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    Theodore Roosevelt and Russell J. Coles Signed Photograph. The sepia photo, 6.25" x 10", shows Roosevelt and another portly man, identified as Russell J. Coles, standing on the deck of a boat. Both Roosevelt and Coles signed their names diagonally across their stomachs. The photo has "Given to M.T. by Archie Roosevelt - Nov. 1952" written in pencil on the verso. Chipped corners and light surface wear, else near fine.

    Russell Jordan Coles was a tobacco dealer from Danville, Virginia, who, like President Roosevelt, was an avid sportsman and field naturalist. He was, first and foremost, an ichthyologist. Roosevelt described Coles as "a hunter of the big game of the sea" who studied his prey with the eye of a biologist. In late March, 1917, Coles invited Roosevelt to the coast of southwest Florida to harpoon devilfish. This is one of the photographs taken on that trip. Roosevelt would stand on the bow of the boat, harpoon in hand, and Coles would shout "Iron him Colonel!" Roosevelt wrote of their adventures as "Devilfishers - successors of the Buccaneers" in Scribner's Magazine in late 1917.

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