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    Franklin D. Roosevelt & First Cabinet: Photograph Signed.
    -Black and white. 8" x 10".
    -Mounting remnants on the verso, signatures moderately faded, some cracking to the image surface mainly at the corners, else good.

    A historic photograph of FDR's first cabinet gathered around his desk. In addition to Roosevelt's full signature the photograph is also signed by cabinet members Cordell Hull, Frances Perkins, Harold Ickes, James A. Farley, Claude Swanson, George Dern, Homer Cummings, Daniel Roper, and Henry Wallace. The only member that didn't sign is Treasury Secretary William H. Woodin.

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    A fabulous and historic 8 x 10" black and white photograph of FDR and his first Cabinet, taken in the Oval Office of The White House. The President and his men are gathered around FDR's desk for a formal photograph, with FDR seated in the middle at his desk. In addition to FDR's full signature, Cabinet members signing the photograph are: Cordell Hull, Secretary of State, Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor (and the first female Cabinet member in American history), Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, James A. Farley, Postmaster General, Claude A. Swanson, Secretary of the Navy, George H. Dern, Secretary of War, Homer S. Cummings, Attorney General, Daniel C. Roper, Secretary of Commerce, and Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture. The only signature missing is that of Secretary of the Treasury William H. Woodin, seated immediately to FDR's left in the photograph. It very well could be that because ill health removed Woodin from the Cabinet before FDR's first year as President was complete, Woodin may have been absent during the period when this photograph was signed by FDR and all his other Cabinet members. The signatures of FDR, Swanson, Dern, Ickes, Wallace, and Perkins are bold. The signatures of Hull, Cummings, Farley, and Roper are somewhat faded, but clearly visible under appropriate lighting. A fantastic signed photograph of the President and his first executive team as he began his historic tenure as President of the United States.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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