John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Important typed memorandum signed AS PRESIDENT

Captivating lot of five items, all of which relate to a memo Kennedy sent to Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. The first is a typed draft on White House letterhead, 1p., 6.75 x 9.0 inch, Washington, April 2, 1963, and the carbon typescript. On the first typed draft are three emendations written by Kennedy, changing “re:” to “on”, “Boarmark's” to “Bomarc” and adding “our” in the last sentence. The second is the final typed draft also on White House letterhead, 1p., 6.75 x 9.0 inch, Washington, April 2, 1963, titled: “Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense”, with only one handwritten correction and Kennedy's signature “John Kennedy” at the bottom. The text reads in full: “It might be worthwhile to bring to the attention of those who read your testimony on the Bomarc in Canada, that their failure to catch the political significance has strengthened Diefenbaker's hand considerably and increased our difficulties. It would seem to me that every word in those sentences flashed a red light. They should be on the alert for our political, as well as military, security.” The last items are two handwritten drafts of the memo in shorthand by JFK’s secretary Evelyn Lincoln (1909-1995) on his personal letterhead “From the Desk of John F. Kennedy”. 1p., 4.0 x 5.0 inch. A mere six days after this memo was written, Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker lost the election, making way for Lester Pearson. This change in leadership led to the approval of nuclear warheads in Canada, known as the “Bomarc Program”. Robert Strange McNamara (1916-2009) was an American business executive and the eighth United States Secretary of Defense, serving from 1961 to 1968 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. John George Diefenbaker (1895-1979) was the 13th prime minister of Canada, serving from 1957 to 1963. Minor pinholes in the upper left corner, else fine condition and uncommon especially with Evelyn Lincoln’s shorthand memos. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

 

Price: $ 8,500 / € 7.750

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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.).

Price: $ 5,100 / € 4.650

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Scarce autograph letter signed

Scarce and sought-after autograph 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 / € 4.200

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Magazine portrait signed AS PRESIDENT

Magazine portrait signed AS PRESIDENT. 1 page, 9.5 x 11.25 inch, no place (Washington), 1963. Front page of the Saturday evening Post, issue April 6, 1963. Signed and inscribed by Kennedy in blue ballpoint pen “To Jim - Best wishes - from John Kennedy”. The front page of the magazine features a Norman Rockwell portrait painting of a thoughtful JFK with the headline “A worried President: The crisis in his foreign policy”. Neatly mounted on thin paper of the same size, slightly trimmed at the bottom, minor stains, else fine. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 3,250 / € 2.950

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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: $ 3,300 / € 3.000

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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: $ 3,300 / € 3.000

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Fine typed letter signed

Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his United States Senate, Washington, D.C. letterhead. Washington, 1956 May 11. To Mr. Anderson of the Employment Office in Amherst, Massachusetts. The letter in full: “Dear Mr. Anderson: I am writing in the interest of Mr. Adolph Czarnecki of 23 L. Street, Turner Falls, who is most desirous of securing a position as Janitor in the new building that is now being completed at the University of Massachusetts. It is my understanding that Mr. Czarnecki has already filed an application, and I would, therefore, sincerely appreciate your favorable consideration of his request. Thanking you for your kind attention and interest in this matter and with every good wish, I am Sincerely yours”. Mailing folds, staple holes, received stamp on verso, else fine with a perfect signature. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

 

Price: $ 2,750 / € 2.500

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Typed letter signed

Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his United States Senate Committee on Labor and public Welfare letterhead, Washington, 1953 February 6. A fine and affordable priced letter to Mr. Henry Zirinsky in Brooklyn 35, N.Y. The letter in full: “Dear Mr. Zirinsky: “This will acknowledge and thank you for your letter of recent date. In accordance with you request, I am enclosing herewith a card with my signature. With my best wishes”. The card is NOT longer available and NOT included. Mailing folds, 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: $ 2,035 / € 1.850

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Content typed letter signed with handwritten addition

Typed letter signed “Jack”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his Congress of the United States letterhead, Washington, 1952 November 13. To Richard Kelly in Boston. With a fine handwritten addition in Kennedy’s hand: “Many thanks for all of your help”. The letter in full: “Dear Dick: I want you to know how grateful I am to you for all of your help over the past months. I am certain that we would never have been so successful against the Eisenhower landslide if it had not been for the effectiveness of our organization, an organization, in my opinion that was the best that the state had ever seen. I am particularly appreciative of your help - for I know that the campaign took far too much of your efforts and energy away from your work, but it made all the difference and I am greatly indebted to you. I expect to go away soon for a few weeks, but I am looking forward to seeing you sometime soon to thank you personally. I hope you will let me know if there is every anything I can do.” Also included is an UNSIGNED Western Union telegram of Kennedy to Kelly, dated November 6, 1952, with a short thank you note. Mailing folds, 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: $ 1,925 / € 1.750

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Hand addressed envelope

Addressed in Kennedy’s hand to “Colonel Joseph T. Benedict / 55 Perry Avenue / Worchester 41 / Massachusetts”. Congress of the Unites States House of Representatives envelope, postmarked Boston 1951 June 11. With a PRINTED free frank signature of JFK in the upper right corner and a 3 Cents Thomas Jefferson postage stamp. Fine condition. A COPY of the original letter mailed in this envelope is included. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

 

Price: $ 950 / € 860

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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: $ 140 / € 125

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