Ask Antique Trader: WWI stamp poster worth $600

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Q Would you be able to tell me the approximate value of the print in the photo attached? Thank you for your time. — L.P., via email

A Your World War I government advertising poster is from 1918 and was originally painted by William Haskell Coffin (1878-1941). This was printed for the World War I Savings Stamps Drive and as such reads “Share in the Victory, Save For Your Country * Save For Yourself, Buy War Savings Stamps.” Your nice lithograph measures 33 1/2 inches high by 23 3/4 inches wide. It appears the framing job has done a wonderful job preserving the colors. Framed versions of this poster have been selling in the $200 to $600 range. Poster Auctions International sold the same poster for $600 May 2, 2010. It is a wonderful piece of illustration art and will have lasting popularity for years to come.

Q I found this one day in some old stuff of mine – kind of  curious on the price but I am not willing to sell. I would like to know for peace of mind. I have attached a picture of it. It is not mint but definitely in good condition for that year. Thanks for your time.  — W.B., via email

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Your great “Buffalo Bill” cabinet card depicts a dashing view of William F. Cody (1846-1917), the American scout and showman. The image was taken during his stint producing “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World,” which was renamed in 1893. Previously, Cody started performing as early as 1872 in Chicago in “The Scouts of the Prairie,” one of the original Wild West shows. Alas, these cabinet photos of Buffalo Bill are rarely signed by the man himself.

Your version was probably signed by Amy Crane, a performer in his Wild West Show. The signature looks very similar when compared to one sold in 2005 by Alexander Autographs of Cos Cob, Conn. Your 4-inch by 6 1/2-inch card is probably worth $300 buckaroos.

Eric Bradley is the editor of Antique Trader magazine and a former producer of the Atlantique City Antiques Show. He has been buying, selling and trading antiques and collectibles for 15 years. He can be reached via e-mail at eric.bradley@fwmedia.com or in care of Antique Trader Magazine, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945.


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