ADMIRAL WILLIAM F. "BULL" HALSEY JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/12/1952 - HFSID 157343
Sale Price $427.50
WILLIAM F. HALSEY. TLS: "W.F. Halsey", 1½p, 8½x11, separate sheets. No place, 1952 August 12. To Norman F. Landon, Greenfield, Mass. In part: "I was very interested to receive your letter of August 2 enclosing a copy o the specification and drawing of your patent application on an ice cream cone guard. The idea seems a very good one and speaking as 'the man in the street' I certainly agree that something of this kind is called for in these days when so much importance is attached to cleanliness in the handling of food. As no doubt you are aware, however, the corporations with which I am associated are engaged in the business of telecommunications. Unfortunately, I have no contacts with any companies in the ice cream business and I regret, therefore, that I am unable to assist you in the exploitation of your invention. Our patent people, to whom I have shown your letter, suggest that in spite of the fact that you have no personal contacts, you might submit your invention to some of the large concerns who handle ice cream such as Howard Johnson, Good Humor, Sealtest etc....." "Bull" Halsey retired from the Navy in 1947. In 1949, Halsey became Chairman of the Board of the All-American Cable and Radio Corp., an affiliate of International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. He later became a Director of ITT and President of the International Telecommunications Laboratories. As far as Halsey and ice cream are concerned, history records that the first ice cream soda was created in Elizabeth, New Jersey by Phillip Mohr in 1782. One hundred years later, in 1882, William F. Halsey was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. From September 1944 to January 1945, Halsey led the Third Fleet during campaigns to take the Palaus, Leyte and Luzon, on many raids on Japanese bases and during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He returned to the combat zone in late May 1945 to command the Third Fleet through the end of the Pacific War and was present when Japan formally surrendered on the deck of his flagship, USS Missouri, on September 2, 1945. He was promoted to the rank of Five-Star Fleet Admiral in December 1945. Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left blank corner. Fine condition.
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