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This well-rounded journalist became the longest-serving White House press secretary in history, first under Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45) and again briefly under Harry Truman (1950). TLS, 1p, 6¼" X 9", Washington, DC, 1934 January 4. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. On White House letterhead, Early addressed Gates' request to name a hobby club in his honor. In part: "White the President appreciates your motive in naming your club after him, it is not felt that he should be asked to give his approval. You can appreciate that this is but one of several thousand similar requests the President has received. In all instances, his attitude has been neutral and it is not felt that an exception can be made to the general policy." Large, bold signature in black ink. Accompanied by a superb 8½" X 6½" glossy news agency black and white photograph (International News Photos) depicting Early seated behind a desk surrounded by reporters. Original mimeographed paper label neatly affixed to the verso, dated 14 August 1941, titling this scene "Tells of FDR-Churchill Meeting" and explaining: "Steve Early, presidential secretary, releasing to newsmen the fact that Prime Minister Winston Churchill of England and President Roosevelt had held a meeting on the high seas, during which they formulated the peace aims of the democratic powers opposing Germany." A fine pair. N° de ref. de la librería
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Descripción This noted Illinois senator (1949-67) was also a respected economist, author of "The Theory of Wages" (1934), "Economy in the National Government" (1952), "In the Fullness of Time" (1972) and other titles. Outstanding TLS, 1p, 8" X 10½", Washington, DC, 1966 January 21. Addressed to Mary McCarthy and John A. Werner. Fine. On "Congress of the United States" letterhead, the famed liberal Democrat writes to two educators at the North Chicago Community High School "about guiding the direction of your lives." In part: "You and your contemporaries will do well to contemplate the fact that, although the future may seem wholly obscure to you right now, the pattern of your lives is, to a considerable extent, already determined. Your character will not change greatly, even though with the years you may acquire greater wisdom and experience. nd it is your character that determines your conduct at each moment of decision in your life. Certainly it is never too late to strive for self-improvement. But if, at the age of seventeen or eighteen, you are habitually dishonest or lazy or greedy or cruel, you probably do not have any incentive to reform yourself. If you are honest and humane and unselfish now, you have a set of standards that will guide you in the paths of righteousness and help you to shun false values." Goes on along these frank but inspirational lines – excellent original content, not simply boilerplate politician pablum. Large, bold full signature in blue ballpoint. Accompanied by a superb 8" X 10" glossy black-and-white head-and-shoulders portrait of a smiling Douglas in suit and tie. Nº de ref. de la librería 39180
Descripción This Indiana attorney and politician served his state in Congress from 1917 to 1925, then was appointed President Calvin Coolidge's personal secretary during his second term; Herbert Hoover appointed him chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1932, a post he filled until 1934. Brief TLS, 1p, 6¼" X 9¼", Washington, DC, 1925 December 12. Very good. /Faintly age toned. On "The White House" letterhead, Sanders grants a favor to a former Illinois congressman: "I am enclosing [not present!] a letter which the President has addressed in his own hand to your friend, Mr. A.W. Hannah, of Chicago. You will appreciate how seldom the President is able to write letters of this kind, because of the time it would take. However, he was very glad to comply with Mr. Hannah's request, made through you. The letter is being sent unfolded, in case he should desire to have it framed." Bold full signature in brown ink. Alexander W. Hannah was a Chicago businessman and well-known autograph collector of this period, and clearly took advantage of a friendship with an ex-representative to call in a favor. One wonders what it was that President Coolidge wrote out by hand! With original, unstamped White House envelope addressed to Hannah. Also accompanied by a superb glossy 8½" X 6½" black and white news agency photograph depicting Sanders and a half dozen men standing around the newly-planted gravestone of Calvin Coolidge. Original mimeographed paper label neatly affixed to verso titles this "In Memoriam -- Republican Leaders Pay Tribute to Coolidge" and dates it 3 August 1934, describing the scene: "Impressive ceremonies were held today. at the gravesite of President Calvin Coolidge, to mark the eleventh anniversary of his elevation to the presidency. In this photograph, a group of state and national Republican leaders are pictured placing a wreath on the grave of their late leader." It then lists the senators and representatives pictured, among them "Everett Sanders, former Republican National Committee chairman, and secretary to President Coolidge, is placing the wreath." A fine pair. Nº de ref. de la librería 40862
Descripción Considered the most powerful secretary of state in U.S. history by some (under Eisenhower, 1953 to 1959), this well-rounded diplomat also served as a delegate to the U.N. General Assembly, negotiator of the Japanese peace treaty, United States senator and more. TLS, 1p, 7" X 9", Washington, DC, 1951 October 30. Addressed to University of Dubuque President Rollo LaPorte. Fine. On "Office of the Secretary of State" -- an office he wouldn't hold for two more years -- Dulles declines an invitation. In part: ". I have a very heavy schedule ahead, including a trip to Japan, and then the responsibility for handling before the Senate the ratification of the Japanese Peace Treaty and the three Security Treaties. That will keep me tied down pretty much through February." Bold full signature in blue ink. Accompanied by a choice 9" X 7½" glossy news agency photograph taken just couple months earlier, on 5 September 1951, depicting Dulles speaking at a podium. Original mimeographed paper label affixed to verso titles this San Francisco scene "Dulles Talks at Conference," and notes that "Dulles, head of the American delegation to the Japanese Peace Treaty conference takes the rostrum to address the meeting at the afternoon session." Also present is a carbon copy of LaPorte’s disappointed but supportive reply. The "San Francisco Peace Treaty," as it's commonly known, officially ended Japan's status as an imperial power, compensated World War Two civilians and prisoners of war, ended the post-war occupation of Japan and returned sovereignty to the Japanese people. A fine substantive letter with appropriate image. Nº de ref. de la librería 40726
