JOHN PHILIP "THE MARCH KING" SOUSA - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1927 - HFSID 36333
Sale Price $850.00
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA
Sepia publicity photograph of John Philip Sousa wearing his uniform and hat.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "Edgar A. Moss, Esqr/from/John Philip Sousa/1927". Sepia, 7½x9¾. Afiixed to cardboard; unrelated photograph of unknown signer affixed to verso. In the year he signed this photograph, Sousa penned four marches: "The Minnesota March", "The Magna Charta", The Atlantic City Pageant" march and "Riders for the Flag". Appointed leader of the U.S. Marine Band in 1880, John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) resigned 12 years later to form his own band. Sousa's Band achieved great popularity on its tours of the U.S. and Europe, largely due to the rousing marches Sousa had composed, including "Semper Fidelis" (1897), "Washington Post March" (1889) and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (1897). "The March King", who also composed 11 comic operas and two symphonic poems, also invented the sousaphone and wrote books. His autobiography, Marching Along, was published in 1928, the year after he signed this photograph. Minor surface creases. Minor stains and 2 tack holes at upper margin. Overall, fine condition.
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