Fascinating unpublished photographic archive comprised of 27 matte-finish candid photos of Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, during their famous 1933 survey of Greenland, taken by New York photographer Raoul ‘Ral’ Echeverria and affixed to both sides of four 11 x 14 scrapbook pages. The majority measure 5 x 3.25 or 3.25 x 5, with one larger 7 x 9 image showing the Lindberghs standing side-by-side on the deck of a ship. The subjects of the smaller images include their seaplane, a kayak journey, both of the Lindberghs individually, and visits with various people.
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United States National Bank check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Lindbergh, “Charles A. Lindbergh,” payable to Ryan Airlines for $923.27, April 4, 1927. Two vertical folds (one passing through a single letter of the signature) and expected cancellation holes, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of the invoice from Ryan Airlines itemizing the instrumentation he purchased, including an air speed indicator, earth conductor compass, eight-day Waltham clock, bank and turn indicator, and inclinometer.
In February 1927, less than 24 hours after hearing of Charles Lindbergh’s search for a single-engine plane, the Ryan Airlines Corporation of San Diego offered to build a plane for $6,000, excluding the engine. Ryan, led by company president Frank Mahoney, would need three months to manufacture Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, officially known as the Ryan NYP. Both Mahoney and designer Donald Hall voiced full confidence in Lindbergh’s choice of a single-engine plane, and Lindbergh was won over by their apparent skill and dedication, even after he informed them that the plane would have to be completed in two months, not three. Hall and the Ryan Airlines staff worked closely with Lindbergh to design and build the single-seat, single-engine monoplane in just 60 days.
This check, one of just sixteen issued on Lindbergh’s account during the period of the construction of the Spirit of St. Louis, (February 28 to May 5, 1927), and one of seven issued to Ryan Airlines, was used to pay for cockpit parts and equipment for Lindbergh’s record-breaking flight. The funds for these checks were provided by a group of St. Louis investors in response to the frenzied national race and prize money offered to the first person who could fly nonstop across the Atlantic. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Signed book: Spirit of St. Louis. Presentation edition, number 630. NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1953. Hardcover, 5.75 x 8.5, 561 pages. Signed on the colophon in fountain pen, “Charles A. Lindbergh.” Autographic condition: very fine. Book condition: VG+/None.
Vintage 5.5 x 3.25 photo of Charles and Anne Lindbergh in the cockpit of their plane, signed in fountain pen, “C. A. Lindbergh,” and “Anne Lindbergh.” Photo is also notated in an unknown hand, “Tokyo, 31/8, 1931,” with additional notations on reverse. In fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned candid photo of the Lindberghs in Japan, with notations on the reverse in German. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Green US military combat helmet, no liner or straps, signed on the outside in silver ink, “Charles W. Lindberg, 2/23/1945.” In fine condition. RR Auction COA.
DS, signed “C. A. Lindbergh,” one page both sides, 3.75 x 5, December 29, 1931. Lindbergh’s state of New Jersey driver’s license renewal application, filled and signed twice on the reverse by Lindbergh. Lindbergh has added his personal and physical information in black ink, listing his occupation as “Aviation,” and identifies himself as self-employed as both lines mentioning “Employer” having been crossed out. Signed twice on the reverse by Lindbergh attesting that all the information provided is true. A light central vertical crease passing through a single letter of each signature, a couple trivial brushes to signatures, as well as written information, and mild handling wear, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a January 26, 1933 TLS to Mrs. Oakley Cooke, the Newark Studio Manager of Bamberger Broadcasting Service, which accompanied the application in the mail. Letter reads, in part: “Just to show you that we render prompt service, I am enclosing an old application card bearing two signatures of Colonel Lindbergh. Will you ask him not to deface this card, but to hold it so that if it is ever needed for the official records, I may be able to borrow it.” Also accompanied by the original mailing envelope for the letter. Just three months after renewing his license, Lindbergh’s life would be turned upside down when his 20-month old son was kidnapped from their home in New Jersey.
Dubbed by many the ‘Crime of the Century,’ the Lindbergh kidnapping captured the attention of the entire nation, setting off a then-unprecedented media frenzy. Bamberger’s department store of New Jersey founded the Bamberger Broadcasting Service in 1922, in an effort to sell more radios—their radio station, WOR, initially began broadcasting from the store itself. On the night of the Lindbergh kidnapping, March 1, 1932, WOR ‘scooped’ the story and was the first to break the news on the air. The station provided nonstop, continuous coverage of the story for the next few days, establishing connections with police for real-time updates. That Lindbergh’s license application was pulled from the archives by New Jersey’s Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and sent to Bamberger remains a mystery, but is further evidence of the media’s interest in the ongoing case. With a fantastic association between the pilot and the radio station that sought to save his son, this is an incredibly unique piece of American and broadcast history. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Medical hypodermic kit, 3.25 x 3″ housed in a silver toned case, includes syringe, two different size needles, and nine vials of assorted medicines, including Strychnine, Hyoscine Hydrobromide, and others, and a small glass container of Ether. In fine condition, with expected age wear. Accompanied by a copy of a letter of authentication by noted Charles Lindbergh expert Ev Cassagneres explaining the story behind the survival equipment purchased by Lindbergh which was carried on board a Miles Mohawk airplane on flights through Europe and Asia. This item was purchased from a family friend of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. RRAuction COA.
Handwritten telegram in pencil signed “Charles A. Lindbergh,” one page on the reverse of a Western Union telegram, 8 x 6.5, December 30, 1929. Lindbergh writes out his telegram response to Wallace O. Lee. In full: “Deeply appreciate your message Stop We arrive Indianapolis shortly after noon but can only stop a few minutes as we are due St. Louis tonight Stop Please thank governor and Mrs. Leslie for this very kind invitation Stop We wish we could stop over in Indianapolis and regret that our engagements will not permit.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, one vertical fold passing through the signature, a uniform shade of toning, and a few scattered creases. Lindbergh is responding to Lee’s telegram on the front. In part: “Governor and Mrs. Leslie…desire that I extend to you both invitation to be guests in their home during your stay in Indianapolis.” Accompanied by an unsigned telegram concerning Lindbergh’s arrival in Camden, New Jersey. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.