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A Man of Few Words - President Calvin Coolidge

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Our 30th President, John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. was born on the 4th of July in 1872. Coolidge had a very successful career in law and politics, especially during his Presidency. Throughout his life he was criticized for his quiet manner. However, in retrospect, it could be said that his reserved demeanor actually fueled his success.

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CALVIN COOLIDGE SHOWING OFF HIS NEW AUTOMOBILE

Calvin Coolidge experienced hardship early in his life. His mother died when he was only twelve. His father and grandmother made every effort to support him, but even Coolidge himself acknowledged that he never fully recovered from this loss. For his entire life he carried with him a locket containing his mother’s portrait. Then, five years after his mother passed away, Coolidge lost his fifteen-year-old younger sister Abigail. It is certain that these tragic circumstances impacted the young man’s perspective on life. Later, in 1924 he would suffer another loss when an infection, caused from a blister playing tennis at the White House, would sadly take the life of his teenage son, Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

Another powerful force in the character of Calvin Coolidge occurred during his college years. Upon his graduation with honors from Amherst College in 1891, Coolidge held great admiration for his professors. Years later he would mention the impact their teachings had on his own character. He had become grounded on his faith in the common man – that hard work and giving had great value. He believed in dedicating one’s self to public service for the benefit of the greater good, a sharp contrast to the common goal of self-promotion.

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THE COMPLETE COOLIDGE FAMILY: JOHN, GRACE, CALVIN, AND CALVIN COOLIDGE JR.

In pursuit of his goal to practice law, Coolidge secured an apprenticeship with a prominent Massachusetts law firm as an alternative to bearing the cost of law school. In 1897, Coolidge was admitted to the bar and in 1898 he opened his own law office in Northampton, Mass. Once he began to achieve personal success, he still felt as if he was missing a companion to share it with. In 1905, Coolidge met Grace Goodhue, a teacher at a local school for the deaf. They married that same year in her parents’ home in Vermont. Together they had two sons, John and Calvin Jr.

Coolidge began his career of public service while practicing law. He was first elected as Northampton City Councilman in 1899, then General Court Representative, Mayor of Northampton, State Senator, Lieutenant Governor, and then Governor of Massachusetts. In 1921 he was elected Vice President of the United States where he served until the sudden death of President Harding in August of 1923. After completing Harding’s term, Coolidge was elected President in 1924. He declined the opportunity to run for reelection stating that if reelected, he would exceed 10 years as President, which he felt was too long. Coolidge retired to his home in Northampton. There the former President  wrote his memoirs and political commentary.  Sadly Calvin Coolidge died from a heart attack at age of only 60 in 1933.

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BEAUTIFUL CELLULOID POWDER BOX STRAIGHT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE GUEST ROOM - A GIFT FROM THE PRESIDENT TO LILLIAN ROGERS PARK - A FAVORED MAID

The enduring legacy of Calvin Coolidge was his steadfast character. During all of his campaigns, he did not criticize, or even speak the names his opponents. He remained focused on the issues at hand and talked about his views concerning government and business. Each election brought him broader support and greater margins of victory. He earned the trust and support of both business owners and the working class. His name has never been associated with any scandal or wrongdoing. Calvin Coolidge is best known for listening to the people and doing what they wanted.

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has spent the past 30 years acquiring museum-quality historical artifacts. He is proud to own personal effects of many past presidents including Calvin Coolidge. You now have the rare opportunity to view many of these important pieces. Many (400) of the museum-quality historical artifacts acquired by the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection will be sold in a live auction in Boston, Mass. on September 17th & 18th, 2014 by RRAUCTION.COM. If you have interest in a particular item in the collection, please feel free to inquire using the form below.

 

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President Warren G. Harding -- First to be broadcast on the radio

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

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THE HANDSOME SPORTING MAN - WARREN G. HARDING

The 29th American President, Warren G. Harding (1865–1923), was a Republican from Ohio. Advancing through the ranks of Ohio Senate and then the US Senate, he gained favor in the post-World War era by proposing a "return to normalcy” during his presidential campaign.

The 1920 results of the unprecedented landslide presidential election - a Pittsburgh radio station announced the victory of Warren G. Harding. Harding who won by a margin of 60% of the popular vote. This was the first time that the results of a presidential election were broadcast live.

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WARREN G. HARDING AND "LADDIE BOY" -  ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN

Presidency

The presidency of Warren G. Harding lacked the type of impact we have come to expect. His role is viewed by most historians as the transition between the idealism of Woodrow Wilson and the prosperity achieved by Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. It has been said that Harding’s impressive presence and amiable nature helped him capture the presidency despite the fact that his campaign promises of a “return to normalcy” lacked clarity and any real conviction.

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WARREN G. HARDING ATTENDING A BASEBALL GAME TO THROW THE FIRST PITCH

Although the memory of Harding’s presidency was tarnished by the major corrupt actions of his friends, Harding was involved in some important advances in communication. For example, in 1922, Harding was the first president to have a radio installed in the White House.

