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SIR STAFFORD SANDS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/21/1965 - HFSID 31656

The former finance minister of the Bahamas signs this typed letter to the Military Coordinator in London, W.I. thanking him for a letter and for informing him about a difficulty with the Bahamas telecommunications system

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STAFFORD SANDS The former finance minister of the Bahamas signs this typed letter to the Military Coordinator in London, W.I. thanking him for a letter and for informing him about a difficulty with the Bahamas telecommunications system Typed Letter Signed: “Stafford Sands” in blue ink. 8½x11. Dated: June 21, 1965. Place: Nassau, Bahamas. One page. Written on personal letterhead. In full: “Charles J. Russhon, Esq., Military Co-ordinator, Thunderball, Publicity Offices, 27, Hill Street, London, W.I. Dear Mr. Russhon, Thank you for your recent undated letter. I appreciate your calling the difficulty you have experienced with the Bahamas telecommunications system to my attention and I am sending a copy of your letter on to the Minister for Posts and Telecommunications for his information. In all fairness, however, I must say that I place or receive an average of six overseas calls each day to and from the United States, Canada, England and various other places on the globe and I have always had excellent service. Perhaps some of the trouble you experienced was the fault of your hotel switchboard operator. I also appreciate your having Mr. Connery sign his portrait which I received back safely. As you no doubt are aware, this portrait is to be acutioned [sic] off at some future charity event with the proceeds going to a worthwhile cause. Yours sincerely, Stafford Sands”. Sir Stafford Lofthouse Sands (1913-1972) was a former finance minister of the Bahamas, who occupied other high positions in the islands until his self-chosen exile in 1967. Sands helped in the creation of the tourism industry in the Bahamas and is credited with being an architect of Bahamian post-war prosperity. He was a lawyer who has been dubbed the “Father of Tourism” in the Bahamas because since 1946 represented Wallace Groves and other Americans who sought to establish casinos, resorts, free-trade areas and other developments in the islands, primarily at Freeport. From 1958, when party politics began, Sands had a prominent role in the United Bahamian Party (UBP), which was in power until 1967. The 1967 Royal Commission of Inquiry reported that Sands and the UBP received large payments, represented by Groves as “consulting fees”, from the casino interests. He then left the islands for exile in Spain, along with his considerable fortune. His portrait appeared on the 10 Bahamian dollar note from 2001 until 2005, and again since 2010, while it was replaced by that of Queen Elizabeth II. Lightly toned. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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