Lot 935: [Patton George S.]



2015-07-10 15:43:51

Lot 935: [Patton George S.]: (1885-1945) American General Of World War Ii. A Folio Hardbound Scrapbook Compiled By Mary Jane Krieger Of Pennsylvania And Dedicated To Her Hero, General George S. Patton, With Whom She Regularly Corresponded During World War Ii, The First Page Featuring An Original Circular Blue Red And White Embroidered Patch Of The United States Third Army, Evidently Personally Sent By Patton To Krieger, The Scrapbook Further Containing Numerous Newspaper Clippings, Images And Articles (Largely Dated 1945-46) Relating To Patton And His Service During World War Ii, With Headlines Including Patton Demands Spit And Polish, 750,000 Cheer Patton In Boston Etc., Also Covering His Car Crash And Subsequent Short Time In Hospital Before His Death On 22Nd December 1945, Also Including A Number Of Original 8 X 10 Press Photographs Of Patton, Some Showing Him With Other Military Leaders Including Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley And B. L. Montgomery, And Further Including Two T.Ls.S. By Lt. Sue Lynch, Patton'S Secretary, The First One Page, 4To, Headquarters Fifteenth Us Army, 10Th January 1946, To Mary Jane Krieger, Stating, In Full, 'Mrs. Patton Has Asked Me To Thank You For Your Cable And Many Letters Addressed To The General During His Illness And To Tell You That She Deeply Appreciates Your Thoughtfulness. I Should Like To Tell You That The General Always Enjoyed Your Letters Immensely And Was Particularly Pleased With The Book Of Poems You Sent Him At Christmas' And In A Holograph Postscript, Signed With Her Initials Sl, Remarking 'I Hope You Will Like The Enclosed Poem Which Has Just Been Sent Me From A Californian Paper', The Poem Still Present, Entitled Farewell To General Patton By Joseph Auslander; And The Second, One Page, 4To, Munich, 19Th June 1946, To Mary Jane Krieger, On The Printed Stationery Of Headquarters Ii Constabulary Brigade, Thanking Her For An Easter Card And Commenting On Having Visited Oberammergau, Remarking That It Was 'Pleasant To Leave This Badly Bombed City For A Few Hours In Such A Pastoral Atmosphere'. Both Letters Are Loosely Inserted Into The Scrapbook And Are Accompanied By The Original Envelopes. Most Of The News Clippings And Photographs Are Attached To The Pages By Selloptape At The Corners And Many Pages Bear Dates And Brief Ink Annotations In Krieger'S Hand. Some Overall Age Wear And The Edges Of Most Pages With Small Areas Of Paper Loss. Generally G Mary Jane Krieger (D.1982) American Telephone Operator Who Corresponded With Patton During World War Ii. Indeed, Martin Blumenson States In The Patton Papers 1940-1945 That Krieger Was One Of The Last Four People To Whom Patton Wrote A Letter, On 8Th December 1945, Before His Untimely Death. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £800 - 1000
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