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A PHONOGRAPH WAS USED BY PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING TO RECORD HIS SPEECHES

Harding had a keen interest in technology. In fact, on June 14, 1922, the speech that Harding delivered in Washington, DC at the dedication of the Francis Scott Key Memorial was broadcast over the radio. This was the very first time the voice of an American President was broadcast to the public via the radio. This broadcast, which recognized Ffrancis Scott Key as the composer of the "Star Spangled Banner”, was heard by 125,000 Americans. The following year, President Harding began recording a number of his speeches on an early model phonograph that used wax discs for recording and play.

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WARREN G. HARDING - A POOR GOLFER - BUT THE PRESIDENT LOVED TO TRY

 

Presidential Communication Milestones

The introduction of radio broadcast was a major development that forever changed the way American presidents communicated with the world. Here are a few milestones to put this development in perspective.

George Washington disseminated information on primitive newspapers that were delivered on horseback in the late 1700’s. Abraham Lincoln had the luxury of transmitting information via the telegraph, or upon delivery by train in the mid 1800’s. Rutherford B. Hayes was in office when the telephone was introduced in 1877. William Taft used the phonograph to distribute recordings of his speeches in the early 1900’s. Calvin Coolidge was the first president to deliver a radio address in 1925. Franklin Roosevelt maximized the potential of radio throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s with his Fireside Chats. John F. Kennedy had a calm demeanor and striking good looks which attributed to his success in the televised debates leading up to the 1960 presidential election. Bill Clinton established the first White House website in 1994.

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World-renown collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has spent well overthe last quarter century enjoying his passion for historical memorabilia. He is often called upon by government agencies, world-class appraisers, and auction houses to evaluate important artifacts.

Mr. Amyx has developed a lasting relationship with former White House servants and their families. As a result, he has had the opportunity to acquire many personal items that belonged to American presidents and first ladies. Among these museum-quality artifacts are a number of personal items that belonged to President Warren G. Harding. These rare artifacts can be viewed at AMERICANHERITAGE1.COM.

warren harding black leather toilet kit 1WARREN G. HARDING’S MASCULINE BLACK LEATHER GOLD EMBOSSED TOILETRIES KIT - THIS RARE ITEM FROM THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION WILL BE OFFERED AT THE AUCTION LISTED BELOW ON SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

Also, many of the museum-quality, historical artifacts from the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection will be sold in a live auction in Boston, Mass. on September 17th & 18th, 2014 by RRAUCTION.COM. Contact them to register for the auction and to obtain a catalog. You can find the official auction web page at http://www.rrauction.com/Raleigh-DeGeer-Amyx-Collection-September-2014.htm.

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Was Edith Wilson Woodrow Wilson's First Lady....or Vice President?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

Edith Wilson (1872–1961) is often referred to as the first female president because of the important role she filled as First Lady of the United States from 1915-1921. The circumstances she faced had never before occurred during an American presidency. In October of 1919, President Wilson suffered a severe stroke and was incapacitated. To preserve his strength Mrs. Wilson screened all matters of state and only presented what she deemed critical issues to President Wilson from his bedside. This critical role kept the country afloat for the remaining two years of his term.

edith wilsonFIRST LADY EDITH GALT WILSON - PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR AND CAREGIVER

Mrs. Wilson was very proud of her southern heritage. She had grown up in Wytheville, Virginia and was the seventh of William Bolling’s eleven children. Mr. Bolling had welcomed many extended family members into his home – two grandmothers, several aunts, and cousins. Why? Because some of the women had unfortunately  lost their husbands at war.

People often say that everything happens for a reason. While not every first lady could take the reins when her husband fell ill, Mrs. Wilson was very capable because she had been prepared for this moment during her upbringing. Her paternal grandmother was paralyzed and confined to a bed. Young Edith Galt had been tasked with her care and in return, her grandmother guided her character development and gave her an eclectic education which was largely supplemented by her father. Later in life, Edith Galt Wilson also cared for her ailing mother.

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PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON AND EDITH GALT WILSON ON THEIR DECEMBER 18TH, 1915 WEDDING DAY

Before Mrs. Wilson married Woodrow Wilson, she had been married for 12 years to Norman Galt, a well-known and successful jeweler in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, he died suddenly in 1908. Edith Galt was introduced to President Wilson while he was in office, shortly after his first wife, Ellen Wilson, passed away. Although they got along well from the beginning, they waited until the anniversary of Ellen Wilson’s death had passed before they married, respecting the traditional year of mourning. On December 18, 1915, they became husband and wife.

From the beginning Mrs. Wilson was a very active first lady. She dedicated her life to supporting President Wilson’s efforts. This role became much more significant when President Wilson suffered a severe stroke that left him paralyzed on one side. From that point forward, Mrs. Wilson managed every aspect of his life. She decided all matters of public affairs and only concerned President Wilson with very important decisions.  In fact, instead of asking for the assistance of Vice President Marshall, or any other major cabinet member, the First Lady distributed non-critical matters to department heads herself.

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FIRST LADY EDITH WILSON ASSISTED PRESIDENT WILSON IN ALL HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES

Mrs. Wilson continued to care for President Wilson in their Washington D.C. home, no more than one mile from the White House, after he left office and until his death in 1924. Edith Wilson continued to be active in the Washington political and social arena until she succumbed to heart failure in 1961 at age 89, on the same day that would have been President Wilson’s 105th birthday.

