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    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.


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