73rd Birthday Greetings to H. J. Heinz from Shibusawa Eiichi, Tokyo, Japan, October 1, 1917


Letter (Correspondence)

Subject Date

01 October 1917


Shibusawa, Eiichi, 1840-1931 

Place of Creation

Japan, Tokyo 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID



From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of H.J. Heinz Co.


Paper (Fiber product)




Black-and-white (Colors)


Height: 9.625 in

Width: 12.5 in


letter reads: Tokiyo, October 1, 1917. / My Dear Mr. Heinz, / On this auspicious occasion of the seventy-third anniversary of your birthday, be pleased to accept most / hearty congratulations from a distant but close friend of yours. / An old Oriental saying has it that seventy winters are rare since early ages, and those who have attained that precious landmark in their life's journey receive here deep reverence from people of all / classes, but especially from their personal friends. I need not tell you that I entered upon this envied state eight / years ago. / Why do we celebrate our birthdays? The reason, it seems to me, lies in our wish to have a periodical / opportunity of taking stock of our posh achievements and laying our plous for the future, so that our life in the / years to come may be brighter than ever before. / Viewed in this light, the happy day you are going to celebrate on the 11th of this month is an event full / of important significance. And I feel peculiarly happy to be able to send you greetings as your personal friend / on this blissful occasion. / Ripe as you are in years and rich as you are in good deeds done for your fellow men, I feel confident / that humanity will yet be a greater debtor to you in the time to come. / May you ever be blessed in health and spirit, and may this happy day return to you many, many times! / With kindest wishes, / I remain, my dear friend, / Yours very truly, / [signature in Japanese] Eiichi Shibusawa. / Mr. Henry John Heinz, / Pittsburg, Pa.

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