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Kennedy White House Set of (3) Christmas Cards
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Extremely desirable complete set of three official Kennedy White House staff Christmas gift prints, all featuring preprinted facsimile signatures of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and contained within their uncommon original presentation folders. These historic mementos are discussed in detail in Mary Evans Seeley’s Season’s Greetings from the White House (pp. 87-95).
Includes:
1961 - Gorgeous color glossy 11.5 x 10 photo by famed White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, showing Caroline's ducks in the fountain on the South Lawn, with "With our appreciation and best wishes for a happy Christmas, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1961" printed below. Affixed inside its original red 17 x 14 presentation folder with embossed gold presidential seal on the front, covered by the original tissue paper, and contained within its original brown envelope (with penciled initials "AVB"). All appear barely touched. Seeley reports that 'this Christmas remembrance was presented to some 1,000 White House executive and military employees at an informal reception on December 13.'
1962 - Beautiful color 17 x 14 print reproduced by Hallmark from Edward Lehman’s Red Room painting and bearing the same facsimile inscription and signatures as above but with the year 1962. Housed within its original red folder embossed with the gold presidential seal and covered by its original red and gold Christmas wrapping paper (opened on one end). According to Seeley, '[only] 2000 [of these] mementos were handed out at the annual staff Christmas party on December 12.'
1963 - Gorgeous color 17 x 14 print reproduced by Hallmark from Edward Lehman’s Green Room painting and bearing the same facsimile inscription and signatures but with the year 1963. This print is affixed inside its original red folder embossed with the gold presidential seal and is covered by its original tissue paper. As with the others, this print and folder are in superb condition. Per Seeley, 'Hallmark art director Jeannette Lee sent a telegram to Pamela Turner, Jackie Kennedy’s press secretary…advising that [only] 2000 Green Room folders…had left [Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City] on November 22, the day of the assassination and would arrive at Washington’s Friendship Airport at 1:38 that afternoon.' Seeley further reports that 'Mrs. Kennedy gave [this gift print] to the White House staff for Christmas after the President’s death.'
In overall fine to very fine condition.

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Kennedy White House Set of (3) Christmas Cards

Estimate $2,500 - $3,000
Nov 06, 2019
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0024: Kennedy White House Set of (3) Christmas Cards

Est. $2,500 - $3,000Starting Price $200
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Nov 06, 2019 2:00 PM EST
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Extremely desirable complete set of three official Kennedy White House staff Christmas gift prints, all featuring preprinted facsimile signatures of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and contained within their uncommon original presentation folders. These historic mementos are discussed in detail in Mary Evans Seeley’s Season’s Greetings from the White House (pp. 87-95).
Includes:
1961 - Gorgeous color glossy 11.5 x 10 photo by famed White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, showing Caroline's ducks in the fountain on the South Lawn, with "With our appreciation and best wishes for a happy Christmas, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1961" printed below. Affixed inside its original red 17 x 14 presentation folder with embossed gold presidential seal on the front, covered by the original tissue paper, and contained within its original brown envelope (with penciled initials "AVB"). All appear barely touched. Seeley reports that 'this Christmas remembrance was presented to some 1,000 White House executive and military employees at an informal reception on December 13.'
1962 - Beautiful color 17 x 14 print reproduced by Hallmark from Edward Lehman’s Red Room painting and bearing the same facsimile inscription and signatures as above but with the year 1962. Housed within its original red folder embossed with the gold presidential seal and covered by its original red and gold Christmas wrapping paper (opened on one end). According to Seeley, '[only] 2000 [of these] mementos were handed out at the annual staff Christmas party on December 12.'
1963 - Gorgeous color 17 x 14 print reproduced by Hallmark from Edward Lehman’s Green Room painting and bearing the same facsimile inscription and signatures but with the year 1963. This print is affixed inside its original red folder embossed with the gold presidential seal and is covered by its original tissue paper. As with the others, this print and folder are in superb condition. Per Seeley, 'Hallmark art director Jeannette Lee sent a telegram to Pamela Turner, Jackie Kennedy’s press secretary…advising that [only] 2000 Green Room folders…had left [Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City] on November 22, the day of the assassination and would arrive at Washington’s Friendship Airport at 1:38 that afternoon.' Seeley further reports that 'Mrs. Kennedy gave [this gift print] to the White House staff for Christmas after the President’s death.'
In overall fine to very fine condition.

Format: Group Lot

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