Truman, Harry. Typed Letter, Signed
Harry Truman writes to
the cabaret singer who inspired Miss Piggy.
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Harry Truman Autograph Signature (33rd President) on Typed Letter, signed “Harry Truman”. Independence, MO: 1 March 1965. Quarto; 1 pg.; envelope. To: Hildegarde.
Truman writes in part: “…I am enclosing a photograph for you, as you requested, and am returning your ten dollar check. You don’t need to send a check—all you need to do is to ask for a picture and you will get it…(I) appreciate your wanting it. I hope it will bring you no bad luck!”
Hildegarde was, perhaps, the most famous cabaret singer that ever lived. Liberace acknowledged her influence and Revlon named a lipstick and nail polish shade after her. She wore elegant towns and long gloves, “Miss Piggy stole the gloves idea from me,” she said. The single-name vogue amongst entertainers began with her. She passed away in 2005.