Richard J Mcdonald Founder Of Mcdonalds Restaurant Typed Letter Signed Autograph For Sale
RICHARD J MCDONALD - Typed Letter SignedThis is a typed letter on personal letterhead dated May 30, 1993 and is signed Richard J. McDonald in blue ink. The letter says as follows: "Dear Mashihiro: / Many thanks for your very nice letter. In regard to the founding / of McDonald's, your real father is correct. / My brother and I founded McDonald's in 1940. This was in San / Bernardino, California. We never even met Ray Kroc until 1954. / We conceived the idea of what is now called "fast food" in 1948. / In 1953, my brother and I began a franchise program of McDonald's. / Our first franchise agent was a man named William Tansey. We opened / 9 McDonald's in 1953 but Mr. Tansey became ill and had to withdraw / from the franchised program. / Mr. Ray Kroc, who had been selling us milk shake machines, applied / for the position of franchise agent and we hired him in 1955. / Please tell your father I want to congratulate him for knowing who / really founded McDonald's. I am a little surprised that your host / father did not wonder why the chain of restaurants is called / McDonald's if the founder was Ray Kroc. / I am a little proud that I was the one who conceived and designed the / so called "Golden Arches." / Again, Mashihiro, many thanks for your letter and I hope that someday / we may meet. The Japanese have been very good to McDonald's and I also want to thenk (sic) them for their wonderful support. / Sincerely, / (signature) / Richard J. McDonald / P.S. I wish your father would write to me and tell me how he started / his career. / After being partners and in business for over 30 years, my brother / and I returned to New Hampshire where I was born. My / brother died a few years later". Fine Condition. # 002071
Richard James "Dick" McDonald(February 16, 1909–July 14, 1998) and his brother,Maurice James "Mac" McDonald(November 26, 1902–December 11, 1971) were earlyAmerican fast foodpioneers, who established the firstMcDonald'srestaurant at 1938 North E Street at West 14th Street inSan Bernardino, Californiain 1940.They introduced the "SpeedeeService System" in 1948.
The McDonald family were of Irish origin, in the US Federal Census of 1910, both brothers (Maurice as "Morris") appear in Manchester ward 8, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, and their father Patrick J. McDonald is shown as originating from Ireland, having emigrated in 1877 as a baby. Their mother Margarete is also shown as Irish born, emigrating to the USA in 1884 as a child.In 1937, Patrick opened "The Airdrome" restaurant on Huntington Drive (Route 66) near the airport inMonrovia, CaliforniaIn 1940, the entire restaurant was moved 40 miles (64km) east to San Bernardino and renamed "McDonald's". McDonald's is now one of the most popular chains of public restaurants in the world.
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