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James Baldwin

Author of  Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953),  Notes of a Native Son (1955),
Nobody Knows My Name
(1961), The Fire Next Time (1963) and many other books

  Publicity photo by Mottke Weissman on the release of The Fire Next Time on
January 31, 1963. Photo: 5 x 7, image 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches.  
Grease pencil crop marks by a photo editor are visible. Original print.

Saul Bellow

Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1967, Bellow is perhaps best known
for his novel Herzog (1964).  His first novel was Dangling Man (1944).
Other works include The Victim (1947), The Adventures of Augie March, which won the
National Book Award for fiction in 1954, Seize The Day (1956),  Henderson The Rain King (1959), 
 Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories (1968), and Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970).
His work of fiction, Humboldt's Gift (1975), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Photo by Jeff Lowenthal, issued as publicity shot announcing the release of Herzog
in 1964. Photo: 5 x 7; image 4 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches. Grease pencil
crop marks by a photo editor are visible. Original print.


Truman Capote
Writer and Playwright

Among the more than 35 books and plays Capote authored, Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958)
and In Cold Blood  (1966) stand out as his most notable.  Other works include
Other Voices, Other Rooms
(1948), The House of Flowers (1950), A Christmas Memory (1960),
Music for Chameleons
(1981), and a host of short stories and television plays.

  Photo by Rudy Valenzuela, issued as publicity shot announcing the release of  
In Cold Blood
in 1966. Photo: 5 x 5; image 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. 
Grease pencil crop marks by a photo editor are visible. Original print.


Winston Churchill
1874 - 1965
Prime Minister of England

Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945
and again from 1951 to 1955.  He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. 
He is buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

Charlie Chaplin
1889 - 1977

was a British comedy star before becoming the most famous actor
 in the silent film era of Hollywood as The Tramp. His 1931 performance in City Lights
is considered his best performance.

This photograph was originally taken in 1932 at Chartwell in England and was included
in the documentary film on the life of Churchill entitled The Finest Hours in 1964. 
This print was used as a studio publicity photo.  Photo is 8 x 10; image 6 x 9 inches. 
Original print but not from1932; probably from the release of the film.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
1890 - 1969
President of the United States

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th President (Republican) of the
United States serving two terms (1955-1961).  A general in World War II, Eisenhower
served as the U.S. Army Chief of Staff before becoming the President
of Columbia University, then running for U.S. President. 

This photograph is from 1953 while he was serving as President.  Photographed by
George Thames of the New York Times, it served as an official U.S. Army/Pentagon photograph. 
 Back of this 8 x 10 image contains stamps of various bodies
indicating use, ownership and credits.  It is an original print.

T. S. Elliot
Writer / Poet
1888 - 1965

One of the most distinguished literary figures of the 20th century, T. S. Eliot won
the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948Among his best-known writings are
The Lovesong of J. Alfred Purfrock,
The Wasteland and Four Quartets. 
He studied at Harvard, The Sorbonne, and Oxford, and eventually won
 thirteen honorary doctorates and two (posthumous) Tony Awards

This photo was released to announce the publication of
Collected Poems: 1909-1962
in 1963 on his 70th birthday. 
Photo: 5 x 7; image: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  Back has no markings.  An original print.

Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
Nonviolent Revolutionary
69 - 1948

Today known as The Father of India, Gandhi was the pioneer of Satyagraha -a
 philosophy that is largely concerned with truth and 'resistance to evil through non-violent acts' -
and with it led India to independence from England and inspired movements for civil rights and
freedom across the world. On January 30, 1948, Gandhi was shot and killed while having
his nightly public walk on the grounds of Birla House in New Delhi.

Perhaps Gandhi's most memorable sayings include:

 "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
"There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."
"We must be the change we want to see in the world."

This is a news release photo from the mid to late 1930s. It bears the scars of use including several
short edge tears and paper tape repairs on the back. The back also has markings and labels from
various photo agencies including Culver Pictures in New York and Counsis Brothers in Bombay. 
Firm dates are being researched. This 4 5/8 x 6 3/8 photograph is an original print.

Queen Elizabeth II
1926 - 
Queen of "England"

     Since her coronation in 1943, Elizabeth has reigned as the Queen of 16 independent
nations known as the Commonwealth Realms.  She is the second-longest -serving
head of state in the world.

This 8 x 10 photograph is undated but probably comes from the 1950s. 
The back displays the stamp of the United Press Association of New York City.
 It is an original print.

 Lyndon B. Johnson
1908 - 1973
President of the United States

LBJ, a Democrat, was the 36th President of the United States,
assuming the presidency after the assassination of John F. Kennedy
in 1963 and serving until 1969.

This  photograph is the famous presidential portrait by photographer Arnold Newman
(signed in the negative). It is an original, 8 x 10 print taken in the Oval Office
of the White House in1963.

