1932 Wanted Poster for the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,251.50
On March 1, 1932, one of the most sensational cases in the annals of crime was set in motion with the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's baby boy, Charles Lindbergh, Jr., from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. The Lindbergh kidnapping gripped the national headlines for nearly ten weeks before its tragic conclusion: the discovery of the young child's body just five miles from the Lindbergh home, on May 12th. With a nation clamoring for justice, Bruno Hauptmann, a German immigrant, was eventually arrested for the crime. In one of the most highly publicized and controversial trials in American history, Hauptmann was later found guilty of murder in the death of the Lindbergh baby and executed for the crime on April 3, 1936.
Presented here is a rare original "Wanted" poster from that historic crime. The poster, dated March 11, 1932, pictures two photos of the young child and urges anyone with information on the child's whereabouts to come forward to authorities. In part:
Wanted/Information As To The/Whereabouts Of/Chas. A. Lindbergh, Jr./of Hopewell, N.J./Son Of Col. Chas. A. Lindbergh/World-Famous Aviator/This child was kidnapped from his home/in Hopewell, N.J., between 8 and 10 p.m./on Tuesday, March 1, 1932...Address All Communications To/Col. H.N. Schwarzkopf, Trenton, N.J. or/Col. Chas. A. Lindbergh, Hopewell, N.J.
Interestingly, Col. H. N. Schwarzkopf, who was superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, was the father of General Norman Schwarzkopf, famed commander of operation "Desert Storm." While these "Wanted" posters probably appeared everywhere in the surrounding areas shortly after the crime, they were probably quickly removed after the discovery of the child's body. Today they remain very rare, especially unfolded examples, such as the offered piece (they were normally issued folded and sent in mailers). The poster (9 x 16 inches) displays the slightest hint of foxing and is in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. Framed to total dimensions of 10.5 x 17.5 inches. Accompanying the poster is an equally rare flyer that was issued on May 21, 1932. The flyer, issued "To All Law Enforcement Officials, Wardens of Penal Institutions, Etc.," pictures two samples of handwriting represented on notes by the kidnappers and instructs the recipients to compare these samples with those of all prisoners within their custody. The flyer (11.5 x 9.25 inches), like the larger poster, has never been folded and is in apparent Near Mint condition. Framed to total dimensions of 13 x 10.5 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $2,251.50