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    [Franklin D. Roosevelt] The Sacred Cow: Original Artwork and Embroidered Patch. The first sitting president to fly in an aircraft was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who traveled on a Boeing 314 flying boat to the 1943 Casablanca Conference to discuss the progress of World War II with Winston Churchill. However, this aircraft wasn't particularly well suited to the President's needs, so the Secret Service reconfigured a C-54 Skymaster as a replacement. Nicknamed the Sacred Cow, it contained a sleeping area, a radio telephone, and a retractable elevator to lift the president and his wheelchair in and out of the plane. FDR hated flying - he much preferred land- or sea-based transportation - but given time constraints, Roosevelt used the Sacred Cow to travel to a few important events, most notably the 1945 Yalta Conference. We offer here the original artwork for the Sacred Cow, and an original embroidered Sacred Cow patch.

    Original artwork:
    gouache on paper, 11 x 14" n.p., n.d. [circa 1944]. Depicts a flying white cow with a halo over its head, a bell around its neck, and an "up/down" elevator switch on its belly. Signed "Ewin - Todd" at lower right. Creamy overall foxing. Framed to an overall size of 12 x 15". Embroidered patch: features the Sacred Cow image rendered in thread, 5.25" diameter. The patch has been framed together with a newspaper article about Hank Myers, FDR's pilot, to an overall size of 17.25 x 15.5". Blue background fabric on patch shows moderate deterioration, with numerous small holes throughout.

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