Martin Luther King

1929 - 1968

Ralph Abenathy
1926 - 1990

"BIRMINGHAM, Ala.,  April 20 -- UNSHAVEN LEADERS -- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
(right) and a chief aide, the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, bow their heads in
silent prayer after release from Birmingham jail.  The two were in jail for 8 days.
(AP Wirephoto) 1963"

The photo is stamped on the back with an Associated Press Wirephoto stamp
and the above quote is printed into the lower part of the photograph. 
Photo: 8 x 10 ; image 6 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches.  Grease pencil crop marks are visible in the image.
 It is an original print.

Carl Sandburg
1878 - 1967
Writer / Poet

One of America's most famous poets and writers, Sandburg won a Pulitzer Prize in
History in 1940 for his Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, and a second Pulitzer
for his collection The Complete Poems of Carl Sandbur
His home of 22 years in North Carolina is now a National Historic Site.

This famous image of Sandburg is the one many remember him by.
  It was issued for the release of "Remembrance Rock," his only novel,
published in 1948.  The photo is 5 x 7:  image 4 1/8 x 5 inches.  It is an original print..
  Penned into the image, at the bottom right, is "Credit Photo: June Glenn, Jr."

Adlai Stevenson
1900 - 1965
Politician / Statesman

An American politician and statesman. Adlai Ewing Stevenson was noted for his skill in debate
 and oratory.  In 1948 he became Governor of Illinois, but lost bids for the U. S. presidency
in both 1952 and 1956, and under President John F. Kennedy
served as the Ambassador to the United Nations.

This photograph of Stevenson is the one by which most Americans know him.
 It is an 8 x 10 original print from the mid 1950s

Haile Selassi
1892 - 1975
Emperor of Ethiopia

Selassi was de jure emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974; de facto emperor from
1916 to 1936 and again from 1941 to 1974, and spent the years 1936 to 1941
in exile in England.  Among many members of the Rastafarian (back-to-Africa) Movement,
Selassi was considered the Black Messiah  who would lead the peoples of Africa and the
African Diaspora to freedom.  The circumstances of his death in 1975 are still debated.

This photograph is a rare and important image of the Emperor; he is pictured in
full military regalia.  It is an 8 x10 inch original print from the late 1950s.


Jonas Salk
1914 - 1995
Medical Doctor
Discoverer of Polio Vaccine

An American physician and researcher, best known as the inventor of polio vaccine. 
Within two years, polio cases dropped 85-90%.  Later he directed the Jonas Salk Institute
and devoted much of  his energy to the development of an AIDS vaccine. 
In 1970 Salk married Françoise Gilot, former mistress of Pablo Picasso (1944-53) and mother
of Claude and Poloma Picasso.  Salk died in 1995 and Gilot continues to survive him.

This is an 8 x 10 original photograph taken in 1961 with a World Wide Photos
 credit stamp on the back.  Orange grease pencil editor's crop marks appear on the front.


Jawaharlal Nehru
1889 - 1964
Prime Minister of India

Also known as Pandit or Teacher, Nehru was a leader in the Indian Independence
Movement and head of the Indian National Congress working with Mahatma Gandhi
to win independence for India from British rule.  Upon independence in 1947,
Nehru became the first Prime Minister of India, and subsequently won
elections in 1952, 1957 and 1962.  He died in office in 1964, and his daughter,
Indira Gandhi, became Prime Minister.

This small original photograph measures 4 x 6 inches, and the image is
3 1/2 x 4 inches. It has no identifying marks, but was taken during his tenure, probably c. 1955 -1960. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1929 - 1968

Mrs. Coretta Scott King
1927- 2006
Civil Rights Leaders

Martin Luther King was an American clergyman who spearheaded the mid-20th
century civil rights movement in the USA. He championed Gandhi's
non-violent, passive resistance ideology but he himself was shot in 1968. 
In 1964 he became the 17th American
and youngest recipient,
at age 35, of the Nobel Peace Prize 
His wife Coretta Scott King carried on his work until her death in 2006.

This is a vintage 8 x 10 inch news photograph taken of King and his wife Coretta
at the news conference in Atlanta, Georgia announcing his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize,
October 14, 1964. There are no markings on the photo, and it is in excellent repair. 


Edward R. Murrow
1908 - 1956

An American journalist and newscaster, Murrow first achieved prominence with a
series of radio news broadcasts during World War II.  In the fifties he produced a series
of TV news reports that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy. 
The 2005 film Good Night and Good Luck, depicting the McCarthy-era
communist hunt in Hollywood, rekindled memories of Murrow. 
He is considered to be among the greatest figures in journalism. 

This is a vintage 7 x 9 inch photo, and quite rare. There are no markings (other than
editor's crop marks in grease pencil) on the photo, and it is in excellent repair. 
It is from the late 1940 to early 1950 era.



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