Below are highlights from the Seeleys ‘ Christmas-related memorabilia available in the December auction .
* John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy: Rare Signed 1963 White House Christmas Card: This is the rare known Christmas format ever signed by a president and foremost dame. According to Mary ‘s book Season ‘s Greetings From the White House, alone 50 unsigned cards bearing the sentiment “ With best wishes for a felicitous New year ” were produced by Hallmark. The being of this wag was unknown, even by the Kennedy Library, until 1985 .
* Harry S. and Bess Truman: Signed Photograph 1946 Christmas Gift: The president of the united states and beginning dame presented these signed 8-by-10-inch photograph of them boarding “ The Sacred Cow ” ( the Douglas VC-54C aircraft that was the harbinger of Air Force One ) as their 1946 Christmas gifts to White House staff and Cabinet members. This photograph is inscribed to John W. Snyder and his wife, ” To the Secretary of the Treasury and Mrs. Snyder, a happy Christmas, 1946, Harry S. Truman, Bess W. Truman. ”
* Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt: Roosevelt Family White House Christmas Stocking: This loss cotton stocking hang on the White House mantel during all 12 years of the Roosevelt government. According to Season ‘s Greetings From the White House, after the president ‘s annual spirited reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for his grandchild on Christmas Eve, each child would file up to the president ‘s bedroom to hang their stockings on the mantel. No ordinary stockings, each one was custom-stitched by Mrs. Roosevelt ‘s maid, Lillian Rogers Parks. The first lady would fill them late that night and be the first one up Christmas good morning.
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* J acqueline Kennedy: White House Green Room Gift Print Inscribed and Signed to Artist Edward H. Lehman: This 17-by-14-inch mark of the White House green Room was reproduced from an original paint by Edward H. Lehman and is inscribed and signed by Jacqueline Kennedy to the artist, ” For Edward Lehman, The President was the one who chose this painting to give to the White House staff this year. He loved it so much. Thank you for making him indeed gallant of the Christmas presents he would give to those who made his biography therefore happy these past two years. With bass admiration, Jacqueline Kennedy. January 1964. ” Lehman was an artist and illustrator assigned by the Philadelphia Bulletin to sketch some rooms of the White House in advance of a CBS televised special on the beginning lady ‘s extensive renovations. When Mrs. Kennedy saw Lehman ‘s sketches in the newspaper, she called him to offer her admiration and obtain his original artwork. His art was indeed beloved by Mrs. Kennedy and the president that they used his loss Room painting as their 1962 Christmas giving photographic print and, as this touching inscription written curtly after the president ‘s assassination indicates, distributed this green Room print to White House staff for Christmas 1963 .
* Harry S. Truman: V-E Day Proclamation Signed as President and Inscribed to White House Chief of Staff John Steelman on Christmas Day: To commemorate the end of the war in Europe, this multicolored lithograph printed May 8, 1945, proclaims “ Sunday, May 13, 1945, to be a day of prayer. ” With a drawn-out dedication and bombastic signature in the lower left margin, the president, whose birthday was May 8, has written, ” This was a felicitous birthday for me. I hope this will be a happy Christmas for you. To Hon. John R. Steelman and Mrs. Steelman. 12/25/45. ” Steelman served as the first adjunct to the president of the United States ( a position today known as the White House head of staff ) from 1946 through 1953. Franklin D. Roosevelt : 13 White House Christmas Cards : This solicitation of 13 White House Christmas cards, many in their original transmission envelopes, hail from 1933 to 1945. As mary notes, flush though there had been presidential Christmas greetings in the past, including these cards from Roosevelt ‘s administration, the transport of a White House Christmas card lone became an official tradition during the Eisenhower presidency. “ [ The custom ] was never interrupted when there was a world war, when there was an assassination of a president or 9/11 or anything, ” she says. “ It was constantly there and on time. ”
* Ronald Reagan: Signed White House Christmas Card with Autograph Note: This 1986 White House Christmas tease, which includes the original White House envelope, features an autograph note signed by President Reagan, ” Dear Jean & Bill, Thank you for your greeting, the photograph & beautiful calendar & Very Merry Christmas & Happy New year from both of us. Nancy & I never cease being surprised & grateful for all you ‘ve accomplished in the ‘ previous homestead. ‘ God bless you. Dutch. ”