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Harry F. Byrd Resigns as State Fuel Administrator

Letter from Tobacco Company President

In a September 16, 1918, letter, William T. Reed, the president of the Laurus & Brother tobacco company in Richmond, commends Harry F. Byrd's service as the state fuel administrator during World War I. Byrd had just resigned his post with the intention of serving in some military capacity. Reed praised Byrd's "intelligent and fair" distribution of fuel and stated that "the tobacco trade … owes you a debt which it cannot pay." This letter is pasted into one of a series of Byrd family scrapbooks. This particular volume is entirely devoted to telegrams and letters of regret over Harry F. Byrd's resignation as the state fuel administrator. 

The Laurus & Brother tobacco company's elaborate letterhead includes two lithographed advertisements for its products. The container, at right, for "Bold Granulated Plug," or chewing tobacco, claims that the product requires "no rubbing" and that the consumer will not "bite the tongue" while using it.

Citation: Harry F. Byrd Scrapbooks, 1918–1930, Accession #9700-e. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: William T. Reed, author; Lohmann Lithograph Co.

Created: September 16, 1918

Medium: Letter with lithographed illustrations

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Letter from Tobacco Company President, p. 2

This is the second page of a September 16, 1918, letter written by William T. Reed, the president of the Laurus & Brother tobacco company in Richmond, to Harry F. Byrd. Byrd had just resigned his post as the state fuel administrator and Reed praised Byrd's skill in that position.

Citation: Harry F. Byrd Scrapbooks, 1918–1930, Accession #9700-e. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: William T. Reed, author; Lohmann Lithograph Co.

Created: September 16, 1918

Medium: Letter with lithographed illustrations

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Letter from Tobacco Company President

    In a September 16, 1918, letter, William T. Reed, the president of the Laurus & Brother tobacco company in Richmond, commends Harry F. Byrd's service as the state fuel administrator during World War I. Byrd had just resigned his post with the intention of serving in some military capacity. Reed praised Byrd's "intelligent and fair" distribution of fuel and stated that "the tobacco trade … owes you a debt which it cannot pay." This letter is pasted into one of a series of Byrd family scrapbooks. This particular volume is entirely devoted to telegrams and letters of regret over Harry F. Byrd's resignation as the state fuel administrator. 

    The Laurus & Brother tobacco company's elaborate letterhead includes two lithographed advertisements for its products. The container, at right, for "Bold Granulated Plug," or chewing tobacco, claims that the product requires "no rubbing" and that the consumer will not "bite the tongue" while using it.

    Citation: Harry F. Byrd Scrapbooks, 1918–1930, Accession #9700-e. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: William T. Reed, author; Lohmann Lithograph Co.

    Created: September 16, 1918

    Medium: Letter with lithographed illustrations

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Letter from Tobacco Company President, p. 2

    This is the second page of a September 16, 1918, letter written by William T. Reed, the president of the Laurus & Brother tobacco company in Richmond, to Harry F. Byrd. Byrd had just resigned his post as the state fuel administrator and Reed praised Byrd's skill in that position.

    Citation: Harry F. Byrd Scrapbooks, 1918–1930, Accession #9700-e. Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: William T. Reed, author; Lohmann Lithograph Co.

    Created: September 16, 1918

    Medium: Letter with lithographed illustrations

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections