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FIRST LADY MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/26/1953 - HFSID 295446

MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER Letter to a friend, lending a gown for a fashion show and describing the process of getting "'settled' in our new home" (the White House) Typed Letter signed: "Mamie", 1 page, 6x9½. Washington, D.C., 1953 February 26. On White House stationery to Mrs. George O.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER
Letter to a friend, lending a gown for a fashion show and describing the process of getting "'settled' in our new home" (the White House)
Typed Letter signed: "Mamie", 1 page, 6x9½. Washington, D.C., 1953 February 26. On White House stationery to Mrs. George O. Strecker ("Dear Frances"), in full: "I am delighted to cooperate with the request that I loan a gown for the fashion show for the benefit of the Chicago Hearing Society. Under separate cover I am forwarding to you a gold colored dress which I wore at the White House in 1947. As you will remember, the materials were not very good at that time - but if they wish to use it - they are most welcome. Yes, we are beginning to feel 'settled' in our new home. The staff is wonderfully efficient and cooperative, which gives us a warm feeling in living here. We are both very busy - and cannot slip out quietly for an evening at the theatre as you and George did last week! I have heard 'Dial M for Murder' is very good - I do hope you enjoyed it. It is wonderful to have mother staying with us - though I expect she will be restless for her friends and her own home in Denver any time now. Have a nice visit next month when your mother arrives. Our best wishes to you and George". 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 Doud Eisenhower. Multiple mailing folds. Toned. Corners lightly creased. Heavy mounting residue on verso (light show through) otherwise, fine condition.

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