Vintage Matson Lines Hawaii News Review Letters

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Seller: collette49 (1,019) 100%, Location: Gurnee, Illinois, Ships to: US, Item: 254385225157 These letters sent from the Matson Lines, a cruise Ship and Freighter Company that catered to Hawaii and the South Seas, are very interesting reading. Spanning the time directly after Hawaii became a State, letters are dated from December, 1959 to March of 1963, these letters give us a contemporary and local view of how Statehood benefitted and changed the Hawaiian Islands. In the earliest letter, dated December 28, 1959, we read of the company Hawaiian Pineapple planning to change their name to DOLE. Every letter tells us of the expansion planned for Hawaiian hotels like Sheraton, Hawaiian Village, and Hilton. While much of the information is financial, or real estate news—a sugar plantation shifting to commercial and residential properties—there is news about the eruption on the Big Island of the volcano Kilauea Ike, President Eisenhower taking a short rest at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station after his Far East tour, and Hawaii getting a second seat in the House of Representatives. The letters provide a fascinating insiders look at how the Hawaiian Islands changed and how they dealt with statehood. There are 23 letters in all, and I couldn’t list them until I read every one—it’s just so interesting to read of the changes and see how far $14 million went back then in the building of a tropical resort! There are two flaws—a brown mark on the blank side of the latest letter, and a letter from 1961 with two ink brackets added. Otherwise the letters are simply folded as mailed—but there are no rips or tears—someone enjoyed these letters and kept them safe. Please see photos and ask any questions you may have before you bid. I sell only to the Continental United States. Payment is expected within 2 days of auction’s close. PLEASE NOTE: FOR THIS ITEM, I WILL SHIP TO THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, BUT WILL NEED ADDITIONAL POSTAGE FOR SHIPPING. Condition: Used

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