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ELEGANT EMBROIDERED SILK PIECE OWNED BY FIRST LADY EDITH WILSON

Many Americans enjoy collecting artifacts that commemorate the accomplishments and private lives of historical figures such as First Lady Edith Wilson. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has spent a quarter of a century collecting museum-quality historical artifacts. Many of his treasures include items owned by American presidents and first ladies.

woodrow wilson typewriter brush 1THE STERLING SILVER TYPEWRITER BRUSH OWNED BY PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON

Mr. Amyx is proud to own a handmade linen bag that had been given as a gift to Maggie Rogers, the First Maid who served the Wilson's in The White House. Made from silk, the item features an eagle grasping an American flag. Because women were advocating for the right to vote at the time, there was some concern that that this gift may interpreted as a pro-suffrage gesture. Mr. Amyx acquired the piece directly from Lillian Rogers Parks, perhaps the most famous maid in the history of the White House ( from 1929-1960), and who was the daughter of Maggie Rogers. The President's personal typewriter brush, which he often used in the White House, was also acquired directy from Lillian Rogers Parks.

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If you would like to open a confidential discussion about buying, selling, or trading museum-quality historical artifacts, please contact Mr. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

 

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Reflecting on the Historic Importance of The Gettysburg address

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Gettysburg Address

A NATIONAL TREASURE - THE FULL TEXT OF THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

If we look back at events that transpired 150 years ago, we may consider ourselves to be far removed from the sentiments conveyed by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Actually, much of what was conveyed in this brief oration remains true in the context of modern life.

The timing of President Lincoln’s remarks on November 19, 1863, fell four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg, where nearly 8,000 American lives were lost over a course of three days. The dedication of the national cemetery set into motion the process of relocating bodies of soldiers who had been buried in nearby church and hospital cemeteries and it provided for a proper burial for the many fallen soldiers whose bodies remained on the battlefield, or buried hurriedly in shallow graves.

President Abraham Lincoln

THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH EVER TAKEN OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, IN 1865

This somber event required any speaker to show respect to the fallen soldiers and provide hope for a brighter day that is directly attributed to sacrifices made. Nationally known keynote speaker, Edward Everett, spent two hours addressing the crowd before introducing President Lincoln. It would seem that President Lincoln could have chosen to curtail his remarks after this lengthy oration but with some investigation, any researcher would see that he intended to be brief. The Gettysburg Address has come to be one of the most well-known speeches in history. Although the entire speech was delivered in less than three minutes, its content was rich and the sentiments conveyed were powerful.

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THE HANDSOME LINCOLN MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON DC, WHOSE 1922 DEDICATION WAS ATTENDED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S SON ROBERT TODD LINCOLN

Historians have compared President Lincoln’s remarks to sources that appear to have influenced his choice of words. More specifically, the principles of human equality conveyed by the Declaration of Independence were echoed when President Lincoln referred to the “new birth of freedom” made possible by the recent struggle. It appears that this parallel was deliberate evidenced by the introductory phrase "Four score and seven years ago."

Other noted parallels include a structural resemblance to Pericles's Funeral Oration during the Peloponnesian War circa 400 BC as described by Thucydides. Both begin by acknowledging predecessors, followed by praise for dedication to democracy, respect for those who have sacrificed their lives for the cause, and motivation for the living to continue the fight.

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THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS AS WRITTEN BY THE HAND OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Another recognized influence is the words of Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster, "Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable" and "made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people." Additionally, many American historians recognize the literary style of the King James Bible in President Lincoln’s speech and writing.

President Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address before and while the President was traveling by railroad to Pennsylvania. Reporters who captured the exact wording of the speech as it was delivered agree that its content differs slightly from each of the five handwritten copies that have been preserved; most notably, the addition of the words “under God” in the phrase “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

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GEORGE PETER ALEXANDER HEALY'S 1869 PAINTING OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Two versions had been written before the speech was delivered. They were provided to John Nicolay and John Hay, President Lincoln’s private secretaries. The remaining three versions were created upon request later and were provided to Massachusetts politician Edward Everett, historian and former Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, and Colonel Alexander Bliss, the stepson of historian George Bancroft. The only version that includes President Lincoln’s signature and date is the one provided to Colonel Bliss, known as the Bliss copy. This is the version that is referenced most often.

The lasting value of these words was echoed in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy stated "Five score years ago the ground on which we here stand shuddered under the clash of arms and was consecrated for all time by the blood of American manhood. Abraham Lincoln, in dedicating this great battlefield, has expressed, in words too eloquent for paraphrase or summary, why this sacrifice was necessary."

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a collector of museum-quality American historical memorabilia. Mr. Amyx has spent over a quarter of a century focusing on important artifacts, providing expert consultation for government and private entities as well as acquiring, selling, and trading important historically significant items. Mr. Amyx is proud to have acquired several authentic artifacts owned by U.S. Presidents including Abraham Lincoln. To discuss purchase, sale or trade of museum-quality historical artifacts, please contact Mr. Amyx.

