The most colorful of New York's many colorful mayors was its airport-namesake 99th, a vocal Republican reformer who served in Congress (1917-19, 1923-33) and three terms as mayor (1934-45). Item #40752
Thick, bold signature in black ink near the bottom of a heavy stock buff 5½" X 3¼" postal card, New York, NY, cancelled on verso 12 June 1934. Near fine. At the bottom of a typed autograph request ("This is my fifth attempt so please") from future noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93), "The Little Flower" signs. Accompanied by a delightful and fine glossy 6½" X 8½" black and white news agency photograph, a half-length portrait of a seated La Guardia in suite and tie, right hand cupped to mouth as he bellows. Original mimeographed paper label neatly affixed to verso, dated 3 June 1947, captions this image "La Guardia Is Heard on Rents," and explains: "As the Senate backtracked yesterday and knocked out an amendment adopted last week directing monthly decontrol of 30 of the nation's rent areas, Fiorello La Guardia began a personal campaign among members of Congress against what he termed the 'blackjacking' Senate bill. La Guardia, head of the National Fair Rents Committee, is shown, with characteristic flourish, stating at a Senate Office Building conference that he opposes particularly the Hawkes Amendment which would allow landlords and tenants to enter into leases extending to Dec. 31, 1948, at not to exceed 15% more than the rent existing last Sept. 1."