J. EDGAR HOOVER - INSCRIBED ILLUSTRATION SIGNED 06/26/1940 - HFSID 32956
Sale Price $324.00
J. EDGAR HOOVER
Hoover signed this 9x11 printed Paul Frehm portrait of himself, from the neck up and in suit-and-tie, "With best wishes" in 1940.
Inscribed printed portrait signed "For J. Duane Upton/With best wishes/J. Edgar Hoover/6-26-40". B/w, 9x11 overall, 6¾x8½ image, one surface. Reproduction of a drawing of Hoover, signed in facsimile by the artist: "Paul/Frehm/'39". Stamped twice in blue ink on verso: "Jun 29 1940". Hoover (1895-1972, born John Edgar Hoover in Washington, DC) served as the first Director of the FBI from 1924 until his death in 1972. During his 48-year term, he restored order to the department and established the world's largest fingerprint file and the FBI Academy. The FBI fought organized crime in the Prohibition era. Under his direction, the FBI also infiltrated the American Communist Party, the Ku Klux Klan and other subversive organizations. It also conducted counterintelligence during WWII and the Cold War. By the 1970s, Hoover came under frequent public criticism for his authoritarian administration, but his power was so great that no President dared to remove him. Hoover made the FBI one of the world's most effective law enforcement agencies. He established its vast fingerprint file, crime laboratory and training academy. Encapsulated in plastic. Lightly toned, creased, rippled and bowed. Otherwise in fine condition.
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