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Item 85 - John Dillinger Hair and Melvin Purvis Signed Memorandum Display Catalog 392 (Sep 2012)

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Typed memorandum, signed “MHP,” one page, 7.5 x 10.25, dated May 12, 1934. Headed “Memorandum for the file,” the memo reads, in part: “Mr. H. C. Hoagland of the Action Film Company…called on me on May 8, 1934, and informed me that he is now engaged in making a two reel motion picture concerning Dillinger. He was sent to see me by Mr. Hinton Clabaugh and Mr. Hoagland stated that the purpose of this film is of a constructive nature and not one which would tend to glorify a criminal. He requested that I make an opening statement for this film, and that I permit him to photograph me making the statement. I, of course, declined and thanked him for the courtesy of his request and I have also informed the director of this.” Accompanied by a free franked mailing envelope, postmarked June 27, 1934, addressed in type to “Mr. Richard J. Reese, Reese Auditing Company,” signed in the upper left, “Lt. Col. Melvin Purvis, JAGD-C.M.G.T.C., Fort Custer, Mich.,” and franked “Free,” in the upper right by Purvis. Both items are double matted and framed with a portrait of Purvis, a reproduction ‘Wanted’ poster of John Dillinger, and a moustache hair of Dillinger’s, removed from his death mask, to an overall size of 37 x 22. In fine condition, with two expected punch holes to top of memo, and some light toning to envelope’s bottom edge. Hair is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from John Reznikoff.

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