FIRST LADY BESS W. TRUMAN - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 159381
BESS TRUMAN Bess Truman signs a philatelic envelope honoring her husband, Harry Truman. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Bess Truman", 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring her husband,
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Bess Truman signs a philatelic envelope honoring her husband, Harry Truman.
Philatelic Envelope signed: "Bess Truman", 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring her husband, 8-cent stamp affixed, postmarked on Harry Truman's 89th birthday in Independence, Missouri, May 8, 1973, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. The former President had died on December 26, 1972. 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. Staple holes at upper left blank margin. Pencil erasure at lower right corner. Fine condition.
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