Washington, DC: Deccember 21, 1931.. 1931.. Very good. - 70 words typed on a cream-colored 10-3/8 inch high by 7-3/4 inch wide sheet of American Federation of Labour letterhead with the union's raised seal in gilt and "Office of the President" at top left. Signed 'Wm Green". There is some light creasing to the letterhead with its bottom edge slightly darkened. A black ink scribble on the verso shows through slightly at top left. Very good.
Green is sending an autographed photograph [not here present] to future Congressman Seymour Halpern, then a young autograph collector. He misspell's the recipient's name "Dalpern". Green writes: "I have had some pictures made which I think you will like. I am sending you one autographed, as you requested, and I ask you to accept it with the compliments of this Happy Holiday Season."
William Green [1873-1952 was an American trade union leader. He was president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952. He was a strong supporter of labor-management cooperation and was in the front lines on wage and benefit protections and industrial unionism legislation.
The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997) started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co- sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation.