Harry Truman

Forgers!  Future President Harry Truman and his future Treasury Secretary John W. Snyder, each ambidextrous, sign their own AND each other’s signatures!

Music Program Card Signed in pencil on verso, 4.5” x 8”. Music program, [St. Louis. Missouri], November 24, 1935. Punch hole in upper right, mid-horizontal fold. Fine condition. 

Printed Card “Music Program / Benjamin L. Rader’s String Orchestra / Dave Clayton, Tenor Soloist.” Sunday November 24, 1935. Main Dining Room 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Listed are 12 titles including works by Schubert, Saint-Saens, and Bizet, and vocals such as “Lovely To Look At” by Kern. Ben Rader was a popular dance and theatre orchestra director in St. Louis from the 1920s to the 1950s. 

John W. Snyder’s close friendship with Harry S. Truman began in 1928 when Truman was a Jackson County Judge. They served together in the U.S. Army Reserves after World War I. When Lt. Col. Truman was promoted to Colonel, Major Snyder was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of Col. Truman’s Missouri Regiment, the 381st Field Artillery, 102nd Division. In 1931, Snyder entered government service, working in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the “insolvency division.” He monitored eight banks in the St. Louis area. Presiding Judge of the Jackson (Missouri) County Court, Truman was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1934. 

Evidently, Missouri Senator Harry S. Truman and his friend, banker John W. Snyder (and probably their wives), were listening to Ben Rader’s orchestra in St. Louis in 1935 and decided to see if each could sign the other’s name. The first of six “signatures” was signed by Snyder “John W Snyder.” Truman then signed Snyder’s name and then signed his own name “Harry S Truman” (signatures 2 and 3). Snyder then signed Truman’s name (signature 4). Truman may have then told his friend that he’d like to try again, so Snyder signed “John W. Snyder” again (signature 5) and Truman once again signed Snyder’s name (signature 6).


Item: 58987

Price: $900.00
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