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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Ten Photographs and One Signed Poem. During the mid-1920s, Roosevelt spent several months each winter on his houseboat, the Larooco, which he co-owned with close friend John Sigsbee Lawrence. These ten photographs, each measuring approximately 4" x 3", were taken during one of those winter holidays. FDR went to extraordinary lengths to conceal the full extent of his affliction and these candid photos, taken by a family friend during private vacationing, are particularly significant. The future president is seen lounging in his bathing suit on the beach in five of the ten images. In three others he poses next to a particularly large fish, is seen boating down the coast, and sits on the deck of a ship with the days catch at his feet. The final two are of the Larooco itself and an unidentified man. Conspicuously absent is Roosevelt's wife, Eleanor.

    Accompanying the snapshots is a typed poem, measuring 5.75" x 11", written by FDR and is signed by him at the bottom. Dated October 1924 and containing eleven stanzas, the poem was written to "M.S. Crosby / Companionable Ornithologist." Crosby was a respected ornithologist who had been at Harvard at the same time as FDR where their friendship undoubtedly began. The poem humorously describes a rather undisciplined voyage of the Larooco down Biscayne Bay, apparently with Crosby as the skipper. He writes, "Oh the Blue Laroo [sic] is missing you / For you taught her things no boat e'er knew." At the lower left corner Roosevelt has written, "For Helen," Crosby's daughter. The poem is mounted to two backing boards.

    Condition: Each of the photographs is lined on the verso with a glassine paper, likely from being mounted in a photo album. Several of the photos show staining and toning to the edges, but are otherwise in fine condition. The poem shows the usual folds and some adhesive staining at the upper edge, with accompanying paper loss, at the lower right corner, and horizontally in the lower half. Edges show some chipping in places. Small semi-circular tear through stanza six does not obscure the text.

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