OLIVER H. BARRE 1950s - 1980s ARCHIVE OF PHOTOGRAPHS, EPHEMERA AND CORRESPONDENCE TO AND FROM AN AMERICAN HERO, HEAD OF THE AMERICAN LEGION AND GOODWILL AMBASSADOR FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
New York NY USA 1950 Very Good+ English
On offer is a remarkable compilation of personal letters, cards, photos, correspondence and ephemera items from US Navy World War I veteran, Commander of the American Legion, and Goodwill Ambassador, Oliver H. Barre comprising 2 binders filled with fascinating, historical dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. After Commander Barre was honorably discharged, he spent much of his time writing letters of thanks, condolence, encouragement, and more to a variety of important, powerful men working as a goodwill ambassador, as is evidenced in his photographs. The letters in this collection include some that Barre wrote himself but the majority that are in response to his letters. All photos and letters have been labeled and described in detail, telling who is in them, the date and the event. Barre made many, many international friends and seemed to be of particular closeness to the Royal families of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. There are numerous autographs of the Royals, their personal secretaries etc. etc. We even noted a letter from Madame Chiang Kai-shek. Here is a partial breakdown: Veteran's Administration; The White House of Presidents Nixon, and Carter, wherein he was thanked by their staff for his goodwill work; Chester E Beaman; The Department of State; Jordan Amman, The Royal Palace, many letters and photographs meeting him, at the time of his son's birth; Private Secretary to His Majesty The King, Grand Palace, Bangkok; Veteran's Hospital, New York City; Barre wrote a poem for the new Prince, son of Jordan Amman, and is photographed giving a gift to Amman for his son, on behalf of The President of The United States; USS Triton; United Nations; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Department of the Navy; Republic of China, Office of the President; Director of the President's Office, Cairo; Pope John Paul II; Christmas photo from American Consulate Chester E. Beaman, dated 1959; photos of Barre bringing a wheelchair to a polio victim in the Middle East; photos of Barre as a Submarine Service Torpedoman in World War I; 1946 photo of Barre in the New York Times Commander of the American Legion of New York County; personal letter and family photograph from His Majesty, King Hussein and Family; signed photo of W.F. Halsey. Besides his lifetime of good works and goodwill in Barre's life towards the end of his life he was most recently in the news in June of 1990, when at the age of 95, he was accused of bludgeoning his 88 year old widowed neighbor and friend to death with an iron bar. In July, about 4 weeks after he was accused, he was struck and killed by a bus, while walking to the veteran's hospital in New York City. He had been residing at The Hotel Broadmoor, 235 West 102d Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for over 30 years. Truly an archive of unique Americana. VG+.