KING GEORGE VI (GREAT BRITAIN) - EPHEMERA SIGNED CIRCA 1941 CO-SIGNED BY: PRIME MINISTER PETER FRASER (NEW ZEALAND), QUEEN "THE QUEEN MOTHER" ELIZABETH (GREAT BRITAIN), VIJAYA LAKSHMI PANDIT, MARSHAL ARTHUR T. HARRIS, SIR HARRY M. LAUDER, WILLIAM A. PURTELL, KING OLAV V (NORWAY), LADY PATRICIA RAMSAY, ADMIRAL ALEXANDER RAMSAY, ADMIRAL PETER REID - HFSID 146885
Sale Price $1,530.00
KING GEORGE VI, CO-SIGNED BY: QUEEN ELIZABETH, LADY
PATRICIA RAMSAY, ALEXANDER RAMSAY, PRIME MINISTER
PETER FRASER, VIJAYA LAKSHMI NEHRU PANDIT, MARSHAL
ARTHUR T. HARRIS, KING OLAV V, HARRY M. LAUDER, PETER
REID and many others
This shipbuilding company's books of autographs is signed on almost every page with over 100 signatures, including that of Queen Elizabeth (also shown in an included photograph) and her husband King George VI of England
Ephemera signed: "George R.I." and "Elizabeth R" 128p, 11x12¾. Black leather-bound hardcover album imprinted on the cover in gilt lettering: "The Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company/Limited/Autographs". The British King and Queen have signed on the first page headed in another hand: "Wednesday, 5th March 1941". Each page of the album is dedicated to the launching of a specific ship or a memorable visit (1941-1962), signed by over 100 notables present at the launchings. Others signing this book include: Peter Fraser (Prime Minister, New Zealand), comedian Harry Lauder, Mrs. V.L. Pandit (Indian diplomat, Nehru's sister), Lady Patricia Ramsay, Sir Alexander Ramsay, Commander of the Royal Navy- Peter Reid, and King Olaf V of Norway. THE FAIRFIELD SHIPBUILDING AND ENGINEERING WORKS of Govan on The Clyde, Scotland, began building ships in 1890. It specialized in both naval vessels and fast transatlantic liners. When his brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated, KING GEORGE VI (1895-1952) acceded to the throne, reigning from 1936-1952. This succession was very important, since Edward VIII was a considered sympathetic to Germany and to fascism. George VI, in striking contrast, became as a staunch patriotic symbol during World War II, refusing to leave London during the fierce German Blitzkrieg of 1940. He was succeeded by his daughter as Queen Elizabeth II. QUEEN ELIZABETH (1900-2002), fondly referred to as “The Queen Mother”, was Queen consort from 1936 to 1952. She passed away weeks after the death of her youngest daughter Princess Margaret. LADY PATRICIA RAMSAY (born Princess Patricia of Connaught) was a member of the British royal family until she relinquished her royal title when marrying SIR ALEXANDER RAMSAY, a Royal Navy officer who became Chief of Naval Air Services. KING OLAV V of Norway was known as Folkekongen ("The People's King"). He excelled at sports and helped his country's team win the gold medal for sailing in the 1928 Olympic Games. VIJAYA LAKSHMI PANDIT was an Indian diplomat and politician, the aunt of Indira Gandhi and the grand-aunt of Rajiv Gandhi, and the first Indian woman to hold a Cabinet post. Cover is lightly worn. Signature page lightly soiled. 1 page has come loose from the binding, other pages are lightly soiled, some have minor stains. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by unsigned 12x9¾ b/w photograph of Queen Elizabeth. Lightly creased, chipped at left edge. Photographer's stamp on verso does not show through.
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