Dated October 19,1961, the newly elected 35th President sent this letter to a United States Congressman, boldly signing his name in black fountain pen. The signature is exceptional, dark as the day he placed his pen to the paper. In short it remains in Gem Mint Condition, a finer example simply does not exist. In addition, the letter itself is in perfect condition, free of tears, rips, tape, "foxing", toning and typical staple holes from filing.
This rare piece of Presidential memorabilia, the first one we have the pleasure to own,was obviously cherished by the recipient and "salted away" for posterity (although little did he know the President would suffer a fatality not long thereafter). This would explain why it remains in such extraordinary condition. Most letters written by important government figures--especially from the popular John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)--were framed and hung on the recipient's wall, thus leading to fading, browning and sometimes even moisture damage. Clearly this wonderful specimen was not so displayed but placed in the proper environment for others to enjoy decades later.
Kennedy-signed letters on White House stationery are extremely difficult to locate. He served in office only "1,000 days" (1,037 to be exact) and did not conduct as much correspondence as other Presidents, particularly his successor who later implemented so many of his social programs. The vast majority of Kennedy letters that do exist are ones from his days in Congress, either as a House member (1947-1953) or Senator (1953-1960). A JFK letter as President and on white house stationery is always the prize of any person's collection.
One of the most popular Presidents in history and perhaps the most charismatic, his administration came to be known as Camelot. In the midst of the Cold War he faced many world criseses, including the Bay Of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the building of the Berlin Wall. Important social programs which began during his administration were later instituted by the following administration.
We located a full admission ticket to his inauguration on January 20, 1961. These are quite scarce and seldom come to the market (fully appreciating its importance, it seems someone else had the prescience to save this one also).
We paired both the letter and ticket with a wonderful color photo of the handsome President and placed all three elements in archival Mylar before framing them under ultraviolet protected plexiglass. We also selected the perfect frame for its presentation. The result is one impressive collection that will serve as the focal point of any room. Guaranteed to excite all visitors to your home or office, it comes with the all-important letter of authenticity from the JSA Company.
Simply an extraordinary piece of history and ready to be presented on that favorite wall in your home or office. Brigandi Quality.