GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE UNSIGNED 01/28/1931 - HFSID 176368
Sale Price $850.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver addresses an envelope to Mr. Grady Porter.
Autograph Envelope, unsigned, 6x3½. 2-cent George Washington stamp affixed, postmarked Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, January 28, 1931.Addressed by Carver to: "Mr. Grady Porter, Shelling Dept., Tom Huston Peanut Co., Columbus, Georgia." Imprinted return address at upper left margin, in part: "Research and Experiment Station, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama". Pencil note (unknown hand) above address: "Mail to Ft. Gaines". GRADY PORTERwas a researcher with the Tom Huston Company, a peanut processing plant in Columbus, Georgia. Beginning in mid-1930, Carver began offering his expertise to Porter, who was experimenting with planting Virginia-type peanuts in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. After the experimental crops failed, Carver diagnosed plant diseases that were ruining more than 20 percent of the crop. He detailed his findings in "Some Peanut Diseases", which was published by Porter and his fellow researcher, Bob Barry, in February 1931, the month after Carver addressed this envelope to Porter. After Porter and Barry sent 5,000 copies of Carver's report to peanut farmers, shelling plants and agencies, including the United States Department of Agriculture, the USDA recognized Carver as a "gifted naturalist", and beginning in 1935, Carver collaborated on the agency's Plant Disease Survey. Amazingly, the Tom Huston Company, which shared Carver's genuine concern for Southern farmers, had been the only company of its kind to take advantage of Carver's scientific advice, although Carver had developed over 300 uses for peanut by-products. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (circa 1860-1943) had received a degree in Agricultural Science in 1894 from Iowa State Agricultural College. He was appointed the Director of Agricultural Research at Tuskegee Institute by its founder, Booker T. Washington, in 1896, the year Carver earned his master's degree from Iowa. Serving at Tuskegee for the next 47 years, Carver also developed over 100 product uses for sweet potatoes and soybeans. A lover of beauty and nature, he also became an accomplished artist, favoring paintings of flowers. Lightly creased and soiled. Torn open at left edge, nicking the "T" of Tom. Upper center of stamp chipped away. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 28½x16¾.
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