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GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER – AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE UNSIGNED 01/28/1931 – HFSID 176368
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver addresses an envelope to Mr. Grady
, unsigned, 6×3½. 2-cent George Washington
affixed, postmarked Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, January 28, 1931.
Addressed by Carver to:
“Mr. Grady Porter, Shelling Dept., Tom Huston
Peanut Co., Columbus, Georgia.
” Imprinted return address at upper left
margin, in part: “Research and Experiment Station, Tuskegee Normal and
Industrial Institute, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama”. Pencil note (unknown hand)
above address: “Mail to Ft. Gaines
“. GRADY PORTER was a
researcher with the Tom Huston Company, a peanut processing plant in Columbus,
Georgia. Beginning in mid-1930, Carver began offering his expertise to Porter,
who was experimenting with planting Virginia-type peanuts in Georgia, Alabama
and Florida. After the experimental crops failed, Carver diagnosed plant
diseases that were ruining more than 20 percent of the crop. He detailed his
findings in “Some Peanut Diseases”, which was published by Porter and his fellow
researcher, Bob Barry, in February 1931, the month after Carver addressed this
envelope to Porter.
After Porter and Barry sent 5,000 copies of Carver’s
report to peanut farmers, shelling plants and agencies, including the United
States Department of Agriculture, the USDA recognized Carver as a “gifted
naturalist”, and beginning in 1935, Carver collaborated on the agency’s Plant
Disease Survey. Amazingly, the Tom Huston Company, which shared Carver’s genuine
concern for Southern farmers, had been the only company of its kind to take
advantage of Carver’s scientific advice, although Carver had developed over
300 uses for peanut by-products. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
had received a degree in Agricultural Science in 1894
from Iowa State
Agricultural College. He was appointed the Director of Agricultural Research
at Tuskegee Institute
by its founder, Booker T. Washington
, in 1896, the
year Carver earned his master’s degree from Iowa. Serving at Tuskegee for the
next 47 years,
Carver also developed over 100 product uses for sweet
potatoes and soybeans. A lover of beauty and nature, he also became an
accomplished artist, favoring paintings of flowers. Lightly creased and soiled.
Torn open at left edge, nicking the “T” of Tom. Upper center of stamp chipped
away. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style:
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