Original Photo Postcard, Inscribed. Roscoe Conkling SIMMONS.

Original Photo Postcard, Inscribed

N.p. [Chicago? ca 1920s]. Roscoe Conkling Simmons (1881-1951), the Tuskegee-educated nephew of Booker T. Washington, was among the most popular African-American political orators of the pre-War period. He remained a staunch Republican, even through the New Deal era when many Blacks switched allegiance to the Democratic Party, and gave the speech seconding Herbert Hoover's nomination at the 1932 Republican Convention -- an unprecedented honor for an African-American politician. This image appears to be of a younger Simmons, ca 1910s-20s. A scarce autograph. Original photo postcard on thick photographic paper, ca 5-1/2" x 3-1/2"; printed on verso with divided back and blank endicia. Postally unused. Inscribed below portrait: "Ever Yours / Roscoe," undated.

Price: $200.00

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