FIRST LADY MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/31/1946 - HFSID 295481
Sale Price $234.00
MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER
Letter to a friend, written shortly after World War II
Autograph Letter signed: "Mamie Eisenhower", 2 pages (front and verso), 6x9 card. Fort Myer, Virginia, 1946 August 31. To "Dear Frances", Highland Park, Illinois, in full: "Your nice note was forwarded to me from Ft. Sheridan. How sorry I am that I didn't receive it while still there cause we could have seen each other. That would have been fine after all these years. Next time I come out that way I shall surely see you. In the meantime we have just returned from a trip to Rio Brazil and Mexico and Panama. If you remember my Aunt Eda who used to spend so much time with us in the summer this will interest you. She is quite ill and tomorrow to see her. Mother and Dad are there too. Will only be gone a day and nite. Sept. 19th we expect to fly to Europe - 1st to Scotland where 'Ike' will formally receive the Eisenhower castle in Scotland. Then he inspects our troops on the continent. We will see our son who is on duty in Vienna. That will really be the treat of the whole trip. I seldom go to Denver as the family usually came to see me. So many of our friends are not there any longer. Please give your mother my love. I would enjoy seeing her again. Old friends are the best. Affectionately". Accompanied by original mailing envelope filled out in her hand.On July 1, 1916, 25-year-old Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) 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. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the fifth general to be elected President, served as the nations' 34th President from 1953 to 1961. From the collection of George Strecker, an advertising executive at the Chicago Tribune who became close to the Eisenhower's through his wife, Frances, a long-time friend with Mamie Eisenhower. Toned. Mounting residue along edges (effecting ink). Fold through center. Otherwise, fine condition.
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