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    Unissued 1963 Christmas Gift Print For White House And Presidential Staffers, Featuring A Room Interior From The White House
    As early as the Coolidge White House, it became a tradition for the First Family to give standardized holiday gifts to staffers, White House domestic employees, etc. Under Eisenhower, a series of yearly prints began which continues through today. Each one bore a facsimile hand-written Christmas greeting and signatures of the President and First Lady. The gift prints for 1963 had already been printed when JFK was tragically assassinated on Nov. 22. Gradually, through several channels, a number of the prints got out "into circulation" (it has been estimated that perhaps 1000-1500 total copies exist). Most recently, a "find" of several hundred was made, coming from the family of a woman whose job had involved aspects of the original issuing process. Prices on this item had been running upwards of $1500, but have temporarily dipped because of the "find." These White House Christmas prints are avidly collected, as are JFK items, particularly of an official nature. Accordingly, these 1963 prints will undoubtedly rise once again when this temporary supply is fully absorbed (we spoke with the original source, who assured us that he now retains just three copies for his personal use). 14" x 17".


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    November, 2004
    12th Friday
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