FIRST LADY BESS W. TRUMAN - MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 72648
Sale Price $270.00
[BESS W. TRUMAN] HARRY S TRUMAN
Signed "Bess W. Truman" by her husband Harry!
Book Photograph signed: "Bess W. Truman". Color, 5¼x3¼ overall, image 2½x3½ (one surface). Captioned: "The First Lady". This photograph was removed from the book Mr. President, published in 1952 in the last year of the Truman presidency. The signature "Bess W. Truman" was signed by Harry S Truman, not by his wife. 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. Two photographs of Harry at the piano on verso. Fine condition.
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