PERLE MESTA The Washington D.C. socialite penned her signature and a letter Autograph Letter Signed: “Perle Mesta”. 5¾x8¼. Four pages of text. In Part: “Many, many thanks for your letter written on July 22 and received today July 28 in Bankok rather quick, I think for this part of the world. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your letter because you are the first person that really mailed me now the news reached Washington”. Perle Mesta (1889-1975) was known as Washington D.C.’s “hostess with the mostest” for her parties that attracted the leaders of the United States and their well-connected friends. The wife of steel manufacturer George Mesta, she inherited his fortune when he died in 1925 and moved to Washington, D. C. in 1940. Mesta was a part of the National Woman’s Party and was an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and Harry S. Truman. Her support of the latter earned her an ambassadorship to Luxembourg. She remained an influence in the Capitol through the Eisenhower years, despite the fact that she was a Democrat. Irving Berlin fans may know her as the inspiration for his musical Call Me Madam (1950), which starred Ethel Merman. In 1960, she published an autobiography. Toned. Thin paper. Three-inch vertical tear beginning at top edge through both sheets. Otherwise, fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 225891
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