Warsaw [Poland]: May 8, 1931.
1 p., on Embassy of the United States letterhead. 4to. "INTELLIGENTLY GRASP YOUR OPPORTUNITIES" Toning, minor wrinkling to the bottom of the page, else fine Item #309499
A reply from the automotive pioneer and statesman whose name will always be associated with the jeep that bore his moniker. Reading in part: "It is hard to answer and I do not think there is one thing that contributes to to any one success. I think it is necessary to intelligently grasp your opportunities; to work intelligently and above all to work hard."
John North Willys (1873-1935) acquired the Overland division of the Standard Wheel Company in 1907, renaming it in 1912, as the Willy’s-Overland Motor Company. By 1915, Willy’s-Overland was the second largest automobile manufacturer in the US, after the Ford Motor Company, and by the end of the decade one third of the work force of the city of Toledo, Ohio was employed either directly, or as a supplier, for the production of their Overland and Willy’s-Knight automobiles. A staunch Republican supporter and Ohio delegate to the 1916 Republican Convention, Willy’s was appointed the first ambassador to Poland by President Herbert Hoover in 1930. After Willy’s death in 1936, his company went on to gain further notoriety, producing military jeeps during the Second World War and a post-war civilian model known as the "Willy."