Letter from John Dillinger to Henry Ford in Praise of the Ford V-8 Car, May 16, 1934

Summary

Did John Dillinger write to Henry Ford praising the industrialist's "wonderful car"? In 1934, Ford Motor Company received this letter apparently signed by Dillinger. Federal handwriting experts, however, concluded that the signature was not that of the fugitive gangster. Dillinger's tribute to Ford vehicles may never be confirmed because in July 1934 Public Enemy Number One was gunned down by U.S. agents.

Did John Dillinger write to Henry Ford praising the industrialist's "wonderful car"? In 1934, Ford Motor Company received this letter apparently signed by Dillinger. Federal handwriting experts, however, concluded that the signature was not that of the fugitive gangster. Dillinger's tribute to Ford vehicles may never be confirmed because in July 1934 Public Enemy Number One was gunned down by U.S. agents.

Artifact

Letter (Correspondence)

Date Made

16 May 1934

Subject Date

16 May 1934

Creators

Dillinger, John, 1903-1934 

Creator Notes

Purportedly written by John Dillinger

Collection Title

Fair Lane Papers Subgroup 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.1.27

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Handwriting

Color

Brown

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Width: 8.5 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten on front: May 16 - 34 / Hello Old Pal, / Arrived here at 10 AM today. / Would like to drop in and see you. / You have a wonderful car. Been driving / it for three weeks. / Its a treat to drive one. / Your slogan should be, / Drive a Ford and watch the other cars fall behind you. I can make any other / car take a Ford's dust. / Bye-Bye / John Dillinger Ink stamp on front: Henry Ford / RECEIVED / may 17 1934 / Secretary's Office

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