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    Eleanor Roosevelt: Adi Bernard Archive.
    -Three Typed Letters Signed, "Eleanor Roosevelt", each one page on personal letterhead, 6" x 7", New York City, 1947 - 1948, to Adi Bernard, New York City.
    -Western Union Telegram, one page, 8" x 5.75", from Eleanor Roosevelt to Adi Bernard, September 19, 1941. The First Lady regrets missing a concert.
    -Inscribed Eleanor Roosevelt calling card, "with best wishes for yourself", unsigned, one page with transmittal envelope, 3" x 2.25".
    -Various concert programs and envelopes.
    Overall good condition with expected soiling, aging and wear.

    Adi Bernard, a French concert pianist (and ex-resistance fighter), was befriended by Mrs. Roosevelt.

    In one of her "My Day" columns dated September 25, 1947, Eleanor wrote of Miss Bernard, "Among other appointments yesterday, I saw a French woman, Miss Adi Bernard, who is going to give her first recital in Carnegie Hall on October 6. She was a pupil of Jose Iturbi and has played in many parts of Europe in solo concerts and with various symphony orchestras. She was active in her country's resistance movement and is only now resuming her musical career. The first thing she said to me was: 'The United States is Heaven. Your people do not appreciate what they have.' That is the impression of almost everyone who comes here from other lands, so we should not wonder when we find hostility and even bitterness against us."

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    A fantastic signed Eleanor Roosevelt collection of signed letters and other ephemera related to noted pianist Adi Bernard. This fabulous ER collection contains telegrams and letters that were written by ER to Bernard. Its content reveals the fact that Mrs. Roosevelt was a fan of the concert pianinst, Adi Bernard. Bernard is best known for her Rhapsody in Hebrew: a Collection of Palestinian Folksongs Composed to Celebrate the New Jewish State. Most of the items in this special ER collection are dated in the 1930s and 1940s. All notes are typewritten and hand signed. The items in this special ER collection are as follows: Western Union Telegram from Eleanor Roosevelt to Anna Bernard, dated September 19, 1947, original transmittal envelope included; signed thank you letter to Bernard from ER dated October 10, 1947; signed thank you letter to Bernard from ER dated May 24, 1948, with original transmittal envelope; signed thank you letter to Bernard from ER dated December 23, 1948, original transmittal envelope included; personal notecard sent to Bernard from ER along with flowers, bearing ER's name and address, with the handwritten words: "With best wishes for success," original transmittal envelope included; a program for Bernard's performance in Strasbourg, November 1935; Program for Bernard's performance at the Roney Plaza Hotel, Miami Beach, March 29, 1951; two Carnegie Hall programs for Adi Bernard's performance in New York City, March 22, 1953; program for Bernard's performance at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City, February 27, 1955 with ER's handwriting at the top "Hoping to see you!"; Copy of the January, 1948 issue of The American Hebrew magazine, which includes an article about Adi Bernard's Rhapsody in Hebrew; and a booklet of ten "Subscription Bonds" in the name of Adi Bernard, each worth $2.50 towards the purchase of a ticket for one of her 1947-1948 season concerts. A fabulous Eleanor Roosevelt and Adi Bernard archive with multiple signed items by ER. Note also that all of ER's original transmittal envelopes are free-franked with her signature.

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    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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