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Title: Two Richly Detailed Typed Letters Signed on the Art of "Moonshining" from a Michigan Man Who Is Obviously Quite Experienced
Description: Marquette, Michigan, March 21 and April 5, 1966. 1966. Marquette, Michigan, March 21 and April 5, 1966. 1966. Fine. - sc - 4 pages, consisting of two letters densely typed on four 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheets of creamy white paper. In essence, a manuscript addressed to the Editor of The Saturday Evening Post responding to an article on "The Lost Art of Moonshining" by William Price Fox which was published in that periodical. About the article, Vern O. Holgate writes "your Mr. William Price Fox appears to have been around a little, but only got a synthesized version from the people he talked with.." "To begin with, Mr. Fox made no mention of what is commonly known as a 'Thumper.' To me, this means he knows little about high grade whiskey. Then too, someone led him astray as to the proof of the first wines.." He goes on to describe the process of fermenting and distilling whiskey in great detail and, when referring to the "off throw", proclaims "And I swear, there is nothing more mirth provoking than about thirty hogs tight on spent mash.." "You need hogs if you are making whiskey. You put the stuff into charred kegs and roll them into the hog yard. You take crankcase oil, which your friends who operate filling stations save for you, and you pour this over the kegs. Hogs do not need to be told what to do now. They keep rubbing their sides on the kegs, and the result is a fast aging which in a month will equal a voyage in a small ship to Australia and back. Beside, the hogs like the spent mash and thrive on it, although most have a sort of silly look on their faces." Both letters are signed in full "Vern O. Holgate" in blue ink, with a typed postscript at the end of the first letter stating "P.S. I learned the trade in Kentucky". Editorial markings are penciled in the margin of the first letter, possibly intending to renumber the sequence of the paragraphs for possible publication. The four pages are stapled together at top left, with an initial in red crayon at left and the author's name boldly penned at the top right of the first page. The author's return address label, clipped from an envelope, has been stapled together with the manuscript. Near fine. Fine .

Keywords: AMERICANA; FOOD & WINE; WHISKEY; VERN O. HOLGATE; MANUSCRIPT; TYPED LETTER SIGNED; LETTERS; SIGNATURES; AUTOGRAPH; MOONSHINE; MOONSHINING; DISTELLERY; STILL; HOGS; MASH; THUMPER; THE SATURDAY EVENING POST; TWENTIETH CENTURY; LIQUOR; 20TH CENTURY.

Price: US$ 150.00 Seller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.
- Book number: 31517

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