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    Dwight Eisenhower: Presidential Archive. This extensive lot includes material related to and belonging to Staff Sergeant Marvin E. Long who served on the crew of the Presidential transport plane The Columbine. The plane was a successor to Truman's Independence and a precursor to Air Force One. Long started his career in the Military Police of the United States Air Force. After special training by the FBI, Secret Service, and Air Force intelligence, he was given an assignment as personal guard to the president while in transit on the Columbine. After leaving the Air Force, he worked as a police officer in Arlington, Virginia, then as a nightvision electro-options engineer in Fort Belvoir for twenty five years. During his Presidential service, he got to fly with the President and Mrs. Eisenhower throughout the country and on visits to various heads-of-state. During this time, he got to know the President and First Lady very well and was able to obtain various mementoes of their association. Long passed away in 2002 and the archive passed to his daughter.

    The archive includes three basic components, including a deck of presidential cards, an assortment of White House Christmas cards and an extensive album. The first item is an unopened deck of cards from the Columbine. The gold pasteboard box contains a complete deck of playing cards wrapped in cellophane. The back of the cards depict the airplane, the Presidential Seal and the initials "D.D.E." The green flocked velvet top had the Presidential Seal stamped in gold, but this has worn away for the most part. The interior of the lid shows the plane and gives its history and usage. "The 'Columbine' Constellation, named for the flower of the state of Colorado, is a U. S. Air Force C-121B military transport assigned to special service for the swift transportation of important personnel. Designed and built by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, it provides 300 mile-per-hour speeds for flight distances up to 3,250 miles non-stop." The large format White House Christmas cards are from 1953, 1954 and 1956. There is also an unmarked card with a reproduction of snow-covered mountain scenery, likely dating from 1955 or 1957. There is some minor damage to the card reproducing Ike's portrait of Lincoln, but the balance is very fine. The album contains twenty-five two-sided leaves, for a total of fifty pages. These are organized into chapters with titled headings, covering Long's life from adolescence onwards. The vast majority of the album covers his years as personal guard to the Eisenhower's. The contents of the album include souvenirs of visits to the Denver White House, photos of the presidential plane, its crew, military training classes, identification tags, security passes, letters and cards from the Eisenhower's, diplomas, certificates and letters of commendation, family photos, souvenirs of trips, etc. Of special note are photos of Mamie christening the aircraft, three matchbooks given to the flight crew, an Eisenhower TLS, signed presentation photos of Ike and Mamie, Long's Gate and Vehicle passes, four small-format White House greeting cards, White House Party passes (Long notes: "We went & picked up the President of Mexico. We were guests of his for 3 days. We went Acapulco & on his yacht."), photos taken from inside the airplane, photo of Adenauer, Dulles and Nixon together, a diploma from Military Police School, a diploma for a course completed at IBM signed by company founder Thomas J. Watson, Jr., a White House Service Certificate and completion of specialized training certificates from the Air Force and Coast Guard. This is a unique archive with impeccable provenance.


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    November, 2010
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