Lot 242: Clyde Barrow
Collection of seven small condolence cards and two envelopes sent after Clyde Barrow’s death, similar in size to cards which would accompany flowers. The cards are signed “From the Westbay Family”; “From the Hale Family”; “from Ozella and family”; “Clarence”; “Dallas Newsboys to Clyde Barrow”; and “Bennie Binnion”; plus two additional florist’s envelopes. Cards are displayed together in a 15 x 9.25 frame. Accompanied by a 1996 letter of provenance from Marie Barrow, which reads, in part (with grammar and spelling retained): “These cards were sent to Clyde Barrow at the time of his death in 1934. The one that has Clarence on it was Clarence Clay he was Buster Parker’s wife’s brother. Clyde met Bonnie at there [sic] house he ran around with Clarence. The one from Ozella and Family Ozella was a real good friend of L. C. and mine.” In overall very good to fine condition. The “Bennie Binion” card may very well be that of the famed casino owner and reputed mobster. Interesting to note that at Clyde’s funeral on May 25, 1934, an airplane dropped a huge floral wreath (reportedly ordered by gambler Benny Binion) from the sky.
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