Ernie Pyle

Ernie Pyle, WWII War Correspondent, Signed Check

Ernie Pyle, WWII War Correspondent, Signed Check


Unnumbered check inscribed overall and signed by American journalist Ernest T. Pyle (1900-1945) as “Ernest T. Pyle in the payee line. Pyle directed the Union Trust Company of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC to pay Chestnut Farms Dairy $9.15 on January 5, 1931. The pale yellow check depicts a green bank at center. Bearing normal bank stamps and perforated marks. With two minor folds, one running through the "r" of "Ernest." Graded by PSA/DNA as VG 3. The check measures 6.25” x 2.75” while the slab measures 9.5” x 4.5”.


Chestnut Farms Dairy was a Washington, DC dairy owned and operated by George Oyster, Jr. After 1908, milk imported from southeastern Pennsylvania was processed into whipped cream and other byproducts at the popular city dairy.


Ernest Taylor Pyle aka Ernie Pyle was a hardscrabble journalist who eventually gave his life to reporting the news. In 1931, Ernie Pyle was a well-respected aviation columnist for The Washington Daily News. Landmark events Pyle would have reported during his 4-year-long tenure as aviation columnist included the invention of the jet engine in 1930.


Pyle had dropped out of Indiana University to accept his first work as a journalist at a LaPorte, Indiana newspaper. In the mid-1920s, Pyle and his wife Geraldine “Jerry” Siebolds drove 9,000 miles around the United States in a Ford roadster, meeting people and seeing places that would eventually figure in Pyle’s 1935-1941 reporting of Depression life in rural America. During World War II, Pyle served as a war correspondent, writing many articles and books on the American military experience. On April 18, 1945, he was killed at Iejima, Japan while canvassing the terrain in a jeep.



Item: 64957

Price: $200.00
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