My daughter is 15 years old, and she is an ardent fan of musical theater. At our house, any possible topic of conversation could (should and will) relate directly to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Sometimes it’s really a bit of a stretch, but she always comes through with a lyric that fits, and favors us with song.… Read More
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BOSTON, MA – Skinner’s October 30 Fine Books & Manuscripts auction will feature one of the most notable collections of original signed George Washington material to be offered at auction in recent history. The material is diverse, and highlights Washington’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and maintaining Mount Vernon, important moments during the Revolutionary War, and the first Presidency.… Read More
There are two remaining factors in collecting signed documents, and they really apply to any type of paper collectible: rarity and condition.
Collectors must remember that paper is fragile and so often does not survive. The very term for paper collectibles, “ephemera”, literally means something that is fleeting and does not last. That’s why when a rare signed document comes to market in great condition, the sky is the limit for serious collectors and records are continually broken.
Printed news notices are called “broadsides” by collectors. In a way, a broadside can be considered an antique form of a tweet, a blog, or an email newsletter: it was intended to spread the word about something to the widest audience possible, in as expedient a manner possible. Broadsides were also intended to be printed quickly and efficiently, in order to keep news as fresh as possible.
The Declaration of Independence, the very first and perhaps most important historical document, was intended to be printed and then thrown away.