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This is a unique and historically important autograph album created at the Tampa Bay Hotel during the year 1898.
The album appears to have belonged to a woman or young girl by the name of Frances Strange.
There are many autographs of famous people, including the captain of the Maine, General Fitz Hugh Lee, who was the brother of Robt. E. Lee, and many others.
I have provided many images of this autograph book, so you will know what it contains.
If you can provide additional information, it will be very appreciated!
This measures 11 1/2" high, 14 1/2" wide, and 1" deep.
Below, a photo of actor Joe Jefferson
Click below for Joe's Wiki
The now demolished Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach
"Very Truly Yours Chas. Mills Sheldon"
(Charles Mills Sheldon 1866-1928)
with small side drawing
Journalist for the SA War and Listed Artist
H.E. Armstrong, New York Sun
Tampa June 6/98
Caspar Whitney Tampa June10-98
Caspar was instrumental in creating the All American football college team.
John R Rotham Tampa Fla. 1898
Very truly S.A. Adams N.Y. World
J.S. --- 2nd. Lieut. 1st US Cavalry
Richard Harding Davis Tampa '98 June 6th
New York Herald
Arthur W Copp Tampa Fla. June 6 1898
The Associated Press
George Clark Musgrave Tampa Fla. June 7th 1898
New York Journal
His Book "Under Three Flags in Cuba"
Robt. L. Drumming
1st Lieut. 1st OVL
A. Winfield Scott Prisham?
Colonel and Chief Ordnance Officer
State of Flordia
H.M. Burgess MD?
US San. Inspector
-- Brady Jr?
Captain in Signal Corps. US army
"The unfortunate individual known as the 'CENSOR'
No Sir you cannot." June 11th 1898
Wm. H.F. Beechham
Wash. Evening Star
Robert E Lee's nephew
J.H. Worst Capt. 4th Cavalry 6-6-98
Alfred Sayer Captain RN
June 6th 1898
W.M. Lee Capt?
June 6 1898
James O'Donnell Bennett
June 7 1898
E.M. Hayes Major Cavalry
Known as "Fighting Jack" fought under Robert E. Lee.
Buried in Arlington
Robert Dill Jr. New York Tribune
July 9, 1898
Sumner M Curtis New York Herald
July 9 1898
Alb. Von Jonelly
L Avan Asperen van de Velde
In the middle below, one paper refers to a yacht Whim-Wham
The second paper refers to the S.S. Miami, a naval ship used in the Spanish American War
Major Hartwick's referal to the SS Miami
James Burton Harpers Weekly New York
"It wasn't me" May 31st 1898
Photographer for Harpers. Recorded the Battle for San Juan Hill.
Charles E. Harold
Tampa Fla. May 31 1898
"I did laugh"
Fred W Stowell San Francisco Chronicle
----- New York Herald
Tampa Fla. May 98
Frank P Collins
Boston Journal "Pork and Beans"
June 6 '98
Chicago Record Tampa - June 6 1898
Cleveland (O) Plain Dealer
JM Taylor, Boston Globe, Tampa June 8, '98
He writes: "Mistaken for a Rough Rider"
E Sherman Gouto?
Tampa June 14/98
South Bend Ind.
Creator of the Studebaker carriage/automobile company
Fs de Gallatin (Francis)
1st Lieutenant attached to staff of General Nunez Cuban Army
New York Geneva Switzerland
May 23d 1898
Sunday Telegraph? London
Tampa bay 29/98
Colliers Weekly Tampa 98
Dr. John Guitenal? Philadelphia
Capt. 2d U.S. Infantry
Tampa Fla. May 31, 1898
Captain 5th Artillery
U.S. Siege Artillery Tampa Fla.
St. Louis Globe Democrat
New York Times
June 6 1898
M. Emmet Urell
Major 1st DC Vols.
Buried in Arlington
Richard A. O'Brien
Major 1st Reg D.C.
"Co-ed Mile Father"
June 30th 1898
Later testified at the Lodge Committee hearings
"Go this way"
Robert S Smith
Major (?) Paymaster
Thomas J. Wright
The program for a complimentary concert honoring Major General William R Shafter at the Tampa Bay Hotel.
Shafter was a Civil War veteran and received the Metal of Honor.
Samuel S. Partello
Ass't Surg. & Field Agent
Tampa Fla. Dec 4 1898
Mrs. S.S. Partello
Dec. 4th 98 Tampa, Fla.
Mrs. K. Blake Watkins
Editor "Woman's Kingdom" The Mail and Empire Toronto Canada
Kathleen Blake Watkins
Possibly, the only woman issued a war press pass by the US govt.
