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    Theodore Roosevelt: Classic "Equality" Design. One of several varieties, all rare, which were inspired by TR's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House. The first issue, which derives from a popular print of the day, pictures a clearly recognizable Washington. This design is believed to have been issued in a positive spirit, honoring this break-through event: the first invitation of a black man to dine with the president. However, the present variety and at least one other are generally thought to be of an "anti-" nature. Instead of a distinguished Washington, it depicts a casually slouched, generic black man, and is thought to have represented the critical reaction in some circles to Roosevelt's gesture. The present variety is particularly prized by collectors because it is the only one in vivid color. This is a very choice example; even the W. F. Miller back paper is near mint. Diameter 1¼".

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