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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Photograph and Letter Signed as President to Howard McC. Snyder, his personal physician. Black and white photo, 9" x 7" (sight), of Eisenhower seated in a bow tie and robe with five of his physicians standing behind him (Snyder is at the far left). A letter of provenance that accompanies the photo states, "The picture was taken at Fitszimmons General Hospital in Denver, CO after the heart attack in September, 1955". Eisenhower signs, "To Howard --- D.E." on the mat. Matted to an overall size of 16.25" x 15"; with light soiling and in overall near fine condition.

    Also, a TLS "DE" on White House letterhead, 6.75" x 9", Denver, Colorado, October 18, 1955 to Snyder. Still recovering from his heart attack, Eisenhower lightheartedly writes: "Because certain unnamed doctor friends are limiting my activities these days, this note is necessarily brief. But I do want you to know that my gratitude is unbounded for the wonderful gift of jonquils that you are having planted on the grounds at Gettysburg..." Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope addressed to Snyder at "The Summer White House / Denver, Colorado".

    Maj. General Howard McC. Snyder served as Eisenhower's personal physician in the Army. He would assume the same role in the White House upon Ike's entering office. Eisenhower was the first president to have a heart attack while in office, and it was Snyder who rendered initial treatment. Snyder would also be by his side the following year as the President underwent an ileitis operation.


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    October, 2008
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