Los Angeles California: Not Published, 1928. Manuscript. Not Bound. Very Good. Item #027297
Two-page typed letter signed, dated February 11, 1928 composed on Los Angeles Examiner Office of the Publisher letterhead. The letter is addressed to Jules Glaenzer c/o George Fitzmaurice (1885 - 1940) film director and producer. Glaenzer was (1884-1977) American sales executive & chairman of the board of Cartier Inc., "...who bought and sold such famous pieces as the Hope Diamond and the Thiers Pearls, is estimated to have sold close to $50 million of fine jewels...." (1977 NY Times obituary by Werner Bamberger) The Hearst letter candidly praises Glaenzer and his skills as salesman, bon-vivant and all-round "good fellow." Hearst encouraged Glaenzer to stand up to Cartier and demand his worth: "…Gee whiz, Jules, if I were starting a jewelry store in New York, the first thing I would do would be to get you and give you a good interest in the establishment too…if somebody took you away from Cartier, he would soon realize how valuable you are…" With the secretarial initials "JW" below Hearst's signature. (please see further information below) (With) A copy of a 1957 typed letter from Glaenzer to Pierre C. Cartier (1878-1964) French jeweler & one of the owners of the company. Glaenzer begged Cartier's help in meeting urgent medical needs and for a pension after his years of service: "…You must realize as everyone in New York does that I have been slightly (to say the least) useful to Cartier in bringing in through my friends and myself some our most important clients…the Fords, Plant, Kanzlers, Chapin, Butterworth, Hutton, Schwab, Willys, A.B. Duke, Donahue, McCann, Moneell, Geo. Widener, Sr….King of Siam, Rea, Crocker, etc., etc.,…" Glaenzer cites the Hearst letter as an example of his loyalty to the firm; he is so beset with difficulties, that after a year of sufferings, decides it best to enclose "…a copy of a letter I received from W.R. Hearst that was sent to me while visiting in Hollywood. I never showed this to you, as I was sure that some day you would realize my value…" With a typed copy of the original Hearst letter, accompanied by an autograph note accompanying the copy, signed on LA Examiner letterhead by J(oseph) Willicombe (1873 - 1948) the 'New York American' reporter, and Hearst's personal secretary from the early 1920's through the 1940's. William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) American publisher "…matched any journalist of his time in frenetic energy and dedication, but his distinctive contribution to the field was money. His was the first fortune of the industrial era to be reinvested in the sale of information and entertainment… By the time Hearst turned fifty he owned seven dailies, five magazines, two news services, and a film company. He ran newspapers on both coasts that spanned the century…" (Thomas C. Leonard in the ANB) ; First leaf of the Hearst original on heavy paper, with a "comparison" map printed on the reverse of Great Britain, California and Italy and promoted the growth potential of California via text below; little darkened, short closed tear along fold. Page 2 of the letter on thinner National Bank bond watermark paper stock, with chips at the fold lines and archival tissue repair along the back. The other materials with light wear and in very good condition.