“A DEPTH OF LOYALTY FOR WHICH I AM MOST GRATEFUL”: PHOTOLITHOGRAPH PORTRAIT OF GENERAL MACARTHUR, SIGNED BY HIM, ACCOMPANIED BY A 1961 TYPED LETTER ALSO SIGNED BY MACARTHUR
MACARTHUR, Douglas. Photolithograph signed. WITH: Typed letter signed. New York, circa 1961. Three items altogether. Photolithograph on ivory card stock (image measuring 7 by 9 inches, 2-inch border), signed on lower corner; single letterhead leaf (8-1/2 by 11 inches), typewritten and signed on the recto; facsimile letterhead leaf (8-1/2 by 11 inches). $2500.
Large signed photographic portrait of General MacArthur—the same image found on the 1971 commorative 6¢ stamp—accompanied by a 1961 letter typewritten on his personal Sperry Rand letterhead to his secretary of “the past ten years,” gratefully acknowledging her faithful service.
This handsome signed black-and-white photolithographic portrait of General Douglas MacArthur was ultimately found on the 1971 6¢ commemorative postage stamp honoring his lifelong service. Accompanying this distinguished signed portrait is MacArthur’s warm letter to his secretary of “the past ten years,” praising her loyal service and dated November 9, 1961. The signed letter is typewritten on letterhead printed: “General MacArthur. Chairman of the Board, Sperry Rand Corporation, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York 20, N.Y.” It reads: “Dear Mrs. Varney: It is with deep regret that I learn of your decision to resign from your present position with Remington Rand in order to find employment in the public relations field. For the past ten years you have devoted part of your time to secretarial work for me and have acquitted yourself with outstanding efficiency and skill and a depth of loyalty for which I am most grateful. Please accept my hearty wishes for success and happiness in your future undertaking. Most cordially, [signed] Douglas MacArthur [typewritten at lower left] Mrs. Florence Varney, Remington Rand, Division of Sperry Rand Corporation, 315 Park Avenue South, New York 10, New York.” With a facsimile of a letter to Varney from MacArthur’s longtime aide Major General Courtney Whitney, expressing similar regard.
Portrait bright, with trace of paperclip mark to verso; letters clean and fresh. A fine collection.