BRUCE BARYLA

bruce@baryla.com

Since 2002, I have been a full-time dealer and researcher of historic collectibles spanning a wide range of categories, including photography, philately, postal history, autograph documents, original and limited edition art, numismatics, medallic art, fine signed books, popular culture and rare music.

Being a collector myself for many decades, I know that what excites all collectors is an exciting story that makes an inanimate object come alive with historic significance, beauty, or just plain fun.

Finding that story is what I do, and the fact that collectors and institutions have purchased over 10,000 items from me demonstrates that I do it well.

Here's a selection of highlights, with links to the stories I told that got them sold.

I personally created and executed all of the online material you will see.

The last link presents my graphic design work. I worked for a New York ad agency for 15 years.

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THE ART YOUNG ARCHIVE Sold to the Library of Congress.

FINE AUTOGRAPHS

WALT WHITMAN SELF-ADDRESSED 1863 ENVELOPE FOR A CIVIL WAR SOLDIER

Newly discovered. Carried a letter that is in the Library of Congress.

AUTOGRAPHED 1864 SALMON P. CHASE CALLING CARD

Featuring an affixed engraved proof of his $1 banknote portrait.

IMPORTANT 1863 SENATOR JOHN SHERMAN PERSONAL CHECK

Exchanged by him for the National Bank Notes he was instrumental in creating only two days after they were issued.

AUTOGRAPHED 1928 ETHEL WATERS PHOTOGRAPH

Sexy Josephine Baker spoof pose from her Africana Broadway debut.

HISTORIC 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHY

1865 SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH OF NAT STEIN

The “Poet of the Stage Line" Overland Stage agent at Virginia City, future Postmaster of Salt Lake City and Director of Wells, Fargo & Co.

Taken at Montana's first photography studio only a few months after it opened.

EARLY PHOTOGRAPHS OF IMPORTANT MORMON LEADER & HIS WIFE

His, as an ox-team train boss in Omaha in 1865.

Hers, the finest known and inscribed by her to her husband.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF SÃO PAULO RAILWAY UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN 1868

A new discovery and now included in the definitive book about the railroad.

1864 PHOTOGRAPH OF IMPORTANT SCULPTOR HARRIET HOSMER

Previously unknown alternate pose from her Black & Case Boston sitting.

SIGNED 1865 PHOTOGRAPH OF RICHARD SMITH LAWRENCE

Important mass production and firearms innovator.

ORIGINAL & LIMITED EDITION FINE ART

1920 SOCIALIST ANTI-WALL STREET CANDIDATE CARTOON BY ROBERT MINOR

Wall Street's Choice: A Labor-Riding Candidate

RARE ENZIO GRIBAUDO LOGOGRIFI RELIEF PRINTS

Bestiario (1973) Edition of 25 / Butterfly (1974) Edition of 12

ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION FOR 1934 MOVIE BLIND JUSTICE 24-SHEET BILLBOARD

21" x 25" graphite drawing depicting actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.

TRIUMPHANT & JOYFUL: THE PAINTINGS OF RON RICE

Archive of work by an Outsider artist who triumphed over Paranoid Schizophrenia.

POPULAR CULTURE

1957 ELIZABETH TAYLOR & MIKE TODD HOME MOVIES

8-minute compilation: only 25 seconds appeared in 1968 Around The World of Mike Todd TV special. From the archive of a Mike Todd Productions executive.

1951 CBS-TV HEROIN DOCUMENTARY LP RECORD ALBUM

Featuring Andy Warhol illustrations.

GREAT HUMOROUS 1956 LETTER ON EARLY MAD MAGAZINE LETTERHEAD

“Clods' Letters To MAD” editor Jerry DeFuccio responds to a reader.

1967 BARBRA STREISAND TV SPECIAL CAST MEMBER MEMORABILIA

Cast member script, schedules, contacts & show photograph.

1955 BOB CRANE LETTER ON RADIO WICC BRIDGEPORT LETTERHEAD

Rare early career autograph of the Hogan's Heroes star and current Radio Hall of Fame candidate.

