Jun 21, 2018 - Sale 2483

Sale 2483 - Lot 208

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
"THE PUBLIC . . . OBJECTED TO USE OF PUBLIC POOL BY PATIENTS" ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D. Two items: Autograph Letter Signed * Typed Letter Signed, "F.DR.," as Governor. The first, to "Mrs. Buckley," likely retained draft, stating that the public pools could not be used by patients [of Warm Springs]. 1 page, 4to, "Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland" stationery; backed, two punch holes at upper edge, faint scattered staining. The second, to Warm Springs Foundation manager Arthur E. Carpenter, reporting that the family of Edsel Ford was to visit Warm Springs and might choose to donate, and inquiring about where money would be most effective. 1 page, 4to, "Executive Chamber" stationery; punch holes at upper edge, horizontal folds. New York, 27 June 1920s; Albany, 10 March 1930

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27 June: ". . . Last year clearly demonstrated that the public disliked and objected to use of public pool by patients. Sorry but [I] cannot offend hundreds by making exception for one or two people. I tried to explain this clearly in May. Hope perfectly feasible [to] arrange mechanical means [to] enter small pools."
with--Edsel Ford. Typed Letter Signed, to Roosevelt's business partner Basil O'Connor, acknowledging receipt, and expressing approval, of plans for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. 1 page, 4to, personal stationery; ink receipt stamp at upper right, horizontal fold. Dearborn, 15 July 1938.
Before building the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation compound in 1929, Roosevelt regularly visited the resort at Warm Springs, GA, enjoying the therapeutic effects of the springs. After reports were published of Roosevelt's successful therapy there, the arrival of others seeking treatment for various ailments was met with disapproval by the able-bodied resort-goers. The embarrassed Roosevelt arranged for a separate treatment pool and a wheelchair accessible dining area.