Ganna Walska

Ganna Walska
Walska’s personal calling card. McCormick was the surname of her fourth husband, the businessman Harold McCormick.

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GANNA WALSKA (1887 – 1984)

Polish Opera Singer

Walska was an opera singer who became famous for her numerous marriages to wealthy men, and for her Lotusland garden in California. With her wealth she purchased the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and the Duchess of Marlborough Faberge Egg. She is considered to be the source for the character Susan Alexander in the film Citizen Kane.

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.

James Day Hodgson

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Hodgson’s calling card as Ambassador to Japan.

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JAMES DAY HODGSON (1915 – 2012)

American Politician and Diplomat

Hodgson served as the United States Secretary of Labor under Richard Nixon, between 1970-1973. After this he took up the post of Ambassador to Japan between 1974-1977. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living former Cabinet member in the United States.

Jackie Robinson

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Robinson’s personal business card, used after his baseball career.

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JACKIE ROBINSON (1919 – 1972)

American Baseball Player and Activist

Robinson was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball, debuting in 1947. He won the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1949. His general character and breaking of the colour line influenced the Civil Rights movement. His uniform number, 42, was retired across all MLB teams.

Julian Bond

Julian Bond
Bond’s business card as Chairman of NAACP, a position he held between 1998-2010. It is signed by him as well.

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JULIAN BOND (1940 – 2015)

American Politician and Activist

Bond was an influential figure in the Civil Rights movement during the 1960s, setting up the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was elected to represent the State of Georgia in the House of Representatives and the Senate throughout the 70s and 80s. He was then elected Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

John F. Kennedy

John F Kennedy
Kennedy’s Calling card as Senator from Massachusetts. He was elected Senator between 1953-1960. The signature is almost certainly an autopen.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY (1917 – 1963)

American Politician

Kennedy was President of the United States between 1961-1963. He was assassinated in 1963 while in a motorcade in Dallas. During his presidency he presided over many events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He is often considered the most popular President of America.

Spiro Agnew

Spiro Agnew
Agnew’s business card as Governor of Maryland, a position he held between 1967-1969.

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SPIRO AGNEW (1918 – 1996)

American Politician

Agnew was the Vice-President of the United States of America between 1969-1973, serving under President Richard Nixon. He resigned from this position due to criminal charges of bribery. Before being Vice-President he was Governor of Maryland.