HARRY S TRUMAN and WILLIAM HILLMAN Large 9½x12½ b/w photograph of President Harry S. Truman and news commentator William Hillman, signed to newspaper publisher Seymour Berkson in 1957

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Large 9½x12½ b/w photograph of President Harry S. Truman and news commentator William Hillman, signed to newspaper publisher Seymour Berkson in 1957
Inscribed photograph signed "Kindest regard/to a great/publisher/Bill Hillman" in blue ink and "Best of everything to/Seymour Berkson/11/26/57/Harry Truman". B/w, 9½x12½ overall, 8x10 image, one surface, affixed to cardstock. SEYMOUR BERKSON (1906 or 1907-1959) was the publisher of William Randolph Hearst's New York paper the Journal-American and a former executive of Hearst's International News Service. HARRY TRUMAN (1884-1972, born in Lamar, Missouri) 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 World War II, 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 granting Greece and Turkey $400 million in economic and military aid to help them fight Communist aggression. 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. WILLIAM HILLMAN (1895-1962) was a journalist, news commentator and longtime friend of President Harry S. Truman. He helped Truman prepare three books: Mr. President (1952), which included a selection of the president's letters, diaries and other personal papers; Mr. Citizen (1960), which presented Truman's views as a former President and which began life as a series of articles in the American Weekly in 1953; and the two volumes of his memoirs. Lightly toned and creased. Pen skipped while writing Truman's signature, which is still legible. Hillman's signature is lightly smudged but legible. Light impressions on image (not visible head-on). Otherwise, fine condition.

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