Money chain letter. Printed Send-a-Dime with five tips. "...worked
out ... by a mathematician ..." #1 of Iowa hoard. US, 1935.
H. Quakenbush 628
Mullen Ave. Waterloo
W. E. Pike
628 Mullen Ave. Waterloo
This chain was started in the hope of bringing prosperity to
Within TWO DAYS make five copies of this letter, leaving
off the top name and address
and adding your name and address at the bottom of the list and give them
to five of your
friends to whom you wish prosperity to come.
In omitting the top name, send that person 10 cents, wrapped
in paper; in turn as your
name leaves the top, you will receive (if every one continues this prosperity
letters with donations amounting to $1,562.50.
Have the faith in your friends that they had in you and this
chain will not be broken.
IS THIS WORTH A DIME?
This idea has been worked out successfully by a mathematician
in hopes that it will bring
us out of the depression, this plan has worked in other cities and can work
here if followed out
properly. Follow these rules and prosperity will be yours.
1. Get your letters started within TWO DAYS. Your money will
2. Choose only people in whom you have confidence, because they
will carry out the plan.
3. Check up on the five persons with whom you place these letters
and be sure they send
them on. If this is not done only a portion of the amount will be received.
4. Impress upon your five friends that they must carry out the
5. Explain details fully to your friends and they will be greatly
HAVE THE FAITH YOUR FRIENDS HAD AND THIS CHARM CANNOT FAIL
Printed form letter with dotted
underlines for names. Large centered title. Names and addresses in black
ink - handwritten. 8 1/2 by 11 inch plain paper. Came with envelope canceled
in Elkader, Iowa on May 9, 1935. Addressed to Miss Ina Weymouth, Elkader,
Iowa and "R.F.D" in lower left corner. No return address but presumably sent
to Miss Weymouth by Donald McLaggast of Elkader, Iowa. Purchased on
eBay, Aug. 2014. Entered by DWV on Aug. 11, 2014.
The Paper Chain Letter Archive
- contents Chain Letter Evolution - a history.
The "Iowa" hoard consists of this chain letter and two handwritten Send-a-Dime
letters in the same eBay lot, plus the above described envelope. All the
18 addresses on the three letters are located in the state of Iowa. Many
of the towns repeat (Waterloo, Elkader, Monona, Mc Gregor, St. Olaf). Some
of the last names also repeat. Two unidentified newspaper clippings on Send-a-Dime
were also part of the lot.