Nancy Pope, National Postal Museum historian and curator, writes on the museum's Pushing the Envelope
blog,"On November 8, 1958, an employee of Harry Winston’s New York City
jewelry store mailed an ordinary looking package at the mail city post
office. The package was anything but ordinary. It held one of the most
famous gems in America, the Hope Diamond. The employee paid $145.29 to
mail the package. Postage accounted for only $2.44 of the total cost.
The rest was for insurance totaling $1 million."
In Washington, the package was delivered to the National History Museum by local letter carrier James G. Todd. There Leonard Carmichael, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution received the package which was addressed to him. Also in attendance were Harry Winston’s wife Edna, Postmaster
General Arthur Summerfield, and Ronald Winston, son of jeweler Harry Winston.
After the package was delivered a ceremony was held during which the diamond was given to the museum for public display.
However, according to Wikipedia
, the Hope Diamond had a curse on it that foretold bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it.
Pope goes on to say, "At the donation ceremony Mrs. Winston scoffed at the idea
of a curse, noting that her family had held the gem without any ill
effects. Carrier Todd had cause to question just how powerful the curse
was. Within a single year after delivering the stone to the
Smithsonian, Todd suffered a crush leg and head wound in two separate
automobile accidents, his wife died of a heart attack, his dog strangled
on his leash, and Todd’s Seat Pleasant, Maryland, home was partially
destroyed by fire."
Shown above, from
left to right, Ronald Winston, son of jeweler Harry Winston, Postmaster
General Arthur Summerfield, letter carrier James
G. Todd, Harry’s wife Edna, and Secretary Leonard Carmichael.
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