”Theodore Roosevelt, the most distinguished citizen of the United States, is once more at home. He was received at New York with the nearest approach we can arrange to the triumphs with which Rome honored its generals on returning from a conquest of the world. Theodore Roosevelt has stirred Africa and Asia and has conquered Europe and the American people could not with self-respect pay less honors to their most striking representative and embodiment than he has received from foreigners.” -from Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Work, 1919
BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH OF ROOSEVELT RETURNING FROM HIS AFRICAN SAFARI, SIGNED ON THE PHOTOGRAPH: “THEODORE ROOSEVELT JUNE 17TH 1910”.
The present photograph (dated in Roosevelt’s hand “June 17th, 1910”) shows Roosevelt aboard the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria, posing with the ship’s Captain and crew, one day before disembarking in New York after his triumphant African Expedition and subsequent visit to Europe. (Roosevelt landed in New York on June 18, 1910). The trip began in 1909 after the end of his presidency and almost immediately became the stuff on legend. After spending eleven months on an African safari (co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution) and then traveling to Europe to, among other things, collect his 1906 Nobel Peace Prize, Roosevelt returned to a hero’s welcome:
“On June 18, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt returned to New York City after a fifteen-month tour abroad, having travelled through Africa and western Europe. An elaborate city celebration drawing a million people marked his homecoming. Aboard the ocean liner Kaiserin Auguste Victoria ex-President and Mrs. Roosevelt were met by a revenue cutter, the Manhattan, carrying the Roosevelt children. TR then went aboard a larger cutter, the Androscoggin, and officially became a guest of the city” (Library of Congress, “Theodore Roosevelt’s Return to New York, 1910”). In short, “It was one of the greatest days in the history of New York City. It was one of the greatest days in the life of Theodore Roosevelt” (Edward P. Kohn, Heir to the Empire City: New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt).
Vintage matte-finish photograph. Size: 4.5 x 6.5 inches. Matted and framed to an overall size of 12x14 inches.
AN OUTSTANDING HISTORIC SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH IN FINE CONDITION.
Price: $8,000 .