GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE UNSIGNED 04/29/1933 - HFSID 42706
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER George Washington Carver addresses an envelope to Mr. Harry Ittner. Autograph Envelope, unsigned, 6¼x3½. 3-cent George Washington stamp affixed, postmarked Tuskegee Institute, ALA, April 29, 1933.
Sale Price $850.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver addresses an envelope to Mr. Harry Ittner.
Autograph Envelope, unsigned, 6¼x3½. 3-cent George Washington stamp affixed, postmarked Tuskegee Institute, ALA, April 29, 1933. Addressed by Carver to: "Mr Harry Ittner, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio." Imprinted return address at upper left margin, in part: "Research and Experiment Station, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama". 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 developed over 300 uses for peanut by-products and 100 product uses for sweet potatoes and soybeans. Beginning in mid-1930, Carver began offering his expertise to Grady Porter, a researcher with the Tom Huston Company, a peanut processing plant in Columbus, Georgia. Porter was experimenting with planting Virginia-type peanuts in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, and, 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, two years before Carver addressed this envelope. 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. In addition to his research, Carver frequently corresponded with "his boys", students who showed particular promise while at Tuskegee and young men, such as Harry Ittner, who attended various schools throughout the country (most had met Carver at a lecture). Carver's correspondence provided these students with support and encouragement in their studies and goals. Lightly creased and soiled. Torn open at upper edge, removing some paper and upper portion of stamp. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 28½x17¼.
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