LA GUARDIA, FIORELLO - Signed Photograph of NYC Mayor Who Conquered Tammany
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LA GUARDIA, FIORELLO - Signed Photograph of NYC Mayor Who Conquered Tammany

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LA GUARDIA, FIORELLO. (1882-1947). American politician remembered as New York City’s most beloved mayor (1933-1945). SP. (“F. La Guardia”). 1p. Oblong 4to. N.p., (New York), November 2, 1937. A black and white photograph of La Guardia sitting at his desk, leaning back in his chair and enjoying a pipe while briefed by his secretary Millicent Baum, seated opposite him. He has boldly penned his signature over the portion of the photo showing a flamboyant tiger skin rug laid out on the floor.


La Guardia’s election as mayor in 1934 ousted Tammany-backed politicians from City Hall for the first time since 1854. During the previous 84 years, the fraternal organization turned political machine, and represented as a tiger in Thomas Nast’s political cartoons, maintained its political control through corruption. Controversial and colorful, La Guardia fought for the common man and, through his support of such causes as low-cost housing, improved transportation systems and combating official corruption, he left a legacy that endures to this day. Among his best remembered accomplishments is his 1939 establishment of the first commercial airport in New York City, named La Guardia Airport in his honor in 1953.


Our charming photograph, complete with a model airplane sculpture on his desk and a (Tammany?) tiger-skin rug on the floor, candidly depicts the popular mayor at work. Darkly signed and dated, with a purple ink photo agency stamp on the verso along with some pencil notes; in very fine condition and uncommon in this format.



Item #8872

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