It may contain only a morsel of related information or a trove. It’s the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind gift or the next treasure for your collection. I often look for examples that best elucidate that justice when I’m searching for inventory.
AbeBooks: What do you love most about working in your field? I have a letter written by a Confederate to his slaves. Martin Luther King Jr., a real American hero, in my opinion, who reshaped the course of American history with respect to African Americans, ultimately broadening the scope of freedom and justice for everyone. Bob: In general, my favorites always lean toward American history as it extends itself toward the arch of justice and liberty. Bob: I love selling history, mostly American history as it relates to justice. Bob: At the moment — Helen Keller’s photograph and autograph. This was in the middle of the war that would take hundreds of thousands of lives and only barely resolve the issue of slavery, yet it tells of how one man felt toward his slaves — an important expression, though certainly not laudable. I have been collecting and selling ephemera and manuscripts since the 1980s. AbeBooks: How did you become a professional seller of ephemera and collectibles? Bob: Beginning in college, where I was a journalism major and a history minor, I had a keen interest in politics and American history. It’s a field that continues to enable me to exercise my passion for uncovering aspects of history. This might be something written by a political figure, a civil war soldier or someone from the Revolutionary War. AbeBooks: What is the most prized item in your inventory? When I began reading them, I found they were an archive of gold rush letters, an incredible find. I enjoy the search for letters and documents containing content that describes or says something about a historical event. Each and every piece helps to solve the puzzle of how we got to where we are.
AbeBooks: What’s the one collectible item you covet most? AbeBooks: And of course, what is your favorite collectible item or piece of ephemera? The focus of RJM Autographs and Antiques is to provide a broad range of material from many categories, including Revolutionary War, Civil War, abolitionist, slavery, political and Americana in general. We asked Bob Minnocci to share his experience of working in the field. The American experience for all its faults always seems to move toward justice. After college, I became an investigative newspaper reporter, a profession that demands a deep search for the truth. It’s difficult to imagine that in the 1960s, nearly a hundred years after the Civil War, African Americans did not enjoy the universal right to vote in America and many lost their lives or suffered physical and verbal abuse as they tried to exercise those rights. Bob: I purchased a box of letters once from an auction that were poorly described. Dr.
AbeBooks: What has been your most memorable moment as a professional ephemera/collectibles seller? Why? RJM Autographs and Antiques is a seller with a love of history and a passion for sharing it. Very odd and difficult to research. Why? King lost his, yet he left an enormous legacy. To think that this was a woman who during part of her life struggled and achieved before women were given the right to vote is amazing to me. The shop, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is owned and operated by Bob Minnocci, who has been collecting and selling historic documents, autographs, books and antiques for more than 25 years. Bob: It was a letter written by Jon Jay when he was governor of New York in which he pardoned two prostitutes. Helen Keller was a great person, waiting to emerge and she did so in a brilliant way against odds that, during her time, would have left most people a complete invalid. Here’s what he had to say. AbeBooks: What’s the oddest collectible you’ve come across? Bob: I have an autograph of Dr.
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