Signed First Day Cover / Unsigned Photograph.

ROACH, William A. (1888-1969).

From Main Street Fine Books & Mss, ABAA (Galena, IL, U.S.A.)

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This American artist designed the USPS's first postage honoring baseball in 1939, as well as the 1940 3-cent "Three Graces" and the 1945 3-cent "US Army" stamp -- designing a total of more than 60 stamps and also World War Two occupation currency for Germany, Italy and Japan; as a commercial artist he is credited with many Phillips cigarette posters and the famous Victor Talking Machine Company's "His Master's Voice" advertisements. Signed First Day Cover, 6½" X 3½", cancelled in Saint Joseph, Missouri on 3 April 1940 and with "First Day of Issue" boldly stamped. Four connected 3-cent Roach-designed "Pony Express 80th Anniversary" stamps at upper right, and decorative cachet (based on stamp art) at left. Small typed recipient's name/address at center bottom. Near fine. Just below the stamp, Roch signs handsomely in full in black fountain pen, adding "Design" after. Accompanied by a 2" X 3" black-and-white photograph of Roach in old age and a 2pp ALS from ALEX UJVAROSY JR. (1906-89), dated 1970 January 26. Ujvarosy was a friend of Roach and published an article or two about him, and this good content letter written shortly after the artist's death discusses his signing practices. Bookseller Inventory # 25849

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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