Publisher Information: 1934.
(1) Typed letter signed, with cover, to Gregory Gentling. 1 page on one sheet of Mayo’s letterhead. Rochester (Minnesota), 1 August 1934. 261 x 181 mm. (2) Typed letter signed, with cover, to Louis Claude, with pencil note signed by Gentling. 1 page on one sheet of Mayo’s letterhead. Rochester, 1 August 1934. 261 x 181 mm. (3) Invitation and official press pass issued by the American Legion to Philip S. Hench (1896-1965) for the presentation of the National American Legion Citation to Charles and William Mayo, an event attended by President Franklin Roosevelt. 2 items. Rochester, 8 August 1934. 112 x 172 mm.; 59 x 116 mm. (4) Black and white photograph of FDR seated in an open car with William and Charles Mayo. N.p., 8 August 1934. 97 x 122 mm. Altogether 5 items. Light wear to press pass, but very good to fine otherwise.
Two signed letters from Charles H. Mayo, one of the founders of the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, plus materials relating to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s visit to Rochester on 8 August 1934 to attend the American Legion’s presentation of their National American Legion Citation to Charles and William Mayo. Charles Mayo had asked Philip Hench, a physician at the Mayo Clinic and future Nobel laureate, to film the American Legion ceremony. Mayo’s two identically worded letters of 1 August, one to Rochester’s police chief (Claude) and one to the head of the local NBC affiliate (Gentling), ask for “any courtesies you can extend to Doctor Hench which will make it possible for him to take motion pictures.” At the foot of the letter to Claude, Gentling wrote “This is OK & I would suggest that you give Dr. Hench proper credentials for his car & himself thru the lines on Aug. 8.” Hench’s invitation and press pass to the event are included in this group of materials, along with a photograph—likely by Hench—of Roosevelt and the two Mayo brothers seated in an open car. Hench shared the 1950 Nobel Prize with E. C. Kendall and T. Reichstein for their discoveries relating to the hormones of the adrenal cortex.
Book Id: 46538