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RALPH J. BUNCHE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/02/1964 - HFSID 217647

 
RALPH J. BUNCHE
Ralph J. Bunche sends a typed letter to a collector returning his items.
Typed Letter Signed: "Ralph J. Bunche" as Under Secretary of the United Nations, 1p, 8½x11. United Nations, New York, 1964 July 2. To Seymour M. Kessler, Levittown, New York. In full: "Thank you for your letter of 29 June and for sending to me copies of the photographs taken during the visit of the late President Kennedy at the United Nations with the First Day of Issue of the Kennedy Memorial stamp. I am very happy to have them and appreciate your thoughtfulness. In response to your request, I return your copies autographed. (not present)" Ralph J. Bunche, (1904-1971) who joined the United Nations in 1946, was chief U.N. mediator in the Middle East in 1948 and was awarded the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for helping to negotiate a truce between the Arabs and Israelis the previous year. He served as Undersecretary-General for Special Political Affairs from 1958-1971, and was a principal U.N. negotiator in such trouble spots as the Suez Canal (1956), the Congo (1960), Yemen (1963) and Cyprus (1964). Bunche was awarded the NAACP's Spingarn Medal (1949) and the Medal of Freedom in 1963, the year he participated in the March on Washington. The twenty-cent Ralph Bunche stamp has been affixed at the bottom of this letter and is postmarked New York, New York, January 12, 1982, first day of issue. A unique addition to an autograph collection of a letter about the first day of issue of a memorial stamp upon which has been added the first day of issue of a memorial stamp honoring the person writing the letter! Lightly creased (not at signature), else fine.


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RALPH J. BUNCHE
Born: August 7, 1904 in Detroit, Michigan
Died: December 9, 1971 in New York City, New York





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