MARSHALL FIELD III - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/12/1946 - HFSID 4402
Sale Price $187.00
MARSHALL FIELD III
Marshall Field III, founder of the Chicago Sun and grandson of retail tycoon Marshall Field,
signed this typed letter in 1946. In it, he thanks the recipient for letting him know about a portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Typed letter signed "Marshall Field". Pencil notations at top edge in unknown hand.1 page, 5½x8¼. Nov. 12, 1946. Addressed to Mrs. Helen Hackett, Hotel McAlpin, New York City. In full: "My dear Mrs. Hackett: Thank you so much for writing me about the portrait of the late President Roosevelt. I am not interested in purchasing this, but appre-ciate your offering it to me. Yours very truly,". Field (1893-1956), the grandson of retail magnate Marshall Field, had a rheumatic heart condition, but was so keen to join the army during World War I that, instead of letting the enlistment board physical declare him ineligible for service, was sworn in as a private by a colonel and friend in the 1st Illinois Cavalry. He was discharged a captain in December of 1918. Field founded the Chicago Sun and Parade magazine in 1941; the Sun merged with the Chicago Daily Times in 1948 to become the Sun-Times. He also bought the publishing houses Simon & Schuster and Pocket Books in 1944. Field, who inherited the bulk of his family fortune in 1943, was also a philanthropist, serving as president of the Child Welfare League of America and the New York Philharmonic and as a trustee for the New York Zoological Society and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lightly toned and soiled. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Encapsulated in Mylar. Not examined outside encapsulation.
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