FIRST LADY BESS W. TRUMAN - COMMEMORATIVE COVER SIGNED - HFSID 258017
BESS TRUMAN Bess Truman signs a philatelic envelope honoring her husband, Harry S. Truman. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Bess Truman", 6½x3½. 2½x3-inch captioned color printed image of Harry S Truman affixed at left.
Sale Price $144.00
Bess Truman signs a philatelic envelope honoring her husband, Harry S. Truman.
Philatelic Envelope signed: "Bess Truman", 6½x3½. 2½x3-inch captioned color printed image of Harry S Truman affixed at left. Three 3-cent "Win the War" stamps issued during WWII affixed at lower right, hand postmarked Washington, D.C., December 26, 1972. On that day, in Kansas City, Missouri, 33rd U.S. President Harry S Truman died at the age of 88. The Truman's had celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary the previous June 28th. In 1919, 35-year-old Harry S Truman married 34-year-old Elizabeth "Bess" Wallace. When six-year old Harry Truman first met five-year-old Bess Wallace in a Sunday School class at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence, Missouri. Harry later said it was love at first sight. At his death in 1972, Harry and Bess Truman had been married for 53 years but they had known each other for an incredible 82 years! On her first day in the White House, First Lady Bess Truman made breakfast, made the bed, washed dishes, dusted, vacuumed and then read a detective novel, The Crimson Claw. Unlike her predecessor, Eleanor Roosevelt, she gave no press conferences and usually responded to any questions with a terse: "No comment". She tried to curb her husband's salty, blunt language. When one society matron complained that the President had used the word "manure" in public, Bess replied that it had taken her 20 years to get him to say "manure". At her death in 1982 at 97, she had lived longer than any other First Lady. Her daughter Margaret, who celebrated her 80th birthday on February 17th, has written 14 mystery novels whose titles begin with the word "Murder" including Murder in the White House (1980) and Murder on Capitol Hill (1981) which were published while her mother was alive. Her latest is Murder at the Library of Congress (1999). Bottom of image lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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