TYPED LETTER SIGNED; an early letter of thanks from the boxing legend.
[New York]: 1936. Single-page letter typed on personal "Jack Dempsey/ Fiftieth Street at Eight Avenue" letterhead -- from the original location of his famous Manhattan restaurant (across from Madison Garden) -- but early enough in its history that it would appear he is still trading on the recognition of his own name versus that of the restaurant. Measuring 6 x 9.5" inches, and dated August 14, 1936. Written to "My dear Miss Hover" in Minneapolis, Minn., thanking her for her recent visit to the restaurant, asking for her "reaction to the food and service here," and requesting she recommend it to her friends. Jack Dempsey's Restaurant first opened in 1935 making it a relatively new establishment at the time the letter was written. (The name was not changed to Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant until he relocated to Times Square a number of years later.) The letter reflects the personal warmth he poured into his business and as well as what would appear to be a bit of anxiety about whether it would be a success. It was. Near fine.