DescriptionHarry S Truman: Signed 1945 Proclamation Declaring a Day of Prayer to Honor the Fallen in the Just-Concluded Second World War. The printed proclamation, signed "Harry Truman" at the bottom, was read by the president on May 8, 1945 (his 61st birthday) at the White House press conference, and proclaimed May 13, 1945 to be the day of prayer "in witness thereunto (he had) set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed."
Before reading the proclamation, Truman announced he had been informed by Gen. Eisenhower that the forces of Germany had surrendered to the United Nations. Signed copies of this elegantly printed, colorful proclamation are considered among the most desirable forms of Truman's autograph, and are highly prized by WWII collectors as well. This one is in beautiful condition. The signature is very slightly faded but very clear. Apparently the ink used by Truman to sign these proclamations was particularly prone to fading, as most copies we've seen show this to some degree. This is one of the nicer examples. 12" x 18".
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