Some of you know that my family runs a book store in New York City, and that I work there during the colder months. But I’ve never really talked about–or showed–the work that I do there.
Two quick things you should know…
1) The store is called Argosy.
2) My grandfather, Louis Cohen, started it in the 1920s.
I spend most of my time working with the autographs on the 6th floor. Usually I’ll gather 50 at a time, photograph them, catalog them, and put them on the store’s web site. The whole process can take up to a week, and as far as jobs go, it’s a LOT of fun.
Anyway, I want to share some of the best autographs that I worked with this week. First, let’s start with a few baseball items. There was a Hall of Fame postcard signed by Joe DiMaggio:
There was a limited edition print signed by five Hall of Famers (Whitey Ford, Warren Spahn, Bob Gibson, Larry Doby, and Robin Roberts), four Brooklyn Dodgers (Carl Erskine, Joe Black, Ralph Branca, and Don Zimmer), and seven other former major leaguers (Rusty Staub, Earl Wilson, Joe Garagiola, Jim Lonborg, Lou Johnson, Frank Torre, and Chris Chambliss):
My favorite baseball item was a baseball itself, signed by 11 members of the 500 Home Run Club. There are seven signatures visible in the photo below. Can you identify all of them? The four you can’t see are Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews, Willie McCovey, and Harmon Killebrew.
Baseball aside, there was still lots of good stuff…like this book by Andy Warhol, who not only signed it but drew his famous Campbell’s Soup can:
More books? Check out this bold signature by Woody Allen:
Here’s one signed by Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel:
Speaking of presidents, there was a typed letter signed by Dwight Eisenhower…
…and a small card signed by Benjamin Harrison…
…and a hand-written letter signed by James Monroe in 1796 (which is framed with an engraved portrait and could be yours for the low-low price of $4,000):
The second-most expensive item ($2,500) I handled this week was a four-page hand-written letter by Andrew Carnegie. You can see his signature on the lower left, tilted sideways from this view:
The Illegible Autograph Award goes to Charles Dickens:
Any foodies out there? Check out this “Taste of the Town” brochure signed by Julia Child and a few other chefs:
Any fans of the Marx Brothers? Here’s a letter signed by Groucho:
I could keep going all day, but I have to end this somewhere…so if you want to see more of the Argosy’s autographs, all you have to do is click here.