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Souvenir Program. Special Meeting in honor of Rockwell Kent, Member of Lincoln Steffens Lodge 500, I.W.O. to Celebrate His Election as Vice President of the International Workers Order and the Publication of his Autobiography "This Is My Own." [Signed]
[New York 1941 - Souvenir program from an event celebrating Kent's election as Vice President of the International Workers Order (I.W.O.), held at Lodge 500 Headquarters in New York on January 19, 1941. The I.W.O. was a Communist Party-affiliated insurance, mutual benefit, and fraternal organization active between 1930-1954; at its peak, during the years immediately following World War II, the organization had nearly 200,000 members. The event doubled as a forum for celebrating the publication of Kent's recently-published autobiography This Is My Own. Contents feature Kent's two-page introductory lecture, with the rear wrapper providing the order of events for the evening; fellow artist William Gropper acted as Master of Ceremonies, with performances by soprano Mildred Green and distinguished Chinese pianist Yao Tschin-Schin. A rare piece of Kentiana; we find no example for sale in the trade (July 2016), and 1 copy in OCLC (Frostburg State), this example similarly signed by the three principal figures associated with the event. Bifolium (22.5cm); single sheet of beige laid paper (9" x 12"), folded once to create a 4-page program. Signed by Rockwell Kent, Yao Tschin-Schin, and William Gropper at lower front wrapper. Edges toned, with short tears, attendant creases, and shallow chips (none affecting text); Very Good.
      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books, ABAA]
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