President John F Kennedy New Year’s Card Headline at Fraser’s Autographs Auction at London on Friday June 5 2014 alongside original artwork by Stephen Ward, and a Papal document.
Custom made by Hallmark in 1963 for President Kennedy, two versions of the card were ordered, the much rarer card featured here with ‘Blessed Christmas’ omitted. The card front features a photograph of the nativity scene located in the East Room of the White House.
Days before making his fateful state visit to Dallas, Texas, President Kennedy returned to Washington on the evening of November 18 from a trip to Florida. Sometime between his return and the evening of the 20th, both the president and first lady began to sign the cards at their leisure. On the morning of November 21, they boarded a plane and left for San Antonio, Texas, with plans to arrive in Dallas on November 22. There the president would be assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. The cards were never sent and remained relatively unknown, even to the Kennedy Library, until the 1980s.
An extremely rare card indeed, and with only a few known examples, one of which resides in the Smithsonian Museum, this is a highly sought after item. In exceptionally good condition this card represents the chance to own a piece of American political history. Starting bid: £3,000 [Lot 141]