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    Howard Hughes personal California Highway Patrol etched brass courtesy card from Chief E. Raymond Cato. (1935) 3.25 x 2 in. Etched brass card with California Highway Patrol badge at the lower left with the following script, "The California Highway Patrol extends Courtesies to Howard R. Hughes", with the facsimile signature of CHP Chief E. Raymond Cato. On the verso is engraved, "Presented By E. Raymond Cato 1 - 23 - 35". Cato bestowed these "gold" cards to distinguished personages in the 1930s, but in mid-1935 word got out, and the negative press generated by the suggested immunity to any traffic citations prompted Cato's boss, R. Ray Ingels, director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, to issue a statement that all such cards are to be confiscated, thus ending the practice. Exhibiting minor bumping to corners and light surface wear. From the personal collection of Howard Hughes.

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    23rd Thursday
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