Flagg, James Montgomery – American Artist – Uncle Sam

James Montgomery Flagg (1877 to 1960)

James Montgomery Flagg, born in Pelham Manor, New York in 1877, is one of those interesting figures in history who actually did so much, but is only remembered for one thing! Flagg was a gifted artist, displaying a prodigy’s talent; he created his first magazine illustration at age 12, and by the age of 14, he had become a regular contributor to Life. He actively pursued training for [...] Click here to continue reading.

Field, Eugene Sr. & Eugene Field, Jr. & Harry Dayton Sickles

Eugene Field, Sr.

Eugene Field, Sr. was born September 2, 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of attorney Martin Field who earned quite a name for himself as one of the attorneys associated with Dred Scott, the slave who sued for freedom in 1857. When Eugene was five, his mother died, and he was sent to Amherst, Massachusetts to be raised by a cousin.

Field began college at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, [...] Click here to continue reading.

First Day Stamps

First Day Stamps

The first day of issue is the day on which a postage stamp, postal card or stamped envelope is put on sale, within the country or territory of the stamp-issuing authority. Sometimes the issue is made from a temporary or permanent foreign or overseas office. There will usually be a first day of issue postmark, frequently a pictorial cancellation, indicating the city and date where the item was first issued, and [...] Click here to continue reading.

Durant, Frederick C. III – Aerospace Engineer & Book Collector

Frederick C. Durant III

Frederick C. Durant III was a key advisor to the U.S. military, intelligence, and civilian space-flight programs of the 1950s and 1960s. He served as president of the American Rocket Society in 1953 and president of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) from 1953 to 1956. During the 1950s he worked for several different aerospace organizations, including: Bell Aircraft Corp., Everett Research Lab, the Naval Air Rocket Test Station, and the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Pickering, Timothy

Timothy Pickering (1745 – 1829)

Timothy Pickering was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in July 1745. He graduated from Harvard University in 1763, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1768, serving for some time as Register of Deeds for Essex County. Initially, Pickering was reluctant to sever ties with Great Britain but reconsidered his position and played a vital role in the Revolution’s success. He accepted General Washington’s offer to become Adjutant [...] Click here to continue reading.

Burr, Aaron

Aaron Burr

Burr served with distinction in the Continental Army at the battles of Quebec, Monmouth, and New Haven. He is best remembered for taking the life of Alexander Hamilton in an 1804 duel. After conspiring with General James Wilkinson to create a new republic in the Southwest, he was arrested in 1807, tried for treason, and acquitted. He went abroad in 1808 and tried but failed to interest the English and French in [...] Click here to continue reading.

Hassam, Frederick Childe – American Artist

Frederick Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935)

Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Childe Hassam became one of America’s most noted Impressionist painters, but he never labeled himself in that way, asserting he was more interested in the emotional content of his paintings than the technique of applying color. He also completed over 350 etchings and drypoints and about 45 lithographs, most of them after he was 56 years old. Watercolor was another specialty, and Hassam was one [...] Click here to continue reading.

Chief Spotted Tail – Soiux

Chief Spotted Tail (1823-1881)

Spotted Tail, whose Lakota name was Sinte Gleska, served his people as a statesman and went to Washington to lobby for the rights of his people.

Information courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Society of Cincinnatus

Society of Cincinnatus

Henry Knox created the Society, serving as its first secretary, and Washington served as its first president. It was named after Cincinnatus, a Roman general and statesman who was admired as a model of simplicity, ability, and republican virtue. In 458 he was appointed dictator by the Roman Senate when the Roman army was in danger of being destroyed by Aequi. He left his farm, gathered troops, defeated the enemy, and [...] Click here to continue reading.

Lear-Storer-Decatur Family

The Lear-Storer-Decatur Family and their role in American History

Courtesy of James D Julia, Inc. (Winter Antiques & Fine Art Auction, February 4 & 5, 2010).

The Lear-Storer-Decatur family is one encompassing a number of important historical figures in the 19th, 18th and 17th centuries. Their roots begin with Sir William Pepperrell Baronet, born June 27, 1696 and died July 6, 1759. He was born in Kittery Point, Maine (where all of this material [...] Click here to continue reading.

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