MARY STEICHEN CALDERONE - AUTOGRAPH 02/06/1967 CO-SIGNED BY: JANE JAYRAE - HFSID 34160
Sale Price $126.00
MARY STEICHEN CALDERONE and JANE JAYROE
Album page signed in Portland, Oregon in 1967 by Mary Steichen Calderone, co-founder and head of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, and Miss America 1967 Jane Jayroe. With small b/w newsprint photos of both Calderone and Jayroe.
Signature: "Mary S. Calderone M.D./Portland, Feb. 6, 1967" and, on verso, "To George [illegible] Sanders/Sincere Wishes/Jane Jayroe/Miss America/'67/Portland, Oregon/2/7/67", both in blue ink. 6½x9¼, rounded right corners. Small b/w newsprint photos of both signers underneath their signatures. American physician CALDERONE (1904-1998), born Mary Steichen, was co-founder and head of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SEICUS) and an advocate for sex education who promoted the idea that sexuality was a vital part of human behavior. After graduating from Vassar College 1925, she tried to be an actor with the American Laboratory Theater. After the failure of this and her first marriage, along the death of her eight year-old daughter and a bout with depression, she returned to school to study medicine. After earning an M. D. degree in 1939, Calderone worked as a school physician in Great Neck, New York (1949-1953. She joined the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1953 and became the organization's medical director. Calderone lectured widely about contraception and family planning but, deciding that "handing out contraceptives was not enough", quit Planned Parenthood to co-found SEICUS in 1964. She and SEICUS, with a little help from the sexual revolution and, surprise surprise, Playboy magazine, promoted sexuality as a positive force and a facet of human health. Calderone drew fire from conservative groups for developing sex education materials for young people (she insisted that sex ed should start as early as kindergarten) and she stepped down as SEICUS' executive director in 1969, although she remained in leadership positions in the organization until 1982.Calderone wrote numerous articles for popular and professional magazines as well as two sex ed books aimed at children: The Family Book About Sexuality (1981), with Eric W. Johnson; and Talking with Your Child About Sex: Questions and Answers for Children from Birth to Puberty (1982), with James W. Ramey. JAYROE, born in 1947, was Miss Oklahoma 1966 and Miss America 1967. She has since been a local news anchorwoman in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Oklahoma City areas and served as Secretary of Tourism and Recreation for Oklahoma (1999-2003). Jayroe is also an author who has written articles for McCall's magazine and books like Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul. Her memoir More Grace Than Glamour: My Life As Miss America And Beyond was published in 2006. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Neatly torn from binding at left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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