied for U.S. citizenship. Georg never filed to become a citizen. Rupert and Werner became citizens by serving during World War II. Rosmarie and Eleonore became citizens by virtue of their mother's citizenship. Johannes was born in the United States. Georg von Trapp died in 1947 in Vermont from lung cancer. The Trapp family made a series of 78 rpm discs for RCA Victor in the 1950s, some of which were later issued on RCA Camden LPs. There were also a few later recordings released on LPs, including some stereo sessions. The family also made an appearance on an Elvis Presley Christmas record. In 1957, the Trapp Family Singers disbanded and went their separate ways. Maria and three of her children became missionaries in the South Pacific. In the mid-1960s Maria moved back to Vermont to manage the Trapp Family Lodge. Maria von Trapp died on March 28, 1987, of heart failure in Morrisville, Vermont, three days after surgery. She had survived her husband, who died before the book, musical, and films appeared, by 40 years. Maria, her husband Georg, Hedwig von Trapp, and Martina von Trapp are interred in the family cemetery at the Lodge.


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Original Maria Von Trapp Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 Index Card. Regular Price - $ 195.00 / Sale Price - $ 95.00.


RUTH BRYAN OWEN AUTOGRAPH

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 Ruth Bryan Owen(later Mrs. Borge Rohde, daughter of William Jennings Bryan) a Representative from Florida; born in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., October 2, 1885; educated in public schools, Lincoln, Nebr.; attended Monticello Seminary, Godfrey, Ill., and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; member of the executive committee of the American Women’s War Relief Fund in London, England; war nurse in the Voluntary Aid Detachment in the Egypt-Palestine campaign, 1915-1918; lecturer, Lyceum and Chautauqua lecture circuit, Miami, Fla., 1918-1928; board of regents of the University of Miami, Miami, Fla., 1925-1928; author; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first and to the succeeding Congress (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the Seventy-third Congress in 1932; delegate to the Interparliamentary Union at London, 1930; appointed Minister to Denmark (April 13, 1933-August 30, 1936); special assistant, Department of State, United Nations Conference, San Francisco, Calif., 1945; alternate delegate, United Nations General Assembly, 1949; member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Reformatory for Women, 1938-1954; member of the board of trustees of the Starr Commonwealth for Boys, 1941-1954; died on July 26, 1954, in Copenhagen, Denmark; interment in Ordrup Cemetery, Copenhagen, Denmark.


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Original Ruth Bryan Owen autograph, hand signed on card stock. Written: Very Cordially Yours Ruth Bryan Owen. Regular Price - $ 175.00 / Sale Price - $ 95.00.


GLORIA STEINEM AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO

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Gloria Marie Steinem was born March 25, 1934.  Gloria is an American feminist icon, journalist and women's rights advocate. She is the founder and original publisher of Ms. magazine. Steinem cofounded the Coalition of Labor Union Women in 1974, and participated in the National Conference of Women in Houston, Texas in 1977. She became Ms. magazine's consulting editor when it was revived in 1991, and she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993. In 1991, Steinem founded Choice USA. Original Gloria Steinem Autographed Photo, Approx. Size 8 x 10 Black & White. Hand signed Gloria Steinem. Comes with a COA. Regular Price - $ 65.00 / Sale Price - $ 48.00.


