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Theodor Geisel, known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, used to doodle in notebooks during his English literature lectures while at Oxford University in England. A girl sitting next to him, Helen Palmer, his future wife, took notice,

“Ted’s notebooks were always filled with these fabulous animals,” she said in an interview. “So I set to work diverting him; here was a man who could draw such pictures; he should be earning a living doing that.”

Soon thereafter, he dropped out of…

Mercury 7 + The New 9 = The New Frontier in Space Exploration

Amidst the symbolic great Space Race of the 20th century, the U.S. ramped up its NASA missions, recruiting some of the country’s smartest minds to successfully explore outer space before the Soviet Union outdid them.
NASA
Enter Mercury Seven, NASA’s prize pickings of men chosen in 1959 to go to outer space, becoming instant heroes, cowboys, adventurers compared to history’s great explorers — and like Magellan and Columbus — these men truly found new…

Still Reeling From The Shot Heard Round the World

Larry Jansen became stuff of legend when he helped the Giants defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers as the winning pitcher during that epic 3 October 1951 pennant run National League championship game — that became famous for the “Shot Heard Round the World” moment that sent the Giants into the World Series.

As Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Ralph Branca, the Giants came back from a near loss, defeating the team 5-4.

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Jansen recalled the excitement in t…

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

From 1950 – 2000, people worldwide followed the beloved motley crew of Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” gang as they made their way to print each week in the whimsically funny comic strip that ran 17,897 strips in total throughout his incredible career.

via Schulzmuseum
Schulz
It’s said Schulz woke up to a jelly donut each morning, working on his famous four-panel strips with an idea sometimes burgeoned in minutes, and would draw up his revered illustrations in less than three hours,…

One Iconic Photo, One Prolific Man

Wartime photographs from WWII, though often troubling in their imagery, help to illuminate to the public the sentiments felt during battle.
WWII
Few photos are as widely recognized as the “Raising The Flag on Iwo Jima”, that image of the six American soldiers who lifted the American flag onto Mount Suribach that 23 February 1945 day, symbolizing the relief of victory over Japan and the beginning of the end of WWII.

via Associated Press

Rene Gagnon was one of the six soldiers who…

Long Live The King of Pop, Bedecked & Bedazzled

Michael Jackson. Few people in history can be described by an item of clothing or two and we immediately know who they are —

One sparkly glove.

One red leather jacket.

Fedora, white socks, black loafers.

via FashionBombDaily

Who could it be but MJ. The King of Pop who continues to inspire generation after generation, through his music, dancing, and of course, iconic style.
Michael Jackson
As his career took off with the release of his solo “Thriller” album, becoming t…

The Rapier Wit of Jonathan Swift — Penned in 7 Incredibly Scarce Letters

Few writers have reached the continuing level of fame as Jonathan Swift, the foremost Irish satirist whose works, from Gulliver’s Travels to A Modest Proposal, continue to be taught as required college curriculum around the world.
Jonathan Swift
The 18th century was fraught with religious tension — few writers could express those sentiments with such biting articulation as Jonathan Swift. Less is known of his private life — of his continuing struggles with mental illness some ascribe to a…

One Small Step, One Invaluable Signature

In an address to America’s National Press Club in 2000, Neil Armstrong offered the following self-portrait: “I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer, born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace and propelled by compressible flow.”
Neil Armstrong
Rewind to July of 1969 as Esquire writer William Honan asked the pivotal question in his magazine article that would then defin…

Welcome to the NEW Nate D Sanders Auction Blog!

Hello and welcome to the still-in-progress brand spanking new Nate D. Sanders auction blog!  We are VERY excited to have you here and we look forward to connecting with many of you in the coming weeks, months and years.
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Since 1986 our auction house has been consigning some of the world’s most exciting, memorable and collectible auction items. From the Oscar given Orson Welles for “Citizen Kane” some 70 years ago to the 1943 Best Director Oscar for “Casablanca” to our…

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