Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice
Please note that will be down for scheduled maintenance from approximately January 24th, 2020 12:00 AM to January 24th, 2020 2:00 AM Central Time. We apologize for any inconvenience.


    Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Presidential Letter on Overcoming One's Handicaps, Together with a Fine Signed Color Photo. After his illness and resulting paralysis, FDR seems to have undergone a spiritual transformation, and he often showed great empathy toward other with handicaps. In 1934, Roosevelt responded to a letter from an Altoona, Pennsylvania girl named Ruth Spahn on White House letterhead:

    "I am glad that you felt like writing to me about yourself, and only wish that I could be of some very definite assistance to you. From your letter I am confident that you have had very excellent medical care. You probably know there in no golden road to cure or improvement in such a condition as your own, and that patience and persistence is necessary to secure further improvement. It is important that you be under proper medical supervision from time to time so that the doctors may advise as to the measures that you must follow in order to maintain your progress, which at times may seem very slow. I read between the lines of your note, however, that you are not the kind to be easily discouraged and that you will make the most out of your life in spite of its handicaps."

    The letter has been elegantly custom-framed along with a 10.5" x 12.5" color photo of FDR, boldly autographed in the lower margin. 18.5" x 30.5" as framed, and accompanied by the original White House envelope. Provenance: The Raab Collection.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2016
    3rd Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 377

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $200,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $200,000 and $2,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,000,000 per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 May 22 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674