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    Ticket to the Lindbergh Trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, 4.5" x 3.5", Flemington, New Jersey, January 25, 1935. Printed on heavy card stock and signed in print by John H. Custiss, Sheriff of Hunterdon County, this card is inscribed "Admit Two". Moderate wear with creases slanting diagonally along lower corners. Very good condition. The ticket is enhanced by a letter (with cover) to its recipient, a Mr. N. Botwin of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, from one Norman Anderson of Flemington. It reads in part: "...The tickets are very limited and the best I could do on the price is $10.00 each. Will you let me know as soon as possible either one way or another what you wish to do on the matter...". Bruno Haputmann's kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's son was perhaps the single most notorious crime of a violent decade marked by gangsters and the rise of fascism. That Hauptmann's trial was a media event of the highest order can be seen in the ticket prices quoted in the letter offered here. Ten bucks could buy a lot of groceries during the Great Depression.

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