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Napoleon Bonaparte - Emperor of France (1769 – 1821)

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Napoleon Bonaparte

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE - YOUTHFUL EMPEROR OF FRANCE

Napoleon Bonaparte is well known for his military accomplishments. Although he had many victories, he also had many losses. Bonaparte's craving for power and glory was a close companion of his taste for a luxurious lifestyle. Many historians have said that his successes were due to little more than good fortune; others consider him a great military leader who was the Savior of France. Let us know explore the man who was Napoleon.

Although he was rather short for a man, Napoleon was well known for his irresistible charm and superior intelligence. In addition he was reported to have had a photographic memory and was a voracious reader. Napoleon was able to easily recall any number of facts, people, and memorize entire maps. These extraordinary abilities were witnessed during his military expeditions as was his ability to organize. Many relate Napoleon's vision to that of an expert chess player who is able to accurately predict the best moves well in advance.

napoleon bonaparte on horse apocalypseTHE DARING AND PERHAPS OVERLY GLORIFIED -  NAPOLEON BONAPARTE - "TAKE IT TO THE ENEMY"

The image Napoleon presented seemed to change with the wind. At times he was a ruthless ruler who craved power for its own sake, preferring to be feared as a means to domination. Remaining calm in the face of danger, he was, at times, moved to show unjustifiable leniency in response to an emotional plea.

Much of Napoleon's rise to power has been attributed to his political connections rather than his performance as a soldier, another tribute to his ability to use his charm to achieve his goals. He was extremely confident and was able to inspire loyalty and devotion in his soldiers, despite unfavorable odds. Bonaparte's decision to exploit the political unrest throughout Europe exemplifies how his thirst for power and glory resulted in historical events.

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EMPEROR EXTRAORDINAIRE - NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

Although Napoleon had an endearing charm, this power had its limits. Many of his collaborators and friends became his enemies, conspiring to defeat his Empire and destroy him. The battles Bonaparte led that produced significant casualties seemed to be due to irrational presumptions. Nonetheless, Napoleon continued on. Each battle, whether it ended in defeat or victory, was followed by another campaign in his quest for total domination. In the end, he came to blame his misfortunes on the incompetency of his military commanders, suggesting that they had been spoiled by wealth and luxury.

Realizing that his reliance on others had contributed to his defeats, Napoleon began to rely on his own judgment and make some decisions based on emotion and personal ambitions rather than the good of his people. At this point, as much as any other, it was difficult to recognize his intention or motivation. Although he was able to remain calm in the face of danger, he was also known to become extremely emotional when opposed.

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THE ELEGANT & BOLD SIGNATURE, "BONAPARTE," OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

He was particularly affected by the words and actions of his first wife, Josephine. He adored her and wrote devoted letters to her from the field. Unfortunately his affections were not reciprocated. Josephine engaged in an extramarital affair and the marriage was later annulled.  This turn of events caused Napoleon to experience a period of severe depression when he seemingly had lost the will to live. Like other defeats, Bonaparte did recover and later married Marie-Louise and fathered a son, Napoleon II.

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A BROODING NAPOLEON BONAPARTE FOLLOWING HIS HISTORIC DEFEAT AFTER HIS POORLY PLANNED INVASION OF RUSSIA

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a collector of museum-quality American historical memorabilia. Mr. Amyx has spent over a quarter of a century focused on important artifacts, providing expert consultation for government and private entities as well as acquiring, selling, and trading important historically significant items. Mr. Amyx is proud to have acquired a signed letter that Napoleon had dictated to his secretary and which contains his original signature. The letter reads:

“I wish, Citizen Minister for you to give the Order to the Squadron Chief, Pignatelli to Observe from Tomorrow Morning the Punitive Measures (Decrees of Rigor) until his Departure to Rejoin his Corps. As soon as he has reached his Corps, he will be placed Under Arrest for Two Weeks (15 days), for not having attended on Horseback the review of his Regiment. Give the order to the person named Argovito who names him Adjutant Commander to leave forthwith for Milan, as well as to the person named Jarielli, since it is my intention that they no longer remain in France. Bonaparte”

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FROM THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION - A SIGNED NAPOLEON BONAPARTE DOCUMENT WITH IMPORTANT MILITARY SIGNIFICANCE

This original document is handsomely framed with multiple-colored handwrapped silk, with two inscribed brass plates that provide details of Napoleon Bonaparte's accomplishments, as well as the content of the featured document.

