JAMES A. FARLEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/14/1950 - HFSID 317484
Sale Price $396.00
JAMES A. FARLEY
Writing to theatre magnate Lee Shubert, the Coca Cola executive and former Cabinet Secretary requests two seats for a matinee performance of South Pacific.
Typed Letter signed: "Jim", 1 page, 8x10¼. New York, N. Y., 1950 November 14. On his letterhead as Chairman of the Board, Coca Cola Export Corporation, to Lee Shubert, New York, N. Y. In full: "I hate to be on your trail so often, with a request, but as you know, I too, am on the spot, and if you can help me out, I'll certainly appreciate it. Would it be possible to secure two tickets for the matinee of South Pacific on the Saturday before Christmas - December 23rd, or the Wednesday after Christmas, December 27th? I certainly would appreciate anything you can do in this request. With warm regards and all good wishes, Sincerely yours". Someone has penciled an "OK" at the bottom of the letter, and highlighted details of the request, with a difficult to read notation apparently acknowledging seating for the 27th date. James Aloysius Farley (1888-1976) was Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (1932-1940) and Postmaster General (1933-1940) under Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose presidential campaigns he had managed in 1932 and 1936. He held both posts until disagreeing with FDR about running for a third term in 1940, leading to his resigning from both positions that year (Farley remained Chairman of the Democratic Party in New York state, a position in which he served from 1930-1944). After leaving FDR's administration, Farley served as Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Export Corporation of New York until his retirement in 1973. Lee Shubert (1871-1953) was the eldest of the Shubert brothers who formed the New York-based theatre empire. Lee Shubert was said to be more interested in money and power than in high culture, which would make him a natural to trade favors with FDR's chief patronage dispenser. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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