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Dwight Eisenhower Photograph Inscribed and Signed....

2011 September Beverly Hills Signature Historical Manuscripts Auction #6057

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Auction Ended On: Sep 13, 2011
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Award-winning photograph of General Eisenhower inscribed by the general to the photographer, Red Grandy
Dwight Eisenhower Photograph Inscribed and Signed. B/w, 11" x 14". This award-winning photograph was taken by photographer Francis "Red" Grandy at the moment Dwight Eisenhower heard the news that General Douglas MacArthur had been relieved as Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers on April 11, 1951. The photograph shows General Eisenhower, serving as the first Supreme Allied Commander Europe, holding his glasses and visibly surprised by the news. The boldly written inscription reads, "For Red Grandy: who, in this picture, surprised an old soldier. [signed] Dwight D. Eisenhower." The verso reads, "Red Grandy / Photographer / Stars and Stripes / APO 757 US Army."

Grandy, a young photographer only four months into his job with Stars and Stripes, took this photograph outside of Koblenz, Germany. He had planned to spend the day skiing in the Alps, but changed his plans when his boss asked him to be in Koblenz where General Eisenhower was to inspect French troops. The general arrived that morning and inspected the troops until lunch when he and his entourage, followed by Grandy and the rest of the press corps, dined at a nearby café. While there, the press corps heard that President Truman had fired General MacArthur, but the news didn't reach the general. After lunch, Eisenhower resumed his inspection. While Eisenhower viewed a French troop maneuver around 1:30 p.m., an Associated Press reporter asked him, "Have you heard the news about MacArthur?" The general replied, "No, what happened?" The reporter answered, "He's been relieved of his Far East command by President Truman and been replaced by General Ridgeway." According to Grandy, the general was shocked at the news and said, "Well, I'll be darned." Grandy, already prepared, snapped the photograph and preserved Eisenhower's moment of shock. He took the image to the Stars and Stripes' night news editor who decided not to include it in the next publication. But the following morning, the day news editor saw the photograph and ran it as a two-column shot a day late. It immediately gained attention from the Associated Press and other American newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Life. Grandy's photograph earned him instant fame and won Outstanding News Photo of the Year from Editors and Publishers, the Graflex Diamond Award, and numerous other awards.

This print was later inscribed by General Eisenhower and sent to the photographer, who has held it until now. Red Grandy was soon promoted to chief photographer of Stars and Stripes, a position he held for over thirty-five years. The verso of the photograph contains some mounting residue; the recto exhibits minor wrinkling in the lower margin.

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