Will Rogers- Sgd Card With 1929 Transmittal Envelope For Sale
Signed card by Will Rogers (1879–1935) Cowboy, humorist, film actor and social commentator. Comes with the original envelope it was mailed in, postmarked from Beverly Hills on June 6, 1929. Card size is appx 2" x 3-3/8". William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers was born in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) and was 1/4 Cherokee Indian. The youngest of 8 kids, he was named after the Cherokee leader Col. William Penn Adair. His father, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War, was a Cherokee judge and a delegate to the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention. Rogers County, OK is name in honor of his father. Rogers began working as a rancher and cowboy. Good with a lasso, he became a trick lasso roper and horse rider in "Texas Jack's Wild West Circus." By 1904 he had switched over to performing his tricks in vaudeville. By 1915 he was appearing in Ziegfeld's Follies, standing up giving funny monologues (like Mark Twain, Leno and Letterman). In 1918 he began making silent films for Goldwyn Pictures. From 1923-24 he filmed with Hal Roach. He later made talkies. He made 71 movies during his career. Also in the 1920s he began writing a syndicated column for national newspapers and during his life wrote more than 4,000 newspaper columns. In the 1930s he had a radio show. In short, he was the leading political wit of the Progressive Era and the top-paid Hollywood movie star of his day. A supporter of aviation he was the first civilian to fly coast-to-coast with pilots flying air mail. He was dubbed "Ambassador at Large of the United States" and visited Mexico City with Charles Lindbergh following Lindbergh's historic trip. Politically, he served as Mayor of Beverly Hills for a brief stint, and had a mock run for U.S. President in 1928, his only campaign promise being that, if elected, he would resign. On election day he declared victory and resigned. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed in Alaska. One of Oklahoma's two statues in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol is of Rogers. His image is also a U.S. Postage stamp and many schools, buildings (an airport) etc. are named in his honor. His oldest son, Will Rogers, Jr. became a WW2 hero and a U.S. Congressman. He also starred as his father in a number of biographical films made by Hollywood.
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Will Rogers- Sgd Card With 1929 Transmittal Envelope : $101