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Long-time Montgomery Wards president and board member (1931-56), most famed perhaps for a bizarre photograph of him being carried out of his office in May 1944 by two G.I.s -- arrested for refusing to comply with War Production Board quotas regarding the use of scarce materials for consumer goods; one writer labels Avery a "bullhorn" who "In his prime. brought color photography and modern graphic design to the Wards catalogs. But he became both dictatorial and senile" later, weakening the company significantly before he could be ousted. TNS, 1p, 9¼" X 7½", Chicago, IL, 1934 April 19. Addressed to O.T. Kreusser of Chicago's famed Museum of Science and Industry. Very good. Heavily trimmed at right margin (not affecting letterhead or text though). Thanks Kreusser for a "Special Showing" -- presumably some event at the museum -- but "regret[s] that a previous engagement prevents my coming, but hope[s] that a large group will be present." Bold signature. Accompanied by a clipped photograph (4 3/4" X 6 3/4") from the May 8, 1944 issue of "Newsweek" showing Avery in his most famous seated pose -- as the caption below notes, "Take away the soldiers, and the Montgomery Ward president might be leaning back at his own desk.". Bookseller Inventory # 19420

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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), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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