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Franklin D Roosevelt Memorabilia

Franklin D Roosevelt memorabilia is so plentiful yet so expensive.  You can own FDR White House china, autographs, campaign paraphernalia and other personal items owned by him.  Here is a list of Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia that we have sold, including one for almost $20,000:

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Leather Portfolio — Personally Owned & Used by FDR During His Presidency & Bearing His Initials

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personally owned portfolio-style briefcase used by the President in the late 1930’s. Black leather zippered portfolio is printed with his initials F.D.R. in gilt on the front. Accompanied by several pages of original contents from the time it was auctioned by the Roosevelt family: five typed sheets concerning FDR’s election campaign, hand-dated 2 May 1938. The pages contain excerpts from Senator Sheridan Downey’s speeches for Roosevelt’s reelection as well as statements by William J. McAddo who opposed Roosevelt seeking a third term. Also included are copies of correspondence between Roosevelt’s son James and the auction winner of the briefcase. Portfolio measures 15.75” x 11.25”. Zipper runs along two of the sides, leaving the left side open. A divider is built in. Very good, with scratches and surface loss to the corners and edges.  The most expensive piece of Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia we have handled.  Sold for $17,365.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt Official White House China Dinner Plate

Rare White House exhibit collection china plate of the design commissioned by President and First Lady Franklin Roosevelt. Underside of dinner plate features the famed Lenox official watermark and reads, “Exhibit Collection for Lenox Inc. / The White House 1934”. As a part of the “exhibit collection”, plate is designated to serve in displays of White House china or go on loan to various Presidential exhibits. Design features the Great Seal of the U.S. in full color on the rim, with rim edge displaying a navy blue stripe dotted with gilt stars and flanked by gilt bands and a single gilt ring around the center. Made by Lenox, one of the United States’ only producers of ”bone china”, which is distinguished for its white luminosity and chip resistance. Gorgeous Franklin D. Roosevelt. Measures 11.5″ in diameter, in fine condition.  Sold for $4,875.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt Pen Used to Sign the Important Robinson-Patman Act Into Law — Designed to Help Local Stores Compete With Large Retailers

Fountain dip pen used by Franklin D. Roosevelt to sign the landmark Robinson-Patman Act into law on 19 June 1936. Sponsored by Congressmen Wright Patman and Joseph Taylor Robinson, the Robinson-Patman Act protected small businesses from larger retail chains by prohibiting the use of price discrimination. Black 78-E Faber brand dip pen with cork grip is housed in a wooden cork-bottomed pen holder with ”Robinson-Patman bill” written to its base. Pen measures 8” long, wooden base measures 5.5” in diameter. Included with the pen are two books on the history of the act, written and signed by Patman, including: (1) ”The Robinson-Patman Act – What You Can And Cannot Do Under This Law”, published by Ronald Press: New York: 1938. Patman signs ”To my good friend John Dargavel / Wright Patman” to front free endpaper on 9 February 1938. Measures 6” x 8.5” clothed in blue boards; (2) ”Complete Guide to the Robinson-Patman Act”, published by Prentice-Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ: 1963. Patman signs, ”For Willard Simmons, an outstanding friend of small and independent businesses from his friend, Wright Patman” to front free endpaper on 4 April 1963. Measures 7.25” x 10” clothed in light brown boards. Both books have stamps to edges and front free endpapers from The National Association of Retail Druggists. Important Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia.  Pen and baseboard are in very good condition.  Sold for $3,781.

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Pair of Franklin Roosevelt Personally Owned Stemware Used at Val-Kill

Franklin Roosevelt personally owned stemware from Eleanor’s estate, Val-Kill. Glasses are both from the same set, etched in matching floral patterns with baluster stems. One is for champagne and the other for wine. Champagne glass measures approximately 5″ in height. Near fine. Very nice and original Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia.  With provenance and original labels from Christie’s.  Sold for $3,125.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt Official White House China — Dinner Plate & Saucer — Fine

Two exquisite pieces of fine china from the FDR White House, of the original design commissioned by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The design, criticized at the time for being too closely associated with the Roosevelt family, features a navy blue rim with gilt stars, lined by a band of roses bearing the Roosevelt family crest, designed to symbolize the establishment of the New Deal. The underside of both pieces features the green watermark of the Lenox company, one of the United States’ only producers of ”bone china”, which is distinguished for its white luminosity and chip resistance. Large dinner plate measures 11.25” with the plate number ”1326/J479B” written in gold to the underside. Small saucer measures 6.25” and shows the number ”2023/J479B” in gold to the underside. Fine. Sold for $2,290.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt White House Exhibit China — Dinner Plate by Lenox

Franklin D. Roosevelt White House dinner plate, part of the special Exhibit edition used when presidential china is put on display. Beautiful cream color porcelain dinner plate features a color eagle at top, surrounded by a gilt rim and a navy blue border dotted with gilt stars. The Lenox White House Exhibit Collection maker’s mark is present to the underside, with the date of 1934. Measures just over 10.5” in diameter. Near fine. From the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. Sold for $2,188.

