DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt: Personal Monogrammed Handkerchief.
-Early to mid-1940s. 19" x 19" (unfolded).
FDR presented this monogrammed handkerchief to his White House valet, Arthur S. Prettyman. Included is a TLS, dated January 17, 1983, from Mrs. Prettyman, who writes [in part]: "Being the Valet to President Roosevelt was grueling work. There was so little that the President could do for himself physically, that a Valet had to do much heavy lifting and fetching and carrying. Everything the President did which involved the bedroom and/or bath required the assistance of a Valet. / My husband, Arthur Prettyman loved FDR. The President teased him about having a pretty face-like his name, and called him a 'lady killer.' When FDR died on April 12, 1945, it was my husband and Dr. Bruenn who carried him to his bed in Warm Springs. The great loss haunted Arthur until his death of a heart attach [sic] in 1957. He had served President Roosevelt as his valet since 1939." A rare FDR-owned item in very fine condition.
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