Exchange chain letter (postcard). Hankies. Send
three, three names, send 5 copies, deadline 3 days. US, 1938.
[List of three names and addresses
Within three days make five copies of this card. Send a hankie to the three
names on this card. Leave off the top name and put your own at the bottom
of the cards you send out. You will start receiving hankies at once. You
should get 135 handkerchiefs. Please do not break the club - it's fun.
Published: Times Herald
(Olean, New York), March 17, 1938, p. 4. SAYS NEWEST CHAIN-LETTER FAD
ILLEGAL. "Bolivar- Postmaster Mattie C. Dellone today warned participants
in the handkerchief club latest chain-letter fad, that they are liable to
prosecution under federal lottery laws. She stated that the scheme
shows evidence here of reaching proportions attained by the dime letters
of a few years back. A number of postcards addressed to local women bearing
handkerchief-club messages have been confiscated by postal employees and
will be turned over to the solicitor of the Post Office Department. ¶
The illegal messages all carried copy of this nature:" [text] Total
participation would return 5 + 25 + 125 = 155 hankies. Entered by
DWV, Aug. 8, 2014.
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