GUTZON BORGLUM - PAMPHLET SIGNED - HFSID 346026
Sale Price $765.00
GUTZON BORGLUMThe Danish-American sculptor who designed and completed Mt. Rushmore signed this printed pamphlet that contains the speech he used to plea for the support of the American people Pamphlet Signed: “Sincerely yours / Gutzon Borglum” in black ink. Seven pages. 4½x7. Titled Why The Mountain Memorial, the pamphlet includes the full text of the sculptor's call for a memorial, hewn from rock, to honor the United States and its greatest leaders. “Delivered in Collier's Radio Hour / At New York, January 19, 1931 / 8.40 P. M.” Text in Part: “Few races have contributed immortal service to civilization. America has; America has lived profoundly-and in that living made three immortal contributions to civilization…”. Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941, born John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum in St. Charles, Idaho) was a sculptor who constructed several modern-day symbols of our nation's history and patriotism. His most notable projects were of a grand scale, including the rock relief of Confederate leaders at Stone Mountain, Georgia, and the great head of Abraham Lincoln located in the United States Capitol rotunda. His final project was his greatest: Mt. Rushmore, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, features the heads of four of the most prominent United States Presidents in our history. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt are depicted on the side of the stone cliff. Each face is 60 feet tall, and the entire piece is hundreds of feet wide. It took 14 years to construct, from 1927 to 1941. Borglum, who developed innovative stone-working methods to accomplish the massive project, died in 1941, leaving his son Lincoln to complete the finishing details. Toned. Folding crease down center. Pinholes. Otherwise, fine condition.
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