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NFL Coach Joe Gibbs - Three Time Super Bowl Champion

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 @ 08:38 PM

Born in Mocksville, NC during the winter of 1940, Joe Jackson Gibbs had always seemed destined for greatness. Obsessed with sports throughout his youth, Gibbs naturally chose a career in professional sports. His career began by coaching college football and eventually led to his role as head coach for the Washington Redskins for 12 consecutive seasons from 1981 through 1992. During his tenure, he led the Redskins to eight playoff games, winning four NFC Championship titles and three Super Bowl titles and for this has been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

joe gibbs super bowl trophiesPROUD COACH JOE GIBBS WITH THREE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION TROPHIES IN ONLY 12 YEARS

In 1982, The Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins 27–17 in Super Bowl XVII with the help of Quarterback Joe Theismann.  Although the Redskins made it to Super Bowl XVIII in 1983, they lost to the Los Angeles Raiders 38–9. They would not appear at the Super Bowl again until 1987 when they defeated the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XXII 42–10 with the assistance of Quarterback Doug Williams. Their last appearance at the Super Bowl under Gibbs’ direction was in 1991 when they defeated the Buffalo Bills 37–24 at Super Bowl XXVI with Quarterback Mark Rypien. Gibbs combined .683 winning percentage is surpassed only by Vince Lombardi (.740) and John Madden (.731) and he is the only coach to win multiple Super Bowls with different quarterbacks.

coach joe gibbsCOACH JOE GIBBS IN ACTION ON THE REDSKINS GRIDIRON

Gibbs shocked his fan base and NFL colleagues when he announced his retirement in 1993, after the completion of the 1992 season. He expressed a desire to spend more time with his family although many speculated that the long-term stress of his job had begun to cause some health problems for him. Interestingly, he immediately switched his focus and built a NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing which won three championships under his ownership: one with former driver Bobby Labonte and two with Tony Stewart.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS HEAD COACH JOE GIBBS WITH HIS SKILLED NFL PLAYERSWASHINGTON REDSKINS HEAD COACH JOE GIBBS WITH HIS SKILLED NFL PLAYERS

On January 7, 2004, Gibbs came out of retirement to rejoin the Redskins as head coach and team president, signing a 5-year, $28.5 million contract. Although the exact details are unknown, Washington Redskin’s owner Daniel Snyder reportedly lured him back with an in-person plea to Gibbs. Although he was contracted for five years, Gibbs only coached for four seasons (2004-2008) with a disappointing record considering his prior accomplishments. It would seem that his moment had passed. Since the end of the 2007 season, he has been a Special Advisor to owner Daniel Snyder.

Joe Gibbs during Redskins training camp August 2005COACH JOE GIBBS SCRUTINIZING HIS NFL PLAYERS
DURING PRACTICE

Gibbs now lives in North Carolina with his wife Pat. Together they raised two sons, JD and Cory who have given them eight grandchildren. When Gibbs left Joe Gibbs Racing to return to the Washington Redskins, his son JD took over the NASCAR teams as president and Cory joined him as an assistant coach of the Redskins.  Throughout his coaching career, Gibbs was well-known for working long hours and maintaining a superior work ethic. He exhibited an amazing talent for transforming average players into NFL superstars.

Joe Gibbs RedskinsCOACH JOE GIBBS LEADING HIS TEAM TO VICTORY

Collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx feels very fortunate to have met Coach Gibbs in person. At Mr. Amyx’s request Coach Gibbs autographed an Official Super Bowl Football from the January 26, 1992 World Championship Game. On the football, Coach Gibbs wrote, in bold silver ink: "Coach Joe Gibbs, World Champions 82, 87, 91." Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is proud to include this piece of sports memorabilia in his collection of museum-quality artifacts.

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joe gibbs signed football 2SIGNED, IN BOLD SILVER INK: "COACH JOE GIBBS, WORLD CHAMPIONS 82, 87, 91."

 

Washington Redskins Super Bowl Championship RingsSUPER BOWL RINGS PRESENTED TO THE WINNING WORLD CHAMPION WASHINGTON REDSKINS PLAYERS IN 1982, 1987, AND 1991. ALL THREE RINGS ABOVE WERE AWARDED TO SUPER BOWL WORLD CHAMPION REDSKIN PLAYERS BUT ARE NOW IN THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

 Mr. Amyx has been an avid historian and collector for much of his life. His extensive collection is known throughout the world. The knowledge he has acquired has been called upon by the highest industry and government officials. If you would like to discuss historically significant artifacts with Mr. Amyx make an effort to reach out to him.

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Jesse Owens and the Olympic Gold Medal

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 02:10 PM

Jesse Owens runningJESSE OWENS (1913-1980)

The life of Jesse Owens provides us with a shining example of persistence and determination that inspires Americans then and now. Jesse Owens won an unprecedented four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. The scale of this accomplishment goes beyond his athletic ability due to the political circumstances at the time, namely Hitler’s attempt to prove his theory that the Aryan race was superior.

Owens came from humble beginnings; he was the seventh of ten children born to sharecroppers Henry and Emma Owens. Jesse began his life in Oakville, Alabama and later moved to Cleveland, Ohio when he was nine years old. It was an elementary school teacher who first began calling him Jesse instead of his nickname “J.C.” (an abbreviation for his given name James Cleveland).

Jesse Owens starting a race"ONE CHANCE IS ALL YOU NEED." JESSE OWENS

In his youth, Owens took a number of odd jobs such as delivering groceries, loading freight cars and working in a shoe repair shop. As he grew, his athletic ability was unveiled at school. At Fairmount Junior High School Owens met track coach Charles Riley, who grew to be one of Owens’ greatest mentors. It was under his direction that Jesse Owens began setting new records in the high jump and broad jump.

