Rare LBJ Letter and Check from Mae West at 5th Annual Vintage Book, Postcard & Paper Fair

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A rare letter written by Lyndon B. Johnson, a check signed by Mae West and dated March 3, 1938, along with a prized still photo of a scene from the movie, "My Little Chickadee," in which she co-starred with W. C. Fields. will be on display and available for purchase at the 5th Annual Vintage Book, Postcard and Paper Fair on October 25th and 26th in Stafford, Texas near Houston. Sponsored by the Texas Booksellers Association, the event features two days of buying, selling and trading with over one million antique photos, vintage postcards, new and rare books and paper collectibles.

A rare letter written by Lyndon B. Johnson, who at the time was a speech coach at Sam Houston High School, to Mrs. Cleo Newton of Jeff Davis High School suggesting a practice debate, will be on display and available for purchase at the 5th Annual Vintage Book, Postcard and Paper Fair on October 25th and 26th in Stafford, Texas near Houston. Additionally, vintage movie and Mae West fans will have a chance to acquire a check signed by Ms. West and dated March 3, 1938, along with a prized still photo of a scene from the movie, "My Little Chickadee," in which she co-starred with W. C. Fields.

Operated by DM Promotions and sponsored by the Texas Booksellers Association, the event features two days of buying, selling and trading with over one million antique photos, vintage postcards, new and rare books and paper collectibles. "If you've never been to a book, postcard, and paper show before, then you're in for a treat," said Dan Monsanto, DM. "You can find just about any kind of printed paper known from signed celebrity photographs to rare historical documents for collecting or home decoration." Whether you are a serious collector or just want to learn new things, there is something for everyone of every age.

For paper ephemera enthusiasts, there is a good selection of Texana, vintage advertising, historical documents including a bond issued by the Republic of Texas in 1841 signed by President David G. Burnet, autographs, paper currency from around the world, matchbooks, brochures, business letterhead, magazines, original animation art, sheet music, pin-ups, artist-signed prints, and much more. Many beautiful and fun vintage Valentine's Day, Christmas, flower catalog, children and pet images, hand-tinted cards, paper dolls, are being offered can be enlarged and framed or used in scrapbooking projects. Celebrity autographs include Lillian Russell, Katie Holmes, a John Wayne-signed 1934 movie still, and many others dating from the 30's and 40's. Other signatures are those of General Douglas McArthur, Sam Houston and a signed autobiography by Charles Lindbergh.

Postcards are in every collectable topic imaginable, for example, lighthouses, stadiums, pretty ladies, children, animals, Texas towns, NASA, aviation, patriotic themes and holidays including Halloween. Some of the postcard highlights for sale and on display are artist-signed postcards by Raphael Kirchner and Phillip Boileau, photos of the Sugar Land refinery postmarked early in the century and of the city hall and Market House building in downtown Houston which was destroyed by fire in 1871. One dealer will be bringing rare exposition postcards including the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the 1904 St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the 1907 Jamestown Exposition and the 1909 Hudson-Fulton Exposition New York.

The show offers new, used, and antiquarian books covering every subject you can think of including history, war, Texana, children's, fiction, and nonfiction. While this year's event is teeming with history and nostalgia, (take for example the appearance of first editions of Larry McMurtry's first four books, Horseman, Pass By; Leaving Cheyenne; In a Narrow Grave; and The Last Picture Show), there are also a number of current works available detailing Texas' and particularly, the Houston area's enthralling past. A new feature of the 5th annual event is the addition of guest author appearances. Each author will be selling and signing copies of their latest works. Among these will be Pat Hill Goodrich (Captain Ransom, Texas Ranger,) Burton Chapman (Telephone Road, Texas), David Welling (Cinema Houston) and Jim Parsons and David Bush, Director of Programs and Information for Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, co-authors (Houston Deco).

The show is also an ideal place to come and learn more about the books, postcards or paper items you may already have as the dealers possess decades of experience in their respective specialties. Bring in that shoebox of old postcards or that folder of old paper memories for sale or appraisal by experts including Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas. And with some postcards and collectibles starting as low as 25 cents, everyone can walk away with a treasure. "The whole family can have a lot of fun without breaking the bank," said Monsanto.

The event is being held at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center, 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford, Texas 77477, 281-208-6900. Hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday, October 25th, and 10:00am to 4:00pm Sunday, October 26th. Admission is $3 for adults. Children accompanied by an adult get in free. One admission fee is good for both days. For maps, driving directions, guest author schedules and other information visit http://www.houstonshow.com.

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