MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 04/23/1935 - HFSID 251785
Sale Price $450.00
She signs this check for $20.00 for cash on April 23, 1935
Check signed: "Margaret Bourke-White", 8½x3. New York City, 1935 April 23. Check No. 5029, drawn on the account of Bourke-White Studio at the Chase National Bank of New York City, payable to "Cash" for $20. Endorsed: "Cornelius Wells" on verso. The year after she signed this check, Margaret Bourke-White's photographs of the Peck Dam in Montana appeared on the cover and in the lead article of the first issue of "Life" magazine. Her early industrial photographs had captured the attention of Henry R. Luce, who first hired her as a staff photographer for "Fortune" magazine in 1929 and then as one of four staff photographers for "Life". In 1937, Bourke-White and novelist Erskine Caldwell published You Have Seen Their Faces, the first of three books featuring her images and his words. The couple, who married in 1939 (and divorced in 1942), were in Moscow in 1941 when the Germans bombed the city. The event was documented in dramatic photographs sent to "Life" by Bourke-White, the first Western photographer allowed in the Soviet Union (1930) and the only foreign reporter in the country at the time. She is noted for hercompelling images of WWII. Bank cancellation holes nick the "M" of Margaret. ½-inch file hole at blank area above amount line. Fine condition.
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