Giant Tall Henry Hite Souvineer Photos Manager Letters
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Sold Date: 01/09/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
This is a special lot containing two letters to me written in 1989 by the retired manager of giant tall man Henry Hite. The letters are fascinating and give perhaps the most written information about the life and work of Henry particularly as it related to his role as the Corn King Giant. Also included in this lot are three souvineer photo information cards that Henry passed out at personal appearances. T are a set of two identical cards which have on the fronts "Courtesy of Corn King Bacon & Ham" with his statistics on the back which list his height at 8' 2" (perhaps exagerated), size 22 shoes, born in Atlanta, Georgia 1915, etc. One card is in poor condition with some old stains on it but the other example is in good condition. It has a child's name on it plus the subtraction of 1915 from 1968 (Henry's age 53) which gives us the date of this card. The other souvineer photo card shows Henry and his 5' 3" wife standing near an elevator and the front reads "Courtesy of Wilson Foods Henry Hite. The back lists statistics as well This is a later card than the other two - his weight had dropped from 300 lbs to 270 and his $250. suits were now costing $350.Regarding the letters it wasn't easy back then tracking down someone who knew Henry but with diligence I prevailed and got in touch with the retired national merchandising manager for Wilson Foods. He sent me a couple of letters plus some rare photos of Henry. In the late 80s I published a nostalgia magazine and had intended my resarch to form the basis for an article but then the magazine ceased publication. It is my hope that someone will collect these Henry Hite items of mine on ebay and publish the information somew so that Henry can be remembered. The long pink letter is three pages long and the other letter is really just a follow up when the manager found the photos to send me. The pink letter goes into all the details the manager could recall about Henry including his vaudeville act and appearances on the Johnny Carson show. He wrote "Henry was probably the finest public relations man in the country" . . . "He started with Wilson Foods Corp when it was Wilson & Co., Inc. back around 1960 or 1961" . . . "Certified labels are very popular in some areas w Corn King label very popular in Chicago and other areas" . . . plus vaudeville info and info about other tall people who came to meet him, weeks out on the road, name and address of wife (she has passed away), etc. I did get in touch with a family member and unfortunately they did not save scrapbooks and memoribilia related to Henry's career and neither did Wilson Foods so please understand these documents may be all that is left. The buyer will have the name and address of the retired manager included on the original envelope. Henry Hite was born Henry Mullins in 1915 and died in 1972 (though the manager's letter puts it later). He appeared in the films New Faces of 1937 and Monsters A Go-Go as a giant space alien. His vaudeville act was Lowe, Hite, and Stanley. Hopefully we will be hearing about Henry on the Discovery Channel someday. Buyer agrees to pay $4.25 shipping in U.S. and $8.00 shipping foreign. Please see my other Henry Hite auctions. Combine auctions to save on shipping.
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