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Harry Truman Signed Letters Framed Display (2)

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $580.00

Magnificent pair of signed letters from Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), 33rd President of the United States. The two letters, one handwritten and one typed, date to the beginning and final days of Truman's term, respectively. The typewritten correspondence is dated October 20, 1945, just six months after the death in office of Franklin Roosevelt. On official White House stationery, the letter is addressed to "Mr. Joseph Curran, President, National Maritime Union of America, 346 West 17th Street, New York 11, New York" and reads in part: "My dear Mr. Curran: I am writing to ask you to represent the Congress of Industrial Organizations as an alternate delegate to the labor-management conference which will start on November 5 in Washington. I have called this conference to bring together representative leaders of labor and management in an effort to establish long-term policies which will make possible better labor and management relationships in American Industry. If this conference is successful we will lay the foundation for what I sincerely hope will be the greatest era of industrial progress in the Nation's history... I urgently hope you will accept this assignment and through your experience and deep interest in the problem help to make the conference successful. Very sincerely yours," (signed) Harry Truman" ("10") in black ink. The second letter is on personalized letterhead from Truman's office at the Federal Reserve Bank Building in Kansas City, Missouri, and is dated just weeks after the election of Eisenhower as President. The entire handwritten text reads as follows: "Nov. 30, 1953, Your message in support of the Constitution of the United States and our free institutions is highly appreciated...Many thanks, Sincerely, Harry Truman." The strong, flawless signature is in dark black ink and also grades a perfect "10." In addition to their obvious appeal as signature examples, the content of the letters illustrate the two sides of Truman. The forceful, organized politician setting up a conference on "industrial progress," and the down-to-earth "everyman" responding to an unknown, but appreciated supporter of the Constitution. Both letters in Excellent to Mint condition with normal mailing folds. The two letters (each approximately 8 x 10.5 inches) are beautifully framed with a non-vintage photograph of Truman to total dimensions of 17.5 x 31.5 inches. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $580.00


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