Owens’ athletic achievements continued at East Technical High School in Cleveland where he won every track competition. Jesse won the Ohio state championship three years in a row. In addition, he set new high school records for the 100-yard dash and 220-yard dash and new world record for the broad jump. Because of these numerous outstanding achievements, a large number of college recruiters competed for his attention. Although they did not offer a track scholarship at that time, Jesse Owens chose to attend Ohio State University and worked while attending classes and competing.

Charles Riley

COACH CHARLES RILEY CONGRATULATES OLYMPIC CHAMPION JESSE OWENS

At the time of the 1935 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Owens was suffering from back pain due to a fall down a flight of steps. He convinced his coach to allow him to run the 100-yard dash to see if he could compete. He did perform well - in fact Jesse Owens tied the world record and then went on to break an astounding three world records in other events.

The next major challenge Owen faced was competing at the 1936 Olympics. It was there, in Nazi Germany, that the name Jesse Owens would be elevated to a status rarely achieved by any athlete. Jesse was the very first American athlete in history to win four gold medals in Track and Field in a single Olympiad. It remained unmatched for 48 years until Carl Lewis achieved the same in the 1984 Olympics.

Jesse Owens

OLYMPIC LEGEND JESSE OWENS

  • The first gold medal Jesse won was for running the 100 meter dash in 10.3 seconds, tying the world record.
  • The second gold medal set a new record for the long jump with a jump of 26' 5 1/4", a record that was not broken until 1960 by Ralph Boston. Owens later credited his achievement to the technical advice of his respected German competitor Carl "Luz" Long.
  • The third gold medal set a new record with 200 meter dash in 20.7 seconds
  • The fourth gold medal was for a recording breaking first leg of a 400 meter relay, done in 39.8 seconds.

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JESSE OWENS SETTING THREE OLYMPIC WORLD RECORDS, AND TYING A FOURTH

Reflecting on his experience, Owens said: "To a sprinter, the hundred-yard dash is over in three seconds, not nine or ten. The first 'second' is when you come out of the blocks. The next is when you look up and take your first few strides to attain gain position. By that time the race is actually about half over. The final 'second' – the longest slice of time in the world for an athlete – is that last half of the race, when you really bear down and see what you're made of. It seems to take an eternity, yet is all over before you can think what's happening."

Upon Jesse's return to the U.S. Owens was not greeted with the fanfare we see today. He was forced to find work any way he could. He eventually found that he had a gift for working with underprivileged youth working first as a playground director in Cleveland and later on in leadership positions at the Chicago Boys' Club. Jesse's success in this realm led to many speaking invitations for youth, sports, and cultural organizations.

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JESSE AND RUTH OWENS

Unfortunately life of this multitalented champion was cut short by lung cancer. Owens, a long-time smoker, was survived by his wife Ruth and their three daughters, Gloria, Marlene and Beverly. The Jesse Owens Foundation was established in his memory and continues to help “individuals with the ambition, dedication, and courage to achieve success against significant personal odds.”

Collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a collector of museum-quality American historical memorabilia. Mr. Amyx has spent over a quarter of a century focused on important artifacts, providing expert consultation for government and private entities as well as acquiring, selling, and trading important historically significant items.

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SIGNED PHOTO OF 1936 OLYMPIC LEGEND JESSE OWENS

Among the items in his private collection, Mr. Amyx is proud to display a signed photo of Olympic Gold Medalist Jesse Owens. The photo pictures Owens in sprinting stride at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.

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An Extraordinary Artist -Frederick Hart (1943-1999)

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 09:32 AM

Throughout the history of mankind, there have been very few artists who could envision a concept and mold it perfectly into a shape that is as breathtaking as the sculptures of Frederick Hart. As a young teen, Hart was already committed to a career in art. It was later, when he was visiting the Washington National Cathedral, that he discovered master stone cutter Roger Morigi at work. He secured a job as a mail clerk at the Cathedral to gain access to Morigi. Eventually he was able to negotiate an apprenticeship for himself.  After 5 years, Hart had mastered the art of stone carving. Hart was then to lauch his extraordianry career that wouldl lead to international fame.

Frederick Hart

FREDERICK HART - A GIFTED AMERICAN ARTIST

One of the most significant achievements in Hart’s lifetime was winning the commission for the design of the façade at the west entrance of the Washington National Cathedral in 1971. His contribution to this national treasure is nothing short of spectacular.

Hart favored working in his garage studio at night. He enjoyed spending his days near Dupont Circle in conversation with locals, watching people as they passed by. It was there that he spotted a beautiful woman who went past his spot every day. Eventually he spoke to her, introducing himself. He asked her to pose for his sculpture and she graciously agreed. As one might imagine, Miss Lindy Lain, this passer-by, later became Mrs. Lindy Hart, a dominant subject in Hart’s sculptures for the rest of his life. Together they had two sons, Frederick Lain Hart (1980- ) and Alexander Thaddeus Hart (1983- ).