PHYLLIS DILLER AUTOGRAPH

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Phyllis Diller was born Phyllis Driver on July 17, 1917 - died August 20, 2012. Diller is a Golden Globe-nominated American comedienne, considered to be one of the pioneers of female stand-up comedy. She created a stage character persona that was a wild-haired, eccentrically-dressed housewife who made jokes about a fictional husband named "Fang" while smoking from a long cigarette holder. Another distinct characteristic is her cackling laugh, one of the best-recognized in comedy. Diller is given credit for opening the doors for the stand-up comedy field to women such as Rita Rudner, Totie Fields, Joan Rivers, Lily Tomlin, Sandra Bernhard, Joy Behar, Rosie O'Donnell and Roseanne Barr. Diller, a longtime resident of Brentwood, California, credits much of her success to Bob Hope, in large part because he included her in the pictures and Vietnam USO shows mentioned above. She is an accomplished pianist as well as a painter.  In 1993, she was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Recently, Diller has suffered serious medical problems, including a heart attack in 1999. After a hospital stay she was fitted with a pacemaker and released. A bad fall resulted in her being hospitalized for tests on her head and pacemaker in 2005. She has since retired from stand-up comedy appearances. She wrote her autobiography in 2005, titled Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse. On July 11, 2007, it was reported by USA Today that she fractured her back and had to cancel a Tonight Show appearance, during which she had planned to celebrate her 90th birthday.


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Original Phyllis Diller Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 inch index card. Regular Price - $ 124.95 / Sale Price - $ 74.89.


EVA S. DE LOPEZ MATEOS AUTOGRAPH

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Eva Samano Bishop was born on May 5, 1910 - died January 7, 1984. Eva was originally from Tierra Caliente in the state of Guerrero, was the wife of ex-president Adolfo López Mateos and First Lady of Mexico from 1958 to 1964. He was known as the "National Mother," "Great Protection of Children" and "The Mistress of Mexico."  Eva Samano was present at the official ceremonies as First Lady that he fell: her first official act was to vote in elections when her husband was a candidate and later, on Dec. 1, 1958, he arrived with his daughter at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the enclosure in which conducted the swearing-in. In the mid-six-year term, Don Adolfo and Ms Eva were separated.  In 1975, Eva Samano was withdrawn. The number of strokes he suffered from times of the presidency of her husband and her strong arthritis prevented him from doing so much effort. He stayed in his house and devoted himself entirely to respond to its unique and beloved granddaughter. She died on January 7, 1984 at the Military Hospital in Mexico City, two months with kidney and lung ailments. She was buried beside her husband in the Pantheon Garden of the capital. Years later, President Carlos Salinas de Gortari ordered to move and remove the remains of both Boksburg de Zaragoza, Mexico State, in a monument erected in honor of the graduate Lopez Mateos. Original Eva S. de Lopez Mateos Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 inch Index Card. Regular Price - $ 49.95 / Sale Price - $ 29.00.


GRACE ABBOTT AUTOGRAPH

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Grace Abbott was born November 17, 1878 - died June 19, 1939. Grace was an American social worker who specifically worked in advancing child welfare. Her older sister was social worker Edith Abbott. Abbott was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. Abbott graduated from Grand Island College in 1898. Before embarking on her future career in social work, she worked as a high school teacher in her home town through 1906. In 1902, she started graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1907, she moved to Chicago, where she began her career in social work. She took up residency in the Hull House, an urban center for women engaged in early proto-feminism and social reform, as well as a safe haven for the poor. Abbott served on several committees and organizations for advancing the societal cause of the child welfare, including the Immigrants' Protective League (1908-1917), Child Labor Division of the U.S. Children's Bureau (1921 to 1934), and was also a member of the Women's Trade Union League. Abbott was an author of several sociological texts, including The Immigrant and the Community (1917) and The Child and the State (1938, 2 volumes).  She was also responsible for incorporating social statistics and research into legislative policy-making as well as investigating child labor violations in shipbuilding plants and other factories across the United States. Abbott pioneered the process of incorporating sociological data relating to child labor, juvenile delinquency, dependency, and statistics into the lawmaking process; she spent much of her time as a political lobbyist for social issues in Washington, D.C. She was associated with the Social Security Administration from 1934 until her death in 1939; during that time period, Abbott helped in the drafting of the Social Security Act and chaired several government committees on child welfare and social issues. During a 1938 health checkup, doctors discovered that she was suffering from multiple myeloma. The disease caused her death one year later. Abbott is a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame. Original Grace Abbott Autograph, signed on Cut Paper. Approx. size 3 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches. Written: Grace Abbott November 9, 1933. Regular Price - $ 80.00 / Sale Price - $ 36.00.


