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PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED CIRCA 1953 CO-SIGNED BY: SVOBODA - HFSID 33044

His ink signature on a pencil, cartoon-style drawing of him being sworn in as NATO's Supreme Commander, signed as President-elect and accompanied by two letters detailing how his signature was obtained

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
His ink signature on a pencil, cartoon-style drawing of him being sworn in as NATO's Supreme Commander, signed as President-elect and accompanied by two letters detailing how his signature was obtained
Original Art signed: "Dwight D. Eisenhower" as President-elect, 11¼x14¾. Captioned: "'So help me God.'" The Five-Star General is pictured being sworn in as the first Supreme Commander in Europe of the forces of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). While the cartoon, in pencil, is dated "5-20-50", Eisenhower did not assume his new post until December. Also signed, in ink, by the artist: "Svoboda". Lightly creased at lower left blank corner. Glue stains at left and right lower corners. Lightly soiled. Light surface creases not at signature. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by TLS: "Kevin McCann" as Assistant to the President, 1p, 8x10½. Columbia University, New York, New York, 1951 January 22. McCann returns this drawing to The Reverend Cornelius Greenway, Brooklyn, N.Y., unsigned, stating, in part: "I had hoped that it might be slipped onto his desk...Nevertheless, the way things look now, the chances will be very slim that he will have even a single free minute...." Nicked at lower blank edge. Fine condition. With autograph note, unsigned, 1p, 14x1¼. Greenway explains how the drawing was finally signed. In full: "The original cartoon signed by Eisenhower when he was in N.Y.C. at the Hotel Commodore on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1953, 3:15 pm through the personal goodn(ess) of the Secretary of State designate John Foster Dulles. It (wa)s given (sic) me in person. Five times did I fail to get the general('s s)ignature on it." Removal of tape has affected words indicated in parentheses. Tape remnants at 2 additional words. On December 16, 1950, Eisenhower was granted an indefinite leave of absence as President of Columbia University to serve as NATO Commander. He left NATO in May 1952, resigned from the Army in June, received the Republican nomination for President in July and was elected 34th President of the United States on November 4, 1952. Three items.
 

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