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Item 130 - Albert Einstein Catalog 547 (Mar 2019)

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Superb glossy 9.5 x 7.75 photo of the Einsteins watching the Rose Parade in the office of John Willis Baer on January 1, 1931, affixed to a 9.75 x 9.25 mount, signed on the mount in fountain pen by Albert Einstein, Elsa Einstein, John Willis Baer, and Lora R. Baer; also bears the stamped signature of Arthur H. Fleming. In fine condition, with two paperclip impressions to the top edge. Fleming, a lumber baron and president of Caltech's board of trustees, helped to arrange Einstein's trip to America and hoped to recruit him to the school's faculty. As part of his pitch, he brought the Einsteins to Dr. John Willis Baer's office at the Security First National Bank in Pasadena, where they had an excellent view of the line of floats, marches, and bands in the annual Tournament of Roses parade—a taste of American culture and holiday spirit. Impressed with the scene, on January 6, 1931, Einstein would write: 'Here in Pasadena it is like Paradise. Always sunshine and clear air, gardens with palms and pepper trees and friendly people who smile at one and ask for autographs.'

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