Howard Hughes Signed Photo to Grover Whalen Re: 1939 New York World's Fair In 1935, during the height of the depression, several New York businessmen got together and decided that what their city and the nation needed was an international exposition. That same year they formed the New York World's Fair Corporation, electing Grover Whalen to be President of the organization. The committee was a "Who's Who" of the corporate giants of the period showing that the original intention of the fair was to stimulate economic growth. Whalen had been New York City Police Commissioner and had also headed FDR's New Recovery Administration. His job was to sell the fair not only to nations of the world and American corporations but to the American people. A master of promotion and publicity, Whalen persuaded Howard Hughes to deliver invitations to the countries in which he landed on his famous around-the-world flight in 1938 and Hughes even had the Trylon and Perisphere painted on the side of his plane. Offered here is an excellent association piece both to Hughes well-known flight and to the New York World's Fair. It is a B&W photograph in excellent condition of Hughes sitting in a plane; he has inscribed and signed "To Mr. Grover Whalen, With my most sincere wishes for the success of World's Fair 1939. Howard Hughes" The photo is approximately 10" x 8" and is matted to an overall size of 14.75" x 12.25". A fabulous and desirable signed photo of Howard Hughes, the aviator.

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