Series 1935 A one dollar 'short snorter' silver certificate, signed on the front and back in ink and fountain pen by twenty-two notable figures, including: Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin, Bernard M. Baruch, Frank Lauro, Bernard Law Montgomery, Cardinal Francis Spellman, John A. Marshall, Michael McKeogh, Leslie Hollis, Joe Biddle, R. M. Sinclair, Anthony Biddle, Edward R. Stettinus, Jr., and others. In fine condition, with expected wear and moderate contrast to parts of Truman's signature.
Invented by Alaskan bush pilots in the 1920s, the game of short-snorter became a summit ritual for presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, and generals alike. The game rules were simple: a group of people traveling together signed banknotes recording who in attendance. Those unable to produce the bank upon request at a subsequent meet-up was obliged to buy a drink—or short snort—for their companions. A venerable 'who's who' list of Allies, the presence of both Truman and Stalin points to 1945, perhaps from the time of the Potsdam Conference, which was held from July 16th to August 2nd.
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