RUTH WESTHEIMER AUTOGRAPH

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Ruth Westheimer was born June 4, 1928. Dr. Ruth is a sex therapist and author. Best known as Dr. Ruth, the New York Times described her as "a cultural icon in the 1980s. The Sister Wendy of sexuality, she ushered in the new age of freer, franker talk about sex on radio and television—and was endlessly parodied for her limitless enthusiasm and for having an accent only a psychologist could have." Westheimer was born as Karola Ruth Siegel in Frankfurt, Germany, the only child of an Orthodox Jewish couple. In 1939 she was sent to Switzerland by her mother and grandmother after her father was taken by the Nazis. There she came of age in an orphanage, and stopped receiving her parent's letters in September 1941. In 1945, Westheimer learned that her parents had been killed in the Holocaust, possibly at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Westheimer decided to immigrate to the British Mandate of Palestine. There, at 17, she "first had sexual intercourse on a starry night, in a haystack—without contraception." She later told the New York Times that "I am not happy about that, but I know much better now and so does everyone who listens to my radio program." Westheimer joined the Haganah in Jerusalem. Despite her diminutive height (4'7"), she was trained as a scout and sharpshooter. Westheimer was seriously wounded in action by an exploding shell during the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, and it was several months before she was able to walk again. In 1950, Westheimer moved to France, where she studied and then taught psychology at the University of Paris. In 1956, she immigrated to the United States, settling in Washington Heights, Manhattan.  After just two months, despite the initial concerns over a live show, it was decided that Westheimer could go live for an hour taking phone calls (with a delay). Within a year "Dr. Ruth" had a larger audience on Sunday night at midnight on this struggling New York station than many NY stations had in morning drive. As "Dr. Ruth", Westheimer became nationally known after several appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman" in the early 1980's. In less than two years, Dr. Ruth became a household name and was being heard on radio stations across the country. Her pioneering TV show, also called Sexually Speaking, first aired in 1982 as a 15-minute taped show on Lifetime Cable. It has since increased in popularity and has been nationally syndicated, as has her radio show. She is known to be candid and funny, but respectful. In recent years, Westheimer has made regular appearances on the PBS Television children's show Between the Lions as "Dr. Ruth Wordheimer" in a parody of her therapist role, in which she helps anxious readers and spellers overcome their fear of long words.


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Original Dr. Ruth Westheimer Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 inch Index Card. Regular Price - $ 58.00 / Sale Price - $ 24.95.


HELEN GURLEY BROWN AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO

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Helen Gurley Brown was born February 18, 1922 in Green Forest, Arkansas - died August 13, 2012.  Brown was an author, publisher, and businesswoman. She was editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years. Brown's father died in an accident when she was young, and her sister was a polio victim. She was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. From 1939 to 1941 she attended Texas State College for Women and Woodbury Business College. After a stint in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency, she went to work for a prominent advertising agency as a secretary. Her employer recognized her writing skills and moved her to the copywriting department where she advanced rapidly to become one of the nation's highest paid ad copywriters in the early 1960s. In 1959 she married David Brown who was producer of Jaws, The Sting, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, and other motion pictures. In 1962, at the age of 40, Brown authored the bestselling book Sex and the Single Girl. In 1965 she became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and reversed the fortunes of the failing magazine. During the decade of the 1960s she was an outspoken advocate of women's sexual freedom and sought to provide them with role-models and a guide in her magazine. Brown claimed that women could have it all, "love, sex, and money". Due to her advocacy, the liberated single woman was often referred to generically as the "Cosmo Girl". Her work played a part in what is often called the sexual revolution. In the mid 1990s Brown was ousted from her role as the US editor of Cosmopolitan and was replaced by Bonnie Fuller. However, Brown stayed on at Hearst publishing and remains the international editor for all 59 international editions of Cosmo. Original Helen Gurley Brown Autographed Black & White Photo, Approx. Size 8 x 10. Hand written: For Jami Agars All my best wishes Helen Gurley Brown. (visible smudging) Regular Price - $ 105.00 / Sale Price - $ 75.00.


