Lot 569: Collection of items from the collection of photographer Frank J. Merta, primarily consisting of original unsigned photographs, most stamped on the reverse Acme Newspictures, including: three photos of Franklin D. Roosevelt, one of them showing his rarely seen legs; one of Woodrow Wilson walking in an American Red Cross parade; two of Calvin Coolidge, one showing him on the way to milk a cow; and two of Herbert Hoover. All of these include typescripts of short articles by Merta detailing his experiences shooting each president. Other items include an original pen and ink cartoon of Merta on a 10.5 x 11.5 sheet of illustration board; seventeen unsigned photos, most showing Merta with unidentified people; fourteen letters and carbon copies of letters congratulating Merta on his work; and a couple of membership cards. In overall fine condition. Merta was a prominent photojournalist for nearly forty years, celebrated for his images of presidents, sports legends, and prominent social figures. This collection of photographs reveals both Merta's close access to newsmakers and his keen eye in capturing American life.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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