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorabilia

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt Official White House China — Commissioned for the 1939 World’s Fair

Very rare official White House china plate commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the 1939 World’s Fair, held in Flushing Park, New York. Made by Lenox, one of the United States’ only producers of ”bone china”, which is distinguished for its white luminosity and chip resistance. In 1935 at the height of the Great Depression, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt spearheaded a campaign to use American china, ordering 1,722 pieces of Lenox china in October 1934. Five years later at the World’s Fair, this plate was on display in the U.S. Pavilion at the Fair, and then used for a formal dinner hosted by the President. After the Fair, the china was incorporated into the Roosevelt Service at the White House. Plate depicts the Great Seal of the U.S. at center in gilt, with a border of gold stars encircling a gold band. Back of plate has the original Lenox logo and applied gold numbers, ”1803/P-362-A” to itemize the plate in the set. Plate has a 10.5” circumference and is in fine condition. Sold for $2,082.

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Dip Pen Used by Franklin D. Roosevelt as President in 1944 to Sign Veteran’s Bill Into Law — Accompanied by Typed Document on White House Stationery Explaining Pen’s Significance

Maroon dip pen used by Franklin D. Roosevelt as President. Pen was used on 3 March 1944 to sign H.R. 85 into law, an amendment to a 1927 law which granted pensions for soldiers who served in any Indian war from 1817 to 1898. The pen sits in a slot in the brown wooden frame, next to a typed letter signed on White House stationery by M.C. Latta, Roosevelt’s executive clerk at the time, who confers the pen upon retired Lieutenant Colonel D.R. Wolverton. Pen features a silver metal nib to the maroon shaft, and was manufactured by the Dixon pen and pencil company of Jersey City, New Jersey. Frame measures 10.5” x 12”. Pen measures 8.5” long. Some chipping to the frame, and slight toning to the letter; very good condition. Pen is near fine. Sold for $2,000.

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorabilia

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed From Warm Springs & Signed Cover — ”…we have 34 patients & while there will be a falling off over Christmas…we expect to heave 50…”

Franklin D. Roosevelt autograph letter signed ”Your devoted father”, dated 3 November 1927, shortly after he purchased the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs, Georgia. Letter is accompanied by a signed envelope, addressed to his son, ”Master Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.” at Groton. Roosevelt writes about the Warm Springs facility in this letter, which he purchased a year earlier in order to treat his polio. Letter reads, ”…It is grand to get your letter & I’m so glad everything is going well & I hope you’ll be on the honor list at the next bi-weeklies…I hope you’ll be well up in the first half…How do you like the foot-ball & what position are you playing? Down here all goes well & we have 34 patients & while there will be a falling off over Christmas & New Years we expect to heave 50 by the time you come down here for the Easter holidays – By the way do drop a line to…Gordon Foster here, care of Mrs. Pierson – he talks a lot about you & Johnny – All well & much much love / Your devoted Father”. Two page letter on one sheet measures 6” x 7”. With cover postmarked from Warm Springs, GA, measuring 6.5” x 3.5”. Toning and light soiling, otherwise both are near fine. Sold for $1,875.

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorabilia

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Letter Signed to His Physical Therapist — ”…I have had a thoroughly good laugh over your letter…while the petting parties among the patients are, of course, serious…”

Franklin D. Roosevelt typed letter signed to Helena Mahoney, his personal physical therapist, and also the lead therapist at the Warm Springs Institute that FDR founded for polio rehabilitation. Letter upon Roosevelt’s stationery is dated 11 January 1928, shortly after Warm Springs was opened. Letter reads in part, Dear Hony: I have had a thoroughly good laugh over your letter of January 8th for while the petting parties among the patients are, of course, serious and must be eliminated, yet your description of the three couples and the extra girl in the darkened parlor, and Mrs. Root walking in on them, is awfully funny. / Tell Dr. Hubbard that the new printed rules will go down in a few days. They were held up by the Christmas rush at the printers…I am glad that such fine arrangements are being made for starting the occupational work and if we an raise enough money this spring, we must provide special quarters for all of this. / Missy and her aunt…arrive at Warm Springs next Tuesday evening…[signed] Franklin D. Roosevelt”. Letter measures 7” x 10.5”. Folds, else near fine condition with a bold signature. Sold for $1,750.

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorabilia

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Letter Signed From 1926 — With Exceptional Content to Helena Mahoney Upon the Opening of the Warm Springs Institute

Franklin D. Roosevelt letter signed from 26 May 1926, addressed to Helena Mahoney, Roosevelt’s physical therapist who famously helped design and implement the polio treatment facility at Warm Springs, which was to launch a few short weeks of this letter. Helena Mahoney had worked under polio expert Dr. Leroy Hubbard, and was recruited by Roosevelt, along with Dr. Hubbard, after Roosevelt contracted the disease. Warm Springs was built under her guiding influence and she is credited as the person most instrumental in helping FDR transition to life post-polio, both physically and mentally.

