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BEST, Gerald M. (1895-1985)

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The dean of American railroad historians, author of numerous railroad line histories as well as general studies such as "The Pacific Coast Company," "Snowplow," "Mexican Narrow Gauge," "Nevada Narrow Gauge," "Railroads of Hawaii," "Iron Horses to Promontory" and others; also noted as a rail cinematographer, Best is remembered for many early films of Western railroads. Collection of four TLsS, all 8½" X 11", all Beverly Hills, CA, dated between 1946 December 11 and 1947 October 22. All addressed to Chicago bookseller Owen Davies. Overall very good. Bit of occasional soiling, couple of minor edge tears. All but one are on his pictorial (locomotive, of course) letterhead. Interesting content on Best's pursuit of various railroading books from Davies' catalogues. "I am a pushover for Erie items," he notes at one point. Large, bold "GMBest" signature on each. Nice look into one feature that made the dean "The Dean" -- aggressive book research. Bookseller Inventory # 15514

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