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    Pristine Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako Signed Photograph

    Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako Signed Photograph. Photograph Signed by Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako in Japanese, 6.25" x 9". This pristine black & white photograph depicts Their Majesties outdoors. It is in its original 8.25" x 11" standing frame with the royal crest, the kiku (chrysanthemum) in gilt at top center. The frame bears slight scratches. The signed photograph comes from the Estate of Emil and Patricia Mosbacher. Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, Jr. (1922-1997) was Chief of Protocol in the Nixon Administration from 1969-1972. Among his duties was to coordinate State visits. On September 27, 1971, on his way to Europe, Emperor Hirohito made a stop in Alaska on the first journey of a Japanese Emperor outside his native land. President Nixon flew to Anchorage with Mosbacher and others and met with Hirohito informally for 35 minutes. The "Long Beach Press Telegram" reported on September 27, 1971, that Mosbacher also spoke with the Japanese Emperor. It is not known if Mosbacher received this photograph at that time or if it was sent to him later. Signed photographs of Emperor Hirohito are extremely rare. Those in the original presentation frame are especially desirable.

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    October, 2007
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