PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 01/06/1969 - HFSID 274694
Sale Price $510.00
He inscribed and signed this photo of a famous painted portrait by Greta Kempton.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Sidney R. Craig/from/Harry Truman/1-6-69". B/w, 9x12. Harry S Truman (1884-1972) had been Vice President for only 82 days when he became the 33rd President of the U.S. (1945-1953) upon Franklin D. Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945. Faced with the ordeal of ending WWII, Truman oversaw the surrender of Germany (May 7) and ordered the atomic bombings on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9). He fought the Cold War with the Truman Doctrine, a policy of extending aid to nations facing communist subversion. By the end of 1945, Truman had introduced economic measures that would become part of his Fair Deal program. As a result, the minimum wage was increased from 40 to 75 cents an hour through an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and Social Security benefits were extended to include approximately ten million more people. During his second term, Truman ordered U.S. forces into action when North Korean troops invaded American-supported South Korea. Painter Greta Kempton (1903-1991), known in her time as "the Capital's court painter," painted many prominent political and business leaders, but had especially close ties to the Truman family. The portrait reproduced in this photo was her first of the President; the image was used for his official re-election poster in 1948, for a 1983 stamp, and a 1985 commemorative coin. Kempton bequeathed her estate to the Truman Library Institute. Lightly worn at corners and upper edge. Overall, fine condition.
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