HERBERT V. KOHLER SR. - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 10/21/1950 - HFSID 141977
Sale Price $180.00
HERBERT V. KOHLERThe business executive who took over the family business from his half-brother Walter J. Kohler Sr. signed this handwritten note to the famous lounge singer Hildegarde Autograph Note Signed: “Herbert and Ruth Kohler”. 9½x5. Dated October 21, 1950. From Kohler, Wisconsin, a city named after Herbert's family. He signed for his wife Ruth. MessageIn Full: “You were marvelous beyond all the adjectives there are to describe you. We are honored and thrilled you opened your first transcontinental concert tour here at Kohler. Good wishes and God bless you always”. Other unidentified signers on verso indicate the performer is Hildegarde. The October 23, 1950 edition of the Sheboygan Press Telegram confirms that the famous singer Hildegarde performed in Kohler to begin a “65-City Concert Tour”. Hildegarde Loretta Sell (1906-2005) was popularly known by her first name only or simply as "The Incomparable Hildegarde". A classically trained pianist who played in vaudeville from 1926, she emerged as a popular singer in the 1930s and 1940s with hits that included "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup". She also had a popular radio program, Hildegarde's Raleigh Room. She was renowned around the world and, having never married, had many admirers. Some of her many showmanship innovations include wearing sleeves at every performance and going by only her first name. These unique calling cards, as well as her incredible voice and flirtatious manner, broke new ground on the evening club circuit. Herbert V. Kohler Sr. (1891-1968) was a member of the Kohlers, a prominent family in the state of Wisconsin. John Michael Kohler II (1844-1900) founded the Kohler Company in 1873. The company manufactures plumbing, furniture, cabinetry, and tile products. Herbert Sr. served overseas in WWI and took over the company in the mid-1940s from his half-brother. He ran the company until his son Herbert Kohler Jr. became CEO in 1972, who has since relinquished the position to his own son David Kohler (April 2015). Other signers merit further research. Wear along left edge. Two partial thread holes along left edge. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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