ANNA JARVIS AUTOGRAPH

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Anna Jarvis - the founder of Mother's Day - was born in this wooden two-story structure in Taylor County, WV on May 1, 1864. The house was built in 1854 by her father, Granville E. Jarvis. It became a focal point of the Civil War when General George B. McClellan used it as his headquarters. During the war Anna's mother - Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis - was instrumental in saving thousands of lives by teaching women the basics of nursing and sanitation which she had learned from her brother, physician James Reeves. After the war, Mrs. Jarvis soothed ill feelings among opposing families by holding a service for soldiers and their families and uniting communities torn apart by the war. It was her wish that a day be set aside to honor all mothers. Her daughter, Anna Jarvis, established the first internationally celebrated holiday - Mothers Day - in her honor, using the anniversary of her mother's death as its date.


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Original Anna Jarvis Autograph, Signed on 3 1/3 x 5 1/2 Card Stock. Written on the Card: Anna Jarvis, Founder Mother's Day - 11/07/(sorry can't read the year). Regular Price - $ 249.00 / Sale Price - $ 175.00.


CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT AUTOGRAPH

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Carrie Chapman Catt was born January 9, 1859 – died March 9, 1947.  Carrie was a woman's suffrage leader. She was elected president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) twice; her first term was from 1900 to 1904 and her second term was from 1915 to 1920. Catt, born Carrie Lane in Ripon, Wisconsin, spent her childhood in Charles City, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She became a teacher and then superintendent of schools in Mason City, Iowa in 1883.  In 1885 Catt married newspaper editor Leo Chapman, but he died in California soon after.  In 1890, she married George Catt, a wealthy engineer. Their marriage allowed her to spend a good part of each year on the road campaigning for woman's suffrage, a cause she had become involved with in Iowa during the late 1880s. Catt also joined the Women's Temperance Union. Catt became a close colleague of Susan B. Anthony, who selected Catt to succeed her as head of the NAWSA. Catt led the woman suffrage movement over the next twenty years.  Catt founded the League of Women Voters in 1920. Catt was also a leader of the international woman suffrage movement. She helped to found the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA) in 1902, serving as its president from 1904 until 1923. The IWSA remains in existence, now as the International Alliance of Women. Catt was active in anti-war causes during the 1920s and 1930s. During this period she was frequently recognized as one of the most prominent female leaders of her time. Beginning around 1913, a conflict was in the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Catt supported those already in power. Her strategy was to support Woodrow Wilson as the country entered World War I. Alice Paul, who would later become the leader of the National Woman's Party (NWP) led a parade to protest Wilson's lack of support for the suffrage movement one day before his inauguration. In light of these differences, a split developed and the NWP was started. Catt died of a heart attack in March 1947 at age 88.


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Original Carrie Chapman Catt Autographed Black and White Photo. Approx. Size 8 1/2 x 8. Written on Photo: Carrie Chapman Catt June 28, 1937. Difficult to find / Rare! Regular Price - $ 795.00.


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Original Carrie Chapman Catt Autographed Typed Letter. Letter is typed on Carrie Chapman Catt 120 Paine Avenue New Rochelle New York Letterhead. Dated June 29,1937. Addressed to: Mrs. Anna White, Presbyterian Hospital, 39th and Filbert Street, West Philadelphia, Pa. Dear Mrs. White: I am sorry you must suffer and be confined to a hospital, but the right way to look at it is that you should be thankful that there are surgeons and hospitals today to take care of you. I am an old lady myself and do not have many pictures, but I confess they look very much as I do these days. Hoping for your recovery, I am, Sincerely yours, Carrie Chapman Catt Regular Price - $ 650.00 / Sale Price - $ 495.00.


