John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


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: $ 5,525 / € 4.250

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Fantastic typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT

Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 7.25 x 10.5 inch, THE WHITE HOUSE Washington letterhead, 1963 August 7. Signed by JFK in black ink. Letter to Mrs. Robert E. O’Rear. In full: “It was with deep regret that I learned of the death of your husband, Sergeant Robert E. O’Rear, United States Army, near Elizabethtown, North Carolina. While I realize that there is little that can be said to lessen your grief, I want you to know that Robert had an excellent military record. From the time he entered the service in 1943, he exhibited the qualities of a fine soldier. His outstanding leadership and devotion to duty won for him the respect and admiration of those with whom he served. I sincerely hope that the memory of your husband’s devoted service will be a source of pride and comfort to you and your sons. The Nation is deeply grateful for his contribution to its security. Mrs. Kennedy joins me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to you in your tragic loss.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Small stripe of mounting tape on verso, mailing folds, else fine condition. Provenance: descendant of Mrs. O’Rear, on the autograph market for the first time. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 4,875 / € 3.900

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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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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/ € 1.550

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Typed letter signed with handwritten addition

Typed letter signed “Jack”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his U.S. Senate letterhead, Washington, 1954 January 27. Addressed to Mr. Richard S. Kelley in Boston. With a fine handwritten addition in Kennedy’s hand: “I am very glad to hear from you - Hope everything is going well.” The letter was typed by Evelyn Lincoln, JFK’s private secretary for twelve years (JFK:el). The letter in full: “Dear Dick: Thank you very much for your recent letter inviting me to attend the annual Banquet and Ball of the Mt. Benedict Council, Knights of Columbus on April 22nd. I certainly appreciate your kind invitation and would like very much to be with you, but I am making it a policy to remain in Washington during the week while the Senate is in session due to the important legislation which will be up for consideration during this session of Congress. I will, however, be very glad to meet with your organization some time this Fall after the adjournment of Congress. Again my thanks and with every good wish.” A carbon copy of a letter from Richard Kelley to JFK, dated January 20. 1954, is included. Mailing folds, 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: $ 2,250 / € 1.800

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Typed letter signed regarding the Middle Eastern situation

Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his U.S. Senate letterhead, Washington, 1957 March 22. Addressed to Prof. Willard Thorp (1899-1992), an economist who served as an advisor to Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy and who helped draft the Marshall Plan. In full: “This will acknowledge and thank you for your recent letter discussing the Middle Eastern situation and limitations of oil exports. I am enclosing copies of my two Middle Eastern speeches and most recent press release relative to imports of residual fuel oil, in the thought you might be interested in them. I appreciated your writing to me, and hope you will continue to send me any suggestions or comments you may have in the future.” Staple holes at the top, else very good condition with a fine, bold 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: $ 2,560 / € 2.050

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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: $ 985 / € 790

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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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