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Dillinger, John (1903-1934) Wanted Poster, and Related Documents, Mid-March 1934.

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Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2730BLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 31, 2014 11:00AM


Dillinger, John (1903-1934) Wanted Poster, and Related Documents, Mid-March 1934.
Division of Investigation wanted poster dated March 12, 1934, with Dillinger's fingerprints, description, mug shots (from January 25, 1934),criminal record, list of aliases and signature, 8 x 8 in., on card, with old horizontal fold, two staples, and one set of old staple punctures, manuscript note of Dillinger's aliases in pencil; with the accompanying letter, addressed to H.H. Bolds, Passport Agent in Boston, signed by Ruth Shipley (1885-1966) as head of the Passport Division of the United States Department of State, dated March 16, 1934, referring to the Dillinger wanted poster, 10 1/2 x 9 in., on State Department letterhead, with staple wounds corresponding to the wanted poster, bottom corners chipped, two old folds, some short closed marginal tears; and the original pink carbon card catalog created by the Passport Division when the poster was originally received, with an added manuscript note, "killed resisting officers of D. o. J., 1934," 3 x 5 in.
[and] Two wanted posters for Katherine Ann Power, 1978. (5)
On March 14, 1934, Dillinger and his gang robbed the First National Bank in Mason City, Iowa, getting away with only $52,000. Dillinger was also shot in the shoulder on that day. Summer of 1934 proved to be Dillinger's last season; he was famously brought down by the law outside the Biograph Theatre in Chicago on July 22.
Estimate $700-900

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Dillinger, Passport Division, Division of Investigation, Ruth Shipley, United States Department of State, head, Department of State, Katherine Ann Power, First National Bank, Mason City, Iowa, Chicago