John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Excellent signed Halsman photograph

Signed crystal-clear vintage glossy photograph “To David Ireland III with best wishes John Kennedy”. 7.75 x 9.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed and inscribed in black fountain pen. A fine classic photo of JFK as Senator. Slightly trimmed and some very small emulsion losses not affecting any of the writing, otherwise good condition. Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) was a famous American portrait photographer. Halsman’s photographs are highly collectible even unsigned, an exceptionally desirable portrait. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 5,525 / € 4.250

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Fantastic rare early signed photograph

Rare early signed and inscribed glossy photograph from his first year in Congress. 7.0 x 9.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (1948), signed and inscribed in fountain pen "With warmest regards to Kenneth Browne from John F. Kennedy”. Reverse bears an affixed collector's label indicating that it was signed in 1948. The said date is consistent with my Kennedy autograph study which shows some signatures from this time. In 1946 the 29-year-old John F. Kennedy ran for the vacant 11th Congressional District seat in eastern Massachusetts. To its predominantly working class constituents - located in and around Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Charlestown, and Brighton - Kennedy seemed like a privileged dilettante: he was young, inexperienced, wealthy, and propped up by family and political connections. Yet Kennedy successfully cultivated another image, that of a World War II. veteran sympathetic to economic and social hardship. His campaign slogan “The New Generation Offers a Leader” emphasized his age positive rather than treating it as a liability. He won the general election by winning 73% of the vote, and went on to serve in the House of Representatives until 1953, when he secured a Senate seat. An exemplary, very early signed portrait of Kennedy as he began his career in politics and one of the finest you can hope to find. With light overall creasing, else fine condition. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

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Scarce autographed letter signed

Scarce and sought-after autographed letter signed “Jack”. 1p., recto and verso, 6.25 x 9.0 inch. Congress of the United States letterhead, no date but June 11, 1951. A COPY of the original postmarked envelope is included. Letter to Colonel Joseph T. Benedict. In full: "Many thanks for fixing things at the Convention. I thought that you had an unusually fine group there and that it was a great success. I hope things go well for your ... in the service. If there is every (crossed out) ever anything I can do - I hope you will let me know -." In fine condition. Accompanied by several copies of letters addressed between Benedict, Kennedy, and members of his White House staff, dated between 1961 and 1963. Scarce in handwritten letters. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

 

Price: $ 4,650 / € 3.875

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Handwritten manuscript “…develop more effective weapons"

Handwritten manuscript, unsigned. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (1954). Important handwritten manuscript on John F Kennedy for U.S. Senator stationery. In Kennedy’s hand: "more horrible than they could now imagine doesn’t lessen the severity of the challenge that this presents. We can meet this successfully by only by  Our success in meeting this challenge has been invited. Our task in the next years must be to develop more effective weapons." Notes written by JFK at his desk in the Senate Office building in 1954 on stationery used in his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Henry Cabot Lodge in 1952. Notes were thoughts to be used in a speech on United States defense. Handling wear, else good condition. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

 

 

Price: $ 3,575 / € 2.750

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Handwritten manuscript re: “his upcoming presidential campaign schedule”

Handwritten manuscript, unsigned. 1p., 5.25 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (1960). Wishful Thinking! Interesting April 1960 memorandum on JFK's upcoming presidential campaign schedule with wishes for specific rest periods after which were disbanded once the campaign started in Sept. 1960. In Kennedy’s hand: “In arranging my fall schedule - you should provide - One full day off per week in a pleasant surrounding - preferably a beach - Every 3 weeks I should have 4 days off - every 6 weeks I should have 5 days to 7.” In April 1960, Senator Kennedy wrote this memorandum concerning his fall Presidential campaign schedule. All of his plans for spacing his rest periods were disbanded once the campaign started in September, 1960. He had very little time off during the campaign. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 3,575 / € 2.750

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Scarce typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT

Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 6.75 x 9.0 inch, THE WHITE HOUSE Washington letterhead, 1961 March 20. Signed by JFK in black ink. Letter to Mr. Douglass Parkhirst. In full: “It is a great pleasure for me to add my personal best wishes and congratulations to the many others you will receive on your 13th anniversary. The “Bedside Network” of the Veterans Hospital Radio and Television Guild provides wonderful encouragement and therapy to thousands of veterans in 110 VA medical facilities. Your members are to be congratulated for their generous donation of time and talent. May you continue your warmly human volunteer work in VA hospitals across the country for many more years to come.” Mailing fold, slightly discolored from prior framing, small expertly repaired tear at the top. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.). Fine letter signed as President.

 

 

Price: $ 4,250 / € 3.270

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Original Sketch Drawn on his U.S. Senate Letterhead

Original Sketch Drawn on His U.S. Senate Letterhead, c. 1959-60. Original sketch made as Senator from Massachusetts, drawn in pencil on JFK's official United States Senate letterhead, 1p., bifolium, 5.25 x 6.75 inch, c. 1959-60. Kennedy heavily underlined "United States Senate." Below he wrote "Iraq" and drew a frame around it. Below that he drew nine small connected boxes in a diagonal line, with "10-2" written in the first one. A separate box below also contains "10-2". At the end of the line of boxes, he wrote his first name, "John" and immediately below that, he wrote his initials "J.K." twice. At the lower side is what may be a tiny sailboat. Fine condition. This piece is from the personal correspondence collection of the late Michael J. Kirwan, who was U.S. Representative from Ohio and longtime chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as the chairman of both the Public Works and Interior Subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee. Kirwan was a friend of Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson, as well as other Democratic stalwarts such as Sam Rayburn, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, and Tip O'Neill. Kirwan enjoyed collecting their doodles and sketches. Congressman Kirwan was the next-door neighbor to presidential historian John Jovich. Kirwan's widow, the late Alice Kirwan, presented Mr. Jovich with his personal correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous memorabilia during the 1970s. A Statement of Provenance from Mr. Jovich accompanies the sketch.

 

Price: $ 1,850 / € 1.425

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Menu signed and matted with photograph

Menu signed “John Kennedy”. 2pp. (double page), 6.0 x 9.0 inch. Menu for the Jackson Day Dinner held on March 22, 1958. Signed by JFK in dark blue ballpoint. Additional signed by Iowa Governor Herschel Loveless (1911-1989) in blue ballpoint. Collector’s annotation under Kennedy’s signature. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of JFK to an overall of 11.75 x 15.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Minor handling wear, else fine condition. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

 

Price: $ 1,450 / € 1.125

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Six original press photos

Six original black and white glossy press photos. 8.0 x 10.0 inch and one 7.0 x 10.0 inch. Unsigned! Photos taken between 1959-1963. Notes, stamps on verso, handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

Price: $ 150 / € 120

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