A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. For anyone that was a boy scout, that sentence resonates in your mind as law. The Boy Scouts of America have taught young men good values for over one hundred years. Presented are (24) autographed 7x9-inch “Scout Law” placards with a fantastic array of baseball men, politicians, historical personalities and two of the founders of the Boy Scouts, James West (d.1948) and Dan “Uncle Dan” Beard (d.1941). Among the superb signed cards are Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (d.1944), Lowell Thomas (d.1981), Herbert Hoover, Jr. (d.1969), Charles Hughes (d.1948), J. Edgar Hoover (d.1972), Booth Tarkington (d.1946), Millard Tydings (d.1961), Ray Kelly, Connie Mack (d.1956), John J. Pershing (d.1948), George Marley, Homer Holt, Louis Johnson (d.1966), Dale Carnegie (d.1955), Mickey Rooney, Harry Woodling (d.1967), Kenesaw Landis (d.1944), Rev. Edward Sargus and Rev. William Kelly. There is a Helen Keller with an autograph that has been traced. This collection of vintage 1940s BSA placards is quite unique and signed by a veritable smorgasbord of American greats. Each of the cardboard placards has the name of the original owner written on the back in blue ink. COA from James Spence Authentications. For a listing of the biographical information on the men and women in this lot, please visit our website.
James West -- Dr. James E. West (May 16, 1876 – May 15, 1948) was a lawyer and an advocate of children's rights, who become the first professional Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), serving from 1911-1943. Upon his retirement from the BSA, West was given the title of Chief Scout.
Uncle Dan Beard -- Daniel Carter "Uncle Dan" Beard (June 21, 1850– June 11, 1941) was an American illustrator, author, and social reformer who was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America.
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. – son of the US President
Lowell Thomas -- Lowell Jackson Thomas (April 6, 1892 – August 29, 1981) was an American writer, broadcaster, and traveller best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous. So varied were Thomas's activities that when it came time for the Library of Congress to catalog his memoirs they were forced to put them in "CT" in their classification - biographies of subjects who don't fit into any other category.
Herbert Hoover, Jr. – son of the US President
Charles Hughes -- Charles Evans Hughes (April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948) was Governor of New York, United States Secretary of State, Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the United States.
J. Edgar Hughes -- John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was an influential but controversial director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He was the founder of the present form of the agency, and remained director for 49 years until his death in 1972, at age 77. During his life he was highly regarded by the US public, but in the years since his death many allegations have tarnished his image.
Booth Tarkington -- Newton Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869 – May 19, 1946) was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.
Millard Tydings -- Millard Evelyn Tydings (April 6, 1890–February 9, 1961) was an attorney, author, soldier, state legislator, and served as a Democratic Representative and Senator in the United States Congress from Maryland.
Kenesaw Mountain Landis -- Kenesaw Mountain Landis (November 20, 1866 – November 25, 1944) was an American jurist who served as a federal judge from 1905 to 1922, and subsequently as the first commissioner of Major League Baseball. Born in Millville, Ohio to Abraham Hoch Landis and Mary (Kumler) Landis, he died in Chicago. His name comes from a variant spelling of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia, where his father, a physician, fought on Union side during the American Civil War at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Two of his brothers, Charles Beary Landis (1858-1922) and Frederick Landis (1872-1934), served in the United States Congress.
Connie Mack -- Cornelius Alexander Mack (December 22, 1862 – February 8, 1956), born Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, was an American professional baseball player, manager, and team owner. Considered one of the greatest managers in Major League Baseball history, he holds records for wins, losses, and games managed. He managed the Philadelphia Athletics for 50 consecutive seasons. Besides his five World Series wins and nine American League pennants, Mack's teams also finished last 17 times.
John J. Pershing -- John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948) was an officer in the United States Army. Pershing eventually rose to the highest rank ever held in the United States Army—General of the Armies—equivalent only to the posthumous rank of George Washington. Pershing led the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and was regarded as a mentor by the generation of American generals who led the United States army forces in Europe during World War II, including George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George S. Patton.
Louis Johnson -- Louis Arthur Johnson (January 10, 1891 - April 24, 1966) was the second United States Secretary of Defense, serving in the cabinet of President Harry S. Truman from March 28, 1949 to September 19, 1950.
Dale Carnegie -- Dale Carnegie (originally Carnegey) (November 24, 1888 - November 1, 1955) was an American writer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills. Born in poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, first published in 1936, a massive bestseller that remains popular today. He also wrote a biography of Abraham Lincoln, titled Lincoln the Unknown, as well as several other books.
Mickey Rooney – famous actor
Helen Keller -- Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was a deaf, blind American author, activist and lecturer.