Warren G. Harding Typed Letter Signed as President. One page, 7" x 9", on "The White House" letterhead, Washington, February 28, 1923, to Richard R. Blythe, chairman of the Aeronautic Executives Association, regarding the future of transportation. He writes, in full:

    "It is a pleasure to make acknowledgement of the fine contribution which the Aeronautic Executives Assn.has [sic] made in behalf of aeronautics in this country. It is, I must confess, a little hard for me to believe that there should still be at this late date occasion for special efforts at arousing and maintaining public interest in this new mode of transportation and of national defense. To me, the suggestion of making a special effort to sustain interest in aeronautics seems a good deal like going back eight or nine decades and defending the introduction of the steam railroad. It seems just as apparent that the navigation of the air is bound to be one of the most important modes of transportation, as it is that the navigation of the iron highways has already become such a facility. Rapid, sure and economical transportation comes very near to being the very corner stone of our modern civilization. Certainly we cannot doubt that the highroads of the air are destined to be among the most used and useful means of transportation. Every contribution to the development of this new art must, therefore, be a contribution to the growth of better civilization."

    While consistently ranked as one of the worst presidents, the 29th president is praised in some corners for his embrace of technology, as evidenced by this letter. Light water staining at the top and right edge with uneven toning. Small tear at the right edge, but does not affect the text. Smoothed fold. Near fine. From the Richard Blythe Aviation Collection.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2012
    11th-12th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 275

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Floor auctions

    Open for bidding: (View All)

    Fine Art
    Ends on 01/30/2018

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 August 18 Americana & Political - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,733,427