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    Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt: Memorabilia Display Including Typed Letters Signed as President and First Lady.
    -FDR letter: August 21, 1935. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead. ER letter: July 26, 1936. Eastport, Maine. One page. 6.5" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -FDR letter to John Canning of Providence, Rhode Island. ER letter to Mr. Lehman.
    -Letters have original folds and minor toning, else fine. Overall display is fine.

    This large, beautifully double-matted and framed display piece contains a variety of memorabilia connected to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The two signed letters from FDR's first term are accompanied by an FDR circular plaque (9" in diameter); an admission ticket (6" x 3") to the 1936 Democratic National Convention at Franklin Field in Philadelphia; a cut "FDR" signature (3.75" x 2"), a selection of six FDR stamps of various denominations (5.5" x 3"), a bronze FDR medallion (3" in diameter), a bar of one ounce .999 fine silver featuring FDR's profile (1" x 2.5"), an FDR red, white and blue campaign ribbon (3.5" x 10"); a reproduction portrait of ER (6.5" x 9.5"); two ER stamps (3" x 1"); and two campaign buttons (one pro-FDR, one anti-ER). This piece is capped off with a plaque listing FDR's numerous accomplishments and challenges.

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    A wonderful Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt display piece, measuring 32 x 40," consisting of multiple Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt items matted together and framed in gold leaf. Contained in this magnificent display piece is an FDR letter as President, on The White House Washington letterhead dated August 21, 1935, to John Canning, Esq., of Providence, Rhode Island. FDR writes: "My dear Mr. Canning:/ I have read your letter of August sixteenth with a great deal of interest. I am glad to have the benefit of your opinion and shall keep your suggestions in mind./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt."  Additionally, there is a clipped signature of "FDR" taken from a White House memorandum. The piece also contains a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt on The White House Washington letterhead, from Eastport, Maine, where ER was up visiting her Campobello cottage, dated July 26, 1936, to Robert Lehman (1891-1969), an investment banker of the Lehman Brothers family, a family that also produced Herbert H. Lehman, FDR's successor as Governor of New York. ER writes: "Dear Mr. Lehman:/ How very kind of you to send me such lovely orchids. They are a joy and I am so pleased to have them./ It was a great pleasure to me to have you all at Hyde Park for Ruth's wedding. I thought she looked particularly sweet and happy and the whole wedding was charming./ With many, many thanks,/ Very cordially yours,/ Eleanor Roosevelt." In her "My Day" column dated July 12, 1936, ER states the following: "Yesterday was a busy, busy day!  Friday morning Mrs. Ruth Bryan Owen decided to be married in our little Hyde Park church and while arrangements were all her own, there are just a few things which you like to do for any one you are fond of on an occasion such as this, and so Miss Cook, Miss Dickerman and I asked the wedding party to come back after the ceremony and have supper at our cottage with their friends.  Added to the excitement of a wedding was my husband's home coming which in itself brings plenty of occupation for every one." According to the New York Times, July 12, 1936, Page 1, Column 1, Mrs. Ruth Bryan Owen was identified as "the Nation's first woman diplomat."  On July 11, 1936 in Hyde Park, Mrs. Owen married Captain Boerge Rohde, Captain of the Royal Life Guards of King Christian X of Denmark, to whose Court Mrs. Owen was Minister.  Mrs. Owen was the daughter of William Jennings Bryan.  The best man at the wedding was Robert Lehman, Mrs. Owen's son-in-law. Therefore, ER's letter in this FDR and ER display piece has very interesting and personal content! All FDR and ER items in this collection are handsomely double matted with a one ounce silver bar, with images of FDR and ER, photographs, stamps, a campaign ribbon, with FDR's image, an admission ticket to the 1936 Democratic National Convention at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, a gold FDR medallion, an FDR circular plaque nine inches in diameter, and two campaign pins, one of which is hand painted and looks stunning, the other campaign pin has the politically humorous slogan "We Don't Want Eleanor Either" on it. This piece also has a plaque which lists FDR's accomplishments. A magnificent FDR and ER collection in its own right, with numerous signed items as well as campaign and other Roosevelt memorabilia, a fantastic piece.

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    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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