WWII SHORT SNORTER

Rare Short Snorter Signed by Stalin, Truman, Baruch, Montgomery and Others!

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WWII SHORT SNORTER. U.S. Series 1935 Silver Certificate dollar bill, bearing 22 ink signatures including Harry Truman, Bernard Baruch, Cardinal Spellman, and Joseph Stalin. 2pp. (recto and verso). Oblong 12mo. N.p, N.d. (circa 1945). The identifiable signatures include:

 

TRUMAN, HARRY S. (1884-1972, “Harry Truman”). Thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. With President Franklin Roosevelt’s sudden death in the spring of 1945, Truman became the 33rd U.S. president on April 12, after serving less than 100 days as vice president. Truman guided the United States through the end of World War II. With the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945, hostilities in Europe ceased and nine weeks later representatives from the “big three” allied countries, the Soviet Union, England and the United States, met in Potsdam, outside the decimated capitol of Berlin, to discuss the future of Europe. The Potsdam Conference, from July 16 to August 2, included Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and his successor Clement Atlee. At Stalin’s insistence Truman presided over the meeting. Among the actions concluded at Potsdam were the division and demilitarization of Germany into four occupied zones, the removal of Nazi influence and the intention to create a national democracy, a goal unrealized in the Soviet zone. Regions annexed by the Nazis were restored to their pre-war borders, reparations were decided upon and Germany’s military infrastructure dismantled. However, with the war still raging in the Pacific theater, Churchill, Truman and the Chairman of the Nationalist Government of China, Chiang Kai-shek, issued the Potsdam Declaration, outlining the terms of a Japanese surrender. Japan’s rejection of this ultimatum led to Truman’s decision to use atomic weapons, about which he had no knowledge prior to entering the Oval Office and recently developed under the Manhattan Project, against Japan – an act which definitively ended the war and ushered in the nuclear age and Cold War. 

 

BARUCH, BERNARD M. (1870-1965, “B. M. Baruch”). American businessman and statesman. Starting out as a Wall Street errand boy, Baruch became a financial success, buying a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and accumulating a fortune by the time he reached 30. Despite his commercial success, his true calling was as a public servant. After President Wilson sought his advice on economic and industrial policies, he was appointed to the Advisory Commission to the Council of National Defense and gave up his seat on the New York Stock Exchange. His role in 20th-century U.S. and international affairs is difficult to overstate. Baruch chaired the War Industries Board, was instrumental in negotiating the economic issues of the Treaty of Versailles, was a close and revered advisor to several Democratic and Republican presidents and at age 76 became the United States’ delegate to the UN Atomic Energy Commission.

 

Lauro, Frank.

 

SPELLMAN, FRANCIS, CARDINAL. (1889-1967, “Francis Cardinal Spellman”) American Catholic bishop and cardinal. As a bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston and Archbishop of New York for 28 years, Spellman exerted considerable influence across America in both religious and political matters. He also served as Apostolic Vicar for the U.S. Armed Forces beginning in 1939 and spent considerable time with troops stationed in Japan, Korea and across Europe. It was perhaps on one of these trips that he signed our bill.

 

Marshall, John A.

 

MCKEOGH, MICHAEL. (1917-1993, “M. McKeogh USA”) was a wartime aide of Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces General Dwight D. Eisenhower in North Africa, Britain and France. He is frequently mentioned in Eisenhower’s book Crusade in Europe.

 

HOLLIS, L[ESLIE] C.(1897-1963, “L.C. Hollis”). Commandant General Royal Marines from 1949-1952. Hollis began his military career during World War I and, after serving in the Admiralty and the Committee of Imperial Defence, became senior assistant secretary in the War Cabinet Office during World War II. After the war he was Commandant General Royal Marines which he saved from being disbanded.

 

STALIN, JOSEPH. (1878-1953; “И. Сталин”). Leader of the Soviet Union from 1922-1952, who met with Churchill and Roosevelt at several different conferences during World War II to plan military strategy and, after the war, discuss Europe’s reorganization. Earlier conferences with British diplomats in Moscow in 1941 and with Churchill and American diplomats in Moscow in 1942 largely focused on war planning and supplies. In 1943, Stalin famously met Churchill and Roosevelt at the Tehran Conference and in the following year the Soviet dictator met Churchill at the Moscow Conference. In February 1945, at the Yalta Conference, Stalin demanded a Soviet sphere of political influence in Eastern Europe. Churchill and Roosevelt eventually persuaded him not to dismember Germany.

 

Biddle, Joe. Captain U.S.A.

 

Rosenberg, V.

 

Snyder, Carter W. Major USA

 

MONTGOMERY, BERNARD LAW. (1887-1976, “B.L. Montgomery”). British soldier and commander who drove Rommel’s Afrika Korps out of the Middle East in 1943 and held significant command posts during the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy as well as Operation Overlord. In 1951 became a deputy commander of NATO.

 

Sinclair, R.M.

 

Biddle, Anthony.

 

STETTINIUS, EDWARD R., JR. (1900-1949, “E.R. Stettinius Jr.”). American businessman and public official. Stettinius chaired the War Resources Board, administered the Lend-Lease Program, and chaired the 1944Dumbarton Oaks Conference, at which the United Nations was established. In 1944, he succeeded Cordell Hull assecretary of state and in 1945 was instrumental in the organization of the United Nations to which he served as the first U.S. ambassador.

 

Smith, Walter B.

 

Taylor, T.

 

“Perhaps the quirkiest of summit rituals was the short-snorter game. Invented by Alaskan bush pilots, it had been embraced by Presidents, Prime Ministers, ambassadors and generals alike. The rules were simple. A group of people travelling together signed banknotes recording who was present. Anybody unable to produce the banknote upon request at a subsequent meeting was obliged to buy a drink (a ‘short snort’) for his companions. Previous conferences had resulted in countless short snorters signed by everybody from Churchill to George C. Patton. At the second Yalta plenary session, Harry Hopkins made it his business to get Stalin’s signature on a short snorter for his photographer son, Robert. FDR and Churchill had no hesitation signing the ten-ruble note bearing the sacrosanct image of Vladimir Lenin, but Stalin balked, obviously mystified. Roosevelt explained the rules, adding that anybody who flew across the Atlantic could join the club, provided that he was invited by at least two existing members. This gave Stalin an easy way out. He pointed out that he had never flown across the Atlantic and was therefore ineligible. ‘I am taking it upon myself to waive that requirement in this instance,’ replied the president magnanimously. The vozhd signed - but was not amused,” (Six Months in 1945 - FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - From World War to Cold War, Dobbs).

 

A menu from the Potsdam Conference signed by Churchill, Truman and Stalin sold for $800 in 1981, $4500 in 1983 and $40,000 in 2008.

 

All signatures are written in fountain pen and, by the very nature of the short snorter, some are more legible than others. Folded with normal wear and in very good condition. Rare!

 

 

Item #19694


RECTO

1 Harry Truman

2 Bernard Baruch

3 Frank Lauro

4 ?

5 Francis Cardinal Spellman

6 ?

 

VERSO

7 ?

8 John A. Marshall ?

9 Michael McKeogh

10 Leslie Chasemore Hollis

11 Joseph Stalin

12 Joe Biddle

13 V. Rosenberg ?

14 ?

15 Carter W. Snyder Major USA ?

16 B.L. Montgomery

17 RM Sinclair

18 ?

19 Anthony Biddle Jr.

20 Edward R. Stettinius Jr.

21 Walter B. Smith

22 Taylor ?

 

 

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