1961 Inauguration Day Cover Signed By John F. Kennedy And Lyndon B. Johnson
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1961 Inauguration Day Cover Signed By John F. Kennedy And Lyndon B. Johnson :
Up for sale is this postal cover commemorating the Inauguration Day of President John F. Kennedy, dated January 20, 1961, autographed by Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, former President Harry S. Truman, and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
The inauguration of John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States was held on Friday, January 20, 1961 at the Eastern portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Kennedy’s inaugural address encompassed the major themes of his campaign and would define his presidency during a time of economic prosperity, emerging social changes, and diplomatic challenges, and is best remembered for the famous line, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
A vast parade along Pennsylvania Avenue followed the inauguration ceremony, bearing the new President from Capitol Plaza to the White House. Upon his arrival, Kennedy mounted a reviewing stand shared with honored guests such as former President Harry Truman and former First Ladies Edith Wilson and Eleanor Roosevelt. Throngs of onlookers and millions of television viewers also watched the procession; it took three hours to pass by. Sixteen thousand members of the US armed forces marched with displays of modern weaponry like the Minuteman missile and the supersonic B-70 bomber. A further sixteen thousand marchers were civilians ranging from federal and state officials to high school bands and Boy Scouts, accompanied by forty floats.
Kennedy's inauguration marked many firsts for the United States. Kennedy was the first, and to this date, the only Catholic inaugurated as commander-in-chief. At the inauguration, Kennedy, then 43, was the youngest elected president and was replacing the oldest president in American history at that time, Eisenhower. The age difference and visual impact of the turnover from Eisenhower's presence to Kennedy's was noticeable at the inauguration. In addition, Kennedy was the first person born in the 20th century to have been inaugurated as President.
DESCRIPTION and CONDITION: Measures 6 ½” x 3 5/8”. There is a brown mark at the top of Kennedy’s photo at upper left. Staple holes remain at both the bottom left and bottom right corners, with some superficial paper loss at bottom left and at the left of Johnson’s signature. An address, written in pencil has been erased from the piece below Truman’s signature. Truman, Kennedy and Johnson all signed in black ink, while Mrs. Roosevelt signed in blue ink. All signatures are strong, although the “J” in Kennedy’s signature is weak (as the pen appeared to skip before ink got to the point), and the “y” in his last name goes up into the edge of the Lincoln stamp and extends down through the “n” in Truman’s signature. I purchased this signed cover from a stamp dealer on with a "Teal" response rating of nearly 44,000.Please see the photos for more details.
This is a great piece from an incredibly important day in American history, signed by four of the seminal leaders of the 20th century.
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