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Glenn Cunningham was a noted American distance runner, who beat all others before him in achieving a 4.04 minute mile. Cunningham's legs were very badly burned in an explosion when he was a child, maiming him and killing his little brother. They wanted to amputate but he resisted, and in 1938, he set a world record in the indoor mile run. This lot offers a letter and signed postcard; the postcard image is him running this mile race. The handwritten letter is signed to a Connecticut newspaper man, thanking him for his congratulations, the postcard signed in fountain pen, bold and big on the verso. Written on the bottom is, "Finish of the 4.04 minute mile" in his hand. ALS is dated 1938, before he retired in 1940, and on University of Kansas letterhead. Letter was previously folded, measures 8.5x11". Condition of the letter is EX and postcard is NRMT.
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