In this letter, Roosevelt’s excitement about launching the Institute is palpable. He provides an outline for Mahoney’s new position as the chief physical therapist at Warm Springs, with detail showing his personal involvement. Written on Roosevelt’s custom stationery, letter reads in part, ”…It is very good to know that you are going to be with us at Georgia Warm Springs this summer and I think that we really have a most interesting possibility down there of making the place do an immense amount of good…your salary is to be $200.00 a month…

I hope you are on the look-out for an assistant because if we get twenty to thirty cases down there during the summer, you will need one person to help you give the exercises in the pool, and for that you will need some fairly husky young lady. My own thought of the schedule of your work will be something like this: / First, you will have to see that the patients get measured up and properly charted on arrival. Dr. Hubbard is working on the form of charts to be presented. / Secondly you will have to keep a motherly eye on their diet – for instance, one of the patients now there weighs over 200 lbs., a young man of about twenty, and he continues to eat candy, etc. / Third, you will have to organize the patients so that they will be up betimes in the morning and get down to the pool on schedule time. / Fourth, most of your morning will be spent at the pool itself – costume, the most abbreviated bathing suit possible – because I think you will want to be in and out of the water with the patients. A great many of the patients can be organized and the general exercises given to them by classes. The worst cases, however, will actually require individual exercises…”

FDR continues in great detail regarding what the residents will be doing with their days, ”…If it is possible to get through with the work at the pool in the morning, so much the better. That would leave the afternoon for sun baths, walking with braces, walking between parallel bars on the lawn, etc. I think also that it would be well to organize games and other recreation for the patients in the afternoon as this will be better for their mental attitude. The richer ones will undoubtedly take the poorer ones out for automobile rides, etc.

I have written Mr. E.T. Curtis, the Manager, that you will arrive down there between June 5th and 10th…He writes me that they will be all ready for patients and guests on June 1st. / I will be in New York this week until Friday noon. Then I go to Hyde Park…I will be back here in New York June 1st and 2nd, and at Hyde Park for the next four days for my daughter’s wedding. I do not know whether we ought to have a personal talk before you leave. If so, I shall be delighted to see you either here or at Hyde Park…[signed] Franklin D Roosevelt”. Two page letter on two separate sheets measure 7.25” x 10.5”. Folds, else near fine. Accompanied by a photo of Helena Mahoney, famously portrayed by the actress Kathy Bates in the 2005 film, ”Warm Springs”. Sold for $1,750.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt White House Exhibit China — Cup & Saucer by Lenox — Fine

Cup and saucer in the Franklin D. Roosevelt White House pattern, part of the special Exhibit edition used when presidential china is put on display. Ivory cup and saucer feature gilt embellishments surrounding a navy blue border dotted with stars; color presidential seals are present on the cup at 6 o’clock and on the saucer at 12 o’clock. The Lenox White House Exhibit Collection maker’s mark is present to undersides and dated 1934. Cup measures 3.75” in diameter at the mouth. Saucer measures 5.75” in diameter. Fine. From the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. Sold for $1,563.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed Presentation Copy of His First Book, ”Looking Forward” — Given to His Executive Staff at His First White House Christmas Party

Excellent and rare signed first edition, fifth printing of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s landmark book, ”Looking Forward.” The John Day Company: New York: 1933. Inscribed on the rear free endpaper upside down, ”To Albert Pick with a Merry Christmas from Franklin Roosevelt / 1933”. Bold, clear signature in black ink. FDR signed approximately 200 copies of his first book as President as presentation Christmas gifts during his first year as President. Contents contain a compilation of speeches given during 1932 and relating to the New Deal, with various commentaries added by Roosevelt, ”which bind the material together as a whole.” Includes the rare original 5th printing dustjacket as issued with this presentation example, complete with the unclipped $2.50 price intact. Dustjacket has tattered edges and a few small chips. Hardcover book, measuring 5.5” x 7.75”, is in original blue cloth boards with gilt text. Boards have some minor spotting and sunfading, particularly along spine. Book is splitting along front hinge, though pages are clean and tight. A very rare copy of this classic text in very good condition.  Sold for $1,420.

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Large Franklin D. Roosevelt Campaign Poster — “The man with a heart”

Dramatic and eye-catching Franklin D. Roosevelt campaign poster. Colorful poster features illustration of FDR and campaign slogan, “The man with a heart / The party with a soul”. With production label at bottom left from Allied Printing Trades Council Union of Pittsburg, PA. Corners of poster includes original metal-lined grommets for hanging. Measures 28″ x 42″. Very important campaign Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia.  Some creasing and chipping to edges, minor creasing in other areas and some wear/smudging, in overall very good condition.  Sold for $1,226.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Christmas Gift to Majority Leader John McCormack — Elegant Wallet Inscribed ”J.M. From F.D. Roosevelt”

Franklin D. Roosevelt wallet given as a Christmas gift to John McCormack. McCormack presided over much of FDR’s historic legislation as House Majority Leader, including the New Deal and Social Security Act of 1935. Black leather ”Mark Cross” brand wallet has a small, oval 14 karat gold plaque affixed to center, inscribed: ”J.M. from F.D. Roosevelt”. With a ”Mark Cross England” insignia branded in gilt to inside, wallet measures 4” x 3.25”, with some wear to leather, especially at fold, as though it was used. Very good to near fine.  Excellent Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia.  Sold for $1,200.

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