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Framed Autographed Letter Signed on rare letterhead
Chicago 1910 - The most well-known of the 5 Ringling brothers who merged the Barnum & Bailey Circus with their own family venture to create a virtual monopoly of traveling circuses in America. 1 page on ornate "Ringling Brothers - Worlds Greatest Shows" letterhead, 11 x 8.5 inches, Chicago, March 12, 1910. Beautifully presented in a cream-colored matte and brown and gold frame measuring 15.5 x 13.5 inches. Written to the traffic manager of the St. Louis Railroad, in part: ".I beg to advise that Ringling Bros. Circus will exhibit in St. Louis the week of May 2nd. Will arrive at East St. Louis on the Big Four about one A.M. May 1st, and will want to be delivered to the Big Four loaded again about midnight May 7th at East St. Louis.Our equipment is as follows: 14 coaches, six box, 20 stock, 40 flats, and advertising cars Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and business car Wisconsin. I will be greatly obliged if you will send me the contracts for this movement at your earliest convenience." Note: this rare variety ornate letterhead was first used by the Ringling Brothers in 1909 and featured the images of brothers Al, Otto, Henry, Charles, and John. Upon the death of Otto Ringling at his 5th Avenue mansion in 1911, a new letterhead was commissioned. John Ringling is most desirable in letters that feature circus content of which only a few have entered the market in the past 20 years. In this case, due to the enormity of his circus, John Ringling needed to lease an astonishing 84 railroad cars from the St. Louis Terminal which was, without doubt, the biggest single expense of the circus. He solved this problem in 1919 by purchasing The St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad for $325,000 and hiring Mr. John Lewis Penney as his Traffic Manager, to whom this letter is addressed. Because this letterhead was printed on wood pulp paper, it was necessary to reinforce it by mounting it to another sheet in order to prevent further chipping and fraying at the margins. It has been restored to very good condition. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB]
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