The "total hotelier," also nicknamed the "dean of the hospitality industry in Washington," was this businessman who upgraded D.C.'s standards when he opened the ultra- luxurious Madison Hotel in 1963, which became the accommodation of choice for the rich and famous, kings, presidents, prime ministers. Item #44431
TNS, stiff 5" X 3½" imprinted correspondence card, n.p., n.y. [postal cancellation Washington, DC, 1 November 1986. Addressed to Ralph G. Newman (1912-98). Fine. "Wishing you many, many happy returns -- I promise not to count if you don't!" At upper left, in black fineline, he pens "Ralph" and at lower right signs off "L & K / M." With original mailing envelope. The noted Lincoln/Civil War specialist and founder of Chicago's famed Abraham Lincoln Book Shop helped Coyne form a celebrated collection of historical documents -- his cryptic message likely refers to a spendy acquisition Newman just made on his behalf. Accompanying this is a delightful Madison Hotel keepsake: A thick, heavy 3" diameter bronze medallion in original "Compliments of / Marshall B. Coyne / Proprietor" presentation box. Both fine. Recto depicts heads-and-shoulders of the hotel's namesakes in deep relief, with caption "James Madison Dolley Madison" below. Verso contains, within a U.S. flag, scroll and laurel wreath border, the entire 1984 calendar. Rim at bottom notes manufacturer's name (Maco) and at top notes "Made Especially for Marshall B. Coyne." He had a modest quantity of medallions thus stamped for personal distribution to friends, associates and favored guests. Scarce.