J. PAUL GETTY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/11/1913 - HFSID 264874
J. PAUL GETTY The businessman handwrites this letter while traveling abroad, stating that he wishes to apply for a job in the Navy Autograph letter signed: "J. Paul Getty", 1p, 5¼x8¼. Athens, Greece, 1913 December 11.
Sale Price $1,760.00
J. PAUL GETTY The businessman handwrites this letter while traveling abroad, stating that he wishes to apply for a job in the Navy Autograph letter signed: "J. Paul Getty", 1p, 5¼x8¼. Athens, Greece, 1913 December 11. To "the Secretary of the Navy/Washington". In full: "I should be very grateful for any information relating to the appointment of assisstant [sic] paymasters in the Navy. I would like to enter the service in this capacity, if possible, and any information regarding the ways and means of so doing and of present vacancies in the grade of assisstant [sic] paymaster would be much appreciated. Yours respectfully. [signature] please address, care of Thos. Cook and Son, Cairo, Egypt." Getty recounts in his autobiography, My Life and Fortunes, his grand tour of Europe and the Middle East, attributing the important place of ancient Greek sculpture in his art collection this visit to Greece. In 1916, Jean Paul Getty (1892-1976) and his father, George, had incorporated the Getty Oil Company, an early precursor to the great conglomerate. His multistate operation went international in 1949, when he completed a deal to lease oil fields in Saudi Arabia. During the Depression Era, he had bought extensive quantities of stock and in 1956 he gained control of Pacific Western, which he renamed Getty Oil, ending a 19-year stock battle with Standard Oil. The significantly larger Getty Oil Company became the world's largest privately owned business and made the enterprising Getty a billionaire. Although he was one of the world's richest men, Getty had a legendary reputation for miserliness. However, he shared his multimillion dollar collection of art and antiquities with the public by establishing the J. Paul Getty Museum--the largest endowment granted to an art museum at that time. This is a revealing letter from the youthful Getty, still four days shy of his 21st birthday, aspiring to a low-level government post. Slightly soiled. Receipt stamp of Navy Department at top. Vertical fold crosses "l" in Paul. Otherwise, fine condition.
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