Letter from Clyde Barrow to Henry Ford Praising the Ford V-8 Car, 1934

Summary

On April 13, 1934, Ford Motor Company received this unusual product testimonial. In it notorious bank robber Clyde Barrow extolled the virtues of Ford V-8s as getaway cars. Handwriting analysts have questioned the letter's authenticity, but it is the sort of thing the publicity-seeking Barrow might have written.

On April 13, 1934, Ford Motor Company received this unusual product testimonial. In it notorious bank robber Clyde Barrow extolled the virtues of Ford V-8s as getaway cars. Handwriting analysts have questioned the letter's authenticity, but it is the sort of thing the publicity-seeking Barrow might have written.

Artifact

Letter (Correspondence)

Date Made

10 April 1934

Subject Date

10 April 1934

Creators

Barrow, Clyde, 1909-1934 

Place of Creation

United States, Oklahoma, Tulsa 

Creator Notes

Attributed to Clyde Barrow; written from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Collection Title

Henry Ford Office Papers 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.285.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Ink
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Handwriting

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Width: 8.5 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten on paper: Tulsa, Okla 10th April Mr Henry Ford Detroit, Mich. Dear Sir: - While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got ever other car skinned and even if my business hasen't been strickly legal it don't hurt enything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8 - Yours truly Clyde Champion Barrow

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