Early 1890's wrote on Jack the Ripper.
Book on Kit
Jack the Ripper
Annie L Wheeler
Wheeler Ala. June 25-98
Beverly W. -----
July 20th 1898
Robert H Noble
Capt. George Stacy RNA
June 29 1898
M. H. Bohreen
Detroit Michigan ----9th 99
Decoration Day Menu
May 30, 1898
Tampa Bay Hotel
Mrs. William T. Malster
Dec. 4 '98
Wife of then Mayor of Baltimore
Major -- White
Inspector General 2d Division 4th Army Corps
Major General Vols.
Nelson A Miles
--- US Army
Called "Brave Peacock" by Roosevelt
Served in the Civil, Indian, Spanish American wars. Buried in Arlington
William T. Malster
Mayor of Baltimore
Dec 4 1898
(President of Columbia Iron Works)
Picture taken inside a ship.
A Notman Studio photo/ rendering of the HMS Cordelia
Royal Navy Screw Corvette (1881-1904)
Lieut. AG Allgood Royal Navy
HMS Naval & Military Club
MHB Moorshead Royal Navy
John C Cole-Hamilton RN
Flordia East Coast Hotel System
Toronto Public School Board
Friendly visit to Tampa FLa.
Feb 8 1899- School Cadets
James L. Hughes
Public School Inspector
Toronto Public School Board
Friendly visit of Toronto cadets to Tampa Fla. Feb. 8, 1899
Stephen W. Barus?
Jamie F Thompson
(Mother of the Cadets)
Fred W. Kettle
St. Augustine Fla.
Presents el homenaje de mi respecto a la estimable senorita
Col. -- Anthony Dyer
A.D.C. and Executive Secretary Rhode Island
William D Bloxham
Governor of Florida
13th and 17th Governor of Florida
Attorney Plant System
Mis distinguidas respectas
a la estemable Senorita
Jose M. Perez
Possibly Cuba's exile Jose Marti, known as "el apostol."
Marti died in 1895
Jas. W. Andrews?
Capt. & A.D.C.
Albany, New York
Mrs. C. Underwood
Tampa, Flordia December 17, 1898
Capt. US Navy
This is the Capt. of the USS Maine
"My very best wishes to my
fellow Buckeyes, who claims
like myself a birthplace
in south western Ohio
Henry Mitchell MacCracken
New York University February 9th 1899
The "Dutch Uncle," Thomas Collier Platt was a New York Senator
Platt pushed Roosevelt to run for VP, to get him out of New York
C. J O'Brien
Possibly Capt. "Dynamite Johnny" O'Brien
A Captain Unafraid
Major WD Bell
(Surgeon with the 71st Regiment)
New York World journalist, who attempted a punch at Major General Shafter.
Very celebrated SA War correspondent.
Dissertation on Sylvester
Maj. Genl. US Vols.
Dec 15th, 1898
(Butler was a Civil War veteran, member of the House of Reps., and a South Carolina Senator)
William Astor Chanler
(US Representative and participant in the Spanish American War)
J. Hoge Tyler
Governor of Virginia
Thomas E. Sherman
March? 13 1898
(Army Chaplain during S A War and General Sherman's son.)
US Geological Survey
Chief of Universal Resources
Secretary to Gen. Wheeler
Possible editor of "Makers of America"
J. D. Sturgeis?
John Duncan Dunn
Officers and Mentors of Rio Public School
Cadet Corps. of Toronto Canada in a friendly
visit to Tampa Florida Feb. 8th 1899
John Thompson (Major)
W.H. Thompson Lieut. and Adjt.
---- Grant (Captain)
----- Fairbanks (1st Lieut.)
Leo Wright (2nd Lieut.)
J. Wesley Meredith
Ernest H. Mimms
W. Harry Meredith
(Same Edgar Norris autograph as above)
Jack L Hills
Frances Strange signed at the top again
Fred Roberts Pryne
E.D. Otter lurger?
Arthur C. Fox
(Arthur C. Fox, again)
Walker B. Fessey
William J. Stenson
George A Hodgson, Corp.
James William Kennedy
Sidney E. Curran
Sidney E. Curran (again)
Fred M. Guy
Chas. A. Peterson
Seth N.W. Lawless
Jos. Henry Gilby
Davis S Williams
E. Lloyd Morrow
(author of "Church Union of Canada")
Herbert H. Hargrave
Robert Patterson Sergt.
George H. Ferguson
Robert Roche Sergant
Roses are re
Wilford H Painter
W. Boyce (again)
F.D. Goodchild Colonel Sergent
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This is in as found original condition.
This weighs 4 lbs. before being packed.
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