Republican National Committee, Publicity Division. (718 Jackson Place, N.W., Washington D.C.) Press releases and texts of radio addresses, September 11-October 8, 1938. 6 items, all 13x8.5", mimeographed, and each stapled at upper left corner. Scarce things. Provenance: Honorable Robert Luce, and then the Pamphlet Collection of the Library of Congress. 6 items: $250
October 5, 1938. John Hamilton, Chair of the RNC: "Lo and Behold!" on the appointment of a White House spokesperson, a position vacant for the last 12 years. 3pp, first page detached from staple,some fairly pronounced chipping on the right edge leading to the loss of two words. GOOD. There are many, many droll and dripping complaints lodged against the FDR presidency (in power at this point for five years), including a major complaint in raising the amount of taxes charged against the "national income" from 4% to 10% in four years. Outraged as he was, Hamilton could not see into the future, when in 2010 the tax rate as a percentage of GDP was 24.9%. That may sound like a lot, relative to 1938, but in fact it ranks the U.S. #32 of 34 OECD countries, only Mexico and Chile with a lower percentage--and this falling from being #16 of 24 in 1979 with a rate of 26%. So there's that.
October 8, 1938. Miss Marion E. Martin, asst chair of the RNC, "What the New Deal has Done to the Consumer". this was a radio delivery via CBS. 6pp of a very dim view of the Roosevelt economic plan.
October 7, 1938. Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, (R., MI), on NBC. 12-page speech in Wichita, on the lowness of FDR's program and the coming government control of, well, a lot.
October 8, 1938. Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, (R., MI), on NBC, 12-page speech, this time at Sioux Falls, S.D., again on government control and rallying for states' rights.
September 23, 1938. John Hamilton, Chair of the RNC, 6-pages on CBS, before the National Federation of Women's Republican Clubs, Chicago. Good copy.
September 22, 1938. Miss Marion E. Martin, asst chair of the RNC, National Federation of Women's Republican Clubs, though not broadcast on the radio. 5pp. Very Good.