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RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX WITH HIS FAST FRIEND FREDERICK HART - AT RICK HART'S STUDIO IN THE COUNTRY SIDE OF VIRGINA - CIRCA 1997

While Hart was studying the book of Genesis, for his work at the Washington National Cathedral, Hart had an epiphany. He recognized that his extraordinary artistic ability was a gift from God, and promptly converted to Roman Catholicism. Because his 1978 marriage to Lindy Lain had been a civil ceremony, he chose to have their marriage blessed at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in 1980.

Before he began to work with acrylic, many of Hart’s sculptures were bronze or marble. He experimented with clear acrylic resin for many years before perfecting his patented technique, embedding one clear acrylic sculpture within another, now referred to as “sculpting with light.” It is this innovation that sets Frederick Hart apart.

THE RIDE

ACRYLIC SCULPTURE "THE RIDE" BY FREDERICK HART - ONE SUCH SCULPTURE RESIDES IN THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Because of the exquisite quality of his sculptures, Hart was commissioned to create numerous public monuments. Some of the more famous pieces include:

  • Acrylic Cross of the Millennium, presented to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, Rome.
  • Limestone sculpture of The Creation at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
  • Bronze statue of Three Soldiers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Statue of Senator Richard Russell in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
  • Bronze bust of Senator Strom Thurmond, in the Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
  • Marble bust of J. Danforth Quayle for the Senate’s Vice Presidential Bust Collection, Washington, D.C.
  • Bronze statue of President James Earl Carter in bronze installed at the Georgia State House, Atlanta.

The magnificence of these important works of art earned Hart the coveted National Medal of Arts. On the accompanying proclamation it reads: “For his important body of work—including the Washington National Cathedral's Creation Sculptures and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial's Three Soldiers—which heralded a new age for contemporary public art.” It was signed by President George W. Bush and dated November 17, 2004.

RALEIGH DEGEER AMYXFREDERICK HART|SEEN BY MILLIONS THAT HAVE VISITED THE VIETNAM WALL, IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IS THIS LIFE SIZE BRONZE STATUE OF THE "THREE SOLDIERS" - ACCOMPLISHED BY THE EMINETLY GIFTED  FREDERICK  HART

Sadly, Frederick Hart’s life came to an abrupt halt in 1999, a mere two days after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. May his memory live on through his magnificent art.

It was to the delight of avid collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx that he was able to befriend Frederick Hart and acquire, from him, several striking artist’s proofs of his favorite sculptures for himself and his wife Hilda. Amyx and Hart visited numerous times at Hart’s Virginia residence or at the Virginia home of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection contains an array of priceless works of art as well as many historically significant pieces owned by U.S. presidents, Hollywood giants, sports legends and other important figures. Mr. Amyx welcomes serious discussions with fellow collectors concerning opportunities to buy, sell and trade museum-quality relics.

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Honorable Humanitarian - President Herbert Hoover

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 07:13 AM

Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) was born to Quaker parents in West Branch, Iowa. His early life would seem unfortunate to most. At age two, he nearly died from a severe illness. At age six, his father died and then when he was nine his mother died as well. The rest of his young life was spent with his uncle in Oregon. While the reason for this arrangement was tragic, it enabled young Hoover to acquire a very good education and learn marketable skills working with his uncle.

President Herbert Hoover

THE 31ST U.S. PRESIDENT HERBERT CLARK HOOVER

While studying at the newly established Stanford University, Hoover met his bride-to-be, Lou Henry who was the only female student in the geology department. After graduation, they married and he began a successful career in the mining industry which carried them off to Australia, China and many other places. It was during this phase that Hoover authored a brilliant engineering textbook, Principles of Mining, which became the industry standard for many years and from which he profited greatly. In fact, the total of all of his assets was reported to have reached $4 million dollars.

Unfortunately, the extraordinary humanitarian efforts made by Hoover during his early years as a member of the Supreme Economic Council, as head of the American Relief Administration, head of the U.S. Food Administration, and as U.S. Secretary of Commerce were all but forgotten when the stock market crash of 1929 acted as a catalyst causing the Great Depression. It had only been eight months since a very hopeful President Hoover had addressed the nation at his inaugural address.

Hoover at the microphone

PRESIDENT HOOVER ADDRESSES THE NATION

Hoover held on to his belief of limiting the role of government in the interest of self-sufficiency, a trait he saw as a core characteristic of the American public. Unfortunately, under these extreme circumstances, none of the alternative solutions he put in place were very effective.

In 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran against Hoover, selling himself with a “New Deal,” a strategic course of action that promised to right the ship. American voters were ready to buy. They elected Roosevelt leaving the ousted President Hoover to retreat in disgrace. For the remainder of his 90 years, Hoover wrote and spoke out in vehement opposition to FDR and his policies and then in protest to American involvement in foreign wars.