SYDNEY BIDDLE BARROWS AUTOGRAPH

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Sydney Biddle Barrows was born on January 14, 1952. Sydney biddle Barrows is known as the Mayflower Madam, was a modern American madam. After her escort service was exposed and disbanded, she gained worldwide notoriety, in part because she was part of the upper-class Biddle family of Philadelphia and is a Mayflower descendant.  She is also related to the Drexel banking family of Philadelphia which includes St. Katharine Drexel. After a short career in fashion (after graduating from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology), she was introduced to the world of high-class prostitution and started her own escort service named Cachet, which existed in New York City from 1979 to 1984. Unlike other escort agencies, Cachet offered an unparalleled service at the time, focusing on delivering a classy and elegant experience to the wealthy and powerful who either visited or lived in New York City.  In October 1984, her escort service was shut down and she was charged with promoting prostitution by the New York City District Attorney's Office. After she pled guilty, she published a best-selling autobiography, Mayflower Madam, which later became a television movie of the same name starring Candice Bergen. She has written two subsequent books on modern sexual etiquette. In late 2008 Barrows finished "Uncensored Sales Strategies", co-authored with well known "No BS" marketing expert Dan Kennedy. Since the mid-late 1990's, Barrows has run a sales consulting business with a focus on customer service and Experience Strategy. Referred to in business circles as "Madame Experience", Barrows has been married to "attorney of last resort" Darnay Hoffman, whose clients include Joel Steinberg since May 14, 1994. She currently lives in New York City. Original Sydney Biddle Barrows Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 inch Index Card. Regular Price - $ 84.00 / Sale Price - $ 39.95.


ELIZABETH GRAY VINING AUTOGRAPHED FLY LEAF

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Elizabeth Janet Gray Vining was born 1902 – died 1999. Elizabeth Gray Vining was a professional librarian and author who tutored Emperor Akihito of Japan in English while he was the crown prince. She was also a noted author. Her children's book, Adam of the Road, received the Newbery Award in 1943. Vining soon became known as an author, primarily of children's books, and was awarded the 1943 Newbery Medal for Adam of the Road. She had published eleven books by the end of World War II. During the Allied occupation of Japan after the war, Vining was selected by Emperor Hirohito himself (and not the U.S. government, as is erroneously believed by some) to become a private tutor to Crown Prince Akihito, the heir apparent of the Imperial House of Japan. She did this from 1946 to 1950. As part of her teaching program, she arranged for closely supervised occasions when four Western teen-aged boys in Tokyo would get together to help the crown prince practice English conversation. In addition to teaching English language skills, Vining introduced the children of the Imperial Household, Prince Hitachi and princesses Kazuko, Atsuko, and Takako, to Western values and culture. She also lectured at Gakushuin University and at Tsuda College. For her work, she was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, third class, shortly before her return to the United States in 1950. After her return to the United States, Vining wrote a book about her experiences in Japan in Windows for the Crown Prince, which appeared in 1952. Vining wrote over 60 fiction and non-fiction books in her lifetime. Original Elizabeth Gray Vining Autographed Fly Leaf, approx. size: 8 1/4 inch x 5 1/4 inch. Regular Price - $ 85.00 / Sale Price - $ 48.00.


ROSA PARKS SIGNED INDEX CARD

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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born February 4, 1913 – died October 24, 2005. Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement". On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Parks was not the first to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps in the twentieth century, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and Claudette Colvin nine months before Parks, but NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience. Original Rosa Parks Autograph, signed on a 3 inch x 5 inch index card.  Regular Price -$ 545.00 / Sale Price- $395.00.


RACHEL CARSON AUTOGRAPH

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Rachel Louise Carson was born May 27, 1907 – died April 14, 1964.  Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths.

Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially some environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides.  The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and it inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.  Original Rachel L. Carson Autograph, signed on paper(clipping).  Approx. size: 4 inches x 1 1/8 inch.   Price - $ 495.00.