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    From FDR's personal stamp collection.

    [Franklin D. Roosevelt] Polish American Council of the United States: Signed Declaration Regarding the Issuance of U.S. Stamp Honoring Poland in 1943 (Scott 909).
    -June 22, 1943. Chicago, Illinois. One page. 11" x 15". Manuscript document in a beautiful color-enhanced calligraphic hand. With original 11.5" x 8.25" transmittal envelope bearing a plate block of the Poland commemorative with First Day of Issue cancel.
    -To: The Honorable Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    -Declaration has repairs on verso to fold, else fine condition.

    The document reads, in full, "Mr. President:/ Gathered on the occasion of the ceremonies marking the fist day of sale of the United States stamp honoring heroic Poland, we send you, Mr. President, our greetings and sincere assurances of our appreciation of this symbolic recognition of Poland's contribution toward our war effort. Poland, the country of our forefathers, was the first to resist Nazi aggression. In her unbreakable and unswerving determination to protect her people's age-long traditions and her independence, Poland suffered cruel persecution. Yet, her spirit was not crushed and her sons fight today with even greater fierceness, not only for the freedom of their country, but also for the liberty of all humanity. It is fitting, therefore, that our government should pay this tribute to the unconquered people of Poland and to the brave soldiers of that country, who fight for our common cause./ Polish American Council of the United States." The document contains twelve signatures of the officers of the Council.

    This is a lot with appeal both as a document sent to President Roosevelt and signed by a number of leading Polish-Americans of the period, and also as a part of Roosevelt's legendary stamp collection. Included is the original Harmer folder showing that this was Lot 396 in the "First Roosevelt Sale" held February 4-5, 1946. Both the document and the envelope have rubber-stamped in red on verso: ""From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Collection Auctioned Feb., April, 1946 by H. R. Harmer, Inc., NY."


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    A very historic item, a large, glossy letter/certificate, employing color calligraphy, dated June 22, 1943 from Chicago, Illinois to President Franklin D. Roosevelt by the Polish American Council of the United States on the "Occasion of the ceremonies marking the first day of sale of the United States stamp honoring heroic Poland." The certificate measures an astonishing 11 x 15½" with the original 8½ x 11" envelope addressed to FDR at The White House, mailed using four cancelled five cent Poland stamps for which this certificate to FDR pays tribute. The full document reads: "Mr. President:/ Gathered on the occasion of the ceremonies marking the fist day of sale of the United States stamp honoring heroic Poland, we send you, Mr. President, our greetings and sincere assurances of our appreciation of this symbolic recognition of Poland's contribution toward our war effort. Poland, the country of our forefathers, was the first to resist Nazi aggression. In her unbreakable and unswerving determination to protect her people's age-long traditions and her independence, Poland suffered cruel persecution. Yet, her spirit was not crushed and her sons fight today with even greater fierceness, not only for the freedom of their country, but also for the liberty of all humanity. It is fitting, therefore, that our government should pay this tribute to the unconquered people of Poland and to the brave soldiers of that country, who fight for our common cause./ Polish American Council of the United States." The document contains twelve signatures of the officers of the Council. This is a truly magnificent document. This certificate is accompanied also by an original folder from the February 4 and 5, 1946 First Roosevelt Sale entitled the Collection of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Late President of the United States of America, conducted by H. R. Harmer, Inc. of New York, New York. This certificate was lot number 396 and in 1946 was auctioned for $275. Further, on verso of the document and on the original folder from the 1946 H. R. Harmer auction are red rubber stamps indicating "From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Collection Auctioned Feb., April, 1946 by H. R. Harmer, Inc., NY." Given Poland's fate before, during, and after World War II, the sentiment expressed in this document to FDR is all the more haunting. In mint condition.



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