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John F. Kennedy US Peace Corp Bill-signing Pen

Extraordinary dipping pen used by President Kennedy to sign the Peace Corps Act of 1961. The Esterbrook pen measures 6.25″ long and features a black plastic grip with a Lucite handle imprinted with “The President—The White House.” Includes an ALS from Sargent Shriver to Congressman Michael J. Kirwan of Ohio, two pages, Foreign Service of the United States letterhead, November 9, no year. In part: “We have been receiving excellent receptions here in South America as we visit various countries which have expressed an interest in the Peace Corps. The demand for P. C. Volunteers is great—we could place 2,000 down here alone. The press has been fine so far, & I’m asking our Washington office to mail you copies of the editorials which have appeared so far….Please accept my sincere thanks for your help, guidance, & encouragement.” These are beautifully matted and framed together with a photo of the bill signing to an overall size of 30.5 x 18.25. In overall fine condition.

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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy Hand-notated typed manuscript

Remarkable typed manuscript draft for a campaign speech given in Dallas, Texas, on September 13, 1960, 11 pages, 8.5 x 11, with several notes penned on the reverse of the last page in Kennedy’s hand. In the speech, JFK offers thoughtful remarks on the Cold War and the implications of the coming election on relations between the United States and USSR. In part: “In a few days, our shores will be visited by the head of the Soviet Union. His voice will be heard in the United Nations—but his eyes will be fixed on the United States.

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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy Signed book The White House

Signed book: The White House. Special limited edition, numbered 97/100. Washington, DC: The White House Historical Association, 1962. Hardcover, 7 x 10.25, 129 pages. Signed on the colophon in blue ballpoint, “To Eve, with affection and appreciation, Jackie, December 25, 1962,” and signed in fountain pen, “and Jack.” Autographic condition: fine. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy oversaw the publication of this guide to the Executive Mansion as part of her restoration and preservation of the White House, releasing a softcover version for the general public with the intent of spreading knowledge of the house’s historic importance. Limited edition examples were specially bound for the Kennedys to give as Christmas gifts; in addition to this version, there was a red leatherbound edition limited to 75. A wonderful piece from the Kennedy White House. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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John F. Kennedy Leather Swatch limousine assassination

Original swatch of the dark blue bloodstained seat leather from the limousine Kennedy was riding in at the time of his assassination, measuring approximately .5 x .25, double-suede-matted with an image and description to an overall size of 11 x 14. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from University Archives and a packet of information regarding provenance. After Kennedy’s assassination, the presidential limousine was returned to the White House where it was under the care of F. Vaughn Ferguson. The bloodstained leather upholstery of the rear seat was removed—light blue from the main body of the bench-style seat, and dark blue from the border area—and the car sent to a Cincinnati firm for refitting and a security upgrade. Ferguson was able to retain the removed leather sections and eventually sold them to collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. RR Auction COA.

 

 

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy Air Force One in-flight booklet Cover Signed By JFK and Mercury Astronauts

Air Force One in-flight booklet cover, 5 x 8, undated [but February 26, 1962] with an image of the aircraft and the presidential seal, with “Aboard the Presidential Aircraft,” printed along the bottom, signed near the bottom in black ink, “John F. Kennedy,” and signed near the top, “Best regards—J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” “Virgil I. Grissom,” and “Alan B. Shepard, Jr.” Grissom’s signature has been carefully traced over, probably by Grissom himself as it is in the same ink as the other signatures. In fine condition, with a uniform shade of mild toning from previous display, and some light mounting remnants to reverse. Accompanied by an unsigned vintage glossy 10 x 8 photo of Kennedy and all of the Mercury astronauts at the White House on October 10, 1963, where they were to receive the 1963 Collier Trophy.

Three days after John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, President Kennedy—famously passionate about advancing the space program—flew to Cape Canaveral to honor the astronaut, view his spacecraft, and tour the space launch center, which he had never seen. On February 26, 1962, the two stepped aboard Air Force One, joined by Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom—who had made the first two suborbital flights in 1961—to attend further celebrations in Washington, DC. The group spent the flight discussing further promotional events for the space program, both domestically an abroad, though Kennedy was clearly inclined to end the publicity and return the astronauts to work on their next missions. Signed during this historic flight aboard the presidential jet, this is an excellent piece, holding four highly sought-after autographs on one rare format. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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John F. Kennedy Signed Book Profiles in Courage

Signed book: Profiles in Courage. Later printing. NY: Harper and Brothers, 1956. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.5, 266 pages. Signed on the first free end page in fountain pen, “John F. Kennedy.” Autographic condition: very good, with a strip of toning over first name of signature, and some other scattered light toning and foxing to signed page. Book condition: VG-/VG-. Black cloth-covered spine and blue paper-covered boards; mild wear to edges, with bumps and small tears at corners; front board bows up; large blocks of white soiling to interior and exterior of covers along the fore-edge; lightly yellowed and foxed, with faint waterstain to upper textblock edge (exterior only); gentle crease to rfep. Dust jacket has small chips/tears and creases along edges; spine and portion of front sunned; slightly yellowed and foxed (foxing heavier on reverse); light scuff to spine; price-clipped. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy Campaign Charms

