Signed First Day Cover.

HANDLER, Ruth (1916-2002).

From Main Street Fine Books & Mss, ABAA (Galena, IL, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since March 11, 1998

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This stenographer-turned-businesswoman founded the Mattel Toys with her husband in 1942, then made doll history in 1959 when she designed and brought out Barbie, the bestselling doll of all time; a marketing innovator, she gambled and a half million dollars (the value of the entire Mattel Toys firm) to become the sole sponsor of the Mickey Mouse Club. Signed First Day Cover, 6½" X 3½", cancelled in Washington, DC on November 5, 1970 and marked "First Day of Issue." Near fine. Single 6-cent "Christmas" stamp at upper right. No ornamental cachet at left; no distracting recipient's name/address. At upper, partly crossing the vertical cancellation lines, she inscribes and signs in black ballpoint: "Ruth Handler, President / of Mattel, Inc., makers / of the Barbie Doll." A choice inscription mentioning her two claims to fame. Highly unusual. Small portion of original transmittal envelope present. Bookseller Inventory # 21730

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Title: Signed First Day Cover.

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts accepts VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards. Checks are welcome. Institutions will be accommodated as their procedures require. Shipping is additional and will be quoted at the time an order is placed. Illinois residents will be charged 8.25% sales tax. Every effort has been made to describe each book and any defects accurately. If an item proves unsatisfactory for any reason, it may be returned pursuant to ABEBooks' policy. We would appreciate a courtesy cal...

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