PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF PAUL S. EPSTEIN (1883-1966)
EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955) and Elsa (1876-1936). Postcard signed (“A. Einstein”) to Dr. and Mrs. Epstein, El Salvador, on board the San Francisco, 14 March 1932.
In German .151 x 107 mm.
"There is nothing more interesting than the history of knowledge when it is free of hero worship." Following a 2-month visit to Caltech and Pasadena, the Einsteins had left San Francisco on March 5th. To his wife’s thanks for the Epsteins’ hospitality, Albert adds a note on the face of the postcard: “I have read the manuscript with the greatest interest. There is nothing more interesting than the history of knowledge when it is free of hero worship.” He is likely referring to the biography of Stalin by the anticommunist journalist Isaac Don Levine which Epstein may have given him a copy of during his visit. Not published in the Einstein Archives.
[With:] A set of 12 stereoscopic glass slides, [Europe, ca. 1930?] including two candid images of Albert Einstein. Housed in metal slide holders, folded leporello-style, with paper label in German, French, English, Spanish, Italian. In original cardboard box with metal supports. One image shows Einstein, seated at far right with Epstein and three others; and the second shows Einstein standing next to Epstein and two unidentified individuals.