• Accomplished Women: Famous Muckraker, Playwright, Novelist -- Tarbell, Chase, Wharton

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    Offering an assemblage of items relating to three highly accomplished women, the famous muckraker IDA TARBELL, MARY CHASE and EDITH WHARTON.

    CHASE (February 25, 1906 – October 20, 1981) was an American journalist, playwright and children’s novelist, known primarily for writing the 1944 Broadway play Harvey, which was adapted into the 1950 film starring Jimmy Stewart. In all, she wrote 14 plays, two children’s novels and one screen play and worked for seven years at the Rocky Mountain News as a journalist. In addition to Harvey, two of her other plays Sorority House and Bernadine were made into Hollywood films.  First Day Cover Honoring the Women of America, dated June 2, 1960, and signed by Chase.

    TARBELL (November 5, 1857 – January 6, 1944) was an investigative journalist, biographer and lecturer. She was one of the leading muckrakers of the Progressive Era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and pioneered investigative journalism.  She is best known for her 1904 book The History of the Standard Oil Company. The book was published as a series of articles in McClure’s Magazine from 1902 to 1904 and has been called a “masterpiece of investigative journalism.” The work would contribute to the dissolution of the Standard Oil monopoly and helped usher in important anti-trust legislation and the creation of the Federal Trade Commission.  8 x 10, black and white, official early photograph of Tarbell from World Wide Photos.

    WHARTON (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, short story writer and designer. In 1921, she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in literature for her novel The Age of Innocence.  She was inducted to the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996. Among her other well-known works are The House of Mirth and the novella Ethan Frome.  A full length 4 ¾ x 6 ½ black and white photographic postcard, holding the two Pekinese, a very popular breed at the time, a reprint courtesy the National Archives.

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