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J. PAUL GETTY - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 48513

The oil tycoon signs this envelope commemorating Canadian postage stamps in black felt tip Commemorative envelope signed: "J P Getty", 6½x3½.

Price: $240.00

Condition: Lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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J. PAUL GETTY
The oil tycoon signs this envelope commemorating Canadian postage stamps in black felt tip
Commemorative envelope signed: "J P Getty", 6½x3½. Envelope honoring Canadian postage stamps, no postage affixed, no cancellation, imprinted FIRST DAY OF ISSUE/JOUR D'ÉMISSION above cachet. In 1916, Jean Paul Getty (1892-1976) and his father, George, had incorporated the Getty Oil Company, an early precursor to the great conglomerate. During the Depression Era, Getty, who was a millionaire by the age of 24, 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 multi-million 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. Lightly creased. Pencil erasure on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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