ORIGINAL NEW YORK STREET ART BY JAMES DE LA VEGA Lovers” (2005) /18" x 22"/ Black marker on leather sofa seat panel.

VINTAGE 1980s HOLOGRAM WATCH BY THIRD-DIMENSION ARTS

In original velvet flock pouch.

EARLY VIDEO PERFORMANCE BY BLUE MAN GROUP

Rare 1994 experimental indie film Picasso Would Have Made A Glorious Waiter.

SIGNED TONY CURTIS ONE MAN ART SHOW CATALOG

PHILATELY, POSTAL HISTORY, NUMISMATICS & MEDALLIC ART

1866 CARTE DE VISITE PHOTOGRAPH MAILED WITHOUT ENVELOPE

Remarkable earliest-known real photo postcard forerunner.

THE UNIQUE 1864 UNISSUED 1ST ISSUE 50¢ PROPRIETARY PROOF

A top-tier gem of United States revenue philately.

THE SEWELL ART GALLERY STENCIL FANCY CANCEL ON SCOTT R48c

One of the great revenue stamp fancy cancel rarities.

COUNTERFEIT SERIES 1928A $10 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE

Confiscated at a post office with internal P.O. documentation.

STUNNING SEALED 1917 N.Y. CONSOLIDATED CROW BRAND PLAYING CARDS

Featuring a scarce intact Scott RF6 World War I surcharged revenue stamp.

1890 MEDAL FROM WORLD'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL PHILATELIC EXHIBITION

Offered in beautifully preserved condition.

MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY

THE LARGEST POLAROID PHOTOPOLYMER HOLOGRAM EVER PRODUCED

1992 Polaroid Mirage hologram by Paul D. Barefoot

RARE PHOTOGRAPHS OF EXPERIMENTAL U.S. NAVY CUTLASS F7U-3P SPY PLANE

Newly-discovered from the Cold War era archive of a Long Island high school student.

MODERN PHOTOGRAPHER GALLERY & EXHIBIT PRESS PHOTO COLLECTION

Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Harold Edgerton, Judy Dater, Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, Beaumont Newhall, Roy DeCarva, Wynn Bullock, Francis Bruguiere.

JILL URIS IRISH PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE

From the Leon Uris Estate.

FINE SIGNED BOOKS

EARLY FEMALE AMERICAN NOVELIST

1834 First Edition of A Wife for A Missionary by Anne Tuttle Jones Bullard

Association copy inscribed by the founding president of the American Sunday-School Union.

THE FLY by THEODORE TILTON

1865 First Edition of his children's verse classic.

Inscribed to the son of a family friend who accompanied his wife to the Beecher-Tilton scandal trial.

JFK MEMOIR BY HIS PT BOAT FRIEND & NAVY UNDERSECRETARY

1966 First Edition of The Pleasure of His Company signed by Paul Fay.

50/50 BY TAUBA AUERBACK

Inscribed to art collecting power couple Leonard and Evelyn Lauder.

RARE MUSIC

1970 LESLIE BRICUSSE ACETATE DEMO RECORD

Songs for a never-made film, The Great Music Chase.

SONGWRITER FRANK LOESSER UNIQUE 1961 FAMILY CHRISTMAS ACETATE

His nieces sing an original song about him!

THE YEADLES IN REBBE-MANIA LP RECORD

Rare private press Beatles music parodies with original Jewish-themed lyrics.

1967 ULTRARARE ROCKABILLY LP RECORD

Swingin' Johnny Keyes featuring the infamous song The Rock 'n Roll Squaw.

PHILATELIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Authored and coded the first American philatelic reference work ever published on CD-ROM, and created two gold medal exhibits that have been shown nationally and internationally.

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From 1987 to 2002 I worked at Ciociola & Company Advertising, New York as a graphic designer and eventually Senior Graphics Manager — supervisory and hands-on art production for print and collateral; liaison with printers; spot art direction & copywriting; client presentation team member; primary responsibility for computer and software maintenance and upgrade planning.

I graduated from the City College of New York with a BA in Commercial Art----------------------------------

and the Bronx High School of Science.