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PRESIDENT HOOVER WITH HIS COMPANION, KING TUT

Among some of the admirable accomplishments Hoover made are:

  • Devised a strategy to prosecute mobster Al Capone for tax evasion
  • Reserved 3,000,000 acres of land for national parks
  • Allocated funds to double the number of veteran healthcare facilities
  • Provided school meals for children in occupied territories
  • Chaired commissions that greatly reduced waste in government
  • Began construction of the Hoover Dam
  • Authored 16 books including a biography of Woodrow Wilson

Herbert Hoover's golden hand

 ELEGANT FIRST FAMILY RELIC - HERBERT HOOVER’S GOLDEN HAND - NOW IN THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Together Lou and Herbert Hoover raised two sons, Herbert Charles Hoover (1903–1969), Allan Henry Hoover (1907–1993) who were already in their 20’s when Hoover became President. Herbert Charles Hoover achieved success in engineering and business before serving as U.S. Under-Secretary of State for the Eisenhower Administration. Allan Henry Hoover initially followed his father’s lead by exploring opportunities in mining. For the last 50 years of his life, he provided leadership at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Of particular interest, is the fact that President Harry S. Truman knew in his heart that Herbert Hoover was a gifted man. At President Truman's behest, Herbert Hoover returned to Washington, DC and assisted the President in offering suggestions that would improve the operation of the United States Federal Government. He did this for no pay.

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PRESIDENT HOOVER AND HIS FAMILY IN 1933

World-renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has had the good fortune to acquire several museum-quality relics that were owned by the late President Herbert Hoover. Among them is a golden hand which was a gift from the President to First Lady Lou Henry Hoover inscribed with each of their initials and the year 1929. In addition, Mr. Amyx’s collection contains a President Hoover’s cigar humidor, a gold tone pen and pencil, a breathtaking original work of art from the Hoover Living Quarters in the White House, and a stunning porcelain vase.

Herbert Hoover vase ELEGANT VASE OWNED & USED BY PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER - NOW IN THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Serious collectors who would like to discuss these or other museum quality historically significant items are invited to contact Mr. Amyx for a confidential discussion.

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Honors America’s Most-Loved Cowboy - Will Rogers

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Jun 29, 2013 @ 08:54 AM

Entertaining people was a natural talent for the gifted Will Rogers (1879-1935). Born William Penn Adair Rogers, he grew up on his family’s ranch in Cherokee Indian territory that has since become part of the state of Oklahoma. Will Rogers was the youngest of 8 children born to Clement Vann Rogers and Mary Schrimsher, who were both part Cherokee. Tragically only Will and three of his sisters survived until adulthood.

Will Rogers with Rope

Because he enjoyed working with cattle, riding horses, and using his lasso, Rogers paid less and less attention to his studies as he grew. In the 10th grade he dropped out of school all together to become a cowboy. He used his exceptional personality, quick wit and  lassoing talent to entertain audiences in while traveling through South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Later he performed at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis and New York City.

WILL ROGERS -  READY FOR ACTION

Will Rogers venues began with a travelling show, then a circus, and the World Fair, then vaudeville acts in the United States, Canada and throughout Europe. In the early part of his Vaudeville career, Betty Blake caught his eye. They married in 1908 and together raised 3 sons and a daughter. Betty and Will Rogers had a loving, supportive relationship until separated by Will’s death.

As Will’s career progressed, he found that his humor was just as attractive to audiences as his roping. His jokes consisted of amusing, thoughtful observations of people. He loved to talk about politics, American society, and life in general. It was not long before Will Rogers was a well-known comedian and political commentator.

The popularity of his jokes soon led him to acting. In all Will Rogers performed in silent films, then 71 feature films, as well as Broadway productions. Will Rogers was voted the most popular male actor in Hollywood in 1934.

There seemed to be no limit to the popularity of Will Rogers. His political commentary was published through more than 4,000 syndicated columns, more than 2 million words, equal to 20 novels. These 600 newspapers reached an audience estimated at 40 million readers. Most people who are familiar with his work consider his comments to be just as relevant today as the day they were written.

Will Rogers Pointing

WILL ROGERS -ENTERTAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Will Rogers also had a regular radio show, although the medium was very new at that time. His popular political commentary brought him an Oklahoma gubernatorial nomination (which he declined) and the title Honorary Mayor of Beverly Hills (1925). This elevated status put him in touch with major world leaders. He was invited to the White House by Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt.

It was Roger's thirst for adventure that resulted in his early demise. In 1935, when he was just 55, Will Rogers died in a plane crash. He had been headed to Alaska for vacation with a famed pilot and close friend, Wiley Post. Will Rogers's wife, Betty built a memorial in his honor near their home in Oklahoma which was thoughtfullly dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt himself. Sadly, Betty Rogers died shortly thereafter, in 1938.

Will Rogers Photo

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection honors the memory of Will Rogers, a true American and an entertainer with boundless talent. It is because of this sentiment that the Collection is proud to have acquired and handsomely framed, in suede and burl walnut, an autographed photo of Will Rogers. In this candid photograph, displayed below, Will Rogers is pictured wearing casual attire and holding a polo stick at his California home.

The sepia-toned 8” x 10” photograph is boldly signed in the bottom right corner, across the cap, held in his left hand. There is a plaque inscribed Will Rogers 1879–1935 American Humorist, Actor, Writer and Lecturer “I Never Met A Man I Didn’t Like.”

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This piece is just one of many historical American artifacts in the extensive Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. If you are seeking a particular piece of Mr. Amyx's rare pieces, please use the form below to initiate a confidential conversation with Mr. Amyx.

 

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