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1957 John F. Kennedy Signed Typed Letter as U.S. Senator
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,508.00
KENNEDY, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963). Thirty-fifth President, 1961-1963, Massachusetts Senator and Representative, awarded the Navy Medal and Purple Heart for service in the Second World War. Typed Letter Signed "John Kennedy" ("10") as Senator from Massachusetts. Measuring 8.25 x 10.5 inches on United States Senate letterhead, dated Washington, July 29, 1957 to Raphael Maslin, President of Lane Bryant in New York. Lane Bryant is the parent company of Charming Shoppes, Inc., a very well known chain of women's clothing stores, and this letter by Kennedy is in response to an invitation to attend the opening of a new store in Boston. Kennedy begins by thanking Maslin for "...your letter of recent date inviting me to attend the opening of a new store in the Fabyan Building, 26 West Street in Boston the latter part of October." He notes that "I certainly appreciate your writing me and I would like very much to be with you but unfortunately my schedule for this fall is rather in doubt at the present time. I will, therefore, have to leave my acceptance of your very kind invitation on a tentative basis and I will make every effort to be there." The letter is signed by Kennedy with a particularly bold, dark, flawless signature. Either Malsin or another individual has added some notes to the bottom of the letter including a phone number of the "Federal Building." In 1956, Kennedy bid unsuccessfully for the Democratic vice-presidential nomination. Thereafter, he set his sights on the presidency, especially after his reelection to the Senate in 1958. He continued during these years to support a firmly anti-Communist foreign policy. A cautious liberal on domestic issues, he backed a compromise civil rights bill in 1957 and devoted special efforts to labor legislation. Kennedy's book Profiles in Courage, published in 1956, won a Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957. This is an exceptionally fine Kennedy letter dating from the heart of the years during which he laid the groundwork for his election in 1960. The letter is in Excellent condition, bright and clean, with very light natural mailing folds, and very boldly signed in dark ink. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,508.00
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