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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -October 31, 1938. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". On White House letterhead.
    -To: Mr. Symon Gould, American Library Service.
    -Acid transfer staining on front, tape residue and fingerprints on verso, else good.

    FDR writes: "The receipt is acknowledged of your letter of October fifteenth, making further inquiry concerning the issuance of a special postage stamp as a memorial to Stephen Collins Foster, beloved composer of American folk songs. As explained in my prior communications, Stephen Collins Foster is to be given a place in the special series of stamps now in prospect, in which tribute will be paid to outstanding Americans in the arts and sciences. It is hoped to have this special series of stamps released some time during the coming year, but detailed plans regarding the same have not yet been completed to the extent that will permit public announcement..." The Stephen Collins Foster, Famous Americans Series one-cent stamp had its first day of issue on May 3, 1940.


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    A wonderful typed letter signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt," Washington, D.C., October 31, 1938, 8vo, on The White House Washington letterhead. FDR writes to Symon Gould, Esq. of the American Library Service, regarding a matter dear to his own heart, postage stamps, FDR himself being a preeminent philatelist of his times. FDR writes: "My dear Mr. Gould:/ The receipt is acknowledged of your letter of October fifteenth, making further inquiry concerning the issuance of a special postage stamp as a memorial to Stephen Collins Foster, beloved composer of American folk songs./ As explained in my prior communications, Stephen Collins Foster is to be given a place in the special series of stamps now in prospect, in which tribute will be paid to outstanding Americans in the arts and sciences. It is hoped to have this special series of stamps released some time during the coming year, but detailed plans regarding the same have not yet been completed to the extent that will permit public announcement./ I am appreciative of your interest in submitting a page from the ‘Puck' magazine of 1885, containing a humorous cartoon which is supposed to express conditions confronting the President of that day./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." In fact the Stephen Collins Foster, Famous Americans Series one-cent stamp had its first day of issue on May 3, 1940, honoring Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864). This famous American composer produced approximately 125 songs, about thirty of which were Negro melodies. The rest of his well-known compositions are sentimental ballads. His Home, Sweet Home is probably the world's most widely translated song. Among other favorites are Old Folks at Home, My Old Kentucky Home, O'Susanna, and Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair. A terrific and very interesting letter relating to honoring a great American composer of the nineteenth century through issuing a commemorative stamp, which no doubt FDR later added to his own impressive stamp collection.



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