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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President Framed with Cards.
    -September 11, 1936. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -To: Joe Tipman of Baltimore.
    -Some toning, minor stains at left edge, else very good.

    This typed letter to boxer Joe Tipman signed by FDR is framed with a 7" x 5" Christmas card sent out by Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt during his time as Governor of New York, a 4.5" x 3.5" White House Garden Party invitation from Eleanor with original envelope, and two 4" x 2" cards: one printed "President Roosevelt" and the other printed "Mrs. Roosevelt". A matted 15" x 7" black and white pencil lithograph of the north side (front) of the White House caps off this impressive display piece. The original envelope for the letter to Tipman and a newspaper clipping about his connection to FDR are mounted on the verso.

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    A fabulous Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt display piece, measuring 21 ¾ x 33," 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 September 11, 1936, to professional boxer Joe Tipman of Baltimore, Maryland, with original transmittal envelope mounted on the verso of the frame. FDR writes: "Dear Joe:/ Please accept my thanks for your letter of September tenth, with enclosure. I was delighted to hear from you and want to assure you of my sincere appreciation of the loyal support which you are giving./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt."  Additionally, there is an invitation with original transmittal envelope addressed to the Honorable and Mrs. John N. Norton, inviting the couple to a garden party at The White House on Tuesday afternoon, May 16 at four o'clock; two cards measuring 2 x 4," both with the golden seal of the President of the United States, one with calligraphic printing of "President Roosevelt" on the Presidential card stock, and the other with calligraphic printing of "Mrs. Roosevelt" on the Presidential card stock; an original Christmas card from FDR and ER sent during the Gubernatorial years, depicting the then First Couple of the State of New York in front of the fireplace; and finally a large 7 x 15" black and white pencil lithograph of the north side (front) of The White House, drawn and signed by Ernest P. Daly with the caption "The White House." This piece also has on the verso an original newspaper clipping from a 1933 edition of The Baltimore Sun, featuring a black and white photograph of Joe Tipman, with the headline: "Joe Tipman Personal Friend of Roosevelt's Personal Guard/ Baltimore Boxing Leader Expresses Concern Over Attempted Assassination." The newspaper article continues: "The attempted shooting of President-Elect Roosevelt carried more than the ordinary amount of significance for Joe Tipman, known in boxing circles here as "the Pride of Rock St." Tipman is a personal friend of ‘Gus' Gennrich, personal bodyguard of the next President. ‘So I'm wondering,' said Tipman today, ‘just how Gus came out in all this. I'm certainly sorry the whole terrible thing happened, but I'm glad Gus wasn't harmed. Last November, when Mr. Roosevelt came here to make his campaign speech, I wanted his autograph, but it was suggested by the Governor's son that I go to Mt. Royal Stadium, where the crowds weren't so great. I did, and got the autograph. While I was there I met Gennrich. I introduced him to Detective William Burns and Captain Atkinson, of the Traffic Department. Gus used to be a fighter, too; he's right hefty and quick with his fists.'" Irvin Tiepermann was a prize fighter in the early part of the twentieth century, and fought under the name Joe Tipman. He later legally changed his name to Joe Tipman. Tipman's claim to fame was that he knocked out Terrible Terry McGovern in an exhibition fight when Joe was only fifteen years of age. John Nathaniel Norton (1878-1960), to whom the invitation to the garden party at The White House was sent, was born near Stromsburg, Nebraska, May 12, 1878. A lifelong Democrat, Norton was a member of the Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1911-1918; a delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1919-1920; candidate for Governor of Nebraska, 1924; United States Representative from Nebraska 4th District, 1927-1929, 1931-1933; and a member of Nebraska Unicameral Legislature, 1937-1938. Norton died in Washington, D.C., October 5, 1960. The black and white pencil lithograph of The White House by Ernest P. Daly is part of the John P. Saylor Congressional Collection. A wonderful FDR and ER collection in its own right, with a signed Presidential letter as well as several items from both the Gubernatorial and Presidential years of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and other Roosevelt memorabilia, a terrific piece.

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