PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION UNSIGNED - HFSID 279354
Sale Price $510.00
The Gallery of History is proud to offer this collection of b/w and sepia-toned photos of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, many of them taken during the World War II era. They include photos of a public Roosevelt meeting with foreign dignitaries and military leaders and of a private Roosevelt relaxing and at play. Also included are photos of various celebrities on USO tours during World War II. They're a rare and historically significant collection documenting of one of America's most important presidents!
Photograph collection unsigned. 32 b/w and sepia-toned photos ranging in size from 2¼x3¼ to 10¼x8¼, some with scalloped edges. This unique collection of photos - some of them staged and professional, some of them quite candid - documents both the public and private life of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Most of them were taken during the World War II era and feature Roosevelt both at home and overseas and with foreign dignitaries and family. They include, but are not limited to: 1) Eight photos, ranging in size from 5x3½ to 10x8, of Roosevelt meeting with foreign dignitaries. These include a "Big Three" photo of Roosevelt with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin and a photo of Roosevelt reviewing a military hospital. Also included is a photo of Roosevelt with Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife Soong Mei-Ling; photos of both Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife are extremely rare. 2) Three amateur 5¾x3½ photos of Roosevelt in a boat and on a beach with other men, some in sailors hats and uniforms. Unlike professional publicity photos, they are not staged in any way; such photos are rarely made available to the public. They show the private side of one of America's most public presidents. 3) One 9x7 photo, dated March 23, 1937, of Roosevelt driving with his son James in the countryside around Warm Springs, Georgia. Photos of Roosevelt with his family - especially relatively informal photos such as this - are rare nowadays. 4) One very odd 10¼x8½ photo of Roosevelt dressed as an emperor with other men around him dressed in togas and as centurions. Roosevelt did more to concentrate power in the federal government than any other president before him, and this photo may confirm some people's opinions of him 5) Four amateur 4½x2½ photos of a state funeral with an empty caisson. It's possibly a photo of Roosevelt's funeral, although we can't be certain of that. Also included is a series of 12 photographs, ranging in size from 2¼x3¼ to 4x5, of celebrities from USO tours during World War II, including Bing Crosby, Irving Berlin, Henry Fonda, five photos of Marlene Dietrich and one small publicity photo of Red Buttons, Colette Lyons and Edmund Glover. This collection also includes a 3½x2½ photo of Thomas Dewey who, like Roosevelt, was Governor of New York (1943-1955). Dewey was the Republican presidential candidate against Roosevelt in 1944 and against Roosevelt's successor Harry Truman in 1948, losing both times. Roosevelt (1882-1945, born in Hyde Park, New York) was elected Governor of New York in 1928, succeeding his political patron (and later foe) Alfred E. Smith, whom Roosevelt had nominated as the Democratic Presidential candidate in 1928. Smith lost to Herbert Hoover, whom Roosevelt would himself defeat for the Presidency four years later. Roosevelt, former state legislator, Assistant Navy Secretary and Vice Presidential candidate (1920), served two 2-year terms as New York's Governor before winning the first of an unprecedented four elections to the US Presidency, an office he would hold longer than anyone else (1933-1945). Lightly toned, cracked, creased and bowed. Some photos are out of focus, washed out or have error reproduced from their negatives. Some photos are labeled or have black ink borders drawn on them. Otherwise in fine condition.
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