1919 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Movie Theater Fund Raising Magic Lantern Slide
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1919 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Movie Theater Fund Raising Magic Lantern Slide:
Very Rare and original, 1919 Movie Theater Glass Lantern Slide Photograph of President Theodore Roosevelt announcing "Roosevelt Week" and soliciting contributions to the Roosevelt Memorial Association. This very rare, 1919 Glass Positive Photograph measures approx. 4” x 3 1/4” and is mounted with its original, 7" by 4" wooden magic lantern frame. The wonderful Lantern Slide was issued for display to Movie Theaters during October of 1919 in an effort to raise funds for a Memorial to the recently deceased President.
The Slide features a wonderful portrait of Teddy Roosevelt with text at the top that reads "The Great American". Further text on the Slide reads "October 20th to 27th is Roosevelt Week" and "The Roosevelt Memorial Association Invites You to Join Its Membership by Contributing to the Memorial Fund / Send Your Subscriptions to Your Local Committee".
The modern Theodore Roosevelt Association was founded in 1919 by friends and supporters of the president originally as the Permanent Memorial National Committee. Soon renamed the Roosevelt Memorial Association (RMA), it was chartered under Title 36 of the United States Code in 1920. In parallel with the RMA was an organization for women, The Women's Theodore Roosevelt Association that had been founded in 1919 by an act of the New York State Assembly. Both organizations merged in 1956 under the name "The Theodore Roosevelt Association". The Association established four public sites: the reconstructed Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, New York City, dedicated in 1923 and donated to the National Park Service in 1963; Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, dedicated in 1928 and given to the people of Oyster Bay; Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac in Washington, D.C., given to the federal government in 1932; and Sagamore Hill, Roosevelt's Oyster Bay home, which opened to the public in 1953 and, together with nearby Old Orchard, home to Theodore Roosevelt Jr., was donated to the National Park Service in 1963. Along with the 1963 gifts of the Birthplace and Sagamore Hill properties, the TRA donated an endowment to help support both parks sites. The TRA currently owns Theodore Roosevelt's simple cabin, "Pine Knot", near Charlottesville, VA, which is managed by The Edith and Theodore Roosevelt Pine Knot Foundation.
Roosevelt Memorial Association (RMA), which produced this Lantern Slide, collected manuscripts, diaries, correspondence and other items relating to Roosevelt's personal and professional life. In 1923, the RMA opened a research library at the Birthplace in New York City, and continued to build its archive. During 1943, the organization presented the entire collection of materials to Harvard University, Roosevelt's alma mater. Today the Theodore Roosevelt Collection is housed in Harvard's Houghton Library. The collection continues to be a major resource for the study of the life and times of the 26th president of the United States. (Note: The only larger Theodore Roosevelt Collection is that at the Library of Congress, which includes Roosevelt's Presidential Papers, donated personally by Roosevelt.)
This outstanding, 1919 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Association Theatrical Lantern Slide is in excellent condition. The Image exhibits sharp focus, strong contrast and rich, warm tonality. There is little or no wear to the image and the portrait is both powerful and striking. The original Magic Lantern wooden frame is also exceptionally well preserved.
A very rare and important, original 1919 Movie Theater Glass Lantern Slide Photograph of President Theodore Roosevelt and produced in an effort to raise funds for the Roosevelt memorial Association and a fantastic addition to any collection!!
PLEASE NOTE: This Glass Lantern Slide is unconditionally guaranteed to be an original 1919, Roosevelt Memorial Association Slide - issued for display in Motion Picture Theaters during the 1919 Campaign to raise funds for the Association!!
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