Advocacy chain letter. "Hoover's Mistakes"
Anti-Roosevelt. US, 1940.
THIS IS A CHAIN
LETTER - DO NOT BREAK
You probably have never seen a copy of the
weekly newspaper of Wallace, Idaho. We hadn't until a
brought it to our attention, and We discovered a gem of an
about the Hoovers. Here it is.
"An inspired piece from one of the
New Deal propagandists says
that 'Hoover Was A Complete Failure'. So he was.
He failed to draw
out his salary of $75,000.00 a year while he was President,
it all back into the Treasury. He failed to have his
insurance firms to write insurance on government enterprises.
built a Rapidan resort for fishing and recreation at his own
and gave it to the Government. None of his sons went
the divorce courts to the disillusionment of the public.
bundled up a lot of government documents to sell as a book to
faithful at a huge profit to himself and he never sold himself
political slavery to a labor organization for a $500,000.00
fund. He gathered a marvelous collection of war stuff
and built a
museum for it, but failed to ask Congress to pay the bill - he
He did not preach and promote class hatred
and he did not try
to pact the Supreme Court. He did not plow up every
third row of
cotton and he did not promise the American People one thing
at the very same moment doing everything to accomplish the
He did not ask Congress to assess the
taxpayers a billion
dollars every time some one shot off a firecracker in
Europe and he
did not go on fishing trips on government warships,
a fleet of destroyers. Neither did he kill off all the
little pigs or encourage the importation of Argentine beef.
there were a lot of foolish things that Hoover didn't do that
other people have done. There are a lot of constructive
could have done if he had not had the opposition of a
Congress, but anyway, he did not leave the American People
$45,000,000,000 in debt.
Mrs. Hoover never made speeches or raced
hither and yon on
unimportant matters. She never wrote silly drivel
on her everyday
life and sold it to the newspapers, and she never sold soap
radio. Her only public appearance was as an honorary
Girl Scouts of America. She never invited Communist
youth to the
White House as her guests. The Hoover family seems to
have made a
failure of about everything that goes nowadays."
This is a chain Bulletin
sent you to have copies
and sent on to one or more voter friends with the request that
they in turn copy it and send it to one or more voter friends.
Do not break the chain. Act at once.
Bluish typing font -
mimeograph? On a 10 3/4 by 8 inch sheet of unlined paper.
Keystrokes preserved. No
date, but the piece is reprinted in various newspaper, e.g. the Sarasota
Tribune, Oct. 8, 1940. It was used in the 1940 presidential
campaign. Purchased on eBay. Entered by DWV, 2-4-2013.
The Paper Chain Letter Archive
A search on Newspapers.com for "a firecracker in Europe" reveals
that this chain letter was published in at least100 daily
newspapers in the summer and fall of 1940. This includes The
Los Angeles Times (7/28/1940) and the Miami
Herald (10/,27,1940). There was also presumably extensive
circulation as a mimeographed item passed hand to hand or in the
mail. Now consider what this "firecracker" was about.
Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939. By June 25, 1940
Germany had completed its conquest of France. The Battle of
Britain began on July 10, 1940. You would think that this
ferocious start of World War II would earn a more realistic
description than "someone shot off a firecracker in Europe."
And consider that many Newspapers apparently agreed with the
anonymous author of "Hoover's Mistakes" that Roosevelt seeking a
billion dollars to deal with this firecracker was a foolish waste
of money, worthy of ridicule, this after after Hitler had posed
before the Eiffel Tower and begun the bombing of England. It seems
that isolationism, and perhaps even fascist sympathies, were more
prevalent in pre-war America than most history books