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    Vellum Lampshade Signed by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Members of the Cabinet, Supreme Court, and Virtually Every Senior Roosevelt Advisor.
    -Before April 1, 1937. Washington, D.C. The shade measures 2" in diameter across the bottom, 14" across the top, and is 10.75 inches high.
    -Several of the vellum panels have come loose at the top and/or bottom. Panels six and seven have tears.

    A truly unique multiple signature item from Roosevelt's first term. Each panel of the eight-sided lampshade is numbered in the lower right of the respective panel in script. Isabelle V. Wamsley, who assembled this lampshade signed by New Deal notables was secretary to Louis McHenry Howe, and upon Howe's death in 1936 she became one of FDR's secretaries. Accompanying the eight-panel lampshade is a photocopy of a letter on White House Washington stationery dated April 1, 1937, detailing the many signatures.
    -Panel one of the lampshade bears the signatures of President Roosevelt, Vice President John Nance Garner, and all nine members from FDR's early Cabinet: Cordell Hull (Secretary of State); Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (Secretary of the Treasury); Harry Woodring (Secretary of War); James A. Farley (Postmaster General); Claude A. Swanson (Secretary of the Navy); Harold L. Ickes (Secretary of the Interior); Homer Cummings (Attorney General); Henry A. Wallace (Secretary of Agriculture); Daniel C. Roper (Secretary of Commerce); and Frances Perkins (Secretary of Labor).
    -Panel two includes the signatures of Marvin H. McIntyre (Secretary to the President); James Roosevelt (FDR's oldest son and at the time Secretary to the President); Marguerite A. "Missy" LeHand (FDR's Private Secretary); Ross Q. McIntire, FDR's personal physician; and Alben W. Barkley, United States Majority Leader and later Vice President.
    -Panel three includes Ralph V. Hitchcock, (FDR campaign worker); H. M. Kannee (Secretary to Marvin H. McIntyre); Rudolph Forster (Chief Clerk of the White House); M. C. Latta (Assistant to Mr. Forster); William D. Hassett (Secretary to the President); Pat McKenna (Receptionist at the front desk of the White House); Robert Fechner (Director of the CCC); Donald R. Richberg (NRA Administrator); Frank K. Sanderson (Disbursement Clerk of the White House); and Jesse H. Jones (Chairman of the RFC).
    -Panel four bears the signatures of entire Supreme Court of the United States who nullified elements of the New Deal: Charles Evans Hughes (Chief Justice); Willis van Devanter; J. C. McReynolds; Louis D. Brandeis; George Sutherland; Pierce Butler; Harlan F. Stone; Owen Roberts; and Benjamin Cardozo.
    -Panel five bears the signatures of fourteen female secretarial assistants (known as "the girls") including Isabelle V. Wamsley.
    -Panel six has the signatures of Fred D. Pryor (who served with FDR when he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy); Hugh S. Jackson (Chairman of the N.R.A.); S. C. Jackson (Head Usher and Assistant to Pat McKenna); Father Sheehy; Colonel E. W. Starling (Advance Man of the Secret Service); Russell C. Wood (Secret Service); Bob Clark (Secret Service).
    -Panel seven bears the signatures of Eleanor Roosevelt, J. F. T. "Jefty" O'Connor (Comptroller of the Currency), Edwin "Pa" Watson (Secretary to the President), Louis McHenry Howe, (FDR's most important friend and mentor before his death in 1936) and his wife Grace H. Howe, Charles T. Russell (Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue), Guy T. Helvering (Collector of Internal Revenue), United States Senator Joseph F. Guffey, and W. W. Howes (First Assistant Postmaster General).
    -Panel eight bears the signatures of Harry L. Hopkins (next to Howe FDR's most trusted friend and advisor, Administrator of WPA and Federal Relief), as well as Joseph P. Kennedy (Chairman of the SEC and later Ambassador to the Court of St. James and father of future President John F. Kennedy), Charles Michelson (Director of Publicity for the Democratic National Committee), Edward L. Roddan (Publicity for the Democratic National Committee), Charles West (Under Secretary of the Interior), and Thomas G. Corcoran (Tommy the Cork, another key FDR advisor and then Council for RFC).


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    A truly one of a kind multiple signature item from the 1930s, an eight-panel lamp shade with each panel numbered in the lower right of the respective panel in fancy script, belonging to Isabelle V. Wamsley, the former assistant and secretary to both FDR and Louis McHenry Howe. Accompanying the eight-panel lamp shade is a copy of a letter on The White House Washington stationery dated April 1, 1937, detailing the many signatures on all eight panels of the lamp shade. Panel one of the lamp share from top to bottom has signatures of FDR, Vice President John Nance Garner, and all nine members from FDR's early Cabinet: Cordell Hull (Secretary of State), Henry J. Morzenthau, Jr. (Secretary of the Treasury), Harry Woodring (Secretary of War), James A. Farley (Postmaster General), Claude A. Swanson (Secretary of the Navy), Harold L. Ickes (Secretary of the Interior), Homer Cummings (Attorney General), Henry A. Wallace (Secretary of Agriculture), Daniel C. Roper (Secretary of Commerce) and Frances Perkins (Secretary of Labor). The second panel includes the signatures of Marvin H. McIntyre (Secretary to the President), James Roosevelt (FDR's oldest son and at the time Secretary to the President), Marguerite A. "Missy" LeHand (FDR' Private Secretary), Ross Q. McIntire, FDR's personal physician, Alben W. Barkley, United States Majority Leader and later Vice President. The third panel includes Ralph V. Hitchcock, (FDR campaign worker), H. M. Kannee (Secretary to Marvin H. McIntyre), Rudolph Forster (Chief Clerk of the White House), M. C. Latta (Assistant to Mr. Forster), William D. Hassett (Secretary to the President), Pat McKenna (Receptionist at the front desk of the White House), Robert Fechner (Director of the CCC), Donald R. Richberg (NRA Administrator), Frank K. Sanderson (Disbursement Clerk of the White House), and Jesse H. Jones (Chairman of the RFC). The fourth panel bears the signatures of entire Supreme Court of the United States, the infamous nine during FDR's first term as President of the United States who nullified elements of the New Deal: Charles Evans Hughes (Chief Justice), Willis van Devanter, J. C. McReynolds, Louis D. Brandeis, George Sutherland, Pierce Butler, Harlan F. Stone, Owen Roberts and Benjamin Cardozo. The fifth panel bears the signatures of fourteen female secretarial assistants (known as "the girls") including Isabelle V. Wamsley. The seventh panel bears the signatures of Eleanor Roosevelt, J. F. T. "Jefty" O'Connor (Comptroller of the Currency), Edwin "Pa" Watson (Secretary to the President), Louis McHenry Howe, (FDR's most important friend and mentor before his death in 1936) and his wife Grace H. Howe, Charles T. Russell (Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue), Guy T. Helvering (Collector of Internal Revenue), United States Senator Joseph F. Guffey, and W. W. Howes (First Assistant Postmaster General). The eighth panel bears the signatures of Harry L. Hopkin (next to Howe FDR's most trusted friend and advisor, Administrator of WPA and Federal Relief), as well as Joseph P. Kennedy (Chairman of the SEC and later Ambassador to the Court of St. James and father of future President John F. Kennedy), Charles Michelson (Director of Publicity for the Democratic National Committee), Edward L. Roddan (Publicity for the Democratic National Committee), Charles West (Under Secretary of the Interior), and Thomas G. Corcoran (Tommy the Cork, another key FDR advisor and then Council for RFC). These many signatures on eight panels of the lamp shade make this vintage memento from the White House a truly fantastic and unique treasure trove of New Deal era signatures, from FDR to key members of his Administration, to the Supreme Court of the United States. The shade measures 22 inches in diameter across the bottom and is 10 ¾ inches high. Isabelle V. Wamsley, who assembled this lamp sheet of notable New Deal-era signatures was secretary to Louis McHenry Howe, and upon Howe's death in 1936 she became one of FDR's secretaries. A truly one of a kind and notable collection of signatures inscribed on eight panels, a unique presentation piece to be sure.



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    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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