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    Joseph Stalin Autograph Note Signed, In Response to a Request from His Daughter, Svetlana, a.k.a. "Setanka the Hostess". One page, 5" x 7.5", in Russian, September 21, 1937. This rare, unusual document with personal content shows a "lighter side" of the formidable Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (1878-1953). Stalin spoiled his only daughter, Svetlana (b. 1926), who began issuing "Orders of the Day" for him in 1937. In these father-and-daughter correspondences, Svetlana is referred to as "Setanka the Hostess." This document, her Order Number 14, includes both her request and his reply. The top half of the document reads in full: "To: Secretary N1 comrade I. Stalin / Strictly confidential / 21 September 1937 / ORDER N 14 (a) / Taking into account the fact that we haven't been to the cinema for a long time I order to go to the cinema today and take me along. Setanka the Hostess." Her hand-drawn, triangular stamp is followed by Stalin's reply in full: "I humbly obey and agree. The humble Secretary of the Hostess / Daddy Stalin" This rare document is in fine condition with no discernible defects; the top edge shows that the paper was removed from a tablet.

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