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Andrew Mellon

ANDREW MELLON d1937. American banker, businessman, industrialist, philanthropist, art collector and politician. From the wealthy Mellon family of Pennsylvania, he established a vast business empire before transitioning into politics. He served as US Secretary of The Treasury from March 9th 1921 to February 12th 1932, famously presiding over the boom years of the 1920s and the 1929 Wall Street Crash. A conservative Republican, he lowered taxes and government spending in the aftermath of World War I. By the 1920s, he was one of the richest people in the country, paying more in income taxes than all but two other American industrialists. He became unpopular after the onset of the Great Depression. According to Hoover, Mellon advised him to avoid intervening in the ongoing economic crisis. In 1932, the US House of Representatives began conducting impeachment hearings against him. Before the conclusion of the proceedings, he accepted appointment to the position of US Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He served in that post for the remainder of Hoover's presidency before retiring from public office in 1933. He died in New York aged 83 on August 26th 1937.


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An original vintage circa 1920s RMS Berengaria embossed card, clearly signed in ink by Andrew Mellon.


One of a fine collection of original circa 1920-30s Cunard RMS Berengaria signed cards obtained by a Miss Brain who was a stewardess on board this famous cruise-liner. RMS Berengaria was originally named the SS Impersonator (built for the Hamburg America Line) and first launched in 1912. At the time of her completion (in June 1913) she was the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing the RMS Olympic and her sister ship RMS Titanic by 24ft. During World War 1, she remained in port in Hamburg ; after the war she was briefly commissioned by the US Navy as a troop transport ship (USS Imperator). Following her US Navy Service, her name was changed to "RMS Berengaria" and she was handed over to Britain's Cunard Line as part of war reparations. She became their flagship cruise-liner between 1919-1934. She was retired in 1938 and later sold to Sir John Jarvis to be broken up and scrapped on the Tyne between 1939-1946. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA


11x9cm Sized Embossed Card


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