Geronimo Signature and Book

28 Aug

Chiricahua Apache (1829–1909) who attained the status of legend for his steadfast defense of Native American lands against the United States government. Very scarce pencil signature, “Geronimo,” on the reverse of an off-white 3 x 2.25 calling card imprinted with the name “Mrs. M. A. Cleveland.” This was originally affixed to the first free end page of the included book, a 1906 first edition copy of Geronimo’s Story of His Life, edited by S. M. Barrett, and was labeled below in black ink, “Signed by Geronimo and given to father at Buffalo Exposition,” with an ownership notation at the top, “Milo Cleveland, Brockport, N. Y.” Scattered soiling and a few unobtrusive creases to the card, otherwise fine condition. Now remembered as the Pan-American Exposition, the Buffalo Exposition was a World’s Fair held from May 1 to November 2, 1901, and was one of the major expos Geronimo participated in as a celebrity attraction; fairgoers paid to see Geronimo and obtain his autograph, for which he charged one dollar. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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