Historic and scarce matte-finish 9.75 x 8 UPI News photo of Truman holding the front page of the November 3, 1948, Chicago Tribune with its headline proclaiming “Dewey Defeats Truman,” signed and inscribed in black ink along Truman’s sleeve, and signed again in black ink on the newspaper. A news caption is affixed to the reverse. In very good condition, with moderate contrast to the light signature and inscription across Truman’s arm, light silvering to edges, Truman’s other signature a bit light, but completely legible, and a few mild bends and ripples. Arguably one of the most recognizable and memorable images of any presidential election, highly sought after by collectors and especially interesting in this twice-signed form. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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Original mimeographed official White House press release of Truman’s farewell address, three pages both sides, 8 x 14, delivered on January 15, 1953, signed at the conclusion in fountain pen, “Harry S. Truman.” The press release is headed by a message from Secretary to the President Roger W. Tubby, marking the release as “CONFIDENTIAL” and saying that “no portion, synopsis, or intimation may be published or broadcast” prior to the address. Truman’s address, in part: “I am happy to have this opportunity to talk to you once more before I leave the White House. Next Tuesday, General Eisenhower will be inaugurated as President of the United States. A short time after the new President takes his oath of office…Inauguration Day will be a great demonstration of our democratic process. I am glad to be a part of it—glad to wish General Eisenhower all possible success, as he begins his term—glad the whole world will have a chance to see how simply and how peacefully our American system transfers the vast power of the Presidency from my hands to his. It is a good object lesson in democracy. I am very proud of it. And I know you are, too…
President Harry S. Truman’s personally-owned and -worn handsome Stetson hat. Light gray fedora hat, size 7 3/8 with matching band, has a cream-colored silk lining and brown leather sweatband. Imprinted on the sweatband in gilt is, “Made by Stetson especially for Harry S. Truman,” “The Open Road,” and the Stetson label boasting “Clear Beaver Quality.” The Stetson label is also imprinted in gold on the lining. A beige ribbon tied in a bow is affixed underneath where the sweatband and lining meet, with a sizing label also affixed above the bow. A label in the lining bears a reorder number of 566622. In fine condition.
Accompanied by a 1982 letter of provenance, on White House letterhead, from White House doorman Carl Ferguson. Letter reads, in part: “The Stetson hat was given to me by President Harry S. Truman, just before he left office in 1953. I was near the President on numerous occasions in my capacity as White House Doorman. On this day we were alone briefly in the Oval Office. I had been wanting, like a number of people, one of the President’s hats made so famous by his morning walks…After I asked the President for a Stetson hat he said, ‘Ferguson, I think we can work that one out. See me tomorrow.’ When I did he handed it to me with a big smile…This was dressier than the other type he wore.” Also included is a glossy photo of Truman, standing on the White House steps, wearing a similar hat. Stetsons were the preferred hat for President Truman, and he routinely wore one during his daily morning walks from the White House, stopping to speak to other pedestrians along the way. Other Stetsons of Truman’s are kept in various museums and at the Truman Presidential Library Museum in Independence, Missouri. A magnificent piece of American history which has been carefully preserved for over six decades, this serious presidential relic is worthy of a place in an accomplished collection.
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Impressive printed proclamation broadside, signed “Harry S. Truman,” one page, 14.75 x 21.5, dated May 8, 1945, issued the day after the German surrender in WWII, designating a day of prayer to be celebrated on May 13, 1945. In part: “The Allied Armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God’s help, have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender. The Western World has been freed of the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions of free-born men. They have violated their churches, destroyed their homes, corrupted their children, and murdered their loved ones. Our Armies of Liberation have restored freedom to these suffering people, whose spirit and will the oppressors could never enslave. Much remains to be done. The victory won in the West must now be won in the East. The whole world must be cleansed of the evil from which half the world has been freed. United the peace-loving nations have demonstrated in the West that their arms are stronger by far than the might of the dictators or the tyranny of military cliques that once called us soft and weak…Now, therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby appoint Sunday, May 13, 1945, to be a day of prayer. I call upon the people of the United States, whatever their faith, to unite in offering joyful thanks to God for the victory we have won and to pray that he will support us to the end of our present struggle and guide us into the ways of peace. I also call upon my countrymen to dedicate this day of prayer to the memory of those who have given their lives to make possible our victory.” Proclamation is affixed by its top corners to a slight larger mount and matted to an overall size of 22 x 28. In fine condition, with signature a few shade light. A beautiful proclamation from this hard-won day of celebration, commemorating victory in Europe and bringing an end to one of the darkest periods of modern history. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
White House card, 4 x 2.5, signed and inscribed in black ink, “Best wishes to Butchie Strouk, Harry Truman, Dec. 2, 1952.” A couple spots of slight soiling, circular stain to the lower left corner, and tape remnants to the reverse, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned engraving of Truman. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Bank check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Truman, “Harry S. Truman,” payable to Harold Makin for $3.75, August 4, 1925. In very good condition, with a central vertical fold, expected cancellation holes, light toning and dings to the bottom edge, pencil bank notation, and moderate show-through from cancellation stamp to the reverse, affecting part of the signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Winston Churchill Memorial and Library dedication cover with a cachet honoring the event, signed across the top in black ink by Truman. In fine condition, with some light contrast to signature over postmarks and cancellations. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.