Berlin, Irving: Autograph

Berlin, Irving: Autograph
Berlin, Irving: Autograph

Berlin, Irving: Autograph


Berlin, Irving

(1888 – 1989)

Irving Berlin Autograph

One of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history. Autograph inscription signed. (“Irving Berlin”). 1page. 8vo. (5 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches). [Bermuda], N.d. On Monarch of Bermuda stationery. Inscribed with “all good wishes” to Helen Bandre [?], possibly a fellow passenger on the Monarch of Bermuda.

With a life that spanned more than 100 years and a catalogue that boasted in excess of 1,000 songs, Irving Berlin epitomized Jerome Kern’s famous maxim, that “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music”. Berlin’s prodigious musical output included songs such as “Blue Skies”, “Easter Parade”, “God Bless America”, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, “Steppin’ Out with My Baby”, “White Christmas”, and musicals including This Is the ArmyAnnie Get Your GunYip Yip Yaphank, and Ziegfeld Follies.

The Monarch of Bermuda was one of two luxury liners, known as “the millionaires’ ships”, operated by the Furness Bermuda Line in the early part of the 20th century. Cruises aboard these elegant vessels ran from New York to Bermuda allowing four days on the island and several days aboard the ship in each direction. By the 1920s, the Furness Withy Steamship Company and the Bermuda Development Company had built a golf course and established an enclave for wealthy visitors in the area of Tucker’s Town in Bermuda’s St. George’s Parish. Both the Fricks and the Rockefellers had summer homes there and visitors included such celebrities as Harpo Marx, Albert Einstein, Babe Ruth, and Irving Berlin. Both the Monarch of Bermuda and her sister ship, the Queen of Bermuda, were requisitioned for military use during World War II. The Monarch of Bermuda was scrapped in 1966.

Folded once horizontally while the ink was still wet, resulting in ink transfer to the bottom blank margin of the page and slight smudging of the inscription and signature. In very good condition.

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