Descripción This giant of the telecommunications world headed RCA (Radio Corporation of America) from 1919 to 1970 -- but began as a lowly Belarus immigrant office boy in 1907 with the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America in New York, working his way up the radio and television ladder. TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 1966 May 10. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates, Literary Editor of the Lincoln Herald (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. On "Radio Corporation of America" letterhead, Sarnoff discusses a biography of him that Eugene Lyons had authored: "Thanks you for your kind letter. and the reprint of your excellent review of my biography which appeared in the 'Lincoln Herald.' I am naturally pleased that you found the book so rewarding, and I appreciate your thoughtfulness in writing to me." (Early in 1966 Harper & Row had published a book by Sarnoff's cousin Eugene Lyons, "David Sarnoff: A Biography.") Large bold signature in blue ink. Accompanied by a fine glossy 9" X 7" black and white news agency photograph (International News Photos), a candid closeup of Sarnoff smiling alongside a beauty contestant winner. Caption at bottom, which dates this 23 April 1956, describes the scene: "David Sarnoff, RCA chairman and chairman of the National Security Training Commission, names Barbara Lyman, Washington Cherry Blossom Queen, an honorary colonel in the Washington Army Reserve at a kick-off luncheon for military reserve week.". Nº de ref. de la librería 40787
Descripción ACES AND AVIATORS OF WW I. Included among the 10 letters is a correspondence on personal letterhead, from renowned American war ace and Medal of Honor recipient, Eddie Rickenbacker, who had 26 aerial victories and was America's most celebrated aviator of the war. Another intriguing response comes from combat pilot, Edwin C. Parsons, one of the 38 members of the famed Lafayette Escadrille, who later became an FBI agent, screen writer, and technical director for Paramount Films. In his 1934 letter, which is type written on Fox Film Corporation Studio letterhead, Parsons writes in part, "I haven't flown a great deal in recent years, having no particular desire to do so and finding no great pleasure in it, although I have been director of flying activities and technical director of several air pictures such as WINGS, LEGION OF THE CONDEMNED and HELL'S ANGELS." WINGS, a 1927, action-romance starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper, was directed by another former World War I pilot queried by Farber, William "Wild Bill" Wellman. Wellman enlisted in the French Foreign Legion in 1917, but was later assigned as a fighter pilot and was the first American to join N.87, les Chats Noir (Black Cat Group), in the Lafayette Flying Corps. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre with two palms for his service. In his 1934 letter to Farber, which is type written on Walter Wagner Productions, Inc. letterhead, Wellman writes in part, "The only times that I fly now are when it is necessary from a business standpoint. I do my flying, then, as a passenger-in other words, frankly, I have had my belly full."One notable correspondence comes from Russian-born, Boris Sergievsky, and includes an accompanying war record that is type-written in his own words. One of the most colorful aviators of his time, Sergievsky began his military career as an infantry officer and was awarded Imperial Russia's highest honor for leading a charge that captured a fortified enemy hilltop. Sergievsky then took to the air and earned the title of ace while flying against Austria-Hungary during the war. After the Bolshevik revolution he joined the White Army, and in 1923, he emigrated to America, where he eventually became chief test pilot for Igor Sikorsky, setting 17 world aviation records. His 1934 letter to Farber is hand written on Sikorsky Aviation Corporation letterhead and includes the original accompanying envelope. Other pilots who wrote letters in response to Farber's inquiries include, Charles H. Dolan, Jr., Frederick Ordway, Jr., Cecil "Pop" Sellers (Sellers died, along with Pan American's first pilot, Edwin Musick, in a mid air explosion while working for the airline), Eliot Springs, Arthur J. Coyle, Jesse creech, Lawrence Smart, and Raymond Collishaw. (Collishaw was Canada's second-highest scoring fighter pilot, and achieved 60 aircraft victories by the war's close, plus a further eight observation balloons, and went on to become a vice admiral in WWII.) 13 autographed photos from this collection include; Eddie Rickenbacker (inscribed to Charles P. Searles), Herman Whitman, Henry Forster, Thomas Moore (three autographed photos), Douglass Campbell (also includes an autographed "Sky Birds" trading card), Reed Landis, Ernest Crossen, John Loggie, and German pilot Kurt Liebau. 8 additional unsigned photos and reprints also accompany the 9 "mimeographed form" war records. These signed, mimeographed forms include biographical information, including parents, marriages, children, occupation, etc., war service including, units served with, enemy aircraft destroyed, dates wounded or captured, decorations, etc. The form also asks for opinions on the "greatest war flyer" from each country. Also included in this unique collection, is an interesting promotional pictorial broadside of William Avery "Billy" Bishop, Canada's top ace of the war, who is credited with 72 victories. The broadside reads in part, "The above genuine Autograph by Colonel Bishop is indeed a Souvenir of the Great World. Nº de ref. de la librería 302821