Giovanni Martinelli

Giovanni Martenelli
Martinelli’s calling card. It is signed by him on the reverse in 1931.

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GIOVANNI MARTINELLI (1885 – 1969)

Italian Opera Singer

Martinelli was regarded as one of the most famous tenors of the 20th Century. After Enrico Caruso’s death in 1921, he assumed many of his roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Emma Albani

Emma Albani
Personal calling card of Albani, signed in 1903. Gye was the surname of her husband, Ernest Gye.

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EMMA ALBANI (1847 – 1930)

Canadian Opera Singer

Albani was a major opera singer in her time. She was one of the first Canadian singers to achieve international fame and subsequently travel across North America and Europe. She was made a Dame in 1925.

Margaret Ayer Barnes

Margaret Ayer Barnes
Barnes’s calling card, using her husband’s name. It is also signed by her.

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MARGARET AYER BARNES (1886 – 1967)

American Author

Barnes won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1931 for her novel Years of Grace. She also became known for her play Dishonored Lady, which was published in 1930 and filmed in 1947.

Louis de Broglie

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De Broglie’s calling card from the 1940s. It is inscribed by him.
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De Broglie’s calling card, signed in 1979.

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LOUIS DE BROGLIE (1892 – 1987)

French Physicist

De Broglie was one of the major scientists of the 20th Century, especially during the physics revolution of the 1910s and 20s. His most influential ideas were in quantum mechanics and the wave-particle duality of light. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1929.

Arthur C. Clarke

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Clarke’s personal business card from the 1990s. It is also signed by him.

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE (1917 – 2008)

British Author

Clarke was one of the giants of 20th Century Science Fiction. He wrote the screenplay and novel of 2001: A Space Odyssey in collaboration with Stanley Kubrick, as well as the Rendezvous with Rama series. He was also a noted populariser of science.

Edward Drozniak

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Drozniak’s calling card as Poland’s Ambassador to the United States. It is also signed by him.

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EDWARD DROZNIAK (1902 – 1966)

Polish Economist and Politician

Drozniak was President of the National Bank of Poland during the 1940s and 1950s. Between 1961 and 1966 he was Poland’s Ambassador to the United States of America.

Louise Weiss

Louise Weiss
Weiss’s calling card which is also inscribed and initialed by her.

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LOUISE WEISS (1893 – 1983)

French Author, Activist and Politician

Weiss was a part of the European women’s suffrage movement during the 1930s, and later active in the French Resistance during the Second World War. She was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 1979, and the main building of the Parliament is named after her.