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Lyndon B. Johnson’s Wooden Cigar Box

President Johnson’s personally-owned and -used wooden cigar box, measuring 10.25 x 7.25 x 2.25, constructed primarily of light wood with dark accents on the sides, engraved on the top in fine script, “President Johnson.” As would be expected, the wood is of superior, first-class quality. Includes a letter of provenance on a White House card from Toi Bachelder, a White House secretary and member of FDR’s inner circle. In part: “The wooden cigar box imprinted ‘President Johnson’ was owned and used by him…I met F.D.R. when I was 14 and began my White House service as a secretary in 1933. When I retired in 1967, President Johnson held a private reception for me in the Cabinet Room and the Oval Office.” In fine condition, with a few tiny dings and cracks that do not detract from use or display. Toi Bachelder first met Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1925 when, afflicted with polio, she became one of the first 25 test patients to be rehabilitated at FDR’s newly established Warm Springs Foundation in Georgia. On her first night there she was a bridge partner with the future president, and the two became friends of long duration. When FDR assumed the presidency in 1933, Bachelder was invited to work as one of his major secretaries at the White House. She accepted the job and became one of the most trusted members of his inner circle. A truly extraordinary presidential piece. The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Lyndon B. Johnson

 

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Lyndon B. Johnson Signed White House Card

Supremely rare White House card, signed in bold fountain pen, “Lyndon B. Johnson.” In fine condition. Accompanied by the original White House transmittal envelope and a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. This exact card was featured in Charles Hamilton’s book American Autographs, and in From the President’s Pen by Larry F. Vrazlik and Michael Minor; in the latter book it is identified as the only authentically signed example known to exist. A true rarity in modern presidential autographs. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Lyndon B. Johnson

 

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Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act Bill Signing Pen

Official dipping pen of immense historical importance, used by President Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964. The presidential 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 official typed statement describing the act and a White House card bearing a calligraphic description of the pen. An actual pen used by the president for such an iconic piece of legislation is expected to have just such an official typed inclusion within the tan presentation box. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was one of the first in attendance to receive such an official pen from LBJ.

Prior to his assassination, President Kennedy had called for legislation to end racial discrimination and segregation in public accommodations, public education, and federally assisted programs. Shortly after his death, President Johnson urged Congress to honor his memory by passing such an act, declaring, ‘We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. We have talked for one hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter, and to write it in the books of law.’ His appeal was successful and manifested itself in HR 7152, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark piece of legislation that banned segregation and racial discrimination, while guaranteeing equal job opportunities. The tremendous sociopolitical impact made the Civil Rights Act a crowning achievement of the 1960s Democrats and one of the most important laws passed in the 20th century. An epochal offering of a rarely seen official bill signer pen used by LBJ on that historic day in civil rights history.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Lyndon B. Johnson

 

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Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act Bill Signing Pen

Official dipping pen of immense historical importance, used by President Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964. The presidential 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 official typed statement describing the act and a White House card bearing a calligraphic description of the pen. An actual pen used by the president for such an iconic piece of legislation is expected to have just such an official typed inclusion within the tan presentation box. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was one of the first in attendance to receive such an official pen from LBJ.

Prior to his assassination, President Kennedy had called for legislation to end racial discrimination and segregation in public accommodations, public education, and federally assisted programs. Shortly after his death, President Johnson urged Congress to honor his memory by passing such an act, declaring, ‘We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. We have talked for one hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter, and to write it in the books of law.’ His appeal was successful and manifested itself in HR 7152, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark piece of legislation that banned segregation and racial discrimination, while guaranteeing equal job opportunities. The tremendous sociopolitical impact made the Civil Rights Act a crowning achievement of the 1960s Democrats and one of the most important laws passed in the 20th century. An epochal offering of a rarely seen official bill signer pen used by LBJ on that historic day in civil rights history.

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Lyndon B. Johnson

 

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Lyndon B. Johnson Typed memorandum signed as president

Typed memorandum, signed as president, one page, 6.75 x 9, White House letterhead, March 26, 1964. Issued to the Secretary of Defense, memo reads, in part: “I accept the recommendation made by you and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in your memorandum of March 14th and hereby authorize you to put into effect the updated ‘Instructions for Expenditure of Nuclear Weapons in Emergency Conditions’ which were brought to me by the Joint Chiefs of Staff on March 4, 1964. It is my understanding that the redrafted instructions are basically the same as those approved by President Eisenhower and continued in effect by President Kennedy. I would like to receive copies of all implementing directives which the Joint Chiefs issue on the basis of these instructions.” In fine condition. In 1957 President Eisenhower revised the instructions to prevent a nuclear response to small military encounters, and provide information on major attack options that may prompt a nuclear response. A highly important memo concerning national security. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Lyndon B. Johnson

 

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RR Auctions Lyndon B. Johnson Top Secret Memo Nuclear Weapons in Emergency Conditions

RR Auctions Lyndon B. JohnsonTyped memorandum, as president, one page, 6.75 x 9, White House letterhead, March 26, 1964. Issued to the Secretary of Defense, memo reads, in part: “I accept the recommendation made by you and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in your memorandum of March 14th and hereby authorize you to put into effect the updated ‘Instructions for Expenditure of Nuclear Weapons in Emergency Conditions’ which were brought to me by the Joint Chiefs of Staff on March 4, 1964. It is my understanding that the redrafted instructions are basically the same as those approved by President Eisenhower and continued in effect by President Kennedy. I would like to receive copies of all implementing directives which the Joint Chiefs issue on the basis of these instructions.” In fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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