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    Amelia Earhart Typed Letter Signed and Oversized Photograph. One page, 7.25" x 10", New York City, September 9, 1929, on Cosmopolitan magazine letterhead. The letter is written to John Charlebois, Sr. of Northampton, Massachusetts. While working as a nurse ministering to wounded soldiers during the First World War, Amelia Earhart was stricken with pneumonia in the influenza pandemic of 1918. She moved to Northampton, Massachusetts to convalesce with her sister who attended Smith College. While recuperating, Amelia studied mechanics at Charlebois' auto repair shop on Walnut Street. She was one of ten women who studied with Charlebois that year. In her 1929 letter, Earhart thanks Charlebois for sending her a picture of the "Class of 1918" and expresses her gratitude for his instruction, "It has stood me in good stead since, for it was a stepping stone for more thorough investigation of motors." She notes, "Government requirements for securing transport licenses are becoming more severe as time goes on, and mechanical knowledge of the power plant is essential to pass the examination." She ends the letter, "I hope you have not discontinued your classes for I am sure there are more girls today than ten years ago who wish to investigate 'what makes the wheels go round.'" The letter has folds, heavy soiling and dampstaining; A few areas of shipping at margins do not affect the text.

    With the letter is an oversized (19.5" x 11.5") photo of the "Class of college girls in 1918" with Charlebois seated on a bumper and Amelia Earhart directly behind him. The photograph has had the corners rounded and a deep crease at the left with a 2 inch tear. Proper matting and framing would make an impressive presentation.

    Charlebois' grandson, David Charlebois was the co-pilot of the hijacked plane that crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

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    April, 2011
    8th-9th Friday-Saturday
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