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    [Walter Winchell] Elliott and Franklin Roosevelt Jr. Typed Letters Signed To or Regarding Winchell.

    This lot consists of a total of six items- all concerned with Walter Winchell, the famous radio and newspaper commentator who essentially invented the gossip column. He was one of the first to reveal personal and intimate information about celebrities that had been, until then, considered taboo.
    -TLS to Winchell (October 16, 1944, one page) from a lady who reveals why Thomas Dewey grew his mustache. Winchell had forwarded this letter to Harry Hopkins (docketed at upper right). Hopkins then attached a typed, unsigned memo and sent it to FDR: "You will be amused at this letter which I got from Walter Winchell yesterday."
    -TLS to Winchell (May 4, 1950, one page on Val-Kill Farms letterhead) from Elliott Roosevelt complaining about a mention of him and a certain lady in Winchell's column. Comes with a two page TLS to Winchell from a humbled Joel Rose, the source of this piece of gossip, apologizing for the misinformation.
    -TLS to a Miss Sylvia Langler (January 5, 1951, one page on Congressional letterhead) from Franklin Roosevelt Jr. refuting a column by Winchell. This letter mentions the KKK and ends with a powerful paragraph, in part: "Newspaper reporters are doing a grave disservice to their readers when they fail to check their stories with authentic sources." Also includes the cover letter from Miss Langler to Walter Winchell forwarding him this letter.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2008
    2nd Tuesday
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