DescriptionRoosevelt Family Photo Album (1916-1920) with 244 Images, and a Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed Letter to Son James. A fascinating and intimate photographic collection of the Roosevelt family commissioned by FDR and sent to his oldest son James Roosevelt. The photographic album is a copy of the original album assembled by Anna Roosevelt's and recreated in 1942 by Kodak at FDR's request.
-The black leather photographic binder, 11.25" x 7.25", contains 244 photographs, ranging in size from 2.25" x 3.25" to 5" x 6.75". Many of the original photographs are captioned by Anna Roosevelt and cover a diversity of Roosevelt family events, vacations, family homes, and the 1920 presidential political campaign.
-Roosevelt family members predominate, with candid photographs of FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sara Delano Roosevelt, and the Roosevelt children (Anna, James, Elliott, FDR, Jr., and John). Also shown are: Louis McHenry Howe, Miss Bates, Missy Burk, Elizabeth Hitt, Russ, Mary, Murray, Henry, Miss Thompson, Warren M., family pets, acquaintances, and an array of friends and political persons of the time.
-The album is accompanied by a typed letter signed by FDR to his son James, in which he writes: "Dear Jimmy:/ I found an old album at Hyde Park belonging to Sis [FDR's daughter, Anna Roosevelt] and as it had pictures of all of you when you were younger, I thought each would like to have a copy. I had it photostated and am sending it under a separate cover./ Affectionately,/ FDR." The letter, 5" x 8", is on White House letterhead and dated March 17, 1942.
The photographs are clean and securely attached to the album pages. The leather cover of the album shows normal wear and dryness. The letter has uniform light darkening and tape at the top and bottom. An extremely interesting and seldom seen glimpse into the private side of the Roosevelt family.
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Vintage and original Roosevelt family photographic collection assembled by FDR himself and sent to his oldest son James Roosevelt in a 7 ¼ x 11 ¼" black photographic binder, accompanied by a cover letter on The White House Washington letterhead written to Jimmy Roosevelt, dated March 17, 1942, three months after Pearl Harbor, and the 37th wedding anniversary of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. FDR writes: "Dear Jimmy:/ I found an old album at Hyde Park belonging to Sis [FDR's oldest child and only daughter, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt] and as it had pictures of all of you when you were younger, I thought each would like to have a copy. I had it photostated and am sending it under a separate cover./ Affectionately,/ FDR." What FDR sent his son Jimmy in follow-up to this letter was an impressive and now historic original grouping of Roosevelt family photographs in a black photographic album numbering 244 photographs, ranging in size from 2 ¼ x 3 ¼" to 5 x 6 ¾." Many of the photographs are captioned by Anna Roosevelt in her own hand, and cover a diversity of Roosevelt family events: family outings, family members, family homes and political campaign, as well as an assemblage of friends and supporters, including: FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Roosevelt children Anna, James, Elliott, FDR, Jr., and John, Louis McHenry Howe, Miss Bates, Missy Burk, Elizabeth Hitt, Russ, Mary, Murray, Granny [Sara Delano Roosevelt], Henry, Miss Thompson, Warren M., family pets, and other family events, acquaintances, and a vast array of political persons of the time. The original photographs were taken between 1918 to 1920. The photographic album was assembled in 1942 from Anna Roosevelt's original photographic set in 1942 by Kodak at FDR's request. Kodak's name and company logo are featured on the back corner of the photographic album. The photographs are mounted in the photographic album on very firm photographic backing, the entire family photographic history from 1918 to 1920 is very well done, extremely rare, and historic. A one of a kind memento from the Roosevelt family during the last period of FDR's personal and political life before he contracted poliomyelitis, which would forever change the lives of the Roosevelt family of Hyde Park, New York.
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