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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Signed Sheet of Stamps as President.
    -Sheet of 50 U. S. five-cent stamps from the "Occupied Nations" series, this one featuring the flag of Luxembourg. 8.5" x 10.75". Co-signed by Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
    -Full margins, two tiny perforations along right edge, imprinted top and bottom "From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Collection / Auctioned Feb. - April, 1946 by H. R. Harmer Inc. N.Y." Overall excellent condition.

    A very late Roosevelt signature from early 1945.


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    A splendid item, especially given the fact that Franklin D. Roosevelt was a lifelong philatelist! A full sheet of the United States Stamp series on "occupied nations" from 1944. In this five cent stamp series, a stamp honored each country occupied by the Axis powers during World War II. This is a Luxembourg sheet. On the left margin are the signatures "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as President, and also signed "Henry Morgenthau, Jr." who was FDR's friend and Secretary of the Treasury, to the left of FDR's bold signature. Sheet is mint, never hinged and intact with full selvedge, and signed by FDR as President. At the top and bottom of the sheet is the notation: "From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Collection/ Auctioned April 12, 1946 by H.R. Harmer, N.Y." Other than the fact that both FDR and his Secretary of the Treasury sign this sheet of fifty stamps during World War II honoring Luxembourg as an occupied nation is the fact that FDR's signature on this stamp sheet indicates most probably that it was a 1945 signature, perhaps signed during FDR's last months as President! Comparing FDR's full signature on this stamp sheet to other signatures contained in the Study and Development of the Signature of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1911-1945, prepared under the auspices of Mr. John Reznikoff, Founder and President of University Archives, the fountain pen signature is consistent with the February to April, 1945 time period, considering slant, flow, pen pressure, letter size, and other characteristics.



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    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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