Superman: The Movie

In 1978, Christopher Reeve defined the role of Superman and Clark Kent in Superman: The Movie

Autographed by Christopher Reeve  $500

Autographed by Christopher Reeve $500

Bill located a People magazine dated January 8, 1978 autographed by the late actor, and matched it up with a pin from the same year, creating a micro-edition of just 15 Christopher Reeve DC Comics Superman signed pieces by NW Limited…History in VogueTM

Inauguration invitations

Did you get an invitation to President-elect Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20th?
Ever wonder what goes into the very first impression of such a prestigious event?
A Wisconsin plant made the paper, a Chicago company supplied the ink, and a New York printer has made the invitations.
Precise Continental Corp was chosen to create the invitations to the inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama.
Congratulations on your part in making history, Precise Continental Printing of Brooklyn, New York!

Oct. 25, 1906: Wreck of the Peter Iredale

On October 25, 1906, the bark Peter Iredale was wrecked on the Oregon coast at Clatsop Spit near

The Peter Iredale shortly after grounding in October, 1906

The Peter Iredale shortly after grounding in October, 1906

Warrenton attempting a Columbia River entrance.
The grounded ship was unsalvageable.
Over a century later, only her rusting bones remain.

Peter Iredale revealed by the storms of December. Photo taken January 2008 near Ft. Stevens

Peter Iredale in January 2008 near Ft. Stevens. The wreck is one of several hundred casualties of the Pacific Graveyard and appears as the most familiar landmark on "Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard" shipwreck chart by NW Limited...History in VogueTM.

Oft-photographed, endlessly visited by tourists, the Iredale’s weathered skeleton is testament both to the forces of nature and folly of man. 

There are countless more like her that have disappeared, shipwrecked forever by virtue of lucky salvage or the relentless pounding of waves, wind, tide and time.

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” documents these, lifting them from conscious memory, and marking them in historic record.
Anecdotes from each wreck are provided, stories which are entwined in the foundation of a region rich with maritime activity.
As the newest and most complete shipwreck chart of the SW Washington, NW Oregon coast and lower Columbia River, it is also the most aesthetically-minded.
Printed on high-quality paper, the lithograph (detail shown below) is built to stand the test of time both as a collectible, historic tribute and an artful display. 
Dead Reckoning Shipwreck chart detail showing the wreck of the Iredale as well as several others at the mouth of the Columbia River click on the image for larger, readable version

"Dead Reckoning" Shipwreck chart detail showing the wreck of the Iredale as well as several others at the mouth of the Columbia River

For information on ordering a shipwreck chart directly from the creator, please contact or call 503-338-6056.


Here’s a list of our flash galleries illustrating a sampling of the vast range of historic events we cover, and have covered.
From one of ones to one in a thousand, all are unique, and any can be customized for you (click on the big, bold words to be transported):

An overview of all editions and customs: WOW
Our shipwreck chart of the Oregon and Washington coasts: Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard
American Motorcycle edition of 90: American Motorcycle
And a sampling of the builds to date within our edition of 90 Beatles tributesThe Beatles

Email Bill Brooks to inquire, or phone 503-338-6056
More soon…

Autographs for sale

Have a spare $100,000 lying around?
If so, you could be the owner of a unique, historic document from 1809, signed by both Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, best known for their expedition to the Pacific in 1804-1806.
The document, a land sale by Lewis, was witnessed by Clark, and is rare for the simple fact that it does bear both signatures on the same sheet of paper. It comes from the collection of Dr. Robert Small of New York.
An interesting observation is that the sale and signing was just a few weeks prior to Lewis’ death on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee.
So get your numbers, and break out those checkbooks; the document is anticipated to sell for $80,000 to $120,000.  Tomorrow, April 3rd is the auction date!

On the other hand, a NW Limited…History in VogueTM Lewis and Clark States, Indian Nations or Black map complete with the signature of William Brooks III, their creator, is easily acquired for $250.00!
Here’s what one lucky owner had to say when they received their Lewis & Clark “Indian Nations” map:

“I am just FLOORED!!!!!!! I received the package you sent out to me this morning and I am truly humbled!!!! What a GORGEOUS piece of history!!!!!! Man….I am pretty much speechless……hubby was with me when I opened it and he just sat there staring at it. Then I told him all about it and he was amazed that you did up this intricate piece!!!  How did I deserve such an awesome piece of artwork like this???? OMG!!!!
It’s so complete!!! You did the frame too, right? It’s even got the mounting rope in the back. It all looks so “time period”!! It will have a place in my livingroom for sure! Time to redecorate and move some wall hangings around.
I feel so humbled to now own a piece of history like this……this is just AMAZING!!!! Thank you 100 times over!!!!!
Thank you for creating such a beautiful piece that we will cherish and display in our home with pride!
I LOVED the box frame it came in. Hubby was looking at it in and out…and was very impressed. He’s like “wow” this and that….”wow”…this and more of that…!!!”

That kind of reaction’s worth a million bucks, right?

Document signed by Lewis & Clark for sale

The Incredible Hulk

The trailer is in theaters this weekend!
Slated for release June 13, the movie stars Edward Norton, Liv Tyler and Tim Roth.
The big, buff, green guy is back.
He’s been a Marvel Comics favorite since May of 1962, when he first appeared.

Marvel Comics Hulk #11 in an edition of 20 framed with first-day-issue stamps and postmarks by NW Limited…History in VogueTM
This piece also features original tag art by Brian Komm
-SOLD- (inquire as to availability)
503-338-6056 or

Dead Reckoning, what it is

…other than the short version title of NW Limited’s shipwreck chart.
(a click on that link will take you to a slideshow of images with accompanying radio ad for the chart)

Dead reckoning (DR) is the process of estimating one’s current position based upon a previously determined position, or fix, and advancing that position based upon known speed, elapsed time, and course.”  (from Wikipedia)
The term, which is where Bill derived the title of his most recent project,  sounds ominous enough.
Rightly so when you consider that a good percentage of shipwrecks resulted in loss of life, sometimes on a tragically large scale. 
Dead reckoning as a form of navigation is only so accurate. 

It is interpreted in some circles as “You’re dead if you don’t reckon right.” 

It’s a sure thing, however, to score one of these for yourself.  
As a gift, they will make a lasting impression.  
Not to mention you’ll get shipwreck author Don Marshall’s quote concerning Dead Reckoning, printed at the top of each chart.
Available in three variations:

Lithograph on high-quality paper (this is no mere “poster”): $50

Custom-framed as well as coated with vinyl linen for protection (no glass necessary): $225

The top of the line (shown above), the pinnacle of shipwreck history complete with photos, handmade paper accents (list of lost fishing vessels), stamps and more: $500

1000 total first printing “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” charts are available.
This is the perfect gift, acquisition, or investment in local history and culture.
A stellar complement to the “beach house” or a respectful nod to the intrepid souls who lost their lives in the maritime industry, and to those that beat the odds.

Detail of lost fishing vessels list, on handmade paper using an antique letterpress by Oblation Papers and Press of Portland, Oregon.
For more information,  call 503-338-6056 or email
NW Limited…History in VogueTM accepts credit cards, and will ship, too!