Two items: rare bracelet charm given to delegates at the 1960 Democratic National Convention showing Kennedy’s PT-109. Charm measures 1.5″ in diameter with a loop to hang from bracelet; and a gold PT-109 gift pin, 1.75″ long, which Kennedy would hand out during campaign stops and in the Oval Office. In fine condition. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on November 9, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy Pen Used to Sign the 1963 Child and Mental Health Bill

Fountain pen used by President Kennedy to sign the Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Bill. Presidential Lucite and black plastic Esterbrook fountain pen measures 6″ long has “The President—The White House,” printed on the clear portion of the pen, and still retains some ink on the nib. Pen comes with a cardboard box which is labeled in an unknown hand, “1576,” This pen was used by Kennedy in the Cabinet Room of the White House at a bill signing ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on October 24, 1963. One of several pens used that day to sign the bill, this pen was presented to Mr. John G. Fettinger, president of the National Association for Retarded Children. Pen is accompanied by a second-generation photo from the bill signing ceremony, with the president handing one of the pens to his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, with Fettinger, his wife, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and others in the background. Also included is a photocopy of Fettinger’s official White House invitation to the bill signing, several other photos of Kennedy speaking on the subject, with Fettinger seated by his side, and invitations to the 1963 and 1964 Annual International Awards for outstanding achievement in research, service, and leadership in mental retardation; and a program from the 1961 awards event. According to the JFK Library, this was the second or third to last bill-signing ceremony of Kennedy’s presidency, and one which was no doubt very close to his heart as mental handicap research and treatment were a personal issue for the family due in part to his sister Rosemary’s affliction. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy Final Sailboat Sketch

Original vintage pencil sketch of a sailboat, drawn by Kennedy on an off-white 4 x 6 sheet of Rice Hotel stationery. Includes a typed note signed by Evelyn Lincoln, in full: “President John F. Kennedy arrived at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas at 5:00 p.m. on November 21, 1963, where he stayed for 3 1/2 hours. He left the Rice Hotel to go to the Coliseum to attend Congressman Albert Thomas’s dinner. Later that evening he went to the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth where he stayed over night.” Both the sketch and note are affixed at the top to foam-core mounts of the same size. In fine condition. Originates from the Robert L. White collection and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Erik L. Dorr, curator of the Gettysburg Museum of History. Published in Cabinet Magazine’s 2006 book Presidential Doodles. Provenance: Guernsey’s, 2005.

The most prolific doodler of all US presidents, Kennedy was known to cover entire sheets of paper with stacked boxes, repeated words, and small drawings—most frequently of sailboats. From 1952 until his death, Evelyn Lincoln accumulated and catalogued countless pages, including this: the final doodle of his life. Looking at this sketch, which reminds us of Kennedy’s own beloved sloop, the Victura, it is easy to imagine the president at the historic Rice Hotel, where he dined and attended a meeting, with his pad in hand, dreaming of the peace and freedom of the open ocean. In the summer of 1964, in the wake of the assassination, a collection of his doodles went on a memorial tour of twenty-three cities, after which they were returned to Evelyn Lincoln or prepared for the Kennedy Library, where a photocopy of this original piece remains. Considered one of his most charming sailboat doodles and the most historically significant, due to its November 21st date, this is one of the most desirable pieces of Kennedy memorabilia available. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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John F. Kennedy Senate-era Handwritten Notes

Kennedy’s unsigned handwritten notes on two off-white 4.25 x 7 lightly-lined sheets. Over 70 words in Kennedy’s hand, with complete transcriptions done by Evelyn Lincoln accompanying the piece. A sampling of the notes includes: “Mobilized resources however vast they may be.do [sic] not win wars—Barbara Ward Policy of the West,” “German armament; contingents no larger than brigade groups start at size of German force not to exceed 1/5 of all forces,” and “Says many communist in Italy are so because of domestic matters. Says one of the greatest difficulties of getting Italians to make war effort is that they do not feel that they are equal to other countries because of peace treaty.” A typed letter of provenance accompanies the notes and reads, “John F. Kennedy always kept a small, black notebook accessible so that he could jot down thoughts that came to him…After recording his thoughts he would tear out the page and keep it handy for future reference. The handwritten notes, which you now have in your possession, are two of those pages.” Archivally matted and framed with a portrait of Kennedy on the phone and jotting down some notes, with Lincoln’s transcripts affixed to reverse, along with the typed provenance, to an overall size of 24.75 x 17. In fine condition, with the writing on one page a couple shades light but still completely legible, and a couple trivial ink brushes to the second page. With a notable reference to British economist and Cambridge friend Barbara Ward’s Policy for the West, a book that greatly impacted Kennedy’s views on international politics, this item gives an extraordinary glimpse into the unedited thoughts of the future president. Oversized. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in John F. Kennedy

 

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