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The Cuban dictator signed this 4¾x7 black and white photograph that includes a letter signed by his private secretary
Photograph signed: "Fidel Castro/ Hab. Nov 19, 59" as Prime Minister. B/w, 4¾x7. Fine condition. Accompanied by TLS: "Juan Orta", Chief of the Prime Minister's Office, 1 page, 8½x10¾. On official letterhead. Havana, Cuba, 24 October, 1959 "Año de la Liberacion". To Eugenio Von Boeck, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Bolivia, Montevideo, Uruguay. In Spanish, loosely translated: "On behalf of the Prime Minister, Dr. Fidel Castro, I am pleased to send you the photograph which you amicably requested in your letter dated the 15th of the current month." Date stamp in lower right corner. Lightly creased. Binder holes in left margin. Otherwise, fine condition. The letter is dated 26 days before the signature on the photo and was presumably forwarded to Castro to accompany it. On January 1, 1959, Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the country, and Castro took over as Prime Minister, a title he would hold until 1976, when he became President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers. Juan Orta was Castro's private secretary who, as part of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, was supposed to assassinate Castro with a poisoned drink. Orta backed out of the plan and the invasion failed miserably. Two items.

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Born: August 13, 1926 in BirĂ¡n, Holguin Province, Cuba
Died: November 25, 2016 in Havana, Cuba

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