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    John F. Kennedy: Large Scrapbook of Ephemera Assembled by PT-109 Crew-Member Barney Ross, Including Autographs. Very substantial and extensive 12" x 14.5" (3" thick) scrapbook assembled by George "Barney" Ross, a friend of JFK and crew-member aboard PT-109. The three primary subject matters include Barney's war record and experience surviving the sinking of PT-109, his involvement with JFK's presidential campaign in 1960, and the 1961 inauguration in Washington, D.C. There are photographs, three documents signed by J.F.K., newspaper clippings, campaign memorabilia and assorted ephemera, some of which is taped in place (with assorted discoloration) and some of which is loose or held in "pockets". Being sold strictly as-is, as currently constituted. Some empty spaces contained items that have been married with other lots in the sale, or have been retained by the family. Substantially intact. We will picture or describe the items we feel have the most value or interest.

    The album is arranged in chronological order. 1) Five World War II snapshots including three that depict Kennedy. 2) Six-page carbon typescript dated August 22, 1943 marked "Secret" detailing the "Sinking of PT 109 and subsequent rescue of survivors". 3) Barney's Citation letter awarding him the "Navy and Marine Corps Medal" for actions associated with the sinking of PT-109, signed by Admiral Halsey (likely a stamped signature). 4) 1955 TLS from Senator Kennedy to Ross, signed "Jack" with good war-related content. 5) Bifolium restaurant advertisement inscribed on the blank side "For Tad - Wendy & Muffie with the best wishes of their friend Jack Kennedy" (signed during the April 1960 Wisconsin primary). 6) Blue silk tie with hand-painted message "Thanks Wisconsin Jack April 5 1960" (artist unknown). 7) 10-page carbon typescript of article written by Ross for the "American Weekly" but never published. 8) War-time snapshot of Ross, JFK and two other sailors (spots of seawater damage not affecting Ross or Kennedy portraits). 9) 1921 Morgan silver dollar captioned "First dollar earned by 'Citizens for 'Kennedy' 1 straw hat". 10) JFK & Jackie personal Christmas card with note inscribed by JFK: "Great Man-We are counting on you to carry Barrington. Red says you're very big there - after his visit. Hope to see you soon. Best Jack" (some damage, mostly to message side of card). 11) An engraved invitation to JFK's wedding on September 12th (some tape stains). 12) A TLS from author Robert J. Donovan asking for assistance in the writing of his book on PT-109. 13) An I.D. tag for the President's "Conference on Physical Fitness of Youth". From the estate of George H. R. "Barney" Ross.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2018
    25th-26th Saturday-Sunday
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