FIRST LADY MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/23/1979 - HFSID 171399
Sale Price $324.00
Vivid account of her daily life, written to a friend ten years after Ike's death
Autograph Letter signed: "Mamie Eisenhower", 1 page, 7¼x10. No place (but probably from Gettysburg, Pa.), 1979 August 23. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mollie", in full: "Just a line to say 'hello' - Talked to Lucy Sunday and she passed on to me most of news about you. You seem to be busy as a bee. Everything quiet around here - but still the days just fly. Crazy summer - one day so cold I stay in bed to keep warm. Next day hot with air conditioner going full blast. Have lost a lot of my get up & go due to diet (salt free), but have now gone back to eating and hope in a couple of weeks I'll be tidying up my halls again. Lucile talked by phone the other day. Was at their house in the country. I have two maids here now helping me but they are [2 illegible words] and don't know anything about serving or cooking for company. Lucky to get them for maids don't want to come up here, especially a farm. Looking forward to seeing you. Fondly". Accompanied by envelope addressed in her hand to "Mrs. Mollie Cullum/Brunner Park Hotel/Baden-Baden/West Germany", postmarked Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, August 23, 1979, and bearing Mrs. Eisenhower's printed return address label. On July 1, 1916, 25-year-old Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower and 19-year-old Mamie Geneva Doud (1896-1979) were married in Denver, Colorado. They had two sons: Dwight Doud Eisenhower (1917-1920) and John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (born in 1923). As an Army wife for 37 years, Mamie grew accustomed to entertaining groups of influential people, a talent she drew upon during her eight years as the White House hostess (1953-1961). In their 53 years of married life, the Eisenhower's lived in 33 homes; their last in Gettysburg was the only home they owned together. During Ike's final illness, Mamie moved into Walter Reed Army Hospital to be with him during the final months of his life. Creased. Corners lightly worn. Fine condition.
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