|Updated Dec 7, 2006|
|Mackay Stories, p.15|
|October 28, 2006
My Dad, Robert MacIntyre, was a messenger boy for Postal Telegraph during 1939. His post was the Baltimore, Maryland Penn train station. After delivering a message to a celebrity, he would ask them to autograph the Postal Telegraph masthead. I have a great collection, many of them framed with corresponding pictures. Ella Fitzgerald, Eleanor Roosevelt, Joe Louis, Hoot Gibson, Bill Bojangles Robinson, Harold Lloyd, Clair Trevor, Robert Ripley, Ralph Byrd, Glenn Miller, Red Skelton, to name a few.
People with no knowledge or past interest in the Postal Telegraph Company are amazed by the framed pictures and autographs. For example, Dooley Wilson (Sam in Humphrey Bogart's movie Casablanca) signed his name, then wrote, "Cassablanca" underneath, including the spelling error, which he always did. Red Skelton signed his name, then wrote, "I dood it" underneath from a character he played. In those days, celebrities didn't object to signing an autograph and didn't travel with body guards, even First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Bruce MacIntyre, York PA
(Sam, the piano player)
"I dood it"
|Baltimore's Penn Station|
|October 26, 2006
C. Otto von Kienbusch relates the story of the theft of the stirrups belonging to the Cumberland armour from Harbor Hill during a party attended by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and later, Duke of Windsor). Would be glad to scan the account from von K's book and send it to you if you have not seen it.
Congratulations on your excellent site.
Peter McInally, New York
October 27, 2006
[Text below is] from C. Otto von Kienbusch's introduction to The Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Collection of Armor and Arms, privately published in a limited edition in 1963.
Contrary to Mr. von Kienbusch's account, only one stirrup was stolen, not both stirrips. The other stirrup went with the Cumberland armour and its exchange pieces to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1931 [or 1932].
Hope this is useful.
TEXT BELOW ADDED December 7, 2006
"Clarence Mackay, the owner of controlling interests in the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation and the Mackay Cable Company, had a great hall in his country mansion at Roslyn, Long Island, set aside as an armory. It was unquestionably the most important corpus of such material ever put together by an individual in modern times. Many of Mr. Mackay's most valuable treasures were obtained for him by Lord Duveen, including such priceless items as the superb basinet from Churburg and the Innsbruck sallet from the same source.
Doubtless the most important item in the Mackay armory was the aforementioned harness of the Earl of Cumberland. It had been carefully preserved while in the possession of Lord Hothfield, retaining its original blued and gilded surface. With it were many pieces of change, including vamplates and so forth for the tilt. The armor held a place of honor in the great hall, and in back of it, affixed to the wall, was a velvet-covered panel on which the exchange pieces were fastened. The stirrups were the lowest items on the panel, within easy reach.
When the then Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) came to New York, he made the Cosden house on Long Island his headquarters for several weeks. It was decided that a dinner should be given in his honor by Mr. Mackay, with invitations to a total of seventy-five. It soon became apparent, however, that if this function were limited to seventy-five, a great many of Mr. Mackay's business and social friends and acquaintences would be excluded and have their feelings hurt. As it worked out, some eight hundred invitations were issed for a dance at Harbor Hill.
The fountains on the terraces were to play amid changing colored lights, the estate was guarded against intrusion, and a very charming group of young debutants was collected as dancing partners for the Prince. Everything went smoothly; the Prince and his entourage were royally entertained and Mr. Mackay, as host, was well pleased.
In the midst of the festivities, however, Mr. Mackay's armorer, Daniel Tachaux, came to him to say that the stirrups were missing from the panel back of the Cumberland harness. The chief of the private guards was consulted. He suggested that the stirrups could be recovered if everyone was searched. Mr. Mackay was horrified at the thought that they might be found on the person of some member of the prince's suite. So nothing was done.
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