One of my favorite pieces of memorabilia is this cover and insert sent by someone in the “Office of the President” at TWA (Jack Frye? Howard Hughes?) to Charles “Chuck” Beard at Braniff Airways in July1940.

Braniff, as you may know, was founded by Tom and Paul Braniff in 1930. Paul left the airline in 1935 to pursue other interests but Tom retained control of the carrier and hired Chuck Beard to run the airline’s day-to-day operations. Beard became President and CEO in 1954 following Tom Braniff’s tragic death on a duck hunting expedition in Louisiana.

All these years later, I can’t help wondering if this was a friendly little gesture on TWA’s part or a kick-em-in-the-ass kinda thing? I guess we’ll never know, will we?

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