Armand Hammer: 89th Birthday Celebration and 91st Birthday Fiesta (2 Volumes).
2 Quarto volumes. Vol. 1 is 42 pp. and bound in black covered boards with silver lettering on front cover and spine and documents Armand Hammer's 89th birthday party at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Decorative front and rear endpapers with a "movie reel" motif on top and bottom with facsimile photographs taken from the party in each of the reels. Fronts piece with a color photograph of Armand Hammer and his wife protected by original tissue guard. Note laid in with frontspiece stating: "Frances and I were delighted that you were able to join us in celebrating my 89th birthday. Please accept with our compliments this album of that occasion. Armand Hammer" There is also a mounted program of the evening between pp. 18 and 19. Vol. 2 is unpaginated and bound in yellow wrapped boards with "Viva Armand" decoratively printed in orange and purple on front cover and commemorates Hammer's 91st birthday party at the famous Beverly Hilton Hotel. Both volumes are lavishly illustrated with mounted original color photographs of Armand Hammer, his wife, his birthday party guests, the food, band, presents and other details of the birthday parties. Some minor age wear to boards, otherwise books are in near fine condition.
Armand Hammer (1898 - December 10, 1990) was an American industrialist and art collector. He was CEO of the Occidental Petroleum Company, an oil and natural gas exploration and development company. A medical school graduate, Hammer extended earlier entrepreneurial ventures with a successful business importing and exporting pharmaceuticals to the newly-formed Soviet Union. During his first trip, he brought $60,000 in medical supplies to aid in a typhus epidemic and made a deal with Lenin for furs and caviars in exchange for a shipment of surplus American wheat. In the 1920's he moved to the USSR to oversee his investments. After returning to the US, he entered into a diverse array of business, art, cultural, and humanitarian endeavors, including investing in various U.S. oil production efforts. Despite Cold War Taboos, he continued business dealings with the Soviet Union. In later years he lobbied and traveled extensively at great personal expense, working for peace between the United States and the Communist countries of the world, including ferrying physicians and supplies into the Soviet Union to help Chernobyl survivors. Hammer was also an avid collector of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. His personal donation forms the core of the permanent collection of the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California. Hammer was well known for his philanthropy, supporting causes related to education, medicine, and the arts. Among his legacies is the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (now generally called the UWC-USA, part of the United World Colleges). He embraced a kind of Victorian view of world affairs, in which personal relationships could overcome geopolitical tensions. He bragged that he was the only man to have known both Vladimir Lenin and Ronald Reagan. His generosity and diplomacy were recognized around the world, and by the time he died, Hammer had won the Soviet Union's Lenin Order of Friendship Among the Peoples, the U.S. National Arts Medal, France's Legion of Honor, Italy's Grand Order of Merit, Sweden's Royal Order of the Polar Star, Austria's Knight Commander's Cross, Pakistan's Hilal-i-Quaid-Azam Peace Award, Israel's Leadership Award, Venezuela's Order of Andres Bello, Mexico's National Recognition Award, Bulgaria's Jubilee Medal, and Belgium's Order of the Crown. Hammer was repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, once by Menachem Begin, but he never actually won one. Hammer died of bone marrow cancer in December 1990, at the age of 92.
Book ID: 19282