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Important William Handy Letter, Boldly Signed

Two page typed letter signed, on William Handy's letterhead of "William C. Handy, Mus.D, 1650 Broadway, New York 19, N.Y.. 7.25" x 10.5" Dated 'July 30, 1954", and boldly signed by William Handy as "William Handy". Expected folds else near fine. Housed in a stunning custom emerald green cloth portfolio.

Written to the Kalamazoo Gazette. The first page of the letter is one of Handy's duplicated letters for multiple mailing, addressed simply "Dear friends." The second page is original and specific to the recipients, and refers to the enclosed "8th edition of "The Handy News' that says more than this letter ...", and is signed in ink "W.C. Handy". Both portions refer to his participation in a This is Your Life tribute to Gilda Ray performances in New Hampshire, New York and Michigan, as well as appearance as a participant in a forthcoming program in Windsor, ON, sponsored by the British American Association of Colored Brothers. He comments in the second portion that "You can see by the foregoing what inspired J. Maloy Roach to write a song, 'HANDY REALLY IS A TRAVELIN' MAN' which as yet has not been presented to the public on records ..." A characteristic example of the African American musician's efforts at self-promotion, and a snapshot record of his busy life during his later years before his 1954 stroke.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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