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Louis D. Brandeis

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Justice Brandeis hand addresses a large envelope used to send a signed photo

Louis Dembitz Brandeis, 1856–1941.  Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1916–1939.  Vintage 8” x 11½” manila mailing envelope addressed by Brandeis as an Associate Justice. 

This is an excellent example of Justice Brandeis’s holograph. Brandeis has hand addressed this envelope to Ewing C. Sadler, an Oklahoma lawyer who collected Supreme Court autographs.  He used this envelope to send Sadler a signed photograph (not present) that was sold separately from the envelope. 

Brandeis has written his home address, From 2205 California St. Apt. 505 / Washington, DC, in the upper left corner.  Although Justice and Mrs. Brandeis fell in love with the area around Chatham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, and bought a summer home there in 1922, they lived in an apartment in Washington, D.C.

Brandeis has also noted First Class Mail to the left of the address, under the return address.

The envelope bears two 9¢ Thomas Jefferson stamps and is postmarked Washington, D.C., December 27, 1937.  The flap has been torn open, there are creases and a bit of damp staining at the bottom, and there is a 2” tear on the front of the flap end, but none of the defects affects Brandeis’s handwriting, which is in brown fountain pen.  Overall the piece is in good condition. 



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