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    Harold L. Ickes Personal Stamp Collection. A massive collection from FDR's long-serving Secretary of the Interior, Harold L. Ickes, several hundred stamped envelopes addressed to Ickes and his long-serving assistant William McCrillis, as well as many envelopes addressed to FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman.

    The envelopes addressed to Ickes and McCrillis come from every conceivable branch and department in American government and society during the 1930s and 1940s, and many contain signatures on the envelopes themselves: from The White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, executive departments and New Deal agencies, branches of the military, labor leaders, celebrities and cultural figures such as Theodore Dreiser [signed] and Joe Louis, scientists such as Guglielmo Marconi [signed], as well as from multiple state and local governments. There are also envelopes from embassies, foreign governments, intelligence agencies, businesses, colleges and universities, public and private associations, newspapers and other media services, private citizens both in America and abroad. Several of the envelopes express the sender's appreciation or disdain for the recipient of the letter, addressing Ickes, for example, as: "Aluminum Monopoly Breaker," "Our Next President," "Dictater #2 [sic]," "The Slimy Mouthed Serpent from Hell", "Minister of Propaganda," "Common Scold #1," "Stalin's Mouthpiece and Stooge," "To a certain creature who calls himself Ickes (Ickesovitchski)," among many other fascinating addresses given to Mr. Ickes. Also in this Ickes collection are hundreds of postal stamps and postal stickers both domestic and international. Evidently Mr. Ickes took some pleasure in saving the envelopes from those who corresponded with him. FDR interested Ickes in philately.
    Harold LeClaire Ickes (1874-1952) was a lawyer, public official, journalist, and author, born in Frankstown Township, Pennsylvania. After graduating from the University of Chicago, he reported for Chicago newspapers (1897 -1900) but soon became involved in Republican reform politics and a civic-minded law practice. Prominent in the Progressive Party (1912-1916), he changed affiliation, backed Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, and was appointed interior secretary (1933-1946). As Public Works Administration director (1933-1939) he angered private utilities by curbing their power and providing low-cost public utilities and housing. Blunt and outspoken, he often quarreled with journalists and fellow officials. During World War II he was administrator of solid fuels, petroleum, fisheries, and coalmines. In 1946 he resigned in protest of President Harry S. Truman's appointment of an oilman as navy undersecretary. He supported Truman, joining the staff of The New Republic in 1949. His books include Autobiography of a Curmudgeon (1943) and the Secret Diary of Harold L. Ickes (1953-1954).


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    November, 2009
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