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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Signed Photograph Taken at the Inter-American Conference at Rio de Janeiro.
    -January 1942. Black and white, 9" x 7", with Associated Press photo credits stamped on the verso and printed tipped-on caption which was become detached from photo.
    -Mounted to stiff card stock, else fine.

    The Inter-American Conference held in Rio de Janeiro from January 15 through the 28th included representatives from 21 American republics meeting to coordinate policies in defense of the Western Hemisphere. This photograph, released by the Office of War Information, features FDR seated on the deck of an un-named U.S. destroyer surrounded by military and political dignitaries. The president has boldly signed across his own figure in the photograph.

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    A black and white photograph of FDR seated on the deck of a United States Destroyer surrounded by military and political dignitaries, measuring 7 x 9," signed boldly by FDR across his own figure in the photograph. This official press photograph was taken during President Roosevelt's a state visit to Brazil to meet with President Getúlio Vargas. The two leaders met on board the American Destroyer off Natal, Brazil and announced their joint determination to safeguard the sea lanes of the Atlantic Ocean. The photograph is signed by FDR in the center, in bold black ink. The signature grades a 10 out of 10. The photograph is credited as a press photograph to the Associated Press. On the verso of the photograph a typewritten message reads: "Associated Press Photo From United States Navy, Released by O.W.I. from Washington/ Please Use Credit/ (For Publication in Morning Papers of Tuesday,  Feb. 2, Not Appearing on the Street Before 9 P.M., EWT, Feb. 1)./ Conferred Aboard United States Destroyer/ On deck of a United States Destroyer in the Potengi River Harbor at Natal, Brazil, following a conference aboard, Sit, L. To R.: Harry Hopkins, Roosevelt's special assistant; President Vargas of Brazil; President Roosevelt; and Jefferson Caffery, United States Ambassador to Brazil. Officers standing behind them were not identified." The 1940s were a turning point in the political and cultural links between Brazil and the United States. The catalyst was World War II. Beginning in 1941, American military bases were built in Northeastern Brazil to support the mounting Allied pressure on the Axis forces in North Africa. The Brazilian delegation took the lead at the American Foreign Ministers Conference, held in Rio de Janeiro in January 1942, in which the collective breaking of diplomatic relations with the Axis countries was negotiated. A succession of torpedo attacks on Brazil's merchant fleet by German submarines culminated in Brazil's declaring war against Germany and Italy in August 1942. Returning from the 1943 Casablanca Conference with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, FDR stopped in the Northeastern city of Natal, Brazil, to discuss Brazil's participation in the war with Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas. A terrific and historic photograph with a boldly penned full signature from the Commander-in-Chief, Franklin D. Roosevelt during an important inter-American war conference on board an American Destroyer, accompanied by Harry L. Hopkins.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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