Typed Letter Possibly Signed By President Lyndon Johnson In 1971 For Sale
This is the second of two letters we’re offering that contain the signature of President Lyndon Johnson. This one is dated January 11, 1971 and was written from his home in Austin, Texas. We use the word “possibly”here because we have handled a lot of known Johnson signatures and this letter does not contain the characteristic “dot” that his signature is known for. It is possible that this is secretarial signed, and possible that he took shortcuts with his signature in his final years of life.
This letter reads as follows:
“Dear Jerry: Thank you for the beautiful card on another Christmas ... and for the pleasure that it brought us to hear from you and Mrs. Wagner. Sincerely, (signature).”
This is part of a large collection of presidential autographs and other material we obtained directly from the son of a man who worked for and with the White House over the course of many decades:Gerald "Gerry" Wagnermanaged a local Washington D.C. movie theater frequented by U.S. presidents and other VIPs for big events.He also organized social and theatrical events for the White House. This letter was part of a grouping of Johnson-signed material that didn't meet a minimum required offer at a major national sale house. We are now selling these items individually so that people don't have to offer on a whole group of items.
Condition: The letter measures about 7 inches wide by 8 and 7/8 inches tall. The letterhead contains a gold-embossed Seal of the United States and Johnson signature. There is a gold mark in the middle where the letter was folded in half. There are no other major signs of wear.
This letter makes for a handsome addition to the collection of anyone who collects presidential material. The letter has some value even as a secretarial signed piece. This letter could prove to be a tremendous bargain if the buyer finds the letter to be authentic.
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