1914 Two Typed Letters Signed By Leather & Skin Dealer A.D. Chariatis on Letterhead, Sent to The Corry Hide & Fur Company of Corry, Pennsylvania Regarding the Export of Hides to the U.S. And Answering Concerns About the Jews of Volga Russia
St. Petersburg Russia: A.D. Chariatis, 1914. Typed Documents. Soft Cover. Very Good. Item #028629
Letters on A.D. Chariatis letterhead and signed by him, in somewhat broken and decipherable English. Both letters have various underlining or typing in red, in order to emphasize a point. The contents, dated in April and May of 1914, regard Chariatis' explanation of the terms of doing business for various leather hides & shipping, discounts, letters of credit and the quality of the offerings: "...as J (used consistently throughout for "I") shall my self select skin per skin, in order to have his satisfaction and the price is the lowest one..." The Jewish Encyclopedia of Western Pennsylvania identifies the Corry Hide & Fur Co. as a business of the Berliner family, which "...started the Corry Hide and Fur Company in 1900. The mail-order business…purchased furs, skins and hides from trappers across North America, often selling its merchandise through representatives in New York, London and Leipzig, Germany. The company also dealt in trapping and rendering supplies and incidental products such as ginseng root…" A postcript ending the April letter, answering a query from the Corry Co., states (as typed): "...The news, which you had in America for the jowes of Wolga are not right, it is only german-provocations against russia, because not only jowes have not the right to live in or near Wolga, but there you cannot find not one jowe, only trade-mans can come in the Wolga-river towns for 24 hours only. The Joves in Russian can only live 5 west (ouest) governements.- (and in handwritten pencil below this) do you not thing that, owing to the America-Mexico war, pricing for skins(?) will be demanded? during the Russo-Japan war, there has been made fair business in hides..." Letters approx. 8 3/8" x 10 3/4" size; on good quality "Best Writing" watermark typing paper. Light edge-wear, old fold lines; in very good condition.