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Framed original testimonial for Herbert W. Sherer who was leaving Dodge Brothers for Graham Brothers.

Detroit January 10, 192 Testimonial is 17 x 23, with wood frame 20 x 26, no glass w/ frame. Except for a couple of scratches the item is in very good condition, the frame (possibly walnut) has some nicks, scratches and abrasions, backing board has a couple of holes, only very small remnants of the backing paper remain, not examined out of frame. In the center of the document is a boxed-in area with congratulatory message, above box are the logos of both Dodge Brothers and Graham Brothers and the US flag, side margins have signatures of the well wishers. In part "Detroit Evansville" "Friend Sherer: . . . Because of your labors here and your disposition to do honestly and well the things entrusted to your care, you made a splendid record, both in friendships and in business. Your new employers, Graham Brothers, like yourself, stand for high ideals in business . . . " There are 96 signatures total, all legible, ink light on a couple. Some of the signers were Dodge Brothers company officers: A.Z. Mitchell, vice president in charge of manufacturing; H.V. Popeney, secretary-treasurer; R. (Reginald) J. Fry, asst. secretary-treasurer; also John R. Lee, asst. to the president and Frank E. Upton, asst. secretary of the Dodge Estates Corp. The other men (and women) who signed were department heads, department managers, superintendants (i.e., foundry, div), general managers, production and factory managers, construction engineers, clerks, accountants, foremen, buyers, chief engineer. Also signed by Charles H. White, president of Hamtramck Plumbing and Heating who was also the supt. of power and construction. Artwork for this testimonial was done by Paul F. Schutt. The Graham Brothers had their factory in Evansville, Ind., and they built trucks. In 1921, they reached a deal with Dodge Brothers to only use Dodge engines and drive trains and that their trucks would be sold and by 1926 were the largest exclusive truck manufacturer in the world. In November of 1925 the Graham Brothers sold 51% of their company to Dodge Brothers and turned most of the money they received into Dodge stock thus becoming one of that company's largest stockholders.


Book Id